ALEC DOPP — Facing a 3-0 deficit against the Eastern Conference’s top squad Wednesday evening, the Green Bay Gamblers rallied for three unanswered goals in Cedar Rapids to pull even with the RoughRiders, which put Pat Mikesch’s bunch in position to capture its first three-goal comeback win in nearly three years.
Despite the late momentum and overall shots on goal advantage of 35-22, Green Bay’s valiant effort fell just short, as Cedar Rapids would eventually respond with three late goals of its own in the game’s final minutes. With the 6-3 regulation loss, the Gamblers dropped to 8-12-2 over their first 22 contests.
Brian Bowen and Joe Wegwerth were responsible for Green Bay’s even-strength goals in the affair, while Sam Miletic successfully netted the club’s first short-handed goal early in the second period. Jason Pawloski made his twelfth start of the season in net, successfully warding off 16 shots against him.
With the loss behind them, the Gamblers will return to practice over the next two days in preparation for Friday’s Bud Night matchup with Des Moines, who is currently slated as the second-best club in the Western Conference with 26 PTS. Puck is scheduled to hit the Resch Center ice at 7:05 p.m. CT.