Gamblers Complete Four-Point Weekend with Comeback Effort in Chicago

ALEC DOPP — For the second consecutive night, the Green Bay Gamblers relinquished to their opponent the first goal of the game. And for the second consecutive night, head coach Pat Mikesch and company escaped with a victory.

After overcoming a late 1-0 deficit against Des Moines Friday evening at the Resch Center, the Gamblers found themselves in an identical position Saturday night at the Edge Ice Arena — though this time it would come after one period, and against Eastern-Conference foe Chicago.

Green Bay’s front line wouldn’t take the deficit lying down, however, as first-year forward Ryan Tait exploded for two goals in the second period — his second multi-goal game since joining the roster in late October — to ignite his squad’s second comeback effort in as many games, marking the first time since Feb. 2013 the Gamblers had accomplished such a feat.

Michael Houle tacked on his second score of the season in the second period for good measure, while Chris Brown’s empty-netter with 1:06 remaining in regulation sealed the comeback 4-2 victory for Green Bay, which through Saturday’s outcome increased its season points total to 22 through 24 regular-season contests.

Kevin Reich received his second consecutive start in net for the Gamblers, successfully saving 31 of 33 (.939%) shots on goal against him. The impressive road performance improved the Iserlohn, Germany native’s record to 6-2-1, goals allowed average to 2.11 and save percentage to .933 through his first 10 starts with Green Bay.

With the victory in the books, the Gamblers will now make the four-and-a half-hour drive back home for a well-deserved Sunday off before returning to the Resch Center for practice Monday afternoon. Next Friday’s home contest against Dubuque will be the lone game of next weekend, with puck scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. CT.

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