Though the Green Bay Gamblers jumped out to a 3-1 lead and finished regulation with a shots on goal advantage of 38-34 on the Eastern Conference’s top seed, their effort fell short Friday night against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, who defeated Green Bay by a 6-4 mark at the Resch Center. With the loss, Pat Mikesch and company fell to 13-16-4 over their first 33 regular season contests.
Grant Frederic, Matthew Dawson and Marc Michaelis each tallied goals in the Gamblers’ strong early play, while goaltender Kevin Reich warded off 10 of 11 shots on goal against him in the first period. Cedar Rapids responded with four goals in the second frame, however, and added one more to seal the victory in the third. At the final horn, Reich finished with a 28-for-34 performance in net for Green Bay.
With their fifth consecutive loss behind them, the Gamblers will travel to northeast Iowa for the weekend finale with the RoughRiders, which is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. CT Saturday evening at The Stable. For continual news, notes and updates throughout the weekend finale, make sure to follow us on Twitter @GamblersHockey and show your support using the #GoGamblers tag on Twitter.