Kauppila Shines, But Gamblers Bounced in Weekend Finale

The Green Bay Gamblers were defeated by the first-place Sioux City Musketeers by a 6-2 regulation mark Sunday afternoon at the Resch Center – a loss that sent Pat Mikesch’s young roster to 13-19-4 over its first 36 regular season games and 0-6-2 since its New Year’s Eve defeat of Cedar Rapids.

First-year forward and Lawrence University commit Sam Kauppila tallied his first goal of the season in the losing effort for the Gamblers, a slap-shot to the upper right of the net past Sioux City goaltender that gave Green Bay a 1-0 lead for the tenth time in its last 12 games.

Two key penalties in the second period made way for a host of opportunities for the Musketeers, however, which they capitalized on by scoring four second-period goals on Kevin Reich. Green Bay’s forward lines were unable to create enough pressure in the meanwhile, finishing with 24 shots to Sioux City’s 40.

With both weekend losses behind them, the Gamblers will regroup this week in preparation for next Saturday night’s sixteenth annual ‘Teddy Bear Toss’ game against Eastern-Division foe Chicago. Puck is scheduled to drop at 7:05 p.m. CT at the Resch Center.

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