In the finale of a two-game weekend matchup, the Green Bay Gamblers were defeated by the Omaha Lancers (22-12-5) by a 2-1 regulation score Saturday evening at the Resch Center.
With the loss, the Gamblers fell to 14-20-5 through their first 39 regular season contests and maintained their season points total of 33, which is now 14 behind the final playoff spot in the Eastern Division.
Jason Pawloski received the start between the pipes for head coach and general manager Pat Mikesch, saving 22 of 24 (.917%) shots on goal against him. Both of his goals allowed came in the first period, which placed Green Bay in an early 0-2 deficit.
But the Gamblers responded by out-shooting Omaha 8-6 in the second frame, with first-year forward Jake Kauppila netting his seventh goal of the season. Green Bay tallied six of the final eight shots on goal in the game, but was unable to convert on any of them, which clinched the 2-1 win for the Lancers.
With Saturday’s loss behind them, the Gamblers will regroup early this week in preparation for their road-trip to Fargo, where they will play two games against the Force next weekend. Follow us on Twitter @GamblersHockey for notes and updates leading up to game-time next Friday, Feb. 13.