In the finale of a two-game weekend set at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., on Saturday night, the Green Bay Gamblers were edged by the Fargo Force (19-18-5) by a 3-2 regulation mark. The loss dropped head coach Pat Mikesch and company to 8-6-5 in games decided by one goal and 14-22-5 (33 PTS) through their first 41 regular-season contests, keeping Green Bay in eighth place in the United States Hockey League’s Eastern Conference to this point of the season.
Slovakian goaltender Adam Huska, 17, received his first USHL start between the pipes for the Gamblers, saving 28-of-31 (.903%) shots against him. Marc Michaelis and Sam Saliba scored their fifth and first goals of the season, respectively, in the losing effort, while Ryan Tait finished with an assist and a game-high seven shots on goal. Green Bay out-shot Fargo by a 38-31 margin in the game, killing one of two penalties and converting one of its three power plays.
With Saturday’s loss in the rear-view mirror, the Gamblers will now regroup in preparation for next Friday’s road trip to the Edge Ice Arena, where they will face the Chicago Steel for the fifth time (2-1-1 in their previous four games against them) this season. Follow us on Twitter @GamblersHockey for continual news and notes throughout the week leading up to Friday’s scheduled puck drop at 7:05 p.m. CT.