Miletic’s Hat-Trick Lifts Gamblers to Win in Weekend Finale

After dropping their weekend opener at the Mystique Ice Center by a slim 4-3 margin on Saturday, the Green Bay Gamblers returned to the Resch Center Sunday afternoon and secured a 6-1 win over the Dubuque Fighting Saints to cap the weekend. With the victory, Pat Mikesch and company improved to 16-28-6 (38 PTS) with 10 games remaining in their 2014-15 United States Hockey League schedule.

University of Michigan forward recruit Sam Miletic bagged three consecutive goals in the winning effort for the Gamblers, marking the first natural hat-trick of any player on the roster. Jake Kauppila recorded the go-ahead score for Green Bay on a breakaway late in the second period, while first-year forward Derek Barach chipped in with his eleventh goal of the season to go with an assist in the victory.

Jason Pawloski received his twenty-ninth start in net for Green Bay on Sunday, successfully saving 23 of 24 (.958%) shots on goal against him en route to his eighth winning decision. Pawloski, in conjunction with the Gamblers’ defensive corps, held Dubuque 0-for-4 on power play opportunities in the affair. In four previous meetings, Dubuque had gone 4-for-13 (.308) on power plays against Green Bay.

With Sunday’s victory in the books, the Gamblers will regroup in preparation for Tuesday evening’s matchup with the Waterloo Blackhawks (22-23-6), which is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. CT from the Resch Center. For continual notes and updates leading up to Tuesday’s puck drop, follow us on Twitter @GamblersHockey and show your support using the #GoGamblers hashtag for a re-tweet.

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