ALEC DOPP – The Green Bay Gamblers were defeated by the Waterloo Blackhawks (23-23-6) by a 4-1 regulation score Tuesday night at the Resch Center on St. Patrick’s Day. With the loss, the Gamblers ended their brief two-game home winning streak and fell to 16-29-6 (38 PTS) with nine games remaining in the 2014-15 United States Hockey League regular-season schedule.
First-year forward Marc Michaelis tabbed his ninth goal of the season and fourth point in his last three games in the losing effort for the Gamblers. Sam Saliba and Sam Miletic were credited with assists on Green Bay’s only score Tuesday evening. Saliba, acquired Feb. 1, now has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 14 games since making his way onto the roster via trade from Tri-City.
Slovakian goaltending prospect Adam Huska, 17, received his fourth start of the season in net for head coach and general manager Pat Mikesch, successfully saving 19 of 22 (.864%) shots on goal against him. Huska was pulled in favor of Minnesota State recruit Jason Pawloski late in the second period, however, who managed to ward off seven of eight (.875%) Waterloo shots in his relief appearance.
Jack and Nick Poehling, twin brothers who led Lakeville North High School to an undefeated season and Minnesota state hockey championship earlier this month, made their home debuts for the Gamblers in the loss and were held without a goal or assist. Jack fired off two shots Tuesday evening, while Nick was held shot-less and spent two minutes in the box for a boarding minor.
After out-shooting the Dubuque Fighting Saints by a 30-24 margin Sunday afternoon en route to a convincing 6-1 victory, the Gamblers were out-shot 30-22 Tuesday evening by the Blackhawks and were held without a power play goal in four man-advantage opportunities. Waterloo, whose .219% power play rate ranked fourth-highest in the USHL coming in, went 1-for-2 with an extra attacker.
With the loss in the rear-view mirror, the Gamblers will reconvene for practice at the Resch Center this week in preparation for the opener of this weekend’s home-stand, which is scheduled to begin Friday at 7:05 p.m. CT against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Follow us on Twitter @GamblersHockey for notes and updates throughout this weekend’s contests.