Gamblers Bested by Blackhawks on St. Patrick’s Day

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.

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.

Gamblers Stumble in Weekend Finale at Cedar Rapids

In the finale of a two-game weekend road swing, the Green Bay Gamblers were defeated by the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (36-16-0) by a convincing 5-0 regulation mark Saturday evening. With the loss, the Gamblers dropped to 15-27-6 (36 PTS) and exited the weekend in the Eastern Conference’s last spot.

Jason Pawloski received his twenty-seventh start in net for Green Bay, saving 38 of 43 (.884%) shots on goal against him. Marc Michaelis led the roster with five attempts, but the Gamblers were out-shot 43-24 in the contest and went 0-for-3 on power plays. Cedar Rapids went 1-for-4 with an extra attacker.

With both weekend losses behind them, the young roster of head coach Pat Mikesch will regroup in preparation for Saturday’s road matchup at Dubuque, which is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT. Green Bay will wrap up next weekend with a home matchup against the Fighting Saints on Sunday, March 15 at 3:05 p.m. CT.

Follow us on Twitter at @GamblersHockey for continual news and updates throughout the week, and show your support using the #GoGamblers hashtag for a re-tweet at next Sunday’s home game at the Resch Center.