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Clark Cup Preview: Gamblers vs. Fighting Saints

04/14/2016, 11:00am CDT
By USHL

Eastern Conference Semifinals matchup between the Green Bay Gamblers and Dubuque Fighting Saints.

 

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Overall Record

Green Bay: 37-16-4-3, 81 points

Dubuque: 39-19-1-1, 80 points

 

Home Record

Green Bay: 23-5-1-1

Dubuque: 20-8-1-1

 

Away Record

Green Bay: 14-11-3-2

Dubuque: 19-11-0-0

 

Head-to-Head

Dubuque won season series 4-2

  • October 2, 2015: Dubuque 4, Green Bay 3 (SO)
  • October 3, 2015: Dubuque 3, Green Bay 2
  • November 25, 2015: Green Bay 3, Dubuque 0
  • January 9, 2016: Dubuque 3, Green Bay 2 (OT)
  • February 26, 2016: Dubuque 5, Green Bay 0
  • April 3, 2016: Green Bay 4, Dubuque 1

 

Record in last 10 games

Green Bay: 6-3-0-1

Dubuque: 6-4-0-0

 

Leading Scorer

Green Bay: Sam Saliba, 52 points (29G, 23A)

Dubuque: Nathan Sucese, 59 points (26G, 33A)

 

Leading Rookie

Green Bay: Andrew Peeke, 20 points (4G, 26A)

Dubuque: Michael O’Leary, 27 points (8G, 19A)

 

Leading Defenseman

Green Bay: Cameron Lee, 39 points (6G, 33A)

Dubuque: Keegan Ford, 36 points (7G, 29A)

 

Leading Goaltender

Green Bay: Adam Huska, 26-9-2-0, 1.82 GAA, .931 SV%, 4 shutouts

Dubuque: Hunter Miska, 32-13-3-1, 2.46 GAA, .913 SV%, 1 shutout

 

Power Play

Green Bay: 16.9% (7th in East, 11th overall)

Dubuque: 17.1% (5th in East, 9th overall)

 

Penalty Kill

Green Bay: 84.9% (3rd in East, 4th overall)

Dubuque: 83.6% (5th in East, 7th overall)

 

NHL Draft Picks

Green Bay: Adam Huska (New York Rangers), Matthew Berkovitz (Anaheim Ducks)

Dubuque: Ryan Zuhlsdorf (Tampa Bay Lightning)

 

NHL Central Scouting Final Ranked Players

Green Bay: Andrew Peeke (57), 30 points (4G, 26A)

Dubuque: Willie Knierim (149), 27 points (14G, 13A)

 

Storylines

  • This series features four of the last six Eastern Conference Champions, as well as Clark Cup Champions. Green Bay won the Clark Cup in 2010 and 2012, while Dubuque took home the trophy in 2011 and 2013.
  • Green Bay is led by New York Rangers prospect Adam Huska in net, who leads all USHL goaltenders with a 1.82 GAA and a .931 SV%. He has won USHL Goaltender of the Week twice this season.
  • Nathan Sucese is the main man for the Saints. The Penn State commit is the leading scorer on the team by 19 points, averaging a near point-per-game.
  • Dubuque head coach Jason Lammers has Dubuque in the playoffs in his first season behind the bench. Dubuque has made the Clark Cup Playoffs every year since their rebirth in 2010, and have won the Clark Cup two times in the past five years.
  • Pat Mikesch leads the Gamblers to their first playoff appearance since he took over as head coach during the 2014-15 season. Mikesch was an assistant coach for the Gamblers for Green Bay’s 2011-12 Clark Cup Championship.

 

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