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Comeback Falls Short

By Isaac Berky, 03/25/17, 9:45PM CDT



Comeback Falls Short, Gamblers Top Lancers 4-2

Nedeljkovic Tallies First Career USHL Point



Green Bay, WI – A three-goal explosion in the third period helped the Gamblers take the second of a two-game weekend with the Lancers, topping Omaha 4-2 on Saturday night. An empty net tally in the third period ended a third period rally just short.


Andy Nedeljkovic notched the first point of his USHL career with an assist on Brian Matthews third period tally. Brian Matthews and Jack Randl tallied for the Lancers in the third.


In the second Green Bay scored a pair of goals in just under five minutes to jump out to a 2-0 lead. John Leonard started the scoring when he corralled a rebound in the high slot. The forward sent a one-timer right past Tommy Nappier, breaking the deadlock. Three and a half minutes later Casey Mittelstadt doubled the Gamblers lead. Mittelstadt cut towards the center of the ice before ripping a shot from the top of the circle past Nappier, extending the lead to 2-0. Before the period was over Green Bay would push the lead to three. Easton Brodzinski took advantage of a two-on-one putting a shot low to the far side after skating down the right-wing wall.


Omaha got the opening tally of the third period. Starting the frame on a power play Jack Randl took advantage of a loose puck in the crease, scoring his seventh goal of the season. The Lancers capitalized on a loose puck in the slot shortly after cutting the lead to one goal. After a few chances in front Brian Matthews found the loose puck in the crease and slid it over the goal line. The goal cut the Green Bay lead to 3-2 early in the third period. Matthews goal would be the final one Omaha was able to score however as David Hrenak finished the night making 28 saves on 30 shots. Green Bay added an empty net goal with just over 0:30 remaining to cap off the scoring, taking a 4-2 victory.


Tommy Nappier made 32 saves on 35 shots in the loss. Omaha returns home next Saturday night hosting Dubuque.