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Today's Gamblers-Cedar Rapids preview

1:21 AM, Jan. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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Who: Green Bay Gamblers (22-12-3) at Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (15-18-4).

When: 7:05 p.m.

Where: Cedar Rapids Ice Arena.

Season series: Green Bay is 1-1 against Cedar Rapids, winning an 8-7 shootout on Oct. 13 for its first victory of the season in the last meeting.

Gamblers update: Kyle Novak was named the USHL's forward of the week on Monday after recording his first hat trick in a 5-1 victory against Sioux Falls on Jan. 18 and tallying a goal and assist in a 9-4 road win at Chicago on Jan. 19. ... Novak is the USHL's third-leading scorer with 48 points (18 goals, 30 assists). ... Nicholas Schilkey (17th), Nick Schmaltz (t22nd) and Alex Kile (t22nd) are also among the league's top 25 scorers with each having more than 30 points. ... Kile was a captain for Team East in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, which Team West won 2-1 on Wednesday. ... Green Bay's power-play unit continues to be the best in the league at 25.66 percent (29-for-113), while its penalty-kill percentage of 83.19 percent is fifth.

RoughRiders update: Are in the midst of a seven-game homestand. ... Forward Gerald Mayhew leads the team with 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists). ... Goalie Steve Michalek (7-6-2) has a 3.17 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. ... Their 83.62 penalty-kill percentage is fourth in the USHL. ... Are next to last in the league for shots-on-goal attempts with 1,011 (27.3 per game).

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