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Junior hockey: This weekend's Gamblers preview

7:07 PM, Feb. 7, 2013  |  Comments
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Today: Green Bay Gamblers (24-13-3) at Youngstown Phantoms (20-19-0), 6:15 p.m. at Covelli Center, Youngstown, Ohio.

Sunday: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (16-20-5) vs. Gamblers, 3:05 p.m. at Resch Center, Ashwaubenon.

Season series: Green Bay has won all four meetings with Youngstown and all three games against Cedar Rapids, including a 3-0 road shutout on Jan. 26.

Gamblers update: Coming off a split in a home-and-home series against Waterloo last weekend. ... Traded second-year goaltender Mike Rotolo and a sixth-round USHL entry draft pick to Cedar Rapids for a third-round draft choice on Monday. ... Rotolo was 14-8-1 with a 2.85 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. He made his last start in a 6-4 loss at Indiana on Jan. 13. ... Green Bay native Tony Kujava and Richard Ullberg have been rotating starts in the last five games. Kujava (4-2) has a 2.76 GAA and .911 save percentage, while Ullberg (2-0) has a 2.01 GAA and .934 save percentage since being acquired by the team last month. ... This is the second straight season Green Bay didn't acquire a player at the trade deadline. ... The Gamblers are second in the league on the power play at 25.40 percent (32-for-126). ... Forward Kyle Novak is fifth in the league with 52 points (19 goals, 33 assists).

Phantoms update: Lead the USHL with a penalty-kill percentage of 86.31 (23-for-168). ... Goaltender Sean Romeo (16-14) is 11th in the league in both GAA (2.99) and save percentage (.902). ... Ryan Lowney's 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) ranks third among defensemen in the league.

RoughRiders update: Prior to a 5-2 home win against Youngstown on Feb. 2, were 0-6-1 in their previous seven games. ... In addition to trading for Rotolo, Chris Birdsall (4-10) is the other active goaltender on the team. He has a 4.06 GAA and .863 save percentage. ... Allowing an average of 3.7 goals per game, which is the third most in the 16-team league. ... Are fourth on the penalty kill in the USHL with a percentage of 84.78 (21-for-138).

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