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USHL: Today's Gamblers-Black Hawks preview

12:25 AM, Apr. 2, 2013  |  Comments
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Today: Green Bay Gamblers (34-21-4) vs. Waterloo Black Hawks (33-21-4), 7:05 p.m., Resch Center, Ashwaubenon.

Season series: Waterloo leads 2-1. Green Bay won the last meeting 6-4 on Feb. 1.

Gamblers update: Anders Lee signed a NHL contract with the New York Islanders on Monday after leading the CCHA in scoring with Notre Dame as a junior. He was the Gamblers leading scorer during the 2009-10 season, when he was named the USHL rookie of the year. ... The Gamblers are coming off a pair of home losses to the Team USA-U18 squad. They were outscored 11-4 and outshot 77-42. ... Trying to lock down home ice for the first round of the USHL playoffs, Green Bay needs seven points to secure the Eastern Conference's second seed. With five games remaining, the Gamblers (72) hold a two-point lead over Muskegon and are six points up on Youngstown. ... Green Bay's last four regular-season games are against Muskegon. ... Forwards Kyle Novak (71 points) and Nicholas Schilkey (62 points) rank fourth and 10th, respectively, in the USHL in scoring. ... Alex Kile tallied a pair of goals in Saturday's loss to give him 29 and break a three-way tied for the team lead with Novak and Schilkey. ... The Gamblers power-play percentage of 24.38 (49-for-201) ranks second in the league.

Black Hawks update: Coming off a 7-0 shutout of Tri-City and a 2-1 win against Fargo in home games last weekend. ... With six games remaining in the regular season, Waterloo has a three-point lead over Omaha for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. ... The Black Hawks have the USHL's top two scorers in University of Minnesota recruits Taylor Cammarata (34 goals, 48 assists) and Justin Kloos (26 goals, 51 assists). ... Waterloo has the league's top power play at 25.45 percent (70-for-275).

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