Green Bay came into tonight's first half of a two-games-in-24-hours doubleheader with the best record in the USHL.
It showed why today in a 5-1 victory over the Ice.
Five different Gamblers scored goals, and Green Bay posted a 45-25 shot advantage -- including 20-3 in a second period in which Green Bay scored the game's first three goals. Green Bay earned six power plays -- cashing in on two -- while the Ice had a pair.
After each team got 13 shots in a scoreless first, Green Bay had a carryover power play to start the second. Eighty-three seconds into the period, Kyle Novak scored on assists from Andy Welinski and Alex Broadhurst. Sheldon Dries and Broadhurst would score 1:14 apart midway through the period to make it 3-0.
Green Bay's Sam Herr pushed it to 4-0 at 7:13 of the third -- and the Ice's Daniil Tarasov answered seconds later. Nolan LaPorte added another goa -- his 12th of the season -- for the Gamblers.
Broadhurst -- a Chicago Blackhawks draftee and Nebraska-Omaha commit -- had the big game for Green Bay, with a goal and two assists. Herr (G, A) and Welinski (2A) were the Gamblers' other multi-point players, as 10 different Green Bay skaters registered points. Broadhurst has 20 points -- including 12 goals -- in 16 games for the Gamblers.
For the Ice, Tarasov and Sean Kuraly, who assisted on the goal, extended their scoring streaks to four games. Tarasov now has 12 goals and 14 assists and is the league's second-leading scorer behind Lincoln's Kevin Roy, who has 30 points. Kuraly has 19 points despite missing several games due to playing in the World Junior A Challenge. Linemate Jacob Fallon, who also had an assist, has 22 points and stands fifth in the league in scoring.
Jon Gillies made 37 saves in taking the loss for the Ice. Dalton Izyk came on for the final few minutes and stopped all three shots he faced. Ryan McKay stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced before giving way to Michael Rotolo for the final 8:37.
1. Alex Broadhurst (GB), goal, 2A, +1, 4 shots
2. Ryan McKay (GB), 21 saves, 1 GA, win
3. Dakota Mermis (GB), 1 assist, +2, 1 shot
The Ice are now 11-6-2 and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference -- three points back of Youngstown and Dubuque, who are tied for second. Green Bay, now 16-3-1, is six points clear of the field in first place with 33 points.
The two teams will meet again at 3 p.m. Sunday.