The Green Bay Gamblers converted 3 of 4 power play chances and rolled to a 6-2 win over the Indiana Ice in the opening game of best-of-5 Clark Cup semifinals at the Resch Center.
The Gamblers meanwhile held the Ice to 1-for-6 on the power play. Indiana came in as the most efficient team in the league on the power play (24.88%).
The Gamblers were outshot 41-27, but Gamblers goaltender Ryan McKay came up with a career-high 39 saves in the win.
Green Bay will host game 2 of the series at the Resch Center tonight.
Green Bay Gamblers assistant coach Jon Rogger will be leaving the team at the end of the playoffs. Rogger has been hired as the new head coach of the Des Moines Buccaneers.
The 34-year-old Rogger joined the Gamblers franchise in 2008. During his four years, the Gamblers produced a league-best 172-51-17 record.
Rogger interviewed twice for the Gamblers head coaching position. He’ll take over a Des Moines program that has missed the USHL playoffs each of the last five years.