Monday, April 6, 2009

Dahl and Little part of Anderson Cup

From worst to first, that is the story of the Green Bay Gamblers this season. Last season was horrible, but this season they walk away w/ the Anderson Cup as the top team in all of the United States Hockey League. They had to defeat Des Moines yesterday in the last game of the USHL regular season. Badger recruits Jefferson Dahl and Sean Little are both members of the Gamblers.

Time to change gears though as the USHL playoffs are set to begin and its time to fight for the Clark Cup. Only one Badger recruit playing in the USHL did not make it. Chase Drake and Sioux City finished short of the 4th spot in the Western Conference.

Eastern Conference

1 – Green Bay (Dahl & Little) vs
4 – Waterloo (Craig Smith, Tyler Barnes & Keegan Meuer)

2 – Cedar Rapids vs
3 – Indiana (Brett Bennett)

Western Conference

1 – Lincoln vs
4 – Sioux Falls

2 – Omaha vs
3 – Fargo (Gavin Hartzog)

In the Eastern Conference, the gap in the standings between 1st and 4th was not much, so I think that could go any way. If you don’t have much to do this weekend head up to GB to watch up to five Badger recruits on the ice. I’m hoping the series goes five games, so the following weekend I can catch the deciding game in GB after returning from the Frozen Four.

The Fargo Force are in their first season in the USHL and its impressive to see them make it to the playoffs. Lincoln should be the favorite in the West to reach the Clark Cup Finals.

Good luck to all Badger recruits as they begin their quest for the Clark Cup. Last season, Matt Thurber and the Omaha Lancers finished as the league’s champion.