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2000's Win Saginaw Super Series

By Jr. Gamblers, 02/20/14, 9:30PM CST


Saginaw, MI-  The Bantam Minors came into the Saginaw Super Series on a hot streak. They left on fire after winning all 5 games.

The Jr. Gamblers started the weekend by avenging an earlier season defeat at the Warrior Invite in Detroit beating the Redford Kings (#43) 4-2. 

On Friday night they dispatched the Omaha Jr. Lancers (#48) 7-0 in their best all around effort of the season.

Saturday morning saw them struggle against the host Saginaw Jr. Spirit.  They fell behind 1-0 and 2-1 but fought back scoring 3 straight to take a 4-2 lead and held on for a 4-3 victory. 

That win set the stage for Saturday night’s battle between the tournament’s top 2 teams – the 2000’s and the Indianapolis Jr. Ice.  Both teams were undefeated on the weekend and the Jr. Ice had won an earlier season contest 3-2. The Jr. Gamblers jumped out to a 2-0 lead and never looked back winning 4-2.

The red-hot Jr. Gamblers capped off an undefeated weekend by pounding the tournament’s highest rated (#42) team, the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks, 6-1 on Sunday morning leaving no doubt who was the best team of the Super Series weekend.

The keys to the weekend were strong goaltending and defense and a balanced scoring attack. Here are some stats from the weekend:

  • The Jr. Gamblers were +17 as a team in goal differential in the 5 game Super Series
  • The team only allowed 8 goals in 5 games for a 1.60 goals against average
  • 11 different players scored 25 goals on the weekend
  • The 2000’s are 8-1-1 in their last 10 and have an 8 game winning streak and a 9 game unbeaten streak
  • They have risen to #15 in the country in the “Last 10” rankings on

The 2000’s hope to continue their winning ways this weekend by hosting their in-state rival Milwaukee Jr. Admirals Saturday and the Highland Park Falcons (#8 Tier 2) Sunday at the Manitowoc Fairgrounds.