GREEN BAY GAMBLERS: The U.S. National Under-17 Team hosts the Green Bay Gamblers in a two-game set at USA Hockey Arena this weekend.
This weekend's contests mark the fourth and fifth meetings between the two teams this season. Most recently, the U17s were swept on the road by the Gamblers, falling, 6-3, and 5-4 in overtime at the Resch Center.
The Gamblers enter the series third in the Eastern Conference with an 11-5-0-2 record after dropping a pair of games to the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Mason Lorhei (9-16--25) and Jake Schmaltz (9-14--23) lead the Gamblers in scoring, and currently rank among the top 10 in scoring in the USHL.
YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS: The U.S. National Under-18 Team travels to Ohio for a three-game away series against the Youngstown Phantoms. The U18s met the Phantoms once before this season, skating to a 5-2 victory on Jan. 3.
Georgii Merkulov leads the Phantoms in scoring with a nine goals and 22 points in 20 games.
The Phantoms sit in last place in the Eastern Conference with a 5-13-1-1 record, most recently coming off a series split against the Chicago Steel.