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Gamblers Embracing Rare Underdog Role Heading into Playoffs

The Gamblers needed to win a pair of elimination games just to make the Clark Cup Playoffs
(WFRV) - Getting into the playoffs is nothing new for the Green Bay Gamblers.  But it's the way they had to do it this year that was different.

"Win five of our last six, win our last three on the road," said Head Coach Derek Lalonde recounting his team's late season run.

The four-time Clark Cup Champions were on the ropes and forced into playoff mode for the final month.  They plan on using victories in their last two "win and get in games" as a springboard to postseason success.

"To win them both and to get in it definitely shows that we can do special things here," said forward Matthew Weis before practice Wednesday.  "We have a great team here.  I think we're a scary 4th seed coming into the playoffs.  It was a good moment for the guys now we're focused on moving forward."

Green Bay will go on the road to take on a top-seed Indiana team they split the regular season series with.

"We have confidence playing there," added Weis.  "They only have three losses at home, two of them are to us. So I think we look forward to going there on the road.  Obviously our last three games we are 3-0 on the road.

Lalonde calls Indiana the best team in the league despite Waterloo winning the Anderson Cup for having the best record.  But he's encouraged by how his team has come together down the stretch.

"All year long we've had up and down play of all three positions from our goal-tending, defense and our forwards and at times when we've put it all together we've been very good," said Lalonde.  "We're playing well right now and we have some high-end talent. We're going to be very dangerous come playoff time."

That time is now, but to bring home a title this year they'll be doing things a little differently.

"We're kind of going to take that underdog chip with us a little bit and see what happens Friday night."

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