Lumberjacks Log: Week 14
January 4, 2012
Muskegon starts the new year with a three-game week, finishing with a visit from the Stanley Cup and NASCAR Night Saturday as the Jacks host Chicago.
MUSKEGON, Mich. – As the calendar flips to 2012, the Muskegon Lumberjacks’ schedule will go from deliberate to frantic.
After a 32-day stretch in which they played just four games, the Lumberjacks begin a 10-game January with three tilts this week. The fun starts with back-to-back games in Youngstown, Ohio, before the Jacks return to Muskegon to host Chicago Saturday.
“We’re eager to get back to work as the schedule picks up,” said Lumberjacks Head Coach/GM Kevin Patrick. “As a coach and as a team adjustments have to be made when you play three games in three nights.”
Any road-induced weariness from the trip to Ohio should be eliminated when the Jacks lay eyes on the Stanley Cup, which will be available for viewing and pictures before and during Saturday’s 7:15 p.m. game. It’s also NASCAR Night, presented by The Lube Shop and Rock 101.7. Tickets to this year’s Daytona 500 will be up for grabs, among various prize packages provided by Sport Clips.
The Jacks (9-12-1, 19 points) enter this week with points in two straight games for the first time since November. Both positive results came in overtime against Indiana: Muskegon rallied for a 3-2 sudden death win Dec. 18 and came back to tie the Ice late in last Wednesday’s game before falling in OT.
“I’ve liked a lot in our game the last three times out,” Patrick said. The Lumberjacks were tied late with the U.S. National Team Dec. 17 in an eventual 3-2 road loss.
Muskegon is 3-1-0 against Youngstown (16-8-2, 34 points) this season, which is in the midst of its first real rough patch after a strong start. Following consecutive regulation losses in Indiana over New Year’s weekend, the Phantoms are 0-2-1 since the USHL winter break and have dropped to fourth place in the eight-team Eastern Conference.
The Jacks’ previous trip to Youngstown resulted in a 2-1 win Nov. 11 at the Covelli Centre, with Joseph Cox scoring the game winner and goalie John Keeney earning the No. 1 star with 25 saves.
After taking on the Phantoms Thursday and Friday, Muskegon lines up with another familiar opponent Saturday, as the Chicago Steel (8-18-1, 17 points) visit the Port City for the second time. Chicago has claimed three of the first four meetings in the season series, but the Steel are on a four-game losing streak that has dropped them to last in the East.
All three games this week start at 7:15 p.m., with the Meijer Pregame Show beginning 30 minutes prior to opening faceoff on the radio home of your Lumberjacks, 92.5 The Outlaw. Voice of the Jacks Matt Gajtka will have the play-by-play.
STEEL CAGE MATCH
UPCOMING HOME GAMES
Saturday, January 7 vs. CHICAGO at 7:15 p.m. – Stanley Cup & NASCAR Night / Hockey’s most legendary trophy will be in the house, plus enter to win a trip to the Daytona 500 and other great NASCAR-themed prizes!
Friday, January 13 vs. DES MOINES at 7:15 p.m. – Dollar Beers & Hot Dogs from 6-8 p.m.!
Saturday, January 14 vs. GREEN BAY at 7:15 p.m. - Contribute a new or used pair of skates for use at the outdoor rink downtown and enter to win use of a suite during the Feb. 11 Red Wings Alumni Game! Skates can be dropped off at any time before Jan. 15.
FOLLOW THE JACKS ALL SEASON
92.5 FM The Outlaw is the exclusive radio home of your Muskegon Lumberjacks! Listen over the air or check out the action streaming online at 925fmtheoutlaw.com as Voice of the Jacks Matt Gajtka has the play-by-play. The USHL is also partnering with FastHockey.com to provide video coverage of all league games this season; go to ushl.fasthockey.com to sign up and watch!
JackSixty presented by Cinema Carousel is a weekly hour-long talk show devoted to your Muskegon Lumberjacks every Tuesday night from 6-7 p.m. at Hennessy’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. Located at the corner of Jefferson and Clay Streets in the heart of Muskegon, Hennessy’s plays host as Gajtka talks hockey with head coach Kevin Patrick, various players and other featured guests on 98.3 FM WLCS!
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