MUSKEGON, MI- For the second consecutive night, The Muskegon Lumberjacks and Bloomington Thunder needed extra time, and for the second consecutive night the Jacks topped the Thunder, this time 3-2 in a shootout.
Andrei Svechnikov recorded an assist and the shootout winning goal, his third SO winner on the year (first in the USHL). Adam Brizgala picked up win number 13 on the season, and made a career-high 42 saves.
Logan Halladay was again outstanding for the Thunder in the loss, racking up 37 saves in his second consecutive extra time loss.
After a scoreless first, Muskegon again conceded the first tally, a Jake Durflinger power-play goal with 4:29 left in the second. The man-advantage tally was the first against the Muskegon penalty killers since February 18th. The PK had killed off 30 straight, a season high.
Austin Alger was quick to answer for the Jacks, netting his 15th of the year on a 2-on-1 rush with Svechnikov assisting. The score was 1-1 after two.
Bloomington again struck first in the third, an early goal netted by Alec Mehr.
The Muskegon power play would get the equalizer with 8:52 left in the third period when Keeghan Howdeshell deflected a Bo Hanson shot past Halladay. While Muskegon’s PK streak ended, so did their power-play drought that had reached 22.
After an overtime that featured 13 shots, nine of them fired by Muskegon, the goalies maintained poise in the shootout. Brizgala stoned Walker Duehr, Vlad Dzhioshvili and Durflinger, while Halladay stymied Matt Steeves and Collin Adams.
Svechnikov was the sixth and final shooter, burying a wrist shot past Halladay’s glove to complete Muskegon’s 11th comeback win of the year, the most in the USHL.
Youngstown defeated Green Bay in regulation tonight, whittling the Jacks’ magic number to nine.
Muskegon will begin a three-game road stretch tomorrow night in Chicago, finalizing their final three-game weekend of the regular season. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05pm EST, and the game can be heard on 92.5 Nash Icon.
Muskegon goals: Alger (15), Howdeshell (9), Svechnikov (SO)
Muskegon assists: Svechnikov (24), Hanson (28), Alger (19)