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Two hat tricks propel Lumberjacks to 9-1 rout over Storm

By Scott Bradford, 03/17/17, 11:00PM EDT

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KEARNEY, NE- Austin Albrecht and Mikael Hakkarainen each potted three goals, lifting the Muskegon Lumberjacks to a 9-1 victory over the Tri-City Storm.

The nine goals tie a franchise record for Muskegon, and is the first time since March of 2015 that the Jacks have scored nine times.

After Muskegon led 1-0 on Albrecht’s first of the night, which ended a 35-game goal scoring drought, the Jacks exploded for five second-period goals, including two from Albrecht to complete his hat trick.

Albrecht’s second of the night chased starting goaltender Eric Dop. Harrison Feeney entered the game for Tri-City, his first appearance in a Storm uniform.

Austin Alger also scored during the frame, and Hakkarainen netted two goals, making the score 6-0 after two. The five-period second is the highest-scoring period of the season for Muskegon.

Just 29 seconds into the third, Hakkarainen completed his hat trick with a deft deflection over the glove of Feeney.

Collin Adams extended the Jacks lead to 8-0 with his 23rd goal of the season and 50th of his career. Adams ended a three-game goalless drought and now has 109 career points, 10 behind the Lumberjacks’ career point leader, Matej Paulovic.

Andrei Svechnikov would close the scoring for Muskegon, tallying his 25th of the year to make the score 9-0. Svechnikov had three points on the night, giving him 51 on the season (tied for 3rd in the league).

Nick Nardella potted the lone Tri-City goal late in the third to make the final 9-1.

Six Lumberjacks registered multi-point nights, led by Albrecht’s four and Hakkarainen and Svechnikov’s three.

Keith Petruzzelli was sound between the pipes, stopping 18 of 19 Storm shots. He improves to 19-10-0. The 19 shots allowed are the fewest surrendered by the Jacks this season.

The Muskegon penalty kill was again strong, killing all six penalties taken. They’ve now solved 42 of the last 43 times they’ve been shorthanded.

The win drops Muskegon’s magic number down to seven with seven games to play.

The Jacks and Storm will rematch tomorrow night at the Viaero Center, with puck drop scheduled for 8:05pm EST. The game will air live on 92.5 Nash Icon.

Muskegon goals: Albrecht (6,7,8), Hakkarainen (7,8,9), Alger (16), Adams (23), Svechnikov (25)

Muskegon assists: Ty Farmer (9), Alger (20,21), Marc Del Gaizo (17), Svechnikov (25,26), Jack McNeely (9), Koby Bender (14), Bo Hanson (29), Casey Gilling (15,16), Matt Steeves (7)