MUSKEGON, MI- The Muskegon Lumberjacks scored three goals in the third period, but couldn’t overcome a 4-1 deficit to the Youngstown Phantoms Sunday, falling 5-4.
In a seesaw battle, Muskegon fell behind 4-1 early in period three when Youngstown forward Curtis Hall found an open Tommy Parrottino on an odd-man rush. Parrottino whacked a one-timer into the open net to put Youngstown up by three 1:31 into the third.
Facing a three-goal deficit, Muskegon would answer with consecutive goals scored by Nolan Sullivan and Monte Graham to narrow the gap to a single goal.
However, with the Jacks on the power play, Hall forced a turnover at the Muskegon blue line and carried it away on a breakaway, roofing a shot over the glove of goaltender Adam Brizgala to put Youngstown back in front by two.
For Hall, it was his third goal of the night and fifth of the season against Muskegon. Hall added an assist, and has racked up eight points in five games against the Lumberjacks.
Graham would add his second of the night with 4:00 to play, but Muskegon couldn’t tie the game late despite a flurry of shots on Youngstown goalie Ivan Prosvetov. Graham also notched an assist, giving him his first career three-point game.
Muskegon once again outshot its opponent, the seventh-straight game they have done so. In the third, the Jacks poured 21 shots on net, their highest total in any period this season.
Bobby Kaiser notched a goal and an assist, his first-career USHL multi-point game. Kaiser also scored a goal yesterday, giving him three points in his last two games.
Having now wrapped up this season-long six-game homestand with a 2-2-2 record, the Jacks will hit the road next weekend to face the Sioux Falls Stampede. The Friday-Saturday doubleheader can be heard on 92.5 Nash Icon.
Muskegon goals: Kaiser (2), Sullivan (1), Graham (2,3)
Muskegon assists: Matej Pekar (7), Graham (1), Kaiser (2), Corey Clifton (2), Jachym Kondelik (3)