DUBUQUE, IA- The Muskegon Lumberjacks fended off the Dubuque Fighting Saints 3-2 to win their seventh-straight game Friday night at Mystique Ice Center. The seven-game streak is a franchise record, topping their previous mark set in 2013-’14.
Anthony Del Gaizo scored twice in the win, opening the scoring in the first period and notching the game-winner in the second. Del Gaizo’s 15 goals are tied for third in the league, two behind USHL-leading Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup.
Del Gaizo’s goals were his 50th and 51st points of the year, moving him into a tie for 14th (with Matt Berry) in franchise history.
Marc Del Gaizo assisted both of his brother’s goals, and has racked up 14 points now on the season. Del Gaizo now has five points in the last four games.
Monte Graham potted the Jacks’ remaining goal, and Keegan Karki made 19 saves to improve to 9-5-0 on the year.
The game appeared to be in hand for Muskegon after two periods, with the Jacks leading 3-0. Dubuque got an early third-period goal from Chayse Primeau to make the score 3-1 just 14 seconds into the third. Alex Steeves tightened the score further with 2:44 left, scoring when his pass deflected off of Lumberjack defenseman Colby Bukes.
The Jacks took a penalty with 1:47 remaining, but fended off the ensuing 6-on-4 to preserve the win.
The seven-game winning streak is the longest in Lumberjacks history, and Muskegon can tie Omaha’s season-long streak when they rematch Dubuque tomorrow at 8:05pm. The USHL record is 17 games, set by Youngstown in 2014-’15.
All seven of Muskegon’s wins have come against opponents better than .500, and they have made up enough ground in the standings to put them into a four-way tie for third at 28 points.
The lone bad news came in the second period when leading scorer Wyatt Bongiovanni had to leave the ice due to injury. Bongiovanni’s future is unknown, but he will not play tomorrow.
Muskegon will have an opportunity to extend the streak to eight tomorrow when they rematch Dubuque at 8:05pm. The game will be broadcast on 92.5 Nash Icon and HockeyTV.com. BDubs on Harvey street (Lakes Mall) will be showing the game for free.
Muskegon goals: A. Del Gaizo (14,15), Graham (5)
Muskegon assists: M. Del Gaizo (11,12), Wyatt Bongiovanni (12), Emilio Pettersen (12), Bray Crowder (2)