YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The Muskegon Lumberjacks outshot their opponent for the ninth-straight game, but fell to the Youngstown Phantoms 7-3 Wednesday at the Covelli Centre.
The shot total was 41-23, with 41 shots representing a season-high for the Jacks.
After a scoreless first period, the Phantoms tallied five unanswered goals in the second, all in a span of 7:35. Eric Esposito scored twice, and Curtis Hall scored his sixth of the season against the Lumberjacks. Hall has now scored eight in total this year.
Clayton Phillips put the Jacks on the board late in the first with his fourth goal of the year. Phillips has scored more goals than any other USHL defenseman.
In the third, Marc Del Gaizo made things interesting with his first of the season, a wrist shot that was deflected netfront, beating Youngstown goalie Wouter Peeters. Matej Pekar grabbed his team-leading 12th point and ninth assist on the play. With 13:22 to play, the Jacks were within three.
Two more quick Youngstown goals would make the score 7-2, but a stellar breakaway goal scored by Anthony Del Gaizo made the final 7-3.
The Jacks next host Muskegon Fury night this Saturday, November 25th at LC Walker Arena. More than a dozen Fury alum will be in attendance, signing autographs and interacting with fans. There will be auctions for both the alumni jerseys and the current Lumberjacks’ Fury throwback jerseys. Buy your tickets early by calling the LC Walker box office at 231-726-2400.
Muskegon goals: Phillips (4), M. Del Gaizo (1), A. Del Gaizo (7)
Muskegon assists: Emilio Pettersen (6), Pekar (9), Blake Evennou (5), Phillips (6)
SIOUX FALLS, SD- The Muskegon Lumberjacks scored the first three goals of the game, but the Sioux Falls Stampede answered with five straight of their own, eventually claiming a 7-4 win.
Vincent de Mey, Wyatt Bongiovanni and Monte Graham all notched multi-point games on the night, and Graham earned his second-career three-point game just two games after his first.
Goals from de Mey and Bongiovanni as well as Bray Crowder had the Jacks out in front 3-0 after the first, but four Sioux Falls goals in the second, including two in a 12-second span, opened up a 4-3 lead for the Stampede entering the third.
Sioux Falls extended the lead to 5-3 early in the third on their second power-play goal of the night. The Stampede scored four goals with the extra man during the two-game series.
On the power play, rookie Matej Pekar scored his third of the season on a deflection. Pekar now leads the team with 11 points. The score was 5-4 at that point with 13 minutes to play in the third, but Sioux Falls closed with two more goals, including an empty-netter scored by goaltender Mikhail Berdin to make the final 7-4.
Adam Brizgala started in net for the Lumberjacks, but it was Keegan Karki who came out in the third and was charged with the loss. Karki fell to 0-3-0 on the season while the Jacks drop to 4-8-2 overall.
Saturday November 25th is Muskegon Fury night at LC Walker Arena. More than a dozen Fury alum will return to Muskegon and there will be an in-game silent auction for the alumni jerseys. Robin Bouchard, Todd Robinson, Scott Feasby and Todd Nelson highlight the list of alumni.
Call 231-726-2400 for tickets.
Muskegon goals: Crowder (2), Bongiovanni (5), de Mey (4), Pekar (3)
Muskegon assists: Graham (2,3,4), de Mey (3), Bongiovanni (4), Colby Bukes (4), Clayton Phillips (4), Jachym Kondelik (5)
SIOUX FALLS, SD- The Muskegon Lumberjacks overcame a 3-1 deficit in the second period, but fell 5-3 to the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday.
After the Stampede struck first on Artem Ivanyuzhenkov’s fifth goal of the season, the Jacks answered when Emilio Pettersen poked home a loose puck, tying the game at one with 6:10 to play in the opening period.
Sioux Falls would score a power-play goal with just three seconds remaining in the first to give them the 2-1 lead after one. Early in the third, their power play struck again when Ivanyuzhenkov scored his second of the night.
However, Matej Pekar’s shorthanded goal with 4:15 to play in the second gave the Jacks a boost, and Anthony Del Gaizo scored his team-leading sixth of the season to tie the game with just ten seconds left in the second.
A tie game after two, Sioux Falls scored the game-winner when Adam Dawe found a rebound netfront and jammed it into a mostly open net with 12:44 to play in period three.
Mitchell Mattson would add an empty-net goal with seven seconds left to seal the Stampede win.
Keegan Karki got the start in net for Muskegon and despite allowing four goals, kept the Jacks alive for most of the night. Karki had to face a slew of odd-man rushes and a handful of breakaways that Sioux Falls was able to generate. Karki falls to 0-2-0 on the season, but made 26 saves in the loss.
The two teams will rematch tomorrow night at 8:05pm. The game will be carried on 92.5 Nash Icon and HockeyTV.com.
Muskegon goals: Pettersen (2), Pekar (2), A. Del Gaizo (6)
Muskegon assists: Vincent de Mey (2), A. Del Gaizo (4), Karki (1), Jachym Kondelik (4), Pekar (8)