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Strong start not enough to prevent Lumberjacks from dropping fourth straight

By Scott Brandenburg, 10/05/19, 9:45PM EDT


Muskegon lost to Youngstown for the second straight night 3-2 despite generating more scoring chances

Youngstown, OH - The good news for the Muskegon Lumberjacks is they generated a lot more scoring chances in Game No. 4 of the season.

Unfortunately it didn't make a difference on the scoreboard, as the Lumberjacks lost for the fourth straight time while scoring two goals or less.

Muskegon outshot host Youngstown 12-5 in the first period, outshot them in every period on their way to an overall 38-23 edge, but still lost 3-2 Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.

The Lumberjacks still allowed too many odd-man rushes, and the Phantoms made them pay just enough to earn the win.

Youngstown took leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-1 and held on against the determined Lumberjacks, who were able to sustain pressure in the offensive zone for over a minute while they were skating with an extra attacker in the final two minutes.

Colin Purcell though rose to the challenge and made 36 saves to keep Muskegon winless.

Yusaku Ando opened the scoring at 12:58 of the first period on a 2-on-1 break with Reilly Funk.

Luke Mobley tallied his third goal of the season for Muskegon with 19 seconds remaining. He blocked a shot while the Lumberjacks were shorthanded, skated in on a breakaway and put a nifty backhand past Purcell to tie the score at 1-all.

Muskegon could not get the lead, however. Arseni Smekhnov converted a 3-on-1 break for Youngstown at 6:55 of the second period to give the hosts a 2-1 lead.

In the third period the Phantoms struck first early, as Funk struck again at 2:27. AJ Hodges brought Muskegon back to within a goal six minutes later, but nobody wearing black could score an equalizing goal in the final 11:38.

Youngstown, which improves to 3-1, and Muskegon both finished 0-for-3 on the power play.

Jack Williams played a strong game in his first start of the season in net for the Lumberjacks. He made one spectacular save early in the second period and totaled 20 stops.

Muskegon looks to break the ice next Friday once again on the road, this time in Plymouth, MI against the Team USA u-17 squad.

To view the complete USHL standings, click here.

Don't forget to order your tickets for the Lumberjack home opener on Friday, Oct. 12 at 7:05 p.m. You can order online through, in person at the L.C. Walker Arena Team Store or by phone through 231-726-2400.

For season or group ticket packages, call 231-799-7000.