MUSKEGON - The Muskegon Lumberjacks had their chances on Friday night against visiting Madison, but failed to capitalize in the second and third periods, and ended up falling 3-0.
If there was one bit of good news for the Lumberjacks, it’s that Madison goalie Christian Stoever won’t be coming back to town this season. Friday’s win was the second impressive victory he has posted in Muskegon since the Christmas break.
The first came on Dec. 27, when Stoever stopped 34 of 35 shots to help the Capitols beat the Jacks 3-1. On Friday he was even more impressive, stopping all 49 shots he faced to post his first shutout of the season.
The Lumberjacks outshot Madison 49-24, including 26-5 in the third period. But Stoever was too much in the net for Madison.
“We didn’t come out in the first period and we let our opponents gain confidence,” said Lumberjacks Coach Mike Hamilton, whose team will visit Madison on Saturday and Chicago on Sunday. “As the game went on the guys were stepping up and challenging each other. They were giving us a chance at the end, but took too long to get going.”
The Jacks were quiet in the first period and were outshot 12-10. Madison’s Bockton Baker scored the only goal of the period at the 4:39 mark.
The Capitols took a 2-0 lead at 15:32 of the second period on a goal by Stepan Pokorny. Muskegon had a 13-7 edge in shots, and two power play opportunities, but still could not find the net.
The Jacks came out flying in the third period, with a huge advantage in shots, but Stoever stopped everything they threw at him. Madison finished the scoring with an empty-net goal by Carson Bantle with 15.8 seconds left in the game.