Green Bay, WI– The Muskegon Lumberjacks’ attempt at a second-straight comeback win fell short Saturday night, as they fell 4-2 to the Green Bay Gamblers. This gives Green Bay a three point lead over Muskegon in the standings where they are currently in second place.
The first period was controlled by Green Bay with the Gamblers’ Xan Gurney scoring on the first shot of the game at 42 seconds.
Green Bay would continue the offense on the power play, scoring on a pinballing puck to give Green Bay the 2-0 lead.
There were a couple scrums behind the Green Bay net, eventually energizing John Druskinis to score a tip-in goal off a feed from Cristophe Tellier, Druskinis’s first-career USHL goal. This later goal at 18:33 would cut the Green Bay lead in half to end the first.
The second period was closely knit hockey with chances going back and forth for the majority of the period. Green Bay goaltender Matt Davis put the cherry on top with a sprawling post to post save on a Jacob Guevin scoring chance.
Things would not stay calm for long as the following shot would go fivehole for Tyler Procious’ first-career USHL goal that tied the game at two. Not to be outdone, Green Bay would put one home within three minutes to retake the lead 3-2.
Muskegon netminder Nathan Reid would continue his strong play to close out the frame and keep the Jacks within one. Reid, in his third-straight start, stopped 27 of 30 Gamblers shots, but fell to 2-1-0.
The third period was very aggressive for Muskegon, who started out on the offensive, gunning shots from all different angles.
Muskegon would also get a power play where they turned up the pressure, but were unable to come up with the equalizer.
With 1:26 remaining in the third period, the Jacks pulled Reid for the extra attacker, but instead of sending the game to overtime, they would give up an empty net goal with 38 seconds left to make the final score 4-2.
Muskegon outshot Green Bay on the night 39-31, and in the third period 17-9.
Muskegon starts a three game homestand on January 14 against Youngstown, with games on December 15 and 16 being against Green Bay. All three games start at 7pm EST.
Muskegon Goals: Druskinis (1), Procious (1)
Muskegon Assists: Tellier (8), Cameron Berg (11)