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Berg's Hat Trick Leads Muskegon to Comeback Win Over Green Bay

By Frank Zawrazky, 01/16/21, 10:00PM EST

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MUSKEGON, MI- Cameron Berg scored three goals, including two in the game’s final 6:35, to lead the Muskegon Lumberjacks to a come-from-behind, 6-4 win on Saturday.

With Muskegon trailing late in the third, Berg’s second goal tied the game 4-4 with 6:35 to play in regulation. After defenseman Jacob Guevin blasted home a power-play goal to put Muskegon in fron 5-4, Berg iced the game with an empty-net goal with 1:15 to play.

Danil Gushchin made history in the first period, scoring his 50th goal and 108th point. Gushchin becomes just the fourth Lumberjack to score 50 goals and his 108th point pushed him past Mikael Hakkarainen and into third place on the Jacks’ all-time scoring list.

In a game that saw four ties and three lead changes, Muskegon and Green Bay went back and forth in a wild first period.

Green Bay struck first, less than a minute into the game, but five seconds later, defenseman Alex Gagne scored from the neutral zone, appearing to catch Green Bay goaltender Aaron Randazzo unprepared. 

After Gushchin gave Muskegon the 2-1 lead on a stellar forehand-backhand goal, Green Bay roared back with two unanswered goals of their own to grab the lead back, 3-2.

Berg’s first of the night came with 50 seconds left in the first period, and knotted the game at three.

After a crazy first, the second period went by without any scoring. Goaltenders Randazzo and Nate Reid of Muskegon took care of everything thrown their way.

In the third, Green Bay got a second power-play goal from Cam Thiesing, regaining the lead with 9:51 to play. 

Playing for the third consecutive night, Muskegon refused to quit, tying the game on Berg’s 15th of the season with 6:35 left. Then, the Muskegon power play found the back of the net when a Jacob Guevin blueline bomb beat Randazzo to put Muskegon in front, 5-4, with 2:41 to play.

Green Bay pulled Randazzo near the two-minute mark, but couldn’t score the equalizer. Instead, Berg put the game away with 1:15 left.

The Jacks have now won three in a row and five out of six, but have a quick turnaround for their next game against Team USA U18 on Monday. 

 

Muskegon goals: Gagne (3), Gushchin (12), Berg (14,15,16), Guevin (3)

 

Muskegon assists: Bradley Marek (4), Guevin (14), Reid (1), Rhett Pitlick (6,7), Gushchin (14), Cristophe Tellier (9,10), Tanner Kelly (9)