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Muskegon Rolls Past Chicago, Closer to First Place

By Frank Zawrazky, 01/30/21, 10:45PM EST

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Geneva, IL— The Muskegon Lumberjacks cruised past the Chicago Steel Saturday night by a score of 7-2. Cam Berg had a three point night while Cristophe Tellier and Tanner Kelly both put two in the net. Nate Reid stopped 27 of 29 shots.

The first period started out strong offensively for both teams getting great chances early. Muskegon would capitalize on a Quinn Huston rebound tally making it 1-0 at 6:05. After the goal Muskegon would take control of the game, having many quality looks on their man advantages. Danil Gushchin had a couple breakaways that were shut down by Chicago Steel goaltender Nick Haas.The power play came to a head when Jack Williams appeared to score a tip in goal that was controversially called a high stick, so we play on.

Toward the end of the first, an innocent looking scrum behind the play would result in Chicago’s Matt Coronato being assed a game misconduct for kicking Quinn Hutson and gave Muskegon a major power play that was cut short by a Tyler Dunbar minor penalty. The remainder of the major penalty carried over into the second.

Muskegon kept on the gas to start the second period with the power play, hitting the crossbar and having a successful abbreviated man advantage. Tanner Kelly kept the scoring going off a Chicago turnover, extending the lead to 2-0 at 3:02. The Steel cycled well for a couple of shifts but Muskegon was all over loose pucks. This mentality eventually paid off for Muskegon as Danil Gushchin’s silky hands sent a stretch pass to Dylan Wendt, who sent it to Nick Portz, who in turn put it top shelf to triple the lead at 3-0 at 9:46.

Nate Reid’s shutout would not be sustained as Chicago captain Erik Middendorf scored on the power play cut the Lumberjack lead to 3-1 at 11:06. Sean Farrell made it a one goal game at 14:30, making the game 3-2 on a cross-ice feed from Dawson Pasternak. Cristophe Tellier on a great individual effort By Cam Berg at 15:48 and it's 4-2. Chicago had a power play chance in the final two minutes, but would fail to convert, keeping it a two goal game after two. 

The third period continued the trend of strong starts for Muskegon with Alex Gagne and Nick Portz both getting chances in close but Haas stood tall time and time again. However, the relentless attack for the Jacks continued; even on the Chicago power play. Jack Williams read a cross ice pass, giving it to Cam Berg, who scored a shorthanded goal at 7:09 in the third period pushing the game to 5-2 at 7:09. Tellier put the nail in the coffin for his second of the game at 9:04 in the third period. 

The Lumberjacks play their third in a row against the Steel in a matinee tomorrow at 4:05pm EST

 

Lumberjacks Goal Scorers: Quinn Hutson (5), Tanner Kelly (8,9), Nick Portz (9), Cristophe Tellier (8,9), Cameron Berg (17)

Lumberjacks Assists: Dylan Wendt (12, 13, 14), Danil Gushchin (18,19), Bradley Marek (7), Cameron Berg (17, 18), Quinn Hutson (8, 9), Jack Williams (8)