Geneva—IL- Danil Gushchin scored three points, pushing him past Matej Paulovic and into first all-time on the Muskegon Lumberjacks scoring list Sunday at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Chicago defeated Muskegon 7-4, but Gushchin is now at the pinnacle of Muskegon’s all-time scoring list.
Chicago Steel forward Sean Farrell’s three-goal performance propelled Chicago over Muskegon, and Chicago scored three times on the power play.
The first period was back and forth hockey, that had the scales tipped by special teams. Muskegon spent just under 6 minutes on the penalty kill, which culminated in a ripper by Farrell on the power play to give the Steel the 1-0 lead at 15:25. In the final couple minutes, a scary collision between Chicago’s David Ma and Muskegon netminder Jan Skorpik occurred, however, everyone was ok.
In the middle period, Chicago would continue what they started in the first as Farrell got his second of the game on a bar-down shot just nine seconds into the frame, extending the Chicago lead to 2-0.
Muskegon would get some quality looks, and on the power play, captain Dylan Wendt put home a rebound on the doorstep to cut the Chicago advantage in half, 2-1 at 4:21.
However, Farrell skated in on a breakaway and put his third goal of the game past Skorpik, giving him the hat trick and making the score 3-1 at 11:41. Then, on a 5-on-3 power play, Josh Doan put the Steel ahead by three, 4-1, at 14:49.
The Lumberjacks got one back shorthanded as Gushchin scored a marvelous breakaway goal through a trip at 15:39. Not more than a minute later, Adam Fantilli revived the three-goal Chicago lead at 16:08, 5-2 Steel.
After falling behind by three once again, Nate Reid would come in for relief for Skorpik.
The third gave Muskegon an early power play which they were unable to convert on, and Chicago’s Jack Bar made it 6-2 at 7:09. Muskegon would get one back when Tanner Kelly scored on a falling down pass from Dylan Wendt at 7:49.
The Lumberjacks got a power play where Chicago’s captain Erik Middendorf scored shorthanded on Reid and it was 7-3 at 10:05. Danil
Despite the game being out of reach, Gushchin would score his second goal of the game, and his 120th career point on an unassisted goal with five minutes remaining.
Gushchin’s 120 points have come in three seasons with Muskegon, and more records are within reach for Danil including Matt Iacopelli’s record of 61 goals scored. Gushchin currently sits at 55.
The Lumberjacks play the U17s at 7pm EST on Friday February 5 at home.
Muskegon Goals: Wendt (7), Gushchin (16,17), Kelly (10)
Muskegon Assists: Jacob Guevin (17), Gushchin (20), Wendt (15), Cameron Berg (19)