MUSKEGON, MI- The Muskegon Lumberjacks overcame three different one-goal deficits to force overtime, but eventually lost to the Green Bay Gamblers in a shootout, 4-3.
Muskegon fell behind Green Bay 1-0, 2-1, and 3-2, but clawed back to even each time, eventually forcing overtime and ending a two-game pointless streak. However, it was Gambler defenseman Mason Lohrei who scored the only goal of the shootout to give Green Bay the extra point.
After Green Bay scored 4:40 into the game, Muskegon answered, getting a Bradley Marek goal with 8:33 left in the frame to tie the game at one.
In the second, Lohrei scored his 11th goal of the season on a poor-angle snipe that beat Jacks goalie Jan Skorpik, hit the crossbar, and just crossed the goal line to put Green Bay ahead 2-1.
Muskegon again answered back when David Hymovitch scored his fourth of the year on a net-front scramble, poking a loose puck past Aaron Randazzo to tie the game again.
Ryan Kirwan extended his goal streak to five games less than a minute into the third, putting Green Bay ahead for the third time, but Muskegon again had an answer. This time it was John Druskinis who answered back for Muskegon, dropping the gloves against Jarod Crespo and drawing blood.
Druskinis got his team fired up, and with 8:26 left in regulation, Quinn Hutson fired a lightning-quick shot just under the bar to knot the game at three.
Despite getting 1:04 of power-play time in overtime, Muskegon couldn't solve Randazzo, who was the game’s number one star. Randazzo made 36 saves in regulation, four in overtime, and another three in the shootout to earn his fifth win of the year.
Muskegon and Green Bay continue their three-in-three series tomorrow at Mercy Health Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm and limited tickets are on sale.
Muskegon goals: Marek (8), Hymovitch (4), Hutson (6)
Muskegon assists: Tanner Kelly (14,15), John Larkin (6), Davis Pennington (13,14), Frankie Carogioiello (3)