MUSKEGON, MI- Green Bay Gamblers goaltender Matt Davis made 32 saves, including 18 in the third period, earning his first USHL shutout and leading the Gamblers past the Muskegon Lumberjacks 4-0.
For Muskegon, it was the first time being shut out all year; for Green Bay, it was their first time shutting an opponent out this season.
Forward Danil Gushchin was out of Muskegon’s lineup due to injury, and his absence was noticeable for the Jacks, who have scored nearly five goals per game on average this season.
Muskegon and Green Bay dueled to a scoreless tie for the first 35 minutes of the game, with each having good chances turned away by Davis and Lumberjacks goalie Jan Skorpik. However, Green Bay would break the tie with five minutes left in the second, and they wouldn’t look back. The Gamblers went on a run, scoring three times before the end of the second to push the score to 3-0 after 40 minutes.
In the third, Muskegon peppered Davis with 18 shots on goal, but the Canadian netminder was up to the challenge, stopping everything thrown his way.
Matt DeBoer scored the lone goal of the third period, extending the Green Bay lead to 4-0. DeBoer scored twice in the game to lead Green Bay’s offense.
Muskegon will look to avenge their second-straight loss to Green Bay tomorrow night in the series finale. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:10pm and limited tickets are available.
Muskegon goals: None
Muskegon assists: None