MUSKEGON, MI- The Chicago Steel raced out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back, beating the Muskegon Lumberjacks 6-3 Friday night at Mercy Health Arena.
Chicago scored three goals in the game’s first 14 minutes, staking themselves to a 3-0 lead before Muskegon got on the board before the end of the first. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak that Muskegon rode into the game, and also is the first regulation win for Chicago since February 11.
In the second period, the Jacks would draw within a single goal, getting a power-play tally from Cameron Berg to make the score 3-2. The power-play goal broke an 0-for-31 streak for Muskegon, and hopefully will kick-start the man advantage.
Unfortunately for the Jacks, the Steel scored just seconds later, getting a goal from Jack Babbage to make the score 4-2.
Sean Farrell would extend the lead with 2:06 to play in the second, making the score 5-2 Chicago after two. The goal gives Farrell 125 points in a Chicago sweater, the most points in their franchise history.
Chicago made the game 6-2 in the third before Muskegon scored in the game’s final minute to run the final to 6-3.
The win extends Chicago’s first-place lead to eight points over Muskegon, and the Steel are now one win from evening up the season series with the Jacks.
Muskegon and Chicago rematch tomorrow night at Mercy Health Arena, with puck drop slated for 7:00pm. Limited tickets are still on sale for the game.
Muskegon goals: Jack Williams (11), Berg (20), Dylan Wendt (10)
Muskegon assists: Gushchin (23, 24), Berg (23), Nick Portz (12)