MUSKEGON, MI- Head Coach MIke Hamilton won his 93rd game as the Lumberjacks’ head coach, breaking the franchise record for wins in a 7-4 victory over Team USA U18.
Hamilton passes Todd Krygier’s previous record of 92 wins, becoming the winningest coach in franchise history.
Hamilton’s Lumberjacks dueled with Team USA U18 in a scoreless first period before the floodgates opened in the second. Muskegon scored four unanswered goals in the frame, scored by four different players.
Cristophe Tellier continued his torrid 7-game stretch, scoring in the second and again in the third. Tellier added an assist and now has registered nine goals and eight assists in his last seven games.
Tellier’s linemate Quinn Hutson kicked off the scoring early in period two, adding an assist in the third to add to his impressive eight-game point streak.
Nick Portz and Philip Tresca added goals in period two as well, and Muskegon took a 4-0 lead into the second intermission.
No lead is safe against Team USA and within the third period’s first 3:30, the U18s poured two goals past a previously unblemished Nate Reid to make the game 4-2.
However, Muskegon answered with Tellier’s second of the night- a netfront tip from a sweet Jack Wiliams setup.
Sasha Pastujov again got Team USA within two with more than 12 minutes to play, but 1:43 later, Muskegon took the three-goal lead back when Williams scored one of his own on a one-timer set up by Hutson.
Team USA would make it a two-goal game once again when Red Savage scored on a netfront scrum, but the U18s would get no closer than 6-4.
Dylan Wendt sealed the game in the final minute, extending his point streak to ten games with the empty netter.
Muskegon has now won 13 of their last 15, and the Jacks will rematch Team USA U18 tomorrow on the road.
Muskegon goals: Tellier (19,20), Hutson (13), Williams (16), Portz (14), Tresca (3), Wendt (15)
Muskegon assists: Owen Mehlenbacher (2), Tellier (26), Kyle Aucoin (7,8), Danil Gushchin (28), Thomas Sinclair (9), Jacob Guevin (27,28), Williams (19), Wendt (25), Hutson (20), Brad Marek (11)