MUSKEGON MI- Muskegon Lumberjacks goaltender Jan Skorpik recorded his first-career USHL shutout, stopping all 22 Dubuque shots and leading his team to a 3-0 win over the Fighting Saints on Friday.
Skorpik’s first shutout is also Muskegon’s first of the season, and is the Jacks’ sixth consecutive win.
Dylan Wendt made a mark as well, extending his point streak to 13 games by potting an empty-net goal in the third. Wendt’s point streak tied the Jacks’ all-time record held by Anthony Del Gaizo and Andrei Svechnikov.
Owen Mehlenbacher registered the game-winning goal, rifling a wrist shot past Dubuque goalie Lukas Parik midway through the second. Parik was arguably the best player in the game, thwarting 34 of 35 Muskegon shots in a losing effort.
The Muskegon lead remained 1-0 until the late stages of the third when Cam Berg picked off a pass and connected with Wendt who had nothing but the empty net in front of him.
After Wendt made the Jacks’ lead 2-0 with 1:22 left, Muskegon added another empty netter courtesy of Philip Tresca, who scored for the second-straight night.
Muskegon got strong defensive efforts from Alex Gagne and Davis Pennington, and the Muskegon defense as a unit has been able to keep Dubuque from scoring an even-strength goal in the series. Muskegon won 5-1 last night, and will conclude the three-game set against the Saints tomorrow at Mercy Health Arena.
The Lumberjacks were outshot by the Saints in last night’s game, but fired 37 shots on goal tonight, outshooting Dubuque 37-22.
Muskegon and Dubuque play the series finale tomorrow at 7:00pm.
Muskegon goals: Mehlenbacher (8), Wendt (17), Tresca (5)
Muskegon assists: Berg (30), Tom Sinclair (9)