MUSKEGON, MI- The Muskegon Lumberjacks poured 16 shots on goal in the third period, mounting a furious comeback bid, but all 16 were turned aside by Dubuque Fighting Saints goalie Lukas Parik, and the Saints earned the 3-2 win Saturday in Muskegon.
Muskegon and Dubuque dueled to a scoreless tie after one period. Both Parik and Muskegon tendy Nate Reid stopped all nine shots on goal.
Things opened up in the second period, with Muskegon taking the 1-0 lead almost immediately on a Brad Marek goal. Skating in on a 2-on-1, Marek called his own number, deking backhand and beating goalie Lukas Parik to give Muskegon the lead.
Dylan Wendt grabbed a point on the goal, extending his point streak to 14 games and breaking the Jacks’ all-time record for longest point streak.
Shortly thereafter, Owen Mehlenbacher and Riley Rosenthal dropped the gloves, and two players not known for throwing hands gave the Mercy Health Arena crowd an entertaining fight.
Dubque stormed back after the fight, however, getting three goals in an eight-minute window. Henry Thrun was the catalyst, scoring twice and adding an assist in the Saints’ outburst. Two of Dubuque’s goals were power-play tallies, and the score was suddenly 3-1 Saints.
Muskegon clawed back within one before the period expired, scoring a power-play goal of their own in the final minute. Nick Portz ripped one past Parik on a nice feed from Quinn Hutson to make the score 3-2.
In the third, Dubuque clinged to their 3-2 lead as Muskegon continued to generate momentum. When the final horn sounded, the Jacks had outshot the Saints 16-4 in the frame, but the puck never found the back of the net despite several close calls, and one video review.
The loss ends a 6-game winning streak for Muskegon, and the Jacks are done at home for the rest of the regular season. Muskegon will head to Youngstown next weekend with playoff seeding still very much up for grabs.
Muskegon goals: Marek (14), Portz (15)
Muskegon assists: Wendt (27), Cameron Berg (31), Hutson (22), Cristophe Tellier (29)