Youngstown OH– Muskegon lost a close game in overtime 4-3 Saturday night against the Phantoms. The roller coaster of a game reached the peak late in the third period on a Youngstown power play.
The initial part of the first period was in favor of Youngstown as they got the first six shots. Muskegon turned the game around, gaining momentum on a power play and tallying the next seven shots.
The Phantoms stopped a for sure goal by Phllip Tresca on the back door, the best chance of the first period for either team. Jacks goalie Jan Skoprik made a game-altering save as the puck trickled into the blue paint.Things got chippy in the final seconds as time expired.
The second got off on the right foot for the Lumberjacks as at 12 seconds Tanner Kelly got fed back door from Danil Gushchin off the two on one giving first blood to Muskegon. The Lumberjacks proceeded to kill off a Nick Portz penalty after some solid attempts in close to Jan Skorpik. Gushchin appeared shaken up on a shot block towards the middle of the period. Then, on a routine point shot at 12:10 from Michael Rubin, Winter Wallace redirected it past Skorpik, ending his bid for a third straight shutout for him. A late man advantage went the way fo Muskegon, bouncing off a Phantom defenseman and to the stick of Cristophe Tellier for a second goal at 18:34.
In the final period Muskegon once again shot out of the intermission like a cannonball, at 51 seconds when Gushchin scored on a wide open net from the sauce by Quinn Hutson. However, Youngstown responded on a wicked wrister at 2:40 at the front of the net. Muskegon turned up the pressure continuing to to barrage Mattias Sholl from multiple different angles all while keeping the Phantoms out of the Lumberjack zone. A late penalty against Muskegon allowed Youngstown to even the game on a shot just below the dot at 15:39. This shifted the momentum back to Youngstown for the remaining time before overtime.
The Phantoms carried their momentum into the overtime, controlling the pace of the extra frame, getting several opportunities in the blue paint, all absorbed by Skorpik. There was even a partial breakaway, by Jack Malone of Youngstown, foreshadowing the eventual goal scorer. At 3:46 in overtime, Malone using his lineman as a screen on Skorpik going top shelf to get the extra point for the Phantoms.
Muskegon starts a three-in-three in Dubuque and Chicago Thursday against the Fighting Saints at 8:05 PM EST
Muskegon goals: Kelly (19), Tellier (22), Gushchin (29)
Muskegon assists: Gushchin (31), Portz (19-20), Hutson (24-25)