CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Muskegon Lumberjacks came up short against the Sioux City Musketeers on Sunday and ultimately dropped a 5-to-2 decision while concluding the 2021 USHL Fall Classic.
The Musketeers hit the ground running at 3:02 when Kirklan Irey found the puck in a net-front scramble and jammed it past Lumberjack goaltender Cameron Korpi for the 1-to-0 lead. Irey’s goal was assisted by Ralfs Bergmanis and Tomi Leppanen.
Sioux City would add another tally at 10:44 of the period to make it 2-to-0 after Ben Doran fired a loose puck off of a rebound from fellow Musketeer Tomi Leppanen’s original shot. Leppanen and Irey assisted on the play.
Muskegon would cut the deficit in half at 13:10 of the first period when Gavin McCarthy tipped in a pass from teammate Phil Tresca to make it a 2-to-1 game. Nathan McBrayer picked up the secondary assist on McCarthy’s first goal of the season.
Both teams played an even period, but it was Ben Steeves striking at 15:21 to push the Musketeer lead. Steeve’s goal was unassisted when it snuck past goaltender Korpi in the middle frame.
At the end of 40 minutes of action, Sioux City took a 3-to-1 lead into the intermission.
In the third period, Steeves would pot his second goal of the game, increasing the Musketeer lead to 4-to-1 at 1:29 of the period. Irey and Garrett Brown picked up assists on the goal.
But the Lumberjacks would fight their way back to a two-goal deficit at 4:21 of the period when Tom Sinclair drove the net and punched home a loose puck behind Musketeer goaltender Axel Mangbo. Sinclair’s goal was unassisted to make it a 4-to-2 game.
However, Sioux City would restore the three-goal lead when Irey netted his second goal of the game, widening the Musketeer lead to 5-to-2. Grant Slukynsky managed to get the only assist on Irey’s goal at 6:06 of the third period.
The Musketeers would go on to win with a final score of 5-to-2.
In the end, Muskegon took a total of 29 shots with Musketeer goalie Mangbo stopping 27 while Sioux City managed to put 32 pucks on Korpi, who made 27 saves.
The Lumberjacks will be back in action next week when they travel to Geneva, Ill. for a single-game matchup with the defending Clark Cup champion Chicago Steel. The lone game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2 with puck drop slated for 8:05 pm ET.
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Opening Weekend/Flannel Fest
We’re kicking off our season with a bang! Come down to night one of Flannel Fest and rock out with the AC/DC cover band “Let There Be Rock.” Plus, the first 100 adults to open an account with Family Financial Credit Union during Flannel Fest will become the proud owners of an exclusive white Lumberjacks jersey. You do NOT want to miss out on the biggest party of the Fall!
Flannel Fest rolls into Saturday! Night two will feature several exciting events for the whole family including hayrides, pumpkin carving/painting and axe throwing, and much more! Later, during the game's first intermission, watch your favorite teachers dash for cash to benefit local classrooms as the Lumberjacks take on the Chicago Steel! Single-game tickets are now on sale. For more information, call the Muskegon Lumberjacks Business office at (231)-799-7000 or email email@example.com.
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About the Muskegon Lumberjacks
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The club’s goal is to create an environment where student-athletes develop into successful young men both on and off the ice, which includes playing the game the right way while keeping up with their studies in the classroom and staying actively involved in the West Michigan community. The organization is committed to providing quality, affordable, and top-notch family entertainment while providing positive role models for the youth for the local community.