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RECAP — Hutson pots OT winner, Lumberjacks close out 2021 with a 3-2 win over Youngstown

By Ryan Vallon, 12/31/21, 10:45PM EST


MUSKEGON, Mich. — Lumberjacks forward Quinn Hutson potted the overtime game-winning goal as the Muskegon Lumberjacks conquered the Youngstown Phantoms on New Year's Eve by a final score of 3-to-2 on Friday, Dec. 31 from Mercy Health Arena. Jake Braccini and Phil Tresca also scored for Muskegon, with Braccini scoring his third goal in three consecutive contests. With the win, the Lumberjacks deposit two standings points in the Eastern Conference and officially close the book on 2021.

1st Period

After shaking off some holiday break rust, the Lumberjacks opened up the scoring just 5:30 into the opening period with a goal from Jake Braccini. Tyler Hotson and Owen Mehlenbacher assisted on Braccini’s 11th goal of the season, and his third lamplighter in as many games.

Through 20 minutes of action, the Lumberjacks took a 1-to-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

2nd Period

The Phantoms would even the score at 6:46 of the second period with a goal from Jaden Grant to make it a 1-to-1 score. Grant’s 11th goal of the season was unassisted.

But just a few minutes later, the Lumberjacks would once again pull in front with a power play goal from Phil Tresca at 8:39 of the middle period. Tresca’s 11th of the year was assisted by Jack Williams and Quinn Hutson to make it a 2-to-1 lead for Muskegon.

After two periods of play, the Jacks carried a 2-to-1 lead heading into the intermission.

3rd Period

The only goal in the third period was from Youngstown’s Grant Porter on the power play at 8:37 to tie the game 2-to-2. Porter’s second goal was assisted by Andrew Centrella and William Whitelaw.

Both teams had plenty of chances in the final period of regulation, but an extra session was needed to decide the winner.


After a flurry of chances from each team, Muskegon’s Quinn Hutson netted the overtime game-winning goal at 3:51 to send Mercy Health Arena into a New Year’s frenzy and win the game for the Lumberjacks by a final score of 3-to-2.

On Deck

The Muskegon Lumberjacks flip the calendar to 2022 with a home contest against Team USA U17 on Saturday, Jan. 1 from Mercy Health Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:10 pm EST with the Party in your Parka celebration beginning at noon from downtown Muskegon.

Upcoming Theme Nights - Party In Your Parka

The New Year’s Eve bash rolls into New Years Day for Party in your Parka on Jan. 1! We’re throwing a party downtown! Enjoy a cash bar, live music, food trucks, and college football on our big screen! The party begins at noon, so make sure to rock your parka! For more information, call the Muskegon Lumberjacks Business office at (231)-799-7000 or email

Upcoming Home Games

Sat. Jan. 1 | 7:10 pm EST | vs. Team USA U17 | Party In Your Parka | BUY TICKETS

Fri. Jan. 14 | 7:10 pm EST | vs. Team USA U17 | 13 Loves Pets | BUY TICKETS

Sat. Jan. 15 | 7:10 pm EST | vs. Green Bay Gamblers | Star Wars Night | BUY TICKETS

Sun. Jan. 16 | 4:00 pm EST | vs. Green Bay Gamblers | Youth Hockey Night | BUY TICKETS

Fri. Jan. 21 | 7:10 pm EST | vs. Youngstown Phantoms | 90’s Night | BUY TICKETS

Sat. Jan. 22 | 7:10 pm EST | vs. Youngstown Phantoms | Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Night | BUY TICKETS

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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 and the local community.