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PLAYOFF RECAP — Lumberjacks drop Game 4 to Madison 3-1, force Game 5 in Muskegon on Thursday

By Ryan Vallon, 05/10/22, 11:00PM EDT


MIDDLETON, Wisc. — The Lumberjacks dropped Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final to the Madison Capitols by a final score of 3-to-1 on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena as Madison forced a decisive Game 5 back in Muskegon on Thursday, May 12. The only Lumberjack goal on the night came from Quinn Hutson, but a three-goal second period propelled the Capitols to tie the best-of-five series 2-2 and force Game 5 at Mercy Heath Arena on Thursday night.

1st Period

Unlike the previous night, no team was able to find the back of the net. Through 20 minutes in Game 4, both teams skated to a 0-to-0 tie heading into the first intermission.

2nd Period

It was all Madison in the second period as they jumped out to an early 1-to-0 lead just 31 seconds into the second period off of a goal from Nick DeSantis. Quinn Finley added the lone assist on DeSantis’ second goal of the playoffs.

Ben Dexheimer made it 2-to-0 Capitols at 5:24 of the middle period with his second goal of the playoffs. Dexheimer’s goal was assisted by Jack Horbach.

The Caps built a larger lead after Quinn Finley made it 3-to-0 Capitols at 18:24 of the second period. Finley’s third playoff goal was assisted by Nick DeSantis.

After 40 minutes in Game 4, the Capitols had all the momentum, leading 3-to-0 at the end of two periods of action.

3rd Period

The only goal in the third period came from Muskegon’s Quinn Hutson at 11:51 of the final frame to make it 3-to-1. Hutson’s seventh goal of the postseason was assisted by Joey Larson.

However, with the damage having already been done in the second period, the Lumberjacks were unable pot two more goals to find the equalizer. In the end, the Capitols forced a decisive Game 5 on Thursday, May 12 back in Muskegon.

On Deck

Muskegon will come back home for a decisive, winner-take-all Game 5 for the rights to play in the Clark Cup Final on Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 pm EDT from Mercy Health Arena. Playoff tickets have been reduced to $5 per seat. To purchase tickets, go to

$5 Tickets

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are making a serious run for the first Clark Cup championship in team history, and they need all of their fans to get behind them as they make their final push! That’s why the Jacks will dramatically discount ticket prices for any remaining home playoff games, starting with Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday at 7 p.m. All seats will be marked down to $5 for that game on a first-come, first-serve basis, as well as the two home games the Jacks would host in the Clark Cup finals on May 20 and 21, if they advance to that round. Season ticket holders will get into the rest of the games for free. The special ticket price promotion is sponsored by WZZM TV-13. To purchase tickets, go to

Upcoming Games

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2022 Camp Dates

The Muskegon Lumberjacks have announced their 2022 Camp Dates for the upcoming season. Registration is now open for the Prospect 07-08 Camp, which runs from May 27-29, 2022 at Mercy Health Arena in downtown Muskegon. Goalie camp is scheduled for June 4-5, 2022, at the Lakeshore Sports Centre. Main Camp, which includes free agents and prospects, will run June 9-11, with Final Main Camp on June 12-15, both at Mercy Health Arena. For more information, visit

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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.