GREEN BAY, WI- The Muskegon Lumberjacks scored three unanswered goals, got two goals from Travis Mitchell, and beat the Green Bay Gamblers 4-2 Saturday night in front of 6,000-fan Resch Center crowd.
Mitchell, who was playing forward due to Andrei Svechnikov’s illness (Svechnikov did not play), scored his first and second career USHL goals, the second of which was the game-winner.
For the second-straight night, Green Bay struck early, scoring in the first two minutes on the power play. Chris Grando was the goalscorer, tucking a rebound between the legs of metminder Adam Brizgala.
Despite outshooting Green Bay 14-6, the Jacks trailed after one period, 1-0.
In the second, the floodgates opened. First, Mikael Hakkarainen rocketed a wrister past goalie Maxim Zhukov on the power play just 3:32 into the second. On the following shift, Mitchell walked past a stumbling Jackson Charlesworth down the left wing, firing his first-career goal into the net. The goals came just 20 seconds apart, the shortest period between goals this season for the Jacks.
Muskegon continued to dominate, and Mitchell got his second of the night halfway through the frame. After Zach Berzolla fired a wrister from the right wall, Mitchell one-timed the rebound past Zhukov and it was 3-1.
Late in the period, the Gambler power play struck again when Jared Spooner rifled a wrist shot from the left circle just under the bar to make it 3-2 heading into the third.
Anthony Del Gaizo was assessed a game-misconduct and major for checking from behind, but the Jacks kill held strong to keep the score 3-2 early in the third.
Midway through the period, Casey Gilling found a loose puck to the side of the net and found the net, appearing to score. No signal was initially made, but after the goal was reviewed, the shot counted and it was 4-2.
Despite a 6-on-4 late in the game, Brizgala and the Jacks fought off the Gamblers to win 4-2.
Brizgala made 24 saves to improve to 11-5-3, while Zhukov stopped 34 shots, but fell to 12-5-2.
The Jacks split the weekend, and win the season series against Green Bay 3-1.
Muskegon retunrs home next weekend for a pair against Des Moines. Friday is Superhero night, and Saturday is Sweetheart night. Jacks fans can get two tickets to Saturday’s game and a $25 Texas Roadhouse gift card for just $40.
Both games begin at 7:15pm.
Muskegon goals: Hakkarainen (3), Mitchell (1,2), Gilling (8)
Muskegon assists: Garrett Van Wyhe (10,11), Marc Del Gaizo (11), Collin Adams (21), Bo Hanson (25), Gilling (10,11), Berzolla (14)