YOUNGSTOWN, OH - The Muskegon Lumberjacks showed Friday they may have a flair for the dramatic this season.
Down 1-0 with under a minute to play and their own net empty, the 'Jacks tied the game with 49 seconds left, then went on to score the only goal in the shootout in a 2-1 road win at Youngstown.
Former Phantom Jagger Joshua provided the heroics in regulation with the equalizing goal, his second of the season. Bobby Lynch, who assisted on Joshua's tally, scored the game-winner in the shootout to help push Muskegon to 3-0.
Brandon Bussi also improved to 3-0. The Lumberjacks goalie stopped 31 of 32 Phantom shots to stay unbeaten.
Youngstown and Muskegon each finished with 32 shots apiece. Muskegon could not solve Youngstown goalie Jon Mor for the first 59 minutes of the game.
Joshua beat him though to keep the Lumberjacks atop the Eastern Division standings along with Team USA. The Phantoms fall to 0-2-1.
Connor MacEachern tallied his first goal of the season at the 7:31 mark of the second period. Jack Malone assisted on the play. It looked like Mor would make it stand until Muskegon applied extra pressure with the extra attacker.
Youngstown had an opportunity to win the game in the 5-minute overtime session when Alex Gaffney was whistled for high-sticking with 1:53 left, but Bussi and the Lumberjack penalty-killing unit stood tall to force the shootout.
Both teams finished 0-for-6 on the power play.
The two teams tango again Sunday at the Covelli Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.