Gallery | Muskegon Lumberjacks vs Dubuque Fighting Saints

Gallery | Muskegon Lumberjacks vs Dubuque Fighting Saints

December 10, 2018 Off By Jenae Anderson

Muskegon entered Saturday’s game against the Dubuque Fighting Saints (10-9-2-2) differently than games before. Having lost the previous night at home versus the same team (3-2), the Jacks were determined to win. I’ve said before that the Jacks are not accustomed to losing, but that doesn’t make victory any less sweet. Coach Hamilton of the Lumberjacks believed they gave the game to the Fighting Saints. Being as successful this year as they have been, that isn’t hard to believe. The Lumberjacks increase winning record to 19-4-0.

The Breakdown

The players took the lead and began the teddy bear rain in the first period. Egor Afanasyev was quick to ring the bell and give the team the jump they needed. That would be their only goal in the first despite 23-9 shots on goal tally in favor of the Jacks. The Lumberjacks would not score again until the third period when they had to come from behind to tie the game at two apiece (Danil Gushchin) and then take the lead at 11:29 (Danil Gushchin). The Fighting Saints, true to their name, fought to keep their hold on the game. Capitalizing on each Lumberjack turnover, they became more formidable than before. Dubuque would tie the game with a goal late in the third to force overtime.

Muskegon to this point had not played an overtime game. Long shifts and confusing play lead to uneven scoring chances and poor line changes. Igor Laroniv Jr scored the game-winning overtime goal with less than a minute remaining in the game to take the win and improve the Muskegon Lumberjacks to 19-4-0.