Lumberjacks lose two-goal lead, fall to Youngstown 4-Three in additional time


The Muskegon Lumberjacks were about to win their first Anderson Cup, which will be awarded to the best team in the USHL.

But the lumberjacks were officially excluded from the race with only three Games to go including two against first place Chicago Steel.

Muskegon, who had to end the last four games with wins, fell on Saturday in overtime from the Covelli Center in Ohio 4-3 against the Youngstown Phantoms.

The Lumberjacks are now 33-14-4 on the season, good for 70 points and second place in the Eastern Conference. Muskegon currently has a nine point lead over third place at Green Bay in terms of home advantage in the first round of the Clark Cup playoffs.

The league, however, decided that the sowing would be based on percentage profit, forcing the loggers to earn three points in the standings if Green Bay wins the last three games of the season.

The Lumberjacks will travel to Dubuque on Thursday before ending the season with two games against Chicago on Friday and Saturday.

Neither team scored a goal in the opening stages when the Lumberjacks defeated Youngstown 11-8.

Muskegon scored the first goal after a goal from Tanner Kelly 12 seconds after the start of the second half.

The Phantoms finished the game 1-1 at the 12:10 mark in the second half after a goal from Winter Wallace.

The woodcutters regained their advantage at 2-1 with a goal from Cristophe Tellier at 18:43 in the second half.

Muskegon increased the lead to 3-1 with a Danil Gushchin record of 51 seconds after the start of the third half.

The Phantoms forced overtime and scored goals at 2:40 and 15:39 of the third verse from Sergel Kuznetsov and Jaden Grant, respectively.

Youngstown finished the comeback win 3:46 in overtime after a goal from Jack Malone.

The lumberjacks left Youngstown behind at 37:29.

Muskegon goalkeeper Jan Skorpik stopped 25 of 29 phantom shots on goal.