Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks battled back from a late deficit and captured a 3-2 sudden death shootout victory over the host Indiana Ice on Thursday night.

The game was witnessed by 2,706 spectators at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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Muskegon Lumberjack Chris Leibinger had two assists in Thursday night’s victory.

Shootout goals by Adam Gilmour, Joe Cox and Max Shuart made a winner of goaltender Kevin Lindskoug, who stopped 28 shots during regulation and five of the seven he faced in the shootout.

Muskegon is now 15-7-2 on the season.

During regulation, Muskegon took a 1-0 lead in the second period on goal by Mike Brodzinski. That red lighter was assisted by Tyler Heinonen and Chris Leibinger.

Willie Hudson and Austin Ortega scored back-to-back goals in the third period to push the hosts into a 2-1 lead.

But with 5:32 remaining in regulation, Cameron Darcy scored with an assist from Leibinger.

Muskegon did kill off a penalty during the five-minute overtime period and that signaled the need for the shootout to determine which team earned the extra point in the standings.

Indiana outshot Muskegon 30-28.

The game also marked the lumberjack debut of Villiam Haag, who is on loan from his Swedish team for the next several weeks.