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.

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.