Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks completed the 2012 portion of their USHL schedule with a 6-5 overtime loss to the host Green Bay Gamblers.

Muskegon led 4-2 midway through the second period before allowing four of the game’s final five goals.

The Jacks scored three goals in the first period to gain control of the game early on.

Tyler Heinonen scored just 2:10 into the game with assists to Michael Brodzinski and Chris Leibinger.

Slightly more than a minute later, Lumberjack newcomer Luc Gerdes scored his first USHL goal on an assist from Ben Storm.

Green Bay got on the board at 12:40 on goal by Nick Schmaltz.

But Ben Foster, with help from Heinonen, scored at 18:02 to give the Lumberjacks a 3-1 lead after one period.

Green Bay cut the lead to 4-3 after two periods. Muskegon’s second-period goal was cored by Mason Jobst.

Adam Gilmour scored in the third period after the Gamblers had taken a 5-4 lead. That goal came with 1:08 remaining in regulation.

Schmaltz scored his second goal of the game 1:59 into the overtime to account for the game-winning goal.

Muskegon outshot Green Bay 30-27.


Gerdes, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., was the leading scorer for the Jamestown Ironmen of the North American Hockey League. He had 16 goals and 11 assists for 27 points in 32 games.