Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks announced that defenseman Jack Dougherty, an affiliate player, has committed to playing college hockey for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The native of Cottage Grove, Minn., is expected to become a Buckeye starting with the 2014-15 season.

Dougherty spent the last two seasons playing for St.Thomas Academy in the Minnesota State High School League. He had 45 points in 61 games, including six goals and 39 assists.

During his sophomore season in 2011-12, Dougherty recorded 10 points and a plus-2 rating in 30 games. This past season, as a junior, Dougherty had 35 points in 31 games.

In 2012, he spent two months playing for Team Southeast in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League. He had 11 points in 19 games. He also played this past summer for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team that captured first place in the 2012 Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic.

St. Thomas Academy has captured the last three Class A State Championships in the state of Minnesota with Dougherty being a part of the last two.

Ohio State moves into the newly formed Big Ten Conference in hockey beginning in the 2013-14 season.

Muskegon completes its home slate of the regular season on Friday and Saturday nights against the Green Bay Gamblers. Both games will be played at L.C. Walker Arena beginning at 7:15 p.m.