Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are heading home with a monumental task of beating the Dubuque Fighting Saints three straight games if they are going to advance in the USHL playoffs.

On Friday night, the Fighting Saints escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Lumberjacks and now have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Game 3 is 5:15 p.m. Sunday at L.C. Walker Arena. If Muskegon survives, Game 4 would be 7:15 p.m. Monday at Walker Arena.

Peter Quenneville scored two goals for the Fighting Saints, who outshot Muskegon 32-17 in the contest.

Christian Heil, Frederick Tiffels and Jeff Kubiak each scored a goal for the Lumberjacks.

Dubuque opened the scoring with a power-play goal by Quenneville at 12;24 of the opening period. Kubiak set up Heil for the game-tying goal at 14:23 of the first period.

Evan Janssen put the hosts up 2-1 at 4:33 of the middle period, but 10 minute later, Tiffels tied it with the assist going to Riley Alferd.

Karson Kuhlman and Quenneville scored at 17:58 and 18:24 of the second period to give the Fighting Saints a 4-2 lead heading into the second intermission.

Muskegon was able to pull to within a goal with 1:02 remaining when Kubiak scored while the Jacks were skating with the extra attack. Jordan Uhelski, who came to play the final period, was pulled to the bench in favor of the extra skater.

Kevin Lindskoug started in net for Muskegon and allowed four goals on 25 shots.

Arthur Brey won for the second straight game in net for the Fighting Saints.