Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks dropped their first game of the young season Friday, losing 4-3 to the host Cedar Rapids Roughriders.

The Lumberjacks lost despite outshooting Cedar Rapids 35-27 and killing all five Roughrider power plays.

Muskegon dropped to 3-1 on the season. Cedar Rapids is 2-0. The two teams will face off again Saturday night in Cedar Rapids.

“We were playing catch-up the whole game,” said Lumberjacks Coach Todd Krygier. “I think because of last weekend (three wins in three games) the guys thought it was going to be easier than it was.

“We’ve got to find a way to bury our chances (offensively). And we didn’t play well defensively. We had too many defensive breakdowns.”

The teams traded goals throughout the game.

Cedar Rapids opened the scoring in the first period with a goal by Jiri Funk at 15:32. Muskegon tied the score with a goal from David Trinkberger, who was assisted by Cooper Marody and Ryker Killins.

Cedar Rapids regained the lead early in the second period with a tally from Andrew Oglevie. Nicolas Carbone answered for the Lumberjacks less than a minute later, with an assist by Steven Merl.

The Roughriders went up 3-2 when Cal Burke scored at 7:06 of the second period, but the Lumberjacks caught up again with a goal by Tom Marchin, with an assist by Matej Paulovic, at 8:58.

Aaron Thow notched the winning goal for Cedar Rapids just 1:49 into the third period.

Goalie Eric Schierhorn took the loss for the Lumberjacks.