Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks and Tri City Storm have been having trouble settling their differences in regulation time all weekend.

On Friday the teams went to an overtime shootout before the Storm emerged with 5-4 victory.

On Saturday the Lumberjacks turned the tables, beating the Storm 3-2 in another overtime shootout in Kearney, Nebraska.

The Lumberjacks are now 9-4-1, good for 19 points and second place in the United States Hockey League’s Eastern Conference.

The Jacks jumped out to an early lead for the second straight night, then lost it and had to go to overtime with the Storm.

Muskegon’s Robbie DeMontis opened the scoring at the 16:06 mark of the first period with assists from Christian Wolanin and Matheson Iacopelli.

Tri City took a 2-1 lead with a pair of goals in the second period, from Mattias Goransson and Jake Wahlin.

The Lumberjacks tied the score and forced overtime with a goal from Griffen Molino and the 9:25 mark of the third period. David Keefer and Wolanin had assists.

There was no scoring in the five-minute sudden death overtime period.

The Jacks outscored Tri City 2-1 in the five-round shootout, with Muskegon getting goals from Keefer and Wolanin.

The Lumberjacks were outshot 42-32.

Muskegon goalie Eric Schierhorn was stellar, stopping 40 of 42 shots in regulation and sudden death to collect the win.

The Lumberjacks return to action next Saturday at L.C. Walker Arena against Bloomington.