Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Lumberjacks have lost two straight games, but the news is not all bad.

They still found a way to gain a couple of important points in the standings.

Last Saturday they got a late goal to tie the game and send it to overtime before losing to Youngstown in a shootout. Both teams get a point when a game goes to overtime.

On Monday they rallied again, getting a goal from Tom Marchin with just over two minutes left in regulation to tie the score at 1-1.

The Jacks went on to lose to host Madison 2-1 in overtime but gained another important point.

The Lumberjacks are now 18-7-3, good for 39 points and second place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference, three points behind first place Cedar Rapids.

Muskegon and Madison skated to a scoreless tie for the first two periods.

Both teams puck the puck in the net early in the third period, but both goals were disallowed due to infractions.

Madison’s Charlie Gerard finally scored at the 13:23 mark of the third period to give the Capitols a 1-0 lead.

Marchin tied the game 1-1 at the 17:53 mark of the third with a power play goal. Trevor Hamilton assisted on the tally.

Former Lumberjack Haralds Egle scored the game winning goal for Madison at the 1:39 mark of overtime. The Capitols outshot the Jacks 38-23.

The Lumberjacks return to action at home on Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. against Chicago.