The Muskegon Lumberjacks put up a good fight, rallying from a two-goal deficit to force overtime, but finally lost to the host Youngstown Phantoms 6-5 on Wednesday in a morning game at the Covelli Centre.
The Lumberjacks dropped to 9-9 on the season. They will return to action Saturday night at 7:15 at L.C. Walker Arena against the Team USA Under-17 squad.
Youngstown improved to 9-7 with the victory.
Muskegon took a 2-1 lead after one period on goals by Chris Klack at 9:16 and Rem Pitlick at 15:49. The Phantoms got their lone goal from Cameron Morrison at 9:27 of the first.
Youngstown scored the only two goals of the second period – one by Lukas Craggs at 2:25 and another by Tyler Drevitch at 3:06 – to take a 3-2 lead at the second intermission.
The third period was wild, with a total of five goals scored by the two teams.
The Phantoms went up 4-2 with a goal from Chase Pearson at 3:17. Muskegon answered with a tally from Robbie DeMontis at 5:50 to cut Youngstown’s lead to 4-2, but then the hosts went up by two again on Morrison’s second goal at 12:04.
The Lumberjacks battled back and tied the score 5-5 with another goal by Pitlick at 13:43 and a goal from Dante Palecco at 18:48.
Kevin Conley settled the issue in Youngstown’s favor with a goal 2:28 into overtime.
Youngstown outshot Muskegon 37-28.