Max Humitz’ game-winning goal with 20.5 seconds remaining in regulation gave the Muskegon Lumberjacks an exciting 3-2 victory over Bloomington Friday at the U.S Cellular Arena in Bloomington, Illinois.
The victory gave the Jacks a good start in a weekend home-and-home series with Bloomington. The two teams will face off tomorrow at the L.C. Walker Arena at 7:15 p.m.
Muskegon is now 13-11-3 on the season, good for 29 points and seventh place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference. The Lumberjacks are six points behind Bloomington for the final playoff spot.
The Jacks opened the scoring late into the first period with a goal from Collin Adams on a power play with 51 seconds remaining. Chris Klack and Will Graber were credited with assists.
The Muskegon goal from Adams ended a 169-minute shutout streak by Thunder goaltender Logan Halladay, who stopped 26 shots in the contest.
Bloomington’s Tarek Baker tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal 9:32 into the second period.
Muskegon quickly responded two minutes later when Adams netted his second goal of the evening at the 11:44 mark to give the Jacks a 2-1 lead.
The Thunder tied the game 2-2 on Baker’s second goal of the night at the 6:13 mark of the third period.
The game looked like it was headed to overtime when Humitz scored his dramatic game-winner.
Muskegon’s goaltender Joey Daccord picked up the win, stopping 35 of 37 shots.