The Muskegon Lumberjacks tend to excel in games that go beyond regulation time.
The Lumberjacks continue that success with a 4-3 shootout victory at Team USA Arena in Plymouth, Michigan.
The Jacks trailed after two periods, tied the score on a goal by Casey Gilling in the third period, then won the game on a shootout goal by Mikael Hakkarainen.
The victory was the second in a row for the Jacks, and allowed them to complete a four-game road trip with a 2-2 record after dropping the first two games.
Muskegon is now 15-10 on the season, good for 30 points and a second place tie with the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL’s Eastern Conference.
The Lumberjacks will return home to the L.C. Walker Arena next Saturday to face the first-place Chicago Steel. Game time will be 7:15 p.m.
Muskegon opened the scoring at the 18:01 mark of the first period on a goal from Jachym Kondelik. Marc Del Gaizo and Zach Berzolla had assists on the goal.
Team USA tied the game 1-1 at 2:22 of the second period on a goal by Tyler Weiss.
The Lumberjacks responded with a goal from Keenan Suthers 4:58 into the second period. New Lumberjack Caleb Everett picked up the lone assist in his first career USHL game.
Team USA tied the game again on a goal by Erik Middendorf at the 7:43 mark of the second period, then grabbed its first lead of the night on a Jake Goldowski goal with 4:18 left in the stanza.
Muskegon knotted the score at 3-3 on the goal by Gilling at 2:35 of the third period. Garrett Van Wyhe and Keeghan Howdeshell assisted.
The Lumberjacks and Team USA were forced to decide the game in a shootout after a scoreless seven-minute overtime period.
Hakkarainen scored the lone goal of the shootout during the fourth-round to give the Lumberjacks the victory.
Muskegon’s goaltender Keith Petruzzelli picked up the win in net, stopping 23 of 26 shots.