Earlier in the season, the Muskegon Lumberjacks were road warriors, dominating games away from the L.C. Walker Arena while struggling on their home ice.LSJ Logo incert

But the road has not been as friendly to the Jacks in recent weeks, including Friday night, when jacks-transparentthey dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Lincoln Stars at the Ice Box Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The game was tied until late in the third period, when the Stars scored to steal the victory.

Muskegon, which dropped to third place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference with the loss, is now 13-9-0 on the season. The Jacks will move on to play Omaha on Saturday night at 8 p.m. EST.

The Jacks have played five of their last six games on the road, and won only one. That trend, if it continues, could be problematic over the next two weeks, because Muskegon plays its next three games on the road.

The Lumberjacks’ next home game is Saturday, Dec. 17 against Chicago.

The first period ended in a scoreless tie with the Stars outshooting Muskegon by an 11-9 margin.

Lincoln opened the scoring 16:53 into the second period with a goal by Justin Kendall.

The Lumberjacks tied the game 1-1 on a goal from Collin Adams at the 3:57 mark of the third period. Andrei Svechnikov had the lone assist on the goal.

The Stars regained their lead for good at 2-1 with 5:14 left in regulation on a goal from Henry Bowlby.

Muskegon goalie Keith Petruzzelli took the loss despite stopping 28 of 30 shots.

Lincoln’s Cayden Primeau made 22 saves on 23 shots.