Egor Afanasyev propelled the Muskegon Lumberjacks to an opening season win at the USHL Fall Classic on Friday.
The Lumberjacks are now 1-0 on the season, good for two points in the USHL’s Eastern Conference.
Muskegon will close out play at the USHL Fall Classic on Saturday against the Sioux City Musketeers at 8:00 p.m.
The Lumberjacks opened the scoring with a power play goal from Joey Kile at the 8:16 mark of the first quarter to give Muskegon a 1-0 lead.
The Force tied the game 1-1 at the 13:31 mark of the first stanza on a goal by Tyler Gratton.
Afanasyev scored goals at the 11:05 and 14:51 marks of the second period to give the Jacks a 3-1 advantage heading into the period.
Fargo cut its deficit to 3-2 at the 1:21 mark of the third period on Gratton’s second goal of the afternoon.
Afanasyev completed the hat trick 7:10 into the third period to increase the Lumberjacks lead to a 4-2 advantage.
The Force closed out the scoring with a goal from Josh Nodler at the 18:18 mark of the third period.
Muskegon’s goaltender Brandon Bussi stopped 24 shots in net for the Lumberjacks.