Lumberjacks bounce back win a victory over second place Central Illinois, 5-1

The Muskegon Lumberjacks finished their three-game weekend strong with a 5-1 win over the Central Illinois Flying Aces on Sunday evening.

The Lumberjacks, who came off their second loss of the season last night, jumped out to a 3-1 lead after the first period and led 4-1 heading into the final stanza.

Muskegon is now 12-2 on the season, good for 24 points and first place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference standings. The Lumberjacks currently hold a six-point advantage over second place Central Illinois.

The Lumberjacks will host the Cedar Rapids Roughriders on Saturday at the L.C. Walker Arena. Faceoff is slated for 7:15 p.m.

The Flying Aces opened the scoring with a Jeremy Davidson goal at the 9:48 mark of the first period.

The Lumberjacks tied the game 1-1 with a power play goal from Colby Bukes at the 11:24 mark of the first stanza.

Muskegon took a 2-1 advantage 31 seconds later at the 11:55 mark on a goal by Brock Bremer.

Egor Afanasyev increased the Lumberjacks lead to 3-1 at the 16:42 mark of the opening period.

Muskegon added a goal in both the second and third periods on tallies from Alex Yakovenko.

The Lumberjacks outshot Central Illinois by a 25-21 margin.

Muskegon’s goaltender Brandon Bussi stopped 20 of 21 shots.


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