Lumberjacks defeat Chicago Steel 5-3 on the road, win third straight game

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The Muskegon Lumberjacks are quickly climbing out of their early season hole that was created during the first two weeks of the season.

The Lumberjacks lost the first four games of the season, but has quickly bounced back after defeating the Chicago Steel 5-3 on Friday for their third straight victory.

Muskegon is now 3-4 on the season, good for six points and sixth place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference standings.

The Lumberjacks will look to continue their hot streak on Saturday night at home against the Green Bay Gamblers. Faceoff is slated for 7:05 p.m. at the L.C. Walker Arena.

Muskegon opened the scoring on a goal from Ryan Sorkin at the 16:20 mark of the first period to take a 1-0 lead.

The Steel responded early in the second period with a goal from Uula Ruikka (2:50) and Gunnarwolfe Fontaine (4:44) to give Chicago a 2-1 advantage.

The Lumberjacks tied the game 2-2 at the 13:11 mark of the second period on a goal by AJ Hodges, then took a 3-2 lead with a goal from Alex Gaffney 14:35 into the second stanza.

Muskegon increased its lead to 4-2 with a goal from Tanner Edwards 2:38 into the third period.

The Steel cut their deficit to 4-3 with a goal from Tyler Carpenter at the 6:51 mark of the third period.

The Lumberjacks closed out the scoring with an empty net goal from Oliver MacDonald with 1:17 remaining in regulation.

Jack Williams stopped 31 of 34 shots in net for Muskegon. The Steel outshot Muskegon by a 34-24 margin.

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