“The guys played a good game tonight, but we had a hard time scoring goals,” said Lumberjacks coach Mike Hamilton, whose team had to scratch for goals despite outshooting Madison 34-18, “Even though we went 1-for-7 on the power play, we built momentum, which helped us in the end.”
The Capitols opened the scoring 5:54 into the first period on a goal by Brockton Baker. Madison led 1-0 after the opening frame, despite being outshot 12-5.
Muskegon had a 12-3 shot advantage in the second period, but neither team was able to score.
The Lumberjacks finally got the equalizer 6:05 into the third period on a goal from Rhett Pitlick. Danil Gushchin assisted on the tally.
Hodges scored the game-winning goal 2:49 into overtime, with an assist from Iivari Rasanen,
Muskegon goalkeeper Jack Williams stopped 17 shots to collect the win.
The Lumberjacks were 1-for-7 on the power play, while Madison scored one power play goal in four opportunities.