The loss ended a hot streak for the Lumberjacks, who were 3-0-1 in their previous four games, claiming seven of eight possible points in the standings.
The Jacks, now 12-15-3 on the season, remain in sixth place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference, but only trail fifth-place Youngstown by one point in the standings and fourth-place Green Bay by three points.
The Jacks will complete their five-game road trip with matchups on Friday and Saturday night against the Madison Capitols in Wisconsin. They will return home for a pair of home games against Cedar Rapids on Jan. 17-18.
The Gamblers won the game on Thursday because they won the special teams battle. They scored on two of their three power play opportunities, while the Lumberjacks were 0-for-5 with a man advantage.
Green Bay was also more opportunistic with the game on the line, breaking a tie with two third-period goals, despite being outshot 16-7 in the final frame.
“Our power play sucked tonight, and we are not going to win many games not scoring when you have five chances with a man advantage,” said Muskegon Coach Mike Hamilton. “I thought we gave ourselves a chance, but at the end of the day we took a bad penalty and they took advantage. It wasn’t a great day, and I was not too happy with the overall effort.”
The first period was scoreless. The Lumberjacks drew first blood when Rhett Pitlock scored his seventh goal of the season at the 2:24 mark of the second period, with an assist from Danil Gushchin, but that’s all Muskegon could muster.
Green Bay’s Camden Thiesing tied the score 1-1 with a power play goal at 15:57 of the second period. Thiesing added the game winner on another power play goal at 6:52 of the third, then Mason Lohre capped things off with a tally at 10:25 of the final period.
Both teams had 34 shots on goal. Green Bay goalie Nicholas Grabko got the win while Eric Green took the loss for Muskegon.