Gushchin sets Lumberjacks franchise record for career points, Muskegon falls to Chicago

History was made on Sunday night as Lumberjack forward Danil Gushchin recorded three points to give him 120 in his career for Muskegon making him the all-time point leader ahead former Muskegon forward Matej Paulovic.

However, the result on the ice was not as positive as the Lumberjacks fell to the Chicago Steel 7-4 at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Illinois.

Muskegon, which failed to complete three straight wins against the Steel, is now 16-8-2 on the season, good for 34 points and second place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference.

The Lumberjacks will return home on Friday to play Team USA. Faceoff will be at 7:10 p.m.

The Steel opened the scoring with the lone goal of the first period on a tally from Sean Farrell at the 15:25 mark.

Farrell scored his second goal of the contest just nine seconds into the second period to give the Steel a 2-0 lead.

The Lumberjacks cut their deficit to 2-1 on a goal by Dylan Wendt 4:21 into the second period.

Chicago’s Farrell completed his three-goal hat trick at the 11:41 mark of the second period, then Josh Doan added a tally 14:49 into the middle stanza to increase the Steel’s lead to 4-1.

Danil Gushchin tied the franchise record in points at the 15:39 mark of the second period with an unassisted shorthanded goal to cut the Muskegon deficit to 4-2.

The Steel closed out the second period scoring with a goal from Adam Fantilli 16:08 into the stanza.

Both teams exchanged two goals during the third period with Chicago’s Jack Bar (7:09) and Erik Middendorf (10:05) scoring for the Steel, while Tanner Kelly (7:49) and Gushchin (15:06) found the back of the net for the Lumberjacks.

Gushchin’s finally tally propelled him to the top of the list in all-time points for the Lumberjacks.

The Lumberjacks outshot Chicago by a 32-24 margin.

Jan Skorpik stopped 10-of-15 shots for the Lumberjacks in just over 36 minutes of play while Nate Reid closed out the game by stopping 7-of-9 shots.


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