Coming into Friday night, the Lumberjacks had finally done just what they needed to do and that was put together a four-game win streak.
Unfortunately the ground Muskegon gained was lost on Friday night with an ugly 7-3 loss to the visiting Madison Capitols.
The Lumberjacks started out flat right away, giving up the game’s first goal less than a minute in.
Noah Ellis tied the score for Muskegon less than two minutes later off assists from Tyler Hotson and Jacob Guevin.
Madison responded to the Lumberjacks goal by tallying the next five straight goals, taking a 4-1 lead after the first period and a 6-1 lead late in the second period.
Muskegon’s Phil Tresca found the back of the net just before the end of the second period on a helper from Jack Williams and Williams found his fourth goal of the season midway through the third period.
But clearly, it was too little too late.
Muskegon was once again hampered by penalties, giving up three goals on the penalty kill to Madison.
The Lumberjacks outshot Madison 33-29 but the advantage did not help Muskegon.
Even though the winning streak was snapped, Muskegon was able to climb out of last place of the Eastern Conference and is now sitting in sixth place with a 6-8-1-2 record.
The Lumberjacks are one point behind Cedar Rapids who they will host for a 3-game home stand next weekend, December 3, 4 and 5.
Muskegon hosts Madison again on Saturday night with puck drop at 7:10 p.m.
Check out photos shot by Sondra Workman.