Muskegon outscored Youngstown 2-1 in the shootout to earn the victory and gain a much-needed two points in the Eastern Conference standings. Muskegon is now 2-6-1-2 for seven points.
The teams will complete their two-game series at Mercy Health Arena at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Muskegon took an early lead in the opening period when Ben Strinden notched his fifth goal of the season. That tally came just 1:24 into the contest. Quinn Hutson was credited with the lone assist.
That score held until the early stages of the third period. That’s when Adam Ingram scored his seventh goal of the season for Youngstown to knot the score at 1-all. That goal was scored on the power play.
From there, the contest progressed into the 5-minute overtime, where each team has four skaters. Neither team could produce the game-winning goal so the shootout was used to determine which team would earn the two points in the standings.
In the shootout, the Lumberjacks received goals from Jake Richard and Quinn Hutson to capture the victory. Stiven Sardarian scored the lone shootout goal for the visitors.
Muskegon goaltender Platon Zadorozhny, in his second start of the season, faced 33 Youngstown shots.
Phantom netminder Kyle Chauvette faced 35 Muskegon shots.
Check out photos from the win shot by Sondra Workman.