The Lumberjacks tallied four straight second-period goals, led by back-to-back tallies from Phillip Tresca.
Tresca opened the second period just 23 seconds in on an assist from Jack Williams. The Yale commit then tallied his seventh goal of the season, nearly a minute later, on the power play to give Muskegon a 2-1 lead.
Five minutes later, Ethan Whitcomb put Muskegon up 3-1 and thirty seconds later, Parker Lindauer gave Muskegon a 4-1 lead.
The offensive onslaught was just what Muskegon needed against the talented Roughriders who were two spots ahead of the Lumberjacks in the Eastern Conference race before Friday’s game.
The win jumps the Lumberjacks up two spots in the conference battle and now they hold fourth place with an 8-8-1-2 record, good enough for 19 points. Cedar Rapids is now in fifth place with 18 points.
Muskegon’s offense was backed by disciplined play as the Lumberjacks gave up just three penalties to Cedar Rapids’ seven.
Sharing duties in goal were Cameron Korpi and Alexander Kuleshov. Korpi stopped 11 of 12 shots while Kuleshov blocked 15 of 16 shots.
Jacob Guevin had another solid night in the assists category for the Lumberjacks, adding two helpers to his now 20 this season, good enough for second place in the USHL.
Lindauer’s goal was his second goal in as many games for Muskegon and now has a three-game point streak.
Muskegon and Cedar Rapids will battle again on Saturday night for the second game of a triple-header weekend between the two teams at Mercy Health Arena.
Check out photos from the Lumberjacks’ win shot by Sondra Workman.