Platon Zadorozhnyy posted the win in goal, stopping 19 of 20 shots. Zadorozhnyy replaced Alexander Kuleshov midway through the first after Muskegon fell behind 2-0 to start the contest.
Muskegon Lumberjacks start 2022 right with 5-4 win over Team USA
The Muskegon Lumberjacks stayed perfect in 2022 and overcame an early deficit to top Team USA 5-4 in Saturday’s New Year’s Day matchup.
Muskegon trailed 2-0 early, and fell behind 3-1 after the first period.
Ben Strinden tallied the Lumberjacks’ opening goal and kept the Jacks in the contest with his 13th goal of the season off a Quinn Hutson assist.
Hutson and Jake Richard lifted Muskegon late in the second period to tie the score 3-3. Hutson found the goal off assists from Strinden and Joey Larson while Richard scored his goal off the Hutson assist.
Muskegon let up in the third early on by allowing a Team USA goal and a 4-3 deficit.
But the Jacks responded with back-to-back goals a minute apart from Jacob Braccini and Phillip Tresca. The quick tallies came at the midway part of the third period.
Check out photos from the win shot by Sondra Workman.