Rebounds give opportunities and the Muskegon Lumberjacks bounced back after a Friday night home loss and came through with a Saturday night win.

The Lumberjacks topped visiting Madison, 4-3 and held on to an important two points in the Eastern Conference race. The win puts Muskegon back into a first-place tie with Chicago.

Muskegon’s victory looked like it was going to be an easy rout as the Lumberjacks raced out to a 3-0 first period lead.

Jake Richard got the offense started for Muskegon, finding the back of the next seven minutes into the contest. Defenseman Jacob Napier tallied his first career goal for the Lumberjacks just over a minute after, for a 2-0 lead.  

Napier’s tally was his first in 40 games at defense for Muskegon this season.

Muskegon’s Phillip Tresca might be considered the hero in the contest with his unassisted short handed goal that gave his home team an even bigger cushion going into the break.

Muskegon took a 4-1 lead in the second off of a Ben Strinden goal.

Madison creeped back into the contest with a pair of third-period goals. But the Lumberjacks defense secured the win by holding the Capitols scoreless in the last five minutes of play.

Muskegon goalie Aleksandr Kuleshow posted the win in net and improved his record to 9-2 this season.

Muskegon is now 23-11-3-3, good enough for 52 points and a first place tie in the Eastern Conference standings.

Check out photos from the action shot by Sondra Workman.