Sometimes gaining ground is a little harder than when you’re losing it.

The Muskegon Lumberjacks found that out the hard way on Saturday in their 8-5 loss to visiting Chicago.

Muskegon went into the weekend heck and neck with the Eastern Conference leading Steel, and walked away with two dropped games and falling back to third place, now behind Dubuque.

The Lumberjacks did themselves no favors on Saturday as Chicago’s Sam Lipkin managed to find the net four times in the contest. Three came in the final period to slam the door on the Jacks.

Muskegon also allowed four-straight Chicago goals to start the game. But the Lumberjacks did respond by scoring four of the next five goals to go down 5-4 into the third period.

Ultimately the penalty kill hurt Muskegon the most, letting three of five Chicago power plays find the back of the net.

Phillip Tresca led the attack for Muskegon, getting his 25th goal this season on a pair of tallies. Joey Larson also sparked the Lumberjacks with a goal and two assists.

Quinn Hutson and Tyler Dunbar each managed tallies for Muskegon.

Muskegon held a 39-27 shots advantage on the night.

The Lumberjacks next head to Cedar Rapids on Friday and Saturday. 

Check out photos from the action shot by Sondra Workman.