The Lumberjacks topped visiting Dubuque, 7-4 on Friday, and gained a much needed win after hitting a rough patch in the last three weeks.
Muskegon entered the game losing five out of its last six games and had fallen deep into third place behind Chicago and Dubuque.
Jack Williams and Quinn Hutson combined with a potent Lumberjacks third quarter and solid power play, led to Friday’s win. Williams tallied a four-point night with two goals and a pair of assists while Hutson tallied two goals and an assist.
Muskegon’s powerplay has been a challenge for the team this season, but on Friday the Lumberjacks tallied three goals in its seven opportunities. Meanwhile the Lumberjacks killed three penalties for the night.
The Lumberjacks started the game hot, getting a goal from Jacob Braccini on an assist from Joey Larson just 14 seconds into the contest.
Muskegon then traded goals with Dubuque into the third period.
Hutson put the Jacks up, 2-1 on assists from Williams and Jacob Guevin in the second period. The Fighting Saints responded with a goal to make the score 2-2 at the end of the period.
Jake Richard put Muskegon up 3-2 early in the third period and Dubuque again responded and tied the score.
But then Muskegon came to life, rattling off four more goals to slam the door shut on Dubuque.
Hutson scored his second goal while Williams put in back-to-back goals, giving Muskegon a commanding 6-3 lead. Tylor Hotson capped off Lumberjacks scoring with an empty-net goal.
Getting his 11th win of the season with 31 saves in goal for Muskegon was Aleksandr Kuleshov.
Muskegon again hosts Dubuque on Saturday with a 7:10 p.m. puck drop.
Check out photos from the action shot by Sondra Workman.
What Muskegon did when it transformed itself from a last place team into a playoff contender, will be considered a great achievement for this team’s season.