Muskegon tallied a 1-2-3 and a 4-5-6 in its 6-1 win over the Rough Riders at Mercy Health Arena.
Scoring a goal in the first period, two in the second period and three in the third, the Lumberjacks were able to skate away with the series win to advance to the next round.
Jacob Braccini can take credit for netting the game winning goal at the 4:56 mark for Muskegon in the second period.
The numbers lined up for the Lumberjacks as they found all six goals on the night from six different players. Three of the players tallying two points, each with a goal and an assist.
Nathan McBrayer, Quinn Hutson and Braccini were the three multi-point getters for the Lumberjacks.
Jake Richard’s early first-period goal gave Muskegon a 1-0 lead. McBrayer and Braccini accounted for second period production and a 3-0 lead. Jacob Guevin, Noah Ellis and Hutson completed the trifecta of goals and big numbers for the Lumberjacks.
The solid offensive attack for Muskegon was also led by Joey Larson’s three assists and two helpers from Owen Mehlenbacher.
The Lumberjacks defense and goalie Chase Clark continued to shine for its second-straight night, not letting in a Rough Riders goal until a minute and twenty-four seconds left in the game.
Clark nearly grabbed his second-straight shutout in as many nights, stopping 33 of 34 shots in goal for the Lumberjacks.
Muskegon continued to maintain its discipline on the penalty kill for a second night, stopping all four Cedar Rapids power plays. The Lumberjacks shut down all six in Monday’s 6-0 shutout.
Muskegon came through with another big night in power-play production, finding the back of the net on 3 of 6 man-advantage opportunities. The Lumberjacks outshot Cedar Rapids 37-34 for the game.
Next up for the Lumberjacks is Dubuque on Friday at home for a 7 p.m. puckdrop.
Check out photos shot by Sondra Workman.