CHICAGO – The Muskegon Lumberjacks have been firing on all cylinders offensively since the start of the season and that trend continued Saturday night in Chicago.

The Lumberjacks scored a goal in the first, four in the second and two in the final stanza enroute to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Steel at the Fox Valley Ice Arena in Illinois.

Muskegon, which is second in the league in scoring with 22 goals, is now 3-1 on the season, good for six points and a three-way tie for first place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference.

The Lumberjacks lone game next week will be at home on Saturday night at Trinity Health Arena against the Chicago Steel.

Sacha Boisvert

Both teams exchanged goals in the opening period as Jack Galanek opened the scoring for the Jacks at the 13:14 mark of the first period.

The Steel tied the game 1-1 on a goal from Mick Thompson at the 15:14 mark of the first period while on the man advantage.

Muskegon outscored the Steel 4-1 during the second period as Sacha Boisvert (1:09), Hunter Anderson (3:22) and Cody Croal (7:27) each found the back of the net to give the Jacks a 4-1 lead.

The Steel cut their deficit to 4-2 with a power-play tally from Joey DelGreco 14:28 into the middle stanza.

Boisvert added his second goal of the evening at the 15:27 mark of the second period.

The Lumberjacks led 5-2 heading into the final period.

Chicago got right back into the game, scoring a pair of early third-period goals from DelGreco at the 3:44 mark of the stanza and Owen Tylec with 13:29 remaining in the game to make it a slim 5-4 lead for Muskegon.

The Jacks closed out the scoring with two goals 41 seconds apart as Galanek scored his second of the night at the 13:40 mark of the third period.

Justin Solovey added a power-play goal 14:21 into the final stanza.

The Lumberjacks outshot Chicago by a 35-27 margin as Paxton Geisel earned the win for Muskegon in net. He stopped 23-of-27 shots.

Muskegon was 1-for-4 on the man advantage while killing three of Chicago’s five power plays. 

Photos by Sondra Workman