Unfortunately, the Lumberjacks gave up four unanswered goals through the second and third periods and had no chance to rebound in a 6-3 loss to Tri-City at the Viaero Center.
Muskegon has now lost four in a row and seven of its last eight contests. The Jacks are now 8-7-2 overall, good for 18 points and a tie for fifth place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference.
The Lumberjacks will look to earn a weekend split Saturday night against the Storm. Faceoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.
Muskegon fell behind early as the Storm opened with a Vladislav Lukashevich goal at the 5:26 mark of the first period for a 1-0 lead.
Patrick Raftery responded with a power play goal for the Lumberjacks midway through the opening period. The tally came just as the Jacks’ man advantage was about to expire.
Tri-City recaptured its lead at the 11:18 mark of the first period with a goal by Artemi Nizameyev to give the Storm a 2-1 lead.
Muskegon responded with its second power play goal of the game, this time from Joe Connor at the 17:04 mark. The Lumberjacks were able to carry the 2-2 score into the second period.
The tie was short lived as the Storm scored a pair of unanswered second period goals. Ryan Smith (7:25) and Cameron Briere (8:33) gave their team a 4-2 advantage heading into the final stanza.
Tri-City continued its onslaught in the third period with a goal from Jake Rozzi at the 11:11 mark. The storm added salt to Muskegon’s wounds with an August Falloon goal, taking a commanding 6-2 lead.
Connor closed out the game scoring for Muskegon, this time at the 15:18 mark of the third period. The tally was Connor’s second of the night and third power play goal for Muskegon.
Muskegon was outshot by a 42-32 margin against the Storm.
Paxton Geisel suffered the loss in net for the Lumberjacks, stopping 36-of-42 shots.
The Lumberjacks power play unit was a positive as the team went 3-for-4 on their man advantage, while Tri-City scored two power play goals in five chances.
East Young led Muskegon in assists with two on the night.