YOUNGSTOWN, OH— Back-to-back four goal periods led the way for the Muskegon Lumberjacks to come away victorious 8-2 over the Youngstown Phantoms (4-7-0-2) at L.C. Walker Arena Friday night.
The game would start off on the right foot for Youngstown as some pretty passing on the power play would lead to a Brett Murray goal. Connor MacEachern sent a nice cross-ice pass to a crashing Jack Malone who centered a puck right on the tape of Murray’s stick as he banged the puck home.
The fierceness of the rivalry would show near the end of the first frame as Josh DeLuca and Jagger Joshua would get tangled up, both receiving penalties. Joshua would receive a minor and DeLuca a major and game misconduct that would haunt the Phantoms in the second.
Mikael Hakkarainen started the second period off fast for the Jacks scoring just 37 seconds into the four-on-four play, but Craig Needham would answer a short while later. Dalton Messina stole a pass below the goal line and centered to Needham who put the puck in the back of the net to give the Phantoms a one goal lead.
Muskegon would tally two more goals on the major power play from Alex Gaffney and Hakkarainen and would add a third in the period off the stick of Egor Afanasyev to gain a 4-2 lead heading into the third period.
The game would quickly turn downhill for the Phantoms as they conceded four more goals in the final frame. Matthew Staudacher floated a wrister from the point that found its way through traffic to extend their lead to 5-2. Nolan Sullivan scored on the power play just over two minutes later as he stuffed a puck that was underneath the leg of Phantoms netminder Christian Stoever (24 saves) into the net. James McIsaac would tap home a nice feed through the low slot to put the Jacks up five goals and that would be the final straw for Stoever as he was relieved by Jon Mor (2 saves). Mor would concede one goal as Hakkarainen completed the hat trick on the power play as he one-timed a puck passed Mor’s out stretched glove to give the Jacks an 8-2 lead.
These same two teams meet again tomorrow night in Muskegon. The game will be broadcasted on HockeyTV. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:15 PM.
By the Numbers
Shots – 24
Saves – 26
Power Play – 1/5
Penalty Kill – 4/5
Goals – Murray (PP), Needham (SH)
Assists – Malone, MacEachern, Messina
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