Lumberjacks Start Slow, Fall to Dubuque on the Road 6-3
DUBUQUE, Iowa - It was a night to forget for the Muskegon Lumberjacks as a four-goal first period by the Dubuque Fighting Saints paved the way for an eventual 6-3 victory at the Mystique Ice Center. Dubuque is now 15-0-0 at home this season.
The Fighting Saints (22-4-1, 45 points) got the offense going early in the first period courtesy of a fortunate bounce off a Lumberjacks skate with a goal at the 3:26 mark by Forward Peter Quenneville from line mates Keagan Ford and John Stevens to make it 1-0 Dubuque. Just over three minutes later at the 6:27 mark, Forward Tyler Spezia notches a goal off a rebound opportunity to quickly make it 2-0 Dubuque (assisted by Dylan Gambrell and Keagan Ford). Later on the first period at the 15:36 mark, Forward John Stevens would tally a goal from Defenseman Phil Boje and Quenneville to make it 3-0 Fighting Saints. To cap off the big first period, Dubuque would make it 4-0 at the 18:51 mark with Stevens' second goal of the night shorthanded from Quenneville again off another rebound opportunity in front of the net. Lumberjacks Goaltender Kevin Lindskoug (14-7-2) would be pulled after the first for Jordan Uhelski.
Dubuque's offense would keep the pressure on in the second period with Forward Joseph Manno's first USHL goal at the 8:16 mark as it trickled past Uhelski after sneaking under his armpit to make it a 5-0 game (assisted by Forward Mike Szmatula and Defenseman Matt Benning). Just over five minutes later at the 13:48 mark, Dubuque again would keep adding to their lead with Spezia's second goal of the night from Gambrell and Benning to make it a 6-0 Fighting Saints lead. Muskegon would finally break the shutout at the 15:50 mark with Forward Adam Gilmour's team-leading eleventh goal of the season from line mates Tyler Heinonen and Villiam Haag to make it 6-1 Dubuque after two periods of play.
The Lumberjacks (18-9-2, 38 points) would tally two third period goals, both coming shorthanded and by Forward Joe Cox, who tallied his ninth (2:07 mark) and tenth (13:54 mark) goals of the season to cut the deficit to 6-3 Dubuque (both goals were unassisted). In the end, the deficit was too large for the Lumberjacks to overcome as the Fighting Saints shut the door the rest of the way for the home victory.
Dubuque outshot Muskegon, 36-21, in the game, and three shorthanded goals were scored between both teams. Dubuque Goaltender Arthur Brey (15-2-0) stopped 18 of 21 shots in the victory, while Peter Quenneville (one goal and two assists) and John Stevens (two goals and one assist) led the way offensively for Dubuque with three points each. With his goal tonight, Adam Gilmour has now tallied at least a goal in his last four contests. Kevin Lindskoug stopped seven of eleven shots in the first period, while Jordan Uhelski stopped 23 of 25 shots in the final two periods for Muskegon. The Lumberjacks are now 1-5-0 this season against Dubuque and 0-7-2 all-time at the Mystique Ice Center.
The Lumberjacks will wrap up the 2012 calendar year with a pair of games in Green Bay against the Gamblers tomorrow night and Monday on New Year's Eve at 8:05 pm and 7:05 pm, respectively. Tickets are on sale next week after the New Year's holiday for the low price of $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-12 for the next home game on Sunday, January 6th at 5:15 pm against the Des Moines Buccaneers. Fans can also purchase tickets online at www.muskegonlumberjacks.com or by calling (231) 724-JACK (5225).
The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud members of the United States Hockey League, the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league and the leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The Lumberjacks' organization prides itself on developing not just premier hockey talent, but also exceptional young men outside the arena of sports. For more information, visit www.muskegonlumberjacks.com.
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