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Dubuque Scores Four First-Period Goals, Wins Game Three 5-1

April 24, 2019 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Muskegon Lumberjacks News Release

MUSKEGON, MI - The Dubuque Fighting Saints scored four first-period goals in game three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, forcing game four Wednesday night in Dubuque.

Coming into Tuesday night's game, Muskegon owned a 2-0 series lead and had outscored Dubuque 9-1 in games one and two combined. Game three was a different story, as the Fighting Saints scored less than three minutes into the game, and added on three more in the opening period, eventually skating away with a 5-1 win.

JD Greenway exploded for two goals and two assists after he was held without a point in games one and two. Greenway started the scoring with a fluky goal that beat Brandon Bussi, and the Saints never looked back.

Each of the Jackson brothers scored for the Saints, who owned a five-goal lead after two periods.

Cam McDonald scored the only Lumberjacks goal early in period three, with Ryan Savage and Oliver MacDonald drawing assists. Midway through the third frame, Muskegon appeared to score a second goal, but it was waved off because the puck was deflected by a high stick.

Muskegon continues to outshoot the Saints, piling up 44 shots on Dubuque goalie Matthew Thiessen. Thiessen stopped all but one, however, and the Saints are now one victory away from tying the series and forcing game five.

In total, Muskegon has outshot Dubuque 125-67 in the series.

The third period was a rocky one for both teams, as nine misconduct penalties were handed out by officials Kody Helbig and Nolan Bloyer. Five of those went against Muskegon, and Greenway picked up two misconducts against him.

In total, the teams combined for 150 penalty minutes, but Dubuque scored the only power-play goal. Muskegon's power play went 0-for-7.

Game four in Dubuque will be played Wednesday, April 24, at 8:05pm.

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