Korpi Shuts out Youngstown, Lumberjacks Blank Phantoms 4-0
MUSKEGON, Mich. - Lumberjacks goaltender Cameron Korpi stood tall in the blue paint to record his first career shutout after his stellar 20-save performance as the Muskegon Lumberjacks split the weekend series with the Youngstown Phantoms after blanking Youngstown 4-to-0 on Saturday, Jan. 22 from Mercy Health Arena in downtown Muskegon. Ben Strinden picked up a three-point night after he scored two goals 22 seconds apart in the third period alongside an assist. Rearguard Tyler Dunbar also had himself a multi-point night, courtesy of three assists. With the win, the Lumberjacks are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference standings with the Chicago Steel, with each team securing 46 points in the standings.
For the second night in a row, no team was able to solve the opposition's netminder in the first period, despite a plethora of chances.
At the end of the first period of action, both teams skated to a 0-to-0 tie heading into the first intermission.
The Lumberjacks were able to draw first blood about halfway through the contest at 10:40 with a second-chance goal from Ethan Whitcomb to give Muskegon the 1-to-0 lead. Nick Peluso and Tyler Hotson scored assists on the play.
After 40 minutes of action, the Jacks controlled a 1-to-0 lead going into the second intermission and final period of regulation.
Muskegon's Ben Strinden was able to double the Lumberjacks lead to 2-to-0 at 6:01 of the second period. Strinden's 16th goal of the season was assisted by Tyler Dunbar and Quinn Hutson.
Just 22 seconds later, Strinden struck twice with his second goal of the game, and his 17th of the season at 6:23 to make it a 3-to-0 lead for Muskegon. Strinden's goal was assisted by Tyler Dunbar.
With the net empty and shorthanded with under a minute to play in regulation, Owen Mehlenbacher deposited the loose change into the back of the open net to seal the victory for the Lumberjacks. Mehlenbacher's fifth goal of the season was assisted by Tyler Dunbar and Ben Strinden.
In the end, Muskegon netminder Cameron Korpi backstopped his team to victory with his first career USHL shutout after his 20-save performance, and the Lumberjacks were able to bank two points and earn the weekend split over the Youngstown Phantoms by a final score of 4-to-0.
The Muskegon Lumberjacks will hit the road next week as they travel to Green Bay, Wisc. to open a two-game weekend series against the Gamblers on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28 and 29, respectively. Both games will start at 8:05 pm EST from the Resch Center in downtown Green Bay.
Upcoming Theme Nights - Police & Fire Night/Mascot Mania
On Friday, Feb. 11, it's Police and Fire Night! The Lumberjacks invite you to come out and honor the guns and hoses! A night to thank our local heroes for all they do to keep us safe day in and day out. The following night, on Saturday, Feb. 12, it's Mascot Mania! Jack and Timber are inviting all of their mascot buddies from around the state for a party at Mercy Health Arena! For more information, call the Muskegon Lumberjacks Business office at (231)-799-7000 or email email@example.com.
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