Muskegon tops Thunder
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Brian Bicek scored two goals and Todd Robinson had three assists as the Muskegon Lumberjacks turned back the Bloomington PrairieThunder, 6-3, in International Hockey League action before 3,274 people Satutrday at U.S. Cellular Coliseum.
The loss dropped the PrairieThunder record to 19-16-2-4 and 44 points. Muskegon improved to 30-10-0-3 and a league-leading 63 points. Bloomington returns to action Sunday with a 4:05 p.m. contest against Quad City.
Bicek scored his first goal 4:16 into the game off an assist by Matt Robertson before Jason Lepine tied the game for Bloomington with a power play goal on assists by Craig Macdonald and Jon Booras midway through the first period.
Damian Surma and Billy Collins each added goals for Muskegon in the final five minutes of the first period for a 3-1 Lumberjacks' advantage. Robin Bouchard and Mark Cody had assists on Surma's goal, while Matt Krug and Robinson had assists on Collins' power play goal.
Bicek scored his second goal with 13:44 remaining in the second period on assists by Bobby Bolt and Robinson. Krug then scored 10 minutes later on assists by J.T. Dahlinger and Robertson before Michel Beausoleil made the score 6-1 on a power play goal with assists to Adam Welch and Robinson.
Bloomington received two goals in the final period from Greg McCauley, his first as a member of the PrairieThunder, and Jamie Carroll. Brett Holmberg and Zac Pearson assisted on McCauley's score, while goalie Andrew Martin and Booras had assists on Carroll's power play effort.
Muskegon owned a 33-23 advantage in shots with Martin taking the loss in net. Sebastian Centomo was the winning goalie.
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