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USHL Recap: Sunday, Oct. 14

10/15/2018, 9:45am CDT

Muskegon overcomes 3-0 first period deficit to win 5-4 and remain unbeaten.

Mikael Hakkarainen, Muskegon Lumberjacks (courtesy Hickling Images)


The Muskegon Lumberjacks overcame a 3-0 first period deficit to knock off the Youngstown Phantoms 5-4 and remain one of two unbeaten teams in the USHL.


The Phantoms dominated the first period, going up 3-0 on a goal from an impossible angle courtesy of Connor MacEachern as well as a pair of shorthanded tallies from University of Maine commit Craig Needham

Muskegon responded with three goals of their own in the second period to even the proceedings. Chicago Blackhawks prospect Mikael Hakkarainen put the Lumberjacks on the board at 7:27 with a power play tally. Alex Gaffney, who signed a tender with Muskegon before the season, made it a one-goal game with his first career USHL goal, and Matthew Staudacher tied the game just 32 seconds later.


A Matthew DeMelis goal early in the final frame gave Youngstown the lead once more at 4-3, but Muskegon rallied with two goals in just under three minutes. Cam McDonald made it a 4-4 game just 2:07 after DeMelis's goal, and John Farinacci picked up the game-winner on a beautiful snipe exactly eight minutes into the third period. The Lumberjacks were able to hang on for the remainder of the contest, win 5-4 and move to 6-0-0-0 on the year.

Farinacci, Hakkarainen and Staudacher had a goal and assist each in the game, Christoffer Bjork and Alex Yakovenko both dished out a pair of helpers and Brandon Bussi remained unbeaten between the pipes, stopping 29 of the 33 shots he faced.



Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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