Lumberjacks miss chance to capitalize on home ice advantage against Madison, fall 4-3 in overtime

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Getting leverage in a playoff atmosphere is usually found in a home team advantage.

The Muskegon Lumberjacks had home ice again on Saturday night, but it wasn’t enough as they lost 4-3 in overtime to Madison in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Playoff Finals. of the Clark Cup.

The Lumberjacks seemed to have picked up where they left off after Friday’s 5-2 win over Madison.

Jack Williams scored the game’s first goal just 18 seconds into the game thanks to an assist from Joey Larson. The assist was Larson’s tenth point in the playoffs.

Madison responded with a Reid Pabich goal nearly four minutes later, tying the score 1-1.

Muskegon managed to take a 2-1 lead just before the end of the first period thanks to a Jake Richard goal with just seven seconds left in the period. Larson assisted on the play for his now 11th playoff point.

Nath McBrayer gave the Lumberjacks a 3-1 lead early in the second period, putting the game in Muskegon’s hands.

But Madison managed to score a Ben Dexheimer goal before the end of the second period and then held Muskegon scoreless for the rest of the night.

Matthew McGroarty scored Madison’s third goal to level the score at 3-3 before Jake Dunlap could end the game just a minute after extra time.

Muskegon outscored Madison 31-24 on the night and both teams played disciplined hockey. The Lumberjacks only got three penalties while the Capitals got two. Neither team managed to convert on the power play.

Chase Clark took the loss in the Muskegon goal, stopping 20 shots on the night.

Muskegon is now tied with Madison at one game apiece in the best-of-five series. The Lumberjacks then take to the Capitals ice on Tuesday for Game 3.

Check out Sondra Workman’s photos of the night.

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