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Gamblers push past Jacks 6-4

Gamblers push past Jacks 6-4

MUSKEGON, Mich. (January 14, 2012) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks rallied for a 3-2 lead midway through Saturday night’s game at L.C. Walker Arena, but the first-place Green Bay Gamblers scored the next four goals en route to a 6-4 win.

Rudy Sulmonte and Matt DeBlouw scored back-to-back goals to snatch the lead after the Gamblers (26-5-1, 53 points) carried a 2-1 edge into the second period. However, goals nine seconds apart by Green Bay restored the visitors’ advantage, and Andy Welinski’s stunned Muskegon by hitting the twine with 0.8 seconds left in the second for a two-goal bulge.

Michigan native Alex Kile popped in two goals, including one with 9:15 remaining in the third to stretch the Green Bay lead to 6-3. Nick Seeler rifled his third of the season to draw the Lumberjacks (9-16-2, 20 points) within two, but that’s as close as they would get.

Winter sports complex back in business

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- After waiting more than a month, visitors packed into the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex on Saturday.

The complex has not been this significantly delayed since the late 1990's.

Lugers lined up for a trip down the freshly groomed slopes, while others warmed up by the fire following hours of cross-country skiing.

Many visiting Saturday said they kept pushing back their plans to visit the Winter Sports Complex because of the lack of snow. It took only 48-hours for that to change.

"We've had sliders from all over the midwest out there today", said Jim Rudicil, executive director of the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. "The folks that made reservations out there months ago online, so it's great being able to present the facility to them."

Lumberjacks make coaching change

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) The Muskegon Lumberjacks have fired head coach Kevin Patrick and replaced him with longtime NHL player Jim McKenzie. McKenzie spent 15 years in the NHL playing in more than 900 games, scoring 100 points and winning the Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003.

The Lumberjacks have struggled to a 9-14-2 record this season. "We owe it to our fans and players to have the best product possible both on and off the ice," said team owner Josh Mervis in a statement.

The team also announced longtime Michigan State University coach Ron Mason has joined the Lumberjacks as a senior advisor.

28th Annual Snowfest Heats-Up Downtown Muskegon January 31-February 4th

28th Annual Snowfest Heats-Up Downtown Muskegon January 31-February 4th

The Greater Muskegon Jaycees announces the return of their annual Snowfest in Downtown Muskegon, January 31st - February 4th, 2012.  Celebrating its 28th Anniversary, the Jaycees are keeping pace with Downtown Development by bringing fun activities for all ages. This five day festival centered on Western Avenue brings a Trivia night, Euchre tournament, Battle of the Bowls by area restaurants, Snow Cornhole tournament, Kidsfest and a Cocktail event to honor young people who are making a difference in their community including a silent auction.

The Jaycees will partner again this year with Racquets Downtown Grill to offer a heated Beverage Tent on Western Avenue Featuring local bands Orange October and Whoopee Kat!

The Jaycees will also be bringing back the traditional Snow Volleyball Tournament sponsored by Lakeshore Document Services. Play will be back in the streets on February 4th.

Lumberjacks make changes to Hockey Operations staff

Lumberjacks make changes to Hockey Operations staff

MUSKEGON, Mich. (January 13, 2012) – The Muskegon Lumberjacks today announced changes to their hockey operations staff, which includes naming NHL veteran Jim McKenzie as the Head Coach of the team for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. Kevin Patrick was relieved of his duties this morning.

“It was a difficult decision to make as Kevin helped build our organization when the Lumberjacks first became a part of the USHL,” said Lumberjacks Owner/CEO Josh Mervis, who will assume the club’s General Manager responsibilities. “The team was not having the results we needed and it was time to move in a new direction.”

Drunk driver hits Norton Shores police car

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - A Norton Shores man is in custody on drunk driving charges after his vehicle hit a police car on Seaway Drive.

Norton Shores Police Officer Sara Petrucha had stopped a vehicle on Seaway Drive near Seminole Road at about 7:00pm Thursday when another vehicle sideswiped both the police car and the vehicle she had stopped.  No one was injured in the crash.

A witness and a Fruitport Township Detective followed the vehicle to a parking lot in the city of Muskegon.  He was arrested by Muskegon Police.

The 49-year-old Norton Shores man was arrested for Operating While Intoxicated - 3rd Offense, Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage Accident, Failing to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle, Transporting an Open Container of Alcohol, and Operating While License Revoked.

His name will be released after his arraignment.