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Gamblers hold off Lumberjacks

Gamblers hold off Lumberjacks

MUSKEGON, Mich. (March 15, 2012) – Playing in front of over 3,000 school-age kids on Hockey for Health Day, the Muskegon Lumberjacks hung close to the Green Bay Gamblers before getting edged 2-1 by the USHL’s best team Thursday afternoon.

The Lumberjacks’ largest home crowd of the season watched defenseman Zach Yoder score a goal in his league debut, as the Georgia native cut Green Bay’s lead in half with seven minutes remaining in regulation.

But the Gamblers and goalie Michael Rotolo stifled the Lumberjacks (15-27-7, 37 points) the rest of the way to earn their third straight win and improve to 11-1-1 since Jan. 28. Green Bay (40-8-2, 82 points) has an 18-point lead on second-place Indiana for first in the Eastern Conference and is on the verge of clinching the Anderson Cup, given to the USHL’s best regular season team.

Lumberjacks unveil new mobile app

Lumberjacks unveil new mobile app

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are committed to provide outstanding experiences for both players and fans, and that mission continues with their new mobile app, Muskegon Lumberjacks HD.

Constructed by the award-winning Bluechip Athletic Solutions, the mobile app opens up a world of team-related content along with a smooth user interface. The app is currently available for iPad devices, with iPhone and Android versions coming soon.

“It’s absolutely critical that we continue to provide new ways to connect with our team,” said Lumberjacks Owner/CEO Josh Mervis. “This mobile app is an exciting and easy way to stay in touch with the Jacks. Thanks to Bluechip for their assistance in presenting this platform.”

Jacks score twice in 3rd before falling in OT

Jacks score twice in 3rd before falling in OT

Entering the third period down 3-1, the Muskegon Lumberjacks were on the verge of falling eight points behind the National Team Development Program for the East’s final playoff spot.

Two goals later, the Jacks were back even and hunting an improbable win. But even though the National Under-18 Team would eventually earn a 4-3 overtime victory Wednesday night at the Ice Cube, Muskegon once again showed its resilience.

Persistence has kept the Lumberjacks (15-24-7, 37 points) in the playoff chase, as they have gone 3-1-2 to stay within reach of the National Team (20-20-4, 44 points) with 14 games to go. Muskegon has two head-to-head matchups left with the NTDP over the next two weeks.

Two future Lumberjacks honored

Two future Lumberjacks honored

In a hockey-mad state like Minnesota, it takes a lot to stand out. A pair of future Muskegon Lumberjacks were special enough to do just that.

Muskegon Affiliate List players Grant Besse and Michael Brodzinski were both named to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s All-Metro Team this week.

Besse, a sharp-shooting junior forward for Benilde-St. Margaret’s, and Brodzinski, a junior Blaine High School defenseman who will make his Lumberjacks debut this weekend, were among 19 players honored by the Star-Tribune Tuesday. Muskegon holds the USHL rights to both high-end talents.

Big showdown with NTDP kicks off Lumberjacks three-game week

Big showdown with NTDP kicks off Lumberjacks three-game week

When trailing in a playoff race, the most a team can ask for is an opportunity to play the clubs ahead of it.

Fortunately for the Muskegon Lumberjacks, they’ll get that chance Wednesday night in Ann Arbor, when they confront the National Team Development Program at 7 p.m. The Lumberjacks (15-24-6, 36 points) have gone 3-1-1 over the last two weeks to draw within six points of the NTDP (19-20-4, 42 points) for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Sixth place is significant in the USHL because it doubles as the final postseason berth in each eight-team conference. While the NTDP has played two fewer games than the Jacks, who have 15 regular season games remaining, Muskegon will face the National Team three times in the next three weeks.

Lumberjacks get back on track in Sioux City

Lumberjacks get back on track in Sioux City

The Eastern Conference playoff race has suddenly gotten a lot more interesting, and the Muskegon Lumberjacks are playing a big role.

The Lumberjacks improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games and jumped within six points of the East’s final playoff spot with a gritty 3-1 win over the Sioux City Musketeers Saturday night at the Tyson Events Center.

Ryan Bullock authored his first USHL two-goal game and goalie John Keeney denied 31 of 32 Musketeers shots en route to his first road win since Nov. 11, a span of 10 starts. The Lumberjacks (15-24-6, 36 points) as a team ended a five-game winless streak in away games.

Tyler Heinonen scored the other Muskegon goal, which put the Jacks up 2-1 entering the third period. The Lumberjacks improved to 12-1-3 in such situations when they fended off a late Sioux City power play and Bullock tossed a backhand shot from his own zone into an empty net with 27 seconds left.

Muskegon takes its roll to the road this weekend

Muskegon takes its roll to the road this weekend

For the first time since early January, the Muskegon Lumberjacks have earned at least a point in three straight games, but their 2-0-1 record last weekend is significant for reasons beyond the numbers.

The Jacks (14-23-6, 34 points) swept back-to-back games with Indiana on Friday and Saturday, knocking the Ice from second to third in the Eastern Conference in the process. Then they invaded Green Bay Sunday afternoon and grabbed a point from the league-best Gamblers in a shootout defeat.

The trio of promising results showed that Muskegon can handle the USHL’s top competition, and it also proved that an early deficit doesn’t guarantee a Lumberjacks loss. The Black and Gold rallied from 3-0 down after one period Saturday night on the way to a 6-5 shootout victory, followed by a two-goal comeback in Sunday’s third period that earned a key point in the standings.