Connor Kurth netted a hat trick in his first USHL game, but it wasn’t enough for the Saints as Muskegon swarmed them for a 7-4 win on Friday night. The Lumberjacks grabbed two goals from Cam Berg and a three-point performance from Danil Gushchin in the win. A week after the two teams combined for 11 goals in a preseason game, the offenses took center stage again.
-It was a quick start for both teams as the Saints scored first with Connor Kurth grabbing his first in the USHL to start the scoring. Kurth scored after a dominant shift by the Saints led to him cashing in on what looked like an attempted pass.
-Muskegon was able to answer back with a Cam Berg power play goal. Berg received a strong cross-ice pass from Danil Guschin and fired it past Hobie Hedquist before he could get across the crease.
-The first period continued on mostly even after the goals as both teams traded a few chances but nothing major materialized.
-Muskegon dominated period two and led big heading into the third period because of the second stanza onslaught.
-The Lumberjack started the scoring on a broken play that allowed Berg to slip through for his second of the game. Muskegon continued the scoring as Christophe Tellier netted the third of the game and on a delayed penalty, Owen Mehlenbacher netted the fourth. The goals came less than a minute apart as the Lumberjacks opened a commanding lead.
-Muskegon wasn’t done as the Jacks pushed the lead to 5-1 later in the period. This time Christophe Fillion was on the doorstep to knock a good pass past Hedquist.
-Dubuque scored late in the period on the power play as Daniyal Dzhaniyev was able to give the Saints life and make it 5-2. Dubuque and Muskegon both had breakaway chances in the final minute of the period but neither capitalized.
-In a back and forth third period, the Saints and Lumberjacks traded goals but ultimately the lead did not change as Muskegon finished off the 7-4 win.
The highlight of the third was two goals from Connor Kurth as he netted a hattrick in his first USHL game.
-Dubuque faces off against Youngstown tomorrow night to close out their first weekend of games. Puck drop is at 7:05pm