Danil Gushchin scored all four Muskegon Lumberjacks goals against the Waterloo Black Hawks Friday in a 4-3 overtime affair at L.C. Walker Arena.
Waterloo led 3-1 going into the late minutes, but Gushchin scored twice with a sixth attacker on the ice. He punched in the first of them at 18:36 when the puck was sent his way out of the right corner across the face of goal. Gushchin tied it with 4.4 to go on a rebound chance.
Flying high after his late heroics, Gushchin had a chance to win it on a breakaway during the first minute of overtime. Gabriel Carriere kicked away the shot. However, Gushchin didn’t miss when he got his next chance at 2:41, cutting from the right circle across the top of the crease to push in the winner.
The only goal in the first period had been scored for the Lumberjacks by Gushchin in transition. Oliver MacDonald dropped a pass to him, and with a pileup in the netmouth, the Russian forward popped in his shot.
Noah Giesbrecht stopped 15 Hawks attempts during the frame, including a breakaway by Griffin Ness with a blocker save with less than 10 seconds left before intermission.
The game’s next shot found the net to tie the score. Just 16 seconds into the second period, Xander Lamppa made his way behind the Lumberjack cage and dropped a pass for Patrick Guzzo, who stuffed in his try from the short side.
Then in the final seconds of the period, Waterloo went to the lead on Ryder Rolston’s fifth goal of the season. With sustained pressure in the offensive end, the breakthrough came when Ryan Drkulec’s shot was turned away but but the rebound landed in front of Rolston in the left circle. With 5.4 seconds to go before intermission, he flipped it into an open side.
Connor Caponi added to the lead and extended his point streak to eight games at 9:42 of the third. At the end of another persistent shift in the offensive zone, Matthew Argentina rolled a puck through the crease on a wraparound attempt, finding Caponi to knock in a chance near the opposite post.
Friday’s game was the first of three in three days for the Hawks. Saturday, Waterloo moves on to meet the Chicago Steel at 7:05 p.m.
Waterloo 0 2 1 0 - 3
Muskegon 1 0 2 1 - 4
1st Period-1, Muskegon, Gushchin 5 (MacDonald, Nienhuis), 5:28. Penalties-Haskins Wat (high sticking), 7:37; Nienhuis Mus (holding), 9:31; Gushchin Mus (tripping), 12:37.
2nd Period-2, Waterloo, Guzzo 3 (Lamppa), 0:16. 3, Waterloo, Rolston 5 (Drkulec, Reiners), 19:54. Penalties-Kempf Mus (checking from behind), 4:10; Kempf Mus (10-minute misconduct), 4:57; Lamppa Wat (roughing), 6:12; Konovalov Mus (interference), 9:53; served by Bengtsson Wat (bench minor-too many men), 12:06.
3rd Period-4, Waterloo, Caponi 5 (Argentina, Haskins), 9:42. 5, Muskegon, Gushchin 6 (MacDonald, Gratton), 18:36. 6, Muskegon, Gushchin 7 (Nienhuis, Mobley), 19:55. Penalties-served by Drkulec Wat (bench minor-too many men), 4:25; Knuble Mus (high sticking), 10:44; Ness Wat (tripping), 11:00.
1st OT Period-7, Muskegon, Gushchin 8 (Gucciardi), 2:41. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Waterloo 15-19-6-0-40. Muskegon 8-8-10-2-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Waterloo 0 / 5; Muskegon 0 / 5.
Goalies-Waterloo, Carriere 3-0-1-0 (28 shots-24 saves). Muskegon, Giesbrecht 5-3-0-0 (40 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Ian McCambridge (94), Sean Fernandez (11).
Linesmen-Logan Bellgraph (36), Logan Wetekamp.