MUSKEGON, MI - Christian Sarlo scored a hat trick, but the Lincoln Stars (17-14-5) fell in overtime 6-5 to the Muskegon Lumberjacks (17-16-4) on Friday night at L.C. Walker Arena.
After a scoreless first period, Sarlo found a loose puck in the crease 2:50 into the middle frame, scoring his 13th goal of the year. Anthony Mollica and Josh Groll picked up the assists.
The Penn State commit would score on the power play at the 8:56 mark, giving the Stars a 2-0 lead. Sarlo deflected a pass from Jordan Power over the arm of Lumberjacks goaltender Jonathan Williams. Dylan Wendt got the home team on the board with a 5-on-3 goal at 10:18, but it would be No. 15 in white and blue to answer back for the visitors.
At the 12:25 point of the second period, Sarlo re-directed a shot from the deep slot by Power for a hat trick and his 15th goal of the season. It was the Lynbrook, NY native’ first three-goal game in the USHL and the Stars were ahead 3-1. Following Sarlo’s goal, Williams was pulled for the game in favor of Eric Green.
Brad Morrissey notched his eighth goal of the season at 17:06 after a pass from Matt Miller set him up alone in the slot. Danil Gushchin would fire home a shorthanded goal with under 40 seconds to go in the second, but the Stars were up 4-2 after two periods.
Tylar Dunbar cut Lincoln’s lead to 4-3 4:34 into the third period, but former Lumberjack Brock Bremer would quickly regain the Stars’ two-goal lead at 5:57. Bremer played 30 games with Muskegon last season before being traded to Lincoln in January of 2019.
Iivari Rasanen (11:05) and Rhett Pitlick (17:50) combined to tie the game for the Lumberjacks before the third period ended, forcing overtime. Oliver MacDonald would cap off the comeback for Muskegon 1:26 into the extra frame.
Shots were knotted up at 36 apiece; the Stars were 2-for-6 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill. Jake Mucitelli made 30 of 36 saves in the loss while Green picked up the win in relief for Muskegon with 12 stops on 14 shots.
Lincoln will try and get their revenge on Muskegon Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. ET at L.C. Walker Arena to wrap up the weekend. Watch the game on HockeyTV or listen on MIXLR: mixlr.com/lincoln-stars