The Muskegon Lumberjacks forced overtime with a goal by Dylan Wendt with 48 seconds left in regulation but failed to score the game-winner in the extra period.
Youngstown’s Ben Schoen completed a three-goal hat trick with the game-winning overtime tally 4:57 into the period to lead the Phantoms to a 4-3 win over Muskegon on Saturday at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio.
The Lumberjacks are now 3-2-1 on the season, good for seven points and third place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference. Muskegon is scheduled to travel to Dubuque for three straight games against the Fighting Saints on Thursday through Saturday.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first period of play.
Wendt finally ended the drought 1:31 into the second period to give the Lumberjacks a 1-0 lead.
The Phantoms tied the game 1-1 with a goal from Cole Burtch at the 16:32 mark of the second period.
Muskegon regained its lead at 2-1 when Cameron Berg scored his seventh goal on the season 2:28 into the third period.
Youngstown responded with two goals from Schoen at the 11:40 and 14:00 marks of the third period to give the Phantoms a 3-2 advantage.
Wendt tied the game 19:12 into the third period to force overtime before the Phantoms scored the game-winning goal late in the stanza by Schoen.
Muskegon’s goalie Christian Stoever stopped 20 of 23 Phantom shots.