The Muskegon Lumberjacks found themselves down three-goals halfway through Friday night’s contest.
But the Lumberjacks refused to quit, managing to score four unanswered goals to take a lead before Green Bay forced extra time.
Muskegon then outlasted the Gamblers in the shootout, scoring the lone goal in the three-round stanza, leading to a 5-4 victory from the Resch Center in Wisconsin.
The Lumberjacks are now 10-5-1 on the season, good for 21 points and third place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference.
Muskegon is just one-point behind the second place Gamblers and three points behind Chicago for the top spot in the East.
The Lumberjacks will look to leap past Green Bay in the standings with a win against the Gamblers tomorrow night. Faceoff is slated for 8:05 p.m.
The Gamblers opened the scoring 18:22 into the first period on a goal from Jesse Tucker.
Green Bay led 1-0 at the first intermission.
The Gamblers increased their lead to 3-0 with a goal from Mason Lohrei at the 1:08 mark and Camden Thiesing 5:29 into the second period.
Muskegon finally scored at the 15:08 mark of the second period on Quinn Hutson’s fourth goal of the season to cut the Lumberjacks deficit to 3-1.
The Lumberjacks added a goal 1:16 into the third period with a tally from Davis Pennington to make the score 3-2 early into the final stanza.
Muskegon tied the game 3-3 at the 14:26 mark of the third period on a goal from Tanner Kelly, then completed the comeback 15:16 into the final period on a tally by Jack Williams.
The Gamblers forced overtime, scoring the game-tying tally with three seconds remaining in regulation on Lohrei’s second goal of the contest.
Both teams failed to score during the five-minute overtime period, forcing a three-round shootout.
David Hymovitch opened the shootout with a goal for the Lumberjacks and goaltender Nate Reid shut the door on Green Bay, stopping all three Gambler attempts.
The Gamblers outshot Muskegon by a 43-31 margin.
Reid stopped 27 of 31 Green Bay shots in the Lumberjacks net.