The Salt Lake Golden Eagles came to Cleveland hoping to end a four-game losing streak. But for the second night in a row Salt Lake lost to the Lumberjacks in a shootout, this time 4-3.
Dave Michayluk scored, then assisted Leonid Toropchenko for a 2-0 Lumberjacks lead after the first period. The Eagles' Dave Chyzowski answered midway through the second period to cut the lead to 2-1.In the third period, the Eagles capitalized on two of four power play opportunities as Sandy Smith's rebound and Dave MacIntyre's 25-foot shot gave Salt Lake a 3-2 lead.
But with 1:25 left in regulation the Lumberjacks pulled even on a 15-foot wrist shot by Ladislav Karabin. Newcomer Brendan Flynn and MacIntyre scored as the Eagles went 2-for-5 in the shootout, but Cleveland iced the game as 3 of the 4 Lumberjacks found the back of the Eagle net against goalie Tom Draper.
Draper played well again in goal for Salt Lake, picking up 42 saves, on the heels of his 57-save performance the night before. Lumberjack goalie Rob Dopson, meanwhile faced only 23 shots from the Eagles.
The Eagles pick up one point for the shootout loss, but remain in the Pacific Division cellar at 11-23-4. Cleveland improved to 17-11-10 for the season.
Salt Lake continues its road trip with a visit to Cincinnati for a Tuesday night matchup with the Cyclones before moving to Peoria later in the week. The Eagles won't return home until Jan. 20.