Plymouth MI— The Muskegon Lumberjacks edged out Team USA U17 Saturday night by a score of 4-3. In a hotly contested game, it was Cristophe Tellier's third-period goal that made the difference.
Goaltender Nate Reid made his first start since being acquired from Sioux Falls on December 18th, earning his first win as a Jack.
Reid, who was traded from the Stampede on December 18th for a seventh round pick, put on an impressive debut performance, stopping 32 of 35 shots.
The first period started out strong for Muskegon with Tanner Kelly scoring early off a Team USA turnover. Kelly would also have the primary assist on Owen Mehlenbacher’s third of the year at 6:21 of the first.
Muskegon would continue the momentum up until the final five minutes, when USA would score two goals in less than a minute to tie the game 2-2 by the end the first period.
The second period would be back and forth hockey, before the power play from each team would strike late in the frame. Team USA struck first, but Cam Berg would notch his 12th goal of the season at 19:00 to tie the game 3-3.
Muskegon’s penalty kill blossomed, killing off four of five on the night, with three of them being in the second period.
Team USA controlled the pace for most of the third period, doubly outshooting Muskegon nine to four. However, it would be Muskegon who would take home the lone tally, courtesy of a one timer from Tellier. Team USA would not go away quietly, pulling the goalie late in the game and hammering away shots, many of which were blocked before they could reach Reid.
Muskegon plays a two game series in Green Bay January 8 and 9 with both games starting at 8:05 PM EST.
Muskegon Goals: Kelly (5), Mehlenbacher (3), Berg (12), Tellier (6)
Muskegon Assists: Kelly (6), Quinn Hutson (1,2), Davis Pennington (10), Danil Gushchin (12), Tyler Dunbar (1).