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RECAP — Lumberjacks ring in 2022 with a 5-4 victory over Team USA U17

By Ryan Vallon, 01/01/22, 9:45PM EST

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MUSKEGON, Mich. — The Muskegon Lumberjacks rang in 2022 with a 5-to-4 victory over Team USA U17 on Saturday, Jan. 1 from Mercy Health Arena in downtown Muskegon. Ben Strinden, Quinn Hutson, Jake Richard, Jake Braccini, and Phil Tresca all scored for Muskegon, with Braccini picking up four goals in four consecutive games. With the win, the Lumberjacks are now 3-0 against the U17 squad to start off the new year on the right foot.

1st Period

It did not take long for Team USA to get on the board first, with Charlie Cerrato scoring 90 seconds into the contest. Cerrato’s first goal of the season was assisted by Oliver Moore to make it a 1-to-0 lead for Team USA.

The U17’s would double their lead with a spectacular tic-tac-toe goal from Oliver Moore at 6:50 of the first period. Moore’s goal was assisted by Will Smith and Gabe Perrault to give Team USA a 2-to-0 lead.

But just under two minutes later, the Lumberjacks responded with a goal from Ben Strinden at 7:36 to put Muskegon on the board. Strinden’s 13th of the season was assisted by Quinn Hutson to make it a 2-to-1 game, still in favor of Muskegon.

But at 10:48 of the first period, Beckett Hendrickson regained the two-goal lead for Team USA. Hendrickson’s third lamplighter of the season was helped by Zeev Buium and Zach Schulz to make it a 3-to-1 lead for Team USA.

After one period of action, the Lumberjacks trailed Team USA U17 by a score of 3-to-1.

2nd Period

The Lumberjacks pulled within one after a goal from Quinn Hutson, who was celebrating his 20th birthday. Hutson’s goal at 16:29 was assisted by Ben Strinden and Joey Larson to make it a 3-to-2 score.

Less than a minute later, Jake Richard tied the game for Muskegon at 17:49 of the middle period. Quinn Hutson scored the lone assist on Richard’s fifth goal of the season to even the score 3-to-3.

Through 40 minutes of action, both teams skated to a 3-to-3 tie heading into the second intermission.

3rd Period

With the score tied at three, Team USA was able to retake the lead with a shorthanded goal from Gracyn Sawchyn at 5:24 of the period. Sawchyn’s fourth goal of the season was assisted by Ryan Fine to give the U17’s a 4-to-3 lead.

But the lead would not hold as Muskegon tied the game once again at 10:16, this time from Jake Braccini, scoring a goal in four consecutive games. Braccini’s 12th of the season was assisted by Joey Larson and David Hymovitch to level the score 4-to-4.

While on the power play, Lumberjacks forward Phil Tresca clocked in with the eventual game-winning goal at 11:13 to put Muskegon in front by a score of 5-4. Tresca’s PPG was assisted by Jack Williams and Noah Ellis.

In the end, the Lumberjacks were able to hold the lead for a 5-to-4 victory over Team USA U17 to ring in 2022.

On Deck

The Muskegon Lumberjacks will head to the Badger State as they take on the Madison Capitols for a two-game weekend series on January 7 and 8, respectively. Both games will start at 8:05 pm EST from Bob Suter’s Capitol Ice Arena just outside of Madison, Wisconsin.

Upcoming Theme Nights - 13 Loves Pets/Star Wars Night/Youth Hockey Night

On Friday, Jan. 14, it’s WZZM 13 on Your Side Loves Pets Night! Pound Buddies will be on the concourse with rescue animals available for adoption. The following night on Saturday, Jan. 15, it’s Star Wars Night! In a galaxy not far, far away...the Jacks take on the Green Bay Gamblers! Whether you’re on the light side or the dark side, you’re invited to watch the action with all your favorite Star Wars characters! Finally, it’s Youth Hockey Night on Sunday, Jan. 16! A night to honor local youth hockey organizations. For more information, call the Muskegon Lumberjacks Business office at (231)-799-7000 or email afranczek@muskegonlumberjacks.com.

Upcoming Home Games

Fri. Jan. 14 | 7:10 pm EST | vs. Team USA U17 | 13 Loves Pets | BUY TICKETS

Sat. Jan. 15 | 7:10 pm EST | vs. Green Bay Gamblers | Star Wars Night | BUY TICKETS

Sun. Jan. 16 | 4:00 pm EST | vs. Green Bay Gamblers | Youth Hockey Night | BUY TICKETS

Fri. Jan. 21 | 7:10 pm EST | vs. Youngstown Phantoms | 90’s Night | BUY TICKETS

Sat. Jan. 22 | 7:10 pm EST | vs. Youngstown Phantoms | Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame Night | BUY TICKETS

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About the Muskegon Lumberjacks

The Muskegon Lumberjacks are proud and dedicated members of the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s only Tier I junior hockey league and leading producer of NCAA players and National Hockey League draft picks in the United States. The club’s goal is to create an environment where student-athletes develop into successful young men both on and off the ice, which includes playing the game the right way while keeping up with their studies in the classroom and staying actively involved in the West Michigan community. The organization is committed to providing quality, affordable, and top-notch family entertainment while providing positive role models for the youth and the local community.