The Muskegon Lumberjacks’ regular season got off to a rocky start on Friday night.

The Jacks traveled to USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth to face the Team USA Under-17 team, which theyLSJ Logo incert beat twice in the preseason.jacks-transparent

But Team USA scored early and often and handed the Lumberjacks a 7-2 loss.

Team USA’s Spencer Stasteny opened the scoring 11:57 into the game. Oliver Wahlstrom and Patrick Giles also scored in the first period to stake the hosts to a 3-0 lead after one period.

Jake Pivonka and Joel Farabee scored in the second period to put Team USA up 5-0, despite being outshot by the Lumberjacks 24-15 at that point in the game.

Bode Wilde and Farabee scored in the first 5:12 of the third period to give Team USA a 7-0 lead.

Muskegon’s first goal of the season came at 7:01 of the third period, when Matt Steeves scored with assists from Anthony Del Gaizo and Bo Hanson.

The Lumberjacks’ Keenan Suthers capped the scoring at 16:52 of the third period with a power play goal. Jordan Timmons and Jachym Kondelik earned assists on the play.

The Lumberjacks outshot Team USA 31-28 in the game.

Muskegon will drive through the night to Bloomington, Illinois to face the Bloomington Thunder Saturday night.