The Muskegon Lumberjacks started the way they needed to on Friday night but didn’t finish how they wanted to in a 7-3 loss to the visiting Madison Capitols.

The Lumberjacks jumped out to an early, 1-0 lead on a Nick Peluso goal that came midway through the first period.

But Madison responded with a goal of its own to knot up the score, 1-1.

Gavin McCarthy gave Muskegon a 2-1 lead in the first period not long after, but the Jacks just couldn’t hold on to their lead.

Madison responded with another first-period goal and then followed with three unanswered, second period goals, taking a 5-2 lead into the final period.

Noah Ellis tallied Muskegon’s third and final goal in the third but it was not enough for the Jacks.

The Lumberjacks held a 32-30 shot advantage but penalties did not help. Muskegon gave up seven penalties to Madison’s two and also let in two power-play goals.

Muskegon is now 22-11-3-3, good enough for second place in the Eastern Conference race with 50 points behind first-place Chicago’s 52 points.

Saturday, the Lumberjacks are back at home to host Madison. Check out photos from Friday’s action shot by Sondra Workman.