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Two early goals might have been enough for the Muskegon Lumberjacks to take down Team USA U-17 on Friday night, but Saturday first-place Chicago was in town.

Muskegon tallied a pair of early goals on Saturday night, but Chicago followed up with four-straights goals to top the Lumberjacks, 5-4.

Nicholas Rexine put the Lumberjacks up, 1-0, four minutes into the game. William Hughes and David Hymovitch assisted on the play for a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later, Michael Callow put Muskegon up 2-0 on helpers from Owen Mehlenbacher and George Fegaras.

Chicago responded with a pair of goals to close out the first period from Michael Hagens and Thor Byfuglien.

The Steele’s Jack Harvey scored his 19th goal of the season and was the only player to find the back of the net in the second period.

Chicago took time to warm up in the third period as Mack Celbrini put the Steele up, 4-2, with 13 minutes left to play in the game.

Muskegon was able to cut its deficit to 4-3 with four minutes left on Callow’s second goal of the night. Justin Solovey and Jacob Terpstra posted assists on the play.

Chicago responded 1 minute later with an open-net goal from Michael Emerson and a 5-3 lead.

Nicholas Rexine picked up his fifth goal of the season, but that was it for the Lumberjacks.

Goalie Conor Callaghan took the loss for Muskegon stopping 29 of 33 shots. Muskegon outshot Chicago 37-34 on the night.

Despite the loss, the Lumberjacks stay in third place behind first-place Chicago.

Muskegon next plays on the road in Ann Arbor for a Wednesday game against Team USA. The Lumberjacks will next play at home on New Year’s Eve against Team USA U-17.

Check out the photos by Sondra Workman