ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Joey Anderson (Roseville, Minn.) and Keeghan Howdeshell (Brighton, Mich.) each scored one goal and goaltender Jake Oettinger (Lakeville, Minn.) made 38 saves, but the U.S. National Under-17 Team was upended by the Muskegon Lumberjacks, 5-2, in both teams’ United States Hockey League regular-season debut at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube.
Muskegon struck first at 3:49 of the opening period. Team USA responded when Anderson batted a rebound past Lumberjacks netminder Eric Schierhorn at the 5:24 mark. Clayton Keller (Swansea, Ill.), who had the initial shot on net, and Chad Krys (Ridgefield, Conn.) assisted on the goal. Then, with the Under-17 Team on the power play, Howdeshell redirected a Luke Martin (St. Louis, Mo.) shot off the nearside post and in to put the U.S. in front, 2-1. Anderson also collected an assist on the play.
Neither team scored in the middle period, with Oettinger stopping all 12 shots he faced, while Schierhorn kicked out all eight of Team USA's chances.
The Lumberjacks started their comeback bid midway through the final frame, tying the contest at 9:52. Back-to-back tallies notched just 10 seconds apart put Muskegon ahead of the U17 Team, 4-2. Muskegon tacked on another goal at 17:11 and the U.S. fell in front of the home crowd, 5-2.
The U.S. National Under-17 Team is back in action Oct. 3, when it hosts the Youngstown Phantoms. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. FASTHockey.com will broadcast the match-up live through streaming video.
Team USA was outshot by Muskegon, 43-30 ... The U.S. went 1-6 on the power play, while the Lumberjacks were 1-7 ... Keeghan Howdeshell scored the first power-play marker of 2014-15 for the Under-17 Team ... Joey Anderson recorded the first multi-point effort for the U17s, scoring one goal and adding one assist in tonight's game.
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