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Lumberjacks, NTDP U18s take turns ruining each other’s perfect starts


By @MichaelCaples –

The Muskegon Lumberjacks beat the NTDP Under-18 Team this morning.

Little bit of revenge for the ‘Jacks.

Last Saturday, Team USA ended Muskegon’s eight-game winning streak; it was the Lumberjacks’ best start in franchise history.

Today, the Jacks beat the NTDP U18s 6-4 at L.C. Walker Arena, in the process ending the U18s’ perfect start to the 2018-19 season, as well. The older NTDP group was 4-0 in USHL play entering the contest.

Mikael Hakkarainen scored twice for Muskegon in the win, while Bobby Lynch, Brock Bremer, Nolan Sullivan and Oliver MacDonald all found the back of the net.

Henry Thrun, Matthew Boldy, Drew Helleson and Jack Hughes scored for the NTDP.

Here is the Hakkarainen goal that turned out to be the game-winner for Muskegon:


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The Lumberjacks are now 8-1-0 on the season; they have a five-point lead in the USHL’s Eastern Conference.

The NTDP Under-18 Team plays a combined NCAA/USHL schedule; they are now 10-3-1-0 on the season. The other losses came to Ferris State and the University of Minnesota.

In USHL play, Team USA – the combined league results between the U18 and U17 Teams – is 5-5-0-1 on the season, which puts them in fifth place in the Eastern Conference.