YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms (2-3-1-1, 6 points) scored the first three goals of the game and got 29 saves from Ivan Prosvetov en route to downing the Muskegon Lumberjacks 3-1 Friday night at the Covelli Centre.
“I’m happy for the guys… I’m also happy with the execution,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “We made some systematic switches over the week that I thought the guys did a great job with. Everyone had success, everyone chipped in and that’s the biggest thing for me.”
Youngstown scored the first three goals of the game, the first coming off the stick of Michael Regush, his first in the USHL. Regush was the beneficiary of some great play behind the net by Matthew Barry. Barry battled against Muskegon defenders for close to 10 seconds before centering from behind the net to Regush in front who fired it home at 6:56 of the first period.
The Phantoms stretched their lead to 2-0 just 1:16 into the second period when Tommy Parrottino scored a power play goal, his first tally as a Phantom. Parrottino took advantage of a bounce off the stick of Adam Brizgala (19 saves) and slid the puck through the Muskegon netminder’s five-hole while Brizgala was out of position after a poke check.
Barry extended the Yougnstown lead to 3-0 at 5:28. Barry took a perfect stretch pass from Eric Esposito and had a breakaway from the blue line on Brizgala. Barry faked backhand, using that fake to get Brizgala to open up the five-hole. Barry quickly switched back over to the forehand and slid the puck into the net for his second goal of the year.
Prosvetov lost his shutout bid at 19:17 in the third when Vincent de May, playing in his first game for the Lumberjacks after being acquired yesterday from the Madison Capitols, redirected a point shot past Prosvetov. The goal was de May’s second goal of the year and made up the final margin.
These two teams will face off again tomorrow night at LC Walker Arena in Muskegon with puck drop scheduled for 7:15pm. Broadcasts of the game will be available on HockeyTV and 92.5 Muskegon’s Nash Icon on the iHeartRadio app.
By the Numbers
Shots – 22
Saves – 29
Power Play – 1/6
Penalty Kill – 5/5
Goals – Barry, Parrottino, Regush
Assists – Barry, Ellis, Esposito (2), Hall
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 49 players were chosen in the 2017 NHL Draft and more than 400 players on team rosters this season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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