BLOOMINGTON, IL – After allowing three goals in the second period, the Youngstown Phantoms (8-5-2-1, 19 pts) responded with a three-goal period of their own and were able to climb out of a 3-1 deficit to down the Central Illinois Flying Aces 4-3 on Friday night.
Chase Gresock put the Phantoms on the board first just over five minutes into the game on a beautiful one time shot from the left circle for his fifth of the season, but it was the Flying Aces that dominated play for most of the period.
“Our intensity had to be better, I felt like we were trying to be intense when we wanted the puck in the offensive zone but defensively I felt as a group we weren’t there” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson.
The second period was much of the same. Griffin Lunn would get the Flying Aces on the board at 2:02 and then just 14 seconds later Jakub Lacka would tally on a 4 on 2 rush to give them a 2-1 lead. Charlie Raith would add one more with a minute and twenty seconds remaining in the period to give Central Illinois a 3-1 lead heading into the third.
Wouter Peeters (29 saves) was outstanding the whole game and had faced an onslaught of shots, 31 to be exact through two periods, and he and the Phantoms would shine in the third.
Brad Patterson said it best, “The 3rd period was great. I thought our compete level really ramped up and I think the guys see the results of that.”
The Phantoms would outshoot the Flying Aces 17 to 1 in the third in what led to a scoring frenzy. The Phantoms scoring outburst would start on the man advantage as Eric Esposito was able to tap home a rebound at 4:06 for his sixth of the year to bring the Phantoms within one. Almost eleven minutes later Max Ellis found the puck loose at the edge of the crease and blew one past the outreached glove of Zach Stejskal (29 saves) to knot things up at 3 for his fifth on the campaign.
Tommy Parrottino would net his fourth on the year for the game winner 22 seconds later after intercepting a pass in the neutral zone and deking a Central Illinois defender out of his skates and netting the game winning goal on the backhand.
Youngstown is back in action Saturday night for the rematch with the Flying Aces. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:07 Eastern and broadcasts are available on HockeyTV and WJBC.com.
By the Numbers
Shots – 33
Saves – 29
Power Play – 1/7
Penalty Kill – 5/5
Goals – Gresock, Esposito, Ellis, Parrottino
Assists – Petrillo, Metsa, Regush, Barry, Cassaro, Hall
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