SIOUX FALLS, SD – Tommy Parrottino’s shorthanded goal with less than four minutes remaining in regulation gave the Youngstown Phantoms (11-5-2-1, 25 points) a 4-3 lead on the way to a 5-3 victory over the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday Night at the Denny Stanford PREMIER Center.
“Tommy has been great,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “He’s got a heck of a shot, underrated speed, just about the whole kit and caboodle.”
Youngstown jumped out to a 1-0 lead just before the halfway mark of the opening period. Matt Thomson scored his seventh goal of the year, blasting a wrist shot from the top of the left circle past Mikhail Berdin (25 saves) for his league-leading seventh power play goal of the campaign, giving the Phantoms the early advantage.
Sioux Falls tied it just over a minute later on Adam Dawe’s 10th of the season and took the lead at 15:54 on Lucas Breault’s second of the campaign. Dawe carried the puck out of the corner and beat Wouter Peeters (21 saves) on the backhand; Breault slid the puck into a yawning cage while Peeters struggled to recover after being knocked over by a Stampede forward.
The Phantoms tied things at 11:48 of the second period on Julian Kislin’s second goal of the season. Kislin crashed through the slot and scored after taking a nice pass from Jack Malone. Youngstown took the lead at 12:31 on Parrottino’s first goal of the evening, fifth of the season, which came in a 3-on-2 rush on the power play. Max Ellis was credited with an assist on the goal, extending his scoring streak to nine games.
After the Youngstown regained the lead, the game got very chippy. Berdin was called for grabbing the facemask at 12:57 and then was assessed a five-minute major penalty for spearing at 14:13. Berdin was also given a game misconduct penalty, sending him to the showers and forcing Jaxson Stauber (9 saves) into duty. The Phantoms were assessed four minor penalties, three of them at 16:51, during what could have been their major powerplay, which they only had a man advantage for 1:38 of, and actually ended up shorthanded, which allowed Sioux Falls to tie the game. Dawe scored on a rebound at 17:29 for his second of the night, tying things up at 3 as the game headed to the third period.
Late in the third, Chase Gresock was assessed a tripping minor off a faceoff, forcing Youngstown to the penalty kill. With just over 30 seconds remaining in the penalty, Parrottino poked a point-to-point pass free to center and went on the breakaway, snapping a wrist shot past Stauber to put the Phantoms back in front for good. Matt Barry scored from the hashmarks at 18:06 for his sixth of the season to make up the final margin.
“It was an interesting game for sure,” concluded Patterson. “Probably very entertaining for the fans. At the end of the day I felt like everyone that touched the ice for us had an impact on the game.”
The victory extended the Phantoms’ winning streak to six games and moved them into sole possession of first place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Chicago Steel. Youngstown and Sioux Falls faceoff again tomorrow night to conclude their season series. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05pm Eastern and broadcasts will be available on KELO News talk 1320AM/107.9FM in Sioux Falls and on HockeyTV.
By the Numbers
Shots – 39
Saves – 21
Power Play – 2/7
Penalty Kill – 4/5
Goals – Barry, Kislin, Parrottino (2), Thomson
Assists – Barry, Ellis, Esposito, Gresock, Kuntar, Malone, Metsa, Regush
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