DUBUQUE, IA – Two more goals from Chase Gresock and a team-record 52 saves from Ivan Prosvetov helped push the Youngstown Phantoms (14-11-3-1, 32 points) past the Dubuque Fighting Saints 3-1 Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Arena.
“To see (16) minutes of special teams took away from what would have been a great hockey game,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I thought the guys played hard and fought through that…and we found a way to win.”
Youngstown opened the scoring with a power play goal 6:59 into first period. Gresock got his first of the night, redirecting an Andrew Petrillo shot to give the Phantoms the 1-0 lead. That was the lone Phantoms’ power play goal of the night in three opportunities; Youngstown killed all eight shorthanded situations that they faced. “I thought our penalty killing did a great job, but at the same time you can’t put yourself in the situation where you need your goaltender to get that many stops.”
The 52 saves from Prosvetov broke a team record that had stood since the 2011-12 season when Matt O’Connor stopped 50 of 55 shots by the Indiana Ice on March 24, 2012. The 53 shots from Dubuque is the second most shots that a Youngstown team has allowed in a game, tied with a March 9, 2012 effort, also by the Indiana Ice, when Sean Romeo was in net. It’s the fourth time in team history the Phantoms have allowed more than 50 shots in a game. These numbers are not league-highs for the season however, as Madison goalie Dryden McKay stopped 55 of 56 Waterloo shots just last night in the Capitols’ 4-1 win over the Black Hawks.
Dubuque tied the game just under a minute after Gresock’s opening salvo. Taylor Schneider scored his second in as many nights, third of the season, beating Prosvetov with a wrist shot from the left boards at 7:51, knotting the game at 1.
The Phantoms retook the lead on Gresock’s second goal of the night, which came at 9:10 of the first period. After Mike Regush stole a puck down low, he found Gresock alone in the slot, and Chase buried the shot for his 13th goal of the campaign, putting Youngstown in front for good. Gresock has scored in each of his last four games, lighting the lamp a total of seven times in that span. “What’s been really important with Chase is away from the play. When he plays hard and he’s moving his feet consistently, and he’s in on the forecheck and tracking pucks, he’s a beast, he’s hard to play against,” said Patterson. “When you do that, you’re going to get opportunities. I’m happy that he’s scoring goals, but I’m happier that he’s playing the right way.”
Tommy Parrottino doubled the Phantoms’ lead at 3:37 of the third period, redirecting a great pass from Craig Needham past Cole Weaver (22 saves) for his eighth goal of the year, putting Youngstown ahead by the final margin of 3-1.
The win jumps Youngstown back into a second-place tie with Dubuque and Muskegon in the Eastern Conference standings with 32 points, although tiebreakers would drop the Phantoms down into fourth place. Youngstown has an opportunity to jump ahead of those two teams with a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee against the US National Team Development Program’s U18 squad. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:35pm Eastern at the Covelli Centre and the game will be broadcast on YPHR and HockeyTV.
By the Numbers
Shots – 25
Saves – 52
Power Play – 1/3
Penalty Kill – 8/8
Goals – Gresock (2), Parrottino
Assists – Ellis, Malone, Needham, Petrillo, Regush
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