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Paint the Ice - March 7th

By Julie Mros 02/23/2018, 10:45am EST

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - Phantoms to host Paint the Ice Party at the Covelli Centre on Wednesday, March 7th at 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. Doors open at 5 p.m.

Join the team and paint the ice for the Pink the Rink Game on Saturday, March 10th. Paint the Rink is sponsored by Trumbull Industries.

Cost is $20, all proceeds benefit the Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Centre. You'll receive paint and supplies, a ticket to the Pink in the Rink Game, plus a chance to meet the team!

PHANTOMS FALL TO OMAHA 8-1

By Matthew Lipcsak 02/22/2018, 11:00pm EST

BGR line held off the score sheet for just the second time in 18 games

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The USHL’s hottest team looked just that at the Covelli Centre Thursday night, scoring five in the first period as the Omaha Lancers knocked off the Youngstown Phantoms (22-16-4-1, 49 points) 8-1 at the Covelli Centre.

“Definitely disappointing,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “You’ve got that sick feeling in your stomach. They’re a good team over there, but the areas that the Youngstown Phantoms pride ourselves on, I didn’t feel like we were at our best tonight for sure.”

Omaha jumped on the Phantoms early, Filip Suchy pouncing on an errant pass and snapping it past Ivan Prosvetov (4 saves) at 1:45 to put the Lancers ahead 1-0. Noah Cates converted a shot from the slot to double the Lancers’ lead to 2-0 at 3:04. Brendan Furry was credited with a power play goal at 10:49 after a rebound hit off his glove and into the net, and Ethan Price stole a rebound from Prosvetov and tucked it into the net at 11:48 to put Omaha ahead 4-0, chasing the Phantoms starter from the net.

Wouter Peeters (14 saves) came on in relief of Prosvetov, but surrendered a goal on the second shot he faced when Christian O’Neill slammed home a rebound at 18:03 to give the Lancers a 5-0 lead at the first intermission.

Omaha tacked two more on in the second period, Jack Randl firing a slapshot from the top of the left circle at 4:34 and Chase Brand scoring his first USHL goal at 7:55 to put the Lancers ahead 7-0 at the end of the middle frame.

Omaha added another goal 2:11 into the third period thanks to a Nick Perbix slapshot from the top of the right circle to gain an 8-0 lead, but the Phantoms weren’t done. Sam Salonen slammed home a rebound at the 18:00 mark to get Youngstown on the board and deny Vinnie Purpura (23 saves) his first USHL shutout.

“You don’t want to talk about a lesson…it’s not a good feeling,” said Patterson. “We’ve got to regroup (Saturday), come back here, and get better. We’ve got the same team and that’s a huge test for us.”

The loss broke the Phantoms’ four-game winning streak, as well as their five-game winning streak at the Covelli Centre. Youngstown remains tied with Team USA for first place in the Eastern Conference, but the Nationals have seven games in hand on the Phantoms.

Youngstown and Omaha conclude their season series Saturday night at the Covelli Centre, wrapping up the Phantoms’ five-game home stand. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern and the game will be broadcast on YPHR and HockeyTV.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 24

Saves – 18

Power Play – 0/3

Penalty Kill – 3/4

Goals – Salonen

Assists – Abate, Smallidge

 

 

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2017-18 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

 

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.

    

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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Ivan Prosvetov Named USHL Goaltender of Week 20

By Julie Mros 02/19/2018, 5:00pm EST

YOUNGSTOWN, OH –  Youngstown Phantom goaltender, Ivan Prosvetov, has been named USHL Goaltender of the Week.

 

The Phantoms swept the weekend series against the Waterloo Black Hawks. Prosvetov started in the net both games, letting in just three goals while blocking 61 shots throughout the two games. Ivan has played 25 games so far this season for the Phantoms posting a record of 13-7-2-0.

The Phantoms return play at home on Thursday, February 22nd, the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. For tickets call 330-747-PUCK.

Upcoming Home Game - February 24th

By Julie Mros 02/19/2018, 10:00am EST

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PHANTOMS CLIP BLACK HAWKS 5-2

By Matthew Lipcsak 02/17/2018, 11:30pm EST

Youngstown records first home sweep of Waterloo

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – A three-goal third period for the Youngstown Phantoms (22-15-4-1, 49 points) broke a 2-2 tie and pushed Youngstown over the Waterloo Black Hawks 5-2 Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.

“I felt like it was probably the best game intensity-wise, physicality-wise, skill-wise, you name it, the fans were in for a treat tonight,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “Waterloo’s a great team, and that’s playoff hockey. I can’t use it for other games now because that, that right there set the bar.”

After a scoreless first period, Waterloo broke the ice with a power play goal at the 3:15 mark of the second. Ben Copeland snapped a wrist shot from the left circle past Ivan Prosvetov (27 saves) to put the Hawks in front 1-0. Youngstown answered back just over a minute later at 4:25 when Joey Abate poked a loose puck into the net for his fourth goal of the season, tying things up at 1-1.

The Black Hawks regained the lead at 10:07 thanks to a Jackson Cates goal, but Waterloo would not hold the lead for long. Eric Esposito fired one home at 11:30 from three feet out for his 12th goal of the season to knot things up at 2-2. Max Ellis made the play happen, holding the puck in the right corner for several seconds, fending off a trio of Waterloo defenders before forcing the biscuit free and over to Curtis Hall, who passed to Esposito for the score.

Youngstown went ahead at 12:28 of the third period off another net-front scramble. After Matej Tomek (27 saves) stopped Esposito’s initial shot, the rebound went to Hall for a shot, Hall’s rebound went to Ellis, and he slid it under Tomek’s left leg for his 11th goal of the season, giving Youngstown a 3-2 lead. Dalton Messina swatted a rebound out of mid-air, off the back of Tomek and into the net at 15:19 for his first goal as a Phantom, third of the year, and a 4-2 Youngstown lead. Chase Gresock made up the final tally at 16:24 with his team-leading 20th goal of the season, blasting a one-timer past Tomek from the left circle.

The Phantoms have won their last five games at home and have two games remaining on this five-game homestand. The victory pushes the Phantoms into a first-place tie with Team USA, but the Nationals have six games in-hand on Youngstown. The Phantoms return to action Thursday night as they’ll entertain the top team in the Western Conference, the Omaha Lancers. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm and the game will be broadcast on YPHR and HockeyTV.  

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 32

Saves – 27

Power Play – 0/4

Penalty Kill – 6/7

Goals – Abate, Ellis, Esposito, Gresock, Messina

Assists – Abate, Ellis, Esposito, Hall (2), Kuntar, Larkin, Messina, Malone (2)

 

 

 

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2017-18 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

 

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.

    

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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PROSVETOV STOPS 34 IN PHANTOMS' 2-1 WIN

By Matthew Lipcsak 02/16/2018, 10:30pm EST

Youngstown wins fourth straight at home

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms (21-15-4-1, 47 points) got 34 saves from netminder Ivan Prosvetov, helping them to a 2-1 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks Friday night at the Covelli Centre.

“I thought Ivan was great,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “It’s a shame that floater goes in, but they had good presence in front of the net. You can’t limit a Waterloo and expect that one goal is going to win it, because they’re a very good team. I thought the guys did a good job defensively.”

Youngstown opened the scoring at 17:04 of the first period with a power play goal. Chase Gresock was at the weak-side post to tap in the rebound of a Mike Regush shot for his team-leading 19th goal of the season, giving the Phantoms the 1-0 lead. The assist gives Regush points in nine-straight games, the second longest active streak in the USHL. “Mike knows that when he gets (to the front of the net) he’s going to make something good happen,” said Patterson. “He’s getting better and better and better at it.” Affiliate player John Larkin also got an assist on the play, his first USHL point.

The Phantoms doubled their lead at the 8:34 mark of the third period. Eric Esposito converted a 2-on-1 break with Nick Cardelli, tapping the puck across the goal line just before an oncoming Waterloo defender knocked the net off its pegs. The goal was Esposito’s 11th of the season, giving Youngstown the 2-0 lead.

Waterloo broke up Prosvetov’s shutout bid with 10.8 second remaining in regulation. Ben Finklestein’s floater from center point found its way to the back of the net to get the Black Hawks on the board and rob Prosvetov of his first USHL shutout. Jack Drury was awarded with an assist on the play, extending his USHL Tier-1-record scoring streak to 23 games.

“I thought it was a gutsy effort,” said Patterson. “The reason Waterloo is near the top of the standings in the West is they’re a very, very good team. They’re very, very well coached. They have a terrific bunch of forwards and defensemen, and their goaltending is great. We were treated to a good game tonight. Ultimately, I liked the way our guys played and I expect the same tomorrow, it’s going to be a hard-fought game.”                                                              

Youngstown and Waterloo wrap up their season series tomorrow night at the Covelli Centre. It’s Military Appreciation Night, the Phantoms will be wearing special jerseys to be auctioned off after the game with proceeds going to charity. Active and retired military personnel will be admitted to the game for free as well. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern and the game will be broadcast on YPHR and HockeyTV.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 25

Saves – 34

Power Play – 1/1

Penalty Kill – 2/2

Goals – Esposito, Gresock

Assists – Cardelli, Hall, Regush, Larkin

 

 

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2017-18 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

 

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.

    

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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PHANTOMS SURRENDER LEAD LATE, PREVAIL 5-4 IN OT

By Matthew Lipcsak 02/13/2018, 11:00pm EST

Youngstown has won six of last seven games

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The visitors scored twice in the last six minutes of regulation to force overtime, but Tommy Parrottino’s goal 3:00 into the extra frame pushed the Youngstown Phantoms (20-15-4-1, 45 points) past the Central Illinois Flying Aces 5-4 Tuesday night at the Covelli Centre.

“It wasn’t exactly how we drew it up,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I didn’t feel great about how mentally locked-in we were, but the guys found a way in the end and that’s important.”

Youngstown opened the scoring with a power play goal late in the first period. Mike Regush redirected a Mike Joyaux shot past Ryan Snowden (21 saves) at 17:27 to put the Phantoms in front 1-0. The goal was Regush’s 14th of the year and extended his scoring streak to eight games. Youngstown doubled its lead at 3:09 of the second period, thanks to the first goal as a Phantom by Samuel Salonen. Salonen snapped a shot from the left circle past Snowden for his fourth overall goal of the season, giving the Phantoms a 2-0 lead. “Sammy’s got a heck of a shot,” said Patterson. “He’s had a couple of Grade A chances the past few games so I’m happy to see that one go in the back of the net.”

Central Illinois got on the board with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 11:21 of the second. With Salonen and Jason Smallidge in the box, Calen Keifiuk stuffed home the rebound of Jeremy Davidson’s one-timer to cut the Youngstown lead to 2-1.

The Phantoms regained their two-goal lead just over a minute into the third period. Eric Esposito tucked a wrist shot just inside the far post at 1:12 for his 10th marker of the campaign, giving Youngstown a 3-1 advantage. The Aces answered back at 7:03 when Jamie Armstrong put home Zach Metsa’s rebound to cut the Phantoms lead to one again at 3-2. The former Phantoms defenseman Metsa had a pair of assists in his first game against his former club.

Youngstown opened up a two-goal lead again just over five minutes later. Nick Cardelli tapped home a rebound at the side of the cage for his first goal as a Phantom, fifth of the season, on the power play at 12:44 to give the Phantoms a 4-2 lead. “’Cards’ has been around (scoring plays) a lot,” said Patterson. “He drives it, he moves his feet very well. Right place at the right time.” But the Aces wouldn’t go away, as they got goals from Brad Marek at 14:07 and another from Keifiuk at 18:08 to force overtime.

In the extra session, Joyaux stole a pass in the Youngstown end and fired ahead to Max Ellis, creating a two-on-one with Parrottino. With Ellis coming down the right side and Parrottino driving center, Ellis slid Parrottino the puck. Parrottino deked forehand-backhand and slid the puck through Snowden’s five hole for the game winner.

The victory clinches the season series against Central Illinois for the Phantoms and moves Youngstown into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Youngstown continues their homestand Friday night with the first of two games against the Waterloo Black Hawks, who are in second place in the Western Conference. Puck drop on Friday night is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern and the game will be broadcast on YPHR and HockeyTV.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 26

Saves – 42

Power Play – 2/6

Penalty Kill – 5/6

Goals – Cardelli, Esposito, Parrottino, Regush, Salonen

Assists – Barry, Callahan, Dennison (2), Ellis, Gingell, Joyaux (2)

 

 

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2017-18 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

 

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.

    

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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PHANTOMS SWASHBUCKLE MUSKETEERS 4-2

By Matthew Lipcsak 02/11/2018, 12:00am EST

BGR line combines for six points

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SIOUX CITY, IA – A three-point night from Matt Barry and 27 saves from Wouter Peeters helped the Youngstown Phantoms (19-15-4-1, 43 points) down the Sioux City Musketeers 4-2 Saturday night at the Tyson Events Center.

“Top to bottom, guys contributed in the game,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I really liked our effort and execution.”

Youngstown struck twice in the opening period to take a 2-0 lead. Chase Gresock found Barry alone along the goal line at 5:19 and Barry finished upstairs on Matt Jurusik (28 saves) to put the Phantoms ahead 1-0. Later in the period, Barry stole a clearing pass along the left-wing wall, walked in on net, and slid the puck through Jurusik’s five hole for his 11th of the year to give Youngstown the two-goal advantage. The first-year player out of Naperville, Illinois has 32 assists to go with those 11 goals, giving him a team-leading 43 points on the year and tying him for third in the USHL in scoring. “(Matt) makes the people around him better,” said Patterson. “He’s been doing that for us all year.”

Sioux City scored the lone goal of the second period, a power play blast from Sampo Ranta at 13:51, but Youngstown answered back with a power play goal of their own at 4:25 of the third. Barry found a wide-open Tommy Parrottino on the back door, and Parrottino fired home the one-timer into an empty cage for his 11th goal of the season to put Youngstown back in front by two.

Sioux City cut the Phantoms lead back to one at 3-2 when Micah Miller banged home a rebound at 13:15, but Mike Regush scored on the empty net at 19:52 to make up the final margin and preserve his seven-game scoring streak.

Youngstown wraps up this four-game road trip earning six of a possible eight points and is now tied for second in the Eastern Conference after sliding into seventh a few weeks ago. The Phantoms will open up a five-game homestand on Tuesday, starting with a matchup against the Central Illinois Flying Aces on Tuesday night. Puck drop at the Covelli Centre Tuesday night is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern and the game will be broadcast on YPHR and HockeyTV.  

 

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 32

Saves – 27

Power Play – 1/2

Penalty Kill – 1/2

Goals – Barry (2), Parrottino, Regush

Assists – Barry, Gresock (2), Joyaux

 

 

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2017-18 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

 

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.

    

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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PHANTOMS FALL TO SIOUX CITY 5-2

By Matthew Lipcsak 02/10/2018, 12:00am EST

Phantoms win streak snapped at four

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SIOUX CITY, IA – Two goals from Cole Koepke and 23 saves from Matt Jurusik proved too much for the Youngstown Phantoms (18-15-4-1, 41 points) as they fell to the Sioux City Musketeers 5-2 Friday night at the Tyson Events Center.

“It didn’t feel like a 5-2 game, that’s for sure. Obviously those two empty-netters at the end changed that score line a bit,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I felt like we had a couple chances that their goalie makes big stops, but at the end of the day it’s a tough feeling.”

Sioux City opened the scoring early in the first period. Just after the Phantoms successfully killed off the game’s first penalty, Randy Hernandez fired a shot past Ivan Prosvetov (17 saves), off the back bar, and out of the net so quickly that during live action the shot was ruled to be off the crossbar. Upon video review minutes later, the puck could clearly be seen in the net and Hernandez was awarded the goal, giving the Musketeers the 1-0 lead at 3:28.

After a scoreless second period, Youngstown tied the game in the opening minutes of the third. Mike Regush pounded home a rebound from right at the mouth of the crease at 2:11 for his 12th of the year, tying the game at 1-1. Regush has a goal in three straight games, at least a point in six straight, and at least a point in 21 of his last 26 games. Michael Callahan was awarded an assist on the play, recording his first point as a Phantom after being acquired from the Central Illinois Flying Aces on Monday along with fellow defenseman Jason Smallidge. “I thought (Jason and Michael) got better as the game went,” said Patterson. “As the game went I thought they really became comfortable…I thought both of them were sound.”

Koepke gave Sioux City back the lead with his first goal of the night, banking a shot off Prosvetov’s side and into the net at 10:55, but Youngstown battled back. Michael Joyaux scored his first goal of the season at 15:02, knotting things back up. Joyaux’s shot from the right point hit a Musketeer stick in front and deflected past Jurusik to give the Phantoms the equalizer.

Unfortunately for the Phantoms, Sioux City had the answer once again. Ryan Liebold put home a rebound at 17:37 to give the Musketeers back the lead. Prosvetov made two quick saves in sequence on the right side of the crease, but when the second rebound popped to the mouth of the blue paint, Liebold was there to knock it home. Sioux City scored twice on the empty net, Koepke’s second of the night at 18:57 and Bauer Neudecker at 19:33 to make up the final margin. Koepke was hauled down trying to score on the empty net and was thus awarded the goal.

Youngstown and Sioux City wrap up their season series tomorrow night. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05pm Eastern, and the game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and Fox Sports 620AM in Sioux City, which is available on iheartradio.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 25

Saves – 17

Power Play – 0/3

Penalty Kill – 3/3

Goals – Joyaux, Regush

Assists – Callahan, Joyaux

 

 

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2017-18 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

 

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.

    

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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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms have announced the trade and acquisition of two defensemen from the Central Illinois Flying Aces, Michael Callahan and Jason Smallidge in exchange for forward Alex Barber and defensemen Andrew Petrillo and Zach Metsa. In addition to the current players involved in the trade, the Phantoms have acquired forward prospect and Affiliate player Gabe Malek and Central Illinois’ second round draft selection in the 2018 Phase 2 USHL Draft while Central Illinois receives prospect defensemen and Affiliate player Brandon Cimino along with the Phantoms’ first round draft selection in the 2018 Phase 2 USHL Draft.

Michael Callahan hails from Franklin, Massachusetts and is in first season in the USHL after a successful career at Roxbury Latin Prep School in the Boston area. Callahan is committed to Providence College and participated in both the USA Hockey Top Prospects Game in Buffalo, NY back in September and most recently last month in Kearney, NE at the USHL / NHL Top Prospects Game with fellow Phantoms Curtis Hall, Max Ellis, Ivan Prosvetov, and Samuel Salonen. He is currently ranked 102 for North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in the latest Mid Term Rankings for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Callahan stands 6’2 200 lbs. and is a left shot. In 37 games this season for the Flying Aces, Callahan had a 3-6-9 line. He was Central Illinois’ 4th round selection (56th overall) in the 2015 Phase I USHL Draft.

 

 “Michael Callahan is a player we know well from previous viewings over the years,” said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “He’s one of the top first year defensemen in the league this year and has really made strides the last two months. We feel Michael significantly upgrades our D group and has the ability to play in all situations for us and adds an element similar to what we had last season in Michael Karow (now at Boston College and an NHL draft pick of the Arizona Coyotes in 2017). ”

 

Joining Callahan in the move to the Phantoms is defenseman Jason Smallidge. Smallidge is in his second season in the USHL and played previously at St. Thomas Academy in Minnesota. The 6’2 190 lbs. right shot had a 1-1-2 line in 23 games this season for the Flying Aces and was the club’s first round pick (13th overall) in the 2016 USHL Phase 2 Draft. He is originally from Eagan, Minnesota and is committed to play college hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

 “Jason Smallidge adds another big body and talented defenseman to our club, said Koehler. “Jason is considered a leader and competitor and we feel enhances the size and physical play of our team. The fact he’s played two seasons in our league and comes from a quality Minnesota high school program gives us confidence he knows how to win, compete, and have success at our level and down the stretch and in the playoffs for us .”

Affiliate player and prospect Gabe Malek (6’0 200 lbs.) is from Wallingford, Pennsylvania and was the Flying Aces’ 6th round pick (86th overall) in the 2017 Phase I USHL Draft. Malek played last season with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers U16 team and this season is playing with Belle Tire’s U16 team based in Detroit, Michigan. Malek is currently uncommitted to a college and will be placed on the Phantom’s Affiliate List.

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