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Phantoms Acquire Abate from Omaha

By Julie Mros 11/21/2017, 2:45pm EST

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms have announced the acquisition of forward Joe Abate and a 2018 8th Round Phase II Draft choice from the Omaha Lancers in exchange for a 2018 7th Round Phase II Draft choice and a 2019 5th Round Phase II pick.

 “We’ve had a chance to watch Joe the past five seasons in AAA hockey and in junior hockey and he’s made great strides over the last two seasons especially,” said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “He has of a ton of energy, speed, and grit that we feel will complement the forward group we already have and give our staff a different element – and one we may be lacking right now. We were very impressed by Joe last season in his first full year of junior hockey in the NAHL with the Janesville Jets and we’ve watched him as he has always been someone we felt would be a great addition for us if the option ever presented itself, which it recently it did.”

 

The 6’2 180 lbs. left shot forward, Joe Abate hails from Bloomingdale, Illinois and had a 1-0-1 line in 12 games for Omaha so far this year in the USHL. Last season with the Janesville Jets (NAHL), Abate had a 13-29-42 line in 53 games to go along with 117 penalty minutes and was a key performer at playoff time for the Jets with a 3-3-6 line in 9 games during the NAHL Playoffs.

Abate had previously played his U16 AAA and U18 AAA hockey in Chicago with the Chicago Fury and Chicago Misssion programs, where he spent his final U18 season with current Phantom forward Matthew Barry. Abate was an 8th round pick (118 overall) in the 2014 USHL Phase I Draft of the Tri City Storm and was then selected again last spring by the Madison Capitols in the 4th round (59th overall) in the 2017 USHL Phase II Draft.  He is currently uncommitted to a NCAA Division I college.

The Phantoms host the Muskegon Lumberjacks this Wednesday, November 22nd at 8:05pm at the Covelli Centre.

 

Home Game Nov. 22

By Julie Mros 11/20/2017, 10:00am EST

Come out and celebrate Thanksgiving a night early with the Phantoms and enjoy $2 beers!

For tickets click here or call the Phantoms ticket office at 330-747-7825

Home Game Dec. 1st

By Julie Mros 11/20/2017, 9:00am EST

Come out and meet wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler on Dec. 1st as we take on Team USA at 7:05 p.m.

Get your tickets today. Call the Phantoms Office at 330-747-7825 or click here.

Upcoming Home Game - Holiday Game

By Julie Mros 11/20/2017, 8:30am EST

YOUNGSTOWN, OH: The Youngstown Phantoms will host a holiday game on Friday December 15th at 7:05 p.m as they take on the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. Santa will be in the concourse from 6 p.m.-7 p.m., while his reindeer will be outside the Covelli Centre from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

For tickets please visit www.youngstownphantoms.com or call 330-747-7825.

 

ELLIS’ FIRST MULTI-GOAL GAME PUSHES PHANTOMS TO 4-3 OVERTIME WIN

By Matthew Lipcsak 11/18/2017, 10:30pm EST

Alex Barber tallies first USHL goal

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms (6-5-2-1, 15 points) used two goals from Max Ellis and 23 saves from Ivan Prosvetov to down the defending Clark Cup Champion and current first-place Chicago Steel on Saturday night at the Covelli Centre by a 4-3 final score.

“Bounce back effort from last night,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I thought the biggest difference in the game was our intensity.”

Youngstown opened the scoring at 14:03 of the first period. Alex Barber scored his first career USHL goal, using a defender for a screen and beating Oskar Autio (21 saves) with a wrist shot from the top of the circles. “Alex Barber has been tremendous for us over the past three or four weeks,” said Patterson. “Happy to see him get his first one.”

Chicago tied it just 15 seconds into the second period when Baker Shore scored on the backhand for his seventh goal of the year. The Phantoms took the lead right back when Tommy Parrottino scored on a redirect at 1:33 for his third goal of the season. Barber took the initial shot that Parrottino deflected, and Jack Malone was credited with an assist on the goal as well.

Youngstown stretched their lead to 3-1 at 8:12 with a shorthanded goal. With Gianfranco Cassaro in the box, Ellis poked a puck away from Tyler Gratton at the Youngstown blue line and went on a breakaway. Ellis used a backhand-forehand move to beat Autio for his second goal of the season. The Steel answered back almost immediately, as Robbie Stucker scored on the backhand from in tight at 8:49 for his second goal of the year, cutting the deficit to 3-2.

Chicago tied the game with just under six minutes remaining in regulation. Jack Dugan and Blake McLaughlin entered the Youngstown zone in a 2-on-1 rush with Dugan carrying the puck down the right side. Dugan shot from the right circle, and Prosvetov made the initial save, but could not control the rebound. With the puck sitting loose at the mouth of the crease, McLaughlin poked it into the empty net for his sixth goal of the year, tying the game at 3 with 5:59 remaining in regulation and forcing overtime.

In overtime, Ellis and Parrottino entered the Chicago end in a 2-on-1 rush of their own with Ellis carrying the puck. Ellis fired a shot from the right circle, and Autio made the save but could not control the rebound. The puck fluttered to the side of the cage and below the goal line. From there, Ellis shot the puck off the back of Autio and it banked into the net for the game winner. “As the year went last year, I felt (Max) was becoming more and more dominant,” said Patterson. “He was one of our best players in the playoffs last year. He’s really started to get better away from the puck as well. He can be put out in any situation in any minute of the game.”

Youngstown returns to the ice Wednesday night for a Thanksgiving Eve special with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05PM Eastern and broadcasts will be available on YPHR and HockeyTV.

By the Numbers

Shots – 25

Saves – 23

Power Play – 0/3

Penalty Kill – 4/4

Goals – Barber, Ellis (2), Parrottino

Assists – Barber, Dennison, Malone, Metsa, Parrottino, Petrillo

 

 

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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U18’S BLITZ PHANTOMS 8-5

By Matthew Lipcsak 11/17/2017, 10:45pm EST

Hall scores in third straight game

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – With the game tied with three minutes remaining in the first period, Team USA scored four straight goals over the next five minutes of game action to down the Youngstown Phantoms (5-5-2-1, 13 points) 8-5 Friday night at the Covelli Centre.

“Eight is too many,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “Every time we seemed to give them momentum I felt like we were able to take it back for good stretches, but we can’t afford to give up the opportunities that we did.”

USA opened the scoring at 7:02 of the first period when Tyler Weiss converted on a rebound of DJ King’s point shot. Youngstown tied it at 11:07 with a powerplay goal from Curtis Hall. Hall fired home a rebound for his seventh goal of the year, tying the game at 1.

USA regained the lead at 13:06 when Ty Emberson was able to sneak a shot from the point through traffic and past Ivan Prosvetov (8 saves) to put USA back in front 2-1. The Phantoms tied the game at 16:58 thanks to Matthew Barry’s third goal of the season.

Team USA scored the next four goals, putting this contest out of reach for Youngstown. Jack DeBoer at 18:27 and Joel Farabee at 18:54 put USA up 4-2 at the first intermission. Patterson put Wouter Peeters (13 saves) in net to start the second period for the Phantoms, but Adam Samuelsson scored on the power play at 2:12 and Oliver Wahlstrom converted shorthanded at 3:27 to give USA a commanding 6-2 lead.

Youngstown scored the next two goals, drawing within 6-4, but could get no closer. Matt Thomson scored his league-leading fifth powerplay goal of the season at 3:56 with a drag-and-shoot from the top of the right circle, and Jake Gingell got his first of the year off a nice centering feed from Max Ellis at 6:09. USA scored the next two goals to stretch the lead back to four by the second intermission: Jake Pivonka beat Peeters at 13:51 and Trevor Janicke pushed a puck over the line for a power playgoal during a net-front scrum at 19:11 to give USA an 8-4 lead at the break. In total, eight different USA skaters accounted for the eight goals. Chase Gresock scored the final tally of the night, firing home his own rebound for a powerplay goal at 4:25 of the third period.

Youngstown returns to the ice tomorrow night to host the defending-Clark Cup champion Chicago Steel. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern and broadcasts will be available on YPHR and HockeyTV.     

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 34

Saves – 21

Power Play – 2/6

Penalty Kill – 4/6

Goals – Barry, Gresock, Hall, Thomson

Assists – Barry, Ellis, Gresock, Kislin, Metsa, Regush

 

 

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.

 

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey - #ItStartsHere

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – USA Hockey announced today that, Yale Commit and current Youngstown Phantom, Curtis Hall will compete in the 2017 World Junior A Challenge from Dec. 10-16 in Truto, Nova Scotia for team USA.

Hall is in his second year with the Phantoms, after he tendered in February of 2016. So far in the 2017-18 he has tallied 10 points in 12 games. In his rookie year with the Phantoms Hall finished the season with 21 points.

The World Junior A Challenge is in its 12th year. Other teams that compete in this challenge are Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic, Russia and Switzerland. In the 11 years that The United States have competed in this challenge, they won the title six times. Current Winnipeg Jet and Phantom Alum Kyle Connor participated in the 2013 World Junior Challenge.

Hall, Kislin Named Forward and Defenseman of Week 6

By Julie Mros 11/13/2017, 4:00pm EST

Youngstown, OH – The United States Hockey League (USHL) announced Monday that Curtis Hall and Julian Kislin were named USHL Forward and Defenseman of Week 6.

Hall, 17, has 10 points (6+4) through 12 games this season. Committed to Yale University, Hall is in his second USHL season. Hall tendered with the Phantoms in February 2016.

This past weekend in Muskegon, Hall totaled 6 points. On Saturday, November 11th Hall opened the scoring in the first period. During overtime, Hall assisted with Zach Metsa’s game winning goal. On Sunday, Hall assisted on Tommy Parrottino’s goal in the third. He also scored each period giving him a hat trick which helped lift Phantoms over the Jacks.

Kislin, 18, has 4 points (1+3) through 10 games this season. Committed to Northeastern University, Kislin is in his first USHL season.

Saturday, Julian Kislin assisted on Chase Gresock’s goal in the third period. Sunday, Kislin tallied his first USHL goal to open up the scoring against Muskegon. Kislin also assisted on 2 of Hall’s 3 goals.

Omaha’s, Zach Driscoll, (goaltender) also earned Week 6 honors.

The Phantoms are home this weekend, Friday vs Team USA and Saturday vs Chicago Steel. Saturday is Animal Shelter Awareness Night! Come out to the Covelli Centre and meet some adorable adoptable animals! The Phantoms are also home on Wednesday, November 22nd against Muskegon! Come out and celebrate Thanksgiving at the Covelli Centre with $2 Beers.

For more information about Youngstown Phantoms tickets please visit www.youngstownphantoms.com or call 330-747-PUCK(7825).

HALL HAT TRICK CUTS DOWN LUMBERJACKS

By Matthew Lipcsak 11/12/2017, 7:15pm EST

Phantoms wrap up five game road trip 3-1-1-0

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MUSKEGON, MI – The first USHL hat trick for Curtis Hall helped the Youngstown Phantoms (5-4-2-1, 13 points) hang on to defeat the Muskegon Lumberjacks 5-4 Sunday afternoon at LC Walker Arena.

“You play three games in three nights, that’s a tough thing to do with travel,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “The guys held to our game plan for all three games and saw the results from it.”

Youngstown opened the scoring 7:41 into the first period. Julian Kislin scored his first USHL goal, beating the glove of Adam Brizgala (27 saves) with a wrist shot from the right circle. Hall doubled the Phantoms’ lead at 15:51, converting a wrist shot from almost the exact same spot as Kislin, for his third goal of the year and giving Youngstown a 2-0 lead.

Muskegon got on the board just under a minute later when Bobby Kaiser scored his second goal of the year, chipping a puck over a sprawled-out Ivan Prosvetov (31 saves) at 16:40, cutting the Phantoms’ lead to 2-1.

Youngstown stretched the margin back to two at 12:48 of the second period on Hall’s second goal of the night. Kislin stole a pass in the neutral zone and sent it ahead to Hall. Hall swooped across the blue line, and fired a wrist shot from the top of the right circle that beat Brizgala to the blocker side, giving Youngstown a 3-1 advantage. Tommy Parrottino gave Youngstown its first three-goal lead of the season at 1:31 of the third period. Parrottino tapped the puck into an open net after receiving a backdoor pass on a 2-on-1 rush with Hall. The play was made thanks to Steven Holtz taking a big hit at center to get the puck over to Hall and start the break.

Muskegon scored the next two goals to get back within one at 4-3. Nolan Sullivan scored his first USHL goal at 5:14 and Monte Graham scored his second of the year at 10:43, taking the puck directly to the net after winning a faceoff and beating Prosvetov.

Hall completed his hat trick, scoring goal number six of the season at 14:09. Hall broke up a play in the neutral zone and carried the puck down the middle of the ice, beating Brizgala over the glove with a wrist shot from the hashmarks, giving Youngstown a 5-3 lead. The goal came at even strength, one second after a penalty to Zach Metsa expired. All nine goals in the game were scored at even strength.

Muskegon got back within one on Graham’s second goal of the game. Graham fired home the rebound of a Jachym Kondelik shot at 16:11 to make the deficit 5-4. Despite a late power play at 16:18 and pulling Brizgala for the extra attacker at 17:33, the Lumberjacks could not tie the game and the Phantoms held on for the victory.

Youngstown wraps up their five-game road trip 3-1-1-0, earning seven of a possible ten points. They’ll return to the Covelli Centre for a three-game homestand that starts Friday night against the United States National Team Development Program’s U18 squad. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern and broadcasts will be available on YPHR and HockeyTV.

 

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 32

Saves – 31

Power Play – 0/4

Penalty Kill – 5/5

Goals – Hall (3), Kislin, Parrottino

Assists – Ellis, Hall, Holtz, Kislin, Zohovs

 

 

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.

 

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey - #ItStartsHere

    

METSA’S FIRST USHL GOAL GIVES PHANTOMS OVERTIME WIN

By Matthew Lipcsak 11/11/2017, 11:15pm EST

Metsa and Holtz both tally first USHL goals

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MUSKEGON, MI – After surrendering a 3-2 lead with less than three minutes to go in the third period, Zach Metsa tallied his first USHL goal 2:42 into overtime to give the Youngstown Phantoms (4-4-2-1, 11 points) a 4-3 victory over the Muskegon Lumberjacks Saturday night at LC Walker Arena.

“We talked to the guys at the start of this year about how hard it is to win in this league and there’s never an easy game. Every night it’s a dogfight, no matter who you’re playing,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “Six of the first 11 we’ve gone to the extra session. These are good experiences for the guys to go through.”

Youngstown jumped in front at the 17:46 mark of the first period. With Youngstown on a 5-on-3 power play, Curtis Hall backhanded a rebound home past Adam Brizgala (27 saves) for his third goal of the year. “Curtis is a big body, he put in a lot of work over the summer to build his frame,” said Patterson. “He’s hard to get knocked off the puck.”

Muskegon struck twice during a two-minute span in the second period to jump out in front. Bobby Kaiser tied the game at 15:31 with his first goal of the season and Emilio Pettersen scored a power play goal with a nice redirect at 17:28 for his first of the campaign to put the Lumberjacks ahead 2-1.

For the second straight night, Youngstown had a third period comeback up their sleeves. Near the end of a penalty kill, Steven Holtz poked a puck out of his own end and into the neutral zone. Craig Needham darted to center and carried the puck down left wing. Needham cut to the middle and slid the puck cross ice to Holtz, who beat Brizgala at 8:59 for his first USHL goal, tying the game at 2. “Tremendous job by ‘Holtzy’,” said Patterson. “He made a big time play in an uncomfortable position.” The Phantoms retook the lead at 10:26 when Chase Gresock scored his third goal of the season, converting a rebound of a Max Ellis shot.

Youngstown couldn’t hold the lead however, as Vincent de May won a 1-on-1 battle with Jake Gingell and beat Ivan Prosvetov (31 saves) with a backhander from below the hashmarks to tie the game at 3 with 2:48 remaining in regulation and forcing overtime.

In the extra frame, Ellis won a puck battle in front of Brizgala, kicking the puck to his stick and managing to pass to Hall while falling to his stomach. Hall floated a pass toward the net, and Metsa redirected it past Brizgala for the game winner. “There (were) three guys with Max trying to get that puck from him,” said Patterson. “He had a second and a third effort to keep that puck alive. Great execution from Curtis over to Zach to put it in the net.”

Youngstown wraps up their five-game road trip with a Sunday matinee against these same Lumberjacks tomorrow afternoon at LC Walker Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:15pm Eastern and broadcasts will be available on Muskegon’s Nash Icon 92.5 and HockeyTV.  

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 31

Saves – 31

Power Play – 1/4

Penalty Kill – 4/5

Goals – Hall, Holtz, Gresock, Metsa,

Assists – Barry, Ellis (2), Hall, Kislin, Needham, Thomson

 

 

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.

 

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey - #ItStartsHere

 

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