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PHANTOMS FALL TO GREEN BAY IN OVERTIME 4-3

By Matthew Lipcsak 12/05/2021, 12:00am EST

INGRAM TIES TEAM RECORD SCORING STREAK; WERNER CAPS OFF THREE-POINT NIGHT WITH FIRST USHL (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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BRIGHTON, NY – Damien Carfagna’s goal with 5.7 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Green Bay Gamblers over the Youngstown Phantoms (8-9-1-2, 19 points) Saturday night at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in the final game of the Wegman’s USHL American Cup. Youngstown led 3-2 entering the third period but surrendered the final two goals of the game.

“There was large chunk of today that I really wasn’t too fond of,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “50-50 pucks, wall battles, blocked shots, those gray areas of the game that can determine if you have success, I felt for a large chunk we weren’t great at. That’s something we really need to get better at.”

The game started out well for Youngstown, as they got out to a 2-0 lead after a scoreless first period. Adam Ingram broke the ice, putting home the rebound of Evan Werner’s breakaway at 5:31 of the second. It was Ingram’s team-leading 12th goal and extended his scoring streak to 14 games, the longest in the USHL this season and tied for the longest in team history (Brett Murray). “Adam creates offense, that’s the knack of his game,” said Patterson. “You can see his confidence growing and growing, and that’s something we need.” Youngstown doubled their lead at 8:29 on a power play goal from TJ Schweighardt, a half-slapper from center point that for his first goal as a Phantom.

Green Bay answered back with back-to-back goals from Ryan Greene. Greene scored on a break away at 10:05 and on a one-timer from the slot at 14:20 to tie the game at 2. The Phantoms answered back though, grabbing the lead back in the final minute of the period, thanks to Werner’s first USHL goal. Werner snatched a bouncing puck after a failed clearing attempt by Green Bay and was in alone on Aaron Randazzo (28 saves) from the top of the circles in. Werner faked forehand and then roofed a backhander over Randazzo to give the Phantoms a 3-2 lead with 19.7 left in the period. “(Evan) deserves it,” said Patterson. “He was in on every goal tonight. He’s got that knack for finding space. The confidence level I’m sure will grow for him. As we deliver him more pucks he’ll see more success.”

Green Bay scored the only goal of the third period, a power play goal for Cam Lund at 4:59. Lund knocked home the rebound of Carfangna’s shot after it bounced off Brody Lamb. Lund’s goal tied the game at three and necessitated overtime. Youngstown carried the play for most of the extra period, but did not manage a shot on goal. With time winding down in the frame, the Gamblers generated a cycle down low and Carfagna cut across the net mouth and lifted a backhander over Kyle Chauvette to give Green Bay the victory.

The Phantoms month-long odyssey away from the Covelli Centre continues next weekend as they’ll take a trip out to Dubuque to take on the Fighting Saints in a three-game series. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05 eastern for all three games of the Thursday-Saturday set.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 31

Saves – 29

Power Play – 1/3

Penalty Kill – 3/4

Goals – Ingram, Schweighardt, Werner

Assists – Centrella, Werner (2)

PHANTOMS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN 4-3 LOSS TO GREEN BAY

By Matthew Lipcsak 12/04/2021, 12:30am EST

WALLACE POTS TWO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS USHL CAREER (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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BRIGHTON, NY – After digging themselves two different two-goal deficits, the Youngstown Phantoms (8-9-0-2, 18 points) fought back to tie the game at 3-3 before ultimately falling to the Green Bay Gamblers 4-3 Friday night at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex as part of the USHL Wegman’s American Cup.

After the Gamblers established a cycle in the left-wing corner of the Youngstown zone, defenseman Will Staring sneaked down the boards. Staring took a pass from Greg Spitznagel and blasted a one-timer off the ribs of Kyle Chauvette (16 saves) and into the short side of the net for the game-winning goal.

Green Bay opened the scoring just 26 seconds into regulation on Trey Zagrzebski first USHL goal, a redirect from the edge of the crease. The Gamblers doubled their lead on Ethan Straky’s first goal of the season, a power play goal from the left circle that found its way to the twine despite the traffic in front.

“(Green Bay) got a couple of bounces early, but to me you work for your bounces,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “We were trying to do too much in areas where there isn’t a lot of opportunity from, and usually that comes back and bites you.”

Youngstown cracked the scoreboard with just over two minutes remaining in the first. After great forecheck work below the red line by Stiven Sardarian and Kenta Isogai, Isogai found Winter Wallace camped out alone at the hashmarks between the circles, and Wallace buried the shot to cut the Green Bay lead in half at 2-1.

“(Winter) played hard,” said Patterson. “It’s great that he shows up on that scoresheet with two goals, they were well deserved. When he’s moving his feet and shooting, he’s a dominant force.”

Green Bay scored the only goal of the second period when Cam Lund beat Chauvette to the far side on a breakaway down the right wing and led 3-1 at the second intermission, but the Phantoms came out strong to start the third and battled back to tie the game. Wallace scored the opening goal of the third period, converting on a shorthanded breakaway just 3:29 into the frame to get the Phantoms back within a goal. Just over three minutes later, Adam Ingram scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season, blazing a wrister past Aaron Randazzo (26 saves) at 6:32, just after a power play expired, tying the game at 3-3. The goal extended Ingram’s scoring streak to 13 games, the best in the USHL this season and tying him with Trevor Kuntar for second-longest in team history (Brett Murray-14). Youngstown, which came into the game with the top-ranked power play in the USHL, ended the game 0-5 on the power play, including a 30 second 5-on-3. Green Bay’s penalty killing unit ranked 11th out of 16 teams entering tonight’s action.

The game was tied for just under five minutes before Staring’s game-winning goal at 11:09. The Phantoms and Gamblers conclude their trip to Rochester tomorrow night with puck drop coming again at 7:30pm.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 29

Saves – 16

Power Play – 0/5

Penalty Kill – 3/4

Goals – Ingram, Wallace (2)

Assists – Grant (2), Isogai, Porter, Sardarian, Taylor

PHANTOMS SURRENDER THREE POWER PLAY GOALS AND TWO SHORTHANDED GOALS TO THE STEEL; WILLIAM WHITELAW SCORES IN USHL DEBUT (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The visitors put on a special teams clinic at the Covelli Centre Friday night, as the Youngstown Phantoms (8-8-0-2, 18 points) only managed to kill one of four power plays for the Chicago Steel and surrendered two shorthanded goals on the same power play enroute to a 8-4 decision at the hands of the Eastern Conference leaders.

“I thought we had plenty of chances,” said Phantoms’ Head Coach Brad Patterson. “They were obviously opportunistic and we weren’t to the same degree.”

The Steel scored three goals in the opening 12:07 to open up a margin that they would not relinquish. Joe Miller scored on the rush at 6:35, Jake Livanavage converted a power play one-timer at 11:06, and Jayden Perron scored a power play redirect at 12:07 to stake the visitors to a 3-0 lead.

Youngstown stopped the Chicago scoring run with just under four minutes left in the period. William Whitelaw, the first overall pick in this past summer’s Phase I draft, scored on the first shot of his USHL career, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with Ryan Alexander to get the Phantoms on the board at 16:29.

“I thought (William) was tremendous,” said Patterson. “He hounded pucks. He was physical. He was making good plays through neutral ice. He was a threat on the attack. He was solid defensively. To say that he did all of those things (for us) after just two or three practices is a credit to him. Obviously, it’s an indication on what we thought of him prior to the draft. Super excited to see him back here in the future.”

Chicago answered back with Sam Lipkin’s 5-on-3 power play goal at 5:22 of the second, but Youngstown didn’t give up. Jaden Grant scored a power play goal on a redirect at 7:42 and Morgan Winters ripped a wrister past Christian Manz (37 saves) at 16:54 to get the Phantoms back within a goal at 4-3. Youngstown could get no closer and the Steel removed any doubt from the game when Miller got his second of the game at 18:12 and Luke Levandowski scored 42 seconds later to give Chicago back their three-goal lead at 6-3 and chase Owen Bartoszkiewicz from the game. Bartoszkiewicz stopped only four of the 10 Chicago shots he faced.

Winter Wallace got one back for the Phantoms, picking up a rebound and backhanding it into a wide-open net, trimming the Chicago lead to 6-4, but Adam Fantilli and Lipkin scored shorthanded goals exactly a minute apart during the same Youngstown powerplay (15:36 and 16:36) respectively, putting the game definitively out of reach and capping off the scoring. Kyle Chauvette stopped 9-of-11 in relief of Bartoszkiewicz.

The Phantoms are back in action on December 3rd and 4th as they travel to Rochester, New York to take on the Green Bay Gamblers for the Wegman’s American Cup.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 41

Saves – 13

Power Play – 2/6

Penalty Kill – 1/4

Goals – Grant, Wallace, Whitelaw, Winters

Assists – Alexander, Ingram (2), Sardarian, Taylor (3), Varner

COMEBACK BID FALLS SHORT; PHANTOMS DROP 5-3 DECISION TO MADISON

By Matthew Lipcsak 11/14/2021, 12:30am EST

YOUNGSTOWN POINT STREAK SNAPPED AT FIVE GAMES (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms (6-7-0-2, 14pts) needed just 6:30 of the third period to erase a three-goal deficit, but their offensive efforts ended there as they fell to the Madison Capitols 5-3 Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.

“We get into the third and the guys chip away,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “The message being ‘You’re going to get your opportunities and continue to get them, it’s what we do with them when we do generate’ and the guys obviously jumped to that.”

Madison scored one in the first period and two in the second to grab a 3-0 advantage heading into the final frame. Brendan Lamb lifted a shot over Owen Bartoskiewicz (34 saves) from the edge of the crease 5:53 into regulation for the first Capitols goal. Luke Mittelstadt pushed home a loose puck at 8:45 of the second to double the Madison lead, and Kyle Kukkonen sneaked a one-timer past Bartoskiewicz during a 5-on-3 power play at 18:55 to create the three-goal cushion for Madison.

“I think the guys were confident going into the third,” said Patterson. “You don’t often feel that confidence down three. I don’t think the guys felt (dejected). I think they knew it was a matter of time with the way they’d been playing. Credit to them to really hold up their end of the bargain. We capitalized and put ourselves in a good spot.”

Youngstown fired 20 shots at Simon Latkoczy (30 saves) through the first two periods, but the 21st was the one that finally beat him. Justin Varner’s shot from the right wing boards was blocked by the Madison defense. The rebound was gloved down by Kenta Isogai, who immediately snapped it just under the bar and into the cage to get the Phantoms on the board just 48 seconds into the period.

Minutes later, Chris Hedden’s dump in took a funny bounce, putting Latkoczy out of position and leaving the cage wide open. The puck bounced to Adam Ingram, who fired it home before Latkoczy could get back into the crease, cutting the Phantoms’ deficit to one at 4:35. The goal extended Ingram's scoring streak to nine games.

Youngstown tied the game just under two minutes later. Chase Pietila’s stretch pass found Varner in the neutral zone and a 2-on-1 developed with him and Winter Wallace. Varner ran the give-and-go with Wallace and tapped in the back door feed to a yawning net, tying the game at 3.

The comeback was not to be, however, as Madison got goals from Matthew McGroarty at 13:30 on a redirect and another from Lamb at 15:30 to dash the Phantoms’ hopes of completing the comeback.

Youngstown and Madison will face off again next Friday in Wisconsin as the Phantoms will start a two-game swing through The Badger State that begins Friday in Madison and concludes Saturday in Green Bay.

By the Numbers

Shots – 33

Saves – 34

Power Play – 0/2

Penalty Kill – 2/3

Goals – Ingram, Isogai, Varner

Assists – Hedden, Pietila, Varner, Wallace

BETTENS' HAT TRICK LIFTS YOUNGSTOWN OVER MADISON 6-4

By Alexis Davis 11/12/2021, 11:45pm EST

PHANTOMS PUSH POINT STREAK TO FIVE GAMES (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – A hat trick from Kyle Bettens helped lead the Youngstown Phantoms (6-6-0-2, 14 pts) to a 6-4 victory over the Madison Capitols (9-3-1-0) Friday night at the Covelli Centre. 

 

“I felt our hunt and our determination was much better from the get-go,” said Phantoms’ head coach Brad Patterson.  

Youngstown got their second power play of the night at 4:30 after Kyle Kukkonen got two minutes for high sticking.   From the top of the right circle, Morgan Winters snapped a cross-ice feed to Adam Ingram, who sent a centering attempt to Jaden Grant. The Phantoms captain was right in front of the net and found an opening behind Marino Ramirez (24 saves). Grant snuck the puck past him for a power play goal at 4:52. 

Youngstown cashed in on the power play again when Grant passed the puck from the right circle to Winters. Winters redirected the puck into the net for his first USHL goal at 17:31. Youngstown entered the first intermission with a 2-0 lead. 

Madison dented the scoreboard for the first time inside the first minute of the second period. With Shane LaChance in the box, Nick DeSantis fired home a snapshot from the right circle just 24 seconds into the power play to bring the Capitols within one just 48 seconds into the period. The score stood at 2-1 for nearly 11 minutes before another puck found twine.  A large amount of traffic in front of the net helped to distract Ramirez from seeing Chris Hedden’s shot from the left point, and the puck was behind Ramirez before he even saw it. Hedden’s goal was his first in the USHL, and it came at 11:40, giving Youngstown back their two-goal cushion at 3-1. 

Two-and-a-half minutes later, Kukkonen blasted a one timer from the slot past Kyle Chauvette (28 saves) with 5:57 left in the second period to bring the Capitols back within one. Less than two minutes later, Bettens got his first goal of the night, fourth of the season when he blasted the puck into the net off a breakaway to give Youngstown the two-goal lead back. With less than a minute left in the period, Quinn Finley knocked in a rebound from in front of the net to make it a one goal game once more, 4-3 Youngstown at the end of the second period. 

Youngstown was back on the penalty kill in the third period after Winter Wallace received a slashing penalty at 12:32. Finley tied the game after he redirected the puck in for his second goal of the night at 12:58. 31 seconds later, Bettens got the puck off of a cross-ice feed from Hedden. Bettens swooped towards the cage and blasted the puck the puck right into the twine for his second goal of the night to give Youngstown back the lead at 13:29. 

The Capitols pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker with just 2:21 left in regulation. From his own end, Wallace picked up the puck off a bounce and blasted it towards the empty net. The puck hit the post but was grabbed by Bettens. Bettens snapped the puck into the yawning cage for his first USHL hat trick, solidifying Youngstown’s 6-4 victory. 

“He’s been very good,” said Phantoms’ Head Coach Brad Patterson. “Kyle obviously has a great finish around the net and we need it.”

The Phantoms are back in action Saturday night at the Covelli Centre as they look for the weekend sweep of the Madison Capitols. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05. 

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 30

Saves – 28

Power Play – 2/3

Penalty Kill – 3/5

Goals – Bettens (3), Grant, Hedden, Winters

Assists – Alexander, Ingram (2), Catalano, Grant, Hedden, Isogai Schweighardt, Varner, Wallace, Winters

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PHANTOMS FALL TO GREEN BAY IN OVERTIME 4-3

By Matthew Lipcsak 12/05/2021, 12:00am EST

INGRAM TIES TEAM RECORD SCORING STREAK; WERNER CAPS OFF THREE-POINT NIGHT WITH FIRST USHL (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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BRIGHTON, NY – Damien Carfagna’s goal with 5.7 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Green Bay Gamblers over the Youngstown Phantoms (8-9-1-2, 19 points) Saturday night at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in the final game of the Wegman’s USHL American Cup. Youngstown led 3-2 entering the third period but surrendered the final two goals of the game.

“There was large chunk of today that I really wasn’t too fond of,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “50-50 pucks, wall battles, blocked shots, those gray areas of the game that can determine if you have success, I felt for a large chunk we weren’t great at. That’s something we really need to get better at.”

The game started out well for Youngstown, as they got out to a 2-0 lead after a scoreless first period. Adam Ingram broke the ice, putting home the rebound of Evan Werner’s breakaway at 5:31 of the second. It was Ingram’s team-leading 12th goal and extended his scoring streak to 14 games, the longest in the USHL this season and tied for the longest in team history (Brett Murray). “Adam creates offense, that’s the knack of his game,” said Patterson. “You can see his confidence growing and growing, and that’s something we need.” Youngstown doubled their lead at 8:29 on a power play goal from TJ Schweighardt, a half-slapper from center point that for his first goal as a Phantom.

Green Bay answered back with back-to-back goals from Ryan Greene. Greene scored on a break away at 10:05 and on a one-timer from the slot at 14:20 to tie the game at 2. The Phantoms answered back though, grabbing the lead back in the final minute of the period, thanks to Werner’s first USHL goal. Werner snatched a bouncing puck after a failed clearing attempt by Green Bay and was in alone on Aaron Randazzo (28 saves) from the top of the circles in. Werner faked forehand and then roofed a backhander over Randazzo to give the Phantoms a 3-2 lead with 19.7 left in the period. “(Evan) deserves it,” said Patterson. “He was in on every goal tonight. He’s got that knack for finding space. The confidence level I’m sure will grow for him. As we deliver him more pucks he’ll see more success.”

Green Bay scored the only goal of the third period, a power play goal for Cam Lund at 4:59. Lund knocked home the rebound of Carfangna’s shot after it bounced off Brody Lamb. Lund’s goal tied the game at three and necessitated overtime. Youngstown carried the play for most of the extra period, but did not manage a shot on goal. With time winding down in the frame, the Gamblers generated a cycle down low and Carfagna cut across the net mouth and lifted a backhander over Kyle Chauvette to give Green Bay the victory.

The Phantoms month-long odyssey away from the Covelli Centre continues next weekend as they’ll take a trip out to Dubuque to take on the Fighting Saints in a three-game series. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05 eastern for all three games of the Thursday-Saturday set.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 31

Saves – 29

Power Play – 1/3

Penalty Kill – 3/4

Goals – Ingram, Schweighardt, Werner

Assists – Centrella, Werner (2)

PHANTOMS COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN 4-3 LOSS TO GREEN BAY

By Matthew Lipcsak 12/04/2021, 12:30am EST

WALLACE POTS TWO FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS USHL CAREER (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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BRIGHTON, NY – After digging themselves two different two-goal deficits, the Youngstown Phantoms (8-9-0-2, 18 points) fought back to tie the game at 3-3 before ultimately falling to the Green Bay Gamblers 4-3 Friday night at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex as part of the USHL Wegman’s American Cup.

After the Gamblers established a cycle in the left-wing corner of the Youngstown zone, defenseman Will Staring sneaked down the boards. Staring took a pass from Greg Spitznagel and blasted a one-timer off the ribs of Kyle Chauvette (16 saves) and into the short side of the net for the game-winning goal.

Green Bay opened the scoring just 26 seconds into regulation on Trey Zagrzebski first USHL goal, a redirect from the edge of the crease. The Gamblers doubled their lead on Ethan Straky’s first goal of the season, a power play goal from the left circle that found its way to the twine despite the traffic in front.

“(Green Bay) got a couple of bounces early, but to me you work for your bounces,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “We were trying to do too much in areas where there isn’t a lot of opportunity from, and usually that comes back and bites you.”

Youngstown cracked the scoreboard with just over two minutes remaining in the first. After great forecheck work below the red line by Stiven Sardarian and Kenta Isogai, Isogai found Winter Wallace camped out alone at the hashmarks between the circles, and Wallace buried the shot to cut the Green Bay lead in half at 2-1.

“(Winter) played hard,” said Patterson. “It’s great that he shows up on that scoresheet with two goals, they were well deserved. When he’s moving his feet and shooting, he’s a dominant force.”

Green Bay scored the only goal of the second period when Cam Lund beat Chauvette to the far side on a breakaway down the right wing and led 3-1 at the second intermission, but the Phantoms came out strong to start the third and battled back to tie the game. Wallace scored the opening goal of the third period, converting on a shorthanded breakaway just 3:29 into the frame to get the Phantoms back within a goal. Just over three minutes later, Adam Ingram scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season, blazing a wrister past Aaron Randazzo (26 saves) at 6:32, just after a power play expired, tying the game at 3-3. The goal extended Ingram’s scoring streak to 13 games, the best in the USHL this season and tying him with Trevor Kuntar for second-longest in team history (Brett Murray-14). Youngstown, which came into the game with the top-ranked power play in the USHL, ended the game 0-5 on the power play, including a 30 second 5-on-3. Green Bay’s penalty killing unit ranked 11th out of 16 teams entering tonight’s action.

The game was tied for just under five minutes before Staring’s game-winning goal at 11:09. The Phantoms and Gamblers conclude their trip to Rochester tomorrow night with puck drop coming again at 7:30pm.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 29

Saves – 16

Power Play – 0/5

Penalty Kill – 3/4

Goals – Ingram, Wallace (2)

Assists – Grant (2), Isogai, Porter, Sardarian, Taylor

PHANTOMS SURRENDER THREE POWER PLAY GOALS AND TWO SHORTHANDED GOALS TO THE STEEL; WILLIAM WHITELAW SCORES IN USHL DEBUT (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The visitors put on a special teams clinic at the Covelli Centre Friday night, as the Youngstown Phantoms (8-8-0-2, 18 points) only managed to kill one of four power plays for the Chicago Steel and surrendered two shorthanded goals on the same power play enroute to a 8-4 decision at the hands of the Eastern Conference leaders.

“I thought we had plenty of chances,” said Phantoms’ Head Coach Brad Patterson. “They were obviously opportunistic and we weren’t to the same degree.”

The Steel scored three goals in the opening 12:07 to open up a margin that they would not relinquish. Joe Miller scored on the rush at 6:35, Jake Livanavage converted a power play one-timer at 11:06, and Jayden Perron scored a power play redirect at 12:07 to stake the visitors to a 3-0 lead.

Youngstown stopped the Chicago scoring run with just under four minutes left in the period. William Whitelaw, the first overall pick in this past summer’s Phase I draft, scored on the first shot of his USHL career, finishing off a 2-on-1 rush with Ryan Alexander to get the Phantoms on the board at 16:29.

“I thought (William) was tremendous,” said Patterson. “He hounded pucks. He was physical. He was making good plays through neutral ice. He was a threat on the attack. He was solid defensively. To say that he did all of those things (for us) after just two or three practices is a credit to him. Obviously, it’s an indication on what we thought of him prior to the draft. Super excited to see him back here in the future.”

Chicago answered back with Sam Lipkin’s 5-on-3 power play goal at 5:22 of the second, but Youngstown didn’t give up. Jaden Grant scored a power play goal on a redirect at 7:42 and Morgan Winters ripped a wrister past Christian Manz (37 saves) at 16:54 to get the Phantoms back within a goal at 4-3. Youngstown could get no closer and the Steel removed any doubt from the game when Miller got his second of the game at 18:12 and Luke Levandowski scored 42 seconds later to give Chicago back their three-goal lead at 6-3 and chase Owen Bartoszkiewicz from the game. Bartoszkiewicz stopped only four of the 10 Chicago shots he faced.

Winter Wallace got one back for the Phantoms, picking up a rebound and backhanding it into a wide-open net, trimming the Chicago lead to 6-4, but Adam Fantilli and Lipkin scored shorthanded goals exactly a minute apart during the same Youngstown powerplay (15:36 and 16:36) respectively, putting the game definitively out of reach and capping off the scoring. Kyle Chauvette stopped 9-of-11 in relief of Bartoszkiewicz.

The Phantoms are back in action on December 3rd and 4th as they travel to Rochester, New York to take on the Green Bay Gamblers for the Wegman’s American Cup.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 41

Saves – 13

Power Play – 2/6

Penalty Kill – 1/4

Goals – Grant, Wallace, Whitelaw, Winters

Assists – Alexander, Ingram (2), Sardarian, Taylor (3), Varner

COMEBACK BID FALLS SHORT; PHANTOMS DROP 5-3 DECISION TO MADISON

By Matthew Lipcsak 11/14/2021, 12:30am EST

YOUNGSTOWN POINT STREAK SNAPPED AT FIVE GAMES (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms (6-7-0-2, 14pts) needed just 6:30 of the third period to erase a three-goal deficit, but their offensive efforts ended there as they fell to the Madison Capitols 5-3 Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.

“We get into the third and the guys chip away,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “The message being ‘You’re going to get your opportunities and continue to get them, it’s what we do with them when we do generate’ and the guys obviously jumped to that.”

Madison scored one in the first period and two in the second to grab a 3-0 advantage heading into the final frame. Brendan Lamb lifted a shot over Owen Bartoskiewicz (34 saves) from the edge of the crease 5:53 into regulation for the first Capitols goal. Luke Mittelstadt pushed home a loose puck at 8:45 of the second to double the Madison lead, and Kyle Kukkonen sneaked a one-timer past Bartoskiewicz during a 5-on-3 power play at 18:55 to create the three-goal cushion for Madison.

“I think the guys were confident going into the third,” said Patterson. “You don’t often feel that confidence down three. I don’t think the guys felt (dejected). I think they knew it was a matter of time with the way they’d been playing. Credit to them to really hold up their end of the bargain. We capitalized and put ourselves in a good spot.”

Youngstown fired 20 shots at Simon Latkoczy (30 saves) through the first two periods, but the 21st was the one that finally beat him. Justin Varner’s shot from the right wing boards was blocked by the Madison defense. The rebound was gloved down by Kenta Isogai, who immediately snapped it just under the bar and into the cage to get the Phantoms on the board just 48 seconds into the period.

Minutes later, Chris Hedden’s dump in took a funny bounce, putting Latkoczy out of position and leaving the cage wide open. The puck bounced to Adam Ingram, who fired it home before Latkoczy could get back into the crease, cutting the Phantoms’ deficit to one at 4:35. The goal extended Ingram's scoring streak to nine games.

Youngstown tied the game just under two minutes later. Chase Pietila’s stretch pass found Varner in the neutral zone and a 2-on-1 developed with him and Winter Wallace. Varner ran the give-and-go with Wallace and tapped in the back door feed to a yawning net, tying the game at 3.

The comeback was not to be, however, as Madison got goals from Matthew McGroarty at 13:30 on a redirect and another from Lamb at 15:30 to dash the Phantoms’ hopes of completing the comeback.

Youngstown and Madison will face off again next Friday in Wisconsin as the Phantoms will start a two-game swing through The Badger State that begins Friday in Madison and concludes Saturday in Green Bay.

By the Numbers

Shots – 33

Saves – 34

Power Play – 0/2

Penalty Kill – 2/3

Goals – Ingram, Isogai, Varner

Assists – Hedden, Pietila, Varner, Wallace

BETTENS' HAT TRICK LIFTS YOUNGSTOWN OVER MADISON 6-4

By Alexis Davis 11/12/2021, 11:45pm EST

PHANTOMS PUSH POINT STREAK TO FIVE GAMES (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – A hat trick from Kyle Bettens helped lead the Youngstown Phantoms (6-6-0-2, 14 pts) to a 6-4 victory over the Madison Capitols (9-3-1-0) Friday night at the Covelli Centre. 

 

“I felt our hunt and our determination was much better from the get-go,” said Phantoms’ head coach Brad Patterson.  

Youngstown got their second power play of the night at 4:30 after Kyle Kukkonen got two minutes for high sticking.   From the top of the right circle, Morgan Winters snapped a cross-ice feed to Adam Ingram, who sent a centering attempt to Jaden Grant. The Phantoms captain was right in front of the net and found an opening behind Marino Ramirez (24 saves). Grant snuck the puck past him for a power play goal at 4:52. 

Youngstown cashed in on the power play again when Grant passed the puck from the right circle to Winters. Winters redirected the puck into the net for his first USHL goal at 17:31. Youngstown entered the first intermission with a 2-0 lead. 

Madison dented the scoreboard for the first time inside the first minute of the second period. With Shane LaChance in the box, Nick DeSantis fired home a snapshot from the right circle just 24 seconds into the power play to bring the Capitols within one just 48 seconds into the period. The score stood at 2-1 for nearly 11 minutes before another puck found twine.  A large amount of traffic in front of the net helped to distract Ramirez from seeing Chris Hedden’s shot from the left point, and the puck was behind Ramirez before he even saw it. Hedden’s goal was his first in the USHL, and it came at 11:40, giving Youngstown back their two-goal cushion at 3-1. 

Two-and-a-half minutes later, Kukkonen blasted a one timer from the slot past Kyle Chauvette (28 saves) with 5:57 left in the second period to bring the Capitols back within one. Less than two minutes later, Bettens got his first goal of the night, fourth of the season when he blasted the puck into the net off a breakaway to give Youngstown the two-goal lead back. With less than a minute left in the period, Quinn Finley knocked in a rebound from in front of the net to make it a one goal game once more, 4-3 Youngstown at the end of the second period. 

Youngstown was back on the penalty kill in the third period after Winter Wallace received a slashing penalty at 12:32. Finley tied the game after he redirected the puck in for his second goal of the night at 12:58. 31 seconds later, Bettens got the puck off of a cross-ice feed from Hedden. Bettens swooped towards the cage and blasted the puck the puck right into the twine for his second goal of the night to give Youngstown back the lead at 13:29. 

The Capitols pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker with just 2:21 left in regulation. From his own end, Wallace picked up the puck off a bounce and blasted it towards the empty net. The puck hit the post but was grabbed by Bettens. Bettens snapped the puck into the yawning cage for his first USHL hat trick, solidifying Youngstown’s 6-4 victory. 

“He’s been very good,” said Phantoms’ Head Coach Brad Patterson. “Kyle obviously has a great finish around the net and we need it.”

The Phantoms are back in action Saturday night at the Covelli Centre as they look for the weekend sweep of the Madison Capitols. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05. 

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 30

Saves – 28

Power Play – 2/3

Penalty Kill – 3/5

Goals – Bettens (3), Grant, Hedden, Winters

Assists – Alexander, Ingram (2), Catalano, Grant, Hedden, Isogai Schweighardt, Varner, Wallace, Winters

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