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TALENTED FORWARD JOINS THE PHANTOMS

Youngstown, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms have acquired USHL forward Charlie Lurie and a 4th round phase 2 draft pick in 2022 from the Fargo Force. In return, the Phantoms moved veteran forward Ryan Alexander and a 2022 6th round selection in phase 2 of the USHL entry draft.

Lurie, who hails from Minnetonka, MN, spent last season with the Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep team and posted a stat line of 29 goals and 17 assists for 46 points in 36 games. This season, he has found the back of the net 7 times while assisting on 10 others for 17 points in 27 USHL games. He has posted 10 points and a plus 6 rating in the last 5 games with the Force.

Phantoms Co-GM’s Jason Deskins and Ryan Kosecki stated, First and foremost, we would like to thank Ryan Alexander for his time in Youngstown. He embraced the city and organization and has made his mark on what we aspire for our culture to be. We are grateful for the work he put in every day for our organization. Fargo is getting an excellent player and a wonderful person, and we wish Ryan all the best in finishing the season with the Force.”

Phantoms Enhance North American Scouting and Personnel Staff

By Phantoms Staff 01/11/2022, 5:00pm EST

YOUNGSTOWN HIRES COX (LEFT) AND PROMOTES PARKOS (RIGHT) TO ASST. GM POSITIONS

The Youngstown Phantoms have announced the hiring of Jeff Cox as the Assistant General Manager of Personnel while promoting Tim Parkos to the Assistant General Manager of Scouting.

 

Cox comes from the Omaha Lancers of the USHL where he spent 3 years as a regional scout before being promoted to the Assistant General Manager position. Cox also is the program director for the Neponset Valley River Rats youth hockey organization based in Mansfield, Massachusetts, which is one of the top Tier 1 programs in the Northeast. Jeff brings high level expertise in scouting and personnel at the youth and junior level which makes him a commodity in the USHL.

 

Cox states “I am extremely excited to join the Youngstown Phantoms organization and thrilled to work with Jason Deskins, Ryan Kosecki, and the staff. I look forward to assisting in the process of building Youngstown into one of the premier junior hockey programs in the world. I would like to thank Murry Gunty and Bruce Zoldan for allowing me this opportunity.”

 

Phantoms Co-GM, Jason Deskins stated “We are excited to welcome Jeff to the Phantoms. I have years of personal experience working with Jeff in hockey, and specifically, in the USHL. He is a tireless worker, loyal team member, and an all-around great person. Jeff has a great eye for talent while also understanding and valuing what a Youngstown Phantom player and person exemplifies. He also has great relationships in the Northeast which is saturated with elite players that can play in the USHL. The Northeast market is a high priority for the Phantoms. He is a trusted friend and excellent hockey mind, and we are fortunate to have him”   

 

In conjunction with the hiring of Cox, the Phantoms also promoted Tim Parkos to the position of Assistant General Manager of Scouting. Tim was hired as the Phantoms head scout prior to the start of the season and has been responsible for overseeing the scouting staff, and draft operations. Tim also coaches for Totino-Grace High School and the Minnesota Blizzard, which is a pre- and post-season Tier 1 youth hockey program in Minnesota.

 

Parkos noted “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Youngstown and am thankful to collaborate with the executive staff, scouts, coaches, and administration. Youngstown is running a first-class operation and I am very excited to not only be a part of it, but also to be promoted to the Assistant GM of Scouting position.”

Phantoms Co-GM, Ryan Kosecki, stated “We are ecstatic to announce the promotion of Tim Parkos to Assistant General Manager of Scouting. Tim is diligent, detailed, and methodical in his approach. He knows and understands the Minnesota hockey landscape which is one of the best hockey markets in the world. He is phenomenal at what he does and is a great fit for our long-term future in Youngstown.” 

 

 

BARTOSZKIEWICZ BLANKS ROUGHRIDERS, PHANTOMS WIN 3-0

By Matthew Lipcsak 01/09/2022, 12:30am EST

ROOKIE NETMINDER RECORDS 35 SAVES FOR FIRST USHL SHUTOUT (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – For the first time in over two years, the Youngstown Phantoms recorded a shutout, blanking the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3-0 at the Covelli Centre Saturday night. Owen Bartoszkiewicz stopped all 35 Cedar Rapids shots that he faced on the way to his first USHL shutout. Youngstown was playing two players short in their lineup and lost another playing in the third period, but still managed to keep the visitors off the board. It was the Phantoms’ first shutout since Dominic Basse had a clean sheet against the Green Bay Gamblers in a 1-0 win on November 29, 2019.

“(Bartoszkiewicz’s performance) was huge. He really came through in the clutch when we needed him,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “In the second half of the game, we had a lot of guys who were really running out of gas and running on fumes. When that happens, you’re going to start to give up things and break down a little bit. We tried to keep them as perimeter as possible, and ‘Bart’ made some timely saves.”

Youngstown got all the offense they would need just 6:35 into the first period. After Ryan Alexander stole a clearing attempt by the RoughRiders, his cross-ice pass bounced off Shane LaChance and found Evan Werner alone in front of the net. Werner switched to the backhand and fired a shot past Connor Hasley (20 saves) to put the Phantoms ahead 1-0. It was Werner’s sixth goal of the season, all of which have come in the last eight games. “(Evan) is a dangerous player,” said Patterson. “When the puck is on his stick specifically. He’s got a great shot, he’s also got great hands in tight…We missed him last night, glad to have him back.”

The Phantoms doubled their lead with a breakaway goal from Adam Ingram at the 14:12 mark of the second. A bump pass from Wallace in the neutral zone found Ingram in full flight. Ingram swung out to the left and cut across the net mouth as he came towards the cage, sliding a backhander through Hasley’s five hole for his team-leading 16th goal of the season. “(Ingram) is hot right now, that’s for sure,” said Patterson. Ingram has points in 22 of the 26 games he’s played this season and has scored in all three games since Dubuque snapped his 16-game scoring streak on December 11.

Youngstown capped off the scoring at the 5:44 mark of the third period when LaChance redirected Ingram’s shot behind Hasley for a power play goal. It was LaChance’s third goal of the season, second of the weekend, and marked at least one power play goal for Youngstown in all six games they’ve played against Cedar Rapids this season. The Phantoms’ power play ended the night 1-for-4, while the Cedar Rapids power play was 0-for-3 and 0-for-8 on the weekend. Cedar Rapids was the beneficiary of a major power play when Nick Williams was called for spearing at 6:27 of the third, but the RoughRiders could not find a way to crack Bartoszkiewicz.

The Phantoms take to the road for the next four games with stops in Chicago on January 14-15 and Muskegon on January 21-22 before returning to the Covelli Centre for three games in three days against the U17’s January 28-30.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 23

Saves – 35

Power Play – 1/4

Penalty Kill – 3/3

Goals – Ingram, LaChance, Werner

Assists – Alexander, Ingram, LaChance, Sardarian, Schweighardt, Wallace

PHANTOMS KNOCK OFF CEDAR RAPIDS 3-1

By Alexis Davis 01/08/2022, 12:00am EST

BARTOSZKIEWICZ STOPS 25 TO EARN SECOND WIN OF THE YEAR (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH -- Despite having to dress several affiliate players, the Youngstown Phantoms (11-11-2-3) earned a 3-1 victory over the Cedar Rapid RoughRiders Friday night at the Covelli Centre.

“We had some great contributions from guys who haven’t been here at all until this morning,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I’m very proud of that.”

The RoughRiders took the lead halfway through the first period after a shot from Martins Lavins bounced and then rolled past Owen Bartoszkiewicz (25 saves) at 11:04. Youngstown answered back with a power play goal at 17:15. Shane Lachance’s one-timer found the twine after a beautiful no-look behind-the-back pass from Trey Taylor to knot the game at 1. The Phantoms grabbed the lead 1:14 later when Gino Pichora’s (18 saves) clearing attempt was blocked by Justin Varner. Varner threw the puck into Pichora’s skates as the netminder backed into the crease and the puck redirected into the net.

Youngstown cashed in once more, just before the midway point of regulation. Just as a penalty expired, Adam Ingram scored on the breakaway, sneaking the puck through Pichora’s five-hole at 9:21 to double Youngstown’s lead. Youngstown’s penalty kill was 5/5 on the night, marking the first time in five tries that they’ve held the Cedar Rapids power play off the score sheet.

A scoreless third period solidified a 3-1 win for the Phantoms.

Youngstown will look to get the series sweep tomorrow evening as they take on Cedar Rapids at the Covelli Centre.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 21

Saves – 25

Power Play – 1/5

Penalty Kill – 5/5

Goals – Ingram, LaChance, Varner

Assists – Rose, Taylor, Williams

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)

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TALENTED FORWARD JOINS THE PHANTOMS

Youngstown, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms have acquired USHL forward Charlie Lurie and a 4th round phase 2 draft pick in 2022 from the Fargo Force. In return, the Phantoms moved veteran forward Ryan Alexander and a 2022 6th round selection in phase 2 of the USHL entry draft.

Lurie, who hails from Minnetonka, MN, spent last season with the Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep team and posted a stat line of 29 goals and 17 assists for 46 points in 36 games. This season, he has found the back of the net 7 times while assisting on 10 others for 17 points in 27 USHL games. He has posted 10 points and a plus 6 rating in the last 5 games with the Force.

Phantoms Co-GM’s Jason Deskins and Ryan Kosecki stated, First and foremost, we would like to thank Ryan Alexander for his time in Youngstown. He embraced the city and organization and has made his mark on what we aspire for our culture to be. We are grateful for the work he put in every day for our organization. Fargo is getting an excellent player and a wonderful person, and we wish Ryan all the best in finishing the season with the Force.”

Phantoms Enhance North American Scouting and Personnel Staff

By Phantoms Staff 01/11/2022, 5:00pm EST

YOUNGSTOWN HIRES COX (LEFT) AND PROMOTES PARKOS (RIGHT) TO ASST. GM POSITIONS

The Youngstown Phantoms have announced the hiring of Jeff Cox as the Assistant General Manager of Personnel while promoting Tim Parkos to the Assistant General Manager of Scouting.

 

Cox comes from the Omaha Lancers of the USHL where he spent 3 years as a regional scout before being promoted to the Assistant General Manager position. Cox also is the program director for the Neponset Valley River Rats youth hockey organization based in Mansfield, Massachusetts, which is one of the top Tier 1 programs in the Northeast. Jeff brings high level expertise in scouting and personnel at the youth and junior level which makes him a commodity in the USHL.

 

Cox states “I am extremely excited to join the Youngstown Phantoms organization and thrilled to work with Jason Deskins, Ryan Kosecki, and the staff. I look forward to assisting in the process of building Youngstown into one of the premier junior hockey programs in the world. I would like to thank Murry Gunty and Bruce Zoldan for allowing me this opportunity.”

 

Phantoms Co-GM, Jason Deskins stated “We are excited to welcome Jeff to the Phantoms. I have years of personal experience working with Jeff in hockey, and specifically, in the USHL. He is a tireless worker, loyal team member, and an all-around great person. Jeff has a great eye for talent while also understanding and valuing what a Youngstown Phantom player and person exemplifies. He also has great relationships in the Northeast which is saturated with elite players that can play in the USHL. The Northeast market is a high priority for the Phantoms. He is a trusted friend and excellent hockey mind, and we are fortunate to have him”   

 

In conjunction with the hiring of Cox, the Phantoms also promoted Tim Parkos to the position of Assistant General Manager of Scouting. Tim was hired as the Phantoms head scout prior to the start of the season and has been responsible for overseeing the scouting staff, and draft operations. Tim also coaches for Totino-Grace High School and the Minnesota Blizzard, which is a pre- and post-season Tier 1 youth hockey program in Minnesota.

 

Parkos noted “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Youngstown and am thankful to collaborate with the executive staff, scouts, coaches, and administration. Youngstown is running a first-class operation and I am very excited to not only be a part of it, but also to be promoted to the Assistant GM of Scouting position.”

Phantoms Co-GM, Ryan Kosecki, stated “We are ecstatic to announce the promotion of Tim Parkos to Assistant General Manager of Scouting. Tim is diligent, detailed, and methodical in his approach. He knows and understands the Minnesota hockey landscape which is one of the best hockey markets in the world. He is phenomenal at what he does and is a great fit for our long-term future in Youngstown.” 

 

 

BARTOSZKIEWICZ BLANKS ROUGHRIDERS, PHANTOMS WIN 3-0

By Matthew Lipcsak 01/09/2022, 12:30am EST

ROOKIE NETMINDER RECORDS 35 SAVES FOR FIRST USHL SHUTOUT (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – For the first time in over two years, the Youngstown Phantoms recorded a shutout, blanking the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders 3-0 at the Covelli Centre Saturday night. Owen Bartoszkiewicz stopped all 35 Cedar Rapids shots that he faced on the way to his first USHL shutout. Youngstown was playing two players short in their lineup and lost another playing in the third period, but still managed to keep the visitors off the board. It was the Phantoms’ first shutout since Dominic Basse had a clean sheet against the Green Bay Gamblers in a 1-0 win on November 29, 2019.

“(Bartoszkiewicz’s performance) was huge. He really came through in the clutch when we needed him,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “In the second half of the game, we had a lot of guys who were really running out of gas and running on fumes. When that happens, you’re going to start to give up things and break down a little bit. We tried to keep them as perimeter as possible, and ‘Bart’ made some timely saves.”

Youngstown got all the offense they would need just 6:35 into the first period. After Ryan Alexander stole a clearing attempt by the RoughRiders, his cross-ice pass bounced off Shane LaChance and found Evan Werner alone in front of the net. Werner switched to the backhand and fired a shot past Connor Hasley (20 saves) to put the Phantoms ahead 1-0. It was Werner’s sixth goal of the season, all of which have come in the last eight games. “(Evan) is a dangerous player,” said Patterson. “When the puck is on his stick specifically. He’s got a great shot, he’s also got great hands in tight…We missed him last night, glad to have him back.”

The Phantoms doubled their lead with a breakaway goal from Adam Ingram at the 14:12 mark of the second. A bump pass from Wallace in the neutral zone found Ingram in full flight. Ingram swung out to the left and cut across the net mouth as he came towards the cage, sliding a backhander through Hasley’s five hole for his team-leading 16th goal of the season. “(Ingram) is hot right now, that’s for sure,” said Patterson. Ingram has points in 22 of the 26 games he’s played this season and has scored in all three games since Dubuque snapped his 16-game scoring streak on December 11.

Youngstown capped off the scoring at the 5:44 mark of the third period when LaChance redirected Ingram’s shot behind Hasley for a power play goal. It was LaChance’s third goal of the season, second of the weekend, and marked at least one power play goal for Youngstown in all six games they’ve played against Cedar Rapids this season. The Phantoms’ power play ended the night 1-for-4, while the Cedar Rapids power play was 0-for-3 and 0-for-8 on the weekend. Cedar Rapids was the beneficiary of a major power play when Nick Williams was called for spearing at 6:27 of the third, but the RoughRiders could not find a way to crack Bartoszkiewicz.

The Phantoms take to the road for the next four games with stops in Chicago on January 14-15 and Muskegon on January 21-22 before returning to the Covelli Centre for three games in three days against the U17’s January 28-30.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 23

Saves – 35

Power Play – 1/4

Penalty Kill – 3/3

Goals – Ingram, LaChance, Werner

Assists – Alexander, Ingram, LaChance, Sardarian, Schweighardt, Wallace

PHANTOMS KNOCK OFF CEDAR RAPIDS 3-1

By Alexis Davis 01/08/2022, 12:00am EST

BARTOSZKIEWICZ STOPS 25 TO EARN SECOND WIN OF THE YEAR (PHOTO CREDIT SCOTT GALVIN)

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH -- Despite having to dress several affiliate players, the Youngstown Phantoms (11-11-2-3) earned a 3-1 victory over the Cedar Rapid RoughRiders Friday night at the Covelli Centre.

“We had some great contributions from guys who haven’t been here at all until this morning,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I’m very proud of that.”

The RoughRiders took the lead halfway through the first period after a shot from Martins Lavins bounced and then rolled past Owen Bartoszkiewicz (25 saves) at 11:04. Youngstown answered back with a power play goal at 17:15. Shane Lachance’s one-timer found the twine after a beautiful no-look behind-the-back pass from Trey Taylor to knot the game at 1. The Phantoms grabbed the lead 1:14 later when Gino Pichora’s (18 saves) clearing attempt was blocked by Justin Varner. Varner threw the puck into Pichora’s skates as the netminder backed into the crease and the puck redirected into the net.

Youngstown cashed in once more, just before the midway point of regulation. Just as a penalty expired, Adam Ingram scored on the breakaway, sneaking the puck through Pichora’s five-hole at 9:21 to double Youngstown’s lead. Youngstown’s penalty kill was 5/5 on the night, marking the first time in five tries that they’ve held the Cedar Rapids power play off the score sheet.

A scoreless third period solidified a 3-1 win for the Phantoms.

Youngstown will look to get the series sweep tomorrow evening as they take on Cedar Rapids at the Covelli Centre.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 21

Saves – 25

Power Play – 1/5

Penalty Kill – 5/5

Goals – Ingram, LaChance, Varner

Assists – Rose, Taylor, Williams

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)

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