YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Gustav Muller’s goal with 13.3 seconds remaining in overtime completed a stunning come-from-behind victory for the Madison Capitols over the Youngstown Phantoms (1-1-1-0, 3 points) by the final score of 6-5 Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.
“Tough to stomach at the end for sure,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “Credit to (Madison), they generated a good push back, as you’re going to see from any team in this league. We made some mistakes at the end that really cost us.”
Action got started early; Madison was called for cross checking just 41 seconds into the game leading to a Youngstown power play. Ben Schoen won the faceoff to start the power play back to Jayson Dobay. Dobay made a cross-point pass to Trevor Kuntar. Kuntar fired a low shot that hit the perfectly placed-blade of Matthew Cassidy at the edge of the crease and redirected the puck behind Simon Latkoczy (25 saves) just 7 seconds after the power play started to give Youngstown a 1-0 lead. John Larkin doubled that lead at 2:13, blasting home a one-timer from the top of the circles.
The Capitols got on the board with a power play goal from Ryan Kirwan at 6:50, but the Phantoms answered back with another pair of goals before the period could end to grab a 4-1 lead. Yusaku Ando poked home a rebound at 11:04 for his second goal of the year, and affiliate player Austen May fired a one-timer through traffic at 17:11 for his first USHL goal to stretch the Youngstown advantage to three at the end of the first period.
Madison scored the next three goals and tied the game at 4-4. Kristoff Papp got a lucky bounce at 11:32 of the second, Verners Egle finished off a 2-on-1 with Ricky Lyle at 17:58, and Stepan Pokorny got a lucky bounce of his own at 2:06 of the third with a power play goal to knot the game.
Youngstown retook the lead at 7:32 thanks to a nifty drop pass from Ando to Dobay that Dobay blasted past Latkoczy for his first of the season, putting the Phantoms ahead 5-4. “We knew Jayson had the offensive side to his game,” said Patterson. “He’s been good up to now, and we’re going to expect much more. Not that he’s not been giving it, but we’re going to have to rely on him as the season goes forward.”
Madison pulled Latkoczy for the extra attacker at 18:41, and a lucky bounce enabled them to tie the game. As a puck trickled in towards Phantoms netminder McLean Dorr (20 saves), he reached out to cover it. Just before his glove came down on the puck, Madison’s Carson Bantle poked at the puck, causing it to slide past Dorr’s glove, under his body, and into the goal, tying the game at 5-5 with 54.8 seconds remaining in regulation, forcing overtime.
Youngstown had to kill a penalty to start overtime, and there were several great scoring chances each way, but in the end, it was Muller’s breakaway goal that ended the game.
Patterson had this message for his club after the game: You can hang your head and check it or you can keep your head up and use it as a learning experience and make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Youngstown returns to the ice next weekend for a pair of games against the winless-Muskegon Lumberjacks. Puck drop on both Friday and Saturday night is scheduled for 7:05pm eastern, and both games will be broadcast on HockeyTV and Western Reserve Radio.
By the Numbers
Shots – 30
Saves – 20
Power Play – 1/3
Penalty Kill – 5/7
Goals – Ando, Cassidy, Dobay, Larkin, May
Assists – Alger, Ando, Beaton, Dobay, Funk, Kuntar, Mylymok, Schoen (2)