YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Six unanswered goals for the Chicago Steel turned a 4-2 game into a 10-2 game as the Youngstown Phantoms (3-2-2-0, 8 points) fell by the final of 10-3 Monday night at the Covelli Centre. It was the Phantoms’ worst loss since dropping an 11-3 decision to the U18s in January.
“I actually thought we were better to start the game than we were last night,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “It’s a struggle, that’s for sure. We need to be better in a lot of areas.”
Chicago opened the scoring 2:54 into the game when a wrist shot from John Spetz found its way through traffic from the left point and past Colin Purcell (13 saves) to put the Steel ahead 1-0. Youngstown tied it at 9:58 on Garrett Dahm’s first USHL goal. Cade Lemmer broke up a clearing attempt by the Steel and the puck redirected to Dahm, who fired one past the glove of Ian Shane (11 saves) knotting the game at 1-1.
The Steel scored the next three goals to grab a 4-1 lead. Sam Colangelo, Gunnarwolfe Fontaine, and Mathieu de Saint Phalle all tickled the twine for Chicago before the Phantoms could break their scoring string. Youngstown cut into the lead at 4:35 of the second, just 26 seconds after de St. Phalle’s goal, trimming the Steel’s advantage to 4-2. Artyom Borshyov blasted a slapshot from the high slot through the five hole of Shane, and the puck had just enough steam on to trickle across the goal line for Borshyov’s first USHL goal.
Chicago scored the next six goals as the game got away from the Phantoms. Liam Devlin, Brendan Brisson, Matt Coronato, Dawson Pasternak, Owen Power, and de Saint Phalle all found the back of the net for the Steel over the next 22:10. Dominic Basse (3 saves) entered the game in relief of Purcell after the eighth Chicago goal, surrendering the goals to Power and de St. Phalle. Arseni Smekhnov scored for Youngstown with 53.7 left in regulation to make up the final margin.
“Days like this you tend to learn a lot about individuals and as a group,” said Patterson. “I hope the message is self-reflection on this weekend and we’ll be honest with each other and we’ll have to come out better from it.”
Youngstown takes to the road for the start of a seven-game road trip, beginning this Friday night in Lincoln as the Phantoms take on the Stars. Puck drop from the Ice Box is scheduled for 8:05pm Eastern and the game will be broadcast on HockeyTV.
By the Numbers
Shots – 14
Saves – Basse-3, Purcell-13
Power Play – 0/5
Penalty Kill – 4/6
Goals – Borshyov, Dahm, Smekhnov
Assists – Lemmer, Marek, Nazzarett