US NTDP (U18) 6, PHANTOMS 3
Just like their game 11 days before, The U18’s jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Youngstown. The Phantoms broke the USA streak with a power play goal from Trevor Kuntar, his 12th of the season, 8:02 into the second period. Unlike the previous game these two played, the U18’s answered back to take the three-goal lead back at 12:54. Youngstown scored twice in the final 5:05 of the period to get back to within a goal by the second intermission. Nikolai Jenson potted his second of the year at 14:55 and John Beaton extended his scoring streak to six games with a goal at 18:37, cutting the USA lead to 4-3 after 40 minutes. The Phantoms couldn’t complete the comeback though, as the U18’s added a power play goal at 13:26 of the third and an empty netter at 19:30.
PHANTOMS 1, GREEN BAY 0
The Phantoms were awarded seven power plays in the game, including six in the first two periods, but couldn’t find a way to solve Green Bay netminder Nicholas Grabko through 40 minutes. Dominic Basse was equally stingy in the Youngstown net as the first 46:27 of the game was played to a scoreless tie. The Phantoms finally broke through at 6:27 of the third with a power play goal from Trevor Kuntar, and that was all the offense Basse needed. The first-year netminder from Alexandria, Virginia stopped all 34 shots the Gamblers threw his way to record his first USHL shutout in a 1-0 Youngstown win.
PHANTOMS 6, MADISON 4
It was another penalty-filled affair for Youngstown as the two most-penalized teams in the Eastern conference combined for 17 power plays, 11 of them going the Phantoms way. Youngstown scored the opening goal 13 seconds after their first power play of the game ended when Aiden Gallacher floated a shot from the right point into the net at 3:05 for his fourth of the season and a 1-0 Phantoms lead. Madison tied it just under three minutes later, but Gerorgi Merkulov gave the Phantoms back the lead with a power play goal at 19:41. Merkulov has a seven-game scoring streak, owning a point in every game he’s played in the USHL. Jacob Felker scored his first USHL goal 5:44 into the second to extend the Youngstown lead to 3-1, but Madison cut it back to a one-goal advantage at 9:19 with a power play goal. Jan Kern scored at 13:01 for his second of the season, but Madison had an answer again, scoring at 16:35. Youngstown went into the locker room after the second with a 4-3 lead. Nikolai Jenson tallied the second Youngstown power play goal of the night at 12:14 to give the Phantoms back their two-goal lead at 5-3. With the goalie on the bench for the extra attacker, Madison responded again with a tally at 17:55 to get back within a goal at 5-4. The Phantoms, however, ended all hopes of a Madison comeback when John Beaton scored on the empty net, firing from just inside his own blueline into the yawning cage. Twelve different Phantoms found the scoresheet, led by three assists for Matthew Cassidy, who announced his commitment to Ohio State Sunday night.