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PHANTOMS DROP FIRST HALF OF ROAD TRIP

By Matthew Lipcsak, 12/15/19, 1:30PM EST

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YOUNGSTOWN MANAGES OT POINT AGAINST USA, SWEPT BY MADISON

TEAM USA (U18) 3, PHANTOMS 2 (OT)

Youngstown grabbed an early lead with a power play goal from John Beaton just three minutes into the game. After USA tied it with the only goal of the second period, Georgi Merkulov continued the torrid start to his USHL career, snapping a wrister past Noah Grannan at 5:45 of the third period to give the Phantoms a 2-1 lead. Merkulov has 9 points in 9 USHL games and has only been held off the scoresheet once. USA tied the game with a power play goal of their own at 14:29, forcing overtime. A Youngstown turnover in the extra period led to the game-winning goal for Luke Tuch, giving Team USA the win.

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MADISON 3, PHANTOMS 2

Madison grabbed a 1-0 lead just past the halfway mark of the first period, but Youngstown answered back at 17:30 with a one-time blast from Artyom Borshyov, his third of the season, tying the game at 1-1. The Phantoms grabbed the lead at 2:18 of the second period with a power play goal. Jan Kern was right at the edge of the blue paint and stuffed home a rebound for his third goal of the season, putting Youngstown ahead. Madison tied the game 1:18 later with a power play goal of their own and took the lead on a breakaway goal at 9:44 of the third period. The Phantoms got a power play with 2:09 remaining in regulation and pulled Dominic Basse to the bench for the extra attacker, but failed to tie the game and fell 3-2.

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MADISON 4, PHANTOMS 1

After a scoreless first period, Madison scored a power play goal at 16:32 of the second to take a 1-0 lead. A turnover by Dominic Basse led to a second Madison goal at 6:02 of the third and a 5-on-3 power play goal for the Capitols at 7:43 gave Madison a 3-0 lead. The lead could have been 4-0, but Basse stopped Carson Bantle on a penalty shot at 9:13. Youngstown broke onto the scoreboard moments later with a powerplay goal from Artyom Borshyov at 10:01, but Madison responded with another power play goal at 16:19 to lock in the 4-1 victory.

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