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By Matthew Lipcsak, 12/05/21, 12:00AM EST




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)