YOUNGSTOWN, OH – After leading 1-0 at the end of the first period, the Youngstown Phantoms (12-7-3-1, 28 points) allowed four goals in the second period to fall behind 4-2 en route to a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Madison Capitols on Thursday night at the Covelli Centre.
“I felt it was a game where the team that made the most mistakes was going to end up on the bottom end,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I felt like we made a lot in the first 30 minutes.”
Youngstown opened the scoring at the 17:00 mark of the first period. Tommy Parrottino slammed home a back-door feed from Curtis Hall for a power play goal to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead at the first intermission.
Madison tied the game at 8:28 of the second period off a strong individual effort from Anthony Callin, fighting his way through three checks before beating Ivan Prosvetov from 10 feet out, knotting things at 1-1. The Phantoms retook the lead two minutes later off a spinning one-timer from Hall. Hall benefitted from a wonderful play by Parrottino, who stole the puck and passed it Hall while he was on his stomach. Hall’s 11th of the season put Youngstown up 2-1 at 10:26.
The Capitols scored the next three goals and never trailed again. Mike Mancinelli scored a power play goal at 11:25, Kamil Sadlocha scored on a rebound at 16:35, and Jared Kucharek converted a 2-on-1 opportunity at 16:51 to give Madison a 4-2 lead at the second intermission.
Youngstown scored 1:10 into the third period to get within one thanks to a Max Ellis goal, but Madison answered back with two goals, Alec Broetzman at 2:40 and Ryan O’Reilly at 5:55, to go up 6-3. Phantom power play goals by Matt Thomson at 10:59 and Mike Regush at 15:48 got Youngstown back within one at 6-5, but Callin scored on the empty net at 18:55 to seal the victory for Madison.
Youngstown and Madison wrap up their two-game series tomorrow night at the Covelli Centre with Star Wars night. The first 1,000 fans will receive light swords and the Phantoms will be wearing special jerseys which will be auctioned off after the game with proceeds benefiting Akron Children’s Hospital (Mahoning Valley). Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern and broadcasts will be available on YPHR and HockeyTV.
By the Numbers
Shots – 30
Saves – 27
Power Play – 3/6
Penalty Kill – 2/3
Goals – Ellis, Hall, Parrottino, Regush, Thomson
Assists – Barry, Ellis (2), Hall, Joyaux, Metsa (2), Parrottino (2)
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