DUBUQUE, IA – The Youngstown Phantoms (13-11-3-1, 30 points) only managed one shot on net in the third period and allowed a shorthanded goal in the same frame as they fell to the Dubuque Fighting Saints 3-1 Friday night at the Mystique Community Ice Arena.
“I felt like some guys weren’t locked into the game,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “When you don’t have everyone pulling that rope, this is what happens.”
Dubuque opened the scoring at 3:32 of the first period. Forward Quinn Preston blocked a shot in his own end, deflecting the puck out to the neutral zone behind the Phantoms defense. Preston won the footrace to the puck, carried it into the Youngstown end and blasted a wrist shot past Ivan Prosvetov (32 saves) to give the Saints a 1-0 lead.
The Phantoms tied it at the 16:38 mark of the second period. Matt Barry made a great outside-inside move on a Saints defender and stepped towards net. Sliding the puck cross-crease, he found a wide-open Chase Gresock, who beat Cole Weaver (16 saves) to knots things up at one. The goal was Gresock’s 11th of the season and fifth in his last three games. Since Barry and Gresock were played on a line with Mike Regush three games ago, the trio has combined for 13 points (7G-6A).
Dubuque reclaimed the lead 5:03 into the third period with a shorthanded goal. Taylor Schneider sneaked behind the Phantoms defense on a clearing attempt, and caught up to the breakout pass from Jacob Semik along the wall at the hashmarks. Schneider cut towards the net, switched over to his backhand, and beat Prosvetov to put the Saints ahead 2-1. Youngstown only managed a single shot on Weaver during the third period, and Alex Steeves added an empty net goal at 19:38 to make up the final margin.
The win for Dubuque broke the tie for second place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference, with the Saints jumping two points ahead of the Phantoms. The loss drops the Phantoms back into fifth place, tied with Muskegon at 30 points. Dubuque and Youngstown wrap up their weekend series tomorrow night with puck drop scheduled for 8:05pm Eastern. The game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and Dubuque’s Super Hits 106.1 FM.
By the Numbers
Shots – 16
Saves – 32
Power Play – 0/3
Penalty Kill – 4/4
Goals – Gresock
Assists – Barry, Regush
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