YOUNGSTOWN, OH – After cutting their deficit to 2-1 five minutes into the second period, the Youngstown Phantoms (14-12-3-1, 32 points) surrendered the last five goals of the game and fell to the United States National Team Development Program’s U18 squad 7-1 Monday afternoon at the Covelli Centre.
“I didn’t like our energy, I thought we were flat, especially early,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “We didn’t have an answer for their number one line, they’re a great unit, but at the same time we need to be better.” That top line of Joel Farabee, potential 2019 NHL number one pick Jack Hughes, and Oliver Wahlstrom combined for four goals and seven assists. Farabee and Wahlstrom had two goals apiece; five of the assists belonged to Hughes.
Wahlstrom gave USA a 1-0 lead just 1:03 into the game, finishing off a 3-on-2 break for the NTDP. Ty Emberson doubled the USA lead at 8:24, snapping a shot past Ivan Prosvetov (23 saves) from the right circle to give the NTDP a 2-0 advantage.
Youngstown got on the board 5:08 into the second period. Jake Gingell beat Drew DeRidder (24 saves) with a wrist shot from the left point that went off the right post and in. It was Gingell’s second goal of the campaign and got the Phantoms within one at 2-1, but Youngstown would get no closer. Wahlstrom scored his second of the game at 8:09 of the second to give USA a 3-1 lead, Farabee converted two power play goals, one at 14:14 and one at 19:42, to give the NTDP a 5-1 advantage, and Jake Pivonka beat Prosvetov 11 seconds after Farabee’s second goal to give Team USA a 6-1 lead at the end of two periods.
Wouter Peeters replaced Prosvetov to begin the third period, stopping six of the seven shots he faced, but he could not stop Jack DeBoer’s nifty backhand-forehand move at 16:34 that gave USA the 7-1 lead and made up the final margin.
“At the end of the day this is a lesson,” concluded Patterson. “You don’t want to learn that lesson, you don’t want to see it ever again, that’s what you take from this game.” Chase Gresock saw his goal-scoring streak end at four games, but was awarded an assist on Gingell’s goal to give him a five-game point streak.
Youngstown returns to the ice to take on the Tri-City Storm for a two-game series that begins Friday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern and the game will be broadcast on YPHR and HockeyTV.
By the Numbers
Shots – 25
Saves – 29
Power Play – 0/5
Penalty Kill – 3/5
Goals – Gingell
Assists – Gresock, Regush
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Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 49 players were chosen in the 2017 NHL Draft and more than 400 players on team rosters this season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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