GENEVA, IL – Two goals from Mike Regush and 23 saves by Ivan Prosvetov helped power the Youngstown Phantoms (17-14-4-1, 39 points) to a 4-3 win over the Chicago Steel Friday night at Fox Valley Ice Arena.
“It was a good team effort,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I thought everyone had contributions in some sort of fashion.”
Youngstown got on the board first, scoring 7:21 into the first period. Regush picked up a bouncing puck at the bottom of the right circle, cut across the net mouth, and slid a backhander past Oskar Autio (26 saves) to give Youngstown the 1-0 lead. Regush has points in 10 of his last 11 games and combined with linemates Chase Gresock and Matt Barry to notch seven points on the night. “(That line) is very versatile,” said Patterson. “You can put them in any situation and they’re a tough line to match up against. Each one of them brings a little different facet to the game, they’ve really been a good, cohesive unit.”
Chicago struck twice in the final seven minutes of the first to jump in front. Baker Shore beat Prosvetov with a spinning wrister at 13:09, and Aaro Vidgren scored a power play goal at 19:20 to give the Steel the lead. Vidgren’s goal came one second before the penalty to Curtis Hall ended and just after a net-front scramble led to Prosvetov being out of position.
Youngstown struck twice in the second period to take the lead back. Jack Malone put home the rebound of Dalton Messina’s shot at 13:05 to tie things up at 2-2. It was Malone’s first goal of the season and Messina’s first point with the Phantoms after being acquired by the team on Monday. Tommy Parrottino gave the Phantoms the lead for good with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 16:57. Parrottino’s blast from the top of the right circle was his 10th goal of the season and put the Phantoms ahead 3-2.
The Phantoms doubled their lead at 15:11 of the third period. After Gresock blocked a shot, he and Barry went racing down ice. Regush joined in the play as the trailer in the 3-on-2 break for Youngstown. Taking the pass from Barry, Regush walked right down the slot and snapped a wrister past Autio’s glove for his second of the night, 10th of the season, putting the Phantoms ahead 4-2. Jack Dugan scored a power play goal with an extra attacker just moments later at 17:19 to get the Steel back within one at 4-3, but the Phantoms were able to hold off any further comeback attempt and hang on for the victory.
The win allowed the Phantoms to keep pace with the rest of the top teams in the Eastern Conference, as Team USA, Muskegon, and Dubuque were all victorious tonight. Youngstown is now tied with Chicago and Dubuque for third place with 39 points, all three are one point behind second place Muskegon.
Youngstown and Chicago wrap up their weekend series tomorrow night at Fox Valley Ice Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05pm Eastern and the game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and the Chicago Steel Broadcast Network on Mixlr.
By the Numbers
Shots – 30
Saves – 23
Power Play – 1/5
Penalty Kill – 3/5
Goals – Malone, Parrottino, Regush (2)
Assists – Barry (3), Gresock (2), Joyaux, Messina, Petrillo
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