YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms have officially reported to town and will begin on-ice practices on Tuesday September 4th at the Deep Freeze Ice Arena and their off-ice team workouts at The Warrior Warehouse, both facilities located in Boardman, Ohio . The team’s training camp and pre-season games will run Tuesday September 4th through Wednesday September 26th.
The Phantoms will host five pre-season games against four different NAHL (Tier II Junior Hockey) opponents: the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights on Saturday September 8th at 4:00pm, the Maryland Black Bears on Sunday September 9th at 4:00pm, the Johnstown Tomahawks on Monday September 10th at 7:30pm, and finally two games against the Northeast Generals on Friday September 14th at 7:00pm and Saturday September 15th at 1:00pm. All games will take place at the Deep Freeze Ice Arena in Boardman.
A link to the roster can be found below. The roster includes eight members of the 2017-18 Eastern Conference Champion team, eighteen Division I college committed players, one NHL Draft pick (forward Brett Murray, 2016 4th Round pick of the Buffalo Sabres), two goaltenders, nine defensemen, and eighteen forwards. The players will be battling to make the club’s opening day roster.
The club will participate in the USHL’s 2018 Fall Classic event to be held in Cranberry / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for two regular season opening games against USHL opponents – the Tri-City Storm on Thursday September 27th at 5:00pm and the Dubuque Fighting Saints on Sunday September 30th at 1:00pm.
The Phantoms’ home opener will be Friday, October 5th at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown. Puck drop will be at 7:05 p.m. against divisional rival the Muskegon Lumberjacks.
The Phantoms will host a media day on Tuesday, October 2, at 11:00 a.m. in the Covelli Centre’s YSU Room. All members of the media are invited to meet this year’s players, coaching staff, and front office.