CRANBERRY, PA— The Youngstown Phantoms came up short as they fell in their final Fall Classic game 4-2 to the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The game started off with a furious pace that played in the Phantoms favor as Jack Malone was able to get a pass up to Liam Robertson who kicked the puck to his skate and went low-blocker on Dubuque netminder Matthew Thiessen to put the Phantoms up early.
The Phantoms would ride that momentum following the Robertson goal controlling play until James Sanchez blasted a one-timer over the shoulder of Evenson on the power play to even the game at one and the game would remain tied through the second period.
The Saints would get their first lead of the game at the 3:21 mark of the third period as Derek Contessa would score off a designed face off play. Riese Gaber would add one more just over five minutes later to put the Fighting Saints up by two.
The Phantoms would get one back as Brett Murray was able to break loose and score on a breakaway going backhand just around the outstretched pad of Thiessen at 11:34 of the third.
Contessa would add an empty net goal, his second of the game, to give the Fighting Saints the 4-2 lead with 2:08 remaining.
The Phantoms return to action this Friday at the Covelli Centre for the home opener as they take on arch-rival Muskegon at 7:05. Broadcasts will be available on Western Reserve Radio and HockeyTV.
By the Numbers
Shots – 25
Saves – 14
Power Play – 0/3
Penalty Kill – 3/5
Goals – Robertson, Murray
Assists – Malone, Dobay
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