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PHANTOMS GEAR UP FOR FESTIVE WEEKEND

By Sean Stewart 12/11/2018, 11:45am EST

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— The Phantoms return home this weekend after a thrilling 5-4 victory in overtime over the U-18’s of the National Team Development Program. The Chicago Steel will be in town for a three-in-three set Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for Red Kettle Weekend.

The weekend kicks off Friday with ugly sweater night. Fans wearing an ugly sweater to the game will be eligible to receive a future game voucher; it is also a Pizza Hut Party Pack night. The Phantoms will also be honoring those workers and families of the Lordstown General Motors plant by offering a special ticket offer in order to raise funds for the United Auto Workers (UAW) union. Any member of the union will receive a $7 ticket and $2 will be donated back for each ticket purchased from union members. In addition, any fan who mentions “GM” when calling for tickets will have $2 of each ticket purchased donated to the UAW. Fans who purchase tickets for the UAW fundraiser will receive a free popcorn voucher. 

Saturday night will be the first Teddy Bear Toss in Youngstown since the 2014-15 season. Fans are encouraged to bring a teddy bear to toss on the ice when the Phantoms score their first goal of the game. Bears will be donated to local children in need. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by the Covelli Centre Saturday night for photo opportunities from 6-9 PM. The newest addition to fan entertainment, “The Crossbar” will be open to fans 21 and older. Tickets to “The Crossbar” are $10 in addition to normal ticket price and fans will receive a free 16 ounce beer in a specialty re-fillable cup. Additional beers in “The Crossbar” will be $3.

The Phantoms will be honoring the Girard High School football team Saturday night in honor of their great season. For every fan who mentions “Girard” while purchasing tickets, the Phantoms will donate $2 of each ticket purchase to Girard local schools. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM both Friday and Saturday nights.

Sunday wraps up Red Kettle Weekend with a special 5:00 PM start time for Holiday night. “The Crossbar” will again be open to fans 21 and older. Fans wearing a holiday hat will receive a percentage off in the team shop.

Call the Phantoms office at 330-747-PUCK (7825) for tickets and additional information.

Phantoms Win Thriller in Plymouth

By Sean Stewart 12/07/2018, 10:00pm EST

Kuntar hat-trick leads Phantoms to victory

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— A wild finish at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI saw the Youngstown Phantoms (9-9-0-3) come away victorious 5-4 in overtime over the National Team Development Program’s U-18 squad.

The game began with a furious pace that would normally play in the U-18’s favor, however, Phantoms netminder Christian Stoever (33 saves) stood on his head to keep the game scoreless.

The Phantoms rallied off of Stoever’s great play in the first period and would be rewarded early in the second. Matt DeMelis entered the zone and made a slick move around a NTDP defender and lasered a shot that Trever Kuntar got his stick on to go up one at the 4:21 mark of the second period.

Connor MacEachern extended Youngstown’s lead ten minutes later, as he found a loose puck off a Gianfranco Cassaro shot and placed it perfectly past the outstretched hand of Team USA’s goalie Cameron Rowe.

Kuntar extended the lead to three at 16:06 when he tapped in a rebound on the powerplay.

Ryder Rolston stopped the bleeding with 22 seconds remaining in the middle frame to cut the deficit to two.

USA proceeded to score three more unanswered goals to start the final regulation period and it looked as if the U-18’s had the game wrapped up.

A missed opportunity on an empty net chance gave Youngstown a last breath and Brett Murray found Kuntar from below the goal line and Kuntar buried the shot to complete the hat-trick and tie the game with 1:01 remaining in regulation.

Youngstown dominated the overtime period. Joey Abate had a great chance to end the game as he crashed the net but missed just wide. The Phantoms gathered the rebound and Abate cycled back around through the slot and would not be denied a second time as he ended the game on a great backhand shot to give the Phantoms the win and additional point. Youngstown has now played in six overtime games this season winning two in the overtime period, and once in a shootout.

Youngstown returns to action December 14 at the friendly confines of the Covelli Centre for ugly sweater night as they begin a three-in-three set with the Chicago Steel. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM and broadcasts are available on HockeyTV and Western Reserve Radio.

By the Numbers

Shots – 25

Saves – 33

Power Play – 1/7

Penalty Kill – 2/2

Goals – Kuntar (3, PP), MacEachern, Abate

Assists – DeMelis, Cassaro (2), Murray, MacEachern

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2018-19 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.    

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. 45 players were chosen in the 2018 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.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey - #SomethingsComing

Callahan and O’Brien earn chance to represent country

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— USA Hockey has unveiled the preliminary roster for the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team in preparation for the 2019 World Junior Championship. Two former Phantoms have earned a chance to audition for a spot on the final 23-man roster that will represent the United States in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship from December 25, 2018 – January 5, 2019, in Vancouver, BC.

Michael Callahan, a member of the 2018 Eastern Conference Champion team, and Jay O’Brien, were named to the preliminary roster.

Callahan a fifth round (142nd overall) selection of the Arizona Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Draft, skated in 22 games for the Phantoms after being acquired in a mid-season trade from Central Illinois. The Franklin, Mass. native totaled nine assists during his time with the Phantoms, and had three goals, six assists for 18 points on the season. The current Providence College defenseman has skated in all 15 games for the Friars tallying one goal, and 4 assists for 5 points and a +6 rating. Callahan notched his first collegiate goal on October 19 against UConn and tallied three assists in the month of November.

O’Brien, the 19th overall selection in the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers, skated in four games with the Phantoms in the 2016-17 season tallying one assists versus the Omaha Lancers. Also attending Providence College, the Hingham, Mass. native has skated in nine games for the Friars tallying one goal.

The former Phantoms will join the rest of their Team USA counterparts in Everett, WA, for training camp from Dec. 15-17 at Angel of the Winds Arena. The camp will serve as part of the selection process in determining the final roster for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship. Following its camp in Everett, Team USA will travel to Kamloops where it will train at Sandman Centre from Dec. 18-20. During its time in Kamloops, Team USA will face off against Russia in a pre-tournament game at Sandman Centre on Dec. 20. The U.S. will then travel to Langley, BC to matchup with the Czech Republic in its final pre-tournament game at George Preston Recreation Centre on Dec. 22.  

PHANTOMS’ COMEBACK EFFORT FALLS SHORT IN SHOOTOUT

By Matthew Lipcsak 12/02/2018, 12:15am EST

Murray stays hot, has points in 10 of 13

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Digging themselves out of a 2-0 hole, the Youngstown Phantoms (8-9-0-3, 19 points) battled back to earn a point by forcing overtime before falling to the Fargo Force 4-3 in a shootout Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.

“I thought it was two good clubs going hard at one another,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “We had some resiliency, came back, make it a game, tie it up, and it goes to a shootout. You kind of roll the dice in those instances.”

The game was barely five minutes old before Fargo had grabbed a 2-0 lead. Ben Meyers scored on a one-timer from the right dot at 3:33 for the ice breaker, and Ryan O’Reilly converted on a sharp-angle backdoor feed on the powerplay at 5:05 to double the Force’s advantage. “(Fargo’s offense) is tremendously skilled, they’re hard to shut down,” said Patterson. “I thought our ‘D’ did a really good job.”

Youngstown got on the board with a powerplay goal at the 6:50 mark. Connor MacEachern found Brett Murray’s tape at the edge of the crease for an easy shot-pass redirect goal for Murray, his team-leading ninth of the season, that cut the Fargo lead to 2-1.

Fargo answered back at 13:03 when Carter Randklev jumped out of the penalty box and immediately joined a 2-on-1 with Hank Crone. Crone made the successful cross-ice pass for Randklev to fire home the one-timer past Christian Stoever (25 saves) and put the Force back up by two goals at 3-1.

The Phantoms responded with less than two minutes remaining in the period. Trevor Kuntar picked up a loose puck at center, danced around two Fargo defenders, walked in on Fargo netminder Ryan Bischel (21 saves) and beat him upstairs with a backhander at 18:32 for his fifth goal of the year, cutting the Fargo lead back to one at 3-2. “Trevor has taken some big strides,” said Patterson. “Not only through the course of the year where he’s scored, but prior to that where he’s taken other responsibilities on to his plate and he’s excelling with it.”

After a scoreless second period, Youngstown tied the game at 4:59 of the third. Matt DeMelis made a hit that allowed Craig Needham to steal a pass and wind up wide open in the slot. Needham fired a shot past Bischel that rang off both posts and bounced right back to him. Needham ripped the rebound past Bischel and into the net this time, knotting the game at 3-3. “Craig has an engine, and it doesn’t stop,” said Patterson. “You can play him in any situation.” Neither team scored for the remainder of regulation and the game went to overtime. Both teams had a few scoring chances in overtime, but the game was forced to a shootout.

In the shootout, the first two shooters for both teams all missed the net, though one shooter from each side managed to hit a post in the first two rounds. It wasn’t until Fargo’s third shooter, Ben Meyers, that either goalie was challenged to make a save. It took until the top of the fifth round before a skater found twine, and it was Fargo’s Ryan O’Reilly beating Stoever off the left post and in with a hard wrister from the slot to give the Force the advantage. Matt Barnaby was unable to get a shot away in the bottom of the fifth round and Fargo earned the bonus point.

Despite the shootout loss, the Phantoms have points in 10 of their last 13 games and have worked their way back into playoff position, tied for sixth place with the Green Bay Gamblers with 19 points. Youngstown returns to the ice next Friday night in Plymouth, Michigan as the Phantoms head north to do battle with the Team USA U18’s. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern on Friday night and the game will be available on HockeyTV.

By the Numbers

Shots – 24

Saves – 25

Power Play – 1/7

Penalty Kill – 4/5

Goals – Kuntar, Murray, Needham

Assists – DeMelis, MacEachern, Malone

Phantoms Push Back Force

By Sean Stewart 12/01/2018, 12:15am EST

Murray’s two-goal night leads Phantoms to victory

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— A festive night in downtown Youngstown finished with a bang as the Youngstown Phantoms (8-9-0-2) were able to win 3-2 in overtime against the Fargo Force Friday night at the Covelli Centre.

Hank Crone capitalized on a miscued change by the Phantoms as Ben Meyers broke out on a two-on-one shorthanded and slid the puck to Crone who tapped the puck past Phantoms netminder Vinnie Purpura (19 saves) to put the Force up one just over eight minutes into the game.

Brett Murray netted his first of the night on the powerplay, as Liam Dennison carried the puck along the boards and centered to Murray at the top of the crease who tapped the puck past a sliding Ryan Bischel to tie the game at one.

The Phantoms would get one more at the buzzer as Craig Needham blocked a shot and picked up the puck at his own blue line and turned on the jets and fired a dart over the left shoulder of Bischel just before the buzzer sounded.

Another backdoor goal for Fargo tied the game at two, as a Phantoms defenseman tangled up with a Fargo player at the red line that led to a slow developing two-on-one and Tyler Gratton found Michael Mancinelli on the backdoor to tie the game.

The physicality would ramp up in the third period but would lead to no scoring and the game would head to the extra frame.

The game almost ended 50 seconds into the overtime period as A.J. Drobot received a nice stretch pass that caught the Phantoms off guard while they were changing but Purpura came up with a big save to keep the game rolling.

The game would end with 28 seconds remaining in the overtime period as Joey Abate picked up a pass from Murray, fired a nice pass off the pads of Bischel and Murray put the rebound in the back of the net for the game winning goal.

These same two teams meet again tomorrow for Harry Potter night. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM and broadcasts are available on HockeyTV and Western Reserve Radio.

Tickets are still available. Call the Phantoms office at 330-747-PUCK (7825) to reserve your tickets.

By the Numbers

Shots – 22

Saves – 19

Power Play – 1/5

Penalty Kill – 7/7

Goals – Murray (2, PP), Needham

Assists – Dennison (2), Barnaby, Murray, Messina, Abate

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2018-19 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. 45 players were chosen in the 2018 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.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey - #SomethingsComing

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— USA Hockey unveiled today, that Phantom forward Jack Malone will compete with the U.S. Junior Select Team, in the 2018 World Junior A Challenge in Bonnyville, Alberta.

Malone, a Madison, New Jersey native, is currently second in scoring for the Phantoms with seven goals and eight assists for fifteen points in seventeen games this season. The Cornell commit has recorded a point in each of the Phantoms seven wins this season and has twelve points in the last ten games.

Throughout his tenure with the Phantoms, Malone has totaled 30 points (11G, 19A) in 71 games.

“Our staff and organization is excited for Jack and the opportunity he has earned with being placed on this roster and participating in this event,” said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “Jack’s had a nice start to the season and has become comfortable here in year two playing in all situations for our coaching staff and having success on multiple levels becoming a complete and impact player for our club on a nightly basis. We’ve had some previous high end Phantoms participate in this event, and we’re proud to see Jack’s name added to this list and wish him the best as the team looks to bring home a gold medal in a few weeks.”

The World Junior A Challenge is scheduled to take place from December 9-16 at R.J. Lalonde Arena in Bonnyville, AB. Team USA will be joined by Canada East, Canada West, Czech Republic and Russia. Malone will miss four games for the Phantoms from Dec. 4-16 as he represents the United States. The Team USA World Junior A Challenge roster is made up exclusively of USHL players who are not part of the United State National Team Development program in Plymouth, Michigan.

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— The Youngstown Phantoms and United States Hockey League (USHL) have announced that the Friday November 30th game has been moved to an 8:05pm start time. The change was made to accommodate those fans who want to attend the holiday festivities and tree lighting in downtown Youngstown. Doors to the concourse will open at 7pm and the first 500 kids 12 and under will receive a youth jersey courtesy of the Eastwood Mall. Call the Phantoms office at 330-747-7825 and reserve your tickets.

PHANTOMS TO RAISE FUNDS FOR FAMILIES OF GM EMPLOYEES

By Sean Stewart 11/28/2018, 10:45am EST

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— The Youngstown Phantoms along with the Mahoning Valley as a whole were devastated to hear the news yesterday that GM will be ceasing production in March at its facility in Lordstown.

“GM has been a vital employer in the Mahoning Valley since 1966 and today we stand with the families whose lives will be turned upside down by yesterday’s announcement,” said Andrew Goldman, the Phantoms Team President.

In order to demonstrate our support for those families, the Phantoms will be donating a portion of ticket proceeds from our games the weekend of December 14-16 games to assist the families of current Lordstown GM employees.  We also invite any current GM employee to attend any of our games that weekend at no cost.

To help donate to this cause mention “GM” when ordering tickets. The Phantoms office is open 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Call 330-747-7825 to order your tickets to help those families of the GM plant.

Phantoms Split Weekend Series

By SEAN TAKAKJY 11/24/2018, 11:30pm EST

Slow start punishes Phantoms

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— The Youngstown Phantoms (7-9-0-2) lost their 9th game of the season against the Madison Capitols 2-1 at the Covelli Centre on Saturday.

The first period would see very little action in the terms of scoring as both teams failed to register a goal in the first 20 minutes. The first period would have 8 penalties, which included a game misconduct by Matthew Gould, of the Madison Capitols, for breaking the glass of the penalty box door.

In the second period, the scoring came alive, as defenseman Anthony Stark, scored a breakaway goal at 4:33 of the second period. With 1:29 remaining, Madison would extend their lead from another breakaway.

The third period began a fury of shots by the Phantoms trying to climb back into the game with redirections by Trevor Kuntar and Brett Murray. It wasn’t until 11:33 mark where Gianfranco Cassaro would put one past Garrett Mackay to get the Phantoms on the board. The Phantoms would be unsuccessful in the remainder of their attempts to score another goal.

The Phantoms are back in action next Friday, November 30th, at 8:00pm as they take on the Fargo Force in the rematch of the Clark Cup Finals. Broadcasts will be available on HockeyTV and Western Reserve Radio.

By the Numbers

Shots – 25

Saves – 24

Power Play – 0/3

Penalty Kill – 3/3

Goals – Cassaro

Assists – Messina, Amonte

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2018-19 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.    

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. 45 players were chosen in the 2018 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.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey - #SomethingsComing

Phantoms Capitalize on Opportunities

By SEAN TAKAKJY 11/23/2018, 10:45pm EST

Dalton Messina’s two goal night leads Phantoms to victory

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— The Youngstown Phantoms (7-8-0-2) picked up their seventh win of the season and their first win over the Madison Capitols on Friday night at the Covelli Centre.

The first period saw minimal action for the first ten minutes of the game until Reid Babich had a high sticking penalty at 10:56, giving the Phantoms the first powerplay of the game. Twenty-one seconds later, Matthew Gould had a slashing penalty to give a Phantoms a five-on-three powerplay only to have Chase Brand score a short-handed goal to give Madison a one to nothing lead. Matthew Barnaby Jr. of Youngstown would net a rebound goal from a re-directed shot off Trevor Kuntar’s stick. The Phantoms would never look back.

Dalton Messina would score his first of the game and of the season at 11:17 of the second period to give the Phantoms a 2-1 lead from a cross-slot feed from Kuntar for the only goal in the period.

The Phantoms would extend their lead to 3-1 just 23 seconds into the third period by Messina for his second goal of the game.

Chase Brand would cut the lead to one at 10:38 on a backhand shot past Vinnie Purpura (19 saves). The game would be sealed on an empty net goal by Jack Malone.

These teams meet again tomorrow night at the Covelli Centre for a 7:05 puck drop for Hockey for The Homeless Night, with all proceeds helping feed the city of Youngstown. Broadcasts will be available HockeyTV and Western Reserve Radio.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 30

Saves – 19

Power Play – 1/5

Penalty Kill – 3/3

Goals – Barnaby; Messina (2); Malone

Assists – Kuntar (2); Dennison; Cassaro; DeLuca; Murray;

For all the latest news, follow the Phantoms on Twitter (@YtownPhantoms) and ‘Like’ them on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms). A full version of the Phantoms 2018-19 season schedule, as well as season tickets and mini-plan packages, is available now by visiting www.YoungstownPhantoms.com. Ticket packages can also be purchased by calling (330) 747-PUCK.

To express interest in becoming a Phantoms corporate partner, e-mail info@youngstownphantoms.com, or visit http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/sponsors/ for more information.   

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. 45 players were chosen in the 2018 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.

Youngstown Phantoms Hockey - #SomethingsComing

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