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SALONEN’S LATE GOALS LIFTS PHANTOMS TO GAME TWO WIN

By Matthew Lipcsak 04/21/2018, 11:00pm EDT

Youngstown takes 2-0 lead in Eastern Conference Semifinal

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Sam Salonen’s goal with 5:20 remaining in regulation gave the Youngstown Phantoms their first lead of the game, but that was all the Phantoms needed as they hung on for a 3-2 victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints in Game Two of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.

“(Dubuque) made some adjustments, and that was kind of our expectation,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “We lacked a little bit of hunt that we had a real good job of last night. In the second period we started to make a few little adjustments of our own…and I really liked our game in the third.”

After a scoreless first period, Dubuque scored just 38 seconds into the second to grab a 1-0 lead. Quinn Preston one-touched a puck past Ivan Prosvetov (30 saves) off a nice pass from Alex Steeves to put the Saints ahead. Youngstown tied the game at 5:40. With Saints’ netminder Cole Weaver (17 saves) playing the puck behind the net, Matt Barry stole a pass and found a crashing Curtis Hall, who fired a one-timer from the right dot into the net just before Weaver could get back into position, knotting the game at 1-1. “(Matt) was a driving force,” said Patterson. “He doesn’t just throw pucks, he creates from it. You don’t teach that, Matt has it.”

Dubuque regained the lead almost exactly two minutes later. Jan Kern and Viktor Bovbel were hammering away at a puck at Prosvetov’s left, but a final stab by Bovbel forced the puck to the weak side where former Phantom Dalton Hunter poked the puck into the net at 7:44 to put Dubuque ahead 2-1.

Youngstown tied the game late in the period thanks to another great play by Barry. As Dubuque was trying to bring the puck up ice on a power play, Barry anticipated a drop pass and poked the puck into open ice, just inside the Dubuque line. Barry chased the puck down, walked in on net, and fired a shot that Weaver saved initially, but the rebound trickled down his back and into the net, knotting the game at 2-2.

The game remained tied until the 14:40 mark of the third period. Nick Cardelli won a puck battle along the right-wing wall of the Saints’ zone and forced the puck to Hall. With the attention of all Dubuque’s defensemen focused on Hall, Salonen sneaked down the slot behind everyone, took the pass from Hall, and beat Weaver with a one-timer to the blocker side to give Youngstown its first lead of the game at 3-2. “(Sam) has a tremendous shot,” said Patterson. “I felt he had a really good game. Probably played more tonight than he has the past few games, and that’s a credit to him. We talk about guys stepping up and contributing for our playoff run, and Sammy did that tonight.”

With a two-games-to-none series lead in their pocket, the Phantoms turn their eyes westward as they prepare to make the trip to Iowa for Game Three on Tuesday night. Puck drop is scheduled for 8:05pm Eastern, and the game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and Dubuque Super Hits 106.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 20

Saves – 30

Power Play – 0/1

Penalty Kill – 4/4

Goals – Barry, Hall, Salonen

Assists – Barry, Cardelli, Hall, Gresock

 

 

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 2017-18 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 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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PHANTOMS TAKE GAME ONE

By Matthew Lipcsak 04/20/2018, 10:45pm EDT

Youngstown opens 2018 Clark Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 Win

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Energy right from puck drop led to an early goal as the Youngstown Phantoms never trailed in knocking off the Dubuque Fighting Saints 3-1 in Game One of their Eastern Conference Semifinal Friday night at the Covelli Centre.

“I liked our pursuit right off the get-go,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “Everyone up front was moving their feet, and our ‘D’ did a good job with pucks and we got some chances off that.”

A great defensive play helped stake Youngstown to an early lead. Mike Regush picked off a clearing attempt by Dubuque and slid the puck to Matt Barry. Barry walked into the left circle and drew the defensive to him before slipping a pass to Chase Gresock in the slot. Gresock beat Cole Weaver (30 saves) with a one-timer to put the Phantoms ahead just 1:07 into the game. “That was huge,” said Patterson. “You want to get chances, and it’s nice to see one go in the back of the net early. It stems from moving your feet and making simple plays, and those were two of the big keys for us tonight.”

Just when it looked like Dubuque might tie the game, the Phantoms doubled their lead. After Quinn Preston fired a shot off the post behind Ivan Prosvetov, the rebound came all the way out to the neutral zone for Eric Esposito to play ahead to Nicholas Cardelli. Cardelli carried the puck down the right wing into the corner and fired a centering pass that hit a few Dubuque sticks before settling down for Joey Abate. Abate walked across the net mouth and fired a backhander that was stopped by Weaver, but he couldn’t control the rebound and Abate lifted it over him into the net to give Youngstown a 2-0 lead at 17:05.

Youngstown scored early in the second to extend their lead. Steve Holtz pumped a shot toward net from the right point, and Barry was camped out at the edge of the crease with his stick on the ice to deflect it home at 1:25, putting the Phantoms ahead 3-0. “That’s where you’re going to get them in the playoffs,” said Patterson. “It’s not always going to be pretty, but it doesn’t matter at the end of the day.”

Dubuque got its lone tally on a power play goal at 18:39 of the second. Preston was cutting through the low slot and was able to one-touch the puck past Prosvetov and get the Saints on the board. Dubuque pulled Weaver from the net with 2:05 remaining in regulation, but they were unable to sustain any pressure in the Youngstown end to draw any closer.

Youngstown leads the best-of-five Eastern Conference Semifinal one-game-to-none. In the six games that the Saints and Phantoms have played in the playoffs, the home team has won every contest. Game Two is scheduled for Saturday night with a 7:05pm Eastern puck drop, and broadcasts will be available live on HockeyTV and YPHR, presented by Marco’s Pizza.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 34

Saves – 33

Power Play – 0/3

Penalty Kill – 5/6

Goals – Abate, Barry, Gresock

Assists – Barry, Cardelli, Esposito, Gingell, Holtz, Regush

 

 

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 2017-18 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 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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Clark Cup Playoffs

By Julie Mros 04/19/2018, 11:00am EDT

Eastern Conference Semifinal

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms will face the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the Eastern Conference Semifinal of the 2018 Clark Cup Playoffs. The Phantoms will begin the Eastern Conference Semifinal series at home hosting Games 1 and 2 before heading on the Road for Games 3 and 4 of the best-of-five series. All home games are set to start at 7:05 p.m.

Youngstown faced Dubuque four times in the regular season, two in Dubuque and two at home. The Phantoms defeated the Fighting Saints three out of the four games.

Below is the full Eastern Conference Semifinal schedule for the best-of-five series between second-place Phantoms and the fifth-place Fighting Saints. The series will shift back to Youngstown for a decisive Game 5 if necessary, on Sunday, April 29.

Game 1 – Friday, April 20 – Dubuque at Youngstown, 7:05 p.m. at the Covelli Centre

Game 2 – Saturday, April 21 – Dubuque at Youngstown, 7:05 p.m. at the Covelli Centre

Game 3 – Tuesday, April 24 – Youngstown at Dubuque, 8:05 p.m. at the Mystique Ice Centre

* Game 4 -  Wednesday, April 25 – Youngstown at Dubuque, 8:05 p.m. at the Mystique Ice Centre

* Game 5 – Sunday, April 29 – Dubuque at Youngstown, 7:05 p.m. at the Covelli Centre

*if necessary

The team is giving away 500 Phantom posters for the game on Saturday, April 21st.

Phantoms Sign Forward Ben Schoen To USHL Tender

By Julie Mros 04/17/2018, 2:00pm EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - The Phantoms have announced the official signing of 2002 born forward Ben Schoen to a USHL tender. Schoen, a native of Maumee, Ohio near Toledo, is Youngstown’s first and only tender signing so far prior to the USHL Phase I Draft on May 7th.

“I am proud and very excited to sign a tender with the Youngstown Phantoms and be able to choose my USHL team for my future and college development. This is a great fit for me to be able to hone my skills and help the Phantoms win a USHL championship. I’m looking forward to working with Coach Patterson and Assistants Jeff Potter and Nick Peruzzi on the ice every day and can’t wait to get started this off-season leading into training camp,” Schoen said.

Schoen is currently a high school freshman and spent this past season as part of the very successful Detroit Little Caesars U15 AAA program. In 67 games this season with Little Caesars, Schoen produced 78 points (37G – 41A) to go along with 75 penalty minutes. This season, his club was able to win the NHL Cup (U15 AAA) in Boston back in January, in March won the Michigan State Playoffs and District Championship for the U15 AAA level, and recently finished second overall in the United States at U15 AAA Nationals in early April. The 5’8, 150 pound right-shot forward is committed to the University of Miami-Ohio following his USHL career.

“Our staff has been able to track Ben and his progress going back to last summer at the Mid-Am District Camps and at the U15 USA Hockey Select Festival,” said Phantoms General Manager Jason Koehler. ”As we followed his season with Little Caesars this year in multiple viewings, Ben continued to be an elite level scoring threat at his age group and level and every time we watched and was one of, if not the best player on the ice. We see a young man that plays the game the right way, has a very high skill set and scoring ability, has outstanding hockey IQ and playmaking ability, and we see him as having a chance to become one of the best forwards in the USHL over the next few seasons as his focus and drive is very mature for someone his age. Ben comes in next season as a high school sophomore and after meeting him and his family and having him skate and visit with us last month – we knew this would be a great fit with Ben’s talent and energy and also his family’s support close by as he develops and gets ready for college hockey at Miami University.”

With the signing of Ben Schoen, the Phantoms will be forfeiting their first round pick in the 2018 USHL Phase 1 Draft on May 7th.

“Ben possesses an elite skill set and hockey IQ and as a result not only is he a great player, he makes all players around him better. He has an extremely bright future and we are ecstatic that he has chosen to become a Phantom, “ said Phantoms’ Head Coach Brad Patterson.

Schoen is just the eighth player to sign a USHL tender in Phantoms’ team history. The first year tenders were available to USHL clubs to sign players - 2015 first round NHL draft pick Kyle Connor (1996 born and now with the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets) became Youngstown’s first tender back in 2012, along with JJ Piccinich (1996), who was also a fourth round NHL Draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2014. Youngstown tendered one player each back in 2014 and 2015 - defenseman Ty Farmer (1998) and forward Jacob Tortora (1999). The club signed two players in 2016, adding current forwards Curtis Hall and Max Elllis (both 2000 borns), and last season signed current forward Trevor Kuntar (2001).

United States Hockey League teams are allowed to add, or “tender”, up to two players that are eligible for Phase I of the upcoming USHL draft to their roster, prior to the draft. If a team decides to use one of their tenders on a player, that team forfeits one or both of their first two round draft selections.

 

Eric Esposito Named USHL Forward of the Week

By Julie Mros 04/16/2018, 4:00pm EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Eric Esposito, University New Hampshire commit, is this week’s USHL Forward of the week, after his five goal weekend.

Esposito scored the only goals for the Phantoms, in Thursday’s 6-2 loss against Team USA. Both of which were scored in the first period. In Saturday’s regular season finale against Muskegon, Eric Esposito opened up the scoring for the Phantoms only one minute into the second period. He ended the night with a hat trick.

The Phantoms earned a first round bye in the Clark Cup Playoffs and will play at home on Saturday, April 21st at 7:05 p.m. Playoff tickets are on sale now, call 330-747-PUCK.

ESPOSITO’S HAT TRICK CAPS OFF SEASON FINALE WIN

By Matthew Lipcsak 04/14/2018, 11:15pm EDT

Phantoms turn attention to playoffs after successful regular season

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The first USHL hat trick for Eric Esposito helped spark a come-from-behind victory in the final game of the 2017-2018 season as the Youngstown Phantoms (33-20-5-2, 73 points) downed the Muskegon Lumberjacks 5-3 at the Covelli Centre Saturday night.

“It feels great,” said Esposito of scoring his first hat trick in the league. “Especially with the timing of it.”

Muskegon jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:45 in the game. Anthony Del Gaizo fired home a one-timer from the right dot that beat Ivan Prosvetov through the five-hole to put the ‘Jacks ahead 1-0. It was Del Gaizo’s 40th goal of the year and 72nd point, clinching both the scoring title and goal-scoring title for the forward out of Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Cam Knuble doubled the Muskegon lead at 10:03. Knuble pulled the trigger from below the dot in the left circle. The shot was partially blocked but had enough steam on it to bounce through Prosvetov’s five-hole and give Muskegon a 2-0 lead.

Esposito put the Phantoms on the comeback trail starting early in the second period. After a clear by the Phantoms on the penalty kill, Muskegon netminder Zach Borgiel mishandled the puck, turning it over to Esposito to deposit into an empty cage and get Youngstown on the board at 1:10. Esposito tied the game just over a minute later at 2:22, blasting a shot from the left circle past Borgiel to knot the game at 2-2. “(Parrottino) made a nice read, drew the defenseman in, and hit me in some open ice,” recalled Esposito. “I just picked a corner where it was open.”

Youngstown jumped in front at the 4:00 mark. The rebound of a Mike Regush shot sat loose in the crease and Liam Dennison slipped it past Borgiel and gave the Phantoms their first lead of the game at 3-2. Muskegon tied it just before the end of the period; Vincent de May scored a power play goal at 18:56 to knot things up at 3-3 at the second intermission.

The Phantoms took the lead for good at 12:46 of the third. After Parrottino and Max Ellis couldn’t convert on a 2-on-1 rush, the puck bounced to Regush. Regush walked down the slot, deked backhand-to-forehand, and tucked the puck around Borgiel’s outstretched left leg for his 19th goal of the year, putting the Phantoms ahead 4-3. Youngstown had to kill a penalty in the waning minutes to preserve the lead, and Esposito scored on the empty net at 19:53 to complete the hat trick and secure the victory.

Youngstown wrapped up the regular season with a 33-20-5-2 record, the sixth time in team history that the Phantoms have topped the 30-win and 70-point plateaus. Matt Barry led the team in scoring with 54 points (17G-37) and Chase Gresock topped the team with 26 goals. Youngstown will have to wait to learn who they will face in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, which can begin as early as next Friday night at the Covelli Centre. Stay tuned to YoungstownPhantoms.com for updates on days and times for the Phantoms’ playoff opener.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 27

Saves – 33

Power Play – 0/1

Penalty Kill – 3/4

Goals – Dennison, Esposito (3), Regush

Assists – Ellis, Hall, Parrottino (2), Regush,

 

 

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 2017-18 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 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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BIG SECOND PERIOD HELPS U17’S KNOCK OFF PHANTOMS

By Matthew Lipcsak 04/12/2018, 2:00pm EDT

Esposito becomes second Phantoms to eclipse 20-goal plateau this season

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms (32-19-5-2, 71 points) hung five goals on Team USA in the second period 13 days ago. Today, Team USA returned the favor. The United States National Team Development Program’s U17 squad put up five goals on the Phantoms in the second period Thursday morning at the Covelli Centre along the way to a 6-2 win in front of more than 4,300 fans in attendance for the annual School Day Game.

“I think the game was dictated in that twelve-to-fifteen-minute lull we had in the second period,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “The energy, the drive, all the things you want, I didn’t feel like we had a great period of that, and as a result a few end up in the back of your net, and if you do that against a team like that, it’s going to get there (a loss).”

The game got off to a great start for the Phantoms, jumping out to a 2-0 lead at the first intermission. Both goals came off the stick of team captain Eric Esposito. Esposito blazed a trail down the left side of the ice and beat Cameron Rowe (32 saves) with a backhander from in tight at 11:16 to give Youngstown the 1-0 lead. Esposito cashed in with a power play goal at 17:14, chipping the puck past Rowe during a net-front scramble. Esposito now has 20 goals on the second, second on the team behind Chase Gresock’s 26. “When Eric does the things that make him successful, he’s very hard to stop,” said Patterson. “he’s got a great shot, we want him to use it more, and he has progressively over the season. When he moves his feet and drives to the hard areas, he’s been very good. For Eric to see the success right now, I know he’s going to be a big piece moving forward for us. I’m very happy for him.”

Team USA opened their scoring at 4:56 of the second period with a power play goal from Ryder Rolston and tied the game on a backhander from Trevor Zegras at 10:34. Just 21 seconds after tying the game, Ryan Siedem gave USA the lead at 10:55, jumping into the play and beating Wouter Peeters (24 saves) with a shot from between the circles. Patrick Moynihan got credit for a goal at 11:30 after redirecting a shot from the point past Peeters, and Michael Gildon shoveled a puck behind Peeters during a battle at the edge of the crease to cap off the second period scoring for the NTDP. “The guys every game this year have fought tooth and nail for every minute, and I think that wasn’t there today,” said Patterson. “That’s the main difference to me (between the first and second period).”

Peeters left the game at 11:32 of the third period, giving way to Ivan Prosvetov. Prosvetov stopped eight-of-nine shots, giving up a goal to Danny Weight at 15:55 of the third period to cap off the scoring.

Youngstown wraps up the 2017-2018 regular season Saturday night with a game against the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Puck drop on Fan Appreciation Night is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern, and the game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and YPHR, presented by Marco’s Pizza.  

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 34

Saves – 32

Power Play – 1/2

Penalty Kill – 1/3

Goals – Esposito (2)

Assists – Cardelli, Malone (2)

 

 

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 2017-18 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 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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Upcoming Home Game - April 12th

By Julie Mros 04/09/2018, 4:15pm EDT

"Get Schooled" School Day Game

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL DAY GAME?

The centerpiece of "Hockey for Health" the "Get Schooled" School Day game focuses on S.T.E.A.M., Career Exploration in Sports, and Drug Prevention, attracts thousands of elementary, middles school and high school students from surrounding communities!

HOCKEY FOR HEALTH "GET SCHOOLED" DAY GAME

During "Get Schooled" Day Game

On and Off Ice Learning

  • Student engagement through interactive media messaging
  • STEAM Business Partners in concourse
  • High School job shadow programs for careers in sports
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TICKET AND GENERAL GAME INFORMATION

  • Tickets are $7.00 for students and teachers
  • Students can bring bagged lunches into the game
  • Tables are set up throughout the concourse to promote S.T.E.A.M.
  • Each student will receive a Youngstown Phantoms "Hockey for Health Booklet"
  • Students/teachers are encouraged to bring their own pencils to the game.
  • Limited Handicap seating is available. Please call 330-747-7825 to confirm handicap seating.
  • Transportation stipend of up to $100 is available upon request, courtesy of ASECU. 
  • To reserve tickets for your school or class, call 330-747-7825 today!

BIG THIRD PERIOD LIFTS CHICAGO OVER PHANTOMS

By Matthew Lipcsak 04/07/2018, 10:45pm EDT

Phantoms point streak snapped at 12

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – A three-goal third period for the visitors broke a 2-2 tie as the Youngstown Phantoms (32-19-5-2, 71 points) fell to the Chicago Steel 5-2 Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.

“We need to be better in our own end,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “Once we started to push and press we got away from things on the defensive side of the puck. That’s an area we can address and we will.

Chicago opened the scoring at the 11:41 mark of the first period. Blake McLaughlin fired a wrist shot over Wouter Peeters (44 saves) for a power play goal, giving the Steel the 1-0 lead. Chicago doubled their lead 1:28 into the second period when Eric Otto lifted a shot over a down-and-out Peeters to put the Steel ahead 2-0. “We weren’t very good around our net,” said Patterson. “The hard areas of the ice that we’ve become accustomed to winning I felt like we weren’t very good at tonight.”

Youngstown got on the board 35 seconds later with a power play goal. Max Ellis stole a clearing attempt by Chicago, kept the puck in the zone along the blue line, brought it into the left circle, and snapped a wrist shot past Justin Robbins (40 saves) for his 17th goal of the season, cutting the Chicago lead to 2-1. The Phantoms tied the game at 9:14 when Jake Gingell’s shot hit Chase Gresock at the far post and ricocheted behind Robbins to knot the game up at 2-2. It was Gresock’s team leading 26th tally of the season.

Chicago regained the lead 3:27 into the third period and never looked back. After hemming the Phantoms in their own end for over a minute, Todd Goehring picked up a loose puck in front of the crease and roofed it past Peeters to put the Steel ahead for good. Matteo Pietroniro scored his third goal of the weekend with a blast from the left point at 5:17 to put the Steel ahead 4-2, and Brian Hurley scored on the empty net at 17:03 to cap off the scoring.

Despite the loss, thanks to the Fargo Force defeating the Green Bay Gamblers 4-1, the Phantoms clinched the #2 seed in the Eastern Conference and a bye into the Eastern Conference Semifinal in this year’s Clark Cup Playoffs. Green Bay can finish with no more than 69 points and the Phantoms already have 71, securing the second spot in the East.

The Phantoms return to the ice next Thursday morning for a School Day Game against the U17’s. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:00AM Eastern, and the game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and YPHR (Presented by Marco’s Pizza).

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 42

Saves – 44

Power Play – 1/3

Penalty Kill – 4/5

Goals – Ellis, Gresock

Assists – Abate, Gingell

 

 

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 2017-18 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 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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PHANTOMS KNOCK OFF CHICAGO 7-4

By Matthew Lipcsak 04/06/2018, 11:15pm EDT

Youngstown stretches points streak to 12 games

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – A pair of goals from both Matt Barry and Max Ellis combined with 31 saves from Ivan Prosvetov to help pace the Youngstown Phantoms (32-18-5-2, 71 points) to a 7-4 win over the Chicago Steel Friday night at the Covelli Centre.

“I thought there was a lot of momentum swings throughout,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “And that’s what we can expect going forward no matter who we play.”

Youngstown opened the scoring 13:43 into the first period. Just after a power play expired, Chase Gresock blasted a wrister from the top of the left circle through traffic and past Chicago netminder Justin Robbins (28 saves) for his 25th goal of the season, putting the Phantoms ahead 1-0. Chicago tied it at 17:08 with a power play blast from Matteo Pietroniro, making a 1-1 at the first intermission.

The Phantoms scored twice in the second to jump out to a 3-1 lead. Barry got his first of the night at 9:15, snapping a wrist shot from the left circle past Robbins, and Eric Esposito scored on a shorthanded breakaway at 19:15 to give the Phantoms that two-goal advantage at the end of the middle frame.

Chicago trimmed the Youngstown lead back to 3-2 at the 2:57 mark of the third period with a Jack Dugan 5-on-3 power play goal, but Youngstown answered back at the 4:10 a shorthanded goal from Barry to jump back ahead 4-2. Pietroniro blasted another power play goal past Prosvetov at 8:03 to get Chicago back within one at 4-3, and the Steel appeared to tie the game at 9:46, but a goal by Samuel Bucek was wiped off the board due to goaltender interference.

Youngstown used the momentum from the disallowed goal to score the next two goals and jump out to a commanding 6-3 lead. Both goals came off the stick of Ellis, one-touching a centering pass from Nick Cardelli for the first marker at 10:01 and firing home the rebound of a Michael Callahan shot at 11:54 to give the Phantoms the three-goal advantage. Ellis now has 16 goals on the year, more than tripling his five goals from last season.

The Steel pulled Robbins from the net with 3:25 remaining in regulation in an attempt to draw closer, but Curtis Hall scored on the empty net at 18:48 to remove all doubt from the outcome. Todd Goehring scored ten seconds after Hall’s goal to make up the final margin.

With the win, Youngstown’s magic number to clinch a first-round bye in the Clark Cup Playoffs is down to one. Any regulation loss by the Green Bay Gamblers or one single standings point for the Phantoms in the remaining three games of the season will guarantee a bye through the first round and home ice in the Eastern Conference Semifinal. Youngstown and Chicago conclude their season series tomorrow night with the Phantoms looking to go a perfect 6-0 against the Steel with a win. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern, and the game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and YPHR (Presented by Marco’s Pizza).

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 35

Saves – 31

Power Play – 0/4

Penalty Kill – 5/8

Goals – Barry (2), Ellis (2), Esposito, Hall, Gresock

Assists – Barry, Callahan, Cardelli, Dennison, Esposito, Hall, Holtz, Gingell, Joyaux, Malone

 

 

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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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