YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The Youngstown Phantoms 2019-2020 United States Hockey League (USHL) regular season schedule was released Monday. The Phantoms will have a busy opening weekend at the DICK’s Sporting Goods USHL Fall Classic on September 26th and 27th in Pittsburgh before its home opener at Covelli Center on Saturday, September 28th where they host the Madison Capitols. The Phantoms, who enter their 10th Season, will play 30 home games at Covelli Centre during the course of the 62 game schedule.
The Phantoms are excited to introduce Friday Phamily Fun Night for each of our Friday night games all season where every child 12 and under will be entitled to a $5 ticket, a free Pepsi product, a free popcorn and a free cotton candy. We are equally excited to announce our Saturday night promotion of Drink at the Rink where every Saturday night will feature $1 12-ounce draft beers until the end of the second intermission and $1 dollar hot dogs from the time the doors open until the end of the first intermission.
After our home opener on September 28th, the Phantoms will be home in October for back to back weekends. On October 4th and 5th the Phantoms will battle our rival the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Chicago Steel then come to Covelli Center on October 13th and 14th. The Phantoms are on the road to face the Lincoln Stars, October 18th and 19th before ending the month on October 25th at Team USA U-17.
The month of November have the Phantoms start on the road against The Chicago Steel, November 1st and at The Muskegon Lumberjacks, November 2nd. We then travel to Sioux City to square off against The Musketeers November 9th and 10th. The Phantoms are back home for a two weekend stretch. November 16th verses Team USA U18 and November 17th verse The Des Moines Buccaneers and on November 22nd and 23rd against the Clark Cup Champion Sioux Falls Stampede. The Phantoms will go on the road for the last three games of the month, November 27th verses Team USA U18, November 19th verses the Green Bay Gamblers, and November 20th to face The Madison Capitols.
December will be a busy month on the road beginning on December 7th verse Team USA U18, December 13th and 14th at the Madison Capitols, December 28th and 29th at The Chicago Steel and ending the road trip with against the Muskegon Lumberjacks on December 31st. We are looking forward to a packed house for our one home game in December on December 6th against Team USA U18.
January will be a busy month at home for the Phantoms. The Phantoms are scheduled to open 2020 with home weekend games (January 3rd & January 5th) against Madison Capitols at the Covelli Centre followed by games against Team USA U-17, January 11, Tri-City Storm, January 17th and 18th and finally Green Bay Gamblers, January 24th, 25th, and 26th. We are on the road against Team USA January 10th and at Cedar Rapid January 31st.
We begin the month of February on the road to Cedar Rapids on February 1st and Dubuque on February 7th and 8th before returning home to face the Muskegon Lumberjacks February 14th and 15th. The Phantoms are back on the road to battle the Waterloo Black Hawks (February 21st) and the Dubuque Fighting Saints (February 22nd). The Phantoms are home February 26th to face Chicago Steel, back on the road to face Team USA U-18 February 27th and returning home February 29th to play Waterloo Black Hawks.
March begins with The Phantoms hosting a two-game series against Cedar Rapids, March 6th and 7th and a two-game series against Dubuque Fighting Saints March 13th and 14th. The Phantoms are then off on the road for a four-game stretch to The Fargo Force, March 20th and 21st and Green Bay Gamblers, March 27th and 28th.
April features four home games, Omaha Lancers, April 3rd and 4th, being the first set of home games. Closing out the regular season against Team USA U-17, April 17th and 18th. The Phantoms will be on the road for a two-game series against our rival Muskegon Lumberjacks, April 10th and 11th.
This season’s playoff format will remain the same as last season, with the top six teams from each Conference qualifying for the playoffs. The 2020 Clark Cup Playoffs are slated to begin April 20, 2020.
Friday and Saturday home games begin at 7:05 p.m. The Phantoms play four Sunday home games, one Monday home game, and one Wednesday home game, all of which time will be to be determined. Preseason games will be announced shortly.
Phantoms Phlex ticket plans for the 2019-2020 season are on sale now starting at just 10 games for $150 including 5 parking pass. Full season tickets start at just $325 for Attaching Zone. All season tickets include a free beer or fountain drink to every game making for an incredible value. The Phantoms are also accepting deposits for groups, suites, birthdays and the Cold Zone for 2019-2020 home games.
Over the coming weeks, the team will release its 2019-2020 Promotional Schedule as well as details on special events and offerings related to the team’s 10th Season.
For more information, call 330-747-PUCK or visit YoungstownPhantoms.com.
For Immediate Release
Two Phantoms Selected in 2019 NHL Draft
YOUNGSTOWN, OH— The day after 9 USHL players were selected in the 1st round of the 2019 NHL draft, two Youngstown Phantoms had their names called after being selected in the 6th round of the NHL draft. By the end of the 7 round NHL draft the USHL had set another record as 52 players who played in the league last season.
Jack Malone who has skated as a Phantom for the last 2 seasons was selected in the 6th round - 180th overall by the Vancouver Canucks. This past season Malone scored 19 goals and put up 40 assists for the Phantoms. During the season he was also selected to play for Team USA at the World Jr.A Challenge, where he brought home a Gold medal. He was also selected to play in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Jack will continue his hockey career at Cornell next season.
“Not only was Jack the dominant player that we had hoped for, he was a pillar of a person away from the rink. He earns everything he gets and he deserves it tenfold. We are all excited to see his career evolve as he has a special set of ingredients that usually contribute to long and successful careers.” - Coach Patterson
It was an unbelievable feeling to be drafted and could not be more excited to get to Vancouver. It was an exciting day for my family, and we are so lucky to have so much support. I can’t thank the Phantoms organization enough for developing me from a boy to a young man these past two years. I wouldn’t be here without my coaches, teammates, billets, and friends. - Jack Malone
Dominic Basse will quickly become a name that fans in the Valley will remember, as he will begin his first season here in September. Dominic was selected in the 6th round - 167th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. Last year Dominic frequently travelled to Youngstown to practice with the Phantoms all while he attended school and played for Selects Academy in South Kent, CT.
“We couldn’t be happier for Dom and his family. We are obviously thrilled to see Dom full time this year, he is a tremendous goaltender who’s skill set speaks for itself. A skilled, focused and driven goaltender is a goaltender that is hard to beat, and that is exactly what Dom brings to Youngstown.” - Coach Patterson
I'm so excited and grateful to be drafted by THE Chicago Blackhawks. This has been a lifelong goal and dream of mine, made sweeter by the fact my Dad was born in Chicago and it's his favorite team! When I met the coaching staff and scouts they were incredible and I'm so humbled to be a part of such a legendary organization! I’m very excited to get to work, I’ve known all along this is a journey and I’m very grateful for the opportunity the Blackhawks have given me. So much thanks goes to my Goalie Coach: Jason Wolfe, all my teammates whom I've played with, my coaches and most of all my parents, who encouraged me to dream big, work hard and pursue my dream. We all did it!! #AMDG - Dominic Basse
The 2019 NHL Draft marks the sixth year in a row the Phantoms have had a player selected; the fifth year in which the Phantoms have had multiple players selected in the draft. With these two draft picks the Phantoms total now increases to 19 and will increase in the years to come.
Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson has been promoted to Head Coach and General Manager, adding the General Manager duties to his existing Head Coach role. Patterson has been the head coach of the Phantoms for the past three seasons posting a 103-61-11-7 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record with a playoff berth in each season. The Phantoms advanced to the Clark Cup Finals in the 2017-18 season. Patterson replaced former General Manager, Jason Koehler.
Patterson's first task in his expanded role will be selecting the initial 30-man roster for the 2019-20 season. The main player selection camp is scheduled to begin June 12th in Pittsburgh, PA, where 100+ skilled players will compete against returning veteran players and the Phantoms' USHL draft picks for roster spots. Patterson will be joined in Pittsburgh by his coaching staff, Jeff Potter and Nick Peruzzi. Jeff Potter has been promoted to Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel, and Nick Peruzzi has been promoted to Director of Scouting and Assistant Coach.
"I'm excited to take this next step in my career with the Phantoms organization. The past 10 years with the Phantoms have been tremendous, and I look forward to building on them," said Patterson. "I am thrilled that Jeff Potter and Nick Peruzzi will continue to play an integral role with the team as we prepare for main camp next month to begin to finalize next season’s roster."
“Brad is an exemplary coach and leader,” said Murry Gunty, co-owner of the Phantoms and CEO of Black Bear Sports Group. “Both Bruce Zoldan and I believe that Brad is the right person to lead our organization.”
“Brad Patterson has developed into a first rate coach during his time with the Phantoms,” said Bruce J. Zoldan. “He is a true gentleman, and the Phantoms are lucky to have him on our team. We hope Brad leads our team for many years to come.”
Patterson joined the Phantoms coaching staff in 2009 following a collegiate and professional career that included two seasons with the Youngstown Steelhounds (Central Hockey League).
The Youngstown Phantoms are a member of the United States Hockey League, the nation’s only Tier-I junior hockey league. The Phantoms have seen over 100 players commit to NCAA Division I schools, and 15 players have been drafted into the NHL. The Youngstown Phantoms are co-owned by Bruce Zoldan, CEO of Phantom Fireworks, America’s largest retail fireworks company; and Black Bear Sports Group, a privately held company formed by Murry Gunty in 2015 that seeks investments in sports and entertainment facilities, teams and youth sports events. Black Bear currently owns and operates eleven arenas across the United States with a total of 20 sheets of indoor ice, two indoor turf fields, two youth hockey clubs and junior hockey franchises in the USHL, NAHL and EHL.
The Youngstown Phantoms announced the dates and locations of three regional tryout camps during May and early June that will advance players into their main camp on June 12th in Pittsburgh, PA. The Phantoms will be holding open camps for free agents in Chicago, IL, Princeton, NJ, and New Haven CT, searching for talented players aged 16-20 (1999 through 2003 birth years). A minimum of five skaters and three goalies will be invited from each open camp to attend main camp. The camp dates and locations are as follows:
Chicago, IL - May 24th-26th at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, IL
Princeton / Trenton, NJ - May 31-June 2nd at Ice Land Center in Hamilton Township, NJ
New Haven, CT - June 7th-9th at Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, CT
MAIN CAMP (INVITE ONLY) Pittsburgh, PA - June 12th-16th at Printscape Arena at Southpointe in Canonsburg, PA
Please refer to the tryouts page on the website for more information and registration.
YOUNGSTOWN, OH – A three-goal second period helped boost the Youngstown Phantoms (36-21-1-4, 77 points) to a 4-1 win over the United States National Team Development Program’s U17 squad Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.
“I thought it was a good game,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I thought we got better as time went, really started to wear them down if you will. (Team USA is) a heck of a hockey team…that’s a really good club, so I’m proud of our guys for showing up, and we’re going to need that again on Monday.”
Team USA scored their only goal of the night just before the halfway point of the first period. After a turnover just inside their own blueline, the Nationals broke back down the ice in a 4-on-2 rush towards the Youngstown end. Puck carrier Hunter McKown dropped a pass for the trailer Owen Gallatin, and Gallatin snapped a wrister past the blocker of Chad Veltri (25 saves) to give the NTDP a 1-0 lead 9:38 into the first period.
Youngstown tied the game on Gianfranco Cassaro’s powerplay goal at the 4:21 of the second period. Cassaro’s wrist shot from the left circle tucked just under the crossbar and past the glove of Drew Commesso (23 saves) to tie the game. Matt DeMelis gave the Phantoms the lead for good at 12:17, sneaking behind the USA defense and beating Commesso with a backhand-forehand deke. Brett Murray rounded out his record-setting regular season and secured the USHL’s goal scoring crown with his 41st goal of the season at 17:55, giving Youngstown a 3-1 lead at the end of the second period. Connor MacEachern sneaked a 20-foot backhander through Commesso’s five hole at 9:50 of the third period to round out the scoring.
A win and a regulation loss by the Chicago Steel would have moved the Phantoms into second place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference and earned them a first-round bye, but the Steel knocked off the Muskegon Lumberjacks 8-1, keeping Youngstown in the third spot and matching them up with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Game One of the best-of-three series will be Monday April 15 at the Covelli Centre at 7:05pm Eastern. Game Two will be Tuesday April 16 at 7:05pm Eastern, and Game Three, if necessary, will be Wednesday April 17 at 7:05pm Eastern. All games will be broadcast on HockeyTV and Western Reserve Radio.
By the Numbers
Shots – 27
Saves – 25
Power Play – 1/5
Penalty Kill – 6/6
Goals – Cassaro, DeMelis, MacEachern, Murray
Assists – Abate, MacEachern (2), Malone, Messina, Murray, Schoen, Urup
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YOUNGSTOWN, OH – After a lackluster performance Friday night, the Youngstown Phantoms (34-21-1-4, 73 points) bounced back in a big way Saturday night, shutting out the Sioux Falls Stampede 3-0 at the Covelli Centre.
“Night and day when you make a comparison to last night,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “We were frustrated after the game (last night) because we knew we could correct it. We knew we could be better in different areas, and those areas we were: we were simple, we moved our feet, we hunted pucks, and those were areas of our game last night I thought we were stagnant.”
Youngstown opened the scoring at 8:36 of the first period. Dalton Messina put home his own rebound for his ninth goal of the season, giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead. “Dalton’s been great,” said Patterson. “He’s a leader by nature. He’s hard to play against. He chips in offensively.”
Sioux Falls almost tied the game a few minutes later while Messina was in the box for roughing, one of eight penalties that Phantoms had to kill on the night, but just as the puck started to trickle across the goal line, Youngstown netminder Christian Stoever reached out with his left glove and pulled it back, keeping the Phantoms in the lead. Stoever recorded 27 saves while recording his first shutout in the USHL. “It’s a great feeling to have when you can put either goalie in the net and know you’re going to get a (great) performance,” said Patterson. “I’m really happy for Christian he’s been battling really hard. It shows the work he’s put in. It shows the confidence our guys have in him when we needed him. Pivotal saves at pivotal times for us. I’m very, very happy for him.”
The Phantoms doubled their lead in the final minute of the second period. With Liam Robertson in the box for high sticking, the Phantoms got a clear down to the Sioux Falls end. Starting goaltender Alec Calvaruso (17 saves) stopped the puck behind his net, but Brett Murray came in from the strong side, stole the puck from Calvaruso, and wrapped it into the net before Calvaruso could get back into position. The shorthanded goal came with 30.4 seconds left in the second and gave Youngstown a 2-0 lead. The goal was Murray’s 40th, making him the first Phantoms to accrue 40 goals in a season as he continues to stretch out his ownership of the team record for most goals in a season. Calvaruso was shaken up on the play and would not return.
The final goal of the night came off the stick of Gianfranco Cassaro. Cassaro blasted a one-timer off the crossbar and in for his eight goal of the season, beating backup goaltender Jaxson Stauber (7 saves) at 16:06 of the third period.
The victory allowed Youngstown to gain ground on second place Chicago, who lost to Dubuque this evening, as well as keep pace with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Cedar Rapids downed the Anderson Cup-champion Tri-City Storm, and still have a game in hand on the Phantoms. Both teams are tied with 73 points as the season heads to its final week and trail Chicago by just one point.
Youngstown wraps up their regular season with a home-and-home series against the U17’s, starting in Plymouth Friday night before concluding the regular season at home on Saturday. Puck drop at USA Hockey Arena is scheduled for 7:00pm Eastern Friday night, and the game will be broadcast on HockeyTV.
By the Numbers
Shots – 27
Saves – 27
Power Play – 0/4
Penalty Kill – 8/8
Goals – Cassaro, Messina, Murray
Assists – Dobay, MacEachern, Malone, Needham
YOUNGSTOWN, OH – One goal was all the offense the Youngstown Phantoms (33-21-1-4, 71 points) were able to muster on Friday night, but the Sioux Falls Stampede got a pair of goals from Carl Berglund and 17 saves from Alec Calvaruso as part of a 4-1 win for the visitors at the Covelli Centre.
“I thought (Sioux Falls) hunted pucks,” said Phantoms head coach Brad Patterson. “I thought they touched first a lot. Those little things that we talk about all the time that we build our team on, I felt (Sioux Falls) won that battle tonight.”
Youngstown did get on the board first, scoring a powerplay goal 3:58 into the game. Ben Schoen found some space between the circles and snapped a wrist shot past Calvaruso for his fifth goal of the season, giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead. “Ben has been great,” said Patterson. “I really like the fact that he’s firing pucks whereas at the start of the year I think he’s maybe looking to pass a little bit more, and he’s tremendous at that, but I just filtering pucks towards the net you’re going to get rewarded.” Schoen’s goal, however, was just one of three Youngstown shots for the entire first period, a frame that saw the Phantoms get outshot 13-3.
Sioux Falls tied the game before the end of the period on Jared Westcott’s tap-in at 17:13, and took the lead on Berglund’s first of the game at 5:46 of the second period. Berglund beat Youngstown netminder Chad Veltri (24 saves) with a wrist shot from the left circle just as time expired on a 4-on-4, giving Berglund credit for a shorthanded goal. Berglund scored again just 29 seconds into the third period. Berglund’s shot from between the circles was initially blocked by Nikolai Jenson, but the shot ramped up Jenson’s stick into the air and fell over Veltri’s shoulder into the net. Veltri had come five feet out of the crease to challenge Berglund’s shot and fell victim to the lucky bounce. Sioux Falls added a fourth goal when Blake Bride scored on the empty net with 29.3 seconds remaining in regulation.
The loss cost Youngstown the opportunity to separate themselves from the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders for third place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference, as Cedar Rapids also lost so both teams remain tied with 71 points apiece. The Phantoms also lost the opportunity to remain within a point of the Chicago Steel, who were victorious tonight. Sioux Falls benefitted from the victory and the Waterloo Black Hawks’ loss to Chicago and moved into second place in the Western Conference. Youngstown and Sioux Falls wrap up their series tomorrow night at the Covelli Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern and the game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and Western Reserve Radio.
By the Numbers
Shots – 17
Saves – 24
Power Play – 1/6
Penalty Kill – 6/6
Goals – Schoen
Assists – MacEachern, Murray