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Phantoms Announce 2018-19 Promotional Schedule

By Sean Stewart 08/09/2018, 4:45pm EDT

Promotions headlined by two Youth Jersey Giveaways

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— The Youngstown Phantoms have announced their promotional schedule for the 2018-19 season. For the second consecutive year the Phantoms will have two youth jersey giveaway nights. The first will be Friday, November 30 versus the Fargo Force and the second will be Saturday, January 5 as the Phantoms battle with the Sioux City Musketeers.

Once again the Phantoms will have Dash for Cash, a fun an interactive fundraising event for local teachers. This year the Dash for Cash will be Friday, January 18 versus the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders.

Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley will be partnering with the Phantoms for a Superhero night on Saturday, January 19 where the Phantoms will be wearing specialty jerseys with proceeds benefitting Akron Children’s.

A fan favorite, Scout Night will be Friday, February 8 as the Phantoms take on the Lincoln Stars and the following weekend will feature Mascot Mania on Friday, February 15 and Military Appreciation Night on Saturday, February 16.

Youngstown will be hosting Pucks and Paws night on Saturday, March 2 where both two and four legged friends will be welcomed.

The Phantoms will honor all police and firefighters on Saturday, April 6 for Guns and Hoses night. Fan Appreciation Night is set for the regular season finale on Saturday, April 13.

For full details on the 2018-19 promotional schedule, head to the Phantoms website at www.youngstownphantoms.com.

USHL 2018 Fall Classic Schedule Announced

By Sean Stewart 07/20/2018, 11:00am EDT

Every USHL team will play two regular season games in Cranberry.

USHL 2018 Fall Classic Schedule Announced

Every USHL team will play two regular season games in Cranberry.

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— The Youngstown Phantoms in conjunction with the USHL have announced the schedule for the 2018 Fall Classic taking place at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry, PA.

This will be the second year in a row all 17 USHL teams will participate in the Fall Classic and the first time that each of the games will count towards the regular season schedule. In total each USHL team will play 62 regular season games.

The Phantoms will play the Tri-City Storm Thursday, September 27 at 5:00 PM and the Dubuque Fighting Saints Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM.

The Phantoms return to Youngstown for the home opener on Friday, October 5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

Below is the full schedule for the USHL 2018 Fall Classic.

Thursday, Sept. 27th                    

  • 11:00 AM - Cedar Rapids RoughRiders @ Fargo Force
  • 2:00 PM - Madison Capitols @ Des Moines Buccaneers
  • 5:00 PM - Youngstown Phantoms @ Tri-City Storm
  • 7:00 PM - Chicago Steel @ Lincoln Stars
  • 8:00 PM - Sioux Falls Stampede @ Central Illinois Flying Aces
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Friday, September 28th

  • 10:00 AM - Sioux City Musketeers @ Green Bay
  • 2:00 PM - Fargo Force @ Muskegon Lumberjacks
  • 4:00 PM - Tri-City Storm @ Madison Capitols
  • 5:00 PM - Central Illinois Flying Aces @ Waterloo Black Hawks
  • 7:00 PM - Lincoln Stars @ Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
  • 8:00 PM - Des Moines Buccaneers @ Chicago Steel

 

Saturday, September 29th

  • 11:00 AM - Green Bay @ Dubuque Fighting Saints
  • 2:00 PM - Team USA @ Sioux Falls Stampede
  • 5:00 PM - Waterloo Black Hawks @ Omaha Lancers
  • 8:00 PM - Muskegon Lumberjacks @ Sioux City Musketeers

Sunday, September 30th

  • 1:00 PM - Dubuque Fighting Saints @ Youngstown Phantoms

4:00 PM - Omaha Lancers @ Team USA

Phantoms Announce 2018-19 Regular Season Schedule

By Sean Stewart 07/13/2018, 11:00am EDT

Phantoms open with a two-game homestand versus rival Muskegon

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— Youngstown Phantoms fans won’t have a long wait for the rematch of the 2017-18 Clark Cup Final matchup with the Fargo Force. The Force will be in town the week after Thanksgiving.

 

After opening the season at the Fall Classic in Cranberry, the Phantoms kick off the 2018-19 season at home against vaunted rival the Muskegon Lumberjacks for a two game series starting Friday, October 5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

 

Youngstown will play its first road game of the season a week later as the Phantoms kick off their first road trip of the season in Muskegon, MI.

 

The Phantoms will play on Black Friday at home this year, taking on the Madison Capitols at 7:05 PM. Another intriguing matchup, a visit from potential first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft Jack Hughes and the National Team Development Program U-18 squad, will occur on Wednesday, March 27 at 10 AM for the annual School Day Game.

 

Starting with the October 6 matchup against Muskegon, the Phantoms will play twelve Saturday night home games in ’18-19.

 

Phantoms’ Saturday Night Home Games

Day

Date

Time

Opponent

Saturday

Oct. 6

7:05 PM

Muskegon

Saturday

Nov. 3

7:05 PM

Central Illinois

Saturday

Nov. 24

7:05 PM

Madison

Saturday

Dec. 15

7:05 PM

Chicago

Saturday

Jan. 5

7:05 PM

Sioux City

Saturday

Jan. 19

7:05 PM

Cedar Rapids

Saturday

Feb. 9

7:05 PM

Lincoln

Saturday

Feb. 16

7:05 PM

NTDP U-17

Saturday

Mar. 2

7:05 PM

Muskegon

Saturday

Mar. 9

7:05 PM

Green Bay

Saturday

Apr. 6

7:05 PM

Sioux Falls

Saturday

Apr. 13

7:05 PM

NTDP U-17

 

 

In addition to those twelve Saturday night home games, the Phantoms will have 11 more weekend home games on Friday nights.

 

Phantoms’ Friday Night Home Games

Day

Date

Time

Opponent

Friday

Oct. 5

7:05 PM

Muskegon

Friday

Oct. 26

7:05 PM

Dubuque

Friday

Nov. 2

7:05 PM

Central Illinois

Friday

Nov. 23

7:05 PM

Madison

Friday

Nov. 30

7:05 PM

Fargo

Friday

Dec. 14

7:05 PM

Chicago

Friday

Jan. 4

7:05 PM

Sioux City

Friday

Jan. 18

7:05 PM

Cedar Rapids

Friday

Feb. 8

7:05 PM

Lincoln

Friday

Feb. 15

7:05 PM

NTDP U-17

Friday

Apr. 5

7:05 PM

Sioux Falls

 

For fans that enjoy seeing the Western Conference teams come to town to battle against the Phantoms below are the dates when each Western Conference team will visit the Covelli Centre.

 

Phantoms’ Home Games Versus Western Conference Teams

 

Fargo Force

Thursday, November 29 7:05 PM

Friday, November 30                 7:05 PM

 

Sioux City Musketeers

Friday, January 4                       7:05 PM

Saturday, January 5                   7:05 PM

 

Lincoln Stars

Friday, February 8                     7:05 PM

Saturday, February 9                 7:05 PM

 

Sioux Falls Stampede

Friday, April 5                           7:05 PM

Saturday, April 6                       7:05 PM

 

The Phantoms longest road trip till be a five-game journey beginning Friday, January 25 in Tri-City, and continuing through Omaha (Jan. 26-27), Green Bay (Feb. 1), and Chicago (Feb. 2).

 

Stay tuned as the Phantoms are set to release their promotional schedule next week for the 2018-19 season.

Phantoms Welcome New Team President

By Sean Stewart 07/12/2018, 6:30pm EDT

Andrew Goldman Joins the Phantoms Phamily

YOUNGSTOWN, OH—The Youngstown Phantoms are pleased to introduce Andrew Goldman as the new President.  Mr. Goldman brings a love for the game of hockey, a wealth of business experience and a strong commitment to northeastern Ohio as he joins the Youngstown Phantoms. As President of the club, Mr. Goldman will place an emphasis on community engagement and expanding the in-game experience for fans with cutting edge promotions, entertainment and family-friendly opportunities.  

"We are thrilled to have Andrew join our team," said Co-Owner Murry Gunty. "Andrew brings deep connections to Northeastern Ohio coupled with a passion for the game of hockey that we think will help the Phantoms thrive going forward."  

Previously Mr. Goldman served as the Managing Director of Cormony Development and has spent the last several years as the Project Manager of the Hercules Development Project, an adaptive reuse project in Canton, Ohio, that has recently added 125,000 square feet of multi-family residential to the city.  Mr. Goldman worked closely with both government and community leaders on the project and brings his valuable collaborative experience to Youngstown where he looks forward to working with the local community. 

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the Youngstown Phantoms, to continue the success on the ice led by Head Coach Brad Patterson and General Manager Jason Koehler.” Said new Phantoms President Andrew Goldman. “I am looking forward to working with Murry Gunty and Bruce Zoldan to create a connection with the community and to expand the atmosphere and in-game experience in the arena.”

Mr. Goldman has also been extremely active in the youth hockey community.  He has coached several youth hockey teams since 2008 and considers hockey to be one of his strongest passions.

Please welcome Mr. Goldman, his wife, Catherine, and two sons, Ethan (14) and Oliver (9), to the Phantoms family.  

Five Players with Phantoms Ties Drafted in 2018 NHL Draft

By Sean Stewart 06/25/2018, 12:15pm EDT

Five Players with Phantom ties drafted in 2018 NHL Draft

YOUNGSTOWN, OH— As part of a record draft day at the 2018 NHL Draft,  in which 57 players with USHL ties were drafted, the Youngstown Phantoms had five players selected; three players who skated last year, and two affiliate players. Jay O’Brien was drafted in the first round, 19th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers. Jordan Harris,  was selected in the third round 71st overall by the Montreal Canadians. The Phantoms would have two players selected in the fourth round, Ivan Prosvetov, selected 114th overall by the Arizona Coyotes and Curtis Hall was the 119th overall pick by the Boston Bruins. The Coyotes would double-dip with Phantoms players as they selected Michael Callahan in the fifth round 142nd overall.

 

It is such an honor to be selected by the Bruins and become a part of their program. I'm heading down there Monday for development camp for the week. Then going to the World Junior tryouts at the end of July and heading off to Yale later in August. Youngstown has helped me grow and I can't thank the coaching staff, players and billets enough for everything they've done for me!”-Curtis Hall on being drafted by the Bruins.

 

“Getting drafted into the NHL has been a dream of mine for a long time, so hearing my name called Saturday was incredibly exciting. I felt that my meeting with Arizona went well, so I was thrilled that they were the ones that selected me. I'm just very fortunate and excited for what the future holds.”-Michael Callahan on being drafted by the Coyotes.

 

The 2018 NHL Draft marks the fifth year in a row the Phantoms have had a draft pick; the fourth year in which the Phantoms have had multiple picks in the draft; and the second year in a row the Phantoms have had a player selected by Arizona (Michael Karow, 2017 5th round, 126 overall). With these five draft picks the Phantoms total now increases to 17 and will increase in the years to come.

Beware the Phantoms at the NHL Draft

By Sean Stewart 06/21/2018, 10:45am EDT

Beware of the Phantoms at the NHL Draft

YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The 2018 NHL Draft is set to start Friday, June 22 at 7pm with rounds 2-7 on Saturday, June 23 starting at 11am from American Airlines Arena, home of the Dallas Stars. The Phantoms have great history with the draft with 12 alumni being selected dating back to 2011 including last year’s draftee Michael Karow (5th round, 126 overall) to the Arizona Coyotes. This year the Phantoms have three potential draft picks; defensemen Michael Callahan, forward Curtis Hall, and goaltender Ivan Prosvetov.

Callahan, a Providence College commit, was acquired in February from the Central Illinois Flying Aces. The B-rated skater played 22 games with Youngstown with 9 assists. Callahan was named to the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects game and is Ranked 145th among North American Skaters on NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings. Callahan was named to the USHL All-rookie First Team.

Hall, a Yale commit played two seasons with Youngstown playing in 113 games tallying 20 goals and 32 assists. Hall was named to the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament team with Team USA as well as the 2017 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game. The C-rated skater was also named to the U.S. Junior Select Team for the World Junior A Challenge in Truro, Nova Scotia and the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in which he is credited with a goal. Hall is ranked 60th among North American Skaters on NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings.

Prosvetov, a C-rated goaltender is uncommitted. He played in 36 games and garnered a record of 19-9-3-1 with a 2.90 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. Prosvetov was named to the 2018 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in which he saved all 11 shots he faced and is ranked 14th among North American goaltenders on NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings.

 

Youngstown Phantoms’ NHL Entry Draft History

2017

Michael Karow

Selected fifth round, 126th overall to the Arizona Coyotes

2016

Cam Morrison

Selected second round, 40th overall to the Colorado Avalanche

2015

Kyle Connor

Selected in the first round, 17th overall to the Winnipeg Jets

Ryan Shea

Selected in the third round, 121st overall by the Chicago Blackhawks

Chase Pearson

Selected in the fifth round, 140th overall to the Florida Panthers

Steven Ruggiero

Selected in the sixth round, 178th overall by the Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Bednard

Selected in the seventh round, 206th overall by the Florida Panthers

2014

Max Letunov

Selected second round, 52nd overall by the St. Louis Blues.

JJ Piccinich

Selected fourth round, 103rd overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nathan Walker

Selected in the third round, 89th overall by the Washington Capitals.

2011

Scott Mayfield

Selected second round, 34th overall by the New York Islanders

Matt Mahalak

Selected sixth round, 163rd overall by the Carolina Hurricanes

Black Bear Sports Group Acquires Stake in Youngstown Phantoms

By Youngstown Phantoms 06/08/2018, 2:30pm EDT

Maryland-based sports and entertainment group reach terms with Troy and Aafke Loney

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. (“Black Bear”) has acquired the co-ownership position in the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League owned by Troy and Aafke Loney. The Zoldan family retained their existing co-ownership of the team and the Phantoms will remain in Youngstown.  Black Bear, led by CEO and Founder Murry Gunty, is a Maryland-based sports and entertainment company that owns and operates ice arenas, junior hockey franchises and youth sports events. Mr. Gunty is also the majority owner of SuperSeries AAA, a leading organizer or AAA youth hockey tournaments and tournament travel teams in North America.

​Black Bear worked closely with Phantoms Fireworks owner, Bruce Zoldan to complete the transaction. Mr. Gunty will serve as Chairman of the Phantoms and has named his SuperSeries partner, NHL veteran and longtime Philadelphia Flyers captain, Keith Primeau, as Vice Chairman. “We are thrilled to be part of the USHL family and to partner with Bruce Zoldan, his family, Bill Weimer and the rest of the Phantoms family” said Mr. Gunty. “The USHL is recognized across the globe as one of the world’s top junior hockey leagues. No league sends more players to college hockey than the USHL and that will continue to be our top priority in Youngstown.”

Co-owner Bruce Zoldan is excited for the newest chapter of the Phantoms. “We look forward to the new partnership with Murry, Keith and the Black Bear team,” said Mr. Zoldan. “Our new partners bring experience and expertise to this organization that we expect will have a positive impact on the team and the community. We have a wonderful partnership with Mayor Brown, City Council, Eric Ryan and the Covelli Center staff in place that we can continue to build upon. On behalf of this entire organization I’d like to thank Troy and Aafke for their leadership and friendship.”

Keith Primeau will oversee all hockey operations as Vice Chairman of the team. “I am excited to join the Phantoms and look forward to building on the team’s successes from last season,” said Mr. Primeau. “Having had two of my boys play in the USHL, I have a strong appreciation for just how competitive the league is and how it prepares players for NCAA and pro hockey. I know how passionate Murry is about the game of hockey and I am excited to be working with the Zoldans and the Phantoms team to improve upon their great season this past year.”

Outgoing owners Troy and Aafke Loney are grateful for their experience in the Youngstown community. "Being co-owners of the Youngstown Phantoms along with Bruce Zoldan gave us the opportunity to give back to a sport that has been an integral part of our lives. It has come full circle. We started in pro hockey, became involved in youth hockey, junior hockey, college hockey, and finally became owners. We were fortunate enough to be a part of bringing the Anderson Cup to Youngstown in 2015, as well as enjoying this year’s Eastern Conference Championship and the Clark Cup Finals. As we move forward to new business opportunities, we will always cherish the relationships we have built here in Youngstown, both personal and business. We fully support the Youngstown Phantoms, Bruce Zoldan, the USHL and are confident Youngstown will welcome the new ownership team just as we were welcomed into this awesome city.”

With the departure of the Loneys, Black Bear Sports Group will work closely with the Zoldans to assume business and hockey operations, and fill key leadership and sales positions previously held by the Loneys. In addition to the Phantoms, Black Bear owns and operates two other junior hockey franchises: the Maryland Black Bears of the North American Hockey League and Team Maryland of the Eastern Hockey League—both based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The partnership with Black Bear Sports Group brings new leadership to the organization as well as a pipeline of players from the NAHL, EHL and Black Bear’s ‘AAA’ youth programs at its network of ice rinks such as the Mercer Chiefs and Team Maryland AAA.

About Black Bear Sports Group, Inc.

Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is a privately held company formed by Murry Gunty in 2015 that seeks investments in sports and entertainment facilities, teams and youth sports events.  Our arenas are clean and professionally managed, and offer world-class recreational offerings. We focus on ice arenas in metropolitan areas with compelling demographics, markets with a National Hockey League club presence and arenas with existing youth hockey clubs. ​We have the ability to acquire healthy and stable arenas, but also to turn around under-managed or under-performing facilities. Black Bear currently owns and operates nine arenas across the United States with a total of 17 sheets of indoor ice, two indoor turf fields, two youth hockey clubs and three junior hockey franchises.

Contact Info

Black Bear Sports Group, Inc.

Murry Gunty, 240-223-1333

mgunty@blackbearsportsgroup.com

 

 

Steve Holtz Commits to the University of Michigan

By Julie Mros 06/05/2018, 8:45am EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Youngstown Phantoms’ defenseman Steven Holtz has announced his commitment to play for the University of Michigan, following his 2018-2019 season in the United States Hockey League (USHL).

The 6’3 185 lbs. right shot defensemen from Detroit, Michigan, joined the Phantoms last season after playing for the Detroit Compuware U18 AAA club (HPHL U18) and was the Phantoms’ 20th round (316th overall) draft selection in the Phase II USHL Draft in 2017.

Holtz played 30 games with the Phantom in 2017-2018 registering a 1-5-6 line and then had a strong playoff performance garnering four assists and appearing in all eleven Phantoms’ playoffs games where he established himself as one of the top defensemen on the club.

“I want to thank my parents, my brother, my coaches, and my friends, and all my teammates who have taught me lessons beyond the hockey rink, “said Holtz. “I am truly grateful as well as humble to announce my commitment to the University of Michigan. Dreams do come true and go blue ! I’m excited to return to Youngstown and finish what we started in our mission to win a Clark Cup next season with my other returning teammates and staff.”

 “This is a wonderful story for Steven and his family“ said Phantoms’ General Manager Jason Koehler. “Here we have a young man who wasn’t able to make some of the top AAA clubs in Detroit for a few of his key development years and then made the most of an opportunity given to him by Compuware U18 Head Coach Andy Copp for his senior year of high school last year and Steven ran with it. Honestly, before that season we had no clue who Steven Holtz was and with some communication with Andy (Copp) and our coaches (Jeff Potter and Tom Upton) getting a chance to see him play in November and December of 2016 and then us having him in to visit and skate with us shortly after – the last two seasons of hockey for Steven have been a whirlwind of junior / college / and pro hockey interest and Steven is just now beginning to see the level of player he has the potential to be. A number of colleges were after Steven this second half and the staff at Michigan (Mel Pearson, Brian Wiseman, and Bill Muckalt) felt confident about him enough to not risk losing a top young in-state defenseman and we think they made a great choice as we feel Steven Holtz should be one of the top defensemen in the USHL next year and we’re thrilled to have him return as one of our anchors on the blue line next season.”

Former Phantom forwards Kyle Connor and Andrew Sinelli have also attended the University of Michigan and current Phantom defenseman Jake Gingell will be heading to Ann Arbor this fall to start his college career.

 

 

PHANTOMS’ SEASON COMES TO AN END AFTER GAME FOUR DEFEAT

By Matthew Lipcsak 05/20/2018, 12:00am EDT

Fargo claims the 2018 Clark Cup

BOX SCORE

 

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – The Youngstown Phantoms 2018 Clark Cup Playoff run came to an end Saturday night at the Covelli Centre after a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Fargo Force in Game Four of the Clark Cup Final. Fargo won the best-of-five series three-games-to-one.

“One play makes the game,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “It’s not that the guys didn’t execute or didn’t do what we asked, they all did, and that’s the hard part.”

Neither team lit the lamp in an odd first period that saw three delays in the action due to fog that developed over the playing surface. A severe thunderstorm in Youngstown this afternoon caused a power outage to the Covelli Centre and an excess of humidity in the building. By the time the second period began, the fog had cleared from the building and the game was not delayed any further.

Fargo opened the scoring 5:15 into the second with a power play goal. Evan Bell blasted a one-timer from the top of the right circle past Ivan Prosvetov (31 saves) to give the Force a 1-0 lead. Fargo doubled their lead at 14:45 when Garrett Van Wyhe redirected a shot behind Prosvetov from three feet out, putting the Force ahead 2-0.

Youngstown got on the board in the waning moments of the second. Steve Holtz fired a slap shot from the top of right circle that clanged off the far post behind Strauss Mann (26 saves). The rebound went right to the tape of Matt Barry, and he fired it into the net at 19:21 for his fourth goal of the postseason, cutting the Fargo lead to 2-1.

The Phantoms tied the game early in the third period on a Curtis Hall wrist shot from the left circle at 3:43 and almost took the lead off the ensuing faceoff, but Mann made a key save on Nick Cardelli to keep the game tied. “I felt like once we got that first one a little tidal wave was going to come and it was just a matter of time before we got the second one,” said Patterson.

Fargo scored the Clark Cup-winning goal with 3:54 remaining in regulation. Former Phantom defenseman Ty Farmer came flying through the neutral zone with speed and split two defenders after taking a touch pass from Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup. Farmer fired a wrist shot from the hashmarks that beat Prosvetov over the glove to put Fargo ahead 3-2. Jon McDonald scored on the empty net with 0.7 seconds remaining in regulation to make up the final margin.

“It was a special group,” concluded Patterson. “I couldn’t have asked for anything other than what the guys gave me on a daily basis. They loved one another, they showed up at the rink every day and worked hard. We had tremendous support from our whole organization.”

 

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 28

Saves – 31

Power Play – 0/3

Penalty Kill – 1/3

Goals – Barry, Hall

Assists – Ellis, Esposito, Gresock, Holtz

 

 

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 ON BRINK OF ELIMINATION AFTER DROPPING GAME THREE

By Matthew Lipcsak 05/18/2018, 11:15pm EDT

Fargo takes 2-1 series lead

BOX SCORE

 

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – Bartek Bison’s goal with 6:53 remaining in regulation broke a 2-2 tie as the Youngstown Phantoms dropped Game Three of the 2018 Clark Cup Final to the Fargo Force by a final score of 3-2. Fargo grabbed a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

“I thought it was a great game, great energy in the building,” said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. “I liked our effort, but at the end of the day it didn’t go for us, but if we work that hard tomorrow we give ourselves a good opportunity.”

Fargo opened the scoring 13:40 into the first period. After a turnover in the neutral zone, Grant Hebert found former Phantom Griffin Loughran in the slot at the hashmarks. Loughran fired a one-timer past the glove of Ivan Prosvetov (22 saves) to put the Force ahead 1-0. It was Loughran’s seventh goal of the playoffs and the first of three assists on the night for Hebert. Loughran has scored a goal in six-straight playoffs games.

Youngstown tied the game just 1:04 into the second period. Chase Gresock stole a clearing pass at the top of the left circle in the Fargo end and snapped a wrist shot past Strauss Mann (38 saves) for his eighth of the playoffs, knotting the game at 1-1. The Phantoms grabbed the lead at 13:39 with a power play goal. Eric Esposito fired a shot from the left dot that hit Mann in the mask and appeared to stun him. Unable to control the rebound, the puck trickled behind Mann and Nick Cardelli poked it into the net, giving Youngstown a 2-1 advantage.

The Phantoms’ lead was short lived. Hebert won the ensuing faceoff back to Evan Bell. Bell carried the puck to the near wall and tried to dump the puck down the wall. Prosvetov started to exit the crease, anticipating the puck coming behind the cage, but Bell’s dump in hit a stanchion and deflected into the net, tying the game just six seconds after Youngstown took the lead.

The game remained tied until the 6:53 mark of the third. Hebert camped out behind the net and found Bison crashing the cage. Bison one-touched the puck quickly past Prosvetov to the far side, tucking his shot just inside the post to give Fargo the 3-2 lead. Youngstown pulled Prosvetov for the extra attacker with just under 2:00 left in the game but wasn’t able to find the equalizer.

With the loss, the Phantoms face elimination for the first time this postseason. They will fight to keep their championship hopes alive in Game Four tomorrow night at the Covelli Centre. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm Eastern. The game will be broadcast on HockeyTV and YPHR.

 

By the Numbers

Shots – 40

Saves – 22

Power Play – 1/4

Penalty Kill – 2/2

Goals – Cardelli, Gresock

Assists – Callahan, Esposito

 

 

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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