McCrea, Spano Help Phantoms Beat Rough Riders, Stay PerfectOctober 7, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL) Youngstown Phantoms
The Phantoms also got goals from Luke Stork, Sam Anas, and Daniel Renouf.
Youngstown opened up the scoring at the 7:07 mark of the first as Alfred Larsson picked off a clearing attempt and slid the puck down the boards to McCrea, who wrapped around the back of the net and beat Cedar Rapids goaltender Chris Birdsall to put the Phantoms up 1-0.
The Rough Riders answered back at the 9:01 mark as Davey Middleton bowled over Spano and forced the puck into the net to finish off a 3-on-2.
The tie wouldn't last long, as Stork tapped in a shot-pass from John Padulo and Ryan Lowney just 46 seconds later at 9:47 to put Youngstown back on top 2-1.
The Phantoms would add onto their lead in the second as Anas scored his first of the year, extending the Phantoms' lead to 3-1 at 6:42 of the second period as he picked off a pass at the Cedar Rapids blue line, skated in alone on Birdsall, deked the Riders' goaltender out of position with a backhand-forehand move, and slid the puck into a wide open cage.
McCrea made it 4-1 at 9:59, his second of the night, with a one-time wrist shot from the slot, finishing a 3-on-2 off of a pass from Kyle Connor.
As the period expired, Renouf fired home a slapper from the high slot off as pass from Austin Cangelosi at 19:59, just beating the second period buzzer, for the final tally of the night. Cangelosi now leads the league in points with 10 and is tied for the league lead in assists at five with teammate Padulo. Birdsall made 31 saves in a losing effort for Cedar Rapids and the Rough Riders were 0-for-5 on the power play.
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