Phantoms Trounced by Teichroeb, Fall 4-1October 26, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL) Youngstown Phantoms
First-year center Luke Stork scored the lone goal for the Phantoms (4-6-0, 8 points), his third of the season. Patrick Spano got the start in net for Youngstown but surrendered three goals on nine shots and was replaced by Sean Romeo, who finished out the final two periods.
After the game assistant captain JT Stenglein said that despite Teichroeb's terrific performance between the pipes, the onus was on him and his teammates to manufacture more goals.
"We need to find a way to get things back on track," he said. "It's kind of hard to win games when you only score one goal. We're kind of asking our goalies to get shutouts every night, which isn't going to happen in this league."
The Stars (7-0-0, 14 points) got on the board just past the two-minute mark when Daniel Willett beat Spano with a shot from the point that was deflected along the way. The Phantoms were un-phased though, and at the 8:21 mark they knotted it up. Stenglein corralled the puck off a turnover and moved it Stork who fired it on net and the puck pinballed around the crease and bounced past Teichroeb to make it 1-1.
Kiefer Sherwood, who was called up from the Phantoms' Affiliate List ahead of the game Friday, nearly put Youngstown in front minutes later. The 17-year-old winger from New Albany, Ohio, blew past the Lincoln defense and went in 1-on-0 on net, but Teichroeb was able to poke the puck off his stick at the last second to sully the scoring opportunity.
"Arguably one of the best players on the ice - for both teams," head coach Anthony Noreen said of Sherwood. "He got out of the car after a four-hour ride today and jumps on the ice and not only did he play on our top line, but we thought he added something to it.
"The future is bright for him."
Lincoln grabbed the lead at the 12:58 mark when Will Suter's shot from the point rebounded right onto the stick of Tommy Schutt, who put it right back in. Then with just 31 seconds remaining in first period, Luke Johnson pounced on another rebound to make it 3-1 heading into the break.
Romeo came on to start the second and did his best to keep the Phantoms in the game. In two periods, The Cary, N.C., native turned all 17 shots thrown his way - none bigger than kick-save to deny Brad Hawkison on a short-handed breakaway 11 minutes into the second.
Stenglein nearly cut the Stars' lead in half early in the third when he rang a shot off the crossbar. Then with seven minutes remaining in the game, JJ Piccinich had a pair of great chances but Teichroeb knocked his first wrist shot off target with his shoulder and snatched his second away with a great glove save.
Despite the chances - Youngstown out-shot Lincoln 32-27 on the night - the Phantoms could not capitalize and Dominic Shine scored an empty net goal with six seconds remaining to seal the their sixth loss in a row. After the game, Noreen said that, despite their recent swoon, he has not lost confidence in his young team
"You don't score the amount of goals that we scored to start the season, you don't win the amount of games and beat the teams we did unless there's something right," Noreen said. "For whatever reason, they're not going in right now and that's life. We've just got to stick to it and find a way to bounce back.
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