Phantoms Notebook: Week No. 19January 29, 2013 - United States Hockey League (USHL) Youngstown Phantoms
The Week In Review
Game No. 35: Phantoms Plow Through Ice 5-1
The Phantoms carried a slim 2-1 lead into the third period Friday, but erupted for three goals in the final 20 minutes to down the Ice 5-1 and their winning streak to six straight games. Cam Brown and John Padulo led the way with a goal and assist each, while Sam Anas, who left the game in the first period after suffering a cut that required 13 stitches to close, scored the put-away goal less than a minute into the final period. Captains Austin Cangelosi and Alexander Dahl both found the back of the net as well as the Youngstown improved to 4-0-0 to open the season against Indiana (16-23-3, 35 points). Meanwhile goaltender Sean Romeo was sharp in his return from a two-game suspension, turning away 33 of 34 shots to pick up his 15th win of the campaign.
Game No. 36: Anas Scores Twice But Phantoms Slip On Ice, Fall 4-3
The Ice jumped out to a three-goal lead in the first period Saturday night and then held on as the Phantoms pressed frantically to tie the game, only to come up short falling 4-3. The loss snapped Youngstown's franchise record winning streak at six games and was Indiana's first win in five meetings between the Eastern Conference rivals. Anas scored a pair of goals and Eric Sweetman chipped in with a power-play tally as the Phantoms outshot the Ice 24-14 over the final two periods. Between the pipes, Romeo turned away 22 shots, but was saddled with the loss.
-- The Phantoms announced goaltender Sean Romeo's commitment to the University of Maine Tuesday. The Cary, N.C. native became the 10th player on Youngstown's current roster to secure a college commitment. Teammates Cam Brown and Dan Renouf are both Black Bear recruits as well.
-- Right wing Sam Anas stayed red-hot tallying three goals last weekend. Quinnipiac commit has racked up seven goals in his last five games to bring his team-leading total to 19.
-- Left wing Nathan Walker continued the torrid start to his USHL career with a pair of assists last weekend, giving him at least a point in each of his first six games. The Sydney, Australia native has put up 2-6-8 during the streak.
-- Since Walker, Brown and Anas were put together on a line on Jan. 12 in Lincoln, they've been on a tear, and it continued over the weekend. In five games, the line has racked up a combine 10 goals, 10 assists and 20 points to go along with a cumulative plus-7 rating.
-- Center Austin Cangelosi's game-opening goal Friday was his 11th of the season, but first since Dec. 15 in Des Moines. The marker snapped a nine-game goalless drought, the longest of the Estero, Fla. native's USHL career. When head coach Anthony Noreen learned about the slump he responded, "I'll be honest, I had no idea it had been that long. I feel like Cange scored last game."
The Week Ahead
Game No. 37: Thursday, Jan. 31 at 7:00 p.m. EST - Phantoms at Team USA
The Phantoms make their first visit of the season to the Ann Arbor Ice Cube where they will face off the U.S. National Under-18 Team this Thursday night. Team USA (9-23-4, 22 points) has just three wins over its last eight games and finds itself in the Eastern Conference basement. Two of those three wins, however, have come from the U-18 squad and back on Dec. 21 and 22 they split a series with the Phantoms at the Covelli Centre. Team USA shut out Youngstown 3-0 the first night but the Phantoms bounced back to blank them 3-0 the following night on the back of a 28-save performance from Romeo.
Game No. 38: Friday, Feb 1 at 7:15 p.m. - Phantoms at Muskegon
Saturday night the Phantoms travel to the banks of Lake Michigan to take on the rival Lumberjacks (22-13-7, 51 points). Led by Michigan natives Ryan Lowney (three goals, two assists) and Kyle Connor (two goals, two assists), the Phantoms have taken two of three meetings with the Lumberjacks, including a 6-3 victory Nov. 17 at Muskegon's L.C. Walker Arena. Padulo, a former "Jack, put up 1-1-2 in win and since that game Youngstown has been on fire going 13-6-0, while Muskegon has been middling, going 11-8-6 over the span.
Game No. 39: Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8:05 p.m. - Phantoms at Cedar Rapids
The Phantoms finish up their three-game swing Saturday night at the Stable in Cedar Rapids. Entering the weekend the RoughRiders (15-19-5, 35 points) trail the Phantoms by three points for fourth place in the East, and the final Clark Cup Playoff spot that comes with it. Youngstown came away with a 5-1 win in the lone previous meeting between the teams, back on Oct. 6 in Iowa. The win was one of the Phantoms' most lopsided of the season, as Markus McCrea led the way with a pair of goals. The RoughRiders enter the weekend reeling, without a win in their past six games. However they have gotten solid contributions from recently acquired forward Ross Olsson, who has racked up 2-3-5 in just five games - matching his production in 22 games with the Lincoln Stars.
They Said It
"The winning streak was obviously nice, but we weren't in it to set records."
-- Anas on the team's six-game winning streak coming to a close Saturday.
Points: Austin Cangelosi (11-25-36)
Goals: Sam Anas (19)
Assists: Cangelosi (25)
Power-Play Goals: Anas (4, T-fourth in USHL)
Short-Handed Goals : Cangelosi (2, T-fourth in USHL)
Plus/Minus: Dan Renouf (plus-23)
Penalty Minutes: Markus McCrea (95)
Points by a Defenseman: Ryan Lowney (5-19-24, T-fourth in USHL)
Wins: Sean Romeo (15-12-0)
Goals Against Average: Romeo (2.91)
Save Percentage: Romeo (.904)
Shutouts: Romeo (4, T-second in USHL)
Phantoms Alumni Watch
-- Princeton forward Mike Ambrosia (2010-12) racked up a pair of goals and added an assist to lead the Tigers to a 5-2 win over Sacred Heart Sunday.
-- Wisconsin forward Jefferson Dahl (2009-10) scored the game-winning goal Saturday night as the Badgers downed Alaska-Anchorage 2-1.
-- Northeastern forward Ryan Belonger (2010-12) tallied a goal but it was not enough to push the Huskies past No. 12 UMass-Lowell Saturday as they fell 5-4.
-- Northeastern defenseman Mike Gunn (2011-12) registered an assist to lead the Huskies past UML 4-3 the prior night.
-- Nebraska-Omaha defenseman Andrej Sustr (2009-10) notched an assist as the No. 14 Mavericks beat Bemidji State 5-3 Friday.
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