October 12, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Youngstown Phantoms
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown Phantoms ran out of luck Saturday night in the Covelli Centre, falling 4-1 at the hands of the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The loss was the first of the season for the Phantoms (4-1-0, 8 points) and moved the Fighting Saints (4-0-0, 8 points) into a tie with them for first place in the United States Hockey League.
The teams will meet again tomorrow at the Covelli Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:15 p.m. EST.
First-year winger Mac MacSorley filled in for leading goal-scorer JT Stenglein, who missed the game because of a suspension, and scored the lone goal for the Phantoms - the first of his USHL career. JJ Piccinich assisted on the MacSorley goal for his first career point. Goaltender Sean Romeo was able to rebound from a pair of early goals to finish the game off strong, turning away 21 of the next 22 shots he faced, but was saddled with the loss.
Head coach Anthony Noreen said he and his staff planned to use the loss a teachable moment for his young team.
"It's early and it's a lesson we've got to learn," he said. "We've got to go back and look at this game and realize what caused us to not have success."
Dubuque struck twice before the game was five minutes old. Frankie DiChiara walked the puck out from behind the Phantoms net and went high on Romeo to make it 1-0 at the 2:37 mark, and a little more the a minute later, Jarrid Privitera made it 2-0 with a quick tap-in right in front of the crease. Then the Fighting Saints stretched it to a three-goal lead 4:42 into the second when AJ Fossen knocked in a rebound off a shot from Eric Freschi.
MacSorley got the Phantoms on the board at the 8:47 mark in the second period. Piccinich picked off a puck along the Dubuque blue line and hit MacSorley streaking down the left-wing wall. The Stratford, Ontario native wound up and fired a shot across his chest from just above the goal line and it beat netminder Arthur Brey high on the far side.
"I wasn't really expecting it to go in," MacSorley said. "I was just throwing up a prayer and put it on net and it ended up going right through and went to the back of the net.
"It was a great feeling to get that first one in the league and get that monkey off your back. Hopefully there's more to come."
The Phantoms had a few chances to cut into the lead, but Sam Anas was turned away with an acrobatic toe-save from Brey. Then Austin Cangelosi had another great chance with a short-handed breakaway but put it just over the crossbar.
Noreen pulled Romeo for the extra attacker in the final minutes, hoping to replicate the thrilling two-goal comeback two weeks ago vs. Des Moines, but it was not to be and DiChiara iced the game with an empty-net goal. Afterwards, Noreen said the only solace, if any, he took away from the loss was that his team has another chance at the Fighting Saints on Saturday.
"It's not going to get easier tomorrow night against this team," he said. "There's no doubt we've got our work cut out for us. It's the type of game where we'll see what we're made of."
Phantoms by the Numbers
Shots - 13
Saves - 21
Power Play - 0-for-6
Penalty Kill - 5-for-5 (100 percent)
Goals - MacSorley
Assists - Piccinich
Next on the Slate
The Phantoms and Fighting Saint meet again Saturday night at the Covelli Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:15 p.m. EST.
Saturday the Phantoms are celebrating the International Ice Hockey Federation's World Girls' Hockey Weekend by giving women of all ages the chance to learn to play the sport on the Covelli Centre ice. For just $18 women will receive a purple level ticket to the game and the chance to take part in a learn-to-play clinic at the Covelli Centre Saturday afternoon.
Registration is from 2:30 to 3 p.m. EST and all skates and equipment will he be provided. There will be an exclusive dinner and reception for all attendees following the hour-and-a-half clinic and then the fun continues with the game starting at 7:15 p.m. Call the Phantoms Office at 330.747.PUCK (7825) for more information.
Season tickets for the 2012-13 season are on sale now starting at the low price of just $7 a game. Benefits include invitations to exclusive season ticket holder events, discounts at the Phantoms Team Shop, playoff priority and much more. Call 330.747.PUCK (7825) for more information or to reserve seats today. For all the latest news, visit www.YoungstownPhantoms.com, follow the Phantoms on Twitter ( @YtownPhantoms ) and "like' them on Facebook ( www.Facebook.com/YoungstownPhantoms ).