November 27, 2012 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Youngstown Phantoms
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The Youngstown Phantoms extended their winning streak to four straight games last week, coming from behind to down the Indiana Ice on the road before returning home and smothering Team USA in a pair contests at the Covelli Centre. The Phantoms (9-11-0, 18 points) outscored their opponents by a margin of 14-3 - thanks in large part to record-setting performances from defenseman Ryan Lowney and goaltender Sean Romeo - to climb up two spots in the United States Hockey League's Eastern Conference standings ahead of a 12-day break in action.
The Week In Review
Game No. 18: Lowney Sets Up 5, Phantoms Power Past Ice 5-3
Second-year defenseman Ryan Lowney had the hot hand Wednesday night setting up four third-period goals - and five total - to lead the Phantoms to a 5-3 come-from-behind win. Eric Sweetman, Sam Anas, John Padulo and Markus McCrea all capitalized for Youngstown on the man-advantage, while first-year forward Kyle Connor also found the back of the net against the Ice (7-14-1, 15 points). Between the pipes, Sean Romeo was again steady turning away 30 of 33 shots for his fifth win of he season.
Game No. 19: Connor, Romeo Lead Phantoms To 6-0 Win Over USA
Connor scored twice, increasing his goal-scoring streak to three straight games, and Romeo turned away all 23 shots thrown at him to record his first career USHL shutout and help lead the Phantoms to a dominant 6-0 win over Team USA (5-10-1, 11 points). McCrea, Lowney, Alexander Dahl and Luke Stork also scored for the Phantoms, who won their third straight game. Center Cam Brown, who was acquired in a trade from the Sioux City Musketeers earlier in the day, registered an assist in his Youngstown debut.
Game No. 20: Two In A Row For Romeo: Phantoms Shut Out Team USA 3-0 For 4th Straight Win
Romeo was again perfect Saturday night, saving all 24 shots thrown his way to backstop the Phantoms to a 3-0 win over Team USA. Austin Cangelosi, Josh Nenadal and Anas all notched goals for the Phantoms, who swept the weekend series with Team USA and claimed their fourth win in a row.
-- Both Lowney and Romeo were rewarded for their breakout performances by the USHL Monday. Lowney was named the CCM Defenseman of the Week and Romeo was named the Reebok Goaltender of the week. It was the first time either has captured the USHL's weekly honors, and the first time a Phantoms player has done so since the second week of the season.
-- Lowney's five assists Wednesday set a Phantoms franchise and USHL Tier 1 era record for assists in a game from a defenseman. The Ferris State recruit scored a goal and notched six assists for seven points over the Phantoms' three wins to give him 3-10-13 on the season - good for third among all USHL defensemen.
-- Romeo captured his fifth win of the season Wednesday in Indiana to eclipse his total from 2011-12, before tacking on another pair of victories against Team USA. The Cary, N.C. native also became the first goaltender in Phantoms history to record multiple shutouts - both in a season and in a career.
-- Youngstown is 4-0-0 since leading-scorer Austin Cangelosi's return from the World Junior A Challenge. He and linemates John Padulo and Kyle Connor have racked up a combined 8-14-22 over that span and have yet to be held off the score sheet.
-- The Phantoms, who had only scored a combined six power-play goals entering last week, went 6-for-12 on the man-advantage in the wins over Indiana and Team USA.
The Week Ahead
The Phantoms do not have any games scheduled for the upcoming week. They will return to action on Dec. 7, when they open up a three-day, three-game road trip against the USHL-leading Dubuque Fighting Saints.
They Said It
"Sean's demeanor in net from the beginning of the week through the end was great. You could look at him and you would never know if the team was up 10-0 or down 10-0... That's what you need back there in net - a guy who can be a rock and give you a chance to win every night - and that's what we've come to expect, and what we've gotten, from Sean."
-- Phantoms head coach Anthony Noreen on goaltender Sean Romeo's performance between the pipes last week.
Points: Austin Cangelosi (8-12-20)
Goals: Sam Anas, Cangelosi (8)
Assists: John Padulo (14, T-fifth in USHL)
Power-Play Goals: Four players tied (2)
Short-Handed Goals: Cangelosi, Ryan Lowney, Josh Nenadal (1)
Plus/Minus: Dan Renouf (plus-12)
Penalty Minutes: Jimmy Mazza (52)
Points by a Defenseman: Lowney (3-10-13, T-third in USHL)
Wins: Sean Romeo (7)
Goals Against Average: Romeo (3.19)
Save Percentage: Romeo (.895)
Shutouts: Romeo (2, T-second in USHL)
Phantoms Alumni Watch
-- Bemidji State forward Danny Mattson (2010-11) registered three assists Saturday as the Beavers downed Alaska-Anchorage 5-4.
-- Bentley forward Brett Gensler (2009-10) notched a pair of assists in a 5-1 win over Mercyhurst Saturday.
-- Denver forward Ty Loney (2010-11) scored up a goal and added an assist in a losing effort as the No. 6 Pioneers fell to No. 2 New Hampshire 6-4 Saturday.
-- Minnesota State forward Dylan Margonari (2010-12) recorded a goal and an assist over a pair of games last weekend as the Mavericks swept Wisconsin.
-- Minnesota forward Tommy Serratore (2009-10) scored a goal as the No. 3 Gophers downed Vermont 3-1 Saturday.
-- Nebraska-Omaha defenseman Andrej Sustr (2009-10) recorded an assist as the No. 14 Mavericks routed Alabama-Huntsville 8-0 Saturday.
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