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Doan's Hat Trick Lifts Chicago Past Phantoms 4-3 in Overtime

January 24, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Youngstown Phantoms News Release

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - Despite scoring three unanswered goals to open the second period, the Youngstown Phantoms (5-13-1-1, 12 points) allowed the visitors to do the same as they fell to the Chicago Steel 4-3 in overtime at the Covelli Centre Sunday afternoon.

"Two teams going at each other for over 180 minutes. It was a good weekend of hockey," said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. "It's disappointing not to get the second point there in overtime, but as a whole I thought we took some steps this weekend. I thought we were much better."

Chicago opened the scoring with a power play goal 14:00 into the first period off the stick of Josh Doan and carried that 1-0 lead into the locker room for the first intermission, but it didn't take Youngstown long to equalize the game in the second. Ben Schoen picked up a rebound in his own end and carried the puck up the ice into the Chicago zone. Entering the attacking end 1-on-4, Schoen fired a wrister past Jack Stark (21 saves) at 2:29 for his eighth of the season, tying the game at 1-1. The Phantoms took the lead 1:19 later. Kenta Isogai carried a puck around the cage and found Jaden Grant between the hashmarks for a one-timer, and Grant buried it for his second of the year. Jack Larrigan also got his first point in the USHL on the play. Grant's goal at 3:48 gave Youngstown a 2-1 lead. Yusaku Ando scored at 13:28, his second goal in as many nights, converting on a pretty redirect that found its way just under the cross bar for his second of the season, giving the Phantoms a two-goal advantage.

The Steel struck back before the period ended when Jack Bar netted his first USHL goal at 18:10, trimming the Phantoms' lead back to one at the second intermission. Doan scored his second of the night 44-seconds into the third, another power play goal for Chicago, tying the game at 3-3. Youngstown's penalty kill was 3-for-5 on the night and is 27-for-39 on the season against Chicago in seven games, an abysmal 69.2% kill rate. "Chicago's first unit is probably as good of a power play unit as there is in the league, maybe the best that there has been in quite some time," said Patterson. "You need to limit their opportunities, but they found a way to get a couple tonight." The rest of the third was scoreless and the game went to overtime.

Doan completed his hat trick 1:42 into overtime. Austen May got trapped down low on a cycle and Chicago came away with the puck, leading to a 2-on-1 rush down the ice. Erik Middendorf carried the puck down the right side with Reilly Funk defending. Middendorf's cross-ice pass to Doan was right in his wheelhouse, and Doan buried it for his 13th of the year, third of the game, to give the Steel the extra point.

Youngstown continues their six-game homestand next weekend when Team USA brings the U18's to town for a trio of games, starting Friday with a 7:05pm puck drop.

By the Numbers

Shots - 24

Saves - 21

Power Play - 0/2

Penalty Kill - 3/5

Goals - Ando, Grant, Schoen

Assists - Duran, Isogai, Larrigan, Merkulov

Box Score -

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