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Phantoms Drop Pair of Games to Green Bay

November 15, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Youngstown Phantoms News Release


Green Bay jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 17:35, but Georgii Merkulov answered back for the Phantoms, cutting the lead in half by finishing an odd-man rush with a tap-in at 18:24. Adam Eisele tied the game for Youngstown with a 5-on-3 power play blast from the left circle at 9:43 of the second, but the Gamblers would retake the lead at 14:24 of the middle frame. Brad Marek leveled the game at 3 5:11 into the third period, hammering home a rebound from the mouth of the crease. Green Bay netted the game winner at 16:16 on a one-timer from in tight by a defenseman that sneaked down the slot.

By the Numbers

Shots - 34

Saves - 34

Power Play - 1/6

Penalty Kill - 2/3

Goals - Eisele, Marek, Merkulov

Assists - Ando, Burtch (2), Grant, Gratton, Silich

Box Score -


Youngstown started fast, scoring just 35 seconds into the game and again at 7:06 to grab a 2-0 lead. Reilly Funk tipped in a beautiful pass from Nate Hanley for the early goal and Will Hillman scored on a shorthanded breakaway to double the Phantoms' advantage. After back-to-back Green Bay goals tied the game, Funk redirected home David Gucciardi's shot with 1.5 seconds remaining in the frame for a power play goal and a 3-2 Youngstown lead at intermission. The Gamblers came storming out of the locker room and scored twice in the first 5:30 of the second to take a 4-3 lead. Cole Burtch lit the lamp with a power play goal at 13:52, knotting the game at 4-4. For the second game in a row, however, the Gamblers got a goal in the final four minutes to steal a win from the Phantoms.

By the Numbers

Shots - 22

Saves - 27

Power Play - 2/6

Penalty Kill - 5/6

Goals - Burtch, Hillman, Funk (2)

Assists - Ando, Eisele (2), Furey, Gucciardi, Hanley, May, Merkulov

Box Score -

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