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Phantoms Fall to Chicago 4-2

January 22, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Youngstown Phantoms News Release

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - Three straight goals by the visitors proved to be too large of a hole for the Youngstown Phantoms (4-13-0-1, 9 points) as they fell to the Chicago Steel 4-2 Friday night at the Covelli Centre. Youngstown's winless streak extended to five games with the loss.

"The disappointment (with the result) resonates through everybody," said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson. "There were stretches of that game that I really liked. At the same time, in the first period we had four stick penalties. We were shorthanded for (eight) minutes, it's really tough to have game flow."

Chicago scored early on a nifty move by Ryan Ufko just 2:36 into the game, but Youngstown was able to find an equalizer at the 9:50 mark. Jaden Grant was looking for Jack Silich on a backdoor feed for what would have been an easy tap-in for Silich, but Grant's pass hit the skates of Chicago defenseman Jack Babbage and redirected into the net to tie the game.

Chicago scored a pair of goals 42-seconds apart later in the period to grab a two-goal lead. Ufko fired a one-timer past Mattias Sholl (23 saves) at 16:45 for his second of the game, and Josh Doan snapped a wrister past Sholl that had just enough steam on it to enter the net after Sholl got a piece of it with his pads at 17:27 for a 3-1 Chicago lead.

Chicago added an insurance goal 2:22 into the second period when Adam Fantilli converted on a breakaway, but the Phantoms got it back at the 11:41 mark. Grant Hindman redirected a shot from the edge of the crease behind Simon Latkoczy (24 saves) for a power play goal, trimming the Steel advantage back to two goals at 4-2. Hindman has scored in four straight games, the longest active streak on the team. "Grant's a warrior," said Patterson. "We had a hunch on the bench, we were short a guy on the 'PP' and he was the right place at the right time and got rewarded for it."

Youngstown pushed throughout the third period, but neither team was able to solve the other, despite Chicago having several good looks at the empty net late in the game, the Steel came away with the 4-2 victory. Youngstown and Chicago play the middle game of their three-game weekend set Saturday night at the Covelli Centre.

By the Numbers

Shots - 26

Saves - 24

Power Play - 1/3

Penalty Kill - 5/5

Goals - Grant, Hindman

Assists - Ando, Merkulov, Silich, Zmolek

Box Score -

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