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Phantoms Fall to Chicago 4-3 in Overtime

February 21, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Youngstown Phantoms News Release


YOUNGSTOWN, OH -- Despite a hard-fought battle, the Youngstown Phantoms (6-16-3-2, 16 points) fell Saturday night against the Chicago Steel (22-8-2-0) at the Covelli Centre 5-4 in overtime.

After a scoreless first period, Youngstown got the first goal of the night just 2:04 into the second period. After firing a shot into the glove of Nick Haas, Cole Burtch picked up his own rebound and quickly passed the puck to Yusaku Ando. Ando fanned on his initial attempt, but recovered as Nick Haas (25 saves) was still trying to get back in front of the net, giving the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.

Adam Robbins tied the game just over two minutes later when he picked up the puck on the rebound and blasted it into the net. At 7:43, Chicago took the lead when Ian Moore fired a backhander past Mattias Sholl (17 saves) to make it a 2-1 game.

The Phantoms answered later in the period when Riley Duran blasted the one-timer past Haas to tie the game at 2-2. Just 1:43 later a Chicago cross-checking penalty gave Youngstown the opportunity to take back the game, and Will Hillman gave Youngstown a 3-2 lead when he redirected a Mike Brown shot past Haas.

Just 1:05 into the third period, Jack Babbage snapped one in with a wrist shot once again making it a tie game. Over 13 minutes later, Matt Coronato picked off a pass and got a short-handed goal, giving Chicago a 4-3 lead at 14:43.

Hillman gave us our fourth tie of the game when he picked up a rebound from Zmolek at the edge of the crease and buried it behind Haas at 15:36. The goal was Hillman's second of the night and fifth of the season. Hillman has been a big part in the Phantoms defense this season. "It's definitely nice to see him get rewarded..." said Phantoms Head Coach Brad Patterson "He puts his nose in there every night and does the hard work that doesn't get publicized."

A cross-checking penalty for Winter Wallace at 18:44 forced the Phantoms to be on the penalty kill for the first 44 seconds of overtime. With all the open ice a 4-on-3 power play creates, Matt Coronato cashed in on a pass from Ryan Ufko, scoring his second of the night just 31 seconds into overtime and giving Chicago the 5-4 overtime victory.

By the Numbers

Shots - 29

Saves - 17

Power Play - 2/4

Penalty Kill - 4/5

Goals - Ando, Duran, Hillman (2)

Assists - Ando, Burtch, Brown, Malone, Silich, Zmolek (2)

Box Score - https://www.ushl.com/view/#/game-summary/9469


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