Phantoms Fall to Muskegon 4-2
YOUNGSTOWN, OH - An initial two-goal deficit proved too much for the Youngstown Phantoms (6-18-3-1) to overcome as they fell to the Muskegon Lumberjacks 4-2 at the Covelli Centre Friday night. Youngstown cut Muskegon's lead to one twice but were unable to tie the game.
Muskegon struck first when Tanner Kelly got one past Mattias Sholl at 9:48 in the first period. Kelly extended the Jack's lead 2-0 when he scored his second of the night with just 12.5 seconds left in the opening frame.
Despite having to face some difficult plays, Sholl was able to block 30 of 33 shots on goal. "He's an extremely athletic goaltender who gets across very quick..." Phantoms Assistant Coach Justin DeMartino "With his athleticism it really helps give us some chances (to win)."
Youngstown's powerplay accounted for both Phantoms goals and ended the night 2/4. The first power play goal came in the second period after Bradley Marek was sent to the box for tripping. Jack Malone snapped one past Nathan Reid at the 2-minute mark, cutting Muskegon's lead 2-1. Muskegon answered back just 35 seconds later when Owen Mehlenbacher converted on a 2-on-1 break and extended the Jacks' lead back to two at 3-1.
Cole Burtch made it a one goal game at 3:58 of the third when he cashed in on a pass from Malone to the front of the net. The power play goal was Burtch's 10th of the season. Malone ended the game with a goal and assist, giving him 95 total points in the USHL. With just under seven minutes left in the third, Burtch got the puck to the back of the net again in what appeared to be a game tying goal, but the officials deemed that it was no goal due to interference, keeping it a 3-2 game.
Youngstown pulled Sholl with just under 1:30 left in the third period. Muskegon Captain Dylan Wendt got an empty-net goal at 18:44, solidifying the Jacks 4-2 victory.
By the Numbers
Shots - 24
Saves - 30
Power Play - 2/4
Penalty Kill - 4/4
Goals - Burtch, Malone
Assists - Malone, May, Merkulov, Stannard
Box Score - https://www.ushl.com/view/#/game-summary/9477
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