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Phantoms Trounce Team USA 8-1

October 3, 2021 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Youngstown Phantoms News Release

Youngstown, OH - The Youngstown Phantoms (2-2-0-0, 4 points) used strong offensive effort including 57 shots and eight goals to lift them past the Team USA U17's Saturday night at the Covelli Centre in their home opener.

"I thought consistency was probably the biggest thing for us," said Phantoms' Head Coach Brad Patterson. "That's over the course of from the drop of the puck last night to the end of tonight."

Late in the first period, Youngstown got their first power play of the night when Aram Minnetian was called for holding at 12:08. Shortly before the Youngstown power play ended, Cole Burtch got called for roughing, resulting in 18 seconds of 4-on-4 hockey. Just as USA's penalty expired, Ryan Alexander scored a shorthanded goal to give Youngstown the 1-0 lead. Cole Burtch doubled the Phantoms' lead at 16:41 when he ripped the puck past Michael Chambre (21 saves) to get his first goal of the season.

The second period started off with 4-on-4 hockey after a penalty for both sides. Phantoms were awarded 1:27 of 4-on-3 power play time after Carter Slaggert was sent to the box for interference. Youngstown took a 3-0 lead at 1:53 when Phantoms' captain Jaden Grant scored a power play goal. Alexander got his second goal of the night at 7:12 when he picked up a rebound from Adam Ingram, who tallied up three assists, to give Phantoms a 4-0 lead. Shortly after the 4th goal Team USA had a goaltender change and put Carsen Musser (28 saves) in net. Chase Pietila earned his first USHL goal on a shot from the point at 12:12 to make it 5-0. The Phantoms earned their second power play goal of the night when Trey Taylor recorded his first USHL goal with a one-timer at 12:54. Bayard Hall closed out scoring in the second period with a backhanded breakaway goal to give the Phantoms a 7-0 lead into the second intermission.

Youngstown scored their 11th straight goal against the U17's (going back to last night) 3:57 into the third when Justin Varner sneaked a shot through Musser to extend Youngstown's lead to 8-0. Kyle Chauvette (24 saves) lost his shutout bid at 6:35 when Alex Weiermair blasted a one-timer off Chauvette's shoulder and into the cage to get USA on the board and cap off the scoring.

Youngstown will be on the road next weekend as they take on the Madison Capitols on October 8th and 9th with puck drop scheduled for 8:05 pm.

By the Numbers

Shots - 57

Saves - 24

Power Play - 2/4

Penalty Kill - 2/2

Goals - Alexander (2), Burtch, Grant, Hall, Pietila, Taylor, Varner

Assists - Catalano (2), Hall (2), Ingram (3), Porter, Rose, Taylor, Varner, W. Wallace, Williams

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