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Serratore, Holstrom Score In USHL All-Star Game

January 27, 2010 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Youngstown Phantoms News Release

INDIANAPOLIS - Youngstown Phantoms Tom Serratore and Taylor Holstrom each registered a point Tuesday night at the Pepsi Coliseum as Team CCM (East Division) downed Team Reebok (West Division) 5-4 in overtime in the USHL All-Star Game.

Serratore, a third-year USHL forward who replaced injured Phantom Nick Czinder on Team CCM's roster, netted the East Division's first goal at 4:02 of the first period to knot the score 1-1. Green Bay's Reed Seckel earned the lone assist on Serratore's tying tally.

A little more than seven minutes later, Indiana Ice forward Max Cook gave the East its first lead off assists from Ice teammate Shane Berschbach and Phantoms leading scorer Taylor Holstrom. Both goals with Youngstown involvement came against star Omaha goaltender Jeff Teglia, who ranks first, third and fourth in the USHL in wins (21), save percentage (.918) and goals-against average (2.29), respectively.

The back-and-forth contest was decided by defenseman Nick Bailen's sudden-death game winner with only 13 seconds remaining in overtime. Bailen, the third Indiana player to score a goal on his home ice, was named Team CCM's player of the game.

Des Moines' Ryan Walters was the star that shone the brightest, though. His hat trick, completed when he drilled home the game-tying goal late in the third, earned him the Ron Woodey Award for All-Star MVP. Walters has 42 points at the break, second on the Buccaneers to fellow Team Reebok All-Star T.J. Tynan.

Through 35 games, Holstrom and Serratore have positioned themselves at the top of the Phantoms' scoring charts. Holstrom leads Youngstown with 19 assists and 28 total points, while Serratore's 11 goals place him third on the club.

The Phantoms begin the unofficial second half of the season Friday at 7:15 p.m. against the Sioux Falls Stampede on Hockey Across America Night. Celebrate the great sport of hockey with Tyler Kennedy of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will be appearing from 5-7 p.m. Anyone wearing hockey apparel can buy a half-priced ticket to meet the Stanley Cup champion forward and enjoy fast-paced, hard-hitting USHL hockey at the Covelli Centre!

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