YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WYTV)-The Youngstown Phantoms fell to the Chicago Steel Sunday night by a final score of 3-1. After tying the contest at one in the final minute of the second period, Youngstown was outplayed in the final frame, as Chicago scored twice to top the Phantoms.
“I thought we played a good first 40 minutes, but just weren’t hard enough in the final period. We were too easy to play against there in the last 20 minutes,” said Phantoms Captain Matt Alvaro.
For the second straight night, Chicago scored the game’s first goal. With just over a minute left in the opening period, Brandon Duhaime beat Phantoms goaltender Ryan Bednard to give Chicago a 1-0 advantage heading into the first intermission.
A highly contested second period finally saw Youngstown break through. With just 11 seconds left before intermission, Yushiro Hirano scored his 14th goal of the season on the power play to tie things up after his slap shot from the point squeaked past Steel goaltender John Lethemon.
The Phantoms bid for back to back comebacks fell short however, when Steel defenseman Billy Sweezey’s wrist shot from the point found its way through traffic and past Bednard about halfway into the final period. Chicago would add another, when Jack Gessert scored his first ever USHL goal to give the Steel a 3-1 advantage.
“Mentally we have to be stronger. We fell behind for a second straight night, and just didn’t have the resolve to fight back again this evening,” said Phantoms Head Coach John Wroblewski.
Youngstown will hit the road this week and head to Wisconsin. The Phantoms will take on the Green Bay Gamblers Friday night, and face the Madison Capitals on Saturday.
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