Christian Stoever was called into action quickly after arriving two days earlier from Cedar Rapids.
Welcome to Youngstown! - Christian Stoever was called into action quickly after arriving two days earlier from Cedar Rapids.
Welcome to Youngstown! - Christian Stoever was called into action quickly after arriving two days earlier from Cedar Rapids.
Well, the Phantoms managed to dig themselves out of one of the biggest holes I can remember but were unable to get the second point. Despite being down 6-2 a little over halfway through the game, they manages to tie it a 6 a side before dropping the match in a shootout. Still, getting a point after being down by a 4 goal deficit may be a win when it come to moral and with to more games against the Aces on the immediate schedule we'll need some wind in our sails.

The Aces got off to a great start, scoring on the first shot of the game 1:04 after the puck dropped. Tate Singleton would sneak behind the defense and tip a pass in the crease from Ryan Seidam that Jon Mor had no chance on. Joseph Abate would even it up briefly, a breakaway goal off a blocked point shot that beat Ryan Snowden cleanly at 5:24. The Aces would regain the lead 1:11 later and start to pike it on. Joseph Dunlap would beat More high glove side at 6:35, Trevor Janicke would sneak a puck in glove side, finding a small short side crack from a sharp angle at 8:12. Mor's night would be over  when Bradly Marek would rifle a one-timer from the left faceoff circle through a screen at 14:31. Mor exited allowing 4 goals on 12 shots. Welcome to Youngstown Christian Stoever, the newly acquired netminder who had been in town all of 2 days. I was hoping he remembered what color jersey was his teams at this point. Gainfranco Cassaro would get a goal back for us on a two man advantage late on a laser from the point at 15:57. Shots were 12-10 in favor of the Aces after the first.

The Aces would add to their lead in the second. Moments after their PP expired, Jeremny Davidson would put s hot on goal that Stoever would stop but overplayed coming out of the crease leaving a wide open net for Lynden Breen to pop home the rebound at 5:17. Breen would add another shorthanded, carrying the puck on a two-on-one and electing to shoot it himself, beating Stoever stick side at 11:18. The Phantoms would begin the comeback at 13:40 on a PP point shot from Cassaro that was deemed to be deflected by Abate. Shots were 10 a side after the second and the Phantoms would need some heroics to get back into it.

Abate would complete the hat trick on a PP, Deflecting a Liam Robertson blast just inside the post at 6:06. Trevor Kuntar would pull us to within a goal at 14:44, picking up the puck just inside the Aces blueline and firing. The Phantoms would complete the comeback when Abate fought off a pair off Aces defenders, putting a beautiful backhand pass on the tape of Jack Malone who made no mistake in putting it in with 1:42 left. Both teams would have chances in the OT though only the Aces would get a shot on goal. Shots were 12-5 Youngstown in the third and 1-0 Aces in OT, the final tally was 37-29 Youngstown.  For the second time out of three shootouts, the Phantoms failed to find the back of the net and with their third shooter, Trevor Janicke, the Aces were able to get one passed Stoever with a stick side shot off the post and in. 

It's a shame we didn't get both points but a pretty decent crowd for a Friday in November, 1,192, was treated to an exciting game. With two more games in three days against the same club. Stoever played well with little time to get introduced to his new team, stopping 14 of 16, leaving a little bit of question as to who is going to get the start over the next few games. Mor can't be entirely faulted for the 4 that he let in though it seems that the Aces have his number, especially the two glove side. This might be due to having a couple former teammates, especially Janicke, on the Aces squad.

Anyway, here are some highlights.


Joseph Abate completes the trick ( with slow motion!)


Trevor Kuntar scores from the blueline!


Abate to Malone to tie it late!!!