Christian Stoever gets tapped to start after an impressive relief effort Friday and stopped 19 of 20 shots in his first win as a Phantoms.
Stoever gets the nod. - Christian Stoever gets tapped to start after an impressive relief effort Friday and stopped 19 of 20 shots in his first win as a Phantoms.
Stoever gets the nod. - Christian Stoever gets tapped to start after an impressive relief effort Friday and stopped 19 of 20 shots in his first win as a Phantoms.
Sometimes I feel like I can't understand the thought process of teams in this league. They make moves that look iffy at best and in hindsight, are iffy at best. Then sometimes they make sketchy sounding trades and I eat my words when they turn out to work. Excuse me, I have a plate of stuff on the Christian Stoever deal that I had probably ought to chow down on while its still warm.

After entering the game on Friday down 3 goals and earning us a point in the shootout loss, Stoever was tapped to start in net last night. The game lacked a lot of the energy of Friday's game and the Aces got on the board first, albeit much later in the frame. Cal Kiefiuk would dig a puck out along the boards below the Phantoms goal line and center a puck to Jeremy Davidson who slipped into a open area of the slot between a pair of Phantoms defenders. Davidson would one time the puck, beating Stoever stick-side at 13:47. The Phantoms would not get anything going in the frame, being outshot 11-4.

The second frame would be a lot better for the home squad. Early on Brett Murray would attempt a centering pass from behind the net. The puck would not find a Phantoms stick, instead hitting the stick of either Aces defenseman Bradley Marek or their netminder Mitchell Gibson and deflectin in the net at 4:13. At 7:31 the Phantoms would take their first lead on the Aces of the weekend when Joseph Abate would win an offensive zone faceoff against Max Ellis. Matthew DeMelis would rip a shot from the point that Gibson would not see due to Abate putting up a perfect screen in front. Abate would add one of his own late on a powerplay, Gianfranco Cassaro taking a long point shot that Gibson stopped but Abate pushed the rebound home with 36 seconds remaining in the frame. This time the Phantoms had the big advantage in shots for the period, 12-4.

The Phantoms would add one more insurance marker early in the third, with 3:00 of major powerplay time spilling over form a crosscheck by Ethan Martini and the ensuing scrum at the end of the second. Ben Schoen would send a pass down to Brett Murray on the goal line who would one-touch the puck to Jack Malone cutting down the slot to one-time in at 3:55. Shots would be 9-5 in favor of the Phantoms in the final period and 25-20 total for the game. Stoever would end up stopping 19 of 20 last night and 33 of 36 since his arrival midway through last week.

It wasn't the most energetic game we've played. Take out the scrums and near brawls and it was a slow night. The Phantoms seemed a lot more together in the second and the Aces fell flat. With an Monday morning game coming up, it'll be interesting to see what corrections are made by both teams to get them pumped up. Defenseman Aiden Gallachersustained an upper body injury on Friday, I'm told he is out for a while, at least a month. We might see some affiliates called up, though it might be difficult to get them in on that short of notice. Last nights crowd, frankly, sucked. A listed attendance of 549. Come on Youngstown, you can do better. What else did you have to do last night? Anyway, here is the only highlight I managed.

 

Schoen to Murray to Malone to the back of the net!

 

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