Chad Veltri deflects a puck out of harms way in a thrilling 4-3 OT win against Sioux City.Welcome to Youngstown Chad! - Chad Veltri deflects a puck out of harms way in a thrilling 4-3 OT win against Sioux City.

For the second time this season, the Phantoms pulled off a dramatic effort to tie the game in the final moments, setting the stage for an overtime win. It was also the first game with the Phantoms for newly acquired goaltender Chad Veltri.

The Phantoms took the lead early. Jack Malone carried the puck up the left side before turning toward the faceoff circle and finding defenseman Nikolai Jenson, who joined the rush up ice. Malone put the puck on the blade of Jenson, who was able to direct the puck in behind Musketeers goaltender Jake Sibell 2:40 into the contest.

The Musketeers answered back at 13:19, when Albin Nilsson snapped a shot from the high slot between a pair of Phantoms defenders that somehow found a crack through Veltri, definitely one he'd like a do-over on. Shots were 10-9 in favor of the Phantoms after the first.

The Musketeers jumped out to a two goal advantage in the second. First, with Sibell pulled for an extra skater due to a delayed penalty to Joseph Abate (elbowing), Nisson drove up the right side boards and found a wide open Parker Ford in the left faceoff circle for a one-timer that Veltri had no chance on at 9:50.

An unnamed Phantom fights for the puck against the Sioux City Musketeers.The snow flies! - An unnamed Phantom fights for the puck against the Sioux City Musketeers.

The Phantoms opened the New Year with a wild tilt that had them explode in the second period with 5 goals to down the Sioux City Musketeers. Okay, the Musketeers were missing their top two scorers, Martin Pospisil and Bobby Brink, but the Phantoms dominate performance was still impressive none the less.

The first period started slow with a good amount of chippiness (is that even a word? EDIT: Yes) between a pair of teams who haven't played each other since February of last year. The Musketeers would draw first blood. With Joseph Abate in the box already for a hooking call, a bad line change with a pair of Phantoms going off and a trio coming on lead to a too many men on the ice penalty and a 5-on-3 powerplay late in the period, at 19:36. The Musketeers quickly capitalized. Parker Ford won the faceoff back to Marcus Kallionkieli who skated around between the high slot and the blueline through a slew of players and a Jordan Steinmetz screen to take a 1-0 lead just 5 seconds after the faceoff. Shots were 8-7 Phantoms after the first.

Christian Stoever is way outside of his crease making a save in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Chicago Steel.Stoever makes the save! - Christian Stoever is way outside of his crease making a save in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Chicago Steel.

Well, it looked like we started better, but the result was the same. Yesterday's Phantoms game was a better effort than Saturdays to start out, but we sputtered out and came up short to the Chicago Steel for the second game in a row. This dropped us to a game below .500 and 6th place in the Eastern Conference going into the holiday break.

We came out with a much better attack than Saturday. Liam Robertson notched his fourth goal of the season on the powerplay, a heavy shot from the bottom of the left faceoff circle off a feed from the goal line by Brett Murray at 6:23 of the first. They extended the lead to a pair of goals off a John Larkin shot from the point that found a seam through the Steel's netminder, Reilly Herbst, at 8:53 for Larkin's first of the season.

The Steel got one back with :39 left in the first frame when The Phantoms defense collapsed to one side as Adam Robbins crossed into the Phantoms zone, leaving a wide open path for Mattieu De St. Phalle to sneak in and take a pass for a breakaway on the netminder, Christian Stoever. This was an almost identical play to one of the Steel goals on Friday, where Gunnerwolfe Fontaine set up De St. Phalle for a goal. Shots were 13-9 in favor of the Phantoms after 1.

The Phantoms pushed the lead back to a pair of goals on the powerplay early in the second. After a few good chances would not go, Ben Schoen sent a pass from the top of the right faceoff circle to Brett Murray parked on the left side of the goal crease for an easy tic-tac-toe play at 2:50 of the second. This was where the Phantoms seemed to stall out.