Wouter  Peeters dives to stop a second chance goal in the second period 11/22/17.#36 Wouter Peeters makes a sprawling save - Wouter Peeters dives to stop a second chance goal in the second period 11/22/17.

Well, you know we couldn't just skate into the Thanksgiving holiday without a little drama. With a player being put on the IR and a new acquisition being announced, it seemed like the big story of the week being behind us. As soon as the players took the ice for warmups it became apparent that this wasn't the case. Goaltender Ivan Prosvetov did not take the ice, instead Wouter Peeters took the net with an emergency netminder, Hunter Robbins of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U16. I had said I thought Peeters needed another starting chance and this was going to be the night apparently.

The first period was a lot of hit, shots on goal, and some decent scoring chances but no scoring. The Lumberjacks outshot us 15-9 but I thought the Phantoms had the better chances. The second frame was a lot more eventful. After both teams had an abbreviated powerplay with some 4-on-4 in the middle, the Phantoms would get on the board first. On the first shot of the period for the Phantoms, Alex Barber would send in a wrist shot from well above the left faceoff circle that would find a seam through traffic at 4:42. Curtis Hall would be denied shorthanded by Adam Brizgala a few minutes later, something only worth mentioning since this was his only save of the frame. The next 4 shots from the Phantoms would find the twine behind him.

The Phantoms looked to bounce back after a wild 8-5 loss to the NTDP with the defending Clark Cup champs and current Eastern Conference leaders, the Chicago Steel. Everyone knew this was going to be a tough game and we would need our players to elevate their game. 

The Phantoms scored the only goal in the first, Alex Barber's first USHL goal on a hard wist shot from long range that blew the Steel's netminder Oskar Autio at 14:03. Barber used a defenseman in the slot as a screen making it hard for Autio to track. Shots were 9-9 going into the intermission. 

The Steel came out of the lockers ready to even things up. Behind the Phantoms net, Steel forward Baker Shore lifted the stick of Jake Gingell forcing a turnover. Chicago defenseman Matteo Pietroiro got a shot on Ivan Prosvetov who was unable to corral the rebound. Shore nicely backhanded the rebound in to tie the game 0:15 into the second. However 1:18 later, Jake Malone would send a shot into traffic and Tommy Parrottino tipped it by Autio.

The teams would trade goals again later in the second. On the penalty kill, Max Ellis would strip Tyler Gratton, a forward dangling the puck on the PP near the blueline, and skate up ice for a breakaway goal. Ellis had used a similar move before in shootouts, nice stickhandling to freeze the netminder and going backhand to forehand around them for open net at 8:12. However, moments after the Phantoms were back to full strength the Steel's Jordan Seyfert laid a nice pass to Robbie Stucker all alone in front of Prosvetov, the Phantoms defense blowing the coverage massively,  and Stucker put on a skick handling clinic in front of the Phantoms netminder before popping the puck over him at 8:49. Things would get chippy after that and both sides would have good powerplay opportunities, but 3-2 was the score after 40:00 with the shots 10-6 in favor of the Steel in the period.

Well it was a game where goals came fast and were scored in bunches. The Phantoms and the NTDP U18 squad combined for 9 goals last time they met, this time they decided to up the pace a little. It's hard to write up a game with 13 goals scored by 13 different goal scorers but here we go anyway.

The NTDP would get on the board first. A DJ King shot from the point was stopped but Tyler Weiss in the right spot to shovel the rebound home over Ivan Prosvetov at 7:02 of the first. The Phantoms would even it when Julian Kislin took a shot that was stopped by NTDP netminder Drew DeRidder but the rebound popped over to the other side of the net for an easy rebound goal for Curtis Hall at 11:07. Just 1:59 after that the NTDP retook the lead when a Ty Emberson point shot found it's way through the traffic and behind Prosvetov. The Phantoms would respond once again when Mike Regush centered a pass behind his back to Matt Barry who fired it home at 16:58. The tie would last only another 1:29 when Andrew Petrillo was unable to get back into position from pinching in deep and the NTDP's Jack DeBoer on a 2-on-1 with Tyler Weiss. DeBoer would take the shot, beating Prosvetov. Joel Farabee would dance around Jake Gingell, cutting through the slot from the left faceoff, circle to add to that just 0:27 after that. Shots on goal were 12-11 with the slight edge going to the Phantoms.

Wouter Peeters would start the 2nd frame. Adam Samuelsson would get things going quickly, stuffing a lose puck near the crease in between the skate of Peeters and the post at 2:12. Oliver Wahlstrom would beat Zach Metsa on the point during a Phantoms powerplay and managed to stay just a step ahead of the Phantoms defenseman. He managed a forehand to backhand move before crashing into Peeters and the net, just 1:15 after the Samuelsson goal. Peeters would protest the net being dislodged or interference but it was a good goal. Matthew Thompson would get one right back on the powerplay, fading back in the right faceoff circle before firing a laser shot bar-down behind DeRidder at 3:56. Max Ellis would backhand a pass to a pinching Jake Gingell in the slot at 6:09 to bring the Phantoms within 2. This was as close as we would get. Mattias Samuelsson would set up a trailing Jake Pivonka in the slot at 13:51 and with 0:49 left, Trevor Janicke would put hime his own rebound for a powerplay tally. The Phantoms outshot the NTDP 14-11 in the frame but were down 8-4 after 2 periods.