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.

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 Phantoms veteran players celebrate last seasons Eastern Conference championship as they raise the banner. The Phantoms Hoist the Eastern Conference Championship Banner - The Phantoms veteran players celebrate last seasons Eastern Conference championship as they raise the banner.
The Phantoms were back at home last night and in need of a win on friendly ice. With the Dubuque Fighting Saints in town to avenge their loss at home to us last Friday, a team we almost always have an exciting game against win or lose, you knew this would be a good test of the team and a fun one for the fans to watch. And it certainly lived up to the billing.

The Phantoms would build a lead in the first period and never look back. With the Saint's Verners Egle in the box for a high-stick penalty, Connor MacEachern would send a shot from the point on net with big Brett Murray screening in front of the Saints netminder, Matther Thiessen, that easily found the twine at 7:51. A few minutes after that, a Joseph Abate shot would get kicked aside by Thiessen, but Dalton Messina would be right on the doorstep to shovel it through the crease behind the netminder for Matthew DeMelis to forhand to backhand into the net as Thiessen tried unsuccessfully to slide back over at 10:38. The Phantoms would increase their lead once again on a MacEachern powerplay point shot, again with Murray in front of the netminder at 16:17. The Saints would get one back quickly, 0:25 after, with defenseman Michael Feenstra sending a shot on net from just outside the left faceoff circle with Willie Knierim screening Jon Mor. The Saints would take a 8-6 shot advantage into the first intermission but the Phantoms would have the 2 goal lead.