Aiden Gallacher and company dig out a puck along the boards in a 4-1 loss to the Tri-City Storm.The Grind! - Aiden Gallacher and company dig out a puck along the boards in a 4-1 loss to the Tri-City Storm.

Well, it wasn't the energy game we were hoping for the week after beating the U17s in an OT thriller. Last nights loss to the Tri-City Storm was a pretty lackluster performance for the Phantoms in general. In particular, with Trevor Kuntar suspended for the evening the offense seemed to sputter and the Phantoms fell 4-1.

Mitchell Miller got the Storm on the board first, just 1:35 into the game. Miller just launched a wrist shot from near the blueline while Nick Portz skated in front of the Phantoms netminder, Colin Purcell, for a screen with Georgi Merkulov engaged with Portz. Purcell probably did not even see the shot until it was by him. This was just the second shot of the game for the Storm

The Phantoms answered back quickly. Jayson Dobay took a Garrett Dahm pass off the boards and blasted it from well above the left faceoff circle and by Storms goaltender Todd Scott at 4:45. That was it and the Storm outshot the Phantoms 14-7 in the first period but we were still tied going into the second.

Despite being outshot, the Phantoms were still hanging in towards the end of the second. A failed powerplay and an icing call set up a defensive zone faceoff for the Phantoms. The Storm won it and Miller got a shot on goal. Purcell was unable to control the rebound and a scrum of players crashed the front of the net and the puck went behind Purcell off of Colby Ambrosio's stick at 17:14. Miller would add another off a backhand from the slot on the powerplay with 0:13 left in the period to make it 3-1 late in the period. Shots were 13-6 in the middle frame.

Colin Purcell makes the save on a Sasha Pastujov breakaway in OT as the Phantoms come from 3 goals down to win 6-5 in OT against the NTDP U17 squadPurcell Saves the Day! - Colin Purcell makes the save on a Sasha Pastujov breakaway in OT as the Phantoms come from 3 goals down to win 6-5 in OT against the NTDP U17 squad

One day after another embarrassing loss to the NTDP's U17 squad in Plymouth, it looked like the Phantoms were well on their way to repeating the task. The first two meetings between these clubs resulted in 9-2 and 9-3 losses respectively and this one had the same look to it but the Phantoms did not quit tonight and got 2 points where a lot of teams would have folded.

 The game seemed pretty even in the first period until late in the frame. With the Phantoms having to kill back to back penalties, USA finally tallied on the second at 18:04 when Roman Schmidt launched a shot from the point and Nikolai Jenson, unable to clear Ty Murchison out, screened Dominic Basse. Just 0:27 later, Jack Hughes took a pass from Jacob Martin in the left faceoff circle that found a small seam between Basse's stick side and the post for the second goal of the period. The Phantoms outshot USA 9-8 but trailed by 2 after 20:00.

USA pushed the lead to 3 goals on a 3-on-2 rush where they pushed the Phantoms defenders low as Murchison made it a 4-on-2 late and Dylan Duke hit him with a pass entering the zone. He had a clear lane into the slot where he ripped a shot for a goal at 5:47 of the second.

Nikolai Jenson takes down a Capitol's player along the boards in a 3-2 SO loss Sunday evening.Collision Along the Boards - Nikolai Jenson takes down a Capitol's player along the boards in a 3-2 SO loss Sunday evening.

Well, it looked like a good start Sunday for the Phantoms. After winning the OT game on Friday after a somewhat slow start, it looked like we were finally prepared to play Madison. That did not last too long.

It's rare to see the Phantoms put shots on goal early but we managed to put 5 on former Phantom Christian Stoever in the first 2:30 of the game. Ried Pabich would get the fist shot on goal at around the 2:49 mark. Colin Purcell made the save but Carson Bantle managed to knock the rebound out of mid-air and in to make it 1-0 Capitols early.

Trevor Kuntar would get the Phantoms back in it and then on top before the period was over. First, Ben Schoen left a drop pass for him at the top of the right faceoff circle for a wrist shot at 10:22. The second came at 14:10 on the powerplay when Georgi Merkulov sent a pass to the bottom hash mark inside the right faceoff circle for a one-timer.

Shots were 13-6 Phantoms in the first period. Madison started rolling a little in the middle frame but despite outshooting the Phantoms 10-7, the score remained 2-1 Youngstown after 40:00.