- Written by Justin Irwin
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The Phantoms hit the ice in Halloween themed uniforms for the last of 2 home games before a long road stand. Too bad the only thing scary was their lack of energy against a high powered Chicago Steel team. Despite the poor performance, they held on to take a point in the OT loss, so maybe this one was half trick and half treat.
The Steel clearly had the edge on offense from the start. They dominated puck possession and shots on goal but the Phantoms found a way to score first. Steel defenseman Owen Power made an ill advised pass from the goal line, cross ice and to the blue line, but Yusaku Ando intercepted it above the faceoff circle where he set up Trvor Kuntar in the slot for the opening tally at 7:53, beating Victor Ostman in net for the Steel. This was the Phantoms first shot on goal.
Brendan Brisson would tie it later in the first, just 0:08 into a powerplay, with a snap shot from top of the right faceoff circle that seemed to find a seam through Dominic Basse. Shots ended up 10-5 in the first frame but we were even on the scoreboard after 20:00.
- Written by Justin Irwin
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It's Week 3, and the Phantoms (3-1-1-0) are looking to expand on last weekend's success at home. After sweeping the Lumberjacks, we'll have a big challenge this week with the Chicago Steel (3-0-0-0) rolling into town. Since this will be our last home stand before a long road stretch, this is an important weekend for the Phantoms. It's also one of those oddly scheduled weeks with a Sunday and Monday game so make sure you pay attention to the schedule.
The Steel have a good core group of experienced forwards, and a couple of those players are well known Phantom Killers. Gunnerwolfe Fontaine (3g, 1a) is one of those guys, 6g and 2a in 6 games against us last season although only 1g and 1a were in our barn. Matthieu De St. Phalle is the other with 2g, 6a on us last season with a goal and an assist in Youngstown. Adding to their firepower this season is former NTDP player Sean Farrell who has 3g and 2a so far this season.
For defensemen, they have 7 players on the roster and all but 1, '03 born Ryan Ufko, have solid USHL experience. This early in the season that is worth it's weight in gold. Owen Power and John Spetz are both big game players who are defensively responsible and also known to be able to contribute on offense when needed. But with so many veteran blueliners, it's hard to single out just these 2 players, they're all good.
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