Sorry for the lateness of the recap but my job occupied my Sunday and RealLife® my Monday. I would have loved to see this one on FASTHockey, since it was the first game against an Eastern conference team, but I didn't. This is all from Pointstreak and Twitter.


It looks like the first 2 periods were and even affair with Cedar Rapids RoughRiders taking a 1-0 lead early in the 2nd and the Phantoms tying it up late in the period on a Matt Miller goal, assists to Ryan Schwalbe and Josh Melnick. Maxim Lutunov put the Phantoms up 2-1 early in the 3rd with Zack Evancho and Josh Nenadal assisting. Cedar Rapids tallied the next three goals to take a 4-2 lead. Blake Christensen cut the deficit to just a goal with an unassisted goal but with just over three minutes left the RoughRiders added an insurance goal to seal the deal.

Jake Moore made 25 saves on 30 shots in the tilt, his second start in as many nights, but being out shot 16-6 in the last frame, the Phantoms look like they were just a little tired and overwhelmed. Overall, he had a decent weekend as did the Phantoms with two wins and a loss. Again, this is just pre-season but we have a lot of positive going into next weekends Eastern Conference Fall Classic and the September 20th season opener.

OK, I didn't watch this on FH and Pointstreak has no info beyond the pre-game sheet. Furthermore, no one from the Phantoms Tweeted anything. I did manage to get some info from the SC Twitter feed abd it looks like the Phantoms won 3-2, holding off a late push by the Musketeers. I'll probably post a better recap if and when I get a chance to watch the games.


Youngstown took an early lead on a flukey bounce. They went on to dominate the rest of the first. SC managed to tie the game up in the second for and seemingly played a lot better, but not good enough. The Phantoms ended up going to the locker room with a 3-1 lead. We all know 2 goal leads aren't leads, they're disasters waiting to happen. Pre-season or not, the Musketeers are a hockey team and pride won't earn you a roster spot. It sounds like they played hard to the buzzer. They walked away from fights to get power play time. The Phantoms iced the puck late and let them get on with their top line and an extra skater for the final surge. The Phantoms goalie, presumably Romeo, held them back.


And hey, it's a pre-season tourny, they even went out for for a friendly 5 minute 3-on-3 skate. No one scored but it sounds like at least SC enjoyed it.

 

And the streak continues. For the fourth year straight the Phantoms have kicked off the season against the NTDP's U18 squad and for the fourth time in as many seasons, we got beat. I won't sugar coat this one, for a good portion of this game it looked pretty ugly. The final score doesn't give the full story on the meltdown, 5-3 sounds respectable. However, 2 of those goals were scored very late when they really didn't mean anything and after a major loss of composure.

It started out well enough. The Phantoms looked to be on track in the first frame. Despite being outshot a little, we kept pace with the U18s. The NTDP got the first powerplay on a Nicholas Werbik penalty for hooking. Josh Norris took a long shot from the point and Phantoms netminder Darion Hanson was unable to corral the rebound and Brady Tkachuk managed to put the loose puck into the net to take a 1-0 lead 9:50 into the game. Just 0:25 late however, Griffin Loughran laid a nice drop pass into the slot for Coale Norris who ripped a shot to the fart post past NTDP goaltender Dylan St. Cyr. The 1-1 tie carried into the first intermission, shots 11-7 in favor of USA.

The second frame is where things began to break down. Despite Hanson making some really good save early in the period on a USA power play, a bad pass by Michael Karow just inside his own blueline lead to a Josh Norris unassisted snipe at 2:24. The NTDP added another one at 9:24 when Jacob Tortora chopped the puck which looked to still be behind the goalline after a bounce off the end boards. The puck somehow found a crack between Hanson and the post where no one else could see any daylight. Evan Barratt extended the lead to 4-1 at 13:03 with a deflection that bounced five hole on Hanson. The shots were almost even 12-11 USA but the score was looking a little lopsided after two.

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