Dominic Basse looks between his legs for the puck as the Steel celebrate a 4-3 win in OT.Basse and the Phantoms drop one in OT. - Dominic Basse looks between his legs for the puck as the Steel celebrate a 4-3 win in OT.

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.

Colin Purcell and the Phantoms scratch out a 3-2 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Purcell stopped 36-38 shots in his first game in Youngstown.Purcell and the Phantoms hold on for a win. - Colin Purcell and the Phantoms scratch out a 3-2 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks. Purcell stopped 36-38 shots in his first game in Youngstown.

The Phantoms came into Saturday looking to sweep the weekend series and get off to a 2-0 start in the season rivalry between them and the Muskegon Lumberjacks. The Jacks just wanted to win a game. Only one team was going to get their wish and the Phantoms found ways to make it theirs.

Muskegon seemed to have a step on the Phantoms to start the game. Phantoms goaltender Colin Purcell, making his first start in Youngstown seemed ready to step up to the challenge. The Phantoms could barely muster more than a few shots on goal, but managed to score first when Reilly Funk and Yusaku Ando were able to get behind the Jacks defense, with Muskegon really fumbling the defensive assignments, and Ando backhanded the Funk pass home at 12:58, beating 'Jacks netminder Jack Williams.

The Jacks got one back late in the first while shorthanded. With a Jack in the box, pun intended, Luke Mobley blocked an Aiden Gallacher shot and went the other way on a breakaway. He went straight up the slot and made a simple forehand to backhand move, flipping the puck in on Purcell stick side with :19 seconds left in the period. Shots were 12-5 in the frame and the Phantoms were lucky to be tied.

Dominic Basse stops 20 of 22 in his first start in Youngstown as the Phantoms beat the Lumberjacks 4-2Basse and the Phantoms Down the Jacks. - Dominic Basse stops 20 of 22 in his first start in Youngstown as the Phantoms beat the Lumberjacks 4-2

I guess this is the first "normal" weekend for the Phantoms, no Fall Classic just the regular grind of the hockey schedule. I put quotes around normal because the games against Muskegon can be anything but. With Dominic Basse getting his first start in Youngstown and after the loss last week, I was really hoping this game wouldn't get too crazy.

The Phantoms opened the scoring, Garrett Dahm laying a pass to Defenseman Linden Alger, who was pinching into the left faceoff circle. Alger one-timed a hard shot that beat the Jacks netminder Noah Giesbrecht at 5:09 of the first. The Phantoms would make it 2-0 at 9:36 when Trevor Kuntar muscled around defenseman Dylan Gratton and got a shot on goal. Giesbrecht made the initial save but Reilly Funk got his stick on the rebound and pushed it into a wide open net. Both goals were USHL firsts for the scoring player.

The Jacks got one back with :54 left in the period. A Luke Mobley centering pass took an odd bounce in the slot, possibly hitting John Beaton's stick, and rolling in on Purcell who was unable to adjust his position in time. Shots were 7-6 Jacks but the Phantoms had a 1 goal lead after the first 20:00.