Phantoms finish off successful road trip

MADISON, Wis. — Powered by two goals by Eric Esposito and 32 saves in his USHL debut by Britt League, the Youngstown Phantoms (11-8-2, 24 points) defeated the Madison Capitols 3-2, needing a shootout to decide the final margin and complete the weekend sweep of Madison. Youngstown won the shootout 2-0, extending their winning streak to four games.

“Extremely happy with the results and the effort the guys gave,” Phantoms coach Brad Patterson said. “The road trip caught up to us a bit there in the second and third periods, but we held strong.”

Wrapping up their five-game road trip, the Phantoms earned points in every game (4-0-1-0).

Youngstown opened the scoring at 5:11 of the first period with Esposito’s first goal of the night. Esposito made it 2-0 at 3:35 of the second period. Madison got on the board with a power play goal at 9:59, then tied the game at 5:07 of the third period.

In the shootout, Nicolas Werbik opened with a clean wrister to give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead. After Vincent de May, Esposito, and Easton Brodzinski were all stopped, Coale Norris snapped home a wrist shot of his own to give Youngstown the 2-0 shootout win.

The Phantoms return home to open a four-game home stand starting with the Chicago Steel on Friday. It’s Ugly Sweater Night at the Covelli Centre with first 500 fans receiving Ugly Sweater Koozies.