Phantoms end four-game skid

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms ended their four-game losing streak with a 6-5 overtime victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

Merrimack College commit Chase Gresock scored a hat trick in the contest, including the game-winner with 3:56 left in the extra period. The Phantoms opened the game with two straight goals with Matthew Thompson netting the first in the top right corner and Gresock scoring his first of three. Back and forth was the prevailing theme in the game, with that two-goal lead being the largest gap in points between the two teams.

“The swings in that game, you don’t like them as a coach, but I loved their fortitude,” Phantoms coach Brad Patterson said. “The guys didn’t quit. It didn’t matter what the situation was, and they deserved it. There’s been a few games that I think they deserved better in the result they got in the last couple weeks. To win a game like that, in that fashion, I think that’s a big momentum builder for us. We need to show up tomorrow and have a good push back as well.”

The Phantoms had 12 penalties throughout the contest, including seven in the third period. Thankfully for Youngstown, the penalty kill stepped up, driving the play out of the defensive zone. The strong penalty kill play led to a breakaway goal scored by Matthew Berry to tie the game at 4 midway through the third period.

“We’re in the box too much, you can’t rely on (the team) to have to kill for 15, 16 minutes,” Patterson said. “Not only is it tough, it’s tough for the guys who are killing for that many minutes. Wouter (Peeters) I thought was good on the back end and ultimately found a way to get it done.”

Sending the game into overtime was Tommy Parrottino, scoring the final goal of regulation with 4:43 left and tying the contest at 5.

The Phantoms continue today with their third game in three days with a rematch against the Fighting Saints at 3 p.m. The Phantoms currently sit in a playoff spot, holding the sixth and final spot in the USHL Eastern Conference.