Phantoms get 2nd straight victory

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Phantoms won their second consecutive game Sunday with a 2-1 victory at the Covelli Centre over the Dubuque Fighting Saints. The win marks the first time since Dec. 8 that the Phantoms have won more than one game in a row.

Ivan Prosvetov, the 12th-ranked North American goaltender in the upcoming NHL Draft, made 41 saves on 42 shots, including some key saves late in the third period when the Fighting Saints had 20 shots on goal.

“He (Prosvetov) was fresh, Wouter (Peeters) played the first two here this weekend, and Ivan goes in and I thought through the first two periods he was good and we limited what got around to him,” Phantoms coach Brad Patterson said. “In the third period they had a push back and when we needed him he was there.

“He’s going to continue to develop. Coming to North America last year, he had options to stay back over in Russia, came over here through the North American Hockey League, had a good development path, it’s something we noticed on video and we brought him in. Moving forward, he wants to play in the NHL, and for European goaltenders, the USHL route right now is, if it’s not the best, it’s right up there with the other routes.”

All three goals between the teams were scored in the first half of the second period. Matt Thompson opened the scoring with a power play goal, Chase Gresock and Zach Metsa with the assists. Not long after, Roman Kinal from Dubuque tied it up with his first of the season.

“There weren’t as many momentum swings as last night but that doesn’t take away from being a hard-fought hockey game for both sides and I’m happy with the result,” Patterson said.

Right before the halfway mark of the period Matthew Barry scored what would become the game winning goal on the power play. That is his 10th power play goal on the season putting him first in the league.

“Matt has one of the best releases in the league, he can really get it off his tape and when he does he picks his spots with it, not just for the sake of shooting hard,” Patterson said. “On the power play he has some skill guys who can get him the puck and getting him in those areas and he does a good job at finding those areas.”

Gresock appeared on the scoresheet again with another assist, netting him six points on the 3-game weekend. Barry, a Holy Cross commit, is currently fourth in the league in points with 35 in 35 games.

The Phantoms begin February with a four-game road trip with two games in Chicago against the Steel and two games against the Sioux City Musketeers. The Phantoms next home game is Feb. 13 against the Central Illinois Flying Aces, kicking off a five-game homestand.