HOCKEY: Phantoms finish sweep
DUBUQUE, Iowa — A pair of power play goals and a 36-save shutout from netminder Ivan Prosvetov led the Youngstown Phantoms to a 3-0 victory Tuesday night and a 3-0 sweep in the USHL Eastern Conference semifinals over the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Youngstown faces either the Chicago Steel or Team USA (U17) in the conference finals. That semifinal series is tied 1-1.
“We went into a hostile environment, and the guys feed off that,” Phantoms coach Brad Patterson said. “We want to be able to go on the road and take over a rink, and I thought the guys did that, at least through the first 40 minutes. Had some timely scoring. We were able to roll everyone out, and everybody through touched the ice.”
Tommy Parrottino returned to the lineup Tuesday night, and his presence was felt instantly when he floated a wrist shot through traffic from the left point past Cole Weaver (19 saves) for a power play goal at 6:19 of the first period.
A perfectly executed 3-on-2 rush a minute into the second period doubled the Phantoms’ lead. Nick Cardelli found Joey Abate trailing the play and gave him a perfect cross-crease feed for the one-touch shot just 1:05 into the second period.
Youngstown added another power play goal by Chase Gresock later in the period to increase their lead.
The Phantoms return to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2013, a series they lost to Dubuque in five games.