Phantoms grab 300th USHL win after topping USA U17s


The Youngstown Phantoms grabbed the franchise’s 300th USHL win Sunday evening after getting a comeback win over the Team USA U17s 4-3 at the Covelli Centre.

The Phantoms were scheduled to play the U18s, but USA cited a “schedule conflict” and sent the U17 squad instead.

Youngstown opened the scoring in the 1st period when Connor MacEachern lit the lamp on the powerplay for his 24th goal of the year.

But the USA U17s would score 3 unanswered goals, taking a 3-1 lead in the 2nd.

The Phantoms would cut into the lead in the 2nd frame when Brett Murray tallied his 39th of the year to make it 3-2 heading to the 3rd.

Youngstown would tie it with just over six minutes left in the period when Matthew Barnaby Jr. redirected one into the back of the net to tie the game.

That set the stage for Trevor Kuntar to score the game-winner when he banked it off USA U17 goalie Noah Grannan and in to win it with just 1.5 seconds left.

The win was Phantoms head coach Brad Patterson’s 100th as a head coach.

The Phantoms return to action Friday as they host Sioux Falls at the Covelli Centre, faceoff is slated for 7:05PM.

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