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Phantoms sweep Game One over top-seeded Dubuque 2-0

Youngstown Phantoms

April 20, 2024 – United States Hockey League (USHL)
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Dubuque, Iowa – The Youngstown Phantoms won the first game against the Dubuque Fighting Saints 2-0 on Saturday evening in Dubuque. Aiden Wright recorded his first USHL postseason shutout, helping the visiting Phantoms take a 1-0 lead in this best-of-5 Eastern Conference Semifinal series.

The first period in Dubuque was dominated by the goaltenders, Wright and Kevin Reidler, who each stopped 11 shots in the opening frame. Each team also passed up a power play opportunity.

Youngstown dented the scoreboard first and struck early in the second. Andrew Strathmann scored a beautiful breakaway goal, receiving a long pass from Jack Willson after Strathmann darted from the penalty area and sneaked a shot past Reidler at 2:47. Dubuque got three power plays in that period, but remained scoreless.

The Phantoms added some insurance just before the midway point of the third. Charlie Cerrato redirected a Ryan Botterill shot to give the Phantoms a 2-0 lead at 8:07. Dubuque had a great opportunity to reduce the deficit 20 seconds later when James Reeder was awarded a penalty shot, but Reeder cut across the slot and came away with nothing after fanning the shot. Youngstown had to kill a penalty 1:58 into the final with Reidler on the bench for the extra attacker, but kept Dubuque off the board to earn the 2-0 win.

In Wright’s shutout effort, the Vermont commit stopped 28 of 28 shots. Reidler stopped 22 of 24 Phantoms shots in a losing effort. It was the third postseason shutout in Phantoms team history (Jacob Fowler-2022, Ivan Prosvetov-2018).

The Phantoms are back in action tomorrow night in Dubuque for Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:05 PM Eastern.

By the numbers

Shots – 24

Saves – 28

Power play – 0/1

Penalty Murder – 5/5

Goals – Cerrato, Strathmann

Assists: Botterill, Lewis, Willson

Box score – https://ushl.com/ht/#/game-summary/11378

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