The Youngstown Phantoms conjured up an answer to the Waterloo Black Hawks’ third period rally and escaped from Young Arena with a 5-3 victory on Friday.
Trevor Kuntar scored two unassisted goals in the third period to help the visitors stave off the Hawks. With Youngstown already leading 2-1 coming out of intermission, the teams were skating four-on-four. At 1:35, Kuntar got to a loose puck in the Waterloo zone at blasted it in from the left circle. He scored again at 11:15, swiping the puck while forechecking near the extended goal line and squeezing a shot between goalie Gabriel Carriere and the post, from a sharp angle.
The second Kuntar goal broke a 3-3 tie and proved to be the game-winner.
Two Waterloo defensemen had brought the Hawks back even temporarily, starting at 5:43. After a pileup near the front of the Phantom’s net, no one could seem to locate the loose puck just outside the crease; Nic Belpedio got there from the left point in time to flick a shot inside the post.
Just over three minutes later, Luke Bast fired in a one-timer from the high slot, set up by Aaron Bohlinger, beating Youngstown netminder Dominic Basse low to the glove side.
However, the teams were level for only a little more than two minutes before Kuntar’s go-ahead score. Jacob Felker added an empty net goal with 32.9 seconds remaining.
Youngstown had seized the lead with two late first period special team’s scores.
At 16:08 of the first, Kuntar connected with Matthew Cassidy for a redirection from the side of the net during a power play. Then at 18:36 Josh DeLuca forced a turnover at center which led to a shorthanded goal by Garrett Dahm.
Waterloo’s Griffin Ness scored the only goal in the second, thanks to a Wyatt Schingoethe takeaway. Schingoethe surprised a Youngstown defender, then slid a pass across the slot to Ness, who scored into an open side at 1:59.
The Hawks are back on home ice Saturday versus the USHL-leading Chicago Steel at 7:05 p.m.
Youngstown 2 0 3 - 5
Waterloo 0 1 2 - 3
1st Period-1, Youngstown, Cassidy 15 (Kuntar, Gallacher), 16:08 (PP). 2, Youngstown, Dahm 3 (DeLuca), 18:36 (SH). Penalties-Kuntar Yng (slashing), 0:47; DeLuca Yng (roughing), 6:07; Haskins Wat (tripping), 12:51; Drkulec Wat (bench minor-too many men), 15:26; Borshyov Yng (holding), 17:08.
2nd Period-3, Waterloo, Ness 18 (Schingoethe), 1:59. Penalties-Rolston Wat (high sticking), 4:59; Basse Yng (tripping), 7:33; Haskins Wat (interference), 9:44; Funk Yng (bench minor-too many men), 12:18; DeLuca Yng (major-head contact, game misconduct-head contact), 17:21; Cassetti Wat (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 20:00.
3rd Period-4, Youngstown, Kuntar 25 1:35. 5, Waterloo, Belpedio 1 (Jeannette, Reiners), 5:43. 6, Waterloo, Bast 5 (Bohlinger, Rolston), 8:56. 7, Youngstown, Kuntar 26 11:15. 8, Youngstown, Felker 6 (Alger), 19:27 (EN). Penalties-Borshyov Yng (slashing), 14:08.
Shots on Goal-Youngstown 7-9-9-25. Waterloo 12-14-16-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Youngstown 1 / 5; Waterloo 0 / 7.
Goalies-Youngstown, Basse 13-11-3-0 (42 shots-39 saves). Waterloo, Carriere 17-7-2-0 (24 shots-20 saves).
Linesmen-Greg Offerman (55), Aaron McCrary.