The Youngstown Phantoms were tricked a few times but ended up with a majority of the treats against the Indiana Ice. Youngstown broke a seven-game losing streak and won their first contest since October 6 with a 6-5 triumph on a special Halloween game.
In the first period, Indiana jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Drew Smolcyski converted a powerplay opportunity into a goal at the 4:51 mark. Smolcynski’s fifth goal of the season was assisted by Tyler Pham and Robbie Baillargeon. Phantoms goaltender, Sean Romeo, was beaten on a shot from about ten feet away with slight traffic impairing his vision.
The first period would end with the Phantoms outshooting the Ice, 8-7, but trailing on the scoreboard by a goal.
In the second period, Sam Anas scored his third goal of the season to tie the game. The game-tying goal was scored 3:15 into the second period. Anas was assisted by Austin Cangelosi and James Mazza on the goal, the third of the season for Anas.
The Phantoms would grab the lead later in the second period. Tommy Davis scored his first goal as a Youngstown Phantom. Eric Sweetman made a nice pass through traffic and Davis was able to redirect the puck enough to beat Dalton Izyk on his stick side to give the Phantoms a 2-1 edge.
The Ice would rally to tie the game on a Woody Hudson goal, but the Phantoms headed into the locker room ahead 3-2 thanks to a JT Stenglein score with just under 30 seconds remaining in the period. Stenglein notched his sixth goal of the year and was assisted by Luke Stork to vault the Phantoms back into the lead.
In the third, the Ice retaliated quickly. With 17:33 left in the game, Smolcynski and Baillargeon ran a beautiful give and go with Smolcynski scoring the goal.
The Phantoms, doing all they could to break a seven-game losing streak, scored 1:02 later to reclaim the lead at 4-3. Stork was the recipient of a gorgeous pass right in front of the goal crease and was able to beat Izyk for a goal. JJ Piccinich garnered an assist.
The Phantoms then quickly made it a 5-3 lead. On a powerplay, John Padulo recorded his first goal at the 5:25 mark of the third. Padulo took a pass from Stenglein to beat Izyk. Cangelosi received an assist on the Padulo score.
Indiana would continue the offensive war with 12:13 left in the game when they made it 5-4 in favor of the Phantoms. Rinat Valiev scored for the Ice to keep the fans on edge as the lead shrunk back to a single goal.
Romeo (above) got beat with 10:23 left on another numbers disadvantage. The Ice tied the game, 5-5, as the new pest in town, Smolcynski scored again.
The Phantoms went back in front with 9;46 remaining. Todd Koritzinsky got in on the offensive fireworks, Koritzinsky took a feed from Stenglein in beating Izyk for his first goal of the season, a recurring theme in the game.