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The Youngstown Phantoms take great pride in announcing that Head Coach Curtis Carr has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Warriors of Merrimack College. Merrimack competes in Hockey East with the likes of Boston College, Boston University and the University of Maine.
The Phantoms and the BJ Alan Corporation continue to pride themselves on both the development of their players and their coaching professionals that have called Youngstown home. For the Phantoms, this summer has been one for the memories as Scott Mayfield was drafted into the National Hockey League, the organization’s first ever NHL selection, 34th over by the New York Islanders, seven players attended NHL rookie developmental camps and now the organization will proudly watch as Curtis Carr becomes the first Phantoms coach to coach NCAA Division-I hockey.
“The promotion of our head coach continues to validate the program that we continue to build here in Youngstown,” said BJ Alan President and CEO Bruce J. Zoldan. “Curtis is a solid character coach and he exemplifies what we and the other members of our organization look for in both our players and coaches. We have been proud to have a person like Curtis acting as a role model for the players that we continue to develop in our system.”
Carr was named the head coach and general manager of the Phantoms on April 2, 2010 after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant coach within the organization. As a coach in the Phantoms system, Carr assembled a coaching record of 170-100-20 after 290 games behind the bench. Carr and the Phantoms also found post season success as they made three National Championship appearances in the North American Hockey League (2006, 2007 and 2008). Carr also found success on the college recruiting trail as 90 players under his guidance have gone on to play collegiate hockey.
“My time here in Youngstown has been outstanding,” said Carr. “I am very grateful to have worked for the Zoldan family and the entire Phantoms organization. I also want to thank Bob Mainhardt for giving me the opportunity to work as an assistant coach underneath him in both the North American Hockey League and the United States Hockey League. I was very fortunate to move into the USHL and receive the promotion to head coach in such a prominent league. For me and my family we felt like this was the right time to move on and pursue my goal of coaching Division-I hockey.”
The Phantoms now former head coach will be headed to a Merrimack program that saw great success during the 2010-11 season. Not only did the Warriors finish the season ranked tenth in the nation, they put together a 25 win season, a new Division-I school record, reached the final game of the Hockey East postseason tournament for the first time in school history and Merrimack clinched a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. Ranking second in Hockey East in goals, goals against and power play, Merrimack defeated every Hockey East team for the second straight season and second time ever and was ranked nationally for the final seventeen weeks of the season, reaching #4 nationally in February. The Warriors finished the season ranked tenth by both United States College Hockey Online and USA Today. Adding to the success the Warriors have seen on the ice, this past season, ten Merrimack players were named to the Hockey East All-Academic team, while the program as a whole was named a finalist for the top GPA among all Merrimack male programs.
“I am very thankful and I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to join the Merrimack program,” said Carr. ”Coach [Mark] Dennehy has done a great job over the past seven seasons and Glen Stewart has done a phenomenal job scouting the right players for their program. I am looking forward to learning from both of them as I further my coaching career.”
Youngstown Phantoms Defenseman Scott Mayfield has been drafted by the New York Islanders in the Second Round of the 2011 NHL Draft. Mayfield was the 34th overall player selected. The St. Louis, MO. native has spent the last two seasons playing for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL. he also won a Gold Medal at the World Junior Championships in the last year.
Mayfield is an extremely good skater for a defenseman and once he hits the weights a little harder to fill out his large frame, he is going to be a dynamic defenseman at the big level.
Jonathan “JT” Miller, of East Palestine, was also drafted in the First Round. Miller who spent the last couple of seasons with Team USA in the USHL was drafted 15th overall by the New York Rangers.
The very best of luck to both players!
Scott Mayfield will be headed to Toronto at the end of May to participate in the National Hockey League’s draft combine. Mayfield is the first Phantom and one of twelve current USHL players making the trip across the border.
The trip to the combine is not Mayfield’s first trip to an NHL event held in Toronto. Last season he took part in the NHL’s Research, Development and Orientation Camp (RDO) where he had the opportunity to skate in front of both NHL scouts and general managers.
“I am very excited to head back up to Toronto,” said Mayfield. “It will be a great opportunity to work out with the players I skated with at the RDO camp. It will also be an opportunity to see how I compare off the ice with these players.”
Mayfield dressed in 52 games and tallied seven goals and nine assists (16pts) in his second season with the Phantoms. Half of his point production came when the Phantoms were on a man advantage, three goals and five assists on the power play. Mayfield also finished the season ranked twenty-fourth out of all North American skaters by NHL’s Central Scouting.
“I set a lot of goals for myself this year,” said Mayfield. “Competing at the combine was one of them and I am honored that I was able to reach my goal with this invite. I have watched the combine before and now I am excited to be a part of it.”
The NHL combine is conducted by NHL Central Scouting and it is a series of tests that will provide the NHL teams with more information on the players. There will not be any on-ice sessions, but the players will take part in intense off-ice workouts, be interviewed by NHL teams and undergo medical examinations by independent doctors. Since the end of the season, Mayfield has been back at home in St. Louis preparing for the combine both physically and mentally.
“I have been working out with my trainer Dave Reddy,” said Mayfield, “and we have been working on all of the tests that I will take at the combine. I am trying to get stronger in those specific areas so I can make sure I perform well. I think everyone is going to be nervous with all the teams and media there, but you have to be able to look at it as just another workout. Scouts watched me during my games and I had to block them out so I am going to try and do the same in Toronto.”
Phantoms head coach Curtis Carr is proud of the accomplishment made by his second year defenseman. He was also quick to credit the hard work Mayfield put in during his two seasons in Youngstown.
“We are extremely proud of Scott,” said Carr. “This invitation is a proud moment for both Scott and the organization. Scott is a great player and an even better person who has worked hard both on and off the ice to make himself better. He deserves this opportunity.”
In baseball, there are prospects sometimes called five-tool players, simply meaning they have all of the weaponry to dominate their sport if they get hot. Scott Mayfield would be the closest thing to that caliber of a prospect, but only on the ice instead of the diamond. Few defensemen not already on NHL teams can skate as fast as Mayfield. When you go to a Phantoms game, watch him control the puck and weave through what appears to be cardboard cutouts. He has the size of an NHL defenseman standing at 6’4″, the speed of a good wing, and the puck controlling skills of a center. There should be little doubt that Mayfield could well end up playing hockey in the NHL very soon.
Paneech: What got you interested in hockey at a young age?
Mayfield: My mom actually just wanted to have a family skating night, so she would take us out to the local rink in St. Louis and we would skate. I started when I was around four and when I got better, they wanted me to try hockey.
Paneech: You are a big boy, being from St. Louis, are you a Cardinals fan or a Rams fan, and did you consider baseball and football?
Mayfield: I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals fan. We actually have season tickets about a section over from home plate and I always go to the games, I love them. I’m not too worried about Albert Pujols not signing yet, but I hope he doesn’t wait too long. [Adam] Wainwright going down was a tough break.
Paneech: Who is the NHL defenseman you strive to be like?
Mayfield: I would have to say Eric Johnson, he is my favorite player in the NHL. He played in St. Louis and then got moved to Colorado, but he is definitely who I try to play my game like. I like Chris Pronger as well. I grew up a Blues fan with my family always watching. Brett Hull, Adam Oates — all of the big names go through there.
Paneech: Let’s talk about your success at the World Junior Challenge and being named a USHL All-Star this season.
Mayfield: I have had a lot of personal success and it’s been great. Being named the MVP at the World Junior Challenge was a big honor. Winning a gold medal for my country was probably the most rewarding hockey experience that I have had so far. I feel a lot of my personal success has come from playing in the USHL. Being on this team has really helped me.
Paneech: How fired up are you about going to school and continuing your hockey career at Denver?
Mayfield: I’m really excited about that, it is always where I wanted to go. It is the right fit for me and I have some family connections there and everything. It’s a great hockey program.
Paneech: Who is your closest friend on this hockey team and why?
Mayfield: Probably Chris Bradley. We were paired together early in the year and we have been hanging out quite a bit lately. We share a lot of the same interests.
Paneech: I have read and heard some stories of these long bus trips you guys take. What is the craziest thing that has happened so far?
Mayfield: The craziest thing was definitely New Years Eve night. We had a bus trip and somehow there were noisemakers planted in all of our bunks. (laughs) Then we started going crazy with them, and Coach Patterson came back because he was trying to sleep and started taking all of the noisemakers from us. We were blowing them in his face, it was a classic moment and a really good time.
Paneech: What USHL team do you look forward to playing against the most, and why?
Mayfield: I definitely like playing against Muskegon. We had a big stretch with them where we had like six games against them, I think. Each game was really intense, and that is the kind of game I like to play in. Waterloo is also one of my favorite teams to go against.
Paneech: In 20 years, do you see yourself more like Charlie Sheen or Alex Zoldan?
Mayfield: (laughs) I don’t even know how to answer that one. In 20 years, I just hope that I am successful and surrounded with a family. I want to go as far as I can with hockey, and my dream is to play in the NHL.
One Word Answers:
Favorite iphone Ap: Angry Birds.
Toppings On A Pizza: Just pepperoni and sausage.
Greatest Cartoon Character Ever: Bart Simpson.
Favorite Music: Country and Rap.
Biggest Phobia: Getting Injured.
Worst Habit: Procrastination.
Favorite Holiday: Christmas.
Favorite TV Show: Sportscenter.
Favorite Drink: Purple Gatorade.
Song No One Would Believe Is On Your ipod: Allright by Darius Rucker.
Favorite Thing To Do: Hang out with my family, I don’t see them enough.
The Youngstown Phantoms (18-24-4, 40pts) scored two goals in the first and two in the third on their way to a 4-1 victory over Team USA. Ty Loney extended his goal scoring streak to four games and Ben Paulides earned his second multi-point game of the season with two assists.
The Phantoms held Team USA to just four shots on goal in the first period and they were able to find the back of the net twice on 12 shots of their own. At 7:53 of the first period, Dylan Margonari skated the puck into the offensive zone and fired a wrist shot from the left circle that went over the glove hand of Jared Rutledge and into the back of the net. Margonari’s goal was his fourth of the season and his first since December 10 against Green Bay. Just three minutes later, Scott Mayfield intercepted a pass at center ice and like Margonari, he put the puck past Rutledge on the glove hand side. Like last night, the Phantoms continued to press Team USA in the neutral zone as they generated turnover after turnover.
“We talked about it before the game,” said Carr. “We knew they would come out pressing on offensive, we knew if we played like we did last night that we could shut them down in the neutral zone. We smothered them at times, forcing the turnovers and generating chances off of them.”
The Phantoms came out in the second period looking to feed off of their momentum from the first but neither team was unable to generate those five-on-five chances because of the six different penalties in the frame. In the middle frame, neither team could capitalize on their power play chances and with a shot total of, 10-8 in favor of Youngstown, there was a clear sense of how the style of the game had changed.
“We told our guys between periods to stay within our systems,” said Carr. “With Team USA trailing by two we knew they would need to change their style in order to climb back into the game. It was very important for us to keep playing our game.”
Going into the third period the game had the same special teams style like the one seen in the second period. A total of seven penalties were issued, but one in particular swung the game further away from Team USA. Austin Wuthrich, was issued a five minute major and a game misconduct for his hit from behind on Margonari. On the ensuing five minute power play, Danny Mattson found the back of the net for his first goal as a Phantom. The power play goal put the Phantoms up 3-0 and five minutes later Loney scored on a feed fromAdam Berkle to put the Phantoms up by four. Team USA would deny Jordan Tibbett his second shutout of the season when Frankie Vatrano scored with just 1:49 left on the clock. The Phantoms 4-1 win was their third straight over Team USA. Paulides tallied his second multi-point game of the season with two assist during tonight’s game.
“Getting the points are great,” said Paulides. “What is even more important is that we picked up two more points in the standings. Tomorrow I will go back to playing my defensive style of hockey and we will hopefully pick up two more points.”
The USHL has announced the 2010-11 USHL All-Star team and Phantoms defenseman Scott Mayfield and forward Cody Strang have been named Eastern Conference All-Stars.
Both Mayfield and Strang are in their final season with the Phantoms and their hard work on the ice has been recognized by the general managers and head coaches of the USHL. Even though this is an individual accomplishment, Strang was quick to credit his teammates for this award. “It’s a great honor,” said Strang. “It takes a lot of hard work but I have to give a lot of thanks and credit to my teammates. Without the hard work they put in on the ice we would not have been able to succeed like we have.”
Mayfield, a first time all-star, was quick to say that this award would mean a lot less if the Phantoms do not qualify for the post season. “It feels really good, but I know my teammates are focused on the games ahead,” said Mayfield. “This accomplishment ranks up there with all of my other personal awards but what means the most is how well the team does. If we do not make the playoffs, no disrespect, this award does not mean nearly as much.”
Assistant Coach Anthony Noreen gave credit to both players for the accomplishment, but like his two assistant captains, he was also quick to give credit to the entire team. “It’s a great accomplishment for both of our guys, said Noreen. “This is also a testament to all the guys in our locker room. What they said is exactly why they are two of our captains. It shows their leadership on and off the ice and this award just gives them the gratification for their hard work.”
For Mayfield this has been a season where the all-star award is just one of a few personal accomplishments that he has earned since this summer. Over the summer Mayfield competed at the NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp and back in November, he also played for Team USA at the World Junior ‘A’ Challenge. At the Junior ‘A’ Challenge Mayfield won a gold medal and was named the tournament MVP. With all of these accomplishments Noreen pointed out that the 6’4 defenseman has not changed one bit since he arrived in Youngstown last season. “If you know Scottie and how humble he is this does not mean much to him,” said Noreen. “The way he comes to the rink would not change even if was not named an all-star. This is great for him and his family but since day one he has not changed who he is or what kind of player he is.”
The Youngstown Phantoms (15-23-4, 34pts) were unable to win their second game is a many days as the Chicago Steel (9-25-7, 25pts) picked up the 3-2 victory. Jiri Sekac scored in his second consecutive game in the losing effort. Chicago netminder Connor Wilson stood on his head a number of times during the game, denying 26 of the Phantoms 28 shots on goal.
The Phantoms and the Steel each traded opportunities to start the first period and it took 13 minutes of hockey before the first goal was scored. Steel defenseman Peter Hand took a wrist shot from the point that beat Jordan Tibbett to put Chicago up 1-0. Hand capitalized on the screen in front of the Phantoms net for his first goal of the season. The Phantoms were 0 for 2 and the Steel were 0 for 1 with the man advantage after the first period, but Chicago held the one goal lead at the intermission
“I was pleasantly surprised with the how much energy we had coming into tonight’s game,” said Phantoms Head Coach Curtis Carr. “We have had a long week and playing last night I knew we would be a little tired. The guys came out fired up and they really played well tonight.”
The Phantoms went on an early second period power play and Phantoms defenseman Scott Mayfield took advantage on a shot from the point to tie the game at one just five minutes into the middle frame. A minute later Stu Higgins was awarded a penalty shot, the Phantoms second is as many games, but his forehand deke was denied by Chicago netminder Connor Wilson. The Phantoms would add their second power play goal of the period at the 7:26 mark as Sekac tipped in a Chris Bradley slap shot to give the Phantoms their first lead of the contest. Just over three minutes later, Steel forward Alex Kubiak took a pass from Tim Weber in the slot and found the back of the net to tie the game at two. The Phantoms would pressure the Steel late, but Wilson denied Andrew Sinelli and Danny Mattson with two big saves to send both teams into the intermission tied a two.
“We were getting a lot of chances,” said Carr. “We told the guys heading into the third period that we needed to keep doing what we were doing. I thought we controlled the tempo of play and we made sure to keep our guys composed even if the puck was not crossing the line.”
The Phantoms continued to pressure Wilson during the first half of the third period but he was up to the challenge not allowing the Phantoms the go ahead goal. At the 10:05 mark of the third, Kubiak was able to beat Tibbett on the blocker hand side for his second goal of the game. Late in the final frame, Ben Paulides was sent to the penalty box and the Phantoms were forced to pull Tibbett just to return to five-on-five hockey with under a minute to play. The Phantoms could find the equalizer allowing the Steel to take the 3-2 victory, their first over Youngstown this season. Wilson earned third star honors for Chicago, thanks to his exceptional game in net.
“Wilson won the game for them,” said Carr. “He was by far the difference maker in tonight’s game. He stopped a penalty shot, a breakaway and a two-on-one, I don’t think I have seen a performance like his in the past two seasons.”
A rivalry is brewing. The Youngstown Phantoms came into their game with the Muskegon Lumberjacks with aspirations of moving a little closer to the visiting team in the standings. Heading into this game, Muskegon was fourth while the Phantoms were holding on to the sixth and final playoff spot. On YSU night, the Phantoms came up big with 34 seconds left to force overtime on a Ty Loney goal. Unfortunately, the Phantoms lost the shootout 3-2 giving Muskegon the extra point.
In front of one of the biggest crowds the Phantoms have welcomed in all year (2,200), both teams deserve credit for playing a very crowd-pleasing physical style of hockey. These guys were hitting, like rivals. Both teams jumped on their respective busses after a shower and headed North to Muskegon for the second leg of the home-and-home series.
Coach Carr talked about the effort that his Phantoms put forth. ”I feel we outplayed them. We had more opportunities and I am disappointed about not getting two points tonight, but I can live with getting one. That’s like eight of our last nine games that we have recorded a point. I’m not upset and thought we did a lot of things well tonight. It was the first time we pulled our goaltender and successfully converted for a goal.”
In the first period, the Phantoms managed to take a 1-0 lead to the game just seconds after an apparent goal was disallowed. The referee claimed that the net had come off just before the puck crossed the plane. No goal, no problem. Just seconds later, Adam Berkle connected on a power play chance for his eleventh goal of the season. Ty Loney and Cody Strang picked up assists on the first score in the contest.
The Lumberjacks tied the game when Matt Berry hit the twine for the 16th time this season. Berry tied the game from close range and John Parker and Mark Yanis were credited with assists. After two periods the Phantoms held a 25-18 edge in shots on goal. The 18 shots that Greg Lewis stopped were not easy. Lewis is looking good between the pipes these days.
In the third, Muskegon took a 2-1 advantage on a nice play. Isaac Kohls was the recipient of a nice pass from Travis Belohrad allowing Kohls to shoot over Phantoms goaltender Lewis’ right shoulder. Belohrad set Kohls up from behind the net floating a soft pass just right of the crease. Travis Walsh was also credited with an assist for the Lumberjacks.
The Phantoms sent the crowd into a tizzy when Andrew Sinelli connected shorthanded. Mike Ambrosia picked up an assist on the goal and the rejuvenated Phantoms knotted the contest at two goals apiece with 10:40 left in the game.
With 7:02 left in the game, Muskegon went ahead again. Mike Conderman tallied for the ninth time on the season. Alexx Privitera, who always manages to get a point or two against Youngstown, gathered an assist on the even-strength chance.
With just 34 seconds left in the game, Loney picked up a rebound right in front of the net and beat Joel Vienneau on a put back. Jiri Sekac picked up an assist on Loney’s team-leading 13th goal of the season that would force overtime. No one was able to score a goal in the extra session setting up a shootout.
Muskegon got the first shot with Chris Lochner. Lochner got stuffed by Lewis straight on. The Phantoms responded with Stuart Higgins. Higgins was stuffed. Travis Belohrad was next for the Lumberjacks and he converted to beat Lewis. Next up for Youngstown was Adam Berkle. Berkle went top shelf to beat Vienneau and tie the shootout at one apiece. The third shooter for Muskegon was Matt Berry. Berry also went high to score. Jiri Sekac, the third Phantom, was stoned. The fourth Lumberjack was Mike Conerman who scored to put Muskegon up 3-1. Loney, the hero who forced overtime, kept Youngstown alive when he converted. Muskegon’s final shooter was Isaac Kohls who mishandled the puck from the get-go and failed to ice the win. The Phantoms last hope was Scott Mayfield who could not convert giving Muskegon the extra point.
Ty Loney talked about connecting to tie the game with under a minute left. ”Jiri [Sekac] just threw it toward the net and I was able to dig it out and put it between his legs. The shootout was a little bit nerve racking. Some of the shot is premeditated and some of it is what the goaltender is going to give you. My shot was a combination of both and went in.”
This game was only the third time the Phantoms were involved in a shootout all season. Muskegon has vast experience in the tie department with twelve, giving them a definite advantage.
“This one wouldn’t have hurt as bad if we could have won a few games earlier in the season when we had leads and lost”, remarked Carr.
The Youngstown Phantoms have been in a bad mood lately. They have had more fights in their last three home games than they had all of the home games before that. They are now playing with an edge, and that could be a good thing. Saturday, the Phantoms welcomed the expansion Muskegon Lumberjacks to Youngstown. Jiri Sekac buried a goal with just 44 seconds left in the game to keep Youngstown on a roll and propel the Phantoms to a 4-3 win over Muskegon.
The first period was filled with everything a hockey fan could ask for. There was a decent fight between Quinn Smith of the Phantoms and Micki Mihailovich of Muskegon. There were powerplays, shorthanded chances, good saves, and with 17:23 gone, there was even some scoring.
Muskegon broke the seal in this one when Charlie Taft connected from close range to beat Greg Lewis. Taft’s goal was his eighth of the season and he was assisted by Kevin Albers and Jaycob Megna.
The Phantoms answered when Scott Mayfield scored unassisted less than a minute later at the 18:02 mark. The Phantoms did not stop there. Like a championship boxer trying to steal a round in the last 20 seconds, the Phantoms landed another big blow when Ty Loney gathered a loose puck and snuck it past Joel Vienneau to give the Phantoms a 2-1 lead. Loney (below) was assisted by Ben Paulides and Cody Strang.
In the second period, the Phantoms tallied when Strang picked off a pass and raced to the Lumberjacks end beating Vienneau five-hole to put Youngstown ahead, 3-1.
The Phantoms held a 30-11 lead in shots on goal until they started picking up penalties. Muskegon got a goal from Casey Thrush and a powerplay goal from Matt Berry. Berry’s goal came during a 5-on-3 opportunity at the 17:41 mark of the second. Berry was assisted by Alexx Privitera and Ryan Misiak on the game-tying goal. By the end of the second period, The shots on goal were 32-20 in favor of Youngstown, but the score was deadlocked at three.
With under a minute left in regulation, Jiri Sekac delivered. Sekac’s eighth goal was of the even-strength variety and was assisted by Loney and came with just 44 seconds remaining in the game. The Phantoms win raised their record to 11-17-1 in winning their second in a row.
Loney talked about the pass that set up Sekac’s heroics. ”I was in the corner and the defense was collapsing toward me. Jiri was open and I knew he could make that shot.” Loney threw a good pass and the rest is history.
A pier six brawl ensued at the end of the game when at least four fights broke out at the buzzard. The Phantoms are definitely playing with more attitude, and that’s a good thing.
After the game, Coach Carr talked about what has been different winning these close games. ”I actually thought we played better last night. Our offense performed well and we got shots on goal, but we were more composed last night. The difference lately has been partly because we are playing more physically. We are not encouraging fights, but we are definitely being more physical.”
Ty Loney summed up the physicality issue very well. ”We are playing with an edge. We needed these two wins as they will definitely help us in the standings, and yes, we are playing with a bit more intensity.”
- The Youngstown Phantoms continued to struggle over the weekend going 0-3. The road trip started with a 4-1 loss at Waterloo on Friday. Jiri Sekac scored the lone goal in the loss. Sioux Falls hammered the Phantoms, 8-4, on Saturday. After jumping out to a 1-0 lead, Sioux Falls scored four unanswered goals to take control of the game. The third game of the trip on Sunday was a 5-2 loss to Sioux City. Andrew Sinelli scored his first Phantoms goal in defeat and Quinn Smith stayed hot tallying his fifth point in four games for Youngstown.
- Dylan Margonari (pictured) has made a commitment to play at Minnesota State at Mankato next season. He plans on studying business management while attending college. Margonari is the tenth Phantom on the active roster to commit to a college already this season.
- Scott Mayfield will skate for Team USA at the World Junior A Challenge. The Team USA roster is made up of 22 players, all coming from current USHL rosters. The tournament goes from from November 8-14 and the Phantoms fine defenseman is playing in the challenge for a second consecutive year.
- The Youngstown Phantoms have acquired former Dubuque Fighting Saints forward Andrew Sinelli in a trade. The Phantoms exchanged their 2011 third round pick to acquire the Michigan State University commit. With Andrew Lamont on injured reserve, Sinelli will be placed in the Phantoms lineup almost immediately.