Phantoms Force Decisive Game Five

For the second straight night, it was third-period heroics that led the Phantoms to the victory. It helped them avoid elimination and force a decisive Game Five with Dubuque.

Midway through the first period, defenseman Eric Sweetman netted his first USHL career playoff goal to put Youngstown on the scoreboard first. The Phantoms were tough in the defensive zone also as they allowed the Saints just four shots on goal in the frame.

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Dubuque got the offense going in the second period as Mike Szmatula evened the game with a power-play tally, his fourth goal of the postseason. Just over four minutes later, Seamus Malone gave Dubuque the lead on his second playoff goal. The Phantoms would take advantage of a power play opportunity later in the period when John Padulo scored his second goal in as many nights to tie the game.

In the third period, Austin Cangelosi made it consecutive nights scoring a goal and that tally would hold up to be the winner as Sean Romeo stopped all eight Dubuque shots in the frame and finished the night with 18 total stops. Padulo would add an empty net insurance goal in the final moments and now has six goals in the postseason, leading all playoff scorers.

Youngstown is now tied with the Saints for a perfect home record in the playoffs at 4-0. Game Five of the series will be Saturday in Dubuque and the winner advances to the Clark Cup Final.


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