YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The Youngstown Phantoms built a three-goal lead and wouldn’t look back in a 3-1 win over the Muskegon Lumberjacks Friday at the Covelli Center.
Goaltender Ivan Prosvetev pitched a near-shutout, only losing it with 43 seconds remaining. In total, the Russian netminder stopped 29 of 30 Muskegon tries.
Added to the roster only yesterday, forward Vincent de Mey was the lone goalscorer for Muskegon, tallying his second of the season and first as a Lumberjack with less than a minute to play.
In the first, Youngstown got on the board when Michael Regush accepted a pass from behind the net and fired it past goalie Adam Brizgala from the low slot. Despite outshooting Youngstown 9-6 in the period, the Lumberjacks trailed 1-0 on the scoreboard.
The second period was all Phantoms- the home team scored twice and outshot the Jacks 11-5. Tommy Parrotino swiped a puck past Brizgala early in the period on the power play, and Matthew Berry added a breakaway goal later in the frame to make it 3-0.
Violence has been prevalent in this rivalry, and tempers flared late in the third when Eric Esposito nailed Muskegon’s Michael Graham following a shot. Esposito, who appeared to injure Graham, was assessed a 5-minute major and 10-minute misconduct for head contact. Graham did not return to the game.
In the midst of a flurry of Muskegon chances that came late in period three, Monte Graham was called for checking from behind on a play that hurt Youngstown captain Jake Gingell. Gingell did not return to the game and Graham was dealt just a minor penalty.
With Brizgala on the bench for an extra attacker throughout most of the final six minutes, Muskegon peppered Prosvetov with 12 shots, with de Mey’s deflection eventually spoiling the shutout late. Clayton Phillips, acquired this week in a trade with Fargo, notched his first point as a Lumberjack on the play.
Brizgala made 19 saves on 22 shots, but fell to 2-3-0 on the year. The Lumberjacks are now 2-4-0, but have six consecutive games at home starting tomorrow.
These two teams rematch tomorrow at LC Walker Arena, concluding their three-game series.
Muskegon goal: de Mey (2)
Muskegon assists: Phillips (3), Egor Afanasyev (1)