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SIOUX FALLS STAMPEDE  at YOUNGSTOWN PHANTOMS  SO
The first two periods between the Stampede and the Phantoms were scoreless, and it was a 0-0 game heading into the third period. Youngstown opened the scoring three minutes into the frame with Coale Norris's 12th goal of the season. 1:37 later, Eric MacAdams reached double digits with his 10th tally of the year to tie the game at one. Goals from Eric Esposito and Nicolas Werbik gave the Phantoms a 3-1 advantage with seven minutes to play in regulation, but Max Johnson and Jack Becker scored in the final 2:24 of the third to even the game at three and send the teams to overtime. After a scoreless extra session, Max Ellis and Alex Esposito scored in the shootout to give the Phantoms the 4-3 victory. Ivan Kulbakov made 22 saves, in addition to four of five attempts in the shootout. Youngstown has now moved into sole possession of third place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.