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Clark Cup Playoffs Recap: May 1

05/02/2018, 10:15am CDT

Youngstown takes 1-0 series lead in Eastern Conference Final with Game 1 OT win.

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Game 1, Eastern Conference Final: Youngstown Phantoms [4], Team USA [3] (OT)

YNG leads series 1-0


The Youngstown Phantoms overcame deficits of 1-0 and 3-2 to knock off Team USA on the road in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final and take a 1-0 series lead.


Team USA jumped out to a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the contest, with Patrick Moynihan putting home a shot from the left faceoff circle.

About eight minutes later, Youngstown scored twice in just over three minutes to jump ahead and take a 2-1 lead. Max Ellis tied the game with a shorthanded goal at 12:31 and Joey Abate finished off a two-on-one with Nicholas Cardelli to put the Phantoms ahead after 20 minutes of play.

Team USA scored twice in the second period to take a 3-2 lead into the third period. Erik Middendorf found the back of the net 4:05 into the second with a shorthanded tally, the second shorthanded goal of the game, to tie the game at two. It remained a 2-2 deadlock until late in the frame, when a tremendous effort and shot by Matthew Boldy gave Team USA their second lead of the game.

Team USA held their 3-2 advantage until the Phantoms tied the game with just under seven minutes to play in regulation. Eric Esposito put home a rebound opportunity, his first goal of the Playoffs, to even the score at three and send the teams to overtime.


Just before the six-minute mark of overtime, Youngstown defenseman Michael Joyaux took a shot from the right point that was deflected by Tommy Parrottino past Team USA goaltender Cameron Rowe, giving the Phantoms a Game 1 road victory and a 1-0 series lead.

Joyaux dished out two assists in the win, and Ivan Prosvetov kept his playoff record perfect, moving to 4-0 in the postseason with a 37-save performance. Game 2 between Youngstown and Team USA will be played on Tuesday night at USA Hockey Arena before the series shifts to Youngstown on Friday and Saturday (if necessary).

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five 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.

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