Phantoms clobber Hawks, 6-4

Staff report

WATERLOO, Iowa — A four-goal first period propelled the Youngstown Phantoms to Saturday’s 6-4 victory over the Waterloo Black Hawks.

Ben Paulides, Tom Serratore, Andrej Sustr and Dylan Margonari each scored to give Youngstown a valuable cushion in the opening period.

The Black Hawks responded by scoring twice in the second period to slice the lead in half. Derek Arnold and Patrick Divjak netted goals to reduce Waterloo’s deficit to 4-2.

Early in the third period, Tyler Barnes scored to bring the Black Hawks to within one goal, 4-3.

Phantoms forward Brett Gensler answered with an unassisted goal three minutes later to restore Youngstown’s two-goal advantage.

With 6:35 to go, Divjak scored a power-play goal to cut Youngstown’s lead to 5-4. Arnold assisted on the Black Hawks’ fourth goal.

With one second to go, the Phantoms recorded the game’s final tally as Adam Berkle scored an empty-net goal.

Phantoms goaltender Jordan Tibbett stopped 42 of the Black Hawks’ shots.

Phantoms captain David Donnellan earned two assists. Also with assists were Serratore, Gensler, Richard Young and Jiri Sekac.

The Phantoms chased Waterloo starting goaltender C.J. Motte, who gave up three goals on 10 shots.

Backup goalie Willie Yanakeff stopped 15 of 17 Phantoms shots in the game’s final 44 minutes.

The Phantoms’ victory gives them 34 points and ties them with Team USA for sixth place in the USHL East Division standings. The Phantoms’ record improved to 15-30-2.

The loss keeps Waterloo (25-19-2, 46 points) in fourth place, one point ahead of the Chicago Steel. The top four teams in each division qualify for the postseason.

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