ANN ARBOR, Mich.
Team USA peppered Sean Romeo with shots Thursday night, but the Youngstown Phantoms goaltender was more than up to task.
Unfortunately, the Phantoms struggled to capitalize on chances at the other end and, despite a third-period push, fell to the U.S. National Under-18 Team 3-2.
Romeo finished the night with 41 saves off 44 shots and turned away a penalty shot as well.
Sam Anas remained red-hot netting his eighth goal in the last six games and Markus McCrea also scored as the Phantoms (19-18-0, 38 points) dropped the opener for their three-game road swing.
“The bottom line is that team is going to get shots,” Phantoms coach Anthony Noreen said. “I thought we did a good job of keeping them to the outside for the most part, and we had our chances.”