Pee Wee Phantoms win Three Rivers Cup tourney


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The Phantoms Pee Wee AA team poses for a photo after winning the Three Rivers Cup championship last weekend.

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Stone Elias (Canfield) waits for a pass from a teammate during last weekend's game.

The Youngstown Phantoms Pee Wee AA team rallied from an early loss to bring home the first-place trophy in the Three Rivers Cup AA division last weekend.

The tournament didn’t start off very well for Youngstown as it lost to the Pittsburgh Huskies, 5-2. The Phantoms took the early lead when Devin Whitaker (Boardman) scored a breakaway goal at 5:46 of the first period. The Huskies scored two goals before the end of the period to take a 2-1 lead. The Huskies added two more goals in the second period and one in the third. Bo Gray (Boardman) scored with 51 seconds left in the game. Getting the assists were RJ Pozzuto and Alex Ritz.

Between tournament games, the team traveled to Johnstown and defeated the Cambria Warriors 4-3 in a PAHL league game. Stone Elias( Canfield) scored the first goal, assisted by Whitaker. Cambria tied the game in the first period, before Pozzuto, assisted by Robbie Stanko (Canfield), put Youngstown ahead for good at 30 seconds of the first period. Ritz, assisted by Pozzuto, scored in the second period and Elias scored in the final period.

The Phantoms played their third game on Saturday to a 4-4 tie against the Cazanovia Chiefs from New York. Youngstown scored two goals in the first period by Nick Neiger and Aiden Sunder. In the second period, Elias scored, assisted by Ritz and Tallon Price (Poland).

Cazanovia took a 4-3 lead with 7:55 left in the game. Youngstown tied it up at 7:02 with a Justin Beachler score, assisted by Ritz.

On Sunday morning, Youngstown played in Game Three of the tournament against the Strongsville Mustangs from Cleveland. The Phantoms fell behind 1-0 in the first period, but scored the next three goals by Mike Fetsko (Boardman), Pozzuto and Stanko. Gray and Ritz had assists. The 3-1 victory earned the Phantoms a rematch with the Huskies in the championship game.

In the championship, the Phantoms earned a 4-0 shutout win behind the goal tending of Nick Beck (Boardman). Price scored in the first period. Neiger and Elias scored in the second period and Pozzuto finished with the final goal of the game.

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