Rough ride for Phantoms in Cedar Rapids

Staff report


Youngstown dominated through two periods, but Cedar Rapids made the most of limited chances during the final frame Friday night at The Stable.

Second-year forward Luke Stork scored twice for the Phantoms, but the RoughRiders rode a three-goal third period to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory in United States Hockey League action.

Kyle Connor also found the back of the net for the Youngstown (4-6-1, 9 points), which outshot Cedar Rapids (5-1-0, 10 points) 35-20 in the contest. Goaltender Sean Romeo helped the Phantoms penalty kill shut down the USHL’s top-rated power play, but was victimized by a pair of bad-luck bounces in the third to drop to 1-2-0 on the campaign.

“There’s no doubt about it. We outplayed them,” Phantoms head coach Anthony Noreen said. “The one area that it didn’t show — and unfortunately it’s the most important — was the scoreboard.”

The Phantoms led 3-1 heading into the third but Cedar Rapids tied it up before the period was five minutes old. Andrew Poturalski potted a rebound — his second goal of the night — at the 4:10 mark and Dylan Steman stuffed in another just 32 seconds later to swing the momentum the RoughRiders’ way.

Cedar Rapids grabbed its first lead of the game five minutes later when Mark Auk found Judd Peterson on a 2-on-1 and he fired it past Romeo, who was making his third straight start after being sidelined for the first eight games of the regular season.

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