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WRITER: Brian Yauger

Howland handles Crestview, 8-0

HOWLAND — In the words of Howland Tigers coach Brian Stiles, his squads are typically slow-starting teams, who don’t find their groove until the middle of the season. Howland’s start on Friday isn’t exactly what you would call slow, ripping two goals in the first three minutes of the contest en route to an 8-0 season-opening victory against the defending state runners-up Crestview. “I’m really ...

Pietila takes on expanded role with Phantoms

CANONSBURG, Pa. — Youngstown Phantoms defenseman Chase Pietila is going to be back on the blueline this year with an expanded role. As the team enters a new era, led by coach Ryan Ward, Pietila is expected to be a key shutdown member of not just the team’s defensive core, but the team’s leadership core as well. When asked about his expanding leadership role as an 18-year old, Pietila mentioned ...

Hockey is on the rise in the Buckeye State

With how this offseason has played out so far, the Columbus Blue Jackets may have done something that seemed like just a dream a few years ago. The Blue Jackets have quite possibly ended the stigma of Ohio being an undesirable hockey market, or at least put a damper on those thoughts from the national outlets. Now that might seem like a bit of hyperbole, so I’ll do you one better. We may be in the ...

Newly acquired Strathmann building chemistry with new team

CANONSBURG, Pa. — This year’s blue line for the Youngstown Phantoms is going to feature a few familiar faces, some to the fanbase and some to the coach. In the first trade made after the hiring of coach Ryan Ward, the Phantoms brought in a defender Ward is familiar with in Andrew Strathmann. “We are ecstatic to add someone of Andrew’s talent and character to our program,” Ward said in the initial ...

Phantoms excited about potential

Over the last week, new Youngstown Phantoms coach Ryan Ward got to get acquainted with his roster at the team’s main camp held in the Pittsburgh area. This is Ward’s first head coaching job at the USHL level and the excitement was apparent. He’s risen through the ranks, starting as a video coach for the New York Islanders and spent last season as the Director of Player Development for the USHL’s ...

Phantoms’ Whitelaw eager for next steps

CANONSBURG, Pa. — As the new season begins, Phantoms forward William Whitelaw has a goal in mind. The University of Wisconsin commit wants to get drafted. Whitelaw spent nine games with the Phantoms last year after being the top overall selection in the 2021 USHL Futures Draft, but will be a full-time member of the team this season. Last year, at Shattuck St. Mary’s 18U, a prep school in Minnesota, ...

Former Ursuline coach to take over at Canfield

After a year away from high school softball, former Ursuline coach Michael Kernan has found his new home. The longtime leader of the Irish program is taking over another Mahoning County program with a solid history, as he has taken over the reins of the Canfield program. Kernan spent last season in the college ranks as a volunteer assistant with his alma mater, Hiram. With one season assisting the Terriers ...

Canfield hosting 2nd alumni tournament

The Canfield hockey program is hosting its second alumni fundraising tournament on Saturday at Deep Freeze Arena in Boardman. Eight teams, four of which are all Canfield alumni, are hitting the ice to raise funds for the Cardinal hockey program. One of the other teams is this past season’s Canfield squad, led by now-graduate Matt Scolieri. The other three teams are from area adult league teams. “Last ...

Chalker begins plan to revive football team

After not fielding a football team last season, the Chalker program is taking the first step toward a full-time return to the gridiron. While the Wildcats won’t be playing a varsity schedule, that’s at least another season away, the seeds are planted in what is an attempt to fully revive the suspended program. Coach Justin Kren took the job last season in hopes of playing a full varsity schedule. That ...

Ingram highlights Phantoms taken in draft

It was a busy Day 2 of the NHL Draft as six players with ties to the Youngstown Phantoms were selected. While not the first Phantom-affiliated player to be chosen, forward Adam Ingram highlights the class, selected 82nd overall by the Nashville Predators. Ingram recorded 55 points (26 goals, 29 assists) in 54 games with the Phantoms. The Manitoba native was in Montreal for the draft and got the full draft ...