The Youngstown Phantoms accomplished what they had hoped to accomplish. They captured one of two games in Green Bay in the USHL’s Clark Cup playoffs.
After the Gamblers won the series opener 3-1 on Wednesday night, the Phantoms rebounded to take game 2 on Thursday night 4-2 and will head home with the Eastern Conference semifinal series even at a game apiece.
Alex Kile opened the scoring to put the Gamblers in front 1-0. Nick Schmaltz tallied his first career USHL playoff goal early in the second to put the Gamblers up again, 2-1. Youngstown then scored 3-straight 3rd period goals to close out the scoring.
Tony Kujava took the loss in-goal, stopping 24 of 28 shots on net.
The Gamblers will hit the road for games 3 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday nights. Faceoff is set for 6:15pm both nights.