Youngstown, OH. – The Tri-City Storm seek a weekend sweep of the Youngstown Phantoms tonight at the Covelli Centre after defeating the Phantoms by a final score of 4-1 last night. Ohio native Mitchell Miller notched his 4th and 5th goals of the season in last night’s win. Colby Ambrosio moved to 2nd in USHL league scoring this season with his 20th goal of the year. Only Trevor Kuntar of Youngstown has scored more goals than Ambrosio this season (23). Joe Berg notched his 4th goal of the year on a breakaway in the 3rd period. Todd Scott stopped 18 of 19 shots to record the win in net. Tri-City improved to 17-13-3-2 and remained the 2nd place team in the Western Conference standings. With one win per team in the first two games of the season series, tonight’s winner will capture the three game regular season series between the Storm and Phantoms. Puck drop at the Covelli Centre is scheduled for 6:05pm CT.
Tri-City (17-13-3-2) won its second consecutive game this week in last night’s 4-1 road defeat of the Youngstown Phantoms. Colby Ambrosio’s 2nd period goal was Tri-City’s 100th goal scored in the 2019-2020 regular season. Tri-City has now won seven of its last ten games and returns home next weekend for back to back games against the Fargo Force and Omaha Lancers. Tri-City’s three goal road win last night tied its season high for largest margin of victory in a game. The Storm also had three goal wins earlier this season over Sioux Falls (October 10th), Des Moines (November 8th), Lincoln (December 1st), Sioux City (December 27th), and Lincoln (December 31st). Tri-City improved to 14-7-3-1 when outshooting its opponents, and 4-2-2-1 when leading after the 2nd period. The Storm is now 7-3-0-0 against Youngstown in the last five seasons, and 4-1-0-0 in its last five games played at the Covelli Centre. Tonight’s game is the final meeting between the two teams in the 2019-2020 regular season.
Youngstown (13-15-4-1) slipped to 6th place in the USHL’s Eastern Conference standings in last night’s home loss to Tri-City. Jason Dobay netted the Phantom’s only goal of the game at 4:45 of the 1st period. Both Colin Purcell and Dominic Basse saw time in goal in last night’s loss, with Basse replacing Purcell in net for the 3rd period. Purcell made 24 saves on 27 shots in the first two periods, and Basse stopped 5 of Tri-City’s 6 shots in the 3rd period. It is expected that Phantoms leading scorer Trevor Kuntar will return to the lineup tonight following last night’s one game suspension. Kuntar currently leads the USHL with 23 goals scored this season. Tonight’s matchup is the 3rd game in the Phantoms current 6 game homestand. Following tonight’s game against Tri-City, Youngstown will host the Green Bay Gamblers next weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.