Phantoms' Romeo commits To Maine - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Youngstown Phantoms Press Release

Phantoms' Romeo commits To Maine

Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms and head coach Anthony Noreen are proud to announce that goaltender Sean Romeo has committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Maine beginning in fall 2014.

Romeo, 18, becomes the 10th player on the Phantoms' current roster to commit to play NCAA Division I hockey following his USHL career. He joins teammates Cam Brown and Dan Renouf, who are both Maine recruits as well.

"I'm extremely proud and excited for Sean and his family," Noreen said. "This has been a goal of his since he came here to Youngstown, and I'm very happy that he was able to achieve it while playing us. Maine is a tremendous program and will give Sean the opportunity continue develop, not just as a player, but as a man."

Romeo, in his third year with the Phantoms, is among the USHL's leading goaltenders. The Cary, N.C. native is ranked sixth in the League with a 15-12-0 this season and has gone 12-6-0 since being named Youngstown's starter in mid-November. He is also ranked No. 2 in the USHL with four shutouts on the campaign to go along with a .904 save percentage and 2.91 goals against average.

Romeo became the first netminder in Phantoms history to record multiple shutouts in both a single season and as well as career when he blanked Team USA on back-to-back nights Nov. 23 and 24 at the Covelli Centre. He is currently No. 3 on the Youngstown's all-time games played (46) wins (19) and saves (1,102) lists.

Additionally, Romeo is listed at No. 30 on NHL Central Scouting's Midterm Rankings for North American goalies ahead of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He joins Waterloo's Cal Petersen and Eamon McAdam and Sioux Falls' Charlie Lindgren as the only USHL netminders to be included in the rankings.

"Sean has made tremendous strides since he came three years ago," Noreen said. "A big part of that can be credited to [goaltending coach] Shane Clifford and the work he's done with him and just as importantly, the work ethic that Sean's put in.

"He's stepped up and become the backbone of our team."

Maine is a member of the prestigious Hockey East Conference, which includes other top-tier college programs such as Boston College, Boston University and New Hampshire. The Black Bears are two-time national champions, with their most recent title coming in 1999, and made their 18th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012.

Maine is 7-14-4 on the season and 3-9-4 in Hockey East. Former Phantoms forward Stu Higgins is currently a sophomore on the Black Bears roster.

The Phantoms open up a three-game road swing this Thursday when they take on Team USA (Under-18 Team) in Ann Arbor, Mich. Following that, they travel to Muskegon, Mich. to face the Lumberjacks Friday before wrapping up Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa against the RoughRiders.

  • SportsMore>>

  • Pyeongchang's final race delivers a lasting image

    Pyeongchang's final race delivers a lasting image

    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:36 PM EST2018-02-26 01:36:38 GMT
    (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky). Marit Bjoergen, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 30k cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky). Marit Bjoergen, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 30k cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.
    Pyeongchang's final race, a cross-country ski event easily won by a Norwegian athlete, provides a defining image of the Pyeongchang games and Norway's dominance of the medal count.More >>
    Pyeongchang's final race, a cross-country ski event easily won by a Norwegian athlete, provides a defining image of the Pyeongchang games and Norway's dominance of the medal count.More >>
  • North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

    North Korean envoy, in South, opens door to US talks

    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:27 PM EST2018-02-26 01:27:31 GMT
    (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP). Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, at the Korea-transit office near the Demilitarized Zon...(Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP). Kim Yong Chol, center, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, arrives to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, at the Korea-transit office near the Demilitarized Zon...
    North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrives in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.More >>
    North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrives in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.More >>
  • Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women

    Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women

    Sunday, February 25 2018 8:27 PM EST2018-02-26 01:27:13 GMT
    (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda). A volunteer pushes another volunteer on a chair on the ice after the last speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda). A volunteer pushes another volunteer on a chair on the ice after the last speedskating race at the Gangneung Oval at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.
    At the Olympics, corporate partnerships are calculated in the hundreds of millions and broadcasting rights in the billions. Underneath all that money is a workforce willing to run the Olympics for free.More >>
    At the Olympics, corporate partnerships are calculated in the hundreds of millions and broadcasting rights in the billions. Underneath all that money is a workforce willing to run the Olympics for free.More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms