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Cangelosi nets 3, Romeo turns away all 24: Phantoms blank Steel 3-0

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – After four games away from the rink, Youngstown Phantoms center Austin Cangelosi desperate to get back on the ice.

"Watching the team play from the stands when I was suspended killed me," Cangelosi said. "When I got in the locker room today I was focused, I was ready to go, I couldn't wait. I was like a little kid during Christmas."

The presents were reserved for nearly 3,000 screaming kids in the stands as Youngstown's points leader netted a hat trick and goaltender Sean Romeo turned away all 24 shots sent his way as the Phantoms blanked the Chicago Steel 4-0 in their annual School Day Game. Left wing Kyle Connor scored the other goal, his second in as many games for Youngstown (26-20-0, 52 points), which picked up its third win in a row and sixth over the last seven contests.

"It was huge boost to our lineup to get Austin back," head coach Anthony Noreen. "The two weeks off gave him some time to look forward to come back and play. It's amazing, with a little bit of much needed rest, how hungry a guy comes back.

"He could have had five goals today."

Cangelosi put the Phantoms in front four minutes into the opening period, marking the eighth straight game Youngstown has scored first. Tommy Davis got a shot off from the point and the rebound kicked right out to the captain, who had an open net to shoot at with Chicago goaltender Alex Sakellaropoulos caught out of position.

Cangelosi nearly netted his second on a short-handed breakaway before the eight-minute mark, but his wrist shot glanced off Sakellaropoulos' glove and was directed into the end boards. The Boston College commit had another short-handed breakaway with 4:46 remaining in the period, but the Steel netminder stretched out to get the blocker on his back-handed shot. Youngstown finished the first with a 13-5 edge over Chicago (19-25-3, 41 point) in shots and carried a 1-0 lead and the momentum into the locker room.

"I think missing the games lit a fire under him," Cangelosi's linemate John Padulo said. "When's he's moving and going on all cylinders, it sparks the whole team. We just fed off that the whole game."

The Phantoms struck again early in the second when Sam Anas stole a puck at the blue line, beelined to the bottom of the circle and fed Connor in the slot. The 16-year-old fired it between Sakellaropoulos' legs to make it 2-0 at the 3:11 mark.

Cangelosi notched his second of the night just 1:25 later on a similar play. The Phantoms were leading a rush into the Chicago zone, when the puck was turned over, but as the Steel were preparing to counter, Eric Sweetman hustled back, picked a defenseman's pocked and dished it off for the Estero, Fla., native the between the circles.

Cangelosi capped off his hat trick on a power play three minutes into the third period. Padulo dug out a puck in front of the net and laid it off for him at the bottom of the left circle, and he lofted a backhand shot from the sharp angle. The puck hit right behind the cross bar on the top right corner and fired out. The goal judge turned on the light and horn sounded, but the referee initially waved it off. Upon video review, however, Cangelosi was awarded his 14th goal of the season.

"I heard it and I saw it," Cangelosi said. "I felt like me and the goal judge were the only ones who knew it went in."

Romeo faced his biggest test with less than four minutes remaining in regulation after a turnover in his own zone left Tyler Hill alone with the puck between the circles. But Romeo came out and took the angle away, and Hill fired his shot right into the Maine commit's chest.

"He kind of shot it right into me so I didn't have to do too much," said Romeo, who picked up his fifth shutout of the season. "The team played unreal in front and made it easy for me."

Phantoms by the Numbers

Shots – 33

Saves – 14

Power Play – 1-for-6

Penalty Kill – 7-for-7

Goals – Cangelosi (3), Connor

Assists – Anas, Davis, Padulo, Luke Stork, Nathan Walker

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