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Comeback comes short, Phantoms drop game 1 to Dubuque

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Youngstown Phantoms were gridlocked with the Dubuque Fighting Saints approaching the midway point of the middle period. Three minutes later, the Phantoms found themselves trailing 2-0 and despite a furious third-period push, could not overcome the stifling Fighting Saints, falling 3-2 to drop Game 1 of the best-of-five Eastern Conference Finals.

Youngstown looked finished when Peter Quenneville made it 3-0 eight minutes into the third, but John Padulo and Sam Anas responded with goals less than a minute a part. Phantoms netminder Sean Romeo finished with 21 saves including an unbelievable glove save to keep the game scoreless in the first period.

Game 2 is set for Saturday night at 8:05 p.m. EST at Dubuque's Mystique Community Ice Center.

Jarrid Privitera put the Fighting Saints in front off a broken play 10:08 into the second period. Joseph Manno drove into Romeo on a 1-on-0 and as the goaltender was regaining his bearings, Privitera was able to dig up the puck and slip it inside the far post for his first of the postseason. Then Karson Kuhlman made it 2-0 in favor of Dubuque just 2:04 later when he popped in a rebound off the rush.

Quennville added a power-play tally at the 8:13 mark in the third when he fired a one-timer past Romeo off a cross-ice feed from Shane Sooth. But Dubuque defenseman Michael Downing was whistled for high-sticking the following shift, putting the Phantoms on their third power play of the game.

They needed less than 30 seconds to capitalize. Ryan Lowney laid a pass off for Anas at the right point and he fired a wrist shot that ricocheted off a Saint's stick in mid-air and landed right in front of Padulo at the left circle. The Rochester, N.Y. native was able to get his shot through traffic and nipped the back of the net as goaltender Arthur Brey scrambled to get back in position.

Anas struck again less than a minute later, at the 11:14 mark. The slick stick-handling winger made a quick move on Dubuque's Kyle MacKenzie in the neutral zone and then fired a low wrist shot from about 60 feet out that snuck through Brey's five-hole to bring the Phantoms within one.

Romeo had the game's most impressive play less than 10 minutes into the contest off a 2-on-1 that quickly became a 1-on-0. Privitera drove wide on the right side and slid a pass to Evan Janssen trailing in the slot. The Phantoms' goaltender made a quick move to try to regain position, but his momentum sent him sliding too far across the crease. Janssen fired a shot on what appeared an open net, but Romeo lunged at the final second a snagged the puck out of the air to keep the game scoreless.

Phantoms by the Numbers

Shots - 25

Saves - 21

Power Play - 1-for-3

Penalty Kill - 4-for-5

Goals - Anas, Padulo

Assists - Anas, Lowney

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