YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms (28-20-0) erased a three-goal deficit in the third period and got an overtime winner from Sam Anas to defeat the Tri-City Storm (20-24-6) 5-4 on Saturday night at the Covelli Center.
The Storm got goals from four different players including Trevor Mingoia and Ben Foster, who both had multi-point performances. Joel L'Esperance also added two assists for Tri-City.
The boys from Kearney took an early 1-0 lead with the only goal of the opening frame when Michael Vecchione scored his twentieth goal of the season with help from L'Esperance and Foster at 4:14 of the first.
The Storm added to the lead in the second when Brian Ward found Mingoia for his fourth goal in his last three games. With the assist, Ward extended his point-scoring streak to nine games. During that span he has scored twelve points.
Tri-City extended their lead to 3-0 with an early power play goal from Grant Opperman just 47 seconds into the final frame and were in control of the game.
But Youngstown got on the board with a breakaway goal from Markus McCrea 3:41 into the third to make it 3-1.
After Storm forward Heikki Liedes was ejected from the game for a checking from behind penalty, Tri-City brought their lead back to three goals when Ben Foster took a pass from Trevor Mingoia and found the back of the net while shorthanded.
Later in the Phantoms' power play, they struck for the second time to make it 4-2 on a goal by Sam Anas.
Youngstown scored twice more in the third on power play opportunities and forced the game to overtime. In the extra session, Anas got his second of the game with 27 seconds remaining to give the Phantoms the win.
Justin Quale made 35 saves on 40 shots in a losing effort between the pipes.
Tri-City will now head back to Kearney for a weekend in front of their home fans. The Storm take on Omaha on Friday night at 7:30 p.m., and will welcome Muskegon to the Viaero Event Center on Saturday night at 7:05.
Notes: The Storm scratched forwards Jared Linnell and Tim Bonner along with defenseman Eli May and goaltender Johan Mattsson…
Courtesy Tri-City Storm Media Relations