Photo by Rena Laverty
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Alex Weiermair (Los Angeles, Calif.) picked up his first goal of the season, but the U.S. National Under-17 Team lost 8-1, to Youngstown, Saturday night at Covelli Centre.
Late in the opening period, Youngstown took a 2-0 lead within a three-minute span. With 14:01 off the clock, Bayard Hall carried the puck up the ice from the defensive zone before finding Ryan Alexander in the right faceoff circle for a one-timer goal.
The Phantoms second of the period came from Cole Burtch who caught the puck at center ice and took the puck to the net to make it 2-0.
With less than two minutes off the clock in the middle frame, the Phantoms Jaden Grant netted a power-play goal on a rebounded chance to the right side of the net, extending their lead to 3-0.
Carter Slaggert (South Bend, Ind.) and Brady Cleveland (Wausau, Wis.) each created scoring opportunities for Team USA throughout the period, but we unable to convert on the plays. The Phantoms made it 4-0 on another rebounded chance from Adam Ingram with 12:51 left to go.
The game became 7-0 in favor of Youngstown after an added trio of goals. The Phantoms tallied their late second period goals from Chase Pietila, Trey Taylor and Hall.
Another early period goal was scored for Youngstown in the final period by Justin Varner at 17:03 off an assist from Tyler Catalano.
Team USA made their way onto the board when the Phantoms defense tried to clear the puck but was intercepted by Paul Fischer (River Forest, Ill.) at the left point. Fisher sent the puck towards the net to be tipped in by Weiermair to make the final score 8-1.
Michael Chambre (Fort Myers, Fla.) finished the night with 21 saves in 30 minutes played, while Carsen Musser(Sherburn, Minn.) checked in midway through the second period and totaled 28 saves.
Next weekend, the U17s are back on the road for a pair of games against the Chicago Steel Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9. Both games are slated for 8:00 p.m. ET.