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U17s Fall to Youngstown, 5-4

By USA Hockey's NTDP, 11/24/23, 9:45PM EST


U17s back in action next Sunday

Photo by Rena Laverty

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio Jack Murtagh (East Greenbush, N.Y.) tallied two points and Cullen Potter (Minneapolis, Minn.) scored his first goal in USHL play, but the U.S. National Under-17 Team fell, 5-4, to the Youngstown Phantoms tonight at the Covelli Centre.

Murtagh got the game's scoring started 7:23 into the first. Jake Stuart (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) chipped the puck up to Will Belle (Minnetonka, Minn.). He found a cutting Murtagh who out skated all five Youngstown skaters and went bar down to take a 1-0 lead.

Box Score

A shorthanded tally from Youngstown's Brecken Smith tied the game, then Andrew Strathmann made things 2-1 with 4:35 left in the opening stanza.

Potter evened the score 57 seconds later. He grabbed a clearing attempt at center ice off a Youngstown change, came zooming into the offensive zone and rifled a wrister from the left circle.

Sam Ranallo restored the Phantoms' one-goal advantage 2:59 into the second period, then Daniel Jencko added a fourth with a one-timer on the power play.

Will Moore (Ithaca, N.Y.) brought the U.S. within one 7:31 into the final frame, banging a rebound into a half-empty cage off an initial chance from Garrett Lindberg (Moorhead, Minn.), who was set up by Landon Hafele (Fairbanks, Alaska).

Youngstown was quick to respond with a Jencko redirection 1:29 later to make it a 5-3 game.

Conrad Fondrk (White Bear Lake, Minn.) found an answer with 4:27 to play, beating Phantoms netminder Owen Bartoszkiewicz with a one-timer from the right circle off a Murtagh feed, but the U17s were unable to complete the comeback and fell by a 5-4 count.

The U17s are back in action Sunday, Dec. 3 as they head west to Fox Valley Ice Arena to take on the Chicago Steel. Puck drop is set for 4:05 p.m. and the game can be streamed live on FloHockey.

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