DUBUQUE, IA—Kyle Connor scored a pair of goals in 18 seconds and the Youngstown Phantoms never looked back in a 6-0 lopsided victory over the Dubuque Fighting Saints Saturday night at the Mystique Community Ice Center. Connor, a potential top 10 draft pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, had 4 points in the game as the Phantoms earned a weekend split in Dubuque despite being outshot 34-19. Colin DeAugustine was perfect in goal earning the shutout for the visitors.
Connor’s first goal came on a breakaway 5:45 into the game. Dubuque affiliate list forward Lincoln Griffin tried to make a pass at the offensive blue line to a teammate, but it rolled away. Connor won the race up ice and beat Dubuque goaltender Kevin Reich, making his first start since October 3, through the five-hole to make it 1-0.
Connor struck again seconds later, collecting a loose puck in neutral ice and skating in on a 2-on-1. Connor kept the puck himself and whistled a shot past Reich’s glove to make it 2-0 Youngtown at 6:03.
Tommy Parrin scored three minutes later at 9:42 on a highlight reel goal. The defender walked the puck down the left wing and cut around Shane Kavanagh to the Dubuque goal. Parrin shifted the puck to his backhand and roofed and shut under the crossbar and in for the goal. Connor and Lemos assisted on the goal. Lemos had three assists on the evening. The tally ended Reich’s night. The netminder surrendered three goals on just five shots and was replaced by Jacob Nehama.
The Phantoms struck for two more in the middle period to up their lead to 5-0. Vas Kolias scored at the 5:21 mark on a one-timer off a beautiful Connor pass. Matt Miller added a goal for the Youngstown on a blast from the left point at 6:53 to make it 5-0.
The Phantoms would add a final goal at the 13:46 mark of the game’s final period. Kevin Conley scored on a wrist shot that beat Nehama over the shoulder to give the Phantoms a 6-0 lead.
Dubuque outshot Youngstown 14-2 in the final period but couldn’t beat DeAugustine. With the shutout, DeAugustine becomes only the fifth goaltender to shutout the Fighting Saints at the Mystique Community Ice Center since the team’s return to the USHL in 2010. The 6-0 loss was also the largest defeat the Fighting Saints have suffered when shutout at home in the last five seasons.
Dubuque is back in action next Friday on the road against the Omaha Lancers. The club returns home Saturday for Pink the Rink presented by Finley Health Foundation and the Wendt Cancer Center against the Madison Capitols at 7:05 p.m. The night features a post-game jersey auction to benefit the Wendt Cancer Center and also, the first 2,500 fans receive a glow-in-the-dark pink necklace courtesy of Health Services Credit Union. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 563.583.6880 or online at DubuqueFightingSaints.com.