Lincoln, NE- At the 2019 USHL / NHL Top Prospects Game, multiple two point nights were recorded by Ethan Phillips (Sioux Falls Stampede), Brady Meyer (Des Moines Buccaneers) and Matt Brown (Des Moines Buccaneers). Their efforts led Team West to a 5-3 win over Team East.
The game was an intense competition with a total of 8 goals and 59 shots from both sides. The scoreless tie was broken by Ethan Phillips at 12:40. 90 seconds later, Team West’s score was doubled up by Jack Malone (Youngstown Phantoms).
Team West increased their 2-0 lead coming out of intermission to three, when Phillips assisted Meyer for a goal at the start of the second period. At 5:17 into the period, Team East answered with a goal from Lynden Breen (Central Illinois Flying Aces). Shane Pinto (Lincoln Stars) and Robert Mastrosimone (Chicago Steel) traded tallys late in the second, Preserving Team West’s 4-2 lead heading into the final period.
At the start of the third period, Kaden Bohlsen (Fargo Force) gave Team West their fifth and final goal of the evening. Mastrosimone knocked one more in (his second goal of the game) completing the East’s count at three.
Isaiah Saville (Tri-City Storm) started in goal for Team West and Keegan Karki (Muskegon Lumberjacks) started between the pipes for Team East. Both goaltenders played 29:19. Saville made 10 saves on 11 shots and Karki blocked 13 of 16. Ben Kraws (Sioux City Musketeers) replaced Saville and made 16 saves on 18 shots. Likewise, Logan Stein finished the game for Karki and gave up two goals on the 14 shots he faced.
Phillips was named Team West MVP, while Mastrosimone was named Team East MVP.
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