Anderson Snair faced a 38-shot barrage as the Indiana Ice fell to the Youngstown Phantoms 5-1 Friday night from the Covelli Centre.
Austin Ortega scored Indy's lone goal of the contest, his 21st of the season, midway through the game to cut the Ice's early deficit in half at 2-1. Youngstown rallied for the next three goals in the match to secure a 5-1 win.
Both teams matched shots in the first period at 13 apiece with the Phantoms' lone goal coming off the tape of Austin Cangelosi to give Youngstown a 1-0 lead early in the first period.
Cam Brown widened the gap to 2-0 with a tally 2:35 into the second stanza before Ortega's lamp lighter cut their lead in half with just over 11 minutes remaining in the period. Vince Pedrie and Mikhail Plotnikov conspired on the goal in the second. The assist added to Plotnikov's impressive six-game stretch, logging nine points (2G, 7A) the early part of January.
Nursing a 2-1 lead coming out of the second intermission, Youngstown came out of the locker room with a spring in their step. The rattled off three unanswered goals off the sticks of Sam Anas, John Padulo and Alexander Dahl to claim the 5-1 win and their fourth victory over Indy this season.
The Ice continue their two-game stand against the Youngstown Phantoms Saturday before returning Indianapolis on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2 against the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
Friday's game is at Pan Am Plaza while Saturday's "Hockey for Heart" night, presented by St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana, is set for Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The puck is set to drop at 7:05 pm for both games.