Sunday afternoon saw the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights rally from a first period, three goal deficit to tie the game, but eventually fall to the Vermont Lumberjacks, 5-3 in Eastern Hockey League play at Revolution Ice Centre.
With their first home game in almost three weeks, the Knights were stunned early by a penalty assessed to Dean Ostrovsky for tripping a mere 27 seconds in. Three seconds later, the Lumberjacks were on the board. Logan Discanio had a shot go off his waist area and bounce past Knights’ starter Thomas Walker for the 1-0 lead.
The Lumberjacks continued later in the first period, scoring two goals in 13 seconds. First, a shot from Mason Emoff caught a piece of Walker’s glove from the right side but still leaked through. The third goal belonged to Glynn Robitaille, who got set up on a behind the net pass from Disacnio for the backdoor goal, making it 3-0 Vermont before the contest grew eight minutes old.
Wilkes-Barre’s initial response came from Captain Rhett Padgett in the opening period. Padgett kept the puck from rolling out to the neutral zone and fired it off the stick of Lumberjacks’ McCollum Brown, causing the biscuit to change direction and ride through the five hole of goalie Peter Siolas.
In the second, Vermont forward Geordan Buffoline was sent to the box for slashing near the midway point in the period. Off the face-off win, Defenseman Matt Passaretti flung one towards the cage with bodies in front. Winger Matt Bielinski was one of those skaters, and batted it into the net to cut the deficit in half.
Less than two minutes later, Johnny Jackson received a pass at center ice and went barreling down toward the Lumberjacks’ net minder Siolas. The forward’s shot was denied, but Emerson Emery was there to pick up the change on a rebound to tie the game at three, after Wilkes-Barre originally trailed 3-0.
Vermont struck back to regain the lead in the third period at the 8:15 mark when Jackson Aldrich scored what would be the game winning goal. Andrew Bechard’s initial shot popped off the padding of Wilkes-Barre goalie Walker, laying right in front for Aldrich to make it 4-3 Vermont.
Bechard’s day wasn’t over yet. The forward blocked a point shot while the Knights were on the power play with less than two minutes to play in regulation and trotted down the ice for a breakaway goal to finish the afternoon scoring.
The loss puts the EHL Knights at 5-3-1, which stands for second in the Mid-Atlantic Conference’s North Division. The team trails only the New Jersey 87’s, who are up next on the schedule. The rivals meet Wednesday for a 2:30pm affair at Revolution Ice Centre.