EHL Knights Drop Home Opener

Little Flyers Complete Weekend Sweep

In game two of the 2017-18 season, the Knights were in search of their first win since their return to the EHL. The Little Flyers, fresh off a 6-2 win against the Knights on Saturday, were looking for their first winning-streak.

After a pitched 11 minutes to open the contest, Joey Savel notched his first goal of the game on a power play, assisted by Alex Ochterbeck and Cade Street. Nate Mickey followed that up just over two minutes later by flipping a backhanded shot through the slot to make it 2-0 (Avery Smith, Sasha Miniouchine).

With help from a few spectacular saves from Thomas Walker in net, the Knights fended off Philadelphia’s forecheck for the remainder of the first.

The second period kicked off with Ochterbeck continuing his strong weekend, as he came out of the box at the end of the first penalty of a 5-on-3 disadvantage and scored on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Knights battled hard in the middle frame, with more solid work from Walker, only to see a near breakaway goal from Tyler Nielsen  miss the twine by centimeters, instead glancing off the crossbar. Joey Savel then went on to pick up his second goal of the game at the 17:13.

Trailing 4-0 heading into the third, the Knights improved in some areas to open the period. They forced two penalties early, but could not capitalize on the power play, while also taking a penalty to shorten one of their first man-advantage. Despite heavier pressure in the offensive zone, the Knights could not solve Brendahn Brawler, as the Philly netminder stood tall in net.

The Little Flyers then went on to seal the game with a pair of goals in the period’s 16th minute. The first was from Sasha Miniouchine, unassisted. The second was scored 36 seconds later on a tip in front from Matt Sheaffer (Lewandoski, Hall) to finish off a 6-0 Little Flyers win.

The Knights will get back at it with a home-and-home against New York Applecore on Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 pm and then again on Sunday, the 17th at 2:00 pm. Both games will be played at the Revolution Ice Centre and broadcast on www.hockeytv.com.