Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin
On Wednesday, the Knights traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Revolution in a cross-division affair. The game was the first of four that will be played in the next five days for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The game saw Knights nemesis Logan Kramsky take the ice for the Revolution, with Jared Stahel, the workhorse in net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In his two prior starts against the Knights, Kramsky had not allowed a goal.
Denys Arkhypenko decided he had enough of the goalie’s streak, as he buried the game’s first goal off helpers from Anthony Starzi and Jake Fuss at 10:26. The score was Arkhypenko’s second in as many games, as the native of Kiev, Ukraine continues to heat up of late. The Revolution responded at 16:15 when Bryce Witman notched a tally off helpers from Jake Russo and Colin Roberts to end the period.
The second frame brought with it an early Knights score, when Rhett Padgett created a chance for Anthony Starzi, who put it home it for his fourth goal of the season.
Philadelphia answered with four straight goals: Justin Meers (Hayden Ford, Samir Abouelhana) at 8:21, Jake Houk (Mark Tosti) at 7:42, Faulkner (Austin Morgan, Hayden Ford) at 10:50, and Witman from Russo at 18:49. All four goals were scored at even strength.
Battered but not broken, the Knights did not back down to open the third. Nick Peck picked up his first goal of the season at 4:35 on the power play, set up by Fuss and Starzi. Starzi came back with his second of the game at 8:21, also on the power play, assisted by Austin Weber to bring the Knights within one.
The Rebels re-built their lead however, as Abouelhana and Justin Meers ushered the game to a conclusion with scores at 10:02 and 13:25 to finish off a 7-4 victory.
The Knights special teams were hardly an issue on the afternoon, as the penalty kill represented itself well again, albeit often, going a perfect 7/7 on the day. The power play turned in a solid 2/6 finish.
The Knights will return to Philadelphia on Friday when they take on the Little Flyers at 2:00 pm at the Ice Works Complex. Watch hockeytv.com and follow @WBSKnightsEHL for updates!