On Wednesday, the Knights traveled to the Revolution Ice Gardens to take on the league-leading Philadelphia Revolution. The contest provided the Knights a good idea of where they stood relative to some of the league’s top competition.
The first period began at a slow pace. Just seven shots were sent on net between the two sides. The pace ground to a literal halt when a glass pane shattered six and a half minutes into play. After a slight delay and relocation to another rink at the facility, play resumed.
Both sides took time to get their feet under them. The Knights were thwarted on two power play chances, and put just five shots on goal in the frame. The Revolution would always prove unsuccessful on their lone power play of the first, but the opportunity brought about a flurry of late-period chances for Philadelphia. Thomas Walker (30 saves), the Knights starter in net, was able to turn away all 11 shots sent his way in the first.
The momentum would carry over into the second for the Revolution as just 42 seconds in, Martin Kapoian found a rebound to give Philly the 1-0 lead. Former Knight Tino Alunni came up with the primary assist with Brian Lange picking up the secondary. Five minutes later, their lead would build to 2-0 after Noah Bradley would find another rebound, on the power play, off assists from Jackson Koblick and Bryce Whitman.
In a frame dominated by penalty minutes, neither team would find much rhythm. The Knights would gain a slight edge in chances generated as the period wound on, and would finally be rewarded in the final seconds of the frame. Set up in neutral ice by a slick entry pass from Jake Nimeh, Zach Ouladelhadjahmed would bury a backhanded beauty past Philadelphia goaltender Peter Ciccarelli (27 saves) to bring the Knights within one.
The third period would pick up in pace, but the Revolution would seize back momentum quickly. They out-shot the Knights 11-6 in the third period, while limiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s grade-A looks on net. Both teams traded an unsuccessful power play in a largely uninhibited third period of play. After the expiration of a Knights power play with under a minute left in regulation, Walker left the net for the extra attacker.
Ciccarelli and the Revolution backcheck would finish off the final scoring opportunities the Knights would generate, on their way to their 33rd win of the year.
The Knights will look to bounce back against New York Applecore in a two-game road series this weekend. Saturday’s game will be at 4:10 pm EST at the Louis Astorino Ice Arena. Sunday’s contest will be at the same venue, but will take place at 9:30 am. Both games will be broadcast on www.hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!