After no hockey for 12 days, head coach Josh Fusco’s group showed no signs of rust, beating the division rival New York Apple Core, 3-1 Tuesday afternoon at Revolution Ice Centre. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton bares an 18-12-4 record, while New York falls to 12-19-4 on the Eastern Hockey League season.
Though the Apple Core would score the first goal in this game, the Knights burst for a dominant performance from there. with a 1-0 score in the first, Anthony Starzi called for a breakaway feed given to him by Denys Arkhypenko. The Stevenson commit deked out New York goalie Alexander Fowler and tucked home the shot for his 9th goal of the EHL season.
In the second, Wilkes-Barre began a full-blown takeover, outshooting the Apple Core 22-5. While Fowler stood on his head for much of the frame, the Knights would find their resolve in the form of Jack Morton, who netted the 7th of his season to make it 2-1 at the second intermission.
After leading the Knights in shots by a 12-11 margin after the first period, New York would add just 10 shots on goal over the final 40 minutes. Wilkes-Barre compiled an overall 46 bids on net compared to New York’s 22.
Cody Rumsey would get what served as the put away goal at the 15:20 mark of period three, scoring in tight on Fowler off a pass from Morton, who finished with the only two point game of any player in the contest. Knights keeper Thomas Walker managed 21 stops for his 17th win of the season. His save percentage also improved to .922 on the year, seating him third highest in the league among goaltenders with 30 or more games played.
Wilkes-Barre begins the final month of the regular season Saturday with a rematch against the Apple Core up in the Empire State.