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After a 5-1 loss to the New Hampshire Avalanche Sunday, the Eastern Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights completed their 44 game regular season schedule. Though the final game was not what they had hoped for, the club strung off 10 consecutive wins prior and won 13 of their last 15 games.
Overall, the Knights finished 27-13-4. Their tear down the stretch helps the grey and blue clinch the third seed out of the Mid-Atlantic Conference, pitting them against the New York Apple Core. Of the other 17 EHL clubs, the Knights encountered no team more than they did New York this season.
In seven meetings, Wilkes-Barre never took a regulation loss against the Apple Core, going 5-0-2 against their playoff opponent. New York finished in the six seed with a 17-24-4 record. The most recent meeting came February 20th at Revolution Ice Centre when Thomas Walker and the Knights blanked New York by a 4-0 decision.
Head Coach Josh Fusco has his group playing their best hockey all season. Going into the playoffs winners in 10 of 11, the Knights are one of just three teams to have such a record over that same stretch. Both the New Hampshire Avalanche and Philadelphia Little Flyers also experienced that identical success rate. Both finished atop their division, and therefore have byes headed into the opening round.
The winner of the series between Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and New York will meet with the New Jersey 87’s in round two. The first round is a best-of-three series. All games will be played at Revolution Ice Centre; home of the Knights.
Game 1: Friday, March 8th @6:30pm
Game 2: Saturday, March 9th @6:30pm
Game 3 (if necessary): Monday, March 11th @1pm
All games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV.