Back-to-back wins for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights over the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers means the end of a five game losing streak and four points picked up in the North Division standings.
On Saturday, the Knights visited Ice Line Arena, taking a 6-2 win over Philadelphia, followed by a Sunday afternoon 4-1 victory at Revolution Ice Centre.
In the first game, it was a four goal second period that helped lift the Knights to ending their skid. After allowing the first goal of the game under a minute into the second, Markus Odermatt and Hunter Bersani responded, scoring 31 seconds apart from each other to put Wilkes-Barre up.
Denys Arkhypenko scored on the power play with a wrist shot that went low and in past Jr. Flyers’ starter Timothy Carpenter for the third goal, before defenseman Joshua Edwards added to the scoring on a pass from Emerson Emery in an odd man rush situation. Cody Rumsey and Liam Oatman would add on in the third. Knights net minder Thomas Walker made 25 saves in the contest.
On Sunday afternoon, Josh Fusco’s group continued their consistency and push for a higher compete level, at one point outshooting the Jr. Flyers 24-8 en route to a 4-1 Knights win.
Edwards scored in back-to-back games, rushing up the ice for a two-on-one with Hunter Bersani to make it 1-0 before the contest was five minutes old. Bersani completed a four point weekend, scoring once and adding three assists to his stat sheet as he continues to lead the Knights in scoring.
For the third time in four games, the 6’3″ forward Oatman registered a goal. In this one, A harmless shot to the outside of the net by Osmundas Balciunaitis was not held on to by the starter for Philadelphia, Albin Mulic. This allowed Oatman to take an extra chop at it from the side of the net, making it 2-0 Knights.
6:33 into the second, Ben Meisinger took a heavy wrist shot from the slot, scoring his first Eastern Hockey league goal. Ironically, Meisinger spent time with the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers Premiere team last year. Just 1:15 later, Matthew Bielinski scored his fifth of the season after being a healthy scratch Saturday night.
Goaltender Thomas Walker took the cage for Wilkes-Barre again, nearly 15 hours after finishing Saturday’s game in West Chester, Pa. Walker managed 26 saves on the afternoon and carried a shutout into the final two minutes of the game before Philadelphia’s Nick Kiemel scored on a tip-in to give the Jr. Flyers their lone tally.
The Knights jump over the .500 mark, standing 9-8-2 after the weekend sweep of Philadelphia. Up next comes Thanksgiving break, followed by the team resuming play in Lehigh Valley facing the Jr. Rebels Tuesday, November 27th.