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The Knights played host to the red hot Philadelphia Little Flyers on Thursday afternoon. The Little Flyers entered competition on a four-game winning streak, including a clean sweep of their EHL showcase slate.
The Knights began their lone game of the week coming off a win of their own to round out their trip in Walpole. The game began as a tight affair as neither team cracked the scoreboard in the opening 20 minutes. Both power play units were stymied in their early efforts, while netminders Jared Stahel and Brendahn Brawley stayed disciplined in their respective creases.
The Knights out-shot and out-chanced their Mid-Atlantic standings neighbors through the first period but it was the Little Flyers leading scorer, Alex Octherbeck, who broke the tie just 1:43 into the second. Set up by Zikmund Mroz and Nick Magill-Diaz, the ’97 forward tee’d up a shot past Stahel for the game’s first goal.
Determined to not allow momentum get away from them in the middle frame, the Knights answered quickly. Denys Arkhypenko recorded his first goal of the season, unassisted at 5:58. Ochterbeck responded with his second goal just 57 seconds later (Joey Savel, Ricky Walsh), moving Philadelphia back into the lead. Tyler Nielsen brought the score even three minutes later with a beautiful top-shelf snipe off helpers from Jake Nimeh and Rhett Padgett. Ochterbeck got the last laugh in the period, completing a hat trick at 17:58. Brendan Coughlin and Ricky Walsh worked the puck free off the half-wall in the Knights zone before Walsh fed a puck to the streaking Ochterbeck, who went five-hole to regain the lead.
In the third, Avery Smith picked up insurance for Philadelphia as the big-bodied forward put a give-and-go home on a tip in front just before the four-minute mark. Despite their continued ability to drive hard to the net and place shots on Brawley, the Knights couldn’t find the goals necessary for a comeback, falling 4-2 at the horn. Alex Ochterbeck’s hat trick, combined with Brendahn Brawley stopping 39 of 41 shots for Philadelphia paced the Little Flyers to the win.
The Knights next EHL contest will come next Wednesday, October 25th, when they take on the Philadelphia Revolution at the Revolution Ice Gardens at 2:00 pm EDT. Follow our social media below and stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com for updates and content on all news!
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