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On Friday, the Knights took the ice for their second game of the week, taking on a divisional foe in the Philadelphia Little Flyers. The game quickly broke out in the Flyers favor as they notched the game’s first two goals off the efforts of Nate Mickey (Trevor Lewandoski, Sasha Miniouchine) and Avery Smith (Ryan Galvin, Matt Sheaffer) in the game’s first nine minutes.
The Knights forecheck, gaining steam as the period progressed, drew two key penalties in the second half of the frame. Anthony Starzi capitalized on the first at 12:29 off assists from Denys Arkhypenko and Jake Fuss. Nick Peck would make the Little Flyers pay on the second power play, as he came down from the blue line, wrapped around the net, and banked a puck off the shoulder of Philadelphia goalie Alex Henson to tie the game at two.
In the second, both teams put the pedal to metal on the attack, as the teams combined for 31 shots in the middle frame. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took the lead just 1:49 into the frame when Cody Rumsey re-directed a Emerson Emery’s point shot past Henson.
Philadelphia’s answer came at 5:15 when Cale Coor ripped a laser off Ryan Vogt’s clean faceoff win, bringing the score even at three. Emery responded 20 seconds later unassisted at even strength to give the Knights a 4-3 lead. At 12:56, Jake Fuss tallied the Knights third power play goal, his team-leading 12th tally of the season, set up by Nick Peck’s third point in the last two games.
The Little Flyers would not go quietly in the frame, picking up a late-period goal from Alex Octherbeck assisted by Joey Savel and Nick Magill-Diaz on a 5-on-3 power play.
Following the fast-paced second, the third period saw a reduction in chances with each back-check slowing movement through the ice. With a 5-4 lead heading into the third, both goalies buckled down. Knights starter Thomas Walker made his biggest saves to date, turning away odd-man rushes that included the EHL’s leading goal-scorer in the aforementioned Ochterbeck. Alex Henson was equal to the task, keeping the Knights lead to just a single score by stopping all five offerings Wilkes-Barre/Scranton sent his way.
As the clock hit zero, the Knights held on to secure the victory, their first against the Little Flyers this season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will be back at it again tomorrow against the Philadelphia Jr. Flyers at the Ice Line Quad Rinks at 7:15 pm EDT. The game can be streamed live on hockeytv.com. Check back at @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter for live updates!