The Knights Leading Scorer is Heading to the Sioux Falls Stampede
Khristian Acosta has had a whirlwind several months since the start of the 2016-17 season. After a 2015-16 that saw Acosta year commit to Quinnipiac University and win a USPHL Premier Championship, the 98-birth year made the jump from the New Jersey Hitmen to tier-II hockey with a trade to the Knights this past fall.
Despite arriving nearly a month into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season, Acosta made his impact immediately, scoring his first NAHL goal in his first game against the Aston Rebels. In his first 10 games, he tallied 6 goals and 7 assists, quickly cementing his place in the Knights top six.
His scoring would not relent; in 34 games, he registered 12 goals and 23 assists to own a points-per-game average above one. Acosta recorded multiple points games on eight separate occasions in his stint with the Knights, highlighted by four-point games on October 23rd (0-4-4) and January 7th (1-3-4).
“Khristian made an immediate impact with us,” said Knights head coach and general manager Tom Kowal. “That’s a testament to his impressive skill set but also to his strong work ethic. It’s easy to see from his numbers that he was a dynamic player for us, but beyond that he was a high-energy player up and down the ice. We’re happy to have had him and are proud of his achievements. We’ll be rooting for him as he continues ahead with his career with the Sioux Falls Stampede.”
At his next stop, the Middletown, New Jersey native will return to a familiar place. Acosta was drafted by the Stampede of the United States Hockey League in round nine, with pick 143 of this league’s most recent Entry Draft. Though he did not initially make the roster, he will return in a trade from the Knights that will unite him with former Knights defenseman Paul DeNaples. The entire organization would like to thank Khristian for his contributions and wishes him all the best moving forward!