At first glance, the score for round five of the Knights-Rebels card may bring about the feeling of deja vu. The Knights lost by three goals, but this game came down to a few shifts in which the Rebels capitalized and the Knights did not.
Things began in familiar fashion with both teams trading shots and not sustaining a lot of offensive zone time. For the first 13 minutes both teams were held off the scoreboard until Khrisitan Acosta fired a shot, from the top of the zone that found its way past Aston goalie Mareks Mitens.
The Knights held Aston at bay for the majority of the period, but as the minutes ticked down off the clock, the Rebel forecheck began to create chances. With just 1:20 left in the period Carter Wooley finally broke with a wrist shot that found it’s way through traffic and the pads of Grant Valentine.
The Knights would begin the second period with renewed intensity, establishing more possession in the attacking zone than prior matchups, but despite creating more chances, they were ultimately were turned away by Mitens. The Rebels had their own trouble solving Grant Valentine until the final seven seconds of the 2nd in which Aaron Maguyon finished off a 2-1 break by just placing the puck past the lunging Knights goalie to create a 2-1 score heading into the 3rd.
The final 20 minutes of play had been a sore spot for the Knights against Aston thus far this season, with the Rebels scoring three third-period goals in each of the three previous meetings.
The first seven minutes of the period began with both teams aggressively gaining each offensive zone before the Rebels pulled away. In back-to-back shifts they found the twine. The first came on on a nice set up from Rune Kirby and Aaron Muguyon who’s crisp passes caught Valentine just out of position allowing Gianluca Esteves to bury Aston’s third goal of the game. 19 seconds later Andrew Bellant burned through the Knights defense and across the slot before flipping the puck back-handed past Valentine to create the 4-1 score.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would press in response to the quick scores, matching shot for shot and generating a power play, but each time they were turned away by Mareks Mitens. Time would run out on the Knights come back effort, giving the Rebels their fourth straight win against the Knights and sixth straight overall.
The Knights will look to bounce back tonight against the New Jersey Titans at 7:30 pm in Middletown.