An early third period goal from New Jersey’s Geoff Lamorre served as the game winner Wednesday afternoon for the 87’s, who beat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, 3-2 in Eastern Hockey League action at Revolution Ice Centre.
New Jersey’s first strike came 4:01 into the game, when Justin Vickers was robbed by Knights’ goalie Thomas Walker on a breakaway. Though Walker managed the save, the puck popped free for Ty Brandt to stuff it home for the 87’s.
Johnny Jackson tied the game for Wilkes-Barre later in the first with what appeared to be a harmless shot from the high slot. Jackson’s wrister seemed to handcuf net minder Dalton Jerzak, bouncing off the goalie and in to make it 1-1.
Wilkes-Barre’s only lead came in the second when Zach Ouladelhadjamed put the third shot on Jerzak in the span of less than 10 seconds. Zach’s shot was more of a low, tuck it home style goal, as the already sprawled out Jerzak couldn’t get over in time after previously denying Matthew Bielinski and Hunter Bersani on the doorstep.
The Knights were guilty of four penalties in Wednesday’s game. After successfully killing the previous three, a Bersani slashing call proved to spark New Jersey’s power play, with Zach Tarantino being fed by EHL All-Star Jack Lane for a one-time blast to beat Walker at the 14:28 mark of the second.
In a tie game, Jack McDonough found himself crashing toward the net for a shot on Walker. The New Jersey native made the initial stop for Wilkes-Barre, but a rebound was left for defenseman Geoff Lamorre, who barreled the puck in the back of the net for the game’s final goal, making it 3-2. Walker made 35 saves for Wilkes-Barre in the loss.
With the win, New Jersey improves to 8-2, staying atop the EHL’s North Division in the Mid-Atlantic Conference. The Knights fall to 5-4-1 on the campaign.