In the final contest of a three-game weekend, the Knights met the New Jersey Titans for the first time since the season-opening series. On Sunday, the Knights jumped out of the gates with a fast and physical forecheck that drew an early penalty. The Knights would then take a penalty of their own, but score off Mike Gelatt’s fourth goal of the season, set up by Luke Robinson and Curtis Carlson during 4-on-4 play. The goal kicked off a strong afternoon for Gelatt, a former Titan, and native of Middletown, New Jersey.
The Titans would turn the tide midway through the period, and begin to building offensive pressure. They were continually turned away by Stoever until the final second of the period, when Matthew Cameron took a centering feed from Nick Yazguirre and Wade Novak and flipped it past Knights netminder Christian Stoever.
The second period saw both sides begin a parade to the penalty box, as the pace of the game slowed as special teams play dictated much of the frame. The Knights would fire home the first power play tally of the game at 9:14, when Mike Gelatt found the twine a second time off Curtis Carlson’s shot, set up by Anthony Firriolo.
Despite the parade’s continued march to the box, neither team found the net for the remainder of the period as Stoever and Titans goalie Brandon Perrone traded impressive saves.
In the third, the Knights penalty kill finally cracked when at 10:22, Nick Boyagian found a puck from Tyler Antonucci and Hunter Alden and ripped a long back-handed shot past Stoever to tie the game. The goal spoiled what was an otherwise solid performance by the Knights kill unit that went 9-10 in the game. Stoever and Perrone continued to trade saves as the game remained deadlocked through the end of regulation.
In the start of three-on-three overtime-the second such game in the three meetings between the teams-the Knights looked to duplicate their OT success from the Saturday. On this night, the Titans would emerge victorious, as Ryan Wheeler weaved his way around the Knights backcheck to put home the game-winning goal.
With the overtime loss, the Knights do extend their team point streak to five-straight games. They’ll look to bounce back quickly as they play host to the undefeated Philadelphia Rebels this Wednesday, October 25th.