Written by Nick Marotta
After a 1-1-1 series against the Northeast Generals last week, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights look to recapture momentum against the Johnstown Tomahawks and New Jersey Titans this weekend.
The two teams met in dozen contest last season, and the Tomahawks held quite the advantage. Johnstown had a 9-2-1 record against the Knights in the 2016-17 season. Last year’s team finished in second place in the division with a 40-16-4 record and had two forwards over the 60 point threshold in the regular season. Due to roster turnover, however, many of these players did not return for the 2017-18 season, and the Tomahawks have had some early season struggles. The team has a 2-12 record at the season’s outset, and has a -35 point differential. A bright spot on the team has been the 19 year old forward from Troy, MI, Joe Kile. Kile has scored 5 goals on the season, leading the team.
On Sunday, the Knights will take on the East’s 4th place New Jersey Titans in their third meeting of the season. Following two Knights wins head-to-head to open the season, the Titans will look for revenge in an intense East-division battle. That game will take place Sunday at 4:30 pm EDT.
The Knights, coming off of a 6-5 OT loss Sunday against the Northeast Generals, will showcase two new defensemen this weekend in #20 Anthony Firriolo and #5 Shay Donovan. Firriolo has one point on the season in 11 games with the Amarillo Bulls, and Donovan is a veteran of the NAHL having played with the Coulee Region Chill last year. This season he spent a month with the Minnesota Wilderness before being signed by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Knights also welcome back key forward Tyrone Bronte to the roster. The Knights have a record of 1-2-2 without Bronte this season, and 5-1 with him.
With a solid weekend, the Knights would have the opportunity to narrow the gap between themselves and the top of the division. The first two games will take place at the Revolution Ice Center at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday. General admission tickets are $5 apiece. You can watch the games on hockeytv.com, and follow @WBSKnights on Twitter and Instagram to catch live updates on all this weekend’s action!