After the Knights took Friday’s game, the New Jersey Titans struck back at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a 3-0 decision to split the weekend Saturday night at Middletown Ice World Arena.
New Jersey got off to a quick start with Zach Nazzarett scoring just 1:17 into the contest. Gavin Gulash (who had been escorted out of Friday’s game) was back on the ice for Saturday. He factored in later in the first, shooting off the post and in for a power play goal past Knights’ goalie Samuel Vyletelka to give the Titans a 2-0 lead after the first. The opening period saw Wilkes-Barre get stuck in their own end and outshot heavily via a 24-4 margin.
The Knights outshot their Garden State opponent 13-8 in the middle section of the game, but were unable to capitalize in beating Matt Ladd. Wilkes-Barre came close in the third, when Tyrone Bronte rang one off the pipe, but otherwise the New Jersey defense limited the quality chances and shot total as a whole. Ladd made 26 saves in what is already the third year NAHL goalie’s second shutout of the season. Counterpart Vyletelka was beaten three times, but was solid in net with 43 stops.
The third goal against Wilkes-Barre came late in the game. With sustained zone time, the Titans pressured Vyletelka, peppering him with multiple shots until Joseph Glamos found Chris Garbe for the nail in the coffin.
With the loss, the Knights fall to 3-4-1, as they split with New Jersey and wrap up another weekend.
Up next, the Northeast Generals are welcomed in for a three game swing at Revolution Ice Centre. It kicks off Thursday at 2:30pm. Thursday’s game marks the beginning of the first five game home stand for the Knights this season. They’ll have another beginning in December. Both mark the longest home stands in the 2018-2019 campaign.