Knights Swept by Rebels

In an eerily similar game to the contest the night before, the Knights once again found themselves playing even early only to find themselves chasing late.

Things got off to a decent enough start. Much like Friday’s game, the first period saw both teams trade unsuccessful rushes up and down the ice. With just over one minute left in the first stanza, Khristian fed a puck to Matt Kidney who then placed an on outlet to a streaking Braden Brown. Brown barrelled down the left wing and tossed a puck off and over the shoulder of Aston goalie Mareks Mitens. The fluttering puck landed neatly behind the goal line to give the Knights a 1-0 lead heading to the dressing room.

In the second, a  galvanized Rebels team hit the ice and began their forecheck in earnest. Just 2:03 into the second period Aston got on the board after Justin Smith ripped a shot off a body in front which ricocheted past Grant Valentine.

Carter Wooley followed that up at the 7:54 mark with a goal off an assist from Brennan Kapcheck. The goal sparked an increased flurry of offense for the Rebels as they mounted an impressive 18 shots on the period, doubling the Knights 9.

A third goal found twine for the Rebels a second before the expiration of a power play when Gianluca Esteves poked one by Valentine on the near post to increase his team’s advantage. At the conclusion of 40 minutes of play, the Rebels led 3-1 on the  scoreboard and held a 10 shot advantage heading into the second intermission.

The 3rd period mirrored its predecessor 24 hours earlier  with Aston putting the game decidedly in their favor on the back of a blistering forecheck. For the majority of the final 20 minutes, the Knights bogged down repeatedly in neutral ice, as the Rebels had little trouble keeping them out of the offensive zone. Again, the Knights found themselves chasing the puck in their own zone too often, and finally Andrew Bellant put the game away at 15:07 in the 3rd period, hopping on a rebound and stuffing it on the near post to give the Rebels a 4-1 lead.

On the season, the Knights fall to 5-8, while the Rebels improve to 12-2. The Knights will look to get back in the win column when they travel to New Jersey to play the Titans in an 11:30 am game on Wednesday, October 19th.