Dating back to last year’s playoffs, the Knights had had their fair share of struggles against the Rebels. When they last met, the Knights found themselves on the wrong end of a three-game sweep and exit from the postseason. Both teams field a fair amount of returning players from last season, so memories on both sides of a heated 8-8 season series from a year ago are still pretty fresh.
One of those returners got things going with not one, but two tallies in the first period as Rebels defenseman Gvido Jansons beat Grant Valentine to the glove side twice, the first score coming on the powerplay.
The early 2-0 deficit did not deter the Knights, as in the first period, Joseph Campolieto carried a puck deep behind the net of Mareks Mitens before fluttering a puck out front for a Michael Morrissey, power play tap in.
The second period remained in deadlocked at 2-1, with both teams caught in a largely north-south affair wrought with physical play along the walls, and an absence of too many chances from high-volume scoring areas.
Following more of the same through the first half of the third period, the game’s third act proved to be the definitive stanza ignited by Sam Antonitsch’s first NAHL goal at the 15:20 mark. After Andrew Jackson too the puck hard to the net, Antonitsch was there in a perfectly placed trailer role to poke home the equalizer.
Counting on overtime would prove to be a mistake for any interested party as 41 seconds later, Vince Marino buried what would prove to be the game’s-winning goal, as once again Joseph Campolieto once again provided the helper out in front off a feed from Jesse Anderson.
The Knights would answer any lingering questions in the game’s final minutes with Curtis Carlson potting an empty-netter from the left wing corner, and a Dorian Dawson netting one of his own with a long lofted lob from the defensive zone.
With the Knights win, they improve to 4-5 on the year while Aston moves to 7-2. The two teams will play again at the Revolution Ice Centre at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 7th.
Knights by the Numbers:
-Joe Campolieto picked up three more assists, giving him a team-high 10 points on the season
-The three goals allowed by Mareks Mitens mark the second-most he’s allowed this season
-Grant Valentine earned his second straight win.
-With the victory, the Knights have their first winning streak of the season
On that night, the Knights will kick off their Pink the Rink Month to raise money for the Fight against Breast Cancer.
Friday also marks Carnival Night. All fans in attendance will receive free Knights’ carnival beads and will have a chance to partake in carnival games for prizes. Read more details here.