Round two of the Knights home-and-home against the Johnstown Tomahawks found the team looking for its second-straight victory.
Reed Robinson initiated their efforts early as just 4:10 into the opening period, he forced a takeaway inside the left circle of the Johnstown zone before firing a top-shelf snipe by Tomahawks goalie Britt League.
The score would serve as the period’s lone tally as League and the irons would stymie the Knights through the rest of the frame. For their part, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was steadied by netminder Christian Stoever, who began his second-straight start with a nine-save effort in the first.
The second period progressed similarly to its predecessor, as the grinding pace of play saw both teams fail to find much rhythm on the attack. Johnstown gained an edge with physical play in the middle of the period, forcing Stoever to make a few sterling saves before the Tomahawks finally broke through at 13:28.
Receiving the puck above the left circle, Joe Kile added to his team-leading goal total by ripping a power play shot through traffic to best Stoever and tie the game at one. Matyas Kacirek and Samuel Solensky chipped in the assists.
Hunter Carrick followed with a perfect screen shot from just inside the blue line at 15:55, beating Stoever off the smooth cycle by Mitchell Hale and Brendan White.
As has become a trend of late, a slew of penalties were handed out to both sides nearing the end of the second period. On a 4-on-3 power play, Knights newcomer Anthony Firriolo fired a shot to the net front, where second-round draft pick Justin Engelkes tipped it to twine to even the score at two.
Galvanized by the late-period boost, Reed Robinson came out swinging in the third, as the son of Rockwall, Texas crashed hard to the net, following League being caught out of the crease in a scrum for the puck. Off the savvy efforts of Matt Kidney and Mike Morrissey to center the puck through the diving League, Robinson buried the loose change to give his team the 3-2 lead just prior to the 3:00 mark of the third period.
Emblematic of their gritty effort throughout the weekend, the Tomahawks were quick to respond, as Samuel Solensky picked up his second goal of the series two minutes after Robinson’s second goal (Hale, White).
The remainder of the third period returned to the game’s roots, as each side found little success in settling pucks in the attacking zone. Christian Stoever made a lunging, stick-save to keep the game even at three, while the Knights mounted a few tests on Britt League, but as regulation expired, the teams remained tied at three.
To open the overtime period of 3-on-3, the Knights and Tomahawks made a few quick rushes up the ice with neither forecheck proving successful.
Off their second change, the Knights sent out the trio of Jack Olmstead, Matt Kidney, and Tom Farrell around the 1:00 mark of the third period. Kidney swept the puck ahead to Olmstead who brought it to the left circle before turning it back to a waiting Farrell at the blue line. Farrell walked the puck down to the top of the slot before ripping a perfectly placed shot over League’s shoulder to deliver the Knights an overtime win.
With the victory the Knights have picked up a point or more in four-straight games. They’ll look to keep their two-game winning streak active against the Titans today at 4:30 pm EDT. The game will be broadcast on HockeyTV.com. Follow Knights social media for in-game updates:
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