Late Surge Powers 87’s Over Knights

New Jersey scored a pair of goals in the final five minutes, taking down the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Wednesday afternoon at Revolution Ice Centre.

Wilkes-Barre’s EHL team fell to 7-6-1, while New Jersey remains hot, improving to 13-3 and winning their 10th game in the last 11.

Scoring didn’t begin until the final minute of the second period. A mad scramble in front of Knights’ goalie Thomas Walker led to a goal by Kyle DePalma for the 87’s to take a 1-0 lead. Ironically, DePalma announced his commitment to Albertus Magnus College
(NCAA D-III) last week; the same school Walker has made his commitment with. Both are the only players that have made their decisions for the Knights and 87’s.

Early in the third, Knights’ forward Henry Devoe had a beautiful game-tying goal. The winger carried the puck into the zone, skating past the defense and breaking down New Jersey goaltender Dalton Jerzak in the crease to tuck the puck home.

Devoe’s goal sparked the Knights, who put 10 shots on goal in the third, but Wilkes-Barre faced an uphill battle against a team who scored 22 third period goals heading into Wednesday.

That trend continued for the Garden Stats rivals, with the team climbing back to a lead at the 15:24 mark as Jack Lane scored his seventh of the season. The goal came just 10 seconds after an earlier goal was called on a heard of bodies crashing the Knights net, only to be called back by the same official who initially ruled it a goal.

The contest remained a one goal difference until Cam Lindsay redirected a shot in front with less than two minutes to play, taking a 3-1 lead to the final buzzer.

Road action comes up next for the EHL Knights, who play next Sunday against the New England Wolves.