With less than two minutes to play, Matt Mood broke a 3-3 tie to help the EHL Knights overcome the Philadelphia Revolution on the road Thursday afternoon.
The Knights played their second and final regular season meeting with the Revs, having split the year, 1-1. The club also remains within striking distance of Philadelphia for the number three playoff seed in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, sitting four points back with a
20-12-4 record. Both teams have mathematically clinched a playoff spot, which is determined by points percentage this season.
Wilkes-Barre struck over five minutes into the game on Zach Ouladelhadjamed’s goal. Forward Hunter Bersani skated the puck from his blue line to the Philly goal line before sliding it across for Ouladelhadjamed to tap it in past goalkeeper Filip Grancarov. With an assist, Bersani got his first of what turned out to be a three point game for the top line center.
His second point was a power play goal late in the first. Bersani was fed for a one-timer in the slot while falling down, but got enough of it to score his 15th goal of the season.
Philadelphia scored once in the first and second, leaving the game tied at two headed into the final period. EHL Knights captain Rhett Padgett fired his second goal of the season home past six minutes into the third. The blue liner turned offensive for a rush in-between the circles leading to a 3-2 lead for the visiting Knights. The goal was also Padgett’s first in 25 games.
From one defensive captain to another; this time Philly’s “C” wearing Tommy Donnelly would be the one to score, putting it past Knights net minder Thomas Walker. After Anthony Starzi was sent to the box for holding, Donnelly crashed the crease, redirecting a pass underneath Walker for the tying goal.
With both teams scoring power play tallies, both with over 30 shots, and each club with three goals, it looked that with less than two minutes to play, this contest would reward each team a point, with the second going to whoever won in overtime. Instead, Chatham University commit Matt Mood made sure the game ended in regulation.
Mood sent a puck toward the front of the net with 1:12 to play. The rubber hit something or someone in front and was able to trickle into the goal, giving Mood credit for his seventh goal in the last nine games.
Thomas Walker got the win in net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, registering 34 saves for his 19th win of the season.
The Knights will play back-to-back games Sunday and Monday, beginning with Team Maryland.