Following a strong pair of wins to open a three-game weekend, the Knights took the ice Sunday in Attleboro looking for a clean sweep of the lone team ahead of them in the East Division Standings.
After a scoreless first half of the first period, the Knights got on the board at 11:30 when Jack Olmstead found Matt Kidney off a turnover, after which Kidney ripped a puck by Generals goalie David Fessenden. All nine Northeast shots on goal were snuffed out by Knights starter Christian Stoever. At the end of the frame, the Knights held a decided advantage in shots and control of play.
Sensing a chance to breakaway in a one-goal game, the Knights opened up their attack in the second period. Reed Robinson scored early at 1:48 off assists from Tyrone Bronte and Michael Morrissey. Matt Kidney picked up goal number two of the afternoon at 6:32 with helpers from Olmstead and Anthony Firriolo. Mike Gelatt capped off the period’s scoring at 7:28, unassisted to build a commanding 4-0 lead.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did not relent on either end of the ice, as the team killed off two penalties, while Stoever stopped all 10 shots sent his way in the second.
Entering the third, the Knights left the door slightly ajar with a slew of penalties in the opening half of the period, serving three in the first eight minutes. The Generals capitalized on the second when Luke Perunovich notched his second goal of the season off assists from Mike Egan and Matt Demelis.
From there, the Knights buckled down. They were out-shot 14-13 in the third, but maintained a steady presence on the attack, forcing an eye-popping total of 45 shots on Fessenden on the afternoon. Stoever didn’t finish the day with a shutout, but held the NAHL’s top scoring offense to just one goal, stopping 32 of 33.
With the win, the Knights move within one point of the first-place Generals. They’ve won four in a row and haven’t lost in regulation since October 13th, resulting in a nine-game point streak. They’ll head to Johnstown next weekend for a two-game road trip on November 10th and 11th in their efforts to keep climbing the divisional ladder.