In game two of the Knights weekend battle with the Philadelphia Rebels, the team looked to get back on track following a 2-1 loss on Friday night.
The game began where yesterday’s action largely left off: chances for both sides but both goalies keeping the opposing attack at bay for the first half of the opening period. Knights netminder David Tomeo was answered in the early going by Rebels puck-stopper Eli Billing as the pair traded solid saves. The scoreless stretch held until 10:39, when Philadelphia veteran Ryan Patrick picked up his second goal of the season on helpers from Diarmad Dimurro and Andrew Bellant.
Reed Robinson was quick to respond for the Knights, as just 57 seconds later, he filed his third tally of the year (Blake Kryska, Curtis Carlson). In the minutes that followed, the Rebels wracked up back-to-back penalties. The second proved costly, as Robinson struck again at 18:18, tipping a Justin Engelkes point shot past Billing to take a 2-1 lead.
The second period opened with a quick Rebels response. Carson Briere, son to Danny Briere, scored his first NAHL goal unassisted at 2:25 to knot the game at two. More penalties followed, as the Rebels took three more in the middle frame. In the brief respite at 13:34, Justin Smith found the twine off an Adam Peck helper to give Philadelphia back the lead.
The Knights again were quick to answer, as this time it was veteran forward Mike Gelatt taking over. He struck first on a power play at 14:29 (unassisted), and then again at even strength at 18:26 off a Josh Fricks apple. At the conclusion of 40 minutes, the Knights found themselves up 4-3 against the NAHL’s lone undefeated team and top-ranked defense.
For much of the third period, the Knights battled in their own zone as Philadelphia, spurred on by two Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penalties, dictated tempo. The Knights survived both turns shorthanded, and forced a power play of their own at 9:53. Like the Knights, the Rebels buckled down in their own zone, killing the penalty and keeping themselves within striking distance as time wound down.
With just over three minutes to go, on a feed from Julian Makary, Ryan Patrick scored the game-tying goal at 16:49. The Knights countered with a fast-paced attack in the final minute of regulation, but were unable to best Billing to avoid overtime.
After two minutes of even paced three-on-three, Diarmad Dimurro flew up ice to create a 2-on-1 in which he found a streaking Auggie Moore in front, who in turn pushed home the game-winning score.
The Knights now move to 5-2-1 on the season, salvaging one point of a possible four on the weekend. They’ll get ready for a three-game home series against the division-leading Northeast Generals next weekend beginning on Friday, October 13th.