In their third game of the 2016 NAHL Showcase, the Knights played their fourth consecutive game decided by one goal. As the final horn sounded, they found themselves once again frustrated with a close loss.
As was the case the day before, the Knights again received strong totals from rookie netminder Colt Hanks, who stopped 38 of 40 shots on goal. But similarly to previous games in Blaine, the Knights were outshot by their opponent.
Things started promisingly enough when Jimmy Elser was able to score unassisted just before the midway point of the first period. The scoring would end there for the Knights for the remainder of play.
Minot goaltender Austin Park stopped 28 of 29 Knights shots to help spur on the comeback effort of the Minotauros, who found their first goal in the final minute of the second period off a Reid Stefanson powerplay goal.
Minot would strike again at the 13:42 mark of the 3rd period when Spencer Zwiener beat Hanks with Zack Bross collecting the game’s lone assist.
The Knights special teams went 0-2 on the powerplay, with one chance coming late in the third, but the team could not equalize. Having a man advantage has not worked as hoped for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton throughout the Showcase as the team has just one goal in eight attempts (12.5% success rate).
The team will look to go .500 on their Minnesota road trip with a game against the Odessa Jackalopes (3-1) at 9 AM CST/10 AM EST.