Friday, January 11th-Northwest Arena @ 7:05pm
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (12-19-2, 26pts.)
Jamestown Rebels (20-10-3, 43pts.)
Teams meet for second consecutive weekend.
After grabbing three of four points a week ago, the Knights look to continue trending upward when they visit Jamestown for another pair of games against the Rebels. Last week, Wilkes-Barre earned a point in a shootout loss, then beat Jamestown, 4-2 the following day.
There’s no easy way to say this. What’s coming for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will perhaps be the most daunting part of their schedule all season long. Including this game, the Knights have 27 to go in the 2018-2019 NAHL regular season.
Only seven will come at home.
With a bunch of road games left, the Knights will play 18 of the next 20 away from Revolution Ice Centre. The gauntlet-like stretch wraps up with a season-long eight game trip to kick off March. Tonight is the beginning of a four game road swing, taking them through the top two clubs in the division; Jamestown and Johnstown. Thus far, Wilkes-Barre has gone 4-6-1 on the road.
Badal For One, and One For Badal
Rookie winger Jacob Badal has struck four goals in on Jamestown across the previous eight games these teams have played this season. After a two goal performance last Saturday, Badal sits in sole possession for first on the Knights for points, with 22 in 33 games.
The Western Michigan commitment also leads his club in goals with 13, with a team-best 10 coming at even strength. The 17-year-old is well represented in another critical category: penalty minutes. Having just taken three minor penalties all season, Badal is far and away leading the team for fewest penalty minutes among active players. It’s helped him stay out of the box and on the ice, where the youngest player on this Knights squad is doing more damage than anyone.
He’s a Frye Guy
Last week, the Knights prevented Jamestown leading scorer Alex Frye to register a point. With 32 points in 33 games, Frye was held off the scoreboard in consecutive contests for just the 3rd time this season.
The ’98 forward still leads his team in points against the Knights this year, registering nine in the eight games played. Barring an unforeseen event, Frye is expected to play in his 145th NAHL game tonight. He sits two goals shy for 50 across his NAHL tenure. Frye began his junior career in the USHL, playing for the Chicago Steel during the 2015-2016 season. Including his time in the Windy City, Friday night will mark the 200th game of Alex Frye’s junior hockey career.
For What It’s Worth
Sacha Guillemain scored in Saturday’s win over Jamestown, marking the 50th NAHL point of his career.
Knights goalie Zach Stejskal has the second best save percentage across the league at .939 entering Friday’s game. He ranks first among goaltenders with 15 or more games played, and has had a save percentage under .917 in just one of his last 12 games.
With 63 career points with the NAHL Knights, Adrian Danchenko is now tied with Mike Gelatt for 5th in the all-time scoring ranks of this team. Earlier in the year, Danchenko surpassed Michael Morrissey for most games played in an NAHL Knights jersey. Tonight will be his 134th game.
Puck drop is set for 7:05pm and can be watched live on HockeyTV.