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Knights Top the Black Bears in Overtime, 4-3

PITTSON, Penn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights topped the Maryland Black Bears in a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, January 10, at Revolution Ice Centre.

The Knights record in regular season play  improves to 17-14-2-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

The Black Bears took a 1-0 lead after a scoreless first period, striking first at 12:13 of the middle frame.

With 7:08 left in the second, Zak Currie scored the Knights’ first goal of the game to tie it up, 1-1. Michael Sacco and Johnny Kaljian were credited with assists.

The Black Bears took back the lead with 4:42 left in the second, but the lead was short-lived.

Kaljian knotted the score up, 2-2, just 13 seconds later, with assists from Currie and Sacco.

Scoring opened up late in the third period when the Knights tallied their third goal of the game with just 3:15 left in the period. Spencer Kring scored on the power play, with assists from Tyrone Bronte and Lincoln Hatten.

The game was ultimately decided in overtime, however, as the Black Bears scored a late goal to tie the score at three apiece.

With 3:07 left in 5-minute overtime, Cadon Meyer scored the game winning goal, with assists from Sacco and Artur Turansky, securing the 4-3 overtime win for the Knights.

Alex Contey played a full game in net and made 23 saves.

The Knights face off with the Black Bears again tomorrow, January 10, for a 7pm faceoff at Revolution Ice Centre.

 

Knights Fall 4-3 in Back and Forth Game With Titans

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights fell to the New Jersey Titans, 4-3, in an overtime loss on Saturday, November 2, at Middletown Sports Complex.

The Knights’ record is now 9-9-1-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL) in regular season play.

“We need to work on the little things in our game,” said Head Coach Tom Kowal. “Our team works hard, but we need to work smarter.”

New Jersey opened scoring at 2:25 of the first period to take a 1-0 lead, however Knights’ goaltender Alex Contey would go on to hold off the Titans’ efforts throughout the rest of the period, including a power play opportunity for New Jersey.

With 6:25 remaining in the first period, Tyrone Bronte sent the puck glove-side past Titans net minder Patrick Pugliese to tie the game at one apiece going into the first intermission. Bronte’s linemates Lincoln Hatten and Johnny Kaljian tallied assists on the goal.

The score remained tied at one apiece until the Titans scored with 6:04 left in the middle frame, regaining a one-goal lead.

The Knights responded quickly, just two minutes and 16 seconds after the Titans’ second goal, with a second goal of their own. Jeff Bertrand scored on the only power play opportunity of the game, assisted by Bronte and Hatten.

The game headed into the third period with the score tied at two apiece.

Once again, the Titans regained the lead early in the period. At 5:16 of the third period, the Knights were trailing the Titans 3-2.

With 5:12 left in the third frame, Cadon Meyer scored from the point off of an assist from Kaljian to bring the score, once again, back to a tie.

Ultimately, the game had to be decided in overtime. The Titans scored halfway through the 5-minute span of 3-on-3 overtime to take the game, 4-3.

Contey played a full game in net and made 28 saves.

The Knights return to action on Friday, November 8, for a 7:00pm matchup against the Maine Nordiques at Revolution Ice Centre.

 

The Knights fall to the Black Bears, 5-2

ODENTON, Maryland — Despite a two-goal game from Lincoln Hatten and 27 saves from Alex Contey, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights fell to the Maryland Black Bears in its Saturday night matchup at Piney Orchard Ice Arena on October 26th.

The Knights’ regular season record is now 8-7-0-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

“We took too many penalties and got caught up in undisciplined play,” said Head Coach Tom Kowal. “It cost us.”

The Knights broke open the scoring early in the first period as Hatten netted his first goal of the game, just four minutes and 16 seconds into regulation. Hatten snagged the puck from a Black Bear defenseman and went on to tuck it past Maryland goaltender Andrew Takacs’s glove side.

Maryland scored a power play goal with 5:32 remaining in the first period to end the period with a 1-1 tie.

As the second frame began, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wasted no time in regaining its lead. Hatten netted a second goal in a mere 65 seconds of second period play, sending a backhand shot past the netminder off of an assist from Johnny Kaljian.

Contey was extremely influential in preserving the Knights’ 2-1 lead through two high-pressure Black Bear power plays. However, Maryland capitalized on a third power play opportunity of the second period to tie up the score, 2-2.

Maryland pulled away with the help of a third power play goal late in the second period, and fourth goal early in the third period to secure a 4-2 lead.

Ultimately, the Knights could not recover after Maryland netted a fourth unanswered goal and fell, 5-2.

“In the end we couldn’t make up the difference,” said Kowal. “We worked hard, but we have to work smarter in the games ahead.”

Point leaders for the Knights this weekend were Hatten, Kaljian, and Jordan Strand. Hatten tallied three goals over the course of two games, including last night’s overtime game-winner and both goals in tonight’s loss. Kaljian recorded three assists, including the primary assist on Hatten’s game-winner, and Strand recorded a goal and an assist in yesterday’s action.

Contey played two full games and recorded a .85 SV% through the weekend.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights return to action on Wednesday, October 30th, for a 2:00pm matchup against the New Jersey Titans at Revolution Ice Centre.

Knights top Black Bears in overtime, 5-4

ODENTON, Maryland — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights emerged with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Maryland Black Bears on Friday, October 25th at Piney Orchard Ice Arena.

The victory improves the Knight’s regular season record to 8-6-0-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

“Ultimately, we battled through a high-scoring game and our chemistry as a team came together when it counted,” said Knights Head Coach, Tom Kowal. “Any win on the road against Eastern Division teams is great for us.”

Despite multiple scoring opportunities for both teams, the first period came and went without a goal scored for the Knights or the Black Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton battled through two penalty-kills in the first frame, and ultimately could not capitalize on the power play when Maryland’s Thomas Jarman was penalized for interference. At the conclusion of the first period, the Knights led the Black Bears in shots, 10-8.

Maryland was the first to take the lead at 8:57 of the middle frame,  but the Knights responded swiftly, 3:23 later, as Beck Moore netted his first goal of the season. The goal came shorthanded and assisted by Trevor Scherer, with 9:40 remaining in the second period, knotting the score at one apiece.

Maryland ended the second period on top with a 2-1 lead, pulling ahead with 2:59 to go.

The third period action exploded in a procession of five goals. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded to an early third period goal from Maryland with three consecutive goals.

Zak Currie started the scoring frenzy at 8:52 of the frame, netting the second Knights goal on the power play with an assist from Nikita Asylaev and Caydon Meyer.

With 6:58 to go, Jordan Strand tallied the Knights’ second power play goal of the night to tie the game, 3-3. Meyer and Johnny Kaljian were credited with assists on the goal.

Liam Haslam gave the Knights its first lead of the game with 3:39 remaining, with assists from Strand and Christopher Rubenach.

However, a final rally from Maryland resulted in a game-tying goal with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

It only took 67 seconds and one shot to decide the outcome of the game. A power play opportunity resulted in a dominant Knights performance in the offensive zone, as Lincoln Hatten scored his 11th goal of the season to win the game in overtime, with assists from Kaljian and Tyrone Bronte.

“Our special teams had a huge impact on the final score by putting up three power play goals and a short handed goal as well,” said Kowal. “Contey’s performance in net was amazing; his play gave us the opportunity to win in the end.”

Contey played a full game in net and recorded 24 saves in the Knights’ victory.

Wilkes-Barre Scranton and Maryland will meet again at 7:45pm tomorrow, October 26th, at Piney Orchard Ice Arena to round out the weekend.