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EHL Weekend Recap: Knights Drop Pair in Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

The Knights played games two and three of their weekend in Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, looking to bounce back from a tough loss Friday.

First on tap were the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, the occupants of 4th place in the Mid-Atlantic division. Meeting for the third time of 2017-18, the Knights hoped to further their unbeaten streak against the Jr. Flyers with a win.

In the opening two minutes of the contest, Marko Bohatiuk put Philadelphia on the board with his second tally of the year, set up by Bayley Kubara. In a relatively even period in which each side combining for 31 shots, the Knights would find an equalizer at 16:04, when Anthony Starzi potted his 18th goal of the season, assisted by Jake Fuss. On the very next shift, Nicholas Harris connected with Kubara, who fed Drew Platt for the Junior Flyers second score.

Down 2-1 to open the second, the Knights offense kicked their attack into high gear. At 5:04 Nick Peck picked up a goal in his second-straight contest off of helpers from Fuss and Cody Rumsey. On a power play halfway through the period, William Case registered his first point with the Knights when he set up Alex Morawski for the game-tying goal. Tyler Nielsen picked up the secondary assist.

Into the the third period, the score remained even until the 5:39 mark, when Adrian Martinez kicked off a Philadelphia scoring surge with his sixth goal of the season (Nicholas Harris). David Waterman followed with the next Jr. Flyers tally at 9:40 (Matthew Mood). Adrian Martinez notched his second score exactly one minute later on helpers from Gianni Dini and Nick Kiemel.

Down 5-3, Anthony Starzi did his part to keep the Knights afloat, scoring a shorthanded goal, his 19th marker of the year, at 14:08. Despite the boost, the Knights could not climb all the way back, as Jr. Flyers goalie Albin Mulic closed the door in the final minutes, securing Philadelphia the 5-4 victory. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starter Jared Stahel made 48 saves in the loss.

Sunday’s rematch featured the Knights final regular season tilt against the Little Flyers.

Philadelphia wasted little time getting into the goal column, as Nick Magill-Diaz notched the game’s first tally on its’ first power play, just 3:40 in. Magill-Diaz scored off assists from Joey Savel and Mitchell Hall.

Alex Henson, the EHL’s defending goaltender of the month, kept the Knights offense at bay until 14:14. Set up by David Pfoestl and Nate Chuckran, Austin Weber notched his fourth tally of the season to even the score.

A closely fought first gave way to a uneven second, as the same period that foiled the Knights Friday came back to bite them on Sunday. Joey Savel found the twine on a helper from Alex Ochterbeck at 6:59. The pair rotated spots on the score sheet when Savel slid Octherbeck the puck to beat Knights starter Thomas Walker on a power play at 17:26. Mitchell Hall picked up his second assist of the game with the secondary helper.

The Knights offense was slowed by the Little Flyers defense and strong penalty kill, as Philadelphia nullified all six of the Knights opportunities on the man-advantage. Down two late in the third, the Knights pulled Walker after the Little Flyers took a too-many men penalty with just over two minutes remaining. With the 6-on-4 advantage, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton mounted a few chances on net, but none that bested Henson. The game was put on ice at 19:11 when Avery Smith pushed a puck free to neutral ice before burying it in an open net.

Coming off the 4-1 loss, the Knights will look to regroup this week as the team prepares for its final home games before the holiday break. They’ll play host to the New England Wolves on Saturday, December 9th at 3:45 pm and then the Vermont Lumberjacks on Sunday the 10th at 1:45 pm. Both games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and www.easternhockeyleague.org along with Knights social media for all news, player, and staff content and updates!

Fuss Leads Knights to First EHL Victory

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

Jake Fuss is no stranger to the scoresheet. He scored the first two goals of the Knights season last weekend just months after setting the tier-III junior hockey goals record.

It came as little surprise Saturday night when Fuss put the Knights on the board to kick things off in their competition with New York Apple Core on Saturday night. Fuss’ goal, assisted by Tyler Nielsen and new addition Austin Weber, kicked off an explosive Knights attack in the game’s opening frame.

Jake Nimeh tacked on the Knights second goal just over a minute later, following crisp passing from Zach Ouladelhadjahmed and Nick Peck. Nimeh struck again at 11:59 receiving another apple from Peck.

Jared Stahel backstopped a solid defensive effort in the first 20 minutes, stopping all 13 shots Apple Core generated. As the period wound to a close, New York committed a pair of penalties that would carry over into the second frame.

Alex Morawski cashed in on the 5-on-3 power play for the Knights just 1:02 into the second period (Weber, Fuss) to build a seemingly commanding 4-0 lead. Apple Core had other plans.

Eamann McMillon’s even strength goal at 8:10 energized the New York forecheck, as they began to control possession in the Knights zone. Their persistence, combined with intermittent Knights penalties led to Apple Core’s domination of the second half of the period.

At 13:41, Logan Scarlotta notched an even strength goal created Tanner Dalton and Race Bennett. Three minutes later, Patrick Sullivan ripped a laser of a power play goal (Mark Revniaga, Wilson McCloy) to bring Apple Core within one.

Jared Stahel preserved the Knights 4-3 lead late in the frame with a seemingly impossible, twisting save in which he was able to pin the puck to his back on an Apple Core power play offering. New York’s rally would not be deterred, as just under six minutes into the third period, Race Bennett tallied the game-tying goal, assisted by McCloy.

The Knights, having seen their lead evaporate, redoubled their efforts on the attack and were rewarded when Jake Fuss hammered a puck home off a breakaway at 8:53 to re-take the 5-4 lead.

Buoyed by a handful of strong saves by Stahel, the Knights fended off Apple Core late into the third period. With a minute and a half to play, New York pulled netminder Alex Henson for an extra attacker.

Fuss appeared to put the game on ice when he found the empty net (Brady Hanson, Tyler Nielsen) at 18:51. Ben Freatman and Apple Core would not go quietly into the night. With the net again vacant in their own zone, Freatmen willed a puck past Stahel’s toe to again bring Applecore within one with 53 seconds left in regulation.

The ensuing faceoff would be taken without Henson in net, again leaving an extra attacker on for New York. Following a near miss on the empty net, the Knights were able to grind out the clock, on their way to their first EHL win in the 2017-18 season.

The Knights will host a rematch this afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Admission is free, and the game can be watched at hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter for updates!