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EHL: Knights Fall to Seahawks

The third and final contest of the Knights weekend saw the team travel to Hyannis, Massachusetts to take on the Total Athletics Seahawks. In the teams’ second meeting of the season, the Knights got out to an early start.

Just 6:24 into the opening period, Tyler Watungwa recorded his seventh goal of the season after Bryan Whelan found him in front of Seahawks starter Brandon Collett for the 1-0 lead.

A testy first would set the tone for a chippy day of hockey. Just past the halfway point of the period, both William Case of the Knights and Austin Johnson of the Seahawks were handed game misconducts.

Despite losing a reliable blue-liner early, the Knights were able stay even and even carry play through most of the remainder of the frame. The Seahawks reversed the trend with an explosive final two minutes of the period.

At 18:05 the Seahawks would tie the game off Braxton Walby’s third goal of the season. Walby beat Knights starter Thomas Walker on a rebound following a solid set up from Derric Trudeau and Korey Muzzy.

Just over a minute later, Walby would come right back down the ice and bury a power play rebound to give his team their first lead of the game (Alex Friend, Matthew Stewart).

The middle stanza saw its pace grind to a temporary crawl as the pair of teams combined for 26 minutes of time spent in the box. Two of those penalties would bite the Knights as on a 5-on-3 advantage at 9:56, the Seahawks would add their third goal. John Banovetz would get the last deflection on a puck fired in by Cory Ellerton, assisted by Kolton Smith.

As time ticked away, the Knights found themselves frustrated by Brandon Collett’s savvy play in net (38 saves). Thomas Walker answered with a strong 41 save performance of his own, but the Knights offense never found its rhythm. A scoreless third period that saw the Knights spend the final three and a half minutes killing off a 5:00 major sealed the 3-1 win for the Seahawks.

The Knights will continue their attempt to climb upward in the South Conference playoff seeding with a two-game series against the Connecticut Oilers this weekend. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is two points out of fourth place in the conference with five regular season games to go. To stay up to date with Knights news stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and follow our twitter (@WBSKnightsEHL), Facebook (WBS Knights Hockey), and Instagram (@WBSKnights).

EHL: Knights Drop Close Contest with Seahawks

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

On Sunday, the Knights traveled to Haverhill Valley Forum for the second EHL Showcase Series of the season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went in search of a win to snap a two-game losing streak. Their two-game showcase began with a showdown with the Total Athletics Seahawks out of the EHL’s Boston Division.

In the two-half, showcase format, the first started out with each team trading chances and zones without much sustained offensive zone time. Knights goalie Thomas Walker and Seahawks starter Brandon Collett didn’t make it easy on shooters, as each stayed steady between the pipes. On the Seahawks first penalty of the day, the Knights set up a great shift in which Denys Arkhypenko cycled to Jake Fuss who turned the puck to an open Rhett Padgett. Padgett buried the puck past Collett to give his team a 1-0 lead off his third tally of the season.

Seattle would answer with steady pressure, most evident at the 22:35 mark of the period when they forced an odd-man rush that turned into a breakaway.  In their efforts to get back, the Knights tripped up the puck carrier, resulting in a penalty shot. Ariel Kapulkin took the opportunity and capitalized with a nice goal through the pads of Walker to even the score. A late penalty against the Knights slowed their efforts to regain the lead before the teams went to the dressing rooms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished off the penalty to start the second half, but the Seahawks were aggressive on the attack. They continued to put pressure on Walker, and keep the Knights opportunities limited primarily to coming off the rush.

At 7:40 into the frame, the Knights took a double minor for high-sticking. They killed off 3:54 of the penalty but with six seconds remaining, Austin Roy ripped a shot through to take a 2-1 lead. The assists went to John Banovetz and Korey Muzzy.

The Knights would continue to pressure off the rush, but the Seahawks would still slightly carry play. Both netminders fended off a good number of quality chances to keep the score 2-1 to the game’s final 64 seconds.

With 1:04 left and an offensive zone draw upcoming, the Knights pulled Walker and called a timeout. Though they kept the puck mostly in the attacking zone, survived one chance on the empty net, and generated quality shots from the middle of the ice, the Knights could not solve Collett. Time ran out on the comeback effort, dropping the Knights to 7-12-0 on the year.

Thomas Walker stopped 35 of 37 shots in the loss and the Knights power play was 1-1. They’ll look to build on those positive developments as they take on Walpole Express tomorrow morning at 11:05 am EST.  The game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow the Knights on twitter at @WBSKnightsEHL and visit www.easternhockeyleague.org for updates!