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Knights top the Nordiques, 3-1

LEWISTON, Maine – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights topped the Maine Nordiques, 3-1, in a road matchup at Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Tuesday, November 26.

The Knights’ record in regular season play improves to 12-10-2-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL) with the win.

Shots were almost even throughout the first period, with the Nordiques leading 13-12. The first period ended with a goal for Maine with 3:21 left in the frame, giving them a 1-0 lead entering the second period.

The Knights responded with two goals in the second period to take the lead, and they would keep it for the rest of the game.

Mike Manzo struck first at 9:49 to tie the game, 1-1, with assists from  Brian Smith and Jordan Strand.

1 minute and eight seconds later, Johnny Kaljian scored to put the Knights ahead, 2-1. Anthony Mastromonica tallied an assist on the second Knights goal.

Once again, shots in the second period were close, with the Knights outshooting the Nordiques 17-16.

Zak Currie‘s goal with 9:34 remaining in the third period sealed the 3-1 victory for the Knights, with Lincoln Hatten and Artur Turansky tallying assists.

Zach Stejskal played a full game in net and recorded 40 saves.

“We struggled a bit to find our legs in the first period, but we were able to reset and refocus during the intermission,” said Head Coach Tom Kowal. “After that, I thought we put together two good periods of hockey.”

The Knights return to action Wednesday, November 27, for a 2pm rematch against the Maine Nordiques at Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

 

The Knights Shutout the Rebels, 4-0

PITTSTON, Penn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights shutout the Jamestown Rebels, 4-0, in a matinee matchup at Revolution Ice Centre on Friday, November 22.

The Knights’ record in Regular Season play improves to 11-10-1-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

Caydon Meyer opened the game with a power play goal at 6:20 of the first period, with assists from Nikita Asylaev and Christopher Rubenach.

The Knights entered the second period carrying a 1-0 lead over the Rebels, and went on to extend that lead to 3-0 by the end of the middle frame.

Artur Turansky tallied the second Knights goal of the game off of assists from Zak Currie and Lincoln Hatten, with 6:40 to go in the period.

Twenty-eight seconds later, Aaron Hamel scored the Knights’ third goal with assists from Sutton McDonald  and Shane Murphy

Lincoln Hatten scored the fourth goal of the game at 2:19 of the third period to close out scoring and secure the 4-0 victory, with assists from Brian Smith and Currie.

Zach Stejskal played a full game in net and recorded the shutout for the Knights.

The Knights face off against the Rebels once again tomorrow, November 23, at 3:00pm.

2019 NAHL Draft Results

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights called the names of nine players at this year’s NAHL Draft in the hopes of finding the right pieces to fit the mold of a team looking to return to the playoffs in its’ fifth season in the North American Hockey League. Here are the draft results for the Knights:

Round 1 – 9th Overall: Tim Gould (Defense)
Though Wilkes-Barre ended up drafting five forwards as opposed to four defenseman, the blue liners selected were four of the first five Knights’ picks.

Gould, 19, hails from Moncton, NB in Canada. The 2000 birth year spent the last two seasons playing for the Notre Dame Hounds in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). There, Gould registered 60 points in 104 games. Gould has already made his collegiate commitment, as he will attend the University of Maine to play NCAA Division I hockey.

Round 1 – 22nd Overall: Joshua Phillips (Defense)
18-year-old Joshua Phillips was the first of three consecutive Ontario Junior A Hockey League (OJHL) draft selections from the Knights, and the first of two to come from the Buffalo Jr. Sabres.

The Knights acquired the 22nd overall pick from the Jamestown Rebels a day earlier, thus being the only NAHL team to have two first round picks. With it, they selected another defenseman in Joshua Phillips. In his first full season with the OJHL Jr. Sabres, Phillips tallied nine points in 39 games. The New York native has been in the Jr. Sabres organization since 2015-16.

Round 2 – 30th Overall: Alec Cicero (Forward)
A teammate of Phillips; Cicero became the first forward the Knights had selected in the draft. At 5’8″ and 180lbs, Cicero fits the mold of a typical forward and at 18 years of age, the right-handed shot is coming off a 30-point season with the Jr. Sabres.

Round 3 – 72nd Overall: Brian Smith (Defense)
Despite being a smaller defender (5’9″, 160lbs.), Smith was the only American born defenseman on the OJHL’s Markham Royals this past season. He finished third among blue liners on his team in point production, with three goals and 18 points in 52 games. Smith scored three more goals across 18 playoff games with the Royals during the 2018-19 campaign.

Round 4 – 87th Overall: Spencer Kring (Defense)
Kring was the final defenseman to be selected for the Knights out of this year’s draft. Coming from the prestigious Selects Academy U18, the Green Bay, WI native played in 66 games at the Midget level this past season, racking up 36 points. Kring, 18, is one of the larger draft selections for the Knights at 6’2″ and 180lbs.

Round 5 – 113th Overall: Mike Manzo (Forward)
As Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shifted their focus to acquiring forwards, Mike Manzo became the next target. Coming from the familiar Detroit Little Caesars program, which has spawned several Knights’ players, Manzo is a 17-year-old who could end up being a steal in round five for the Knights. With only seven games played this past season with Detroit, the scouting report may have been sparse, but Tom Kowal, Andrew Whiteside, and Justin Schreiber believed they knew enough to feel comfortable making the pick.

Round 6 – 139th Overall: Sean Bunting (Forward)
Sean Bunting is what’s considered a “flyer” in this draft. Though still a member of the Sioux City Muskateers in the USHL, the Knights have acquired Bunting’s rights in the event the 19-year-old were to be released from Sioux City. This is considered a high risk/high reward selection. If Bunting stays in the USHL, the Knights will have nothing to show for from the sixth round of the draft. If the opposite happens, Wilkes-Barre will be gifted a tier I caliber player to play in a top six role for them this coming season.

Round 7 – 165th Overall: Zachary Aben (Forward)
The bulk of NAHL Knights come from the mid-west, but the team stayed close to home by selecting Zachary Aben from the Palmyra Black Knights 16U program. Aben at the age of 15 became the youngest player selected across the board in this year’s draft. Hailing from Shavertown, PA, the left winger tallied 43 points in 29 games with Palmyra this past year.

Round 8 – 191st Overall: Trevor Prince (Forward)
Out of Anchorage, AK, Prince became the final selection for the Knights. Wilkes-Barre is one of the newest members to the NA3HL, having a tier III team set to play this coming season, and so it became befitting that they acquired a player with experience from the NA3HL in the form of Prince. Coming from the Missoula Junior Bruins, Prince scored 11 goals and compiled 45 points in just 28 games with Missoula. Trevor is an 18-year-old who clocks in at 5’10”, 160lbs.

Thoughts from the staff
“We went defense-heavy to start this year’s draft,” said Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting, Andrew Whiteside. “Given our situation with returning defense, we wanted to make sure we got the best defensemen early in the draft. We feel comfortable with our returning forward group and with the forwards we picked up. This year we focused on drafting more players with prior experience in junior hockey. It’s a different direction than what we’ve taken in previous drafts, but we’re happy and feeling good about our selections.”

“Going into the draft we knew we needed to address our back end with the departure of a couple key members,” said Director of Player Development Justin Schreiber.  “Having two first round picks was a huge advantage there as we could go after two established defensemen with junior hockey experience.”

“We focused on drafting players with junior experience in this year’s draft and I’m very happy with the job my staff of Andrew Whiteside, Justin Schreiber and Mike Maltese did finding players that will fit well with the players returning, ” said NAHL Head Coach and General Manager Tom Kowal. “There’s a good mix of youth, experience, skill, and personality in these nine selections we’ve made. Now the draft is over. The next part of the process is to get these kids here in July for main camp and see how they perform.”

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights will host their main camp in their home rink of Revolution Ice Centre, July 19-21.