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.