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EHL: Knights Complete Weekend Sweep of Rough Riders

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

Don’t look now but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are on a hot streak. The EHL Knights went to work this weekend in avenging a home-series sweep, suffered at the hands of the Connecticut Rough Riders at the beginning of October. On Sunday, the team had the opportunity to repay the favor at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Austin Weber got things going early for the Knights as the Alabama-native scored his second goal of the season, just 1:29 into the first period, assisted by Cody Rumsey and David Pfoestl. Starting again in goal for the Knights was Thomas Walker. The ’99 netminder slammed the door on all chances sent his way in the opening period, as the Knights defense limited Connecticut to 10 shots in the first.

Into the second, the penalty bug bit the Knights once more, as five infractions resulted in four power plays and the ejection of Knights captain and points-leader Jake Fuss. The Rough Riders turned those opportunities into a game-tying goal at 14:56, when Colin O’Connor potted a power play goal, set up by Nicholas Kukuris.

Tied at one after 40 minutes, both offenses turned up the heat in the final frame. The two sides each registered double-digit shot totals, as pressure mounted on both ends of the ice. At the 9:24 mark, Anthony Starzi kept his hot streak going, scoring the go-ahead goal off helpers from Denys Arkhypenko and Tyler Nielsen.

The Rough Riders answered back when August Nyblom scored unassisted on a power play at 12:45 to even the score once more.  Heading into the game’s final minute, the Knights found themselves shorthanded again. This time, it worked to their benefit. Nick Peck spearheaded a breakout that ended with Anthony Starzi feeding Tyler Nielsen for the go-ahead score with 49 seconds remaining.

The Knights and Thomas Walker (31 saves on 33 shots in the win) proceeded to hold off Connecticut with an extra attacker on the ice for the remainder of regulation on their way to their third-straight victory. With the win, the Knights improve to 10-16-0, putting them in fourth place in the South Conference, two points ahead of the Connecticut Oilers.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will next take the ice on Friday at 2:30 pm against the Philadelphia Little Flyers inside the Revolution Ice Centre, before hitting the road on Saturday and Sunday to play the Junior Flyers and Little Flyers in Philadelphia.

Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for news and updates!

EHL: Knights Storm Back to Stun Rough Riders

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

On Saturday, the Knights EHL affiliate traveled to so SoNo Ice House to take on the Central division’s Connecticut Rough Riders. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went with the aim of avenging two losses to the Rough Riders suffered on home ice nearly two months ago.

The contest did not begin in an ideal manner. Alex Rowella continued his success against his former organization with a goal at 6:22, set up on a power play by Nicholas Kukuris and Cullen Kane. The tally was Rowella’s 16th of the season and fifth against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2017-18.

Connecticut took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play at 11:26 when Nicholas Kukuris bested Knights starting goalie Thomas Walker on assists from Stephen Pantera and Brendan Dowler. The 2-0 lead held for the remainder of the first as the Rough Riders limited Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to just four shots on goalie Ryan Bonnvie.

Down two goals entering the middle frame, the Knights offense awoke. Anthony Starzi put the Knights on the board at 4:52 into the period with helpers from Emerson Emery and Jake Fuss. Starzi would strike again at 18:50 (Nate Chuckran, Fuss) to tie the game with his 16th tally of the year.

The rally was enabled by the Knights defensive efforts in the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton turned away all chances sent their way as Thomas Walker saved all 20 shots he faced, while the Knights penalty kill went two-for-two to hold the Rough Riders off the board.

In the third, a quick start propelled the Knights to their first lead of the game. At 8:57 Tyler Nielsen put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ahead 3-2, with assists from Chuckran and Alex Morawski. On the ensuing face off, Nicholas Kukuris responded with his second goal of the contest (August Nyblom, Connor Boyce) to tie the score at three.

Jake Fuss countered with goal number 23 at the 10:40 off Starzi’s 14th and Deny Arkhypenko’s ninth assists of the season, respectively. Arkhypenko then rotated into the goal column with Fuss and Starzi setting up the Ukrainian forward for a power play score  one minute later.

Down 5-3, Connecticut received a late boost from Kukuris, who completed a hat trick at 15:18. Assists were credited to Cullen Kane  and Colin O’Connor on Kukuris’ sixth goal in his last three games played.

In the final minute of play, Jake Fuss put any thought of a Connecticut rally to bed, as he picked up his second tally of the contest assisted by Starzi at 19:33. In his last two outings Fuss has four goals and five assists to go with Starzi’s 4-3-7 in that same span.

At the buzzer, the Knights recorded their ninth win of the season, and second in a row. They’ll look to keep their momentum going with a rematch against the Rough Riders at 3:00 PM EST this afternoon. The game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Check back www.wbsknights.com and www.easternhockeyleague.org for all news and updates!