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EHL: Knights Win Third Straight in Showcase Sweep

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On day two of the EHL’s December Showcase, the Knights met the New England Wolves for the second time in under two weeks. The first meeting saw the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton foiled by the steady goal-tending of Brendan Boncore (37 saves on 38 shots) en route to a 2-1 Wolves win.

In round two, the Knights were determined to come home with a win and four points from the latest edition of the league’s showcase series. Monday’s matchup featured not Boncore, but Chris Mattone in goal for New England while Jared Stahel would man the pipes for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Both netminders were unflinching in the first half, as each side mounted quality on goal in a scoreless opening 24 minutes.

A three-penalty period for New England would finally come back to bite the Wolves, when with exactly one minute to spare in the half, Tyler Watungwa bested Mattone for the game’s first score. Power play helpers from Tyler Nielsen and Alex Morawski. Watungwa continues to be an asset since his Knights debut which came on December 9th against the same Wolves. After his scoreless first start, the Ottawa native has gone on to notch a point in each of his three games since.

The Knights used the momentum of the late score to start fast on the attack in the second. Just 3:27 into the half, Jake Nimeh found his third goal of the season, courtesy of a William Case helper. Acquired on December 1st, Case, like Watungwa, now has a three-game point streak over which he’s scored one goal and four assists.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would continue to be backed by a steady afternoon in goal from Jared Stahel. After stopping all seven shots he faced in the first, the goalie turned away a second half upswing in chances, making 15 saves over the final 25 minutes. In conjunction with a solid effort in the net, the Knights kept the Wolves off the board on four second half power play opportunities, after killing off one in the first.

Between Stahel and solid special teams, the Knights continued to add to their lead. Rhett Padgett picked up his fourth goal of the season and the Knights second power play score of the contest at 12:37. Nate Chuckran continued the trend of new Knights scoring as he stretched his point streak to a third game with an assist on Padgett’s tally.

Chuckran would go on to score the game’s final goal just past the 20:37 mark off assists from Alex Morawski and Nick Peck. Morawksi is yet another Knight with an active, three-game point streak heading into the holiday break, with one goal and three assists over his last three outings.

At the final horn, the Knights stepped off the ice with a 4-0 win. Capping off a December in which he recorded a .925 save percentage and a 2.33 goals against over three starts, Jared Stahel finished with 22 saves in his first shutout of the season. The Knights special teams finished on a high note as well with their power play registering two goals in back-to-back contests, while their penalty kill was a perfect 9/9 at the December Showcase.

Needless to say, the Knights will enter the new year on a hot streak. In their last ten games, the team finished with a 6-4 record, scoring 4.00 goals per game, to 3.30 goal’s allowed. In their seven games in December, the Knights have seen their special teams surge on both ends of the ice. The power play converted on 23.3% of all chances while the penalty kill nullified 88.9% of shorthanded chances against. The trio of Nate Chuckran, William Case, and Tyler Watungwa have now amounted seven goals and 14 assists in 24 combined games played for the Knights.

The team won’t play again until after the new year in early January. The Knights organization wishes all its fans, players, staff, and volunteers a very happy, healthy holidays and a wonderful new year in which the Knights will be waiting to continue winning hockey!

EHL Recap: Knights Strike Down Avalanche to Open December Showcase

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On Sunday, the Knights kicked off game one of their December showcase with a rematch against the New Hampshire Avalanche. In their prior November meeting, the Knights narrowly fell to the North Conference’s point leader 4-3.

On Sunday, the Avs struck first with a goal 9:18 into the contest in the EHL showcase’s two, 25-minute halves format. Melker Kroon pushed a puck past Knights starter Thomas Walker off assists from Chris Adamsons and Devin Hines.

Jake Fuss would answer back in short order with goal number 26 on his 2017-18 campaign at 12:55. Just after the Knights transitioned from a 4-on-3 to 5-on-3, Tyler Watungwa found Fuss to tie the game at one. The apple marked Watungwa’s second point since making his debut for the Knights two games prior.

The Knights wouldn’t leave the first half without the lead. Against Nick Sorgio in net for New Hampshire, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton mounted an end of half charge that culminated in Brady Hanson setting up Fuss for his second goal of the evening at 24:28.

Down one to open the second, the Avalanche’s potent offense responded in the first five minutes, when Tyler Uravage tied the game at two at 4:34. The goal came via helpers from Derek Britner and John Scala.

In the follow up to the score, both teams found themselves bogged down by trips to the penalty box. Both Walker and Sorgio hunkered down and kept the score tied through the first 15 minutes.

The holding pattern lasted until the Avalanche’s third infraction of the half. Just 13 seconds into their fifth power play, the Knights drove home the go-ahead goal off the blade of their power play savant Alex Morawski (William Case, Nick Peck). Morawski’s tally was his eight of the season, his sixth on the power play. The Knights blue-line continued its recent scoring surge as Case’s assist marked his fifth point in his last six games. Peck’s helper was his fourth point in his last five games.

Walker and the Knights back check stymied New Hampshire in the final nine minutes of play. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penalty kill put the icing on the cake with a crucial pair of tests late. In a game in which they killed all five power plays they faced, the Knights were able to nullify nearly back to back Avalanche power plays in the game’s final 2:39. With 13 seconds left in the game, Nate Chuckran found the empty net, shorthanded to put the game on ice.

Chuckran, Case, and Watungwa, the three most recent additions to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton roster, have now combined for five goals and 12 assists in their 21 combined games with the Knights.

With the 4–2 win, the Knights have picked up two-straight victories. They’ll look to extend the streak to three as they close out their showcase with a contest against the New England Wolves at 12:30 pm EST. Tune in at my HockeyTV.com!