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EHL Recap: Knights Open Season with Point, But Shootout Loss

The Knights opened their EHL season Wednesday with a road game against the East Coast Wizards. Things got off to a good start when late in the first, Johnny Jackson broke up a point pass in his own zone. The 2000-born forward raced down the ice on a breakaway before besting Wizards netminder Kevin Dacey for the 1-0 lead.

Trent Pitser would come back with the equalizer at the 3:44 mark of the second period for East Coast, when the forward took a pass from defenseman Patrick Rossetti and put it by Knights starter Thomas Walker.

Following a dust up between players for both sides that resulted in a Knights power play, the Wizards drew up some shorthanded magic late in the second, as Harris Colvin beat Walker off assists from Isaac Leslie and Luke Pepin.

Deny Arkhypenko would respond for Wilkes-Barre to open the third, scoring almost immediately after the opening faceoff to even the game at two. That’s where the score would stay for the remainder of regulation and overtime as both Walker and Dacey refused to blink.

In the shootout, James Nash would score for the Wizards on a slick deke in round one, only to be matched by Johnny Jackson going fiver for the Knights. Round two saw Isaac Leslie rip a goal through for the Wizards to take the 2-1 lead. Kevin Dacey shut the door on the Knights final two shots to secure the victory.

In the loss, Thomas Walker was excellent, stopping 34 of 36 shots. The Knights will look to bounce back tomorrow morning at 10:45 am eastern when they face the Seahawks Hockey Club at the Tony Kent Arena in Massachusetts. Tune in on hockeytv.com!

Fuss Scores 100th Career Goal as Knights Win Slugfest with Applecore

Saturday’s meeting of the Knights and Applecore brought with it plenty of EHL playoffs implications. After each team lost their first contest of the week, the onus was placed on this weekend’s two-game series to influence the 4th and 5th seeding in the South conference.

After a stint in the NAHL with the Philadelphia Rebels, Anthony Starzi returned to the Knights Saturday. Also back was Nate Chuckran, returning after serving a one-game suspension for butt-ending.

The offense, rolling since mid-December, saw early benefits from Starzi’s return when the lightning-fast forward collected his own rebound and fired it past Applecore’s netminder Mark Siegel 17:26 into the first period (Jake Fuss, Emerson Emery).

Riding the momentum into the middle period, Jake Fuss kicked off a dominant stanza for the Knights with a milestone. Just prior to the 3:43 marker, Bryan Whelan and Tyler Nielsen pushed a puck to the net front, where through a scrum, Fuss willed the puck over the goal line. The score marked his 100th goal with the Knights program, a monumental achievement for one of the organization’s hardest-working players.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would go on to control a good portion of the period, taking 12 shots and generating their fair share of high-quality chances. Tyler Nielsen would add his 13th goal of the season at 8:39, set up by Cody Rumsey and Tyler Watungwa, building a 3-0 lead.

Matthew Boring snapped the Knights momentum at 15:20, when the Kings Park, NY native powered his 18th goal by Knights starter Thomas Walker (Connor Woolley, Chaz Rometty).

The pendulum swung swiftly to Applecore’s attack, as New York came out in the third with a blistering pace. Brendan Conway and Mark Revniaga would set up Brandon Napoli to cut the lead to one just prior to the 2:00 mark of the period.

Applecore would draw even with their third-straight goal at 6:26, when Brett Reed fed Tanner Dalton on a successful 2-on-1. Brandon Napoli picked up the secondary assist on the score.

The Knights responded at 12:51 when Denys Arkhypenko generated a healthy rebound in front of Siegel that was buried by Emerson Emery for his third goal of the year.

Starzi set up Bryan Whelan less than 30 seconds later to build the Knights a two-goal lead. The Applecore didn’t blink, as Boring picked up his second goal of the night, set up by Logan Scarlotta and Ben Freatman just over a minute later.

New York pushed hard on the Knights backcheck and Thomas Walker in the final minutes including over thirty seconds with the reinforcement of an extra attacker. Walker stood on his head to seal the contest for the Knights, who skated away with the 5-4 win. The victory puts them just one point behind Applecore for fourth place in the conference.

The pair will meet again tomorrow for the finale of the two-game series at 9:30 am EST! Tune in at HockeyTV.com or follow @WBSKnightsEHL and easternhockeyleague.org for in-game updates!

Weekend Recap: Knights Roll to Weekend Sweep of Bobcats Royals

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Heading into a Saturday-Sunday series in Long Island, the Knights looked to extend their winning ways that can trace their roots back to mid-December. Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Knights hit the ground running Saturday night.

In what could be considered their most-disciplined win of the season, the Knights were kick-started by Denys Arkhypenko, who scored the opening tally at the 16:00 mark of the first period (Emerson Emery). In a period that they out-shot New York 17-5, the Knights entered the first intermission with momentum, but the scoring was kept in check by the steady play of New York netminder, Timothy Carpenter.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s heavy presence in the attacking zone would not relent in the second. Two early New York penalties would allow the forecheck to get off to a quick start. Though both power plays would be killed off, the pressure would not relent, finally giving way to Bryan Whelan at 8:44. The forward would strike against his former team off assists from Austin Weber and Jake Fuss.

Nick Peck would keep the momentum rolling with his seventh goal of the season at 14:13 (Zach Ouladelhadjahmed, Rhett Padgett). The team’s fourth score was tallied with 24 seconds left in the period, when Cody Rumsey and Tyler Watungwa set up JP Natishan for the 4-0 lead.

In the third, the Knights power play would put the game to bed. Austin Weber struck just past the three minute mark (Arkhypenko, Emery), followed by Tyler Watungwa, set up by Emery’s third assist of the game, and William Case’s secondary.

At the final horn, the Knights would skate away with a 6-0 win, capped off by Thomas Walker’s 16-for-16 performance between the pipes, his first shutout of the season.

In game two, the rematch saw an earlier start but a parallel finish. The Knights struck first on the afternoon after Rhett Padgett buried a shot from the blue line, extending his point streak to four games (Austin Weber, Jake Nimeh). Tyler Shugrue did his part in net for the Bobcats Royals, facing 23 shots in the first period alone, saving all but two.

The second tally came off the stick of JP Natishan, scoring  for the second-consecutive game, assisted by captain Jake Fuss. The Knights defense did their part, limiting New York to just four shots on goal. Knights starter Jared Stahel stopped all four en route to another solid start for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

In the middle frame, Nick Peck struck for the Knights third goal (Padgett, Arkhypenko). The game took a decidedly chippy turn as each team traded a grand total of 95 penalty minutes. The Knights penalty kill not only survived, but thrived, killing off each penalty they faced. Top cap it off, in the process of killing off a major penalty, Bryan Whelan added a shorthanded goal (Fuss) in the final minute of the second period. Whelan has now scored points (4-2-6) in all five games he’s played in since being traded to the Knights.

In the third, the Knights thwarted another major penalty and added another shorthanded goal. After assisting the first shortie, Jake Fuss recorded one of his own, finishing off a three-point game. The Knights captain has recorded points in seven-straight games.

In the game’s final minute, fresh off games with the NAHL on Friday and Saturday, Tyler Nielsen hammer a puck through traffic, where Jake Nimeh tipped it home for the score. Brady Hanson picked up the secondary assist.

When the dust had settled, the Knights found themselves with their second-straight 6-0 shutout. For Jared Stahel, his 14 saves on 14 shots marked his second shutout for the season.  The special teams excelled as well: the kill was 7-for-7 with two shorthanded goals. The power play went 2-for-7. The 12 total goals were scored by nine different players, and the Knights mounted 107 shots over two games.

With the victory Sunday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won nine of their last 10 games. They’ll look to keep rolling with a mid-week match up with the Philadelphia Revolution on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm EST. Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!

EHL Recap: Knights Beat Oilers for Fifth-Straight Win

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On Saturday the Knights hosted the Connecticut Oilers in game one of two on the weekend. With positioning in the South Conference on the line, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton didn’t misstep in their second contest of the new year.

With Jared Stahel in net once more, the Knights were bolstered early by the Texas netminder’s steady play in the crease. 11 first-period saves allowed the Knights forecheck to mount 11 of their own chances on goal, with Alex Morawski notching the lone tally of the opening frame at 7:35. On a power play, the Florida-native buried his ninth goal of the year off helpers from Tyler Nielsen and William Case.

Mick Heneghan kept the the offense rolling in the first five minutes of the second period. The Knights defenseman potted his first tally with the EHL team when Denys Arkhypenko found him off a solid sequence initiated by Austin Weber.

Connecticut would finally answer when a power play opportunity arose from the Knights lone penalty of the second period. At 14:29 Tim Lopez fed Fabian Zuccarello who in turn found Val Sverdlov to cut the deficit in half.

Holding strong into the third, the Knights put the game to bed with three more goals, two coming in the period’s first four minutes. Cody Rumsey and Tyler Nielsen combined to set up Tyler Watungwa for his third goal of his Knights career at 1:32. The Ottawa native now has an active five-game point streak, and has scored in all but one game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Austin Weber followed suit just two minutes later when he bested Connecticut goalie Olof Djurberg for the Knights 4-1 lead (Heneghan, Jake Fuss). Following a scoreless stretch of over 15 minutes, Cole Wenner, fed by Zach Ouladelhadjahmed, picked up his first goal of the season in the form of a shorthanded, empty-netter to move the Knights ahead 5-1. The score would remain through the final horn, cementing the Knights fifth-straight win, their 15th on the season.

A potent Wilkes-Barre/Scranton out-shot Connecticut 42-28, with Jared Stahel back-stopping the Knights defense with 27 saves in his 7th win of the year. With a one-point lead on fourth place in the South Conference, the Knights will look for their sixth-consecutive victory tomorrow morning with a rematch against the Oilers set for 10:30 am EST. Tune in at hockeytv.com, follow along on Knights social media, or come to the Revolution Ice Centre to watch the game in person, free of charge!

EHL: Knights Charge into New Year with Fourth-Straight Win

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On Sunday, the Knights took the ice for the first time in 2018 at the Ice Line Quad Rinks against the Philadelphia Junior Flyers. With just three points separating third-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and the fourth-place JR. Flyers in the Mid-Atlantic, Sunday’s  game carried plenty of weight and playoff implications.

In the first period, the Knights began with a solid tempo on the attack. The team carried play for much of the opening stanza, cracking Philadelphia’s goalie Albin Mulic and the scoreboard first at 9:26. Following a feed from Tyler Watungwa, Cody Rumsey centered a puck from under the goal line to the middle of the slot for a waiting Tyler Nielsen. Nielsen fired home his 12th goal of the season to give the Knights the early lead.

The Junior Flyers would respond shortly. Less than three minutes later, Philadelphia took advantage of the game’s first power play; Billy McDevitt flipped a pass to the blue line for Luca Pisani who pointed a shot to the front of the net. Parked in front, Justin Weinbrenner deflected the puck past Knights starter Jared Stahel to even the score at one.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would respond by maintaining their pressure through the end of the frame, out-shooting the Flyers 15-6, but they could not put another goal past Mulic.

Following a successful penalty kill to open the second, the Knights resumed their heavy forecheck. At 5:42, JP Natishan flipped a puck to Alex Morawski who threaded a pass to Nate Chuckran in front of the net. Chuckran flipped the puck over Mulic to regain the lead. Nick Peck would follow up with a snipe from the point at 11:35, his fourth tally in the last six games, to build the Knights a 3-1 advantage. Jake Fuss and Austin Weber were credited with the helpers.

Heading to the third, the Knights found themselves in control. They were dominating chances on goal and lead shots 25-11. Adding insurance to the cause in the early minutes of the third was Jake Fuss. The Knights captain pulled a Denys Arkhypenko pass in through traffic before turning and weaving his way around Mulic for the Knights fourth goal.

Fuss would strike again when Nick Peck stole a puck at the Philadelphia blue line, and fired it on net. Mulic made the initial save but the rebound was quickly corralled by Arkhypenko who found Fuss on the back door for the tap-in goal at 9:37.

Jared Stahel and the Knights defense buckled down in the last half of the period as the the Junior Flyer’s attack mounted a late surge. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton answered all challenges but one. On a power play in the game’s final minute, Kyle Harris, Luca Pisani and Connor Lenaghan cycled the puck through the top of the Knights zone before Lenaghan fired a top-shelf snipe past Stahel to cut the score to 5-2.

That would be all for the Philadelphia comeback effort as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton closed out the contest with the 5-2 victory, their fourth-straight. The active winning streak is the team’s longest on the season. The Knights currently hold the fourth seed in the South Conference, up one point over New York Applecore. The top six teams in each of the EHL’s two conferences advance to the postseason.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will try to keep their streak and their climb up the standings going when they host a home-and-home against the Central Division’s Connecticut Oilers on Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th at 2:30 pm and 10:30 am, respectively. Both games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com.

Stay tuned to Knights Social Media and www.wbsknights.com for all Knights news and updates!

EHL: Knights Complete Weekend Sweep of Rough Riders

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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

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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!

 

EHL: Knights Fall to Walpole to Close November Showcase

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On day two of the EHL’s Novemver Showcase, the Knights took on their second-straight Boston division opponent in the Walpole Express. The Express entered play second in their division with a record of 12-5-3, having lost game one of their showcase to the Philadelphia Revolution.

After a quiet start, both teams began to pick up their pressure as the first half progressed. With Austin Smith in net for Walpole and Jared Stahel anchoring the pipes for the Knights, both goalies faced a high number of chances in the opening 25 minutes. Smith stopped all 13 shots he faced, but the Express bested Stahel and the Knights defense twice in 19 tries.

The first goal came at 13:57 when Chris Peters poked a George Thurston wraparound rebound home to put the Express on the board. A second Walpole tally came at 19:12, when on the power play, Ryan Campbell ripped a puck from the circle past Stahel off assists from Chris Gratton and Eric Wright. The 2-0 lead held for the Express through the end of the first half.

Coming out of the intermission, Walpole quickly built a 3-0 lead when Peters found the net for a second time, assisted by Bryan Colburn just over two minutes in. Steady play from Smith in net held the Knights at bay until the 9:27. On a power play, Anthony Starzi and Denys Arkhypenko sifted the puck through traffic in front to find Jake Fuss on the back post for the Knights captain’s 19th goal of the season.

The Express responded 28 seconds later when William Lebel put home a 2-on-1 rush started by Peters. Smith and Stahel then engaged in a 10-minute trade of strong saves, with the Express holding the edge in number of chances. The Knights would finally break through Smith’s steady play at 19:49 when JP Natishan picked up his second goal of the season off a redirect of Zach Ouladelhadjahmed’s shot, set up by a Brady Hanson pass.

Within two, the Knights forecheck picked up its pace and intensity but could not solve Smith. Following an unsuccessful power play that expired at 23:42, the Knights pulled Stahel, who finished 36/40 on the day, shortly thereafter. The Express didn’t take long to ice the game, as Tyler Pietrzyk buried an empty-net goal, unassisted at 24:38.

At the horn, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton found themselves on the wrong side of a 5-2 final. They’ll look to get back on track against the Boston Jr. Rangers at the Breakway Ice Centre this Friday, November 17th, at 7:50 pm EST. The game can be viewed on hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter and visit easternhockeyleague.org for updates.

EHL: Knights Drop Close Contest with Seahawks

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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!

EHL: Knights Undone by Avalanche, Penalties

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Coming off a tough loss against the Valley Junior Warriors, the Knights faced a tough task in hosting New Hampshire Saturday. Entering the day, the Avalanche had won six in a row, their most recent victory coming in a 5-2 affair over the previously undefeated Philadelphia Revolution.

With all of that set aside come puck drop, the Knights flew out of the gates Saturday afternoon. On their first power play of the day, just 4:26 into the first, Denys Arkhypenko sent a puck to Jake Fuss, who found Anthony Starzi parked in front of the net. Starzi tapped the puck by New Hampshire starting goalie Nick Sorgio to build a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later the Knights struck again when off the rush, Chris Petrone threaded the needle to a crashing JP Natishan for his first goal of the season. Austin Weber set up the sequence and was awarded a secondary assist.

On the very next shift, the Avalanche responded on a strange, yet savvy play by forward Melker Kroon. Kroon picked up a puck behind the net of Knights goalie Thomas Walker and flipped it off the back of a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton skate and into the twine. The score would lock in at 2-1 for the remainder of the period, but both teams began a parade to the penalty box that would span the entirety of the game.

That march swung decidedly to the Knights end in the middle frame, as the team took 6 penalties, twice finding themselves down 5-on-3. They killed off the first, but couldn’t stop the second, when Christopher Adamsons found a puck bouncing through a scrum in front of Walker and pushed it home. John Scala and Melker Kroon picked up the helpers on the equalizer at 17:14. With four seconds to spare in the period, Kroon settled a puck in the slot and flipped it over a diving Walker to take a 3-2 lead (Devin Hines, Christopher Adamsons).

The third period saw no relief in penalty time as the Knights continued to take frequent trips to the box. New Hampshire wasn’t a stranger to sin bin either, and neither team could capitalize on multiple power plays. Midway through the third, during 5-on-5 play, the Avalanche found necessary insurance. John Scala was fed a perfect cross-ice pass from Tyler Uravage on an odd-man rush. Scala flipped it home to build a 5-3 lead. Zachary Ahola was credited the secondary assist.

The Knights would not fade quietly as less than two minutes later, Anthony started a 2-on-1 back into the attacking zone. Starzi had Fuss to his left as he crossed the line, before Fuss cut inward to the slot. Starzi fed a puck in front where the Knights leading scorer went backhand over the shoulder of Sorgi to pull Wilkes-Barre/Scranton within one.

A penalty with just over three minutes to spare would slow the Knights comeback effort, as they were forced to their ninth kill of the night. While successful, it left little time for the team to pull their goalie for the extra attacker, thanks in large part to heavy pressure applied by New Hampshire’s forecheck. At the final horn, the Avalanche skated to the 4-3 win.

After the dust settled, the Knights play 5-on-5 play was encouraging, as they skated and battled well with the North Conference’s points leader. They’ll look to avoid penalties moving forward as they look to regroup on the road next week.