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EHL: Nimeh’s Late Goal Drives Knights to Victory

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Still chasing fourth place in the South Conference through the final weeks of the 2017-18 regular season, the Knights entered their lone game of the weekend just four points behind their future playoff opponent, the New York Applecore. With New York idle until Monday, the Knights Saturday contest against the Junior Flyers provided an opportunity to climb another step closer to home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stormed out to an early advantage Saturday, dictating the early pace of play. In a period they out-shot Philadelphia 18-9, the Knights built an early 2-0 lead via goals from Tyler Nielsen at 8:58 and Nate Chuckran at 11:26.

Nielsen’s tally was a breakaway set up by Tyler Watungwa and Rhett Padgett in which Nielsen bested Junior Flyers goalie Garrett Stenberg for the 1-0 lead. Chuckran followed suit on a power play several minutes later when Emerson Emery found him alone in front of Stenberg for the quick score.

The Knights appeared to be destined for a 2-0 lead after one, but with 42 seconds left in the first, the Junior Flyers nabbed a late-period strike to halve the deficit. Connor Lenaghan beat Knights goalie Thomas Walker on a scramble around the net created by Billy McDevitt and Drew Platt.

When play picked up again in the second, it was Philadelphia building off the momentum of their score in the first. The Junior Flyers flipped the script, out-shooting the Knights 10-6 and nullifying each of their chances. For their part, the Knights would withstand Philadelphia’s attack for 19 of the second period’s 20 minutes. It would be yet another final-minute goal that would tie the contest. Nick Kiemel rallied the Junior Flyers to their second goal of the afternoon off feeds from Adrian Martinez and Gianni Dini.

Renewed push from both sides saw an uptick in physicality in the third. Each side traded an unsuccessful power play, while Walker and Stenberg stayed steady to keep the score locked at two. With overtime nearly a forgone conclusion, the Knights prepared a final push to close the period. They were rewarded just shy of the 19:00 mark when Jake Nimeh ripped home his sixth goal of the season, with assists coming from Bryan Whelan and Austin Weber.

With a minute remaining, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shut down the Junior Flyers last-ditch efforts to secure the 3-2 victory. The win pulls the Knights within two points of fourth place in the South Conference with two games to play in the regular season. The Knights will next take the ice at home against the Philadelphia Revolution on Friday March, 2nd at 4:00 PM EST. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and easternhockeyleague.org for all news and updates as the Knights prepare for their playoff push!

EHL Weekend Recap: Knights Drop Pair in Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

The Knights played games two and three of their weekend in Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, looking to bounce back from a tough loss Friday.

First on tap were the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, the occupants of 4th place in the Mid-Atlantic division. Meeting for the third time of 2017-18, the Knights hoped to further their unbeaten streak against the Jr. Flyers with a win.

In the opening two minutes of the contest, Marko Bohatiuk put Philadelphia on the board with his second tally of the year, set up by Bayley Kubara. In a relatively even period in which each side combining for 31 shots, the Knights would find an equalizer at 16:04, when Anthony Starzi potted his 18th goal of the season, assisted by Jake Fuss. On the very next shift, Nicholas Harris connected with Kubara, who fed Drew Platt for the Junior Flyers second score.

Down 2-1 to open the second, the Knights offense kicked their attack into high gear. At 5:04 Nick Peck picked up a goal in his second-straight contest off of helpers from Fuss and Cody Rumsey. On a power play halfway through the period, William Case registered his first point with the Knights when he set up Alex Morawski for the game-tying goal. Tyler Nielsen picked up the secondary assist.

Into the the third period, the score remained even until the 5:39 mark, when Adrian Martinez kicked off a Philadelphia scoring surge with his sixth goal of the season (Nicholas Harris). David Waterman followed with the next Jr. Flyers tally at 9:40 (Matthew Mood). Adrian Martinez notched his second score exactly one minute later on helpers from Gianni Dini and Nick Kiemel.

Down 5-3, Anthony Starzi did his part to keep the Knights afloat, scoring a shorthanded goal, his 19th marker of the year, at 14:08. Despite the boost, the Knights could not climb all the way back, as Jr. Flyers goalie Albin Mulic closed the door in the final minutes, securing Philadelphia the 5-4 victory. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starter Jared Stahel made 48 saves in the loss.

Sunday’s rematch featured the Knights final regular season tilt against the Little Flyers.

Philadelphia wasted little time getting into the goal column, as Nick Magill-Diaz notched the game’s first tally on its’ first power play, just 3:40 in. Magill-Diaz scored off assists from Joey Savel and Mitchell Hall.

Alex Henson, the EHL’s defending goaltender of the month, kept the Knights offense at bay until 14:14. Set up by David Pfoestl and Nate Chuckran, Austin Weber notched his fourth tally of the season to even the score.

A closely fought first gave way to a uneven second, as the same period that foiled the Knights Friday came back to bite them on Sunday. Joey Savel found the twine on a helper from Alex Ochterbeck at 6:59. The pair rotated spots on the score sheet when Savel slid Octherbeck the puck to beat Knights starter Thomas Walker on a power play at 17:26. Mitchell Hall picked up his second assist of the game with the secondary helper.

The Knights offense was slowed by the Little Flyers defense and strong penalty kill, as Philadelphia nullified all six of the Knights opportunities on the man-advantage. Down two late in the third, the Knights pulled Walker after the Little Flyers took a too-many men penalty with just over two minutes remaining. With the 6-on-4 advantage, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton mounted a few chances on net, but none that bested Henson. The game was put on ice at 19:11 when Avery Smith pushed a puck free to neutral ice before burying it in an open net.

Coming off the 4-1 loss, the Knights will look to regroup this week as the team prepares for its final home games before the holiday break. They’ll play host to the New England Wolves on Saturday, December 9th at 3:45 pm and then the Vermont Lumberjacks on Sunday the 10th at 1:45 pm. Both games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and www.easternhockeyleague.org along with Knights social media for all news, player, and staff content and updates!

EHL: Knights Wrap up Week with 7-6 OT Win

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

Sunday afternoon saw 2017-2018’s first meeting of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and Philadelphia Junior Flyers at the Revolution Ice Centre. Following a shootout win in Philadelphia’s building last night, the Knights looked to duplicate their success and finish a long week off on a three-game winning streak.

The home team got off the the right start as Jake Fuss lifted the Knights to a 1-0 lead just 1:30 into the opening frame, set up by Anthony Starzi and Denys Arkhypenko. The Junior Flyers responded at 7:34 when Connor Leneghan tacked on an even-strength goal from Drew Platt.

With the score even at one, Fuss rallied the Knights power play unit just after time expired on their advantage, crashing through the slot and putting his own rebound home to regain the lead at 12:23.  Two minutes and 20 seconds later, Anthony Starzi continued his stellar weekend with  a snipe from the slot on an excellent feed from Peck down low in the corner. Peck’s helper extends his point streak to five games. Jake Fuss picked up the secondary assist, for his third point of the period.

The Junior Flyers would not fold, as with under three minutes remaining in the first, Nate Chuckran continued his strong weekend, tipping one past Knights goalie Jared Stahel on a perfect feed from Dennis Ruppe entering the zone.

After the high-scoring opening period, Philadelphia turned to goalie Albin Mulic to take the net in the second, replacing Tyler Sayger. Mulic was welcomed to the ice by Jake Fuss completing a hat trick just 10 seconds into the frame. Anthony Starzi and Denys Arkhypenko picked up another another pair of assists as the trio moved the puck well through the slot to find the twine.

Philadelphia didn’t wait long to answer. On a power play at 4:17, Skyler Thomas tipped a puck past Stahel off a point shot by Brian Seybold, set up by Drew Platt. Just 24 seconds later, the see-saw swung the other way as Tyler Nielsen re-installed the Knights two-goal lead off a shot from the slot, generated by crisp cycling from Rhett Padgett and Chris Petrone.

In a period dominated by penalties, the Knights recent shorthanded struggles reared their head again at 7:33 when Drew Platt beat the Knights kill to pull the Junior Flyers within one. The tally marked Platt’s fifth point in the series. The Junior Flyers man advantage wasn’t done as at 11:43, defenseman Tyler Pohlig tied the game at 5 by ripping a rocket past a screened Stahel set up with Dennis Ruppe’s second assist of the game. For Pohlig, it was his first EHL goal in his first EHL game.

Not satisfied with a hat trick or a  tie, Jake Fuss struck twine for the fourth time at 17:24, set up once more by line mates Arkhypenko and Starzi. With 11 goals between the teams through 40 minutes, the stage was set for more of the high-scoring in the third.

It appeared that the volley of goals would continue after Adrian Martinez tied the game unassisted at 3:45 into the final period of regulation. Instead of following it’s predecessor’s suit, the third period then saw both teams buckle down defensively.  Neither goalie blinked despite each side generating a few quality chances, and Philadelphia slightly carrying play.

The Knights, whose power play had been held scoreless, despite generating solid chances all afternoon, were given a late period boost when the Junior Flyers took a penalty with 2:30 to go.  Consistent with their earlier efforts, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did line up a few solid chances on net, but couldn’t best Mulic. As the penalty expired, Philadelphia pushed the puck out of their zone to force OT for the second-straight game.

In overtime, the Knights sent out the trio of Jake Fuss, Anthony Starzi and Rhett Padgett looking for two points. After countering a rush into their zone, Fuss swept a puck to Padgett over the left side of the Junior Flyers blue line. Padgett whipped a pass to an open Starzi in the slot, who in turn, picked his spot and buried the puck for the game-winning goal.

With the tally, Starzi has scored twice in each of the last two games and extends a four-game goal and point streak. In the last five days he has picked up seven goals and five assists. Jake Fuss in that same stretch has scored 5-5-10.

Led on this afternoon by Fuss’ 4-2-6 and Starzi’s 2-3-5, the Knights concluded their grueling week with a 3-1 record over their last four games. The team overcame a hard-working Junior Flyers opponent that tested them in almost every way imaginable. Now 7-10-0, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will look to keep rolling when they take on the Valley Junior Warriors and the New Hampshire Avalanche in a home-and-home split next Saturday and Sunday. Game times will be 2:30 pm EDT and 2:45 pm EDT, respectively. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and Knights social media for all team news and updates!

 

EHL: Knights Top Junior Flyers in Shootout

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Game three of the Knights busy week pitted the team against the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, the last Mid-Atlantic opponent left unchallenged on their schedule. The Knights took the ice Saturday looking to continue their winning ways following their 5-4 triumph over the Little Flyers the afternoon prior.

The game began with a goal of firsts: Chris Petrone worked his behind the defense on a stretch pass from Sam Morris, set up by David Tremblay. Petrone bested Junior Flyers netminder Dakota Delbridge to score his first goal, and record the first EHL assists for Morris and Tremblay.

After carrying play for a good portion of the first,  the Knights stalled in their effort to overcome their first penalty of the game. Gianni Dini put a shot past Knights netminder Thomas Walker on the man-advantage, set up by Dennis Ruppe and Brian Seybold at 12:48.

The Knights would redeem the miscue at 17:19 when Anthony Starzi potted the Knights first power play goal of the evening and the team’s fourth such tally in the prior two games (Rhett Padgett, Nick Peck). Nick Peck’s secondary assist grew his assist streak to three games.

In a middle period anchored by steady play from Delbridge and Walker, Anthony Starzi struck again, this time shorthanded, coming off the helper of Tyler Nielsen to build a seemingly, sizeable 3-1 advantage. At any level of hockey, two-goal leads are far from final.

The Junior Flyers awoke in the third period, cutting their deficit to one at the 6:52 mark when Nicholas Harris fired Philadelphia’s second power play goal of the contest by Walker on apples from Drew Platt and Nate Chuckran.

Chuckran would strike again-a third time for the Junior Flyers power play-in the game’s final 66 seconds (Platt, Dini). The goal came while the Knights were shorthanded and following the Philadelphia’s exchange of their goalie for an extra attacker.

The fireworks were far from finished as a penalty taken by the Junior Flyers with 40 seconds left Delbridge with several quality Wilkes-Barre/Scranton chances to fend off. In the limited time left in regulation, Delbridge efforts forced the Knights to overtime for the second time this season.

Entering extra play, each team had won one prior game that went beyond 60 minutes. The Junior Flyers had won their second game of the EHL Showcase in a shootout over the New Hampshire Avalanche. The Knights bested the New York Bobcats Royals in overtime at the end of September.

In this latest instance, goaltending stole the OT show. The period began with the Knights sending several strong shots at Delbridge, but the ’97 goaltender stood tall and answered each one. Following the expiration of the Knights power play, the Junior Flyers flipped the ice. Following a sprawling save made in one end by Delbridge, Thomas Walker, facing Philadelphia with numbers on the rush, responded with one of his own. Following five minutes of pitched overtime play, each team readied for a shootout.

Each goaltender saw and stopped the top three of the other’s shootout lineup. It was in the fourth round that Tyler Nielsen ripped a shot through Delbridge to give his team the lead. Needing one save to seal a win, Walker stared down and closed the pads on the Junior Flyers final offering, ending the contest. His steady play throughout the evening anchored the Knights to their and his second-straight win.

The teams will meet again today at 2:00 pm to close out the weekend. The game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL and easternhockeyleague.com for live updates!