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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.

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EHL: Offense Carries Knights Past Lumberjacks

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Sunday afternoon saw the Knights host the Vermont Lumberjacks for the teams’ second head-to-head of the season. Coming off a frustrating loss in which the Knights out-chanced their opposition, they looked to bounce back in the weekend finale.

The offense was given an early jump-start when Jake Fuss turned and fired a puck past Lumberjacks starter Chris Stangarone just two minutes into the first period. Austin Weber, centering Fuss and Anthony Starzi on the afternoon, was credited with the primary helper with Starzi collecting the second.

The Knights would strike again at 8:52, when Fuss kept the lid on the zone, tapped a puck to Weber who found an open Anthony Starzi in front of Stangarone. Starzi buried his 20th tally of the season to move the Knights up by two.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton controlled much of the rest of the period, as they out-shot the Lumberjacks 18-7 in the opening 20 minutes, on their way to one of their best starts of the season.

The second period saw the script flipped. As has been the case in the past this season, the middle frame saw the Knights shorthanded often, resulting in an opening 10 minutes dominated by Vermont. The Lumberjacks buried three goals in the first 8:38 to take the lead.

Patrick Manning nabbed the first when he threw a bouncing puck on net from a sharp angle before it was pushed past Knights starter Thomas Walker (Wade Weeden). The second was scored by Kyle McDonald on the power play off helpers from Andrew Barber and Conor Leonard. On the third, set up by Kyle McDonald, Andrew Bechard fired a cross-ice feed that squeezed through Walker in the crease to Logan Discanio on the back door for the tap-in score.

The Knights regrouped in the second half of the period, pushing back on the attack when playing at even strength, but at the horn, they went to the dressing room down by one. Vermont out-shot the Knights 21-10 in the period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly righted the ship out of the gate in the third. Just 3:07 in, Nate Chuckran buried a goal shortside off helpers from Alex Morawski and William Case to tie the game at three. Chuckran was the first man on to start a change near the 5:00 mark, where his shot-denied by a spectacular stick save from Stangarone-rebounded to Tyler Wantungwa, who ripped it home for his first goal in a Knights sweater.

Up 5-4, the Knights found what would turn out to be more than key insurance when William Case picked up his first Knights goal on a dart through a screen at 9:41. Jake Fuss and Anthony Starzi were credited with the assists on the score that came during 4-on-4 play.

It appeared the Knights would have the perfect set up to put the game away when the Lumberjacks took a penalty past the halfway point of the third. While on the power play, Wade Weeden’s exit pass gave Vermont a 2-on-1, shorthanded breakaway. Andrew Bechard faked the pass before ripping a shot top-shelf, over the glove of Walker to bring the Lumberjacks within one.

The score would hold until the final minute of play. Just before Vermont pulled Stangarone, the Knights committed a slashing penalty. The infraction put them down two men after the Lumberjacks successfully emptied the net. The Knights penalty kill didn’t blink as they were quick to find pucks and clear the zone. With under 30 seconds to remaining, Case flipped a puck to Fuss, who found Starzi streaking through center ice. The speedy forward skated the puck to the twine to put the game on ice, 6-4.

With the win, the Knights snap a four-game skid and improve to 11-19 on the season. Their final games before the holiday break will come on the road next weekend against the New Hampshire Avalanche on Sunday, December 17th at 5:20 pm EST and the New England Wolves and Monday, December 18th at 12:10 pm EST. Both games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter and visit www.wbsknights.com and all Knights social media for news and updates!

EHL Recap: Behind Boncore, Wolves Stop Knights

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The Knights entered a showdown with the New England Wolves with the objectives of playing a consistent 60 minutes and snapping a three-game losing streak. They were successful in only one of the two on Saturday afternoon.

With Jared Stahel in net for the Knights and Brendan Boncore for New England, the game took a decidedly defensive start. Both teams traded zones in the first half of the frame, mounting just a handful of opportunities on net. The Knights slowly turned the tide as the period progressed, mounting consistent pressure but were denied on multiple quality chances by Boncore.

The game’s first goal wasn’t found until 16:51. New Knights forward Tyler Watungwa carried the puck in on the rush, circling behind the net through contact before finding Rhett Padgett. Padgett fed Josh Edwards,who threw a puck to Tyler Nielsen who flipped a backhand shot over the shoulder of Boncore to build a 1-0 lead.

The second period would follow a similar pattern to the first; the Knights largely carried play and generated multiple grade-A looks, only to be turned away by Boncore. An added wrinkle was each side’s failure to score on a pair of power plays each, with the Knights also being denied by Boncore on a penalty shot.

The scoreless stretch was finally broken after Matt Needleman put an awkwardly-bouncing puck on goal from behind the net, which leaked by Stahel through traffic in front. Andre Gulbrandsen and DJ Schwenke were credited on the game-tying assists 14:24 into the period.

Despite the frustration that comes with goal-tending and bad bounces, the Knights did not relent in the third. They continued to generate steady pressure, but Boncore would continue to answer all chances generated. Finally, after a Knights penalty at 7:51, the Wolves created their first lead, when Aleck Forcier ripped a faceoff win from the blue line past the glove of a screened Stahel, just five seconds into the power play (Needleman).

The Knights would again respond to the setback with further offensive zone time and chances, but again and again Boncore, along with the swift clears of New England’s defense, held Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at bay. With the net empty in the final minute, the Knights took a costly slashing penalty to force Jared Stahel back into the crease. The Wolves were able to grind out the remaining time without further issue, earning themselves their eighth win of the season.

The Knights will look to bounce back tomorrow afternoon against the Vermont Lumber Jacks. The game will start at 1:45 pm EST and will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter and visit easternhockeyleague.org for live updates!

 

EHL Weekend Recap: Knights Drop Pair in Philadelphia

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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: Ochterbeck Leads Little Flyers in Comeback Over Knights

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The Knights kicked off a three-game weekend with their fifth meeting against the Philadelphia Little Flyers Friday afternoon. With both teams missing regulars in the lineup, the contest would prove a good test of mettle and depth for both benches.

JP Natishan put the Knights ahead early after Anthony Starzi found the forward streaking through a soft-spot in the Little Flyers back check. Natishan scored the game’s first goal when he skated in alone through the slot and put a shot past the glove of Philadelphia’s starter Brendahn Brawley.

Both sides exchanged solid looks on net with Brawley and Knights starter Thomas Walker fending off their remaining tests in the opening 11 minutes. Even without leading scorer Jake Fuss, the Knights forecheck continually applied pressure on the attack, drawing a penalty just after the halfway point of the period.

Less than a minute into the Knights man advantage, the Little Flyers capitalized on a bouncing puck through neutral ice as Joey Savel and Trevor Lewandoski fed Alex Ochterbeck through the middle to set up a shorthanded chance. Ochterbeck worked his way in alone on Walker where he backhanded a puck to the twine to tie the game at one at 11:00.

The Knights wouldn’t dwell on the miscue, and would draw another penalty at 11:15 to create a 5-on-3 advantage. With three seconds left in the initial penalty, Nick Peck fired a shot through traffic to best Brawley and give the Knights back the lead at 12:07. Anthony Starzi picked up the lone assist on the tally.

Before the end of the first, the Knights would get an added lift, when off a board battle on the left wing of neutral ice, Tyler Nielsen dragged the puck into the offensive zone before flipping a pass to an oncoming Alex Morawski. The latter forward barreled into the slot and ripped a shot through the pads of Brawley to give the Knights a 3-1 advantage at 16:34.

With a two-goal lead heading into the middle frame, the Knights looked to continue their impressive start with a clean, physical attack. Instead, the team was assessed four penalties in a sequence of events that would turn the second period into a costly quagmire. On a 5-on-3 power play at 8:48, Mitchell Hall found a rebound off an Ochterbeck shot, burying it past Walker from the middle of the slot to cut the lead to one. The play was set up on the cycle from Brendan Coughlin.

Five minutes later, the Little Flyers created an odd-man rush when Ricky Walsh, from Brendan Coughlin, found a streaking Ryan Vogt, who hammered the puck past Walker to tie the game at three. On their fourth power play of the afternoon, Alex Ochterbeck found himself open to the side of Walker following crisp passing from Nick Magill-Diaz and Joey Savel. The Little Flyers leading scorer paused just long enough for a space to open as Walker moved to meet him. Seeing his spot, Ochterbeck pulled the trigger for his second goal of the game.

Ochterbeck wasn’t done. In the final 30 seconds of the frame, he skated to the middle of a 3-on-1 rush from which he netted a hat trick on assists from Cale Coor and Magill-Diaz. At the end of the period, the Knights found themselves down 5-3.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started the third quickly, as Tyler Nielsen brought his team back within one on a power play goal at 3:01 (Nate Chuckran, Alex Morawski). Nielsen’s 10th tally spurred more pressure from the Knights, as they rebounded from a quiet second with several quality chances and extended time in the offensive zone. Despite the improvement, Brendahn Brawley settled in, diverting the remaining chances sent his way, with help from an active defense that blocked a number of shots on goal.

After enduring the Knights fifth power play of the game, the Little Flyers found the insurance they needed when Octherbeck notched his fourth goal of the contest at 14:12 (Stanislav Haurus, Savel). The renewed two-goal lead proved too steep a hill to climb.

At the final horn, the Knights dropped the contest by a score of 6-4. They’ll look to bounce back against the Junior Flyers in Philadelphia tomorrow at 5:00 pm EST, before visiting the Little Flyers for a Sunday rematch at 12:45 pm. Both games will be broadcast on www.hockeytv.com. Follow the Knights on Twitter @WBSKnightsEHL and visit www.easternhockeyleague.org for updates!

Stellar Stoever Lifts Knights Over Rebels

It wasn’t pretty, but it was two points. The Knights can hang their hats on a gritty, albeit non-traditional win following their 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon. For the third-consecutive game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton played host to the Philadelphia Rebels following last night’s 5-3 Knights victory.

The Rebels entered play Sunday having several regulars return along the blue line that had missed several games prior. The influence was apparent, as Philadelphia got off to a suffocating start. Their forecheck was again fast and physical as they hemmed the Knights in their own zone for much of the first period. In net for his second start of the three-game series was Christian Stoever, who was nothing short of spectacular on Sunday.

Mounting 18 shots on net in the first frame, the Rebels could only push one puck by the 2000 goalie, with that tally coming at 18:10 on the power play. The sequence was started by point play from Carson Moniz and Diarmad DiMurro before Moniz ripped a shot and rebound to Adam Peck, who promptly buried the goal to give the Rebels the 1-0 lead. Beyond that point, the Rebels simply could not solve Stoever.

The second period fell in line with the first, where the Rebels again controlled play and time of possession. Neither team found the twine in the middle frame, with Stoever stopping eight shots, and Rebels goalie Ryan Keane saving six. A late period surge by the Knights forecheck made the latter netminder make a few quality stops, but did set the table for things to come in the third.

Down 1-0 with 20 minutes to play, the Knights would again find themselves under heavy pressure from the Rebels attack. Though Philadelphia had the overwhelming majority of chances, the difference in the final period was that the Knights were able to finish on their own.

Around the 9:30 mark of the third period Jack Olmstead, Curtis Carlson, and Matt Kidney set up shop in the Philadelphia zone. With Luke Robinson and Tom Farrell on the back end, the Knights cycled effectively until Kidney put a shot on goal that pulled Keane out of the net and generated a heavy rebound that Carlson buried to tie the game at one.

The Rebels were quick to mount pressure in response, but Stoever continued to stand on his head, denying Philadelphia all 20 shots they put on his plate in the third.

In the final minute of regulation, the Knights again would again stand up on the puck in the attacking zone. This time it was Reed Robinson feeding a pass to Luke Robinson, who turned a shot in front which was re-directed to twine by a camped out Michael Morrissey.

Suddenly on the wrong end of the scoreboard in a game they largely controlled, the Rebels pulled Keane for an extra attacker. In the final 51 seconds, they could not solve Stoever as the Knights stole a game on Sunday to improve to 16-6-3. Their 35 points as a team give them a three-point advantage in the East Division standings heading into a weekend off. The total also moves them into a tie with the Shreveport Mudbugs for most points in the entire NAHL.

The Knights will be back in action on December 8th and 9th, when they travel to Johnstown for a pair of road games at the 1st Summit Arena. Stay up to date with all Knights news by following team social media and checking back at www.wbsknights.com.

Recap: Knights Fall to Rebels 6-3

Before the Knights could enjoy their Thanksgiving they first had to take on the Philadelphia Rebels Wednesday. A meeting of the NAHL’s top two point totals, the winner of the afternoon’s affair would finish with the atop the East Division as well as the NAHL standings.

The Knights first period efforts did not materialize on Wednesday, while the Rebels went to work quickly. Nick Peck, a regular along the Knights blue line in the EHL, was called up to the Rebels Wednesday and inserted into their lineup. He rewarded Philadelphia with the game’s first goal just 4:58 into the opening frame. Assists came from Eric Olson and Auggie Moore on Peck’s well-placed shot from the blue line.

The Knights would apply pressure in the minutes following a Rebels penalty at 6:04, but were unable to solve Philadelphia goalie Ryan Keane. The Rebels seized back momentum at 13:16, when Ryan Patrick found the twine on Philadelphia’s first power play of the game, off helpers from Andrew Bellant and Jensen Zerban.

Not wishing to hear any narratives on two-goals leads, the Rebels found a third off a fast backhanded shot from Zerban at 14:43, set up by Alex Frye. The goal led the Knights to swap Christian Stoever out for David Tomeo in net. Less than two minutes later, the Rebels put bodies in front of Tomeo and worked a screened shot home to the twine off the blade of Seth Bergeron. Eric Olson picked up his second assist of the game to set up Philadelphia’s fourth goal.

Following a strong first, the Rebels continued their attack in the early second. Brandon Stanley picked up his fourth goal of the season at 7:05 to create a 5-0 lead (Jimmy Glynn). The Knights, staring down their biggest deficit of the season, awoke.

Following a Rebels cross-checking penalty, just over a minute after Stanley’s goal, Jack Olmstead flipped a puck past Keane for the Knights first score, his 12th tally of the season. Apples were credited to Justin Engelkes and Mike Gelatt.

With a goal on the board, the Knights forecheck battled to narrow the deficit. They outshout the Rebels 29-18 for the remainder of regulation, as their offense pushed pucks deep into Philadelphia territory and worked hard on the walls. Their efforts were rewarded again in the second, when from under the goal line, Tyrone Bronte flipped a puck from Justin Engelkes, to a crashing Mike Gelatt. Gelatt buried his eighth goal of the year from the front of the net to pull the Knights within three.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s pressure carried over into the third period, with Ryan Keane forced to make a number of high-quality saves to preserve his team’s sizable lead. At 8:21, Bronte fed Engelkes who hammered a puck from above the circles, through traffic, and by Keane to narrow the deficit to two.

The Knights comeback had seen three consecutive goals scored on a stingy Rebels defense, but Philadelphia withstood the Knights surge into the game’s final five minutes. On a rush into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton zone, Jensen Zerban, assisted by Tyler Pohlig, pushed a puck through the pads of Tomeo to effectively put the game on ice. Though the Knights attacked until the end, the team came up short in Wednesday’s battle for first place.

Following a healthy dose of turkey today, the Knights will have another two chances against the Rebels, as they play this Saturday and Sunday at the Revolution Ice Centre. Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 pm, while Sunday’s will begin at 2:30 pm. Both games can be viewed online at hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and Knights social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube for all news and updates.

The Knights entire organization would like to take this opportunity to wish the happiest and healthiest Thanksgiving to all their fans, players, and families, and all those who support junior hockey!

NAHL Recap: Knights Split Weekend with Tomahawks

On Saturday the Knights took the ice against the Johnstown Tomahawks for the fourth-consecutive meeting, and the sixth time in 2017-18. After Friday’s contest, in which the Knights forecheck and power play controlled play, game two of the weekend took a decided, defensive turn.

The first period saw each side exchange a fair number of chances, but goal tenders David Tomeo and Jack Leavy held their ground. The period’s lone tally was recorded at 4:58, when Samuel Solensky won a puck battle along the half wall and fed an open Roman Kraemer in front of Tomeo. Kramer made a quick move around the Knights starter and flipped the puck home to put Johnstown ahead by one. Carter Dwyer picked up the secondary assist.

In the second period the Tomahawks would strike again in the early going. Just prior to the 4:30 mark, Johnstown brought the puck over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blue line with numbers. Tomeo made a spectacular save off a shot in close, but the effort pulled him out of the net. Samuel Solensky found the puck and flipped it through a scrum of Knights players trying to fill the pipes. Toby Sengvonxay and Roman Kraemer were credited with the helpers.

Though they would again put shots on net, the Knights could not solve Jack Leavy. The East Division veteran stopped all 20 shots he faced through the first two periods. The Tomahawks back check did their part in limiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s access to high-scoring areas.

To start the third, the Knights comeback effort appeared to receive a boost when their power play was sent to work just 3:38 into the period. Instead, a mishandling of the puck in front of their own net resulted in Pavel Kharin poking home a shorthanded goal.

The 3-0 Johnstown lead held via the continued strong play of Leavy and his defense. With just under 5:00 to play, the Knights pulled Tomeo for the extra attacker. Johnstown promptly took a penalty with 4:21 remaining to give the Knights a 6-on-4 advantage. Matt Kidney responded with his third goal of the weekend, set up by Anthony Firriolo and Mike Gelatt at 16:10.

Following a short stretch of 5-on-5, the Knights would pull Tomeo again with 3:04 left on the clock. Despite a few chances generated, the Knights could not pull any closer, and at 18:04, Samuel Solensky put the game on ice with an empty net goal (Donovan Ott).

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wont dwell long on the defeat, as the team will turn around to play the Philadelphia Rebels on Wedensday, November 22nd at 2:30 PM EST. The game can be viewed at www.hockeytv.com. Follow Knights social media and check back at www.wbsknights.com 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.