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EHL: Knights Close Regular Season with Win

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On Saturday, the Knights took on the Philadelphia Junior Flyers for the teams’ final contest of the 2017-18 regular season. Following their loss Friday, the Knights were determined to finish on a high note before the playoffs kick off next weekend.

A tight first period saw Garrett Stenberg and Jared Stahel trade saves while both offenses searched for their rhythm. The Knights would finally break through in the final second of the first, when Evan Green picked up his first tally of his Knights career. Staying with the puck at the point, Green took a pass from Denys Arkhypenko and fired it past a fooled Stenberg for the 1-0 lead.

The Junior Flyers wouldn’t wait long to answer in the second period. Connor Lenaghan broke free in front of Stahel on a power play as a shot from Kyle Harris deflected off Lenaghan’s blade and into the net. Billy McDevitt was credited the secondary assist on the game-tying goal.

The Knights would strike on a power play of their own just prior to the halfway point of the period. Off Emerson Emery’s point shot, set up by Bryan Whelan, Anthony Starzi deflected the puck past Stenberg to retake the lead.

A physical second half to the period yielded no goals, despite each side taking another try on the man-advantage. Jared Stahel played a key role in preserving the Knights lead as he stood down 22 of 23 Philadelphia shots in the frame.

In the the third, the score remained tight for the first half of the period. The Knights power play could not capitalize on an early Junior Flyers penalty, but their forecheck picked up steam, out-shooting Philadelphia 17-11 over the final 20 minutes. At 9:42 Austin Weber put home his sixth goal of the season, unassisted to establish a 3-1 Knights lead.

The Junior Flyers answered a minute and a half later when Gianni Dini ripped home a Nick Kiemel rebound, set up by Patrick Sullivan. The score brought life to the Flyers legs, but the visitors were kept at bay by Stahel’s steady effort in the pipes.

Despite having the extra attacker on late in the contest, Philadelphia was undone by the Knights strong defense, capped off by Austin Weber’s second goal of the day, an empty-netter set up by former Junior Flyer Nate Chuckran at the horn.

With the win, the Knights head into the postseason locked into the fifth seed and a first-round matchup with the fourth-seeded New York Applecore, a team they beat three times in four meetings during the regular season. The best-of-three series will take place exclusively in the Applecore’s Brewster Ice Arena in New York.

For dates and times for series, stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com, www.easternhockeyleague.org and follow @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter!

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 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!