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Knights look to bounce back in game six of road trip

Tuesday, March 12th-Middletown Ice World @ 7pm

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (20-26-4, 44pts.)
New Jersey Titans (26-24-1, 53pts.)

What’s the Story?
The Titans and Knights will play their third game in the last five days, with each team looking to bounce back from being swept on the weekend. Wilkes-Barre came up short against the Johnstown Tomahawks in two meetings at 1st Summit Arena, while New Jersey got a punch in the gut being swept in Jamestown against the Rebels, scoring once in each game and being outscored 11-2 on the weekend.

Despite the Titans struggles for much of the last two months, the club still sits third in the east and continue to inch closer to clinching a playoff spot. With nine games left, their magic number is 11 to clinch a spot in the postseason.

Knights goalie Zach Stejskal was pulled in the first game of the weekend against the Tomahawks, as Head Coach and General Manager Tom Kowal decided to go with rookie Jacob Urban for the third period. The PA native stopped all 10 shots he faced and has gone 36-for-36 in his four periods of work with the grey and blue.

Stejskal would return to the crease Saturday and present a stellar body of work with 46 saves, but the Knights do have a positive to look at with Urban. The club looks to have a solid backup option for Stejskal if the Minnesota-Duluth commit needs some rest in the final stretch.

Garden State Opponent
Tuesday marks the 12th and final meeting of the year against the Titans. With a win, the Knights can earn a season split with last year’s playoff foes. The Titans lead the series 6-5, but the last meeting in New Jersey went the way of the Knights. On February 6th, A 2-1 decision off a Jordan Strand game-winning-goal made the difference. The clubs met later in the month at Revolution Ice Centre where the Knights opened up a 3-0 lead before eventually winning the tilt, 5-3.

For What It’s Worth
Since the calendar flipped to 2019, the Knights have gone 9-7-3 over 19 games. The Titans have posted an 8-9-1 record in the same stretch.

New Jersey gives up the 19th most goals in the NAHL at 169. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is right in the middle ranking 12th with 144.

Titans leading scorer Ryan Naumovski is two points shy of 100 for his NAHL career.

With the NAHL Knights, Adrian Danchenko has 72 career points after scoring in Saturday’s game against Johnstown. The winger is two shy of tying Paul Maust for 4th in all-time Knights scoring. He is also five points from Kurtis Karlson, who sits 2nd behind only Matthew Kidney (102) in career points while wearing a Knights sweater.

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Six game road trip ends in Maryland.

Friday, February 15th- Piney Orchard Ice Arena at 7:45pm

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (15-23-4, 34pts.)
Maryland Black Bears (14-27-5, 33pts.)

What’s Been Going On
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s gathered points in six of the last 10 games, while Maryland has gone 3-7 over that same stretch. Since the turn to 2019, The Knights have played 11 games compared to Maryland’s  13, yet the Black Bears have scored just once more than the Knights this year. Maryland has also played four more games than Wilkes-Barre this season and trails them by a point in the East Division standings.

No More Breaks
The Knights return to action after a nine day break, having last played on February 6th in a win over New Jersey. Wilkes-Barre will play its remaining 18 games over the next eight weeks, with all of them coming on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The Knights play at least one game each weekend the rest of the way.

Crease Call
Joining Zach Stejskal as the second goaltender will be 19-year-old Jacob Urban, who was added to the Knights roster earlier in the week. Urban comes in place of Samuel Vyletelka, who the Knights dealt to Corpus Christi.

“I’m ready,” said Urban.  “I’m here to prove myself and show that I do belong here, so I’m just really excited to be with the team moving forward.”

More EHL Kids
With forward Anthony Mastromonica still nursing an injury, head coach and general manager Tom Kowal has elected to recall forwards Matthew Bielinski and Denys Arkhypenko from the EHL Knights affiliate.

The pair becomes the latest example of EHL players getting an opportunity to work their way up to an NAHL opportunity. Matt Passaretti, Hunter Bersani, Joshua Edwards, and Thomas Walker have already had opportunities to join the NAHL team in practice and some of these players have even played games at the tier II level. Bielinski, 18, has 19 points on the year, while fellow call-up and 18-year-old Arkhypenko is second on the EHL club in scoring with 10 goals and 27 points.

For What It’s Worth
This will be the fifth of eight scheduled meetings between the clubs. The Knights have won every game against the league’s newest team so far, going 4-0 on the season.

Expect Wilkes-Barre to be favored in the special teams department. Their power play ranks 12th, while the penalty kill sits 11th. Maryland has the league’s 20th best power play, and their penalty kill is third from the bottom.

Former Knights goalie and current Black Bear, David Tomeo has seen the 5th most shots against of any goalie in the NAHL this season. Zach Stejskal has seen the most, with over 1200 coming his way.

Both teams are led by multiple players with 13 goals. Jacob Badal and Gabe Temple carry the weight for the Knights, while Maryland has a trio of 13 goal scorers, with Coonor Pooley, Daylon Mannon, and rookie Luke Mountain leading the pack.