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Fuss To Play D3 Hockey at New England

He was one of the most dominant players in tier III hockey, and now Jake Fuss gets an opportunity to take his talents to the NCAA Division III level, with the forward committing to the University of New England.

“The campus is beautiful and the coaching staff were welcoming and approachable during this process,” said Fuss on making his decision. “I really see myself enjoying the next four years there.”

Fuss, 20, spent his final junior season with the NAHL Knights. That was earned by an outstanding performance in the tier III level of junior hockey. Fuss first came to the Knights when the organization had an NA3AHL team during the 2016-17 season. In just 33 games, he went on a pace that can only be found otherwise on a video game, piling up 65 goals and 64 assists for a tier III record-129 points. He followed with 67 points in 41 games the next season before earning his shot on the NAHL roster.

” We as a staff felt Jake deserved his shot in the North American Hockey League,” said General Manager and Head Coach Tom Kowal. ” He played some games with us before this year, but his stats tell the story. He’s a highly skilled player who can be an asset to any team he plays for. We were fortunate he spent three years with us, and now it’s time for Jake to be an asset for the University of New England over the next four years.”

Nobody can dispute that Fuss made contributions in the second half of the 2018-19 season that helped the Knights improve as an entire team and subsequently keep their playoff hopes alive right until the very end. The Fairfield, CT native notched 18 goals in the second half alone and became the sixth player in NAHL Knights’ history to record a 20 goal season. He finished the campaign with 28 points in his last 29 games.

Number 11 now heads to the University of New England, joining the Nor’easters this fall. Though his story with the Knights has come to an end, Fuss will not forget his time in gray and blue, and thanks the ones who helped him throughout.

“I have to give a big thank you to the Edwards and Mahaffey families,” said Fuss.  “They really welcomed me to their homes and treated me like one of their kids. The coaching staff really helped me develop over the past three years to become a better hockey player and person off the ice. Every practice and film session we did really helped prepare me for the weekend and ultimately make me a better player as the season went on. I would also like to say thank you to Josh Fusco. He really believed in me and helped me get to where I am today. Paul Celona (athletic trainer) was absolutely the best. He took care of me for the three years and I can’t thank the guy enough.”

“Being a Knight was special. I made a lot of life long friends, and I wish the organization nothing but the best .”

Knights Win In Dramatic Fashion To End Season

Strand performs OT heroics for Knights to finish year with 26 wins

On the final day of the regular season, a back-and-forth affair ended in the final minute of overtime with Jordan Strand rifling home the game winner in a 5-4 Knights’ win over the Maryland Black Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton not only swept the weekend, but also the season series, going 8-0 against the NAHL’s newest team. It marks the first time in franchise history that the Knights swept a season series against an East Division team. Overall, the Knights ended their 2018-19 campaign with a 26-29-5 record.

In their final game as well, Maryland put up a fight. After an 8-1 win for the grey and blue Friday, the Black Bears were in no way looking for a repeat come Saturday afternoon. Though the Knights struck first, courtesy of Jake Fuss, it was Maryland who would take a lead going into intermission. With just over two minutes to play in the first period, the Knights were granted a power play that had less than ideal results. Lukas Ljungblom scored two shorthanded goals in 1:40 to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.

Tom Kowal’s group would make up for their special teams blunder in the second period, as both Adrian Danchenko and Tyrone Bronte scored power play goals to give the Knights a 3-2 edge. Wilkes-Barre also blistered Maryland’s David Tomeo, a former Knights’ goalie, in the second period by outshooting the Black Bears, 21-5. The club entered the third period with a lead for the 18th time this season. They had gone 15-1-1 in the previous situations.

Fuss applied the two goal cushion when he scored his team-best 20th goal of the season and second of the game early in the frame. Like the two goals in the second, his was also on the power play. Fuss finished the year and his junior hockey career at a torrent pace. The ’98 scored 18 of his 20 goals since January 19th, and had 28 points in his last 29 games.

Mayland’s Marek Wazny pulled the team within one with 13 minutes to play. From there, the Knights continued to hold Maryland off until the dying minutes. As the Black Bears continued to apply pressure, Head Coach Clint Mylymok elected to pull the goalie for an extra attacker, resulting in a game tying goal from Luke Mountain with 1:08 to play. Perhaps even more disastrous for the Knights was when Markus Cook was called down for tripping with five seconds left in regulation. This gave Maryland a power play to operate with in overtime.

Fortunately, the Knights penalty kill continued its marvelous play, and with less than a minute until a shootout would be needed, defenseman Jordan Strand took a burst of speed down the ice for a breakaway. Strand would roof the shot to the right side of the net, and the party began as the Knights dealt with adversity in the face one more time this year, and they came out on top, 5-4. Zach Stejskal picked up his 25th win of the season making 22 saves in the contest. His opposite, Tomeo, took the loss in a 36 save effort.

The team put themselves in position to still have playoff hopes following game 60, but the Northeast Generals won later on Saturday night, thus eliminating the Knights from playoff contention. It is the first time in the team’s NAHL tenure that a playoff berth was not secured.

Because it is their age-out year, this indefinitely ends the junior hockey careers of Joey Verkerke, Jake Fuss, and Captain Shay Donovan. On behalf of the entire Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights organization, we want to wish Joey, Jake, and Shay the absolute best of luck as they move forward in their careers, and thank them for their incredible amount of service given to this hockey club.

Quick Hits: NAHL Game 60 Preview

Knights look to keep playoff hopes alive in regular season finale

Saturday, April 6th- Revolution Ice Centre @3:30pm

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (25-29-5, 55pts.)
Maryland Black Bears (16-37-6, 38pts.)

Last Friday Night
Jake Fuss scored a hat trick, Gabe Temple had two goals, and the Knight smashed Maryland in an 8-1 win. Several career highs were posted. Not only did Fuss have a hat trick, but the forward also recorded five points in the game. Beck Moore delivered his first three point game with a trio of assists, while Markus Cook scored a goal in his NAHL debut. Defensemen Shay Donovan and Blake Kryska each finished the game with a +4, establishing a new career best for Kryska and a season high for the captain.

It’s The Final Countdown
Entering Saturday, the NAHL has seen 15 of its 16 openings filled for the Robertson Cup Playoffs. The Corpus Christi Ice Rays locked up the final seed in the South Division, meaning there now exists just one opening yet to be claimed. This battle is between the Knights and Northeast Generals.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will need at least one point in the game against Maryland to have a shot at making the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. A standings point would tie them with Northeast, but because the Knights own the tiebreaker in wins, they would advance into the postseason. A win of any kind for the grey and blue would force Northeast to get a win this weekend or have to lose in overtime both games against New Jersey. The Knights have yet to miss the playoffs since arriving in the NAHL in 2015.

Black and Yellow
Though the outcome is uncertain for Wilkes-Barre, the Black Bears know this will be the final time they wave their flag in the 2018-19 campaign. With the team being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, Head Coach Clint Mylymok is looking to help his club finish out strong in their inaugural season in the league. The team has lost three straight and has given up 15 goals in the last two games. After being on the wrong side of an 8-1 score Friday, it can be expected that there will be some emotional response from the team in search of their 17th win of the year.

This will also be the final junior hockey game for ’98 forward and Captain, Connor Pooley, along with defensemen Bradley Jenion and Karim Del Ponte. Expect big efforts from those three.

For What It’s Worth
15 of Wilkes-Bare’s 25 wins this season have come against Maryland (7) and Northeast (8). The Knights have yet to lose against Maryland, and a win today would mark the first time in franchise history that the Knights would sweep a season series against an East Division opponent.

With playoffs up in the air, this will at least be the final regular season junior game for Jake Fuss, Joey Verkerke, and Shay Donovan, who are all 98’s. Additionally, forward Adrian Danchenko and goaltender Zach Stejskal have signed their letters of intent, meaning this will also be the curtain call for them.

This will be the 240th regular season game for the NAHL Knights. Including playoffs, it is the 256th in team history.

Danchenko, the team’s all-time leader in games played, will play in his 158th regular season game for the Knights.

Knights Tie Franchise-High Goal Total In Rout Of Maryland

Jake Fuss scored a hat trick to go with a five point night, helping the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights keep their playoff hopes alive with a decisive 8-1 win over the Maryland Black Bears Friday night.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is 7-0 against the Black Bears this season. The two clubs wrap up the regular season Saturday afternoon. The Knights will need at least one point to mathematically stave off playoff elimination while they wait for the Northeast Generals to finish their weekend.

After a lopsided loss to Johnstown a week earlier, the grey and blue were ready to come out guns blazing. Defenseman Joey Verkerke banged home the game’s first goal 1:27 in. Three minutes later, Jake Fuss scored the first of his three to make it 2-0. Luke Posner would make it a 2-1 game after tucking home a rebound through Zach Stejskal midway through the first period.

That goal proved to be the only one for Maryland. The Knights opened the floodgates in the second period, putting together a three goal frame. Gabe Temple re-established a two goal lead, followed by Markus Cook scoring his first NAHL goal in his debut with the Knights. Already down by three, the Black Bears were hoping to get to intermission at that, but Adrian Danchenko fired a buzzer beater home at the last second of the period to undoubtedly put the game out of reach.

Maryland turned to David Tomeo in net to start the third after Anthony Del Tufo surrendered the first five goals on 24 shots. Tomeo helped get the Knights into the Robertson Cup Playoffs a season ago and was plucked from the team in the expansion draft for the Black Bears. On this night, however, the Knights would get the best of their former net minder. Three goals were scored within 3:57 of one another to start the third period. Gabe Temple’s second of the game was sandwiched between two more goals from Jake Fuss, who earned his first career hat trick. Fuss sprinkled in two assists as well for his first five point game, and has 26 points in his last 28 games.

Temple and Fuss each have 18 goals, standing as most on the team. The goal scoring outburst was only the third time in Knights’ franchise history that the team had compiled eight goals in a game, which is a franchise-best as well. It’s also the second time the Knights have won a game by an 8-1 score. They dispatched of the New Jersey Titans on March 30th of last year by the same score.

Other Notes

– Adrian Danchenko had a three point game and is now up to 79 career points with the Knights. He surpassed Curtis Karlson (77) for second in all-time scoring for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

– Evan Orr was assessed a five-minute penalty and a 10 minute misconduct in the third for attacking Bradley Jenion after a dangerous hit on Cook. The Knights killed all five minutes.

– 10 different Knights registered at least a point. Beck Moore had a three assist game (career high), and Shay Donovan registered two assists and was a +4.

– Zach Stejskal finished with 31 saves for his 24th win of the year. The Knights are 25-29-5 heading into the regular season finale.

Bronte’s Scores Late, Knights End Johnstown’s 26 Home Game Win Streak

Knights win first game against Tomahawks this season

With 31 seconds left, Tyrone Bronte broke a 3-3 tie to help the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights edge the Johnstown Tomahawks, 4-3. In front of over 2,500 fans at 1st Summit Arena, the Knights ended a 26 home game winning streak that began for the Tomahawks on October 6th. The grey and blue are just the second team to pick up a win in Johnstown this year, and the first to do so in 175 days.

While Knights’ goaltender Zach Stejskal saw far more shots than his counterpart, the Knights focused on quality rather than quantity on Johnstown’s Cooper Lukenda, who managed 15 saves Friday, while Stejskal stuffed away 41 shots from the East Division leaders.

The Knights took advantage late in a scoreless first period by batting home two quick goals. At the 18:18 mark, Zak Currie took the puck from his end all the way down to the slot in the attacking zone where the rookie buried his 8th of the season. Over a minute later, fellow rookie Davis Pennington would take advantage of a failed clear, sending a right point shot through traffic and to the back of the net for a 2-0 lead heading to intermission. Pennington leads the Knights’ defense with nine goals this season.

Johnstown got the bulk of their shots on goal in the second period, while Wilkes-Barre managed their fewest with a 17-4 differential. This helped Ethan Webb cut the deficit in half for Johnstown headed into the third, scoring goals in back-to-back games against the Knights after not registering a tally in the previous 43 games.

Early in the third, the Knights restored a two goal lead thanks to Jake Fuss scoring on a delayed penalty. The hottest player for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the second half fired a wrist shot top shelf for his 14th. Fuss and Currie were the only multi-point players for the Knights, each earning a goal and an assist.

As the script has read so many times before this season, the Tomahawks would not let the game get away from them. Bennett Stockdale jammed a loose puck through Stejskal on the power play to get within one over six minutes into the third. Five minutes later, Max Klanow was assessed a double-minor, allowing Chris Trouba to get a one-timer through for the tying goal.

Just six shots went to the Tomahawks cage in the third. Wilkes-Barre made sure to convert on the first (Fuss early) and the last. With 31.3 seconds to go, Tyrone Bronte broke a 3-3 tie with a wrist shot through some bodies right after crossing the blue line. It appeared the shot surprised Lukenda, and the Knights would hang on from there to end the historic winning streak at home for Johnstown. Bronte’s 12th of the season was also his sixth game-winning-goal, having him tied for 5th in the NAHL in that category.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improves to 24-28-5, while Johnstown sits 45-8-4. The Knights enter Saturday one point back of a playoff spot. Their rematch with the Tomahawks is at 7pm on HockeyTV.

Knights Rally For Point Against Northeast

Strand ties it with 8.3 second left 

Jordan Strand helped the Knights complete a rally from being down by two, but the Generals scored in three-on-three overtime to take a 5-4 final at Revolution Ice Centre Friday night. Louis Boudon scored the overtime winner with 47 seconds left.

To even get to overtime, the Knights needed to overcome adversity. Northeast came in with a physical, aggressive pace that overwhelmed Wilkes-Barre at times, and notched a three goal second period that featured them outshooting the Knights by a 20-5 difference.

Both teams played hard in the opening 20 minutes, but the Knights were able to escape with a lead. On their first shot of the game, Zak Currie got a shot through traffic for his 7th goal of the season. The tally ended a 15 game drought for the 19-year-old.

That lead would hold up until 13:01 into the second. Gerard Maretta caught a bouncing puck in front and beat Zach Stejskal low for his first goal in the North American Hockey League. That sparked the visitors, who made a three goal run in less than six minutes.

John Jaworski would be the next opportunist and break through for the 2-1 lead. Wilkes-Barre failed to clear traffic in and around the net, and on sustained zone pressure, Jaworski benefited from a shot on bended knee inside 10 feet of Stejskal. Over three minutes later, Alex Cohen got by the defender for a cross-ice pass that he took to the front of the net with a backhand goal, making it 3-1.

The grey and blue didn’t quit. Early in the third, Jake Fuss got credit on a power play goal, giving the buzzing forward his 11th in the last 18 games. A left wing perimeter shot from Blake Kryska caught a piece of Fuss in front of the net for the biscuit to bounce in on goalie David Fessenden.

After the Generals retaliated to make it 4-2, the Knights again refused to bow out. A known “General killer”, Adrian Danchenko was able to pull his team within one on a booming one-timer that was fired top shelf just 53 seconds after Northeast scored. With seven minutes to play, the Gens’ played keep away, though the Knights still found opportunities through the sticks of players like Tyrone Bronte and Gabe Temple. It wasn’t until the dying seconds of the game that they would find their needed answer.

With Stejskal pulled, A six-on-five took place for over a minute and Jordan Strand cashed in from the middle of the blue line, driving it through the five hole of the stick-less Fessenden, thus earning the Knights a critical standings point by making it 4-4.

In the north-south style that is three-on-three overtime, the Knights’ blemish led to a Generals goal. Adrian Danchenko weaved through a defender in the slot, but misfired the puck leading it to go the other way. From there, Aurel Naus and Louis Boudon went in on an odd man rush where Boudon would finish it for the Generals win.

Northeast improves to 21-24-9, while the Knights go to 22-27-5. The teams are separated by two points. Zach Stejskal earns 37 saves, while Fessenden gets the win in goal stopping 25 pucks.

The clubs play game two of the three game weekend Saturday night at 7pm.

Knights Move Into Playoff Spot With Shutout Win

Zach Stejskal gets 5th shutout, becomes franchise leader in wins

Zach Stejskal held the Jamestown Rebels at bay until the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights were able to strike over 50 minutes in, getting a 2-0 win on the road Friday night.

Tyrone Bronte scored the game-winning-goal and first goal of the contest over 11 minutes into the third, followed by Jake Fuss’ tally for good measure. The Knights picked up their 22nd win of the season, pushing them into the fourth and final playoff spot in the east division with eight games remaining. The win also serves as the second consecutive and second in the week, with Wilkes-Barre beating New Jersey on Tuesday.

The story in this contest really is the third period. Both teams exchanged chances in the opening two, but shots were mostly perimeter and scoring chances were limited by the defense. Shots read 23-22 in favor of the Knights after two periods. Only six penalty minutes were handed out during that stretch; all of which coming in the first frame.

Fast forwards to five minutes into period three and things began to get nasty. Knights blue liner Evan Orr went for a puck behind his net when Niki Jasko barreled into him from behind, causing all players on the ice to swarm on one another behind the Knights cage. What would come of it was Orr being assessed a five minute fighting major, coupled with a 10 minute misconduct, while Jasko received a minor for checking from behind as well as a misconduct. Noah Finstrom also got involved for Jamestown and was dealt a roughing penalty. Wilkes-Barre failed to score on the four-on-three, but they would not wait much longer to find the back of the net.

At the 11:24 mark, Tyrone Bronte ended the scoreless game with his  10th goal of the season. A simple goal line drive from the right side was able to squeak through the leg pad of Ryan Keane for the 1-0 lead.

Five minutes later, the Knights would pad their lead with Colin Schmidt in the penalty box for slashing. On their fifth power play, Jake Fuss managed his 11th goal of the season, scoring in consecutive games after his overtime winner Tuesday. Adrian Danchenko slid a cross-ice pass to the stick of Fuss, who redirected the puck through the legs of Keane to make it 2-0.

Stejskal would hold on from there and get his fifth shutout of the season, making 29 stops. By picking up his 21st win, Stejskal becomes the winningest goaltender in NAHL Knights history. As a team, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improves to 22-26-4. The Rebels drop to 31-14-8. Goaltender Ryan Keane made 33 saves in the loss.

The rematch comes Saturday night at 7pm.

Quick Hits: NAHL Game 52 Preview

Road trip concludes in Jamestown

Friday, March 15th- Northwest Arena @7pm

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (21-26-4, 46pts.)
Jamestown Rebels (31-13-8, 70pts.)

What’s the Story?
A season-long eight game road trip will come to a close for the Knights this weekend with two meetings against the Jamestown Rebels. So far, the grey and blue have gone 3-3 on the trip, having most recently beat New Jersey Tuesday night with Jake Fuss scoring in overtime.

On the other side, Jamestown has clinched a playoff berth after sweeping the Titans last weekend. The Rebels have points in five straight, going 4-0-1 in that stretch, outscoring opponents, 26-8.

Playoff Picture
With the Northeast Generals idle on Friday, the Knights can jump into the fourth playoff spot in the east with a point against Jamestown. Wilkes-Barre leads just about every tiebreaker category if they were to match the standings points of the Generals. This weekend, Northeast will be in Johnstown Saturday and Sunday. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has gotten to within a point of the ‘Gens a handful of times over the last two months, but has struggled to get over the hump and into the final spot. That can change tonight.

Three’s Company Too
Jacob Badal, Adrian Danchenko, and Jake Fuss are all in a tie for third in team scoring with 27 points. For Badal and Danchenko, their numbers stayed consistent for awhile as some of the more productive forwards on this team, however the emergence of Jake Fuss as a top six forward has been a massive help for the Knights down the stretch.

Fuss scored the overtime winner Tuesday in New Jersey, but also earned an assist on Evan Orr’s shorthanded goal. The former EHL Knight has four points through the first six games of this road trip. Badal and Danchenko have also found net recently, with each scoring in the games against Johnstown a week ago. Fuss and Danchenko haven’t solved the Rebels yet this season, although Badal has beaten Rebel net minders four times in the previous meetings.

For What It’s Worth
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton trails the season series, 2-5-1, but they do own two of the last three meetings.

Be on the lookout for Niki Jasko. The Rebels forward has a three game scoring streak, tallying six in that span.

Friday’s game is the 13th of the last 14 to be played on the road for the Knights. They are 8-5 in the last 13.

Fuss Wins It In Overtime

Knights Within a Point of Playoffs With Nine Games Left

Jake Fuss scored an unassisted goal 3:06 into overtime to help the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights beat the New Jersey Titans, 2-1 Tuesday night. The win ends the 12 game season series with New Jersey at an even 6-6 mark.

Wilkes-Barre earned their 21st win of the season. With nine games left in the regular season, they trail the fourth place Northeast Generals by one point. Both clubs have nine to play, including three against one another later in the month.

Despite taking three penalties in the first period, including two at the same time to give a five-on-three to New Jersey, it would be the Knights who would capitalize off special teams in the opening frame. With Anthony Mastromonica sent to the box for slashing, the Knights went on the kill. Defenseman Evan Orr cashed in with a shorthanded goal for the rookie’s fifth tally this season.

After a blocked shot in the defensive zone, Jake Fuss sprinted ahead on a breakaway. With Orr trailing, the eventual overtime hero would drop it off for Orr to wrist one through Titans goalie Brandon Perrone to get the 1-0 lead.

New Jersey was later awarded the two man advantage in the first, but failed to capitalize. They were also outshot in the opening period, 11-10. Overall, the Titans did outshoot the Knights, 38-31, but Zach Stejskal remained a force in goal by making 37 stops for his 20th win of the year. Stejskal is now tied with Grant Valentine for most wins in NAHL Knights history. Valentine won 20 for the club in the 2016-17 campaign.

The Titans would find their resolve in the second period when they too would benefit from a defenseman scoring. Danny Dimon notched his first NAHL goal from atop the blue line with a slap shot that got through Stejskal at the 7:37 mark of the middle frame. The second period featured the most potential for New Jersey, as they fired 18 shots on the Wilkes-Barre goal. The Titans would receive a late period power play to carry over to the third period, but failed to generate.

With no additional scoring in the third, this contest headed to overtime. In the three-on-three, a simple faceoff would make the difference. With less than two minutes until a shootout would be needed, Jake Fuss stepped into the dot for an offensive zone draw. Originally slotted to go against Ryan Naumovski, the officials deemed a faceoff violation would be charged to New Jersey, forcing Jake LaRusso to take the draw. Fuss won it ahead of LaRusso and quickly parked in front of the net where he stuffed home the game winner on the right side of the cage. Fuss was credited for his 10th goal of the season and first overtime winner.

The Knights return home for practice, but then head north for the conclusion of their season-long eight game road trip Friday when they begin a pair of games with the Jamestown Rebels.

NAHL Recap: Knights Fall 4-3 in Overtime to Open Showcase

The Knights touched down in Minnesota to meet the Topeka Pilots for game one of the NAHL’s annual Blaine Showcase. The contest kicked off with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton controlling the early tempo, outshooting Topeka 10-5 in the first 20 minutes of play. It would be the Pilots however that would strike first.

13 minutes into play, Zeke Zeier broke up a Knights pass in his own zone, speeding up the ice and onto the attack. In the left corner of the Knights zone, Zeier turned the puck back up ice to teammate Dallas Tulik. In similar fashion to a goal scored against the Knights last week, Tulik juggled a puck in his skates and onto his stick, avoiding Knights pressure all the while. Once cleanly in space, he fired a shot past Knights starter Zach Stejskal to build a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later, number four for the Knights notched goal number one of his junior career. Off a faceoff, Gabe Temple and Sacha Guillemain went to work on the side boards. Guillemain found the puck off of Temple’s poke check, and fired it across the ice to the wide open Davis Pennington. Pennington roofed the puck under the bar, popping Sam Metcalf’s bottle up into the air to knot the game at one.

In the second period, the Knights would capitalize on a carry over penalty to grab their first lead of the game. Behind the net, Jake Fuss would win the puck off the wall to a fast-moving Sacha Guillemain. The latter popped out on the left post, and flipped the puck across the slot to a crashing Gabe Temple. Temple shoveled the puck by Metcalf for his first goal of the season and the Knights 2-1 lead.

Through an evenly played middle period, Metcalf and Stejskal hunkered down to keep the score close. The third period would change the narrative.

The Pilots would surge ahead in the middle of the frame. At 9:09, Tulik would strike for his second goal of the afternoon set up by Quinn Green. A few minutes later, Zeke Teier would notch his second point of the day and first tally of the season when he was set up by Joel Brandinger and goalie Sam Metcalf.

The Knights wouldn’t trail for long. On another power play, Luke Robinson found Sacha Guillemain, who sent a pass to Temple for the game-tying goal. Both forwards would finish with three points on the day.

The score would remained locked into three-on-three overtime. After a brief exchange that ate the first few minutes, Topeka would find the game-winner. Brenden found Brendan, as Rons fed Schultz for the game-winning goal past Stejskal.

The Knights earned their first point but will look for their first victory tomorrow when they take on the Brookings Blizzard at 1:30 PM central. Tune in on www.hockeytv.com and follow along on Knights social media!