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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: Knights Drop Road Contest in Walpole

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On Saturday the Knights took on the Walpole Express for their second head-to-head of the season. The game started slowly, with each side registering single-digit shots through the first. The lone goal of the opening frame came off the stick of Trevor Pray, who buried a rebound past Thomas Walker off the set up Josh Grasson and Bryan Colburn.

In the second, the Express erupted for three goals in just over minutes of play between the 6:00 and 10:36 marks. The first tally came when Pray notched his second goal of the afternoon, when and Josh Grasso came into Knights territory on an odd-man rush set up by Bryan Colburn. Pray bested Walker at 6:03 to build a 2-0 Walpole lead.

Following an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty assessed to the Express following the score, Walpole went right back down the ice on a power play turnover by the Knights. Following a perfect exit pass from Cam Sullivan, Bryan Colburn buried a goal of his own on the shorthanded break, giving his team a 3-0 lead at 6:56. At 10:36 Sullivan wold rotate into the goal column when his shot found its way through traffic to beat Walker. Assists on the tally were credited to Chris Gratton and Colburn.

After regathering themselves in the second half of the second period, the Knights rallied to create some life in the third as they went on to score the next two goals. At 3:45, Jake Nimeh picked up his fifth goal of the year off an assist from Emerson Emery to cut the deficit to 4-1.

The Express buckled down behind the efforts of their goalie Max Flynn, who fended off 11 shots in the period, keeping the Knights comeback at bay for the better portion of the third.

Emery would break through again for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, picking up a power play goal at 17:03, with Austin Weber and Nate Chuckran grabbing assists on the play. With the goal and the earlier assist, Emery has now scored three goals and three assists in his last four games.

Walpole would put any thought of any further rally to bed however when Chris Peters put home the Express’ fifth goal at 18:22 (Tyler Pietrzyk. At the final horn, the Knights would take the 5-2 loss.

The team will look to bounce back against the Total Athletics Seahawks at 2:00 PM EST today. The game will be available on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter for in-game updates!

 

Knights Blank Bobcats-Royals, Roll to Series Sweep

Friday afternoon kicked off the Knights and Bobcats third meeting of the past two weeks. Winners of the last two exchanges by a combined score of 12-0, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looked to keep rolling into a three-game weekend.

The game began with the Knights controlling the pace of play. Just shy of the 4:00 marker, Nick Peck flipped a puck to Bryan Whelan, who found Anthony Starzi in front of the net. Starzi pushed his 23rd goal of the season past New York goalie Tyler Shugrue for the opening tally.

A wave of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton chances would continue to bolster a steady forecheck in the first. An 18-shot frame would be capped off by JP Natishan’s snipe at 14:26 off passing from Austin Weber and Jake Nimeh.

In the second, the tempo again belonged to the Knights offense, as the team more than doubled its shot count from the first. Anthony Starzi repaid Bryan Whelan the favor from the first, with the former finding the latter for the 3-0 lead at 8:29. Matt Proski picked up the secondary helper on the goal.

Tyler Shugrue did his part to limit the damage thereafter, but at 16:10 the dam broke open. At 16:10, Tyler Nielsen ripped a rebound past Shugrue for the forward’s 14th tally of the season (Peck, Starzi). Josh Edwards found his first goal of the year exactly one minute later off of a rebound from Matt Proski  set up by a David Pfoestl assist.

Pfoestl decided to join the scoring parade 45 seconds later, when he carried the puck over the blue line, dropped it back to Proski, and then put Proski’s ensuing rebound by for the 6-0 advantage. Cole Wenner was credited with the secondary helper on the score.

In the third, Nate Chuckran tacked on goal number seven, coming off of assists by Tyler Watungwa and Zach Ouladelhadjahmed, putting the contest’s scoring to rest.

At the final horn, the Knights came away with both a 7-0 victory and a series sweep of the Bobcats Royals. The win also brings the Knights back to .500 and keeps them within two points of the New York Applecore for the 4th seed in the South Conference.

Jared Stahel’s steady play between the pipes earned him his third shutout of the season, his second in his last five starts.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will look to keep the momentum going with a road contest today against the Walpole Express at 4:50 PM EST. Tune in on HockeyTV.com and follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter for in-game updates!

EHL: Knights Fall in Close Contest with Revolution

On Wednesday, the Knights traveled to the Revolution Ice Gardens to take on the league-leading Philadelphia Revolution. The contest provided the Knights a good idea of where they stood relative to some of the league’s top competition.

The first period began at a slow pace. Just seven shots were sent on net between the two sides. The pace ground to a literal halt when a glass pane shattered six and a half minutes into play. After a slight delay and relocation to another rink at the facility, play resumed.

Both sides took time to get their feet under them. The Knights were thwarted on two power play chances, and put just five shots on goal in the frame. The Revolution would prove unsuccessful on their lone power play of the first, but the opportunity brought about a flurry of late-period chances for Philadelphia. Thomas Walker (30 saves), the Knights starter in net, was able to turn away all 11 shots sent his way in the first.

The momentum would carry over into the second for the Revolution as just 42 seconds in, Martin Kapoian found a rebound to give Philly the 1-0 lead. Former Knight Tino Alunni came up with the primary assist with Brian Lange picking up the secondary. Five minutes later, their lead grew to 2-0 after Noah Bradley found another rebound, on the power play, off assists from Jackson Koblick and Bryce Whitman.

In a frame dominated by penalty minutes, neither team would find much rhythm. The Knights gained a slight edge in chances generated as the period wound on, and were finally rewarded in the final seconds of the frame. Set up in neutral ice by a slick entry pass from Jake Nimeh, Zach Ouladelhadjahmed would bury a backhanded beauty past Philadelphia goaltender Peter Ciccarelli (27 saves) to bring the Knights within one.

With the third period, the pace of play quickened and with it, the Revolution seized back the momentum. They out-shot the Knights 11-6 in the third period, while limiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s grade-A looks on net. Both teams traded an unsuccessful power play in a largely uninhibited third period of play. After the expiration of a Knights power play with under a minute left in regulation, Walker left the net for the extra attacker.

Ciccarelli and the Revolution backcheck would finish off the final scoring opportunities the Knights would generate, on their way to their 33rd win of the year.

The Knights will look to bounce back against New York Applecore in a two-game road series this weekend. Saturday’s game will be at 4:10 pm EST at the Louis Astorino Ice Arena. Sunday’s contest will be at the same venue, but will take place at 9:30 am. Both games will be broadcast on www.hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!

 

Weekend Recap: Knights Roll to Weekend Sweep of Bobcats Royals

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

Heading into a Saturday-Sunday series in Long Island, the Knights looked to extend their winning ways that can trace their roots back to mid-December. Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Knights hit the ground running Saturday night.

In what could be considered their most-disciplined win of the season, the Knights were kick-started by Denys Arkhypenko, who scored the opening tally at the 16:00 mark of the first period (Emerson Emery). In a period that they out-shot New York 17-5, the Knights entered the first intermission with momentum, but the scoring was kept in check by the steady play of New York netminder, Timothy Carpenter.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s heavy presence in the attacking zone would not relent in the second. Two early New York penalties would allow the forecheck to get off to a quick start. Though both power plays would be killed off, the pressure would not relent, finally giving way to Bryan Whelan at 8:44. The forward would strike against his former team off assists from Austin Weber and Jake Fuss.

Nick Peck would keep the momentum rolling with his seventh goal of the season at 14:13 (Zach Ouladelhadjahmed, Rhett Padgett). The team’s fourth score was tallied with 24 seconds left in the period, when Cody Rumsey and Tyler Watungwa set up JP Natishan for the 4-0 lead.

In the third, the Knights power play would put the game to bed. Austin Weber struck just past the three minute mark (Arkhypenko, Emery), followed by Tyler Watungwa, set up by Emery’s third assist of the game, and William Case’s secondary.

At the final horn, the Knights would skate away with a 6-0 win, capped off by Thomas Walker’s 16-for-16 performance between the pipes, his first shutout of the season.

In game two, the rematch saw an earlier start but a parallel finish. The Knights struck first on the afternoon after Rhett Padgett buried a shot from the blue line, extending his point streak to four games (Austin Weber, Jake Nimeh). Tyler Shugrue did his part in net for the Bobcats Royals, facing 23 shots in the first period alone, saving all but two.

The second tally came off the stick of JP Natishan, scoring  for the second-consecutive game, assisted by captain Jake Fuss. The Knights defense did their part, limiting New York to just four shots on goal. Knights starter Jared Stahel stopped all four en route to another solid start for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

In the middle frame, Nick Peck struck for the Knights third goal (Padgett, Arkhypenko). The game took a decidedly chippy turn as each team traded a grand total of 95 penalty minutes. The Knights penalty kill not only survived, but thrived, killing off each penalty they faced. Top cap it off, in the process of killing off a major penalty, Bryan Whelan added a shorthanded goal (Fuss) in the final minute of the second period. Whelan has now scored points (4-2-6) in all five games he’s played in since being traded to the Knights.

In the third, the Knights thwarted another major penalty and added another shorthanded goal. After assisting the first shortie, Jake Fuss recorded one of his own, finishing off a three-point game. The Knights captain has recorded points in seven-straight games.

In the game’s final minute, fresh off games with the NAHL on Friday and Saturday, Tyler Nielsen hammer a puck through traffic, where Jake Nimeh tipped it home for the score. Brady Hanson picked up the secondary assist.

When the dust had settled, the Knights found themselves with their second-straight 6-0 shutout. For Jared Stahel, his 14 saves on 14 shots marked his second shutout for the season.  The special teams excelled as well: the kill was 7-for-7 with two shorthanded goals. The power play went 2-for-7. The 12 total goals were scored by nine different players, and the Knights mounted 107 shots over two games.

With the victory Sunday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won nine of their last 10 games. They’ll look to keep rolling with a mid-week match up with the Philadelphia Revolution on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm EST. Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!

EHL: Knights Win Third Straight in Showcase Sweep

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

On day two of the EHL’s December Showcase, the Knights met the New England Wolves for the second time in under two weeks. The first meeting saw the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton foiled by the steady goal-tending of Brendan Boncore (37 saves on 38 shots) en route to a 2-1 Wolves win.

In round two, the Knights were determined to come home with a win and four points from the latest edition of the league’s showcase series. Monday’s matchup featured not Boncore, but Chris Mattone in goal for New England while Jared Stahel would man the pipes for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Both netminders were unflinching in the first half, as each side mounted quality on goal in a scoreless opening 24 minutes.

A three-penalty period for New England would finally come back to bite the Wolves, when with exactly one minute to spare in the half, Tyler Watungwa bested Mattone for the game’s first score. Power play helpers from Tyler Nielsen and Alex Morawski. Watungwa continues to be an asset since his Knights debut which came on December 9th against the same Wolves. After his scoreless first start, the Ottawa native has gone on to notch a point in each of his three games since.

The Knights used the momentum of the late score to start fast on the attack in the second. Just 3:27 into the half, Jake Nimeh found his third goal of the season, courtesy of a William Case helper. Acquired on December 1st, Case, like Watungwa, now has a three-game point streak over which he’s scored one goal and four assists.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would continue to be backed by a steady afternoon in goal from Jared Stahel. After stopping all seven shots he faced in the first, the goalie turned away a second half upswing in chances, making 15 saves over the final 25 minutes. In conjunction with a solid effort in the net, the Knights kept the Wolves off the board on four second half power play opportunities, after killing off one in the first.

Between Stahel and solid special teams, the Knights continued to add to their lead. Rhett Padgett picked up his fourth goal of the season and the Knights second power play score of the contest at 12:37. Nate Chuckran continued the trend of new Knights scoring as he stretched his point streak to a third game with an assist on Padgett’s tally.

Chuckran would go on to score the game’s final goal just past the 20:37 mark off assists from Alex Morawski and Nick Peck. Morawksi is yet another Knight with an active, three-game point streak heading into the holiday break, with one goal and three assists over his last three outings.

At the final horn, the Knights stepped off the ice with a 4-0 win. Capping off a December in which he recorded a .925 save percentage and a 2.33 goals against over three starts, Jared Stahel finished with 22 saves in his first shutout of the season. The Knights special teams finished on a high note as well with their power play registering two goals in back-to-back contests, while their penalty kill was a perfect 9/9 at the December Showcase.

Needless to say, the Knights will enter the new year on a hot streak. In their last ten games, the team finished with a 6-4 record, scoring 4.00 goals per game, to 3.30 goal’s allowed. In their seven games in December, the Knights have seen their special teams surge on both ends of the ice. The power play converted on 23.3% of all chances while the penalty kill nullified 88.9% of shorthanded chances against. The trio of Nate Chuckran, William Case, and Tyler Watungwa have now amounted seven goals and 14 assists in 24 combined games played for the Knights.

The team won’t play again until after the new year in early January. The Knights organization wishes all its fans, players, staff, and volunteers a very happy, healthy holidays and a wonderful new year in which the Knights will be waiting to continue winning hockey!

Fuss Leads Knights to First EHL Victory

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Jake Fuss is no stranger to the scoresheet. He scored the first two goals of the Knights season last weekend just months after setting the tier-III junior hockey goals record.

It came as little surprise Saturday night when Fuss put the Knights on the board to kick things off in their competition with New York Apple Core on Saturday night. Fuss’ goal, assisted by Tyler Nielsen and new addition Austin Weber, kicked off an explosive Knights attack in the game’s opening frame.

Jake Nimeh tacked on the Knights second goal just over a minute later, following crisp passing from Zach Ouladelhadjahmed and Nick Peck. Nimeh struck again at 11:59 receiving another apple from Peck.

Jared Stahel backstopped a solid defensive effort in the first 20 minutes, stopping all 13 shots Apple Core generated. As the period wound to a close, New York committed a pair of penalties that would carry over into the second frame.

Alex Morawski cashed in on the 5-on-3 power play for the Knights just 1:02 into the second period (Weber, Fuss) to build a seemingly commanding 4-0 lead. Apple Core had other plans.

Eamann McMillon’s even strength goal at 8:10 energized the New York forecheck, as they began to control possession in the Knights zone. Their persistence, combined with intermittent Knights penalties led to Apple Core’s domination of the second half of the period.

At 13:41, Logan Scarlotta notched an even strength goal created Tanner Dalton and Race Bennett. Three minutes later, Patrick Sullivan ripped a laser of a power play goal (Mark Revniaga, Wilson McCloy) to bring Apple Core within one.

Jared Stahel preserved the Knights 4-3 lead late in the frame with a seemingly impossible, twisting save in which he was able to pin the puck to his back on an Apple Core power play offering. New York’s rally would not be deterred, as just under six minutes into the third period, Race Bennett tallied the game-tying goal, assisted by McCloy.

The Knights, having seen their lead evaporate, redoubled their efforts on the attack and were rewarded when Jake Fuss hammered a puck home off a breakaway at 8:53 to re-take the 5-4 lead.

Buoyed by a handful of strong saves by Stahel, the Knights fended off Apple Core late into the third period. With a minute and a half to play, New York pulled netminder Alex Henson for an extra attacker.

Fuss appeared to put the game on ice when he found the empty net (Brady Hanson, Tyler Nielsen) at 18:51. Ben Freatman and Apple Core would not go quietly into the night. With the net again vacant in their own zone, Freatmen willed a puck past Stahel’s toe to again bring Applecore within one with 53 seconds left in regulation.

The ensuing faceoff would be taken without Henson in net, again leaving an extra attacker on for New York. Following a near miss on the empty net, the Knights were able to grind out the clock, on their way to their first EHL win in the 2017-18 season.

The Knights will host a rematch this afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Admission is free, and the game can be watched at hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter for updates!