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Knights top Black Bears in overtime, 5-4

ODENTON, Maryland — The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights emerged with a 5-4 overtime victory against the Maryland Black Bears on Friday, October 25th at Piney Orchard Ice Arena.

The victory improves the Knight’s regular season record to 8-6-0-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

“Ultimately, we battled through a high-scoring game and our chemistry as a team came together when it counted,” said Knights Head Coach, Tom Kowal. “Any win on the road against Eastern Division teams is great for us.”

Despite multiple scoring opportunities for both teams, the first period came and went without a goal scored for the Knights or the Black Bears.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton battled through two penalty-kills in the first frame, and ultimately could not capitalize on the power play when Maryland’s Thomas Jarman was penalized for interference. At the conclusion of the first period, the Knights led the Black Bears in shots, 10-8.

Maryland was the first to take the lead at 8:57 of the middle frame,  but the Knights responded swiftly, 3:23 later, as Beck Moore netted his first goal of the season. The goal came shorthanded and assisted by Trevor Scherer, with 9:40 remaining in the second period, knotting the score at one apiece.

Maryland ended the second period on top with a 2-1 lead, pulling ahead with 2:59 to go.

The third period action exploded in a procession of five goals. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton responded to an early third period goal from Maryland with three consecutive goals.

Zak Currie started the scoring frenzy at 8:52 of the frame, netting the second Knights goal on the power play with an assist from Nikita Asylaev and Caydon Meyer.

With 6:58 to go, Jordan Strand tallied the Knights’ second power play goal of the night to tie the game, 3-3. Meyer and Johnny Kaljian were credited with assists on the goal.

Liam Haslam gave the Knights its first lead of the game with 3:39 remaining, with assists from Strand and Christopher Rubenach.

However, a final rally from Maryland resulted in a game-tying goal with 10 seconds left to send the game into overtime.

It only took 67 seconds and one shot to decide the outcome of the game. A power play opportunity resulted in a dominant Knights performance in the offensive zone, as Lincoln Hatten scored his 11th goal of the season to win the game in overtime, with assists from Kaljian and Tyrone Bronte.

“Our special teams had a huge impact on the final score by putting up three power play goals and a short handed goal as well,” said Kowal. “Contey’s performance in net was amazing; his play gave us the opportunity to win in the end.”

Contey played a full game in net and recorded 24 saves in the Knights’ victory.

Wilkes-Barre Scranton and Maryland will meet again at 7:45pm tomorrow, October 26th, at Piney Orchard Ice Arena to round out the weekend.

NAHL: Knights Close Alaska Trip with Loss to Fairbanks

On Saturday night, the Knights met the Fairbanks Ice Dogs for the fourth and final time in the 2017-18 regular season, looking for their first victory against a team riding a 20-game winning streak.

The Ice Dogs struck quickly in a relatively quiet first period that saw just 12 combined shots on net. At 6:51 Tanner Schachle continued his successful season by putting his 22nd goal past Knights starter David Tomeo, coming off assists from Grant Ledford and Connor Chilton. Fairbanks backcheck allowed little to develop for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the remainder of period with Logan Neaton keeping the Knights three shots at bay.

Early in the second, it appeared the Knights would finally get their offense going when Jack Olmstead danced his way into the Ice Dogs zone before setting up Tom Farrell for a backhanded goal. After deliberation, the officials proceeded to disallow the score, stating that the net had come off its moorings.

Fairbanks didn’t blink. Samuel Ruffin came right back down the ice to bury a goal past Tomeo on the ensuing shift (Daniel Haider, Jack Johnston) for a 3-0 lead at 3:12. John Stampohar added to the advantage with another tally just over three minutes later off assists from Robert Blueger and the aforementioned Schachle.

The Knights would finally catch a break when Mike Morrissey would set up Adrian Danchenko who in turn  threaded a perfect, home-run pass to Reed Robinson for a breakaway just under a minute later. Robinson would drive all the way in on Neaton and then put home his own rebound to cut the score to 3-1.

Fairbanks did not allow any further momentum, as their offense came  back on a power play dart from Robert Blueger at 13:09 (Kyle Mayhew, Schachle). Before the Knights could leave the period to regroup, Jack Johnston, set up by Ruffin and Jax Murray, poked a wraparound by Tomeo for the 5-1 advantage.

In the third Connor Chilton would strike early to put a damper on any hopes of a Knights rally. Chilton bested the Knights defense as he shook off heavy traffic in front to flip a puck home at 5:15 (Vanska, Schachle).

Anthony Firriolo wouldn’t go down quietly as he buried a power play goal set up by Jack Olmstead and Curtis Carlson at 6:05, his second of the season. If there was one silver lining on the weekend for the Knights, it was that they were able to turn in a 3/8 (37.5%) performance against the NAHL’s best penalty kill.

Jack Johnston picked up his second goal of the contest just over a minute later with helpers coming from Murray and Ruffin.

At the final horn the Knights left the rink on the wrong end of a 7-2 loss. They’ll look to bounce back with a road series in Johnstown next weekend to close out February before seven of their players and head coach Tom Kowal head to the NAHL’s Top Prospect Tournament to close out the month.

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Recap: Knights Drop Second Straight Against Fairbanks

In round two of Knights-Ice Dogs, Fairbanks would again prove to be a tough test for a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team trying to keep pace with first place in the East.

As they did the day before, the Knights drew first blood Saturday on a beautiful set up by Tyrone Bronte. Off a pass from Blake Kryska, the Australian forward drove into the offensive zone 13 minutes into an evenly-fought first. As he approached the net of Ice Dogs goalie Josh Benson, Bronte faked a backhand before reversing course and flipping a puck back into the slot. A trailing Adrian Danchenko buried a snipe top-shelf to put the Knights ahead 1-0.

The first period wound to its final minute with the score intact, in what appeared to be a strong start for the Knights. With 53 seconds remaining, Sam Ruffin won an offensive zone draw to Jack Johnston, who fed the puck to a waiting Jax Murray in front. Murray buried his sixth goal of the season to knot the game at one.

Not content with the tie, the Ice Dogs would again take an offensive faceoff with under 10 seconds left in the frame. Off the draw, the Knights were able to muscle a puck to the wall, but Grayson Gavin and Connor Chilton combined to win the puck and push it to the net, where through a scrum, Hunter Wendt pushed it through Christian Stoever with one second left on the clock.

The quick leapfrog on the scoreboard didn’t result in the Knights collapsing; in the ensuing second, the team would again go toe-to-toe with the Ice Dogs, only to be foiled time and again by netminder Josh Benson. After helping fend off the Knights comeback on Friday with several grade-A saves, the Minnesota native duplicated his performance on Saturday, stonewalling all challengers through the final 40 minutes in what turned out to be a 31-save performance.

Before the second period’s conclusion, the Ice Dogs would build their lead to two when Noah Wilson and Grayson Gavin setup Connor Chilton, who weaved his way through the slot and past Stoever for a tally at 14:03.

The 3-1 advantage would hold firm well into the third, where the Ice Dogs defense limited the Knights to short stretches in the attacking zone. The chances that built toward the end of the period were nullified by Benson’s stellar play.

Tanner Schachle put any hopes of a late rally to rest at 16:13 when off a half-wall feed from Errka Vanska, the wide-open Schachle bested Stoever for the Ice Dog’s fourth goal. John Stampohar was credited with the secondary assist.

Time ran out on the Knights, as the team dropped its second-straight decision. They will look to rebound and take back ground in the East with a two-game road series against the Rebels next weekend. Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!