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Knights defeat the Black Bears, 4-2

PITTSON, Penn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defeated the Maryland Black Bears, 4-2. in their matchup on Saturday, January 11, at Revolution Ice Centre.

The Knights’ record in regular season play improves to 18-14-2-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

The Knights had to overcome a two-goal deficit, as the Black Bears tallied their only goals of the game over the course of the first period.

Artur Turansky put the Knights on the board first with 9:57 left in the second period. Jordan Strand and Tyrone Bronte earned assists on the goal.

The Knights went on to secure the 4-2 victory with three goals in the third period.

Lincoln Hatten netted the Knights’ second goal of the game off an assist from Bronte at just 5:03 of the final frame.

Four minutes and ten seconds later, Zak Currie scored on the power play with assists from Cadon Meyer and Johnny Kaljian

Hatten went on to score an empty net goal with 58 seconds remaining to solidify the win.

Zach Stejskal played a full game in net and was credited with this 14th win of the season.

The Knights return to action on Friday, January 17, against the Jamestown Rebels at Northwest Arena.

The Knights Top the Rebels, 4-1

PITTSON, Penn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights topped the Jamestown Rebels, 4-1, in their matchup on Sunday, January 5 at Revolution Ice Centre.

The Knights record is now 16-14-2-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL) in regular season play.

The Knights took a two-goal lead in the first period, with Johnny Kaljian striking first to put the Knights on the board with 4:15 left in the first frame. Anthony Mastromonica recorded an assist on the goal.

22 seconds later, Jordan Strand scored an unassisted goal to give the Knights’ a 2-0 lead going into the second period.

Brian Smith doubled the Knights’ lead to 4-0 with two goals in the second period, one with 9:24 left in the period and the second with 2:10 remaining. Beck Moore recorded an assist on both goals, while Shane Murphy and Tyrone Bronte also were credited with assists.

The Rebels tallied their first and only goal with 2:19 left in the third period, however they could not overcome the three-goal deficit.

Zach Stejskal played a full game in net and recorded his second victory of the weekend.

The Knights return to action on Friday, January 10, for a 7pm matchup with the Maryland Black Bears.

Knights defeat the Rebels, 4-1

PITTSON, Penn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defeated the Jamestown Rebels, 4-1, in their matchup on Saturday, January 4, at Revolution Ice Centre.

The Knights record in regular season play is now 15-14-2-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

The Knights’ first game of 2020 began with a scoreless first period.

However, the Knights went on to take a two-goal lead in the second period.

Jordan Strand struck first with 6:29 left in the second period, with assists from Johnny Kaljian and Tyrone Bronte.

With just 45 seconds left in the period, Artur Turansky extended the Knights’ lead to 2-0 off of assists from Cam Cervone and Strand.

The Rebels responded at 2:18 of the third period with their first goal of the game, but it wouldn’t be long before the Knights took over the scoreboard once again.

Egor Postnov scored his third goal of the season on a power play at 7:50 of the third period, with an assist from Nikita Asylaev.

Turansky netted his second of the game, and the Knights fourth goal against the Rebels, with 10:16 left in the third period. Christopher Rubenach and Postnov tallied assists on the goal.

Ultimately, the Rebels were unable to recover from the Knights’ three-goal lead and fell, 4-1.

Zach Stejskal played a full game in net.

The Knights return to action tomorrow, Jan. 5, for a rematch with the Jamestown Rebels.

Knights top the Rebels, 4-3

PITTSON, Penn. – The Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Knights topped the the Jamestown Rebels, 4-3, in their matchup on Friday, December 13 at Revolution Ice Centre.

The Knight’s regular season record is now 13-12-2-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

The Knights took an early lead against the Rebels, as Anthony Mastromonica netted his first of the game at just 3:29 of the opening period.

However, the Rebels responded with two quick goals to take a 2-1 lead; the first was scored at 5:48 and the second at 7:37.

With 2:01 left in the first period, the Knights tied up the game at two goals apiece as Artur Turansky tallied his fifth goal of the season, with assists from Zak Currie and Liam Haslam.

The Knights played a dominant second period and went on to take a two-goal lead after two periods of play.

Mastromonica scored his second goal of the game at 6:27, assisted by Sutton McDonald and Cam Cervone.

To wrap up the second period, Lincoln Hatten scored with 8:47 to go in the middle frame, giving the Knights their biggest lead of the game. Tyrone Bronte and Jordan Strand were credited with assists.

The score remained 4-2 in the Knights favor until a Rebels goal with 2:27 left in the third period cut the lead to 4-3.

Ultimately, the Knights fought off the Rebels for the final minutes of regulation and took the game, 4-3.

Zach Stejskal played a full game in net in the Knights victory.

The Knights return to action tomorrow, December 14, for a 4pm matchup against the Jamestown Rebels at Revolution Ice Centre.

 

Knights fall to the Rebels, 3-2

PITTSON, Penn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights fell to the New Jersey Titans, 3-2, in a matinee game on Wednesday, December 11, at Revolution Ice Centre.

The Knights’ record in regular season play is now 12-12-2-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

“We got away from playing the physical game we needed to play against a skilled team like the Titans,” said Head Coach Tom Kowal. “We didn’t take advantage of our scoring chances and the Titans did.”

The first period proved to be scoreless for either team, although the Titans outshot the Knights 15-12 in the first 20 minutes of regulation.

The Titans struck first at 5:04 of the second period to take a 1-0 lead, and the Knights entered the third period trailing by one goal.

At 3:56 of the third period, Jordan Strand tied up the game, 1-1, with a power play goal. Zak Currie and Tyrone Bronte recorded assists on the goal.

The Titans went on to extend their lead to two goals, scoring at 7:24 of the third period and again with 4:21 remaining.

With 26 seconds to go, Christopher Rubenach put the Knights within one goal again, assisted by Anthony Mastromonica. However, the Knights ultimately could not overcome the Titan’s one-goal lead and fell, 3-2.

The Knights return to play on Friday, December 13th, for a 7pm matchup against the Jamestown Rebels at Revolution Ice Centre.

Knights top the Nordiques, 3-1

LEWISTON, Maine – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights topped the Maine Nordiques, 3-1, in a road matchup at Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Tuesday, November 26.

The Knights’ record in regular season play improves to 12-10-2-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL) with the win.

Shots were almost even throughout the first period, with the Nordiques leading 13-12. The first period ended with a goal for Maine with 3:21 left in the frame, giving them a 1-0 lead entering the second period.

The Knights responded with two goals in the second period to take the lead, and they would keep it for the rest of the game.

Mike Manzo struck first at 9:49 to tie the game, 1-1, with assists from  Brian Smith and Jordan Strand.

1 minute and eight seconds later, Johnny Kaljian scored to put the Knights ahead, 2-1. Anthony Mastromonica tallied an assist on the second Knights goal.

Once again, shots in the second period were close, with the Knights outshooting the Nordiques 17-16.

Zak Currie‘s goal with 9:34 remaining in the third period sealed the 3-1 victory for the Knights, with Lincoln Hatten and Artur Turansky tallying assists.

Zach Stejskal played a full game in net and recorded 40 saves.

“We struggled a bit to find our legs in the first period, but we were able to reset and refocus during the intermission,” said Head Coach Tom Kowal. “After that, I thought we put together two good periods of hockey.”

The Knights return to action Wednesday, November 27, for a 2pm rematch against the Maine Nordiques at Androscoggin Bank Colisee.

 

The Knights top the Nordiques, 4-1

DANBURY, Conn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights topped the Maine Nordiques, 4-1, in the NAPHL Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Danbury Ice Arena.

The Knights’ record in regular season play is now 10-10-1-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

“We played a complete hockey game tonight,” said Head Coach Tom Kowal. “Every player played a part in the team earning two points and a win.”

The first period came and went without a goal from either team, however the Knights fought off three power play opportunities for the Nordiques to keep the game scoreless.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton dominated the second period and captured a three-goal lead.

Zak Currie put the Knights on the board with a power play goal at 15:38 of the middle frame, with an assist from Egor Postnov.

Four minutes and 42 seconds later,  Jordan Strand extended the Knights’ lead to 2-0. His goal was assisted by Currie and Lincoln Hatten.

To wrap up the second period, Currie recorded his second goal of the game and third point of the night to tally the third Knights’ goal, unassisted, with 4:34 remaining.

The Nordiques managed to score at 10:26 of the third period, however they could not overcome the deficit that the Knights generated going into the final frame.

Ultimately, an empty net goal from Spencer Evans sealed the 4-1 victory for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

“The team got back to the basics of finishing checks and being a tough team to play against, and it worked out for them,” said Kowal.

Zach Stejskal played a full game in net and led his team to victory.

The Knights return to action on Friday, Nov. 22 as they host the Jamestown Rebels.

 

The Knights fall to the Black Bears, 5-2

ODENTON, Maryland — Despite a two-goal game from Lincoln Hatten and 27 saves from Alex Contey, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights fell to the Maryland Black Bears in its Saturday night matchup at Piney Orchard Ice Arena on October 26th.

The Knights’ regular season record is now 8-7-0-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

“We took too many penalties and got caught up in undisciplined play,” said Head Coach Tom Kowal. “It cost us.”

The Knights broke open the scoring early in the first period as Hatten netted his first goal of the game, just four minutes and 16 seconds into regulation. Hatten snagged the puck from a Black Bear defenseman and went on to tuck it past Maryland goaltender Andrew Takacs’s glove side.

Maryland scored a power play goal with 5:32 remaining in the first period to end the period with a 1-1 tie.

As the second frame began, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton wasted no time in regaining its lead. Hatten netted a second goal in a mere 65 seconds of second period play, sending a backhand shot past the netminder off of an assist from Johnny Kaljian.

Contey was extremely influential in preserving the Knights’ 2-1 lead through two high-pressure Black Bear power plays. However, Maryland capitalized on a third power play opportunity of the second period to tie up the score, 2-2.

Maryland pulled away with the help of a third power play goal late in the second period, and fourth goal early in the third period to secure a 4-2 lead.

Ultimately, the Knights could not recover after Maryland netted a fourth unanswered goal and fell, 5-2.

“In the end we couldn’t make up the difference,” said Kowal. “We worked hard, but we have to work smarter in the games ahead.”

Point leaders for the Knights this weekend were Hatten, Kaljian, and Jordan Strand. Hatten tallied three goals over the course of two games, including last night’s overtime game-winner and both goals in tonight’s loss. Kaljian recorded three assists, including the primary assist on Hatten’s game-winner, and Strand recorded a goal and an assist in yesterday’s action.

Contey played two full games and recorded a .85 SV% through the weekend.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights return to action on Wednesday, October 30th, for a 2:00pm matchup against the New Jersey Titans at Revolution Ice Centre.

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.

Knights Announce End of Season Player Awards

Annual Team Awards Honored At Season’s End

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: The player judged to be most valuable to the Knights during the regular season.
Winner: ZACH STEJSKAL

 
Season stats: 25-17-5/6 SO/2.47 GAA/.935%

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: First year player judged to be most valuable to the Knights during the regular season.
Winner: JORDAN STRAND

Season stats: 56GP: 5G-23A= 28pts.

MOST IMPROVED: The player that has shown the most development and additional contribution to the Knights throughout the regular season.
Winner: GABE TEMPLE

Season stats: 57GP: 18G-18A= 36pts.

THE LANCELOT KNIGHTS AWARD: The player from the team that the coaching staff feel best exhibits hard work, mental toughness, competitiveness, passion, and a team first mentality.
Winner: JOEY VERKERKE

Season stats: 59GP: 2G-6A = 8pts.