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NAHL Trade: Knights Acquire Sacha Guillemain from Kenai River Brown Bears

In a homecoming of sorts, the Knights added to their forward group Tuesday night, completing a trade that brought them the talents of Sacha Guillemain. A native of Mont-Saint-Aignan, France, Guillemain has a number of ties to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton organization.

For starters, he’s already played for the Knights once before. In 2015-16, Guillemain wracked up a combined 30 goals and 28 assists in 55 regular season games between the Knights 16U and 18U teams (NAPHL and AYHL). In the NAPHL 16U postseason, he posted a lucrative nine goals and three assists in just four games played.

“I’m pretty excited-excited to come back to a place that knows me, and a place that I can add to,” he said. “I want to make a big playoff run. Last year I didn’t get the chance with Kenai. Last year the Knights did pretty good, so I hope that I can help them have an even better season that they did last year.”

After his first stint with the Knights had concluded, Guillemain’s efforts gained the attention of another prominent youth program: Meijer AAA Hockey. Alongside the familiar faces of future Knights players Tyrone Bronte and Brett Postula,  Guillemain potted 14 goals and 19 assists in 26 games in 2016-17.

“It’s just fun to know that you’re coming back to see familiar faces that you’ve played with before,” he said. “I’d say that I’m a pretty offensive forward. I like to use my hands and speed. I’m sure I’m going to be a good fit with everybody.”

Following the signing of a tender agreement with the Kenai River Brown Bears, Guillemain ascended to the NAHL ranks last season with a solid rookie campaign.  In 56 games, he notched 7 goals and 22 assists, including one helper in his first game back at the Revolution Ice Centre.

“I really worked on my conditioning this summer,” he said of how he’s spent the time since. “Last year I felt like I wasn’t at 100% all the time, so I worked out a lot this summer. I think I’m in great shape to start the year this year.”

“Sacha is a player we have some familiarity with,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “We’ve seen him as a member of our organization and as a member of others, and he’s consistently been an impact player wherever he’s been. You can’t have enough playmakers on your hockey team. We feel that by bringing Sacha back into our program we’ve added a player who’s not only talented, but has improved since we last saw him.”

Guillemain will join the Knights as they prepare for their preseason contest against the New Jersey Titans, with puck drop set for this Friday, September 7th at 6:30 pm EDT. The game will be free to all those who attend. Follow Knights social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as the Knights embark on their journey to #SeizetheThrone in 2018-19!

Weekend Recap: Knights Split Series with Kenai River

As the Knights began their two week trip to Alaska, the team went searching for the success that had eluded them for the majority of January and early February. Their third head-to-head with the Brown Bears marked their first trip to the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex this season. It began well: Knights captain Curtis Carlson buried his 14th goal of the season off assists from Matt Kidney and Anthony Firriolo seven and a half minutes into the contest.

The first period carried on without further scoring despite two power plays for the Brown Bears. Knights starter David Tomeo brought his a-game to the crease as he stopped all shots sent his way in an evenly played first.

It would be Kenai River to come out swinging in the second. Filip Karlsson tied the game at 6:59 with assists from Gil Garcia and Lukas Millen. Gavin Enright hunkered down in net for the Brown Bears, as the ’99 birth year kept the Knights off the board for the better part of the period.

Sutton McDonald would score next for Kenai River, supplying their first lead at 16:43, with Michael Spethmann and Luke Posner credited with the helpers on the score. The Knights would get the goal back less than two minutes later when Tomas Koblizek found Gabe Temple for his fourth marker of the year.

In the third, Mike Gelatt would find the back of the net to retake the lead for the Knights just 2:27 in. Kenai River would redouble their efforts to try to find the equalizer, mounting 16 shots on goal in the period, but David Tomeo didn’t blink.

Through two penalty kills and a chippy finish to game one, the Knights held on to kick off their road trip with a win. Elemental to the victory were the Knights strong penalty kill and Tomeo’s steadiness in net, recording 32 saves on 34 shots.

In Saturday’s rematch, the Knights would again jump out to a quick start. Luke Robinson and Curtis Carlson would find Matt Kidney, who bested former Knights goalie Kevin Lake at 1:01. The Brown Bears wouldn’t rest easy with the deficit, scoring just one minute later when David Kaplan fired a heavy wrist shot by Knights starter David Tomeo to even the score (Markuss Komuls, Cameron McDonald). The Carlson line struck back at 4:02, when Carlson drove in and fired a puck past Lake for the 2-1 lead (Engelkes, Kidney).

An eventful first half of the opening period would be capped off by Joe Rosa’s power play goal at 8:02. After killing off all six power plays in game one, the Knights penalty kill struggled to get back on track Saturday. Former Knight defenseman Markuss Komuls made a nice play to keep the zone before firing the puck to the net. Michael Spethmann pushed a puck off Tomeo’s pads before Joe Rosa put the bouncing puck home to tie the game at two. The goal brought Christian Stoever on in relief of Tomeo.

Early in the second, the Knights forecheck would begin dictating tempo and forcing odd-man rushes. Two and a half minutes into the period, Jack Olmstead handed the puck to Tyrone Bronte who fed a perfect stretch pass to Mike Gelatt to create an odd-man break. Gelatt finished the rush by burying the puck by Lake for the 3-2 lead.

Again the Brown Bears would answer quickly, and again on the power play. Cameron McDonald and Filip Karlsson created a rebound in front of Stoever that Gil Garcia eventually shoveled home to once again even the score.

For the remainder of regulation, the Knights would continually force the issue in the offensive zone and off the rush. Again and again they would be turned away by Lake, who made 24 saves on 25 shots over the final two periods of play, staring down multiple odd-man rushes in the process.

Stoever, for his part, turned away 29 of 30 through the remainder of the contest. As regulation proved inconclusive, 3-on-3 overtime brought with it an abundance of chances on the Soldotna’s Olympic-sized sheet. Both Stoever and Lake traded grade-a saves to force the shootout.

Lake stopped Justin Engelkes and Curtis Carlson in rounds one and two, while Stoever denied his first challenger in Emils Ezitis. Sacha Guillemain squeezed a puck through in round two, forcing the onus on Matt Kidney to try and force a bottom of the third. Lake stopped him to secure the shootout win and the second point.

With the weekend split, the Knights did come away with three out of four points. They’ll look to continue their recent success with a road trip to Fairbanks next weekend. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and Knights social media (Facebook: WBS Knights Hockey, Twitter and Instagram @WBSKnights) for all news and updates!

Knights Close Out 2017 With Sweep

Saturday brought with it the Knights final game of the 2017 calendar year. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton entered the tilt with the opportunity to gain sole possession of first place in the NAHL’s East Division with a win. Their opponent for the second straight day was the Kenai River Brown Bears.

After a strong offensive showing in a 5-2 win, the Knights looked to their forecheck to lead the way again on Saturday. After a quiet first seven minutes in which each side traded an unsuccessful power play, the Knights awoke.

At 7:25 Adrian Danchenko kicked off an impressive outing when he fired a shot through a screen to best Kenai River goalie Gavin Enright. Anthony Firriolo picked up his 12th assist, while Gabe Temple added his sixth to set up the game’s first score.

31 seconds later Temple would fill in the goal column as well as the Knights first-round pick willed a puck through Enright on a wraparound set up by Danchenko and Tomas Koblizek. The 2-0 lead held through the end of the period as Christian Stoever, fresh off a stint in the USHL, coupled with the Knights defense to hold the Brown Bears off the board.

A quiet opening to the second frame gave way to a penalty parade featuring 11 combined infractions. Both power plays were stymied by steady penalty kill play on each side of the ice, holding the score in place at 2-0. A fight between Michael Morrissey and Michael Spethmann kicked up the intensity in what had already proven to be a chippy weekend just past the halfway point of play.

As the second wound down, 4-on-4 play ensued at 16:49 following a Kenai River penalty. With added space on the ice, Tom Farrell and Luke Robinson set up an Adrian Danchenko deke and drive to the net where he bested Enright for his eighth goal of the year, his second of the day.

Leading 3-0 to start the the third, the Knights penalties finally came back to bite them, as former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blue-liner Markuss Komuls cashed in a perfectly placed power play goal at 5:46 (Zach Krajnik, Filip Karlsson).

The Knights would bounce back, capitalizing on a power play of their own when Curtis Carlson fired a puck home at 11:29 from Jack Olmstead to re-gain a three-goal lead. Olmstead would combine with Matt Kidney to put the game to rest a few minutes later. Just past 17:40, Kidney executed a brilliant poke check in neutral ice before carrying the puck back the other way to create an odd-man rush. In front of the net, Kidney faked to Curtis Carlson before passing back to Jack Olmstead in the slot where the latter buried the puck for a 5-1 lead.

Christian Stoever would close out the contest with a stellar 32 saves on 33 shots in his first game back, on his way to his 11th win of the season. Gavin Enright was solid, despite the five goals allowed, making 36 stops on 41 shots. The Knights and Brown Bears both went 1/7 on the power play and 6/7 on the penalty kill on the afternoon. The win and subsequent two points puts the Knights ahead of the Philadelphia Rebels in the East by one point.

The Knights will look to continue building on a three-game winning streak with a two-game series against the midwest-leading Fairbanks Ice Dogs next weekend. The first will take place on Friday, January 5th and 1:00 pm. The second will be played on Saturday the 6th at 6:30 pm. Both games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and Knights social media for all news and updates!

On behalf of the entire organization, the Knights would like to wish all their fans, players, families, and staff a very healthy and happy New Year and look forward to bringing you more wins in 2018!

RECAP: Knights Kick Off Second Half With Convincing Win

Fresh off Christmas and holiday festivities, the Knights returned to home ice on Friday to take on the Kenai River Brown Bears. The first of four meetings between the pair kicked off quickly in favor of the home team.

Just 3:37 into play, Matt Kidney notched his 10th goal of the season when he fired a Jack Olmstead rebound past Brown Bears starting goalie Artur Pavliukov. Paul Cimilluca picked up a secondary assist for his third helper of the season.

The Knights kept their foot on the gas pedal largely dictating play through the opening 20 minutes. The back check limited quality chances on starting goaltender David Tomeo, while the forecheck spent ample time in the attacking end.

Curtis Carlson capped off the strong period when off a faceoff win, the Knights captain fed a pass to Matt Kidney waiting in the middle of the slot. Kidney flipped his second goal of the night past Pavliukov to send the Knights to the first intermission with a multi-goal lead.

Three minutes into the second, during a stretch of 4-on-4 play, Gabe Temple followed Carlson’s example, immediately flipping a face off win to Justin Engelkes in the slot. Engelkes hammered a one-timer to the twine for his seventh goal of the season and a 3-0 Knights lead.

Tomeo and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defense weathered the Brown Bears push-back in the second half of the period before the Knights drew a penalty at 15:52. 16 seconds into the team’s third power play of the evening, Reed Robinson fired a puck home to build a 4-0 lead. Adrian Danchenko and Blake Kryska registered the assists.

The final frame of regulation kicked off with the Knights on the penalty kill. The Brown Bears, owners of one of the NAHL’s most potent power plays, capitalized on their third turn on the man advantage, when Gil Garcia ripped a shot from the slot by Tomeo for Kenai River’s first goal (Sacha Guillemain, Cameron McDonald).

The goal swung momentum to the Brown Bears forecheck, as they drew three more penalties in the first five minutes of the third. The Knights penalty kill and Tomeo combined to erase the remainder of the penalties taken, but Kenai River continued to force Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to chase in their own zone.

At 6:59, Gabriel Wahl fed former Knight Markuss Komuls whose rebound found Connor Fedorek pinching down from the blue line. Fedorek picked the puck up in the slot and weaved it around Tomeo to narrow the deficit to two.

Determined to squash the comeback effort, the Knights offense found a renewed rhythm and resumed their offensive on Artur Pavliukov’s crease. The Lithuanian netminder stood tall in a gritty effort that even saw him briefly leave the ice after sustaining a minor injury in the second.

Despite Pavliukov’s best efforts, including 42 total saves and one robbery of Jack Olmstead, Curtis Carlson put the game to bed at 13:56. Set up by Lincoln Hatten and Luke Robinson, Carlson fired a puck from the right circle through traffic and Pavliukov to put the Knights ahead by three.

Despite multiple penalties being assessed to both sides through the final five minutes of play, the 5-2 score held through the final horn. With the win, the Knights improve to 19-7-3, placing them just one point behind the Philadelphia Rebels for first place in the East Division. They’ll have the opportunity to regain the top spot in round two of Knights-Brown Bears today at 2:30 pm. The game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com, with live updates being posted to Knights Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Former Knights forward and current Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Daniel Sprong was recalled to the NHL from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins roster today. Sprong played for the Knights Bantam Major team in the 2011-12 season, helping them to a national championship title. Through 29 games in the AHL this season, the 2015 NHL second-round pick has scored 18 goals and 10 assists. The Knights are happy for Daniel and wish him the best of luck in Pittsburgh!


Knights Win Chippy 4-2 Affair Over Kenai River

Special Teams, Antonitsch and Gelatt Lead the Way

Coming off a tough weekend in Fairbanks, the Knights entered Friday night looking to reverse the fortunes of their road trip in a meeting with the Kenai River Brown Bears.

The intensity of game three in Alaska was established in the early stages when Knights captain Tim Gelatt dropped the gloves with Brown Bears forward Carter Wade. The bout was quickly followed up by a slew roughing penalties less than a minute later that saw both teams send players to box.

Following an unsuccessful Knights power play, both teams hunkered down and channeled their adrenaline into a spirited, back and forth first period. After going nearly 18 minutes without a goal, Knights blue liner Paul Cimilluca notched his second tally of the season on assists from Paul Maust (25) and Michael Morrissey (8). The first ended in a 1-0 Knights lead on the scoreboard and 10-7 advantage in shots.

The second period began in similar fashion to the first, with an early Kenai River high-sticking penalty setting the tone. The Knights again would fail to score on the man advantage, but would soon be find more opportunities. At 5:02 Dorian Dawson and Jack Vincent dropped their gloves for the game’s second fight, shortly followed by the Brown Bears heading back to the box for a tripping penalty. This time the Knights would succeed on the power play when Mike Gelatt beat Robbie Goor for his 11th goal of the season (Antonitsch 20, Kidney 21).

The Knights followed up their tally with sloppy play, committing three penalties in the five minutes that followed Gelatt’s goal. Despite over a minute on the 5-on-3 kill, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton withstood each infraction, backed by their steady penalty kill and workhorse netminder Grant Valentine making his eighth-straight start. Kenai’s penalty kill got its turn when it withstood 44 seconds of 5-on-3 before killing off two penalties to close the second period.

Entering the third the Brown Bears forecheck found its stride. In the frame’s first 5:22, Kenai River struck twice off goals from Luke Radetic (Kaplan 8, Marzec 24) and Marzec (unassisted). With the game even at two, both teams buckled down once more, with just one penalty coming per side in the period. For the Brown Bears, their lone infraction would prove costly.

With just over four minutes left in regulation, Mike Gelatt (20) and Dorian Dawson (25) set up Sam Antonitsch’s 17th goal of the season on the power play. Vince Marino followed up the eventual game-winner with an insurance tally of his own at 16:31 coming off helpers from Adrian Danchenko (6) and Andrew Jackson (5). The 4-2 score would hold up as Valentine and the Knights back check fended off the last handful of Brown Bear chances to secure the victory.

With the win, the Knights improve to 27-25-4 as they ready themselves for the postseason. Their playoff push is currently being bolstered by a penalty kill that again represented itself well, going a perfect 6-for-6 on Friday night keeping the team firmly entrenched in the league’s top 10 units at 7th with a kill rate of 84.1% . The power play continues to make progress, now up to 16.7% success rate on the season with their 2-for-5 performance against the Brown Bears. The team and its players will get another opportunity to build on last night’s performance with a rematch slated for 7:30 pm Alaska Standard Time/ 11:30 pm Eastern tonight in Kenai River.

Weekend Recap: Knights Skate to Sweep Over Kenai River

FRIDAY: Mauled by Maust; 5-Point Game Leads Way for Knights

Ronald McDonald Night a Resounding Success at the Revolution Ice Center
Written by Allif Karim

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started a two-game series Friday with the Kenai River Brown Bears wearing an alternate jersey to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Foundation. The Knights would prove to be ungracious hosts for their Alaskan visitors, besting them in a wild 11-goal affair. The win was their first action since beating Aston on home ice back on December 17th.

Paul Maust was the star of the night, stealing the show with four goals and an assist for his team. His efforts, combined with accompanying goals from Khristian Acosta, Andrew Jackson and Reed Robinson along with multiple helpers from Keenan Sabatini (3), Markuss Komuls (2) and Sam Antonitsch (2), were more than enough to earn the Knights two points.

Kenai River would not go without a fight however putting up four goals of their own with successful efforts from Luke Radetic, Ethan Stewart, Evan Butcher and Jake Friedman. Two of the four goals for the Brown Bears came off the power play, atypical for the Knights normally staunch penalty kill.

The first period started off shaky for both teams, but it was the Brown Bears who opened the scoring 9:23 into the period when Luke Radetic scored off an assist from David Kaplan. 38 seconds before the period ended, Khristian Acosta scored on the power play to pull the Knights even at one heading to the 1st intermission.

From the drop of the puck the Knights took control of the game in the second period, outshooting the Brown Bears 18-3. Kenai River failed to respond to Knights goals from Andrew Jackson at 12:45 and Paul Maust at 14:35, giving the Knights a 3-1 lead at the end of 40 minutes of play.

The third stanza was even more wide open, but a more even period. The teams combined for seven goals, with the Knights notching the triumphant four. Paul Maust lead the way, completing his hat trick and then some, scoring his second, third and fourth goals at 2:17, 6:32 and 11:55. Reed Robinson tacked a silky-smooth goal on at 14:24 to tally his 7th of the year. Kenai River made a strong effort to match the Knights goal-for-goal, tallying three of their own. Ethan Stewart scored at 4:32 with Jake Friedman following that up at 11:16 and Evan Butcher tacking on a third at 16:17. At the final horn, the difference would prove too great and the Knights would skate to the definitive 7-4 victory.

SATURDAY: Strong Play Pushes Knights to 3rd Straight Win

Knights Close Out 2016 with Sweep
Written by Tim Mulllhaupt

Following their high-scoring affair Friday night, the Knights started their final game of 2016 in search of for their second sweep of the Kenai River Brown Bears in franchise history. The first period of the contest closely mirrored game one’s tempo, with the Brown Bears opening scoring midway through the first period. Anthony’s Tzveyn’s relentless effort to cash in his own rebound off the pads of Grant Valentine at 9:23 put the Brown Bears in the lead, but the advantage would prove to be short-lived. With three and a half minutes left in the third, Andrew Jackson parked himself in the slot, found a rebound and ripped it past Kenai River goalie Robbie Goor.

The second period would not follow its 24-hour old blue print; on this day the Knights would score the go-ahead goal and eventual game-winner off of Curtis Carlson’s goal at 5:00, but much of the period was controlled by Kenai River. Despite being hemmed in their own zone for long portions of the period, the Knights would keep the Brown Bears off the board and head to the locker room leading 2-1.

The third period would see both teams bog down in the neutral zone, as neither could establish much of a rhythm. The period’s few quality chances would fall flat until Reed Robinson would win the race back to the puck and with an empty net in front of him, the Texas forward would put the game away at 19:10. Kenai River would try one final time to spark a comeback to pull Goor for the extra attacker, but the game would end with the Knights on top 3-1.
The sweep pushed the Knights to 15-17-1-1, and will send them to Northeast for a three game set riding a three game winning streak.

From all members of the Knights organization, we’d like to wish all our fans, followers and families a very happy new year and a wonderful year ahead.

Knights to Host Charity Night and Celebrate New Year’s Eve Against Kenai River

This upcoming weekend the Knights host the Kenai River Brown Bears on Friday, December 30th and Saturday, December 31st. Friday’s game will be Ronald McDonald House Night at the Revolution Ice Centre at 7:30 pm. The Knights will be wearing alternate jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game to support the foundation’s efforts to help families with sick children.


Saturday’s game will be played at 2:30 pm. Get an early start to your New Year’s celebration with festivities at the rink!dec31ad