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EHL: Offense Carries Knights Past Lumberjacks

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Sunday afternoon saw the Knights host the Vermont Lumberjacks for the teams’ second head-to-head of the season. Coming off a frustrating loss in which the Knights out-chanced their opposition, they looked to bounce back in the weekend finale.

The offense was given an early jump-start when Jake Fuss turned and fired a puck past Lumberjacks starter Chris Stangarone just two minutes into the first period. Austin Weber, centering Fuss and Anthony Starzi on the afternoon, was credited with the primary helper with Starzi collecting the second.

The Knights would strike again at 8:52, when Fuss kept the lid on the zone, tapped a puck to Weber who found an open Anthony Starzi in front of Stangarone. Starzi buried his 20th tally of the season to move the Knights up by two.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton controlled much of the rest of the period, as they out-shot the Lumberjacks 18-7 in the opening 20 minutes, on their way to one of their best starts of the season.

The second period saw the script flipped. As has been the case in the past this season, the middle frame saw the Knights shorthanded often, resulting in an opening 10 minutes dominated by Vermont. The Lumberjacks buried three goals in the first 8:38 to take the lead.

Patrick Manning nabbed the first when he threw a bouncing puck on net from a sharp angle before it was pushed past Knights starter Thomas Walker (Wade Weeden). The second was scored by Kyle McDonald on the power play off helpers from Andrew Barber and Conor Leonard. On the third, set up by Kyle McDonald, Andrew Bechard fired a cross-ice feed that squeezed through Walker in the crease to Logan Discanio on the back door for the tap-in score.

The Knights regrouped in the second half of the period, pushing back on the attack when playing at even strength, but at the horn, they went to the dressing room down by one. Vermont out-shot the Knights 21-10 in the period.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton quickly righted the ship out of the gate in the third. Just 3:07 in, Nate Chuckran buried a goal shortside off helpers from Alex Morawski and William Case to tie the game at three. Chuckran was the first man on to start a change near the 5:00 mark, where his shot-denied by a spectacular stick save from Stangarone-rebounded to Tyler Wantungwa, who ripped it home for his first goal in a Knights sweater.

Up 5-4, the Knights found what would turn out to be more than key insurance when William Case picked up his first Knights goal on a dart through a screen at 9:41. Jake Fuss and Anthony Starzi were credited with the assists on the score that came during 4-on-4 play.

It appeared the Knights would have the perfect set up to put the game away when the Lumberjacks took a penalty past the halfway point of the third. While on the power play, Wade Weeden’s exit pass gave Vermont a 2-on-1, shorthanded breakaway. Andrew Bechard faked the pass before ripping a shot top-shelf, over the glove of Walker to bring the Lumberjacks within one.

The score would hold until the final minute of play. Just before Vermont pulled Stangarone, the Knights committed a slashing penalty. The infraction put them down two men after the Lumberjacks successfully emptied the net. The Knights penalty kill didn’t blink as they were quick to find pucks and clear the zone. With under 30 seconds to remaining, Case flipped a puck to Fuss, who found Starzi streaking through center ice. The speedy forward skated the puck to the twine to put the game on ice, 6-4.

With the win, the Knights snap a four-game skid and improve to 11-19 on the season. Their final games before the holiday break will come on the road next weekend against the New Hampshire Avalanche on Sunday, December 17th at 5:20 pm EST and the New England Wolves and Monday, December 18th at 12:10 pm EST. Both games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter and visit www.wbsknights.com and all Knights social media for news and updates!

EHL Showcase Recap: Knights Split Pair of Games in Walpole

The Knights traveled to Massachusetts this weekend for the EHL Showcase, looking to generate positive momentum following last weekend’s series against the Revolution.

The Showcase, a chance for players to display their talents in front  of scouts, operates in a unique format, playing two, 25-minute halves as opposed to three, 20-minute periods.

Friday: Vermont Lumberjacks 4, Knights 2

The Knights opened the showcase with a quick start, netting their first goal off the efforts of Tyler Nielsen, assisted by Austin Weber just 3:00 into the contest. The score would hold as the Knights defense, led by goalie Jared Stahel were able to keep Vermont off the board for the first 15 minutes.

At 15:33, the dam broke as the Lumberjacks kicked off a scoring wave that began with Kyle McDonald picking up a tally off assists from Logan Discanio and Andrew Bechard. McDonald would notch another pair to complete a first-half hat trick, with his second goal coming at 17:30 (Bechard, Discanio), and the third at 24:08 (Andrew Barber, Max Roth). Vermont would end the first half of play with a goal from Discanio on helpers from McDonald and Bechard.

The second half remained relatively even, as the Knights outshot Vermont 16-13 in the 25:00, but could only mount one goal Lumberjacks goalie Chris Stangarone. That tally came at the 1:03 mark off the efforts of Jake Fuss, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s leading scorer picked up his 10th goal of the season. Alex Morawski was credited with the lone assist.

The rest of the game wound down without a goal, seeing Jared Stahel stop 30/34 shots on goal on the day and Stangarone 28/30 as the Lumberjacks picked up the win.

Saturday: Knights 3, Valley Jr. Warriors 2

Looking for a rebound game on Saturday, the Knights went to battle with the Valley Jr. Warriors on the morning of day two of the Showcase. The Warriors drew first blood just 56 seconds in following a Brian Smith goal, assisted by Tim Kalinowski.

The Knights didn’t take long to respond as Jake Fuss scored his 11th goal of the year, and second of the weekend at 2:01, unassisted. Following up the Knights first goal of the morning was Anthony Starzi with his third on the year, assisted by Fuss. The 2-1 lead held through end of the first half.

The second period saw both defenses clamp down in their own end as netminders Thomas Walker and Landon Anderson traded saves, while both sides traded trips to the penalty box. After a scoreless 24 minutes, the Warriors pulled Anderson. Shortly thereafter, the Knights took a five-minute major resulting in 6-on-4 play. In the game’s final minute, Tyler Nielsen cleared the puck down the ice and into the vacant Warriors net to put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ahead 3-1. In the game’s final second, the Warriors would get one back on the power play from Tyler Matts (Owen Schiffmann) to end the contest 3-2. Knights goalie Thomas Walker stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn his first win of the season.

The Knights will look to build on the victory when they face off against the Philadelphia Little Flyers at the Revolution Ice Centre on Thursday, October 19th at 2:30 pm.