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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.

Knights Top the Black Bears in Overtime, 4-3

PITTSON, Penn. – The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights topped the Maryland Black Bears in a 4-3 overtime victory on Friday, January 10, at Revolution Ice Centre.

The Knights record in regular season play  improves to 17-14-2-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).

The Black Bears took a 1-0 lead after a scoreless first period, striking first at 12:13 of the middle frame.

With 7:08 left in the second, Zak Currie scored the Knights’ first goal of the game to tie it up, 1-1. Michael Sacco and Johnny Kaljian were credited with assists.

The Black Bears took back the lead with 4:42 left in the second, but the lead was short-lived.

Kaljian knotted the score up, 2-2, just 13 seconds later, with assists from Currie and Sacco.

Scoring opened up late in the third period when the Knights tallied their third goal of the game with just 3:15 left in the period. Spencer Kring scored on the power play, with assists from Tyrone Bronte and Lincoln Hatten.

The game was ultimately decided in overtime, however, as the Black Bears scored a late goal to tie the score at three apiece.

With 3:07 left in 5-minute overtime, Cadon Meyer scored the game winning goal, with assists from Sacco and Artur Turansky, securing the 4-3 overtime win for the Knights.

Alex Contey played a full game in net and made 23 saves.

The Knights face off with the Black Bears again tomorrow, January 10, for a 7pm faceoff at Revolution Ice Centre.


The Knights fall to the Black Bears, 3-0

ODENTON, Maryland – The Wilkes/Barre-Scranton Knights fell to the Maryland Black Bears, 3-0, in their road matchup on Friday, Dec. 20 at Piney Orchard Ice Arena.

The Knights record in regular season play is now

The first period was scoreless for either team as Knights goaltender Zach Stejskal fended off 16 shots from Maryland, while the Knights recorded five shots.

The Black Bears took a 2-0 lead with two quick goals early in the second period, and would go on to carry that lead into the third period.

Maryland scored with with 5:17 remaining in the third period to take a three-goal lead and went on to record a shutout win against the Knights.

The Knights were outshot 42-20.

Stejskal played a full game in net and recorded a total of 39 saves.

The Knights return to action tomorrow, Dec. 21, for a rematch against the Maryland Black Bears at Piney Orchard Ice Arena at 7:45pm ET.

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.

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Knights look to keep playoff hopes alive in regular season finale

Saturday, April 6th- Revolution Ice Centre @3:30pm

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (25-29-5, 55pts.)
Maryland Black Bears (16-37-6, 38pts.)

Last Friday Night
Jake Fuss scored a hat trick, Gabe Temple had two goals, and the Knight smashed Maryland in an 8-1 win. Several career highs were posted. Not only did Fuss have a hat trick, but the forward also recorded five points in the game. Beck Moore delivered his first three point game with a trio of assists, while Markus Cook scored a goal in his NAHL debut. Defensemen Shay Donovan and Blake Kryska each finished the game with a +4, establishing a new career best for Kryska and a season high for the captain.

It’s The Final Countdown
Entering Saturday, the NAHL has seen 15 of its 16 openings filled for the Robertson Cup Playoffs. The Corpus Christi Ice Rays locked up the final seed in the South Division, meaning there now exists just one opening yet to be claimed. This battle is between the Knights and Northeast Generals.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will need at least one point in the game against Maryland to have a shot at making the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. A standings point would tie them with Northeast, but because the Knights own the tiebreaker in wins, they would advance into the postseason. A win of any kind for the grey and blue would force Northeast to get a win this weekend or have to lose in overtime both games against New Jersey. The Knights have yet to miss the playoffs since arriving in the NAHL in 2015.

Black and Yellow
Though the outcome is uncertain for Wilkes-Barre, the Black Bears know this will be the final time they wave their flag in the 2018-19 campaign. With the team being mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, Head Coach Clint Mylymok is looking to help his club finish out strong in their inaugural season in the league. The team has lost three straight and has given up 15 goals in the last two games. After being on the wrong side of an 8-1 score Friday, it can be expected that there will be some emotional response from the team in search of their 17th win of the year.

This will also be the final junior hockey game for ’98 forward and Captain, Connor Pooley, along with defensemen Bradley Jenion and Karim Del Ponte. Expect big efforts from those three.

For What It’s Worth
15 of Wilkes-Bare’s 25 wins this season have come against Maryland (7) and Northeast (8). The Knights have yet to lose against Maryland, and a win today would mark the first time in franchise history that the Knights would sweep a season series against an East Division opponent.

With playoffs up in the air, this will at least be the final regular season junior game for Jake Fuss, Joey Verkerke, and Shay Donovan, who are all 98’s. Additionally, forward Adrian Danchenko and goaltender Zach Stejskal have signed their letters of intent, meaning this will also be the curtain call for them.

This will be the 240th regular season game for the NAHL Knights. Including playoffs, it is the 256th in team history.

Danchenko, the team’s all-time leader in games played, will play in his 158th regular season game for the Knights.

Quick Hits: NAHL Game 59 Preview

Knights return home to finish regular season

Friday, April 5th- Revolution Ice Centre @7pm

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (24-29-5, 53pts.)
Maryland Black Bears (16-36-6, 38pts.)

The End is Near
With just two games left in their season, the Knights open up a weekend of home hockey against the visiting Maryland Black Bears. Albeit difficult, the Knights can still obtain a playoff berth for this year’s Robertson Cup Playoffs. They couldn’t face a better opponent in such a situation, as the team owns Maryland with a 6-0 season series thus far. This will be the first time the clubs have met in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton since September when Tyrone Bronte had a three goal weekend, including an overtime winner.

Playoff Scenarios
It’s come down to the last weekend of the regular season. Both the Knights and Northeast Generals have been inseparable from one another in the standings all season long. Northeast holds the fourth and final playoff spot with three points more than Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. If the Knights lose either game this weekend in regulation, they will be mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. If the team wins both games, they’ll sit one point ahead of Northeast, who plays New Jersey Saturday and Sunday night. If the Generals get at least one win on the weekend, they will secure a playoff spot.

Interestingly, both teams could finish the season tied in points. The Knights could get a win and an overtime loss and Northeast could lose both games to New Jersey, or Wilkes-Barre could win both games and the Gens’ get one point in an overtime loss on the weekend. Either of those outcomes would get the Knights into the postseason as they own the tiebreaker with wins.

Playing With What You Have
As the year has continued to wind down, the injuries have piled up. Already without Sacha Guillemain and Lincoln Hatten for the remainder of the season, the Knights recently lost forward John Kaljian due to injury. Anthony Mastromonica, who was injured and missed a month of time earlier this season, will be sitting out Friday’s game with a suspension. This has forced the hand of the coaching staff to get an early look at another tender signing who could be with the club for years to come.

With Aaron Hamel already here and getting game action, he’ll be joined by fellow tender Markus Cook, who will at least play in Friday’s game. Cook spent the 18-19 season with the Binghamton Jr. Senators in the NA3HL, where he was a top 10 scorer. He skated on the fourth line in practice with Hamel and centered by Max Klanow.

For What It’s Worth
Before the Generals drop the puck on their weekend, the Knights will have already finished theirs. The Knights play Friday night while the Generals are idle, and Wilkes-Barre’s season finale is Saturday at 3:30pm. The Generals don’t begin play this weekend until Saturday at 7:30pm.

Pending the outcome of this weekend, Davis Pennington could still end the year as the NAHL’s leading goal scorer among rookie defenseman. He’s trailed Shreveport’s CJ McGee all season. McGee has 10, while Pennington sits with nine. The defending Robertson Cup Champions play Lone Star this weekend in what will be a preview for their playoff matchup in round one.

The Black Bears have the second fewest wins among NAHL teams with just 16. The team also allows the second most goals against, while scoring the league’s second fewest goals for. They are ahead of only the Brookings Blizzard in all three categories.