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EHL Recap: Knights Strike Down Avalanche to Open December Showcase

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On Sunday, the Knights kicked off game one of their December showcase with a rematch against the New Hampshire Avalanche. In their prior November meeting, the Knights narrowly fell to the North Conference’s point leader 4-3.

On Sunday, the Avs struck first with a goal 9:18 into the contest in the EHL showcase’s two, 25-minute halves format. Melker Kroon pushed a puck past Knights starter Thomas Walker off assists from Chris Adamsons and Devin Hines.

Jake Fuss would answer back in short order with goal number 26 on his 2017-18 campaign at 12:55. Just after the Knights transitioned from a 4-on-3 to 5-on-3, Tyler Watungwa found Fuss to tie the game at one. The apple marked Watungwa’s second point since making his debut for the Knights two games prior.

The Knights wouldn’t leave the first half without the lead. Against Nick Sorgio in net for New Hampshire, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton mounted an end of half charge that culminated in Brady Hanson setting up Fuss for his second goal of the evening at 24:28.

Down one to open the second, the Avalanche’s potent offense responded in the first five minutes, when Tyler Uravage tied the game at two at 4:34. The goal came via helpers from Derek Britner and John Scala.

In the follow up to the score, both teams found themselves bogged down by trips to the penalty box. Both Walker and Sorgio hunkered down and kept the score tied through the first 15 minutes.

The holding pattern lasted until the Avalanche’s third infraction of the half. Just 13 seconds into their fifth power play, the Knights drove home the go-ahead goal off the blade of their power play savant Alex Morawski (William Case, Nick Peck). Morawski’s tally was his eight of the season, his sixth on the power play. The Knights blue-line continued its recent scoring surge as Case’s assist marked his fifth point in his last six games. Peck’s helper was his fourth point in his last five games.

Walker and the Knights back check stymied New Hampshire in the final nine minutes of play. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penalty kill put the icing on the cake with a crucial pair of tests late. In a game in which they killed all five power plays they faced, the Knights were able to nullify nearly back to back Avalanche power plays in the game’s final 2:39. With 13 seconds left in the game, Nate Chuckran found the empty net, shorthanded to put the game on ice.

Chuckran, Case, and Watungwa, the three most recent additions to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton roster, have now combined for five goals and 12 assists in their 21 combined games with the Knights.

With the 4–2 win, the Knights have picked up two-straight victories. They’ll look to extend the streak to three as they close out their showcase with a contest against the New England Wolves at 12:30 pm EST. Tune in at my HockeyTV.com!

EHL: Knights Undone by Avalanche, Penalties

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

Coming off a tough loss against the Valley Junior Warriors, the Knights faced a tough task in hosting New Hampshire Saturday. Entering the day, the Avalanche had won six in a row, their most recent victory coming in a 5-2 affair over the previously undefeated Philadelphia Revolution.

With all of that set aside come puck drop, the Knights flew out of the gates Saturday afternoon. On their first power play of the day, just 4:26 into the first, Denys Arkhypenko sent a puck to Jake Fuss, who found Anthony Starzi parked in front of the net. Starzi tapped the puck by New Hampshire starting goalie Nick Sorgio to build a 1-0 lead.

Less than two minutes later the Knights struck again when off the rush, Chris Petrone threaded the needle to a crashing JP Natishan for his first goal of the season. Austin Weber set up the sequence and was awarded a secondary assist.

On the very next shift, the Avalanche responded on a strange, yet savvy play by forward Melker Kroon. Kroon picked up a puck behind the net of Knights goalie Thomas Walker and flipped it off the back of a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton skate and into the twine. The score would lock in at 2-1 for the remainder of the period, but both teams began a parade to the penalty box that would span the entirety of the game.

That march swung decidedly to the Knights end in the middle frame, as the team took 6 penalties, twice finding themselves down 5-on-3. They killed off the first, but couldn’t stop the second, when Christopher Adamsons found a puck bouncing through a scrum in front of Walker and pushed it home. John Scala and Melker Kroon picked up the helpers on the equalizer at 17:14. With four seconds to spare in the period, Kroon settled a puck in the slot and flipped it over a diving Walker to take a 3-2 lead (Devin Hines, Christopher Adamsons).

The third period saw no relief in penalty time as the Knights continued to take frequent trips to the box. New Hampshire wasn’t a stranger to sin bin either, and neither team could capitalize on multiple power plays. Midway through the third, during 5-on-5 play, the Avalanche found necessary insurance. John Scala was fed a perfect cross-ice pass from Tyler Uravage on an odd-man rush. Scala flipped it home to build a 5-3 lead. Zachary Ahola was credited the secondary assist.

The Knights would not fade quietly as less than two minutes later, Anthony started a 2-on-1 back into the attacking zone. Starzi had Fuss to his left as he crossed the line, before Fuss cut inward to the slot. Starzi fed a puck in front where the Knights leading scorer went backhand over the shoulder of Sorgi to pull Wilkes-Barre/Scranton within one.

A penalty with just over three minutes to spare would slow the Knights comeback effort, as they were forced to their ninth kill of the night. While successful, it left little time for the team to pull their goalie for the extra attacker, thanks in large part to heavy pressure applied by New Hampshire’s forecheck. At the final horn, the Avalanche skated to the 4-3 win.

After the dust settled, the Knights play 5-on-5 play was encouraging, as they skated and battled well with the North Conference’s points leader. They’ll look to avoid penalties moving forward as they look to regroup on the road next week.