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Knights Falter in Game Two of Weekend

Revenge had to be on the mind of the New Jersey Titans after seeing their slim division lead over the Knights evaporate Friday. It became very clear, very early on Saturday that the Titans had put yesterday’s 8-1 loss behind them.

Following a Knights penalty just over a minute into Saturday’s contest, the Titans jumped out to a 1-0 lead. After going 0/7 on the power play the evening before, New Jersey pulled the monkey off their back when Kyle Jeffers poked a Kyler Head rebound past David Tomeo. Hunter Alden picked up the secondary apple on the tally.

On the opposite end of the ice, graced with the benefit of a full warm up this night, Matt Ladd started fast in net for the Titans. In response to the Titans attack, the Knights countered with a number of chances through the opening period. Ladd stopped them all on the way to 18 saves in the first.

The Titans tacked on another goal when Hunter Alden, set up by Zachary Faremouth, created a 2-on-1 with Chris Garbe. the latter put home a swift pass from Alden at 8:03 which held to give the Titans a 2-0 lead after one.

In the second, New Jersey kept their foot on the gas, as they came out in much the same way the Knights had in Friday’s second period. Matt Cameron notched his 21st goal of the season at the 5:23 marker, set up on another slick pass from Alden, with the second assist credited to defenseman Eric Manoukian.

Just over a minute later, Gavin Gulash poked a puck through on the back door of Tomeo’s net on assists from Garbe and Faremouth. The score saw Tomeo’s night end, as the Knights swapped him out for Christian Stoever.

Quickly on finding themselves on the wrong end of a large deficit, the Knights responded with urgency, and at times, dominance in the attacking zone. Time and again they were turned away by Ladd, a 6’3″ wall in net. After his appearance in relief yesterday, the goalie came roaring back to rob the Knights on looks they were finishing on the night before.

Adding to their struggles, the Knights saw two mid-period power plays extinguished by a smothering and aggressive New Jersey penalty kill. On the second man-advantage, Kyle Jeffers even drew a penalty to force a penalty shot, shorthanded. Stoever (18 saves), denied the chance, looking stellar despite coming off the bench cold.

The lack of power play scoring sapped the Knights of valuable time in their efforts to build a comeback. Ladd’s dam finally broke when Tyrone Bronte deflected a Luke Robinson shot to the back of the net at 16:55. Justin Engelkes picked up the secondary assist on the score.

Into the third, the Knights offense  slowed after wracking up 38 shots in the first 40 minutes. Ladd stopped all 7 offerings sent his way over the final 20, while the Titans maintained their dangerous transition game. It payed off yet again just under 15 minutes into the third. Kyle Jeffers notched his second goal of the game after Nick Boyagian bounced a puck off a back-checking Knight following a set up from Ryan Wheeler. Jeffers took the loose biscuit and deposited just past the toe of Stoever for the 5-1 lead.

The score held through the final horn, continuing the game of leap frog in the East division as New Jersey hopped back ahead of the Knights for second place. All totaled, the Titans scored five goals on 37 shots and killed off all 7 penalties they faced, a night after Wilkes-Barre/Scranton did the same. With home-ice advantage still very much in play, the two teams will meet for the final time in the regular season on Tuesday at 7:00 PM EDT in New Jersey. Tune in on www.hockeytv.com and stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!

Donovan, Penalty Kill, Tomeo Lead Knights Past Tomahawks

Following a weekend away from the rink, the Knights returned to East Division play against the Johnstown Tomahawks Friday. It was fitting that the most recent meeting between the pair was yet another closely fought contest. Four of the prior six tilts were decided by two goals or less.

Round seven of Knights-Tomahawks pitted David Tomeo anchoring the crease for second-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton against Kade Phipps in goal for fifth-place Johnstown. Both netminders were supported by solid defensive efforts in a true-to-form blue collar battle.

In an opening period that saw just 12 combined shots on goal, the Tomahawks cashed in on their very first, courtesy of Samuel Solensky. At 1:59, the Tomahawks leading-scorer was assisted by Donovan Ott and Chase Davidson on the tally, Solensky’s sixth against the Knights this season. The remainder of the period saw both teams limited by steady back-checking and play in net, leaving the score at 1-0 after 20 minutes.

The second period saw an uptick in shots and as well as penalty minutes, as both sides took unsuccessful turns on the man-advantage. Both Phipps and Tomeo remained steady in net to keep the score 1-0 three quarters of the way through the middle frame. Tyrone Bronte ended the drought at 16:15 off a wrister set up by Reed Robinson.

The tie would linger well into the third with more failed power plays and saves coming on both ends of the ice. The Knights would at last find their go-ahead goal at 16:55 when Mike Morrissey led Shay Donovan over the blue line where the latter hammered slap shot past Phipps. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would go on to withstand the Tomahawks extra attacker for the final 1:17 of play to earn a 2-1 victory.

In Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s third-straight win, Tomeo made 27 saves on 28 shots, good for his sixth win of the season. Phipps stopped 19 of 21 in his first loss. Both teams were 5/5 on the penalty kill.

Knights in the USHL: Stoever Stays Steady

Knights fans may have noticed the absence of Christian Stoever from the Wikes-Barre/Scranton lineup card Friday. Stoever is currently playing for the Des Moines Buccaneers in the USHL. In his first start last night, the ’00 goalie stopped 19 of 22 shots on goal on his way to his first USHL win. The third round pick has a 10-2-2 record with a 3.00 GAA and .908 save percentage with the Knights this season.

Next Up:

The EHL Knights will kick off a two-game home stand this afternoon against the New England Wolves at 3:45 pm EST. Free admission will be granted to any fans attending the Revolution Ice Centre. The game will be available on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter for updates.

The NAHL Knights will take on the Tomahawks again tonight at 7:00 pm EST. The game will also be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow Knights social media and visit www.nahl.com for live updates!

 

 

 

 

NAHL: Knights Top Tomahawks with 6-Goal Effort

Friday afternoon saw the Knights meet the Johnstown Tomahawks for the third-consecutive game. Following a Tomahawks shutout victory in the pair’s prior meeting, the Knights offense was hungry for a rebound.

Jack Olmstead found just that, only 1:06 into the first period of Friday’s contest. Off a shot from Curtis Carlson, set up by Luke Robinson’s pass, Olmstead flipped a loose puck past Tomahawks starter Britt League, the netminder who shut the Knights out last Saturday.

Less than 30 seconds later, Tyrone Bronte put the Knights up 2-0 with a shot from in front that just found its way past League. The assists came from Justin Engelkes and Anthony Firriolo at 1:33.

The Knights tacked on their third tally of the period when, on a power play, Tom Farrell hammered a laser to the twine for his third goal of the season. Helpers were credited to Michael Morrissey and Reed Robinson as the Knights took a commanding just shy of the halfway point of the period.

The Tomahawks, as they have in each game against the Knights in which they’ve trailed, clawed their way back, creating offensive pressure in the second half of the frame. Christian Stoever in net again for the Knights, stood his ground until Donovan Ott recorded his first goal since his return to the Tomahawks at 18:47. His first tally of 2017-18 came off a howitzer shot from the left circle, set up by Toby Sengvonxay and Ben Schmidling. The 3-1 score would hold through the end of the period.

The Knights began the second frame in much the same way as the first. The team started off well in transition, and on an odd-man rush in the first minute, Shay Donovan took a crisp pass from Mike Morrissey, fed by Adrian Danchenko and fired it past League, stick side for the 4-1 lead.

The Tomahawks answered a minute later when Carson Brière picked up goal number two of the season-his first with the Tomahawks-on a tip off Sengvonxay’s shot, with the secondary  apple coming from Cade Groton. The goal spurred a back-and-forth stretch through the next 10 minutes of play with two unsuccessful power plays for the Knights and one for the Tomahawks.

Johnstown broke through at 13:15 when Ott jumped off the bench following the expiration of a penalty. Ott, assisted by Brière, walked in over the Knights line, and with space, ripped his second goal of the game to bring the Tomahawks within one, a margin that held through the end of the second.

The third period began with another fast Knights start. 2:30 into the frame, Matt Kidney, set up by Reed Robinson and Michael Morrissey on a great denial of a shorthanded breakaway, notched the Knights second power play goal of the game. On the ensuing faceoff a Johnstown slashing sent Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right back to the man-advantage. Kidney found the twine again at 3:22 for his team’s third power play strike, with assists coming Blake Kryska and Mike Morrissey.

The goal gave the Knights the insurance they needed as the third developed into both teams trading penalties through much of the remainder of regulation. Each kill solidified to not allow a goal until the game’s final minutes.

Following their taking of a five-minute major with 4:56 to play, the Tomahawks gained late life when Donovan Ott completed his hat trick with a short-handed goal at 17:24. The tally was set up by a solid exit pass from Karim DelPonte to Samuel Solensky. The latter drove to the Knights slot before turning the puck back to the trailing Ott who pushed it by Stoever.

Despite pulling within two, the Tomahawks kept League in net for the remainder of regulation. Despite a pair of shorthanded chances, Johnstown could not narrow their deficit any further, as the Knights skated to their 14th win of the season. Their 31 points are the league’s and the division’s highest total.

The two teams will rematch tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 pm EST. The game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow Knights social media and visit www.nahl.com for updates.

Reminder: help the Knights check hunger! To any fan attending tomorrow’s game, bring three canned goods or non-perishable items to exchange for one free ticket. There is no limit to how many free tickets can be earned.

Knights Jump to First Place with Shootout Win Over Johnstown

On Friday, the Knights entered Johnstown with the NAHL’s and East Division’s second-highest point total. They left the 1st Summit Arena at the Cambria County War Memorial in first place across the board. Getting there wasn’t easy.

A back-and-forth first period saw Wilkes-Barre/Scranton mount 11 shots on Johnstown’s veteran goalie Britt League. He answered them all. The Tomahawks responded with seven offerings on Knights starter Christian Stoever. Tomahawks forward Christian Gorscak squeezed the lone goal of the first past Stoever at 9:08 on the set up by Andrew Andary and Pavel Kharin.

In the second period the Knights would continue to plug away, increasing their shot total to 24 on League, while Stoever turned away all eight shots sent on his net in the frame. The Knights continued pressure was rewarded when at 6:31, when Michael Morrissey found Reed Robinson with space above the circles on a power play. The big-bodied forward continued his stellar season when he walked the puck down, picked his spot and fired a dart past League to tie the game at one with his 10th goal of the season.

The game went to the third period gridlocked 1-1. The Knights broke the tie when Jack Olmstead lofted a long stretch pass to Matt Kidney behind the defense. Kidney marched in on goal alone and ripped a shot by League to give the Knights the 2-1 lead.

It appeared the advantage would be the final score as time ran down to the final seconds with Tomahawks still trailing and their net emptied. Instead, in regulation’s final moments, Samuel Solensky dug a puck out of a pile on the Knights half wall, sent it behind the net, where Andy Nedeljkovic centered it in front to a crashing Toby Sengvongxay. Sengvongxay pushed the puck past Stoever with 0.2 seconds left on the clock to force OT.

In the three-on-three extra time, neither side could solve each other’s netminder as Stoever and League stood down all chances on goal. The game moved to the shootout, and with the transition continued each goalie’s stellar play. Through the first two rounds, neither team scored. In round three, Reed Robinson buried his chance to give the Knights an opportunity to win. Andy Nedeljkovic kept his clutch night going by tying the shootout with a last-chance effort in the bottom of the third.

In hockey’s version of extra innings neither team found the net in the next three rounds. Christian Stoever made two incredible saves in rounds five and six  to rob Sam Solensky and Donovan Ott. Stoever’s save on Solensky came off a great move in front, while Ott was robbed with a mid-air puck deflection off of Stoever’s stick.

In the top of the 7th round, Knights first-round pick Gabe Temple ripped a puck past League to again move his team into the lead. Faced with another last-chance, down the ice came Tomahawks captain Cade Groton to attempt to tie the contest once more. He drove hard to the front of the net, but Stoever went down and turned the puck away for the Knights victory.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s fifth-straight win, and 10th-straight game with a point or more, now moves the team to 13-3-3. Their 29 points leads the East Division and the NAHL. They’ll look to keep their hot streak going with another competition in Johnstown tonight. Puck drop is at 7:00 pm EST. The game can be viewed on http://www.hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to Knights social media and nahl.com for updates!

 

 

NAHL: Knights Top Generals to Take Game 2 of 3

Saturday marked the middle contest of the Knights three-game series tagainst the first-place Northeast Generals this weekend. Following yesterday’s 5-3 win over Northeast, the Knights attempted to keep their foot on the gas pedal for the second-consecutive day.

On this day, Tyrone Bronte jump-started the Knights out of the gates.  Just prior to the 2:00 mark, Jack Olmstead fielded a pop fly at center ice and relayed a sharp pass to Bronte over the right wing. The Australian forward ripped a dart past Northeast goalie, Marko Sturma to put the Knights up 1-0.

On the other end, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netminder David Tomeo locked things down in the first, sending away any and all chances on goal. The Knights limited the Generals potent offense to just a handful of quality shots in the first 20 minutes play.

The biggest opposition to the Wikles-Barre/Scranton’s sustained offensive pressure came from Sturma, who has continually proven to be a tough solve for the Knights forecheck this season.

Despite two, first-period penalties, the Knights ended the frame with a 1-0 lead with their penalty kill a perfect 2/2. The Generals likewise, were strong on the lone penalty they faced, ending the period 1/1 shorthanded.

The second period mirrored the first. The Knights received and early goal from another rookie, Justin Engelkes. Just shy of the 7:00 mark, Mike Gelatt dug a puck loose from down low and handed it to Engelkes, who barreled to the far post and tucked it past Sturma to build a 2-0 lead.

The Knights would again take two penalties and again repel both. They would again go 0/1 on the man advantage. Tomeo was steady once more, preventing any goals as the Knights continued to carry play during 5-on-5. Marko Sturma continued to prove hard to solve as the goalie continued to stand on his head to keep the game close.

With the third period came the Generals forecheck. The NAHL’s top-scoring offense awoke from their slumber to erase their two-goal deficit in the opening seven minutes of the frame.

The first Northeast goal came at 6:25, when Joseph Mancuso buried a puck past Tomeo on the set up from Hunter Canestra and Luke Perunovich. Just 23 seconds later, Mike Egan ripped a back-door snipe off a perfect pass from Brady Gaudette.

With the game tied, the chippiness increased. Following a checking from behind penalty assessed to the Generals, Jack Olmstead ripped a snipe top-shelf past Sturma to give the Knights a 3-2 lead at 9:27. Tyrone Bronte and Curtis Carlson picked up the helpers.

Fighting off the Generals attack for the remainder of the contest would prove difficult but not impossible for the Knights, who recovered nicely from their breakdowns in the period’s early going.  Though both teams traded quality chances, Tomeo and the Knights defense worked hard to limit grade-A opportunities.

As time wound down, the Knights took a slashing call with 1:39 to go in regulation. With the 5-on-4 advantage, the Generals pulled Sturma for an extra attacker to create a 6-on-4. With the Knights refusing to give up the equalizer with just under a minute to play, the Generals took a checking-from-behind penalty to nullify one of the two extra skaters.

With an empty net, Northeast still pressed on, forcing an offensive zone face off with 2.9 seconds to go in the third. Though they were able to win the draw, they could not get the puck by Tomeo and the Knights went on to win their third-straight game.

The victory moves Wilkes-Barre/Scranton into second place in the East division, one point ahead of the Philadelphia Rebels. The Knights 25 points are the second-highest total in the NAHL thus far this season. The team will attempt a three-game sweep of Northeast tomorrow, when they play their third and final game of the weekend at 12:00 pm (corrected from 12:30 pm) EST (Clocks fall back one hour overnight). Follow Knights social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and visit nahl.com for in-game updates!

Knights Close Out Regular Season with Sweep

Kidney, Maust, Marino pace Knights to close out regular season on a high note

After much deliberation the rescheduled match up between the Knights and Titans took place Monday afternoon at the Toyota SportsPlex in Wilkes-Barre/PA.

In their final regular season game of the year, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goal scorer’s didn’t take long to get started. Just 1:38 into the first period Matt Kidney ripped a puck past Ryan Ferland for the game’s opening tally, Kidney’s 18th of the season. The Titans answered just past the eight minute mark when Gordie Helmuth hammered a Tiernan Seningen-generated rebound beyond the reach of Liam Murray to even the score.

The second period kicked off with a Knights swarming in the offensive zone. At 1:48 Matt Kidney tallied his second goal of the game on the power play. Paul Maust followed that up 14 seconds later with goal number 15 on a missile of a wrist shot. Reed Robinson came back on Maust’s set up less than a minute later to build a 4-1 lead.

After sustaining a blistering pace for the first 15 minutes, the Knights appeared to hit a wall with just over five minutes to play in the second. Tiernan Seningen scored at 14:55 to cut the Knights lead back to two. The end of the period continued to see the Titans test goalie Liam Murray and force Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to chase in their own end. A Wilkes-Barre penalty in the final minute of the stanza gave the Titans a carry over opportunity on the man advantage into the third.

Renewed coming out of the second intermission, the Knights killed the remainder of the penalty and returned to the attack. At  2:37, Jim Elser found Adrian Danchenko behind the defense, where Danchenko bested Ferland on a breakaway to build a 5-2 lead.

Matthew Headland would give the Titans life at 6:23 when Tyler Antonucci and Kyle Jeffers found him in front of Murray to bring New Jersey within striking distance of a comeback.

Vince Marino put any chance of a rally to bed. His first goal of the day came at 9:02 on assists from Paul Maust feeding Markuss Komuls at the top of the zone who then put a shot on goal that allowed Marino to pounce on the juicy rebound.

He’d strike again at 11:04 when Paul Maust sent him a perfect cross-slot feed on the power play. Matt Kidney capped the regular season with his twentieth goal of the year and his second hat trick of the season  at 17:50 to put the icing on an 8-3 cake.

The victory gave Liam Murray his second win in as many starts in the NAHL, stopping 21 of 24 shots, just as he did in his debut to start the Knights win-streak last Tuesday.

Standouts included Kidney’s hat trick, Maust’s four point day (1 goal and three assists), Vince Marino’s two goals and an assist, Reed Robinson’s one goal and two assists and Mike Gelatt’s trio of helpers. Kidney’s efforts since April 4th against Northeast-five goals and two assists in three games-earned the distinction of NAHL East Division star of the week. Reed Robinson’s one goal and four assists in that same span earned him honorable mention.

With their third-straight win, the Knights finished the 2016-17 season with a 30-25-1-4 record, an upswing from last year’s 22-8-10 record finish. Like last year, they’ve made the Robertson Cup Playoffs as the East Division’s 4th seed and will again fast top-seeded Aston in round one. Last year the Rebels won the series in a three-game sweep. The Knights will get their chance at revenge starting Friday night in Aston with puck drop for game one set at 7:00 pm at the Aston Ice Works Skating Complex.

 

Knights Cruise to Shutout Win over New Jersey

The Knights took to the ice Sunday looking to avenge a 5-4 loss to the New Jersey Titans from their prior meeting Wednesday night. The Titans for their part, were looking to get back into the win column following back-to-back losses at the hands of the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Things got off to a speedy Titans start, only to see a flurry of solid looks on net turned away by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netminder Grant Valentine. The Knights quickly flipped the ice when Reed Robinson crashed the net and buried a rebound chance for the game’s first goal at 5:21. After a pitched stretch of scoreless play, Michael Morrissey potted the follow-up to build a 2-0 lead following his tip in of Markuss Komuls’ point shot at 16:51.

With the lead in the second the Knights applied more pressure, and New Jersey penalties began to mount. On the Knights first power play opportunity of the game, following crisp passing from Khristian Acosta and Sam Antonitsch, Matt Kidney stuffed a puck under the pads of Titans goalie Harrison Feeney to extend the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lead to three.

Buoyed by a few sprawling saves made by Grant Valentine, the Knights found themselves on their third power play opportunity late in the second. In the period’s final minute, Keenan Sabatini started a symphony when he fed a puck down from the point to Sam Antonitsch in the near circle. Antonitsch turned, and while facing the opposite direction deftly slid the puck to Paul Maust at the near post. Maust sent the puck across the crease to a waiting Khristian Acosta, who in turn slammed the puck through the back door to build a 4-0 lead at the end of two periods of play.

The third period saw the exchange of many icings, unsportsmanlike penalties and sterling saves by both Valentine and Feeney. With both teams’ lineups consistently altered by one, sometimes two men taking residence in the penalty box, both offenses faltered in sustaining consistent momentum. This served the leading Knights well in holding their advantage. As time dwindled down, the Titans were finally granted some time on the power play. In the game’s closing seconds Valentine defended his shutout, his second of the year, with one more lunging save as time expired, putting a nice layer of icing on the victory’s cake.

With the win, the Knights move back to .500 at 19-19-1-1. They’ll travel to Johnstown Friday for the first of two road games at the Cambria County War Memorial.

 

Weekend Recap: Knights Salvage One Point in Johnstown

The Knights closed out November with a  two-game road trip to Johnstown this weekend, and came home with three less points than they desired.

Entering Friday’s contest, the Knights entered play on a two-game win streak following their sweep of the Tomahawks at home last weekend. The Tomahawks had lost six straight, netting just one point with an 0-5-1 record in that stretch.

The Tomahawks began Friday with a bang; veteran Filips Buncis and new acquisition Logan Stork picked up a pair of goals to tilt the contest 2-0 in Johnstown’s favor in the first 20 minutes of play. Grant Valentine provided stellar support to the Knights defense, keeping things close with a strong performance in the first period despite the two goals and 14 shots on goal.

The Tomahawks siege of the offensive zone would carry over into the second, but Valentine would continue to stand tall in net, despite shots favoring Johnstown 26-10 through the first two periods of play. The Knights would finally end the drought with Keenan Sabatini ripping a rocket past Vinnie Purpura to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Knights blue line would answer again at 7:13 into the third with an equalizing goal from Dorian Dawson. Valentine would continue his strong play, stopping 33 of 35 shots in total in regulation and five more in overtime, but the Knights could not find the go-ahead goal.

It took a shootout winner from Adam Pilewicz to secure a Johnstown outcome, though the Knights would salvage one point for the 65+ min effort.

Saturday started in a much more favorable manner for the Knights. Paul Maust got the scoring started with an unassisted goal 10:13 into the first. The Knights defense and goaltending would play a sound first two periods of play, holding the Tomahawks off the board. They would get an added boost from Adrian Danchenko with helpers from Keenan Sabatini and Michael Morrissey on the powerplay midway through the second.

At the end of two, the Knights would hold a seemingly solid 2-0 lead on the road. The third period would bring about other plans.

After being shut out for the first 42:18, Johnstown finally broke through off Logan Stork’s second goal of the weekend and his second tally in as many games for with the Tomahawks. His score momentarily halved the deficit, but opened the floodgates for the remainder of the contest.

Dalton Hunter followed that by scoring his first of two goals in the period on the power play on assists from Donovan Ott and Nick Bruce, tying the game. Hayden Rowan would follow it up shortly thereafter with an unassisted goal to give the Tomahawks a lead that they would not surrender.

Johnstown added two more insurance goals; the first from Donovan Ott from Filips Buncis and Hunter, and the second an empty netter from Hunter unassisted.

The final result was a lopsided 5-2 score that didn’t  reflect how competitive the game was for the first two periods, however as the old cliche states, it’s not how you start but you finish. The Knights will look to rebound next week with a home game against the Northeast Generals on Friday December 2nd at 7:30 pm.