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Knights Split Weekend Series with Titans

From one day to the next, the NAHL’s East Division can be one of the most unpredictable in the league. Such was the case this weekend when the Knights played their second and third games against the Titans in five days.

Entering Saturday night, the Knights already had two contests under their belt; the first was a 6-2 win on a Wednesday matinee over New Jersey, the second a 4-1 loss to the Rebels in Aston.

Looking to duplicate their success against the Titans Saturday night, the Knights were given a blunt and unforgiving welcome. New Jersey winger Todd Goehring lit the lamp twice in the first 7:48.

Curtis Carlson would seemingly pull the Knights back into the game with his fourth goal of the year on the very next shift on feeds from Matt Kidney and Paul Maust.

Instead, the Titans would mount an offensive onslaught starting at 10:23 when Maxim Andreev started a chain of four unanswered Titans tallies to close out the period.

Following Andreev came Dylan Healey at 12:21 and then Ryan Wheeler (his first of the season) at 12:37. Greg Malafronte buried New Jersey’s sixth goal on the powerplay at 17:25, settling the score at 6-1 before heading to the first intermission.

The second period was quiet until 7:22 when Khristian Acosta kept his hot streak going with his fifth goal of the season.

Victor Ostling answered with his fifth just 39 seconds later to push the Titans lead back to six. Acosta fired back with his second goal of the game at 9:55, but the Titans, undaunted, put two more on the board following scores from Kyle Perkowski and Jordan Kaplan at 10:55 and 13:14, respectively.

Reed Robinson took a feed from Sam Antonitsch at 17:36 and beat Brandon Bussi with just under two and a half minutes remaining in the second period to make the score a staggering 9-4.

A little over a minute later, Kyle Perkowski responded once again, rounding the Titans goal output to an even 10 through the first 40 minutes of play.

Both Knights goalies were pulled in the contest before Grant Valentine’s returned following the unsuccessful switch to Colt Hanks.

The third period saw a goalie change for the Titans as well. Newly called up Brandon Perrone, who had faced the Knights in the NA3AHL just two weeks earlier, manned the pipes for the final period of play. The Long Island Jr. Royals product stopped all eight shots he faced, keeping any hope of a dramatic Knights comeback at bay.

Danny Eruzione would tack on the final tally for the Titans at 10:23 on assists from Greg Malafronte and Anthony Cusanelli. The wild shootout would mercifully wind down without any further scoring, as the Knights headed back home to lick their wounds and rise again the following afternoon.

And rise they did.

The third matchup would prove to be the week’s most even between the Knights and Rebels. After a blistering start to the first period including a fair amount of time on attack and one unsuccessful powerplay, the Knights quickly lost their rhythm. The Titans pressure picked up, forced a penalty and at 7:53, Gordie Helmuth notched the game’s first goal on the man advantage.

The tone decidedly swung in New Jersey’s favor thereafter, as they constantly hovered over the Knights blue line, suffocating their breakout attempts and forcing numerous turnovers.

Despite that, Grant Valentine stood tall and made 10 saves in the period to keep the score close. As the period entered its final minute Dorian Dawson flipped into attack mode up the left wing, jumping up on the rush and firing a puck on the net of Brandon Bussi. After a series of ricochets, Paul Maust streaked towards the far post and got the final tap to poke the puck home, tying the game at one.

To begin the second, the Knights again began in attack mode once again. Matt Kidney, flanked by his fellow Middletown, NJ natives Khristian Acosta and Mike Gelatt, rifled a puck past a screened Bussi to give the Knights the 2-1 lead at 2:10. It would be far from the last time those names would be entered on the scoresheet.

One highlight reel goal was answered with another four minutes later. Victor Ostling sent the puck on a line to Andrew Husted who in turn placed a laser past the glove of Valentine.  The score remained knotted at two until late in the period when a pair of penalties allowed Anthony Cusanelli to score on a 5-on-3 chance with less than a minute to go in the second. The Titans took a 3-2 lead to the dressing room.

The score would remain in favor of the Titans until late in the third, when the “Middletown Line” would take over. Matt Kidney notched his second goal, driving to the net on a give and go with Mike Gelatt at 14:16 to tie the game at 3. Three minutes later Kidney would strike again, using a defenseman as a screen a rifling his third goal Bussi to secure the hat trick.

Mike Gelatt would add insurance at 18:24 on the power play when following an Acosta faceoff win just above the Jersey blue line, he’d surge ahead with the loose puck behind the stationary defense before deking Bussi and beating him for the score.

Matt Kidney finished off his monstrous performance with a masterful empty net goal in which he lobbed a puck from the middle of his own zone, down the length of the ice and into the back of the unoccupied net.

When the dust settled, the Knights came away with a 6-3 victory, salvaging a weekend in which they had previously gone 0-2. Matt Kidney led the charge with four goals, giving him a stat line of 5-3-8 for the four-game week. Khristian Acosta added four assists, giving him a total of 4-5-9 for the week and an eye-popping 6-6-12 in just his first eight games with the Knights. Grant Valentine stopped 36 of 39 shots, good for a game save percentage of .923. In the head-to-head series, the Knights now pull ahead to 3-2-0 against the Titans.

The Knights improved to 7-10-0 with the win and will play Thursday, Friday and Saturday of next week on the road against the Northeast Generals.

 

Knights Come Up with Big Road Win

Following a tough weekend against Aston, the Knights were looking for a bounce back with a late-morning contest against the New Jersey Titans Wednesday.

The Titans began with a quick start. They opened the first half of the first period controlling the early tempo and peppered shots on the net of Knights goalie Grant Valentine.

Valentine proved up to the task, and the Knights slowly began to turn the tide. Gaining momentum on sustained offensive zone time, the Knights finally broke through. Jimmy Elser, a natural forward playing defense this day, hopped on a loose puck in his own end and took it coast to coast before beating Harrison Feeney for the game’s first goal.

Following a New Jersey penalty at 13:58, Paul Maust sifted his way through the Titans slot before feeding a pass off to Mike Morrissey who powered a goal past Feeney at 14:52. The Knights would take the 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Titans would renew their efforts in earnest in the second period, but would continue to be turned away by Grant Valentine. The veteran netminder repeatedly stood on his head despite New Jersey outshooting the Knights 20-9 in the period.

Matt Kidney would chase Feeney, beating him on an odd man rush at the 6:18 mark of the second period. The breakout was started by Valentine, who poked a puck up the right wing where Kidney hopped on it before streaking up ice for the eventual score.

Brandon Bussi would replace Feeney and close out the second without allowing another goal.

Anthony Cusanelli got the Titans’ scoring started after his shot was deflected in front of Valentine, to cut the lead to 3-1 with just over  a minute left in the period.

Khristian Acosta would respond early in the third, as at 1:54, he beat Bussi on feeds from Curtis Carlson and Sam Antonitsch.

The two teams would trade goals in a flurry of scoring a few minutes later. The first came from Dorian Dawson, who would add more insurance with a laser from the blue line at 5:48. Less than two minutes had passed before William Riedell would rip a shot, top-shelf to beat Valentine, making the score 5-2. Andrew Jackson would cap all scoring at 8:55 with on a tic-tac-toe passing play initiated by Khristian Acosta and Reed Robinson.

Grant Valentine closed the game out in strong fashion, finishing with 48 saves on 50 shots. With the win, the Knights improved to 6-8 and snapped the Titans 8-game winning streak.

The Knights will face off against the Aston Rebels in Aston on Friday, before playing a home/away, two-game series against the Titans again on Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

Knights Swept by Rebels

In an eerily similar game to the contest the night before, the Knights once again found themselves playing even early only to find themselves chasing late.

Things got off to a decent enough start. Much like Friday’s game, the first period saw both teams trade unsuccessful rushes up and down the ice. With just over one minute left in the first stanza, Khristian fed a puck to Matt Kidney who then placed an on outlet to a streaking Braden Brown. Brown barrelled down the left wing and tossed a puck off and over the shoulder of Aston goalie Mareks Mitens. The fluttering puck landed neatly behind the goal line to give the Knights a 1-0 lead heading to the dressing room.

In the second, a  galvanized Rebels team hit the ice and began their forecheck in earnest. Just 2:03 into the second period Aston got on the board after Justin Smith ripped a shot off a body in front which ricocheted past Grant Valentine.

Carter Wooley followed that up at the 7:54 mark with a goal off an assist from Brennan Kapcheck. The goal sparked an increased flurry of offense for the Rebels as they mounted an impressive 18 shots on the period, doubling the Knights 9.

A third goal found twine for the Rebels a second before the expiration of a power play when Gianluca Esteves poked one by Valentine on the near post to increase his team’s advantage. At the conclusion of 40 minutes of play, the Rebels led 3-1 on the  scoreboard and held a 10 shot advantage heading into the second intermission.

The 3rd period mirrored its predecessor 24 hours earlier  with Aston putting the game decidedly in their favor on the back of a blistering forecheck. For the majority of the final 20 minutes, the Knights bogged down repeatedly in neutral ice, as the Rebels had little trouble keeping them out of the offensive zone. Again, the Knights found themselves chasing the puck in their own zone too often, and finally Andrew Bellant put the game away at 15:07 in the 3rd period, hopping on a rebound and stuffing it on the near post to give the Rebels a 4-1 lead.

On the season, the Knights fall to 5-8, while the Rebels improve to 12-2. The Knights will look to get back in the win column when they travel to New Jersey to play the Titans in an 11:30 am game on Wednesday, October 19th.

 

 

 

Knights Split Weekend with Rebels and Generals

The Knights picked up after a short rest from a Tuesday win against the Rebels with a rematch on Friday.

Things got off to a quick start with newly acquired Khrisitan Acosta potting his first career goal just 1:20 into his NAHL career with a deflection that beat Aston netminder Jack Leavy.

The Rebels would respond midway through the period when Ryan Solomon’s point shot found it’s way through traffic and around Colt Hanks to knot the game at one at the 11:16 mark.

Not even a minute later, Ryan Patrick deflected another blue-line shot past Hanks to give the Rebels their first lead of the night.

Joseph Campolieto would answer emphatically when he collected a rebound to the left of Leavy with a perfect snipe that scorched over the 6-5 goalie’s glove shoulder to tuck neatly under the iron elbow at 16:36.

The Knights took it upon themselves to add more style points to the highlight reel in the period’s final minute when Paul Maust and Curtis Carlson executed and perfect give-and-go around Aston’s back-checking effort to give the lead back to the Knights to close out the first.

Instead of folding, the Rebels rebounded with a stellar second period, matching a skilled Knights forecheck shot-for-shot. The Aston forwards bookended the period with a goal in first 5:44 from Dustin Manz and another final three minutes from Evgeny Yakovlev, giving the Rebels a 4-3 advantage heading back to the dressing room.

In the 3rd, the visitors kept the pedal to the medal, answering with two insurance goals. The first came at 9:24 when Aston captain Dom Garcia beat Hanks. The second took a series of awkward bounces before Gianluca Esteves’ tap found pipe then twine.

With a 6-3 lead holding late into the 3rd and the Knights in the midst of a 38 minutes scoring drought, it appeared that the Rebels would seal the deal without too much resistance. Then, with less than three minutes remaining in regulation, Sam Antonitsch spun loose in front of Leavy to bring his team within two.

The Knights game storming back, as on the very next shift Curtis Carlson ripped a rebound past the stick of Leavy to bring the game to 6-5 just 12 seconds later.

With an empty net in the final minute, the Knights dodged Andrew Bellant’s first bullet when he rang a puck off both posts, but Bellant would not miss a second time as he sealed the Aston win when he threw a puck out of his own zone into the vacant frame at 19:33.

The Knights had no time to dwell on the loss however as the very next night they welcomed 2016’s new kid on the block in the Northeast Generals. The Generals and the Shreveport Mudbugs are the NAHL’s two new team’s this season, a process the Knights went through less than a year ago.

As such, the Knights knew the danger of facing an 0-8 team. They won their first game in the NAHL in their ninth contest in 2015-16. Tom Kowal made a point of addressing the issue to his team throughout the week of practice.

His team got the memo. From the opening puck drop, the Knights dominated possession. The Generals did themselves no favors, taking four non-coincidental penalties in the first period, spending nearly half the opening stanza short handed. The Knights didn’t cash in on any of their advantages, thanks in large part to the stellar play of Northeast netminder and new NHL Central Scouting Watch List member Gabe Vinal. The East Syracuse native made seral lunging saves to rob the Knights on seemingly easy tap-ins.

Still, the Knights persisted and finally were rewarded when Jesse Anderson crashed the net-literally-and buried a puck past a sprawling Vinal to give the Knights a 1-0 lead at 18:04.

The Knights would revisit the twine again when, for the third consecutive game, Sam Antonitsch scored from the slot.  The home team took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.

The second period was a better stanza for the Generals as they mounted a more furious forecheck, aided by their being short-handed just once. They outshot the Knights 13-9 in the period but could not solve Colt Hanks. An effective haymaker was landed when, on the penalty kill, Reed Robinson shot up the left wing and flicked a puck from the far corner of the offensive zone toward the talented Vinal. The puck took an awkward hop that bounced over Vinal’s skate and in for Robinson’s first NAHL goal, giving the Knights a 3-0 lead that would hold for the rest of the period.

In the third, the  Knights re-established more control in the offensive zone, and despite both team’s taking a fair amount of penalties, the Knights maintained their focus and finish.

2:13 into the period, deep in his own zone, Matt Kidney threaded a perfect pass to a streaking Paul Maust for the breakaway goal.

Despite losing two players to misconduct penalties and another to bumps and bruises, the Knights pressed on. Mike Gelatt potted his second tally of the season at 11:22 from out in front and the defense did their part to uphold the shutout for Colt Hanks. It marked the rookie goalie’s third win of the season and his first NAHL shutout.

The Knights improved to 5-6 after going 2-1 in the 3-game week, collecting four points while maintaining their position in 4th place in the division. They’ll return to action at home again this Friday the 14th and Saturday the 15th, with both games coming against the Aston Rebels.

Numbers to Know:

-The Knights have scored five goals in three consecutive games

-The WBS PP went 1-10, but the penalty kill went 6-7 and scored a shorthanded goal.

-The Knights have won 3 of their last 4 games.

Scoring Standouts this Week:

-Matt Kidney had 0-5-5 in 3 gp

-Paul Maust had 2-2-4 in 3 gp

-Curtis Carlson had 2-2-4 in 3 gp

-Joseph Campolieto had 1-3-4 in 3 gp

-Sam Antonitsch had a 3-0-3 in 3 gp

Sunday October 23rd: Have a Hockey Halloween and Skate with the Knights

Sunday October 23rd will be no ordinary game day for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. As it will be their last home game in October, the team would like to take the opportunity to celebrate Halloween with their fans both on and off the ice!

Doors will open at 12:30 PM for fans to partake in pre-game Halloween games and festivities inside the Revolution Ice Centre.  Come to the rink dressed in your best Halloween costume for our 2:00 pm match up with the New Jersey Titans and receive candy upon entering the rink. Wearing a costume will also allow fans in an intermission costume contest.

Following the game, the team will show their appreciation for their fans by hosting a “Skate with the Knights” from 4:45-6:15 pm. Use your ticket to get in for free and lace up and skate at Revolution Ice Centre with your favorite WBS Knights Hockey players.

Can’t make it to the game but still want to partake in the post-game skate? Skate Rentals will be available for $3. 

To reserve tickets call our rink office at (570) 883-1100 or email [email protected]

 

Knights Trade for Forward Khristian Acosta

Earlier in the week the Knights acquired Khristian Acosta from the New Jersey Hitmen program. The 5-9, 180 lbs skater is a 1998 birth year, who’s spent the past three years in the Hitmen organization. He arrives already committed to division one Quinnipiac University’s hockey program. Last year Acosta split his time between  the USPHL Premiere and USPHL 18U levels, registering five goals and 15 assists in 30 games played.

“We brought in Khristian Acosta-he’s a division one commitment to Quinnipiac, said Knights head coach Tom Kowal of his new acquisition. “Hopefully he’ll be able to come in and add some offense. Most importantly, as a division one commitment, we’re looking for him to fit in well and make a positive impact within our system. We think he can help us go where we want to go in the 2016-2017 season.”

Acosta is yet another native of Middletown, New Jersey, joining Matt Kidney, Tim Gelatt and Mike Gelatt on the Knights roster. Acosta will get his first taste of NAHL action tonight, as he will dress for the tonight’s contest against the Aston Rebels. Acosta will wear the number 17.

Knights Set to Kick Off Pink the Rink Month, and Carnival Night

After spending the past week in Blaine, Minnesota, the Knights will return for a five-game home stand, beginning with a day game on Tuesday, October 4th at 12:30 pm.

The ensuing Friday, October 7th, the Knights will take on the Aston Rebels at home at 7:30 pm in what will be the team’s kick off of Pink the Rink month.

$1 Pink wristbands and  Knights Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirts will be sold at the concession stand, with proceeds from wristband and t-shirt sales being donated  to the Susan G. Komen organization. The charity will be in attendance for games throughout the month to collect donations.

Wearing either the t-shirt or a wristband will entitle fans a free small drink at each home game the Knights play in the month of October.

The cause will also be joined by a special celebration as the Knights host a carnival night on October 7th. The evening’s festivities will include cotton candy, intermission games, and carnival style prizes and fare.

For any questions regarding tickets, themes or participation, contact the Knights at (570) 883-1100 or at [email protected]

 

Campolieto Commits to Division 1 Union College

Knights defenseman Joseph Campolieto has committed to Union College starting in the 2018-19 season. The long-time member of the Knights organization is the first Knights player to commit during the 2016-2017 NAHL regular season. He joins forward Aiden Beck as the second division one commit on the Knights current roster.

“I visited Union twice in April and May,” he said. “I just fell in love with the size of the campus, the academics and of course the hockey. They won the national championship in 2014. I just thought Union was a perfect fit for me.

As mentioned, the Union Dutchmen defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers 7-4 in the 2014 NCAA Division 1 National Championship. They’ve produced alumni like Philadelphia Flyers phenom defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere, Calgary Flames forward Josh Jooris, and New Jersey Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid among many others. In Campolieto Union is getting a dynamic defenseman.

“I am an offensive defenseman,” he said when asked to describe his game. “I have good-skating ability, high hockey-IQ, I see the ice very well. I just try to make plays and play solid in the defensive zone.”

That skating ability is what really pops when watching Campolieto on film. It’s not uncommon to see him lead a rush into the offensive zone. Last week, at the NAHL’s annual player showcase, he flashed his speed on a penalty kill, breaking up a pass at center ice before taking it back the other way for a shorthanded, breakaway goal.

“I’ve worked really hard since a very young age, skating non-stop. I want to thank Besa Tsintsadze. He’s helped me improve a lot. I’ve skated with him and he’s coached me since I was little.”

Tsintsadze is a former competitive figure skater from the country of Georgia. Since his retirement he’s come to coach hockey players the art of power skating, working with both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins. He now focuses on developing young hockey players like Campolieto in their ability to skate.

After playing 21 games in the NAHL last year, Campolieto has enjoyed a strong start to 2016-2017, leading the Knights in points with one goal and six assists through eight games.

“I’ve known and coached Joseph for many years,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “His improvement is evident. Yes, he’s an impressive skater, but he’s come a long way in developing the other elements of his game. He’s a tireless worker. At the end of the day he’s got a bright future. He’s been an asset for us at multiple levels of the organization and that continues to this day. I’m happy to have him on my team, and I’m excited to see him grow. It’s been a privilege coaching Joseph over the past couple years. I’m excited to have helped him reach his goals both on and off the ice. ”

In addition to adding a blend of offense and speed to the team’s defensive corps, Campolieto is one of the Knight’s leaders. The veteran blue-liner is not about to lose focus on his current season.

“I just want to keep working hard, keep getting better every day. I want to stay focused so that I’m able to do everything I can to help make this team better.”

Without a doubt, the team is happy to have him. As an organization, the Knights congratulate Joe on his commitment and continue to wish him the best of luck in his current and future endeavors.

Weekend Recap: Knights Split Weekend with Titans

The second week of the WBS Knights season picked up in the way the first weekend ended: looking up at the wrong end of the scoreboard.

The second week of the WBS Knights season picked up in the way the first weekend ended: looking up at the wrong end of the scoreboard. In their first encounter with the New Jersey Titans in 2016, the Knights got off to a slow start. Danny Eruzione got things started just minutes into the first period, as he picked up a feed from Jordan Kaplan and put it past Grant Valentine.

Valentine would respond with a couple of close-quarter saves to keep the deficit at one, as for the first 10 minutes of the period were carried by the Titans.

The Knights would finally answer on Brent Jones’ first NAHL goal at 10:18 mark. The play was set up on the effort of Tim Gelatt coming down from the point to push the puck over to  Reed Robinson, who in turn fired a perfect centering feed to the crashing Jones.

The good feelings wouldn’t last the period however, as at 17:28 Victor Ostling hopped over the blue line, picked a spot, and fired a shot past the right pad of Grant Valentine. The lead would not be given back.

In the the second, the Titans put the pedal to floor, as Kyle Perkowski picked up first NAHL tally just 1:46 into the period.

A little less than three minutes later the Titans chased Valentine following Danny Eruzione’s second goal of the contest which brought on rookie Colt Hanks.

As they did in the first, The Knights would strike near the halfway point of the second. Adrian Danchenko potted his second goal of the season with a snipe just five seconds into a power play at 10:18. As in the first, the Knights would not find the twine again for the remainder of the period.

Colt Hanks would represent himself well to keep the Knights in the game, and in the third period the Knights would pull within one. On a shot off the stick of Aiden Beck, Mike Gelatt parked himself perfectly in the crease to re-direct the puck past New Jersey netminder Harrison Feenery.

Kyle Perkowski put an end to the comeback a minute later after Jordan Kaplan found him streaking behind the Knights defense for the breakaway goal, his second of the night.

The scoring would conclude thereafter, giving the Titans a 5-3 win in their first game of the season.

Round two would commence in New Jersey on Saturday night. The Knights, after having a rough 0-3 start to the year, got off to a better start in game two beginning with Andrew Jackson getting his first NAHL goal on assists from Markuss Komuls and Joseph Campolieto at 11:59.

Three minutes later Andrew Husted knotted things up at 1 on tue set up from Helmuth and Stromberg. Helmuth followed that up with a late-period goal, to give the Titans a 2-1 lead at the end of the first 20:00.

Unlike the previous night, the Knights wouldn’t let the game get away from them. At 7:19 in the second period, Michael Morrissey notched the first goal of his NAHL career on an assist from Mike Gelatt.

A few minutes later, New Jersey regained the lead on the power play off Husted’s second goal of the night (Kaplan, Stromberg).

The back and forth stretched to the third period, with a couple of near misses by the Titans forecheck, misses that were sent away by Colt Hanks who was solid in his first NAHL start. The Meijer AAA 18U product’s  efforts were highlighted by a few sprawling saves made on long 5-on-3 penalty kill.

Andrew Jackson rewarded Hanks’ steady play with his second goal of the evening, coming 7:50 into the third period. With the game tied late, Hanks made another big save following a Knights turnover to keep things tied at three. The score would stay even through to the end of regulation sending the Knights and Titans to 3-on-3 overtime.

After big saves on both sides of the ice, Andrew Jackson would finish the game in style, following up a rebound to notch both a hat trick and the Knights their first win of 2016-17.

On the evening the Knights had multiple point efforts from Jackson (3-0-3), Gelatt (0-2-2) and Elser (0-2-2). Colt Hanks finished 32/35 (.914) on the evening and 51/55 (.927) on the weekend in just under 98 minutes played.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s penalty kill enjoyed a strong showing in the Titans’ series, going 9-10. On the season they’re now stopping 85% of the time with one short-handed goal.

The Knights will head to Blaine, Minnesota this week for the NAHL’s annual player showcase at (1-3-0). They will begin their four game stretch there against the Minot Minotauros at 1 pm on Wednesday, September 21st.

Showcase Schedule Released

The Knights NAHL Showcase schedule, along with the rest of the league’s, has been released. In the annual NAHL Showcase, the Knights will face the following four teams over the four day event:

Game 1, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, WBS Knights at Minnesota Magicians, Start: 1:00 PM*, Rink 4

Game 2, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, Aberdeen Wings at WBS Knights, Start: 10:00 AM*, Rink 2

Game 3, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, WBS Knights at Minot Minotauros, Start: 2:15 PM*, Rink 1

Game 4, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, Odessa Jackalopes at WBS Knights, Start: 9:00 AM*, Rink 2

*All times CST. Warm-ups will commence half an hour before each game’s scheduled puck-drop.

The NAHL Showcase is held every year in Blaine, Minnesota at the Schwan Super Rink. It represents an outstanding opportunity for all players involved to represent themselves in front of scouts from all levels of hockey. In their first season in the NAHL, the Knights used Blaine as a learning experience. Following their return home from Minnesota, the team made a flurry of moves to better their roster.

This year’s schedule pits the Knights against two Central Division teams along with one opponent from the Midwest and one from the South. Last season, the Minot Minotauros, the Minnesota Magicians and the Aberdeen Wings finished 2nd, 5th and 6th in the Central, respectively, with Minot being the lone playoff finisher of the bunch. The Magicians have realigned to the Midwest this year. Odessa, the team’s lone opponent from the Southern division, finished 4th and also made the postseason. Both teams exited after the first round.

All four Knights games as well as all 48 NAHL showcase will be broadcast on FastHockey.com.