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Knights Blank Bobcats-Royals, Roll to Series Sweep

Friday afternoon kicked off the Knights and Bobcats third meeting of the past two weeks. Winners of the last two exchanges by a combined score of 12-0, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looked to keep rolling into a three-game weekend.

The game began with the Knights controlling the pace of play. Just shy of the 4:00 marker, Nick Peck flipped a puck to Bryan Whelan, who found Anthony Starzi in front of the net. Starzi pushed his 23rd goal of the season past New York goalie Tyler Shugrue for the opening tally.

A wave of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton chances would continue to bolster a steady forecheck in the first. An 18-shot frame would be capped off by JP Natishan’s snipe at 14:26 off passing from Austin Weber and Jake Nimeh.

In the second, the tempo again belonged to the Knights offense, as the team more than doubled its shot count from the first. Anthony Starzi repaid Bryan Whelan the favor from the first, with the former finding the latter for the 3-0 lead at 8:29. Matt Proski picked up the secondary helper on the goal.

Tyler Shugrue did his part to limit the damage thereafter, but at 16:10 the dam broke open. At 16:10, Tyler Nielsen ripped a rebound past Shugrue for the forward’s 14th tally of the season (Peck, Starzi). Josh Edwards found his first goal of the year exactly one minute later off of a rebound from Matt Proski  set up by a David Pfoestl assist.

Pfoestl decided to join the scoring parade 45 seconds later, when he carried the puck over the blue line, dropped it back to Proski, and then put Proski’s ensuing rebound by for the 6-0 advantage. Cole Wenner was credited with the secondary helper on the score.

In the third, Nate Chuckran tacked on goal number seven, coming off of assists by Tyler Watungwa and Zach Ouladelhadjahmed, putting the contest’s scoring to rest.

At the final horn, the Knights came away with both a 7-0 victory and a series sweep of the Bobcats Royals. The win also brings the Knights back to .500 and keeps them within two points of the New York Applecore for the 4th seed in the South Conference.

Jared Stahel’s steady play between the pipes earned him his third shutout of the season, his second in his last five starts.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will look to keep the momentum going with a road contest today against the Walpole Express at 4:50 PM EST. Tune in on HockeyTV.com and follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter for in-game updates!

EHL Recap: Knights Split Weekend with Shootout Loss to Applecore

The dust didn’t even get the chance to settle on the Knights thrilling, 5-4 win Saturday before the team rolled back out to Brewster Ice Arena for a 9:30 am rematch Sunday.

The Knights and Applecore met for round two of two with fourth place on the line in the South Conference. Sunday’s affair picked up slowly. Shot totals were abundant for each side-including an 11-0 run for New York in the last four minutes of the first period. Starting goalies Thomas Walker and Benjamin Allard-Robitaille did their part stop a combined 32 shots, good for a scoreless first period.

The scoring drought continued well past the midway point of regulation, with the game’s first goal finally being scored 16 minutes into the second period. On his team’s second power play, William Case was fed the puck from Emerson Emery and Nate Chuckran before he fired a puck by Allard-Robitaille for the 1-0 lead.

The advantage would prove to be short-lived when Applecore, shorthanded just over two-minutes later, would cash in on a Knights power play breakdown. Allard-Robitaille would connect with Tanner Dalton, who out-raced the Knights back to Thomas Walker, who was beaten for the shorthanded equalizer.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton power play would redeem itself on its next trip down the ice, when Jake Fuss pushed an Anthony Starzi rebound through to regain the lead. Nick Peck picked up the secondary helper on the Knights second power play goal of the contest.

The Knights lead would last through the final 24 seconds of the middle frame, as well as the duration of the second intermission. Connor Woolley decided that was long enough. Just over a minute into the third period, the New York forward continued his strong weekend with his second goal of the season, set up by Chaz Rometty and Brandon Napoli, once again evening the score.

A similarly dissatisfied Austin Weber would hand the puck to red-hot Knights defender Emerson Emery at 6:21, where he ripped a quick shot past Allard-Robitaille to reclaim a one-goal lead. The strike marked Emery’s fourth point of the weekend, his seventh in the last five games.

The see-saw would even out yet again at 13:57, when the big-bodied Race Bennett would find the back of the net, assisted by Woolley and Patrick Sullivan. Despite New York out-gunning the Knights by 10 shots in the third, the 3-3 tie would hold through the end of regulation, sending both teams to play in overtime.

Each second of overtime would provide an opportunity. A Knights goal would mean a tie in points for fourth place in the South. A New York score would preserve a two-point cushion for the Applecore. Neither goalie would oblige.

Allard-Robitaille stood down seven shots, while Walker made five saves, including a robbery of a late New York breakaway. The Knights would ring three posts but could not bury the puck. With overtime failing to produce a winner, both teams moved onto the shootout.

In the best-of-three setup, neither side found the net through rounds one and two. Allard-Robitaille stopped the Knights in round three. Matthew Boring came down the ice and fired the game-winner past Walker.

At the end of the series, the Knights were able to pick up three out of four possible points, but the two points won by New York Saturday keeps them ahead by two in the South. They’ll look to bounce back with a contest against the New York Bobcats Royals at home this Friday at 3:00 pm EST. The game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!

Weekend Recap: Knights Roll to Weekend Sweep of Bobcats Royals

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Heading into a Saturday-Sunday series in Long Island, the Knights looked to extend their winning ways that can trace their roots back to mid-December. Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Knights hit the ground running Saturday night.

In what could be considered their most-disciplined win of the season, the Knights were kick-started by Denys Arkhypenko, who scored the opening tally at the 16:00 mark of the first period (Emerson Emery). In a period that they out-shot New York 17-5, the Knights entered the first intermission with momentum, but the scoring was kept in check by the steady play of New York netminder, Timothy Carpenter.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s heavy presence in the attacking zone would not relent in the second. Two early New York penalties would allow the forecheck to get off to a quick start. Though both power plays would be killed off, the pressure would not relent, finally giving way to Bryan Whelan at 8:44. The forward would strike against his former team off assists from Austin Weber and Jake Fuss.

Nick Peck would keep the momentum rolling with his seventh goal of the season at 14:13 (Zach Ouladelhadjahmed, Rhett Padgett). The team’s fourth score was tallied with 24 seconds left in the period, when Cody Rumsey and Tyler Watungwa set up JP Natishan for the 4-0 lead.

In the third, the Knights power play would put the game to bed. Austin Weber struck just past the three minute mark (Arkhypenko, Emery), followed by Tyler Watungwa, set up by Emery’s third assist of the game, and William Case’s secondary.

At the final horn, the Knights would skate away with a 6-0 win, capped off by Thomas Walker’s 16-for-16 performance between the pipes, his first shutout of the season.

In game two, the rematch saw an earlier start but a parallel finish. The Knights struck first on the afternoon after Rhett Padgett buried a shot from the blue line, extending his point streak to four games (Austin Weber, Jake Nimeh). Tyler Shugrue did his part in net for the Bobcats Royals, facing 23 shots in the first period alone, saving all but two.

The second tally came off the stick of JP Natishan, scoring  for the second-consecutive game, assisted by captain Jake Fuss. The Knights defense did their part, limiting New York to just four shots on goal. Knights starter Jared Stahel stopped all four en route to another solid start for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

In the middle frame, Nick Peck struck for the Knights third goal (Padgett, Arkhypenko). The game took a decidedly chippy turn as each team traded a grand total of 95 penalty minutes. The Knights penalty kill not only survived, but thrived, killing off each penalty they faced. Top cap it off, in the process of killing off a major penalty, Bryan Whelan added a shorthanded goal (Fuss) in the final minute of the second period. Whelan has now scored points (4-2-6) in all five games he’s played in since being traded to the Knights.

In the third, the Knights thwarted another major penalty and added another shorthanded goal. After assisting the first shortie, Jake Fuss recorded one of his own, finishing off a three-point game. The Knights captain has recorded points in seven-straight games.

In the game’s final minute, fresh off games with the NAHL on Friday and Saturday, Tyler Nielsen hammer a puck through traffic, where Jake Nimeh tipped it home for the score. Brady Hanson picked up the secondary assist.

When the dust had settled, the Knights found themselves with their second-straight 6-0 shutout. For Jared Stahel, his 14 saves on 14 shots marked his second shutout for the season.  The special teams excelled as well: the kill was 7-for-7 with two shorthanded goals. The power play went 2-for-7. The 12 total goals were scored by nine different players, and the Knights mounted 107 shots over two games.

With the victory Sunday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won nine of their last 10 games. They’ll look to keep rolling with a mid-week match up with the Philadelphia Revolution on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm EST. Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!

EHL: Knights Charge Continues with Sixth-Straight Win

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Following a December dominated by long road trips, broken up only by singular home stands and the holidays, the Knights enjoyed their home-cooking this weekend. Entering the new year on a hot streak, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has shown no signs of slowing down in the second half of their EHL season.

After a strong 5-1 win on Saturday, the Knights hit the ground running on Sunday. 17 first period shots from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton were largely kept at bay by the steadiness of Oilers netminder Will McEwen. Alex Morawski finally broke through at 12:07, recording his second goal of the weekend, his 10th on the season, off an assist from Nate Chuckran for the game’s first score.

Just prior to the 19:00 marker, Connecticut forward Val Sverdlov answered with his second score in as many days with Tyler Lapshanski picking up the lone assist.

Tied heading into the second, the Oilers struck first at 5:26 on a power play as the Knights continued to battle their second-period demons. This tally was recorded by Zach Withington with an apple from Tim Lopez to give the Oilers their first lead of the weekend.

The advantage was short-lived as just under a minute later Tyler Watungwa grew his scoring streak to six games with his fourth goal of his young Knights career (Cody Rumsey).

The Knights would tack on another as William Case picked up his second in a Knights sweater off a set up from old friend and longtime teammate Tyler Nielsen in the period’s final minute.

Backed by solid play in the own end and net from Thomas Walker, the Knights attack poured it on in the third. Zach Ouladelhadjahmed picked up a shorthanded goal at 3:36, unassisted. Jake Fuss kept the special teams streak going at 10:34 when the Knights leading-scorer tallied a power play marker from Nick Peck and Nate Chuckran. New addition Bryan Whelan rounded out the scoring at 12:25 when Fuss sent him the biscuit for yet another power play goal. Whelan kicked off his Knights debut with 16th score of his EHL season, following his acquisition from the New York Bobcats Royals.

The Knights rode Walker and his 26 saves through the remainder of the contest and cruised to the 6-2 win, on their way to sixth-straight victory and a convincing weekend sweep. Between Saturday and Sunday, the Knights outscored the Oilers 11-3, won the shooting contest 100-56, and took home the special teams advantage, going 3-for-8 on the power play and 9-for-11 on the penalty kill, scoring two shorthanded goals.

The team will look to continue their hot streak when they travel to the EHL’s January Showcase in Philadelphia next weekend for two games against the Boston Jr. Rangers and the East Coast Wizards. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and Knights social media for news and updates!

EHL: Knights Charge into New Year with Fourth-Straight Win

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On Sunday, the Knights took the ice for the first time in 2018 at the Ice Line Quad Rinks against the Philadelphia Junior Flyers. With just three points separating third-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and the fourth-place JR. Flyers in the Mid-Atlantic, Sunday’s  game carried plenty of weight and playoff implications.

In the first period, the Knights began with a solid tempo on the attack. The team carried play for much of the opening stanza, cracking Philadelphia’s goalie Albin Mulic and the scoreboard first at 9:26. Following a feed from Tyler Watungwa, Cody Rumsey centered a puck from under the goal line to the middle of the slot for a waiting Tyler Nielsen. Nielsen fired home his 12th goal of the season to give the Knights the early lead.

The Junior Flyers would respond shortly. Less than three minutes later, Philadelphia took advantage of the game’s first power play; Billy McDevitt flipped a pass to the blue line for Luca Pisani who pointed a shot to the front of the net. Parked in front, Justin Weinbrenner deflected the puck past Knights starter Jared Stahel to even the score at one.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would respond by maintaining their pressure through the end of the frame, out-shooting the Flyers 15-6, but they could not put another goal past Mulic.

Following a successful penalty kill to open the second, the Knights resumed their heavy forecheck. At 5:42, JP Natishan flipped a puck to Alex Morawski who threaded a pass to Nate Chuckran in front of the net. Chuckran flipped the puck over Mulic to regain the lead. Nick Peck would follow up with a snipe from the point at 11:35, his fourth tally in the last six games, to build the Knights a 3-1 advantage. Jake Fuss and Austin Weber were credited with the helpers.

Heading to the third, the Knights found themselves in control. They were dominating chances on goal and lead shots 25-11. Adding insurance to the cause in the early minutes of the third was Jake Fuss. The Knights captain pulled a Denys Arkhypenko pass in through traffic before turning and weaving his way around Mulic for the Knights fourth goal.

Fuss would strike again when Nick Peck stole a puck at the Philadelphia blue line, and fired it on net. Mulic made the initial save but the rebound was quickly corralled by Arkhypenko who found Fuss on the back door for the tap-in goal at 9:37.

Jared Stahel and the Knights defense buckled down in the last half of the period as the the Junior Flyer’s attack mounted a late surge. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton answered all challenges but one. On a power play in the game’s final minute, Kyle Harris, Luca Pisani and Connor Lenaghan cycled the puck through the top of the Knights zone before Lenaghan fired a top-shelf snipe past Stahel to cut the score to 5-2.

That would be all for the Philadelphia comeback effort as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton closed out the contest with the 5-2 victory, their fourth-straight. The active winning streak is the team’s longest on the season. The Knights currently hold the fourth seed in the South Conference, up one point over New York Applecore. The top six teams in each of the EHL’s two conferences advance to the postseason.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will try to keep their streak and their climb up the standings going when they host a home-and-home against the Central Division’s Connecticut Oilers on Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th at 2:30 pm and 10:30 am, respectively. Both games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com.

Stay tuned to Knights Social Media and www.wbsknights.com for all Knights news and updates!

EHL: Knights Win Third Straight in Showcase Sweep

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On day two of the EHL’s December Showcase, the Knights met the New England Wolves for the second time in under two weeks. The first meeting saw the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton foiled by the steady goal-tending of Brendan Boncore (37 saves on 38 shots) en route to a 2-1 Wolves win.

In round two, the Knights were determined to come home with a win and four points from the latest edition of the league’s showcase series. Monday’s matchup featured not Boncore, but Chris Mattone in goal for New England while Jared Stahel would man the pipes for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Both netminders were unflinching in the first half, as each side mounted quality on goal in a scoreless opening 24 minutes.

A three-penalty period for New England would finally come back to bite the Wolves, when with exactly one minute to spare in the half, Tyler Watungwa bested Mattone for the game’s first score. Power play helpers from Tyler Nielsen and Alex Morawski. Watungwa continues to be an asset since his Knights debut which came on December 9th against the same Wolves. After his scoreless first start, the Ottawa native has gone on to notch a point in each of his three games since.

The Knights used the momentum of the late score to start fast on the attack in the second. Just 3:27 into the half, Jake Nimeh found his third goal of the season, courtesy of a William Case helper. Acquired on December 1st, Case, like Watungwa, now has a three-game point streak over which he’s scored one goal and four assists.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would continue to be backed by a steady afternoon in goal from Jared Stahel. After stopping all seven shots he faced in the first, the goalie turned away a second half upswing in chances, making 15 saves over the final 25 minutes. In conjunction with a solid effort in the net, the Knights kept the Wolves off the board on four second half power play opportunities, after killing off one in the first.

Between Stahel and solid special teams, the Knights continued to add to their lead. Rhett Padgett picked up his fourth goal of the season and the Knights second power play score of the contest at 12:37. Nate Chuckran continued the trend of new Knights scoring as he stretched his point streak to a third game with an assist on Padgett’s tally.

Chuckran would go on to score the game’s final goal just past the 20:37 mark off assists from Alex Morawski and Nick Peck. Morawksi is yet another Knight with an active, three-game point streak heading into the holiday break, with one goal and three assists over his last three outings.

At the final horn, the Knights stepped off the ice with a 4-0 win. Capping off a December in which he recorded a .925 save percentage and a 2.33 goals against over three starts, Jared Stahel finished with 22 saves in his first shutout of the season. The Knights special teams finished on a high note as well with their power play registering two goals in back-to-back contests, while their penalty kill was a perfect 9/9 at the December Showcase.

Needless to say, the Knights will enter the new year on a hot streak. In their last ten games, the team finished with a 6-4 record, scoring 4.00 goals per game, to 3.30 goal’s allowed. In their seven games in December, the Knights have seen their special teams surge on both ends of the ice. The power play converted on 23.3% of all chances while the penalty kill nullified 88.9% of shorthanded chances against. The trio of Nate Chuckran, William Case, and Tyler Watungwa have now amounted seven goals and 14 assists in 24 combined games played for the Knights.

The team won’t play again until after the new year in early January. The Knights organization wishes all its fans, players, staff, and volunteers a very happy, healthy holidays and a wonderful new year in which the Knights will be waiting to continue winning hockey!

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 Weekend Recap: Knights Drop Pair in Philadelphia

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The Knights played games two and three of their weekend in Philadelphia on Saturday and Sunday, looking to bounce back from a tough loss Friday.

First on tap were the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, the occupants of 4th place in the Mid-Atlantic division. Meeting for the third time of 2017-18, the Knights hoped to further their unbeaten streak against the Jr. Flyers with a win.

In the opening two minutes of the contest, Marko Bohatiuk put Philadelphia on the board with his second tally of the year, set up by Bayley Kubara. In a relatively even period in which each side combining for 31 shots, the Knights would find an equalizer at 16:04, when Anthony Starzi potted his 18th goal of the season, assisted by Jake Fuss. On the very next shift, Nicholas Harris connected with Kubara, who fed Drew Platt for the Junior Flyers second score.

Down 2-1 to open the second, the Knights offense kicked their attack into high gear. At 5:04 Nick Peck picked up a goal in his second-straight contest off of helpers from Fuss and Cody Rumsey. On a power play halfway through the period, William Case registered his first point with the Knights when he set up Alex Morawski for the game-tying goal. Tyler Nielsen picked up the secondary assist.

Into the the third period, the score remained even until the 5:39 mark, when Adrian Martinez kicked off a Philadelphia scoring surge with his sixth goal of the season (Nicholas Harris). David Waterman followed with the next Jr. Flyers tally at 9:40 (Matthew Mood). Adrian Martinez notched his second score exactly one minute later on helpers from Gianni Dini and Nick Kiemel.

Down 5-3, Anthony Starzi did his part to keep the Knights afloat, scoring a shorthanded goal, his 19th marker of the year, at 14:08. Despite the boost, the Knights could not climb all the way back, as Jr. Flyers goalie Albin Mulic closed the door in the final minutes, securing Philadelphia the 5-4 victory. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton starter Jared Stahel made 48 saves in the loss.

Sunday’s rematch featured the Knights final regular season tilt against the Little Flyers.

Philadelphia wasted little time getting into the goal column, as Nick Magill-Diaz notched the game’s first tally on its’ first power play, just 3:40 in. Magill-Diaz scored off assists from Joey Savel and Mitchell Hall.

Alex Henson, the EHL’s defending goaltender of the month, kept the Knights offense at bay until 14:14. Set up by David Pfoestl and Nate Chuckran, Austin Weber notched his fourth tally of the season to even the score.

A closely fought first gave way to a uneven second, as the same period that foiled the Knights Friday came back to bite them on Sunday. Joey Savel found the twine on a helper from Alex Ochterbeck at 6:59. The pair rotated spots on the score sheet when Savel slid Octherbeck the puck to beat Knights starter Thomas Walker on a power play at 17:26. Mitchell Hall picked up his second assist of the game with the secondary helper.

The Knights offense was slowed by the Little Flyers defense and strong penalty kill, as Philadelphia nullified all six of the Knights opportunities on the man-advantage. Down two late in the third, the Knights pulled Walker after the Little Flyers took a too-many men penalty with just over two minutes remaining. With the 6-on-4 advantage, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton mounted a few chances on net, but none that bested Henson. The game was put on ice at 19:11 when Avery Smith pushed a puck free to neutral ice before burying it in an open net.

Coming off the 4-1 loss, the Knights will look to regroup this week as the team prepares for its final home games before the holiday break. They’ll play host to the New England Wolves on Saturday, December 9th at 3:45 pm and then the Vermont Lumberjacks on Sunday the 10th at 1:45 pm. Both games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and www.easternhockeyleague.org along with Knights social media for all news, player, and staff content and updates!

EHL: Ochterbeck Leads Little Flyers in Comeback Over Knights

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The Knights kicked off a three-game weekend with their fifth meeting against the Philadelphia Little Flyers Friday afternoon. With both teams missing regulars in the lineup, the contest would prove a good test of mettle and depth for both benches.

JP Natishan put the Knights ahead early after Anthony Starzi found the forward streaking through a soft-spot in the Little Flyers back check. Natishan scored the game’s first goal when he skated in alone through the slot and put a shot past the glove of Philadelphia’s starter Brendahn Brawley.

Both sides exchanged solid looks on net with Brawley and Knights starter Thomas Walker fending off their remaining tests in the opening 11 minutes. Even without leading scorer Jake Fuss, the Knights forecheck continually applied pressure on the attack, drawing a penalty just after the halfway point of the period.

Less than a minute into the Knights man advantage, the Little Flyers capitalized on a bouncing puck through neutral ice as Joey Savel and Trevor Lewandoski fed Alex Ochterbeck through the middle to set up a shorthanded chance. Ochterbeck worked his way in alone on Walker where he backhanded a puck to the twine to tie the game at one at 11:00.

The Knights wouldn’t dwell on the miscue, and would draw another penalty at 11:15 to create a 5-on-3 advantage. With three seconds left in the initial penalty, Nick Peck fired a shot through traffic to best Brawley and give the Knights back the lead at 12:07. Anthony Starzi picked up the lone assist on the tally.

Before the end of the first, the Knights would get an added lift, when off a board battle on the left wing of neutral ice, Tyler Nielsen dragged the puck into the offensive zone before flipping a pass to an oncoming Alex Morawski. The latter forward barreled into the slot and ripped a shot through the pads of Brawley to give the Knights a 3-1 advantage at 16:34.

With a two-goal lead heading into the middle frame, the Knights looked to continue their impressive start with a clean, physical attack. Instead, the team was assessed four penalties in a sequence of events that would turn the second period into a costly quagmire. On a 5-on-3 power play at 8:48, Mitchell Hall found a rebound off an Ochterbeck shot, burying it past Walker from the middle of the slot to cut the lead to one. The play was set up on the cycle from Brendan Coughlin.

Five minutes later, the Little Flyers created an odd-man rush when Ricky Walsh, from Brendan Coughlin, found a streaking Ryan Vogt, who hammered the puck past Walker to tie the game at three. On their fourth power play of the afternoon, Alex Ochterbeck found himself open to the side of Walker following crisp passing from Nick Magill-Diaz and Joey Savel. The Little Flyers leading scorer paused just long enough for a space to open as Walker moved to meet him. Seeing his spot, Ochterbeck pulled the trigger for his second goal of the game.

Ochterbeck wasn’t done. In the final 30 seconds of the frame, he skated to the middle of a 3-on-1 rush from which he netted a hat trick on assists from Cale Coor and Magill-Diaz. At the end of the period, the Knights found themselves down 5-3.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started the third quickly, as Tyler Nielsen brought his team back within one on a power play goal at 3:01 (Nate Chuckran, Alex Morawski). Nielsen’s 10th tally spurred more pressure from the Knights, as they rebounded from a quiet second with several quality chances and extended time in the offensive zone. Despite the improvement, Brendahn Brawley settled in, diverting the remaining chances sent his way, with help from an active defense that blocked a number of shots on goal.

After enduring the Knights fifth power play of the game, the Little Flyers found the insurance they needed when Octherbeck notched his fourth goal of the contest at 14:12 (Stanislav Haurus, Savel). The renewed two-goal lead proved too steep a hill to climb.

At the final horn, the Knights dropped the contest by a score of 6-4. They’ll look to bounce back against the Junior Flyers in Philadelphia tomorrow at 5:00 pm EST, before visiting the Little Flyers for a Sunday rematch at 12:45 pm. Both games will be broadcast on www.hockeytv.com. Follow the Knights on Twitter @WBSKnightsEHL and visit www.easternhockeyleague.org for updates!

EHL: Knights Complete Weekend Sweep of Rough Riders

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Don’t look now but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are on a hot streak. The EHL Knights went to work this weekend in avenging a home-series sweep, suffered at the hands of the Connecticut Rough Riders at the beginning of October. On Sunday, the team had the opportunity to repay the favor at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Austin Weber got things going early for the Knights as the Alabama-native scored his second goal of the season, just 1:29 into the first period, assisted by Cody Rumsey and David Pfoestl. Starting again in goal for the Knights was Thomas Walker. The ’99 netminder slammed the door on all chances sent his way in the opening period, as the Knights defense limited Connecticut to 10 shots in the first.

Into the second, the penalty bug bit the Knights once more, as five infractions resulted in four power plays and the ejection of Knights captain and points-leader Jake Fuss. The Rough Riders turned those opportunities into a game-tying goal at 14:56, when Colin O’Connor potted a power play goal, set up by Nicholas Kukuris.

Tied at one after 40 minutes, both offenses turned up the heat in the final frame. The two sides each registered double-digit shot totals, as pressure mounted on both ends of the ice. At the 9:24 mark, Anthony Starzi kept his hot streak going, scoring the go-ahead goal off helpers from Denys Arkhypenko and Tyler Nielsen.

The Rough Riders answered back when August Nyblom scored unassisted on a power play at 12:45 to even the score once more.  Heading into the game’s final minute, the Knights found themselves shorthanded again. This time, it worked to their benefit. Nick Peck spearheaded a breakout that ended with Anthony Starzi feeding Tyler Nielsen for the go-ahead score with 49 seconds remaining.

The Knights and Thomas Walker (31 saves on 33 shots in the win) proceeded to hold off Connecticut with an extra attacker on the ice for the remainder of regulation on their way to their third-straight victory. With the win, the Knights improve to 10-16-0, putting them in fourth place in the South Conference, two points ahead of the Connecticut Oilers.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will next take the ice on Friday at 2:30 pm against the Philadelphia Little Flyers inside the Revolution Ice Centre, before hitting the road on Saturday and Sunday to play the Junior Flyers and Little Flyers in Philadelphia.

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