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EHL: Knights Lose to Revolution, Clinch 5th Seed in Playoffs

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On Friday, the Knights hosted the Philadelphia Revolution for the pair’s final meeting of the 2017-18 regular season. Both teams entered play looking to leap a spot upward in the South Conference playoff standings. It would be Philadelphia that would hit the ground running in their third-to-last game of the season.

Just 3:30 into the opening frame, Jake Faulkner fired a point shot through traffic to beat Thomas Walker for the game’s first goal (Martin Kapoian). A second Philly tally would appear to be scored several minutes later, only to be disallowed when the play was blown dead for a Revolution penalty as the puck was shot on net.

The Knights would take advantage of the call to push back against Philadelphia, but despite speed through all zones, they struggled to solve Peter Ciccarelli. The 6’5″ goaltender stood down the Knights early offerings to keep Wilkes-Barre/Scranton off the board in the opening 20 minutes.

Just after the expiration of a penalty late in the first, Philadelphia found their second goal of the afternoon off Hayden Ford’s feed to Justin Meers, who fired a winding puck past Walker for the 2-0 lead.

30 seconds later Ford initiated a successful breakout which Jake Faulkner and Kyle Bradley turned into a fast break to the net. Faulkner slid the puck past the last line of the Knights backcheck to an open Bradley in the low slot, who promptly slammed the puck home for the Revolution’s third goal.

After their even play gave way late in the first, the Knights entered the second with jump in their effort to mount a comeback. Penalties would slow progress as calls piled on top of one another to create multiple power play, 4-on-4, and even 4-on-3 opportunities for each side.

After he was tripped on a breakaway during one stretch of 4-on-4 play, Philadelphia’s Bryce Witman floated a knuckling puck over the shoulder of Walker on the ensuing power play (Brian Lange) to put the Revolution up 4-0.

The Knights would finally crack the scoreboard on a power play of their own just minutes later, when Emerson Emery’s point shot was re-directed to the twine by Nate Chuckran. William Case would record the secondary assist on the score.

The momentum swing would be brief. On the ensuing shift, Tommy Donnelly fired his first goal of his Revolution career through a blocked shot and a screen for the 5-1 lead.

A quick Austin Morgan tally in the opening six minutes of third, combined with Ciccarelli’s stellar play in the crease gave Philadelphia a comfortable cushion through the remainder of the contest. The Knights pushed hard in the final frame, mounting 21 shots and several strong looks on net, but were undone by the Revolution’s steady defense.

Entering play four points behind a possible home-ice advantage through round one of the playoffs, the Knights loss with just one game to play locks them into the fifth seed of the South Conference. They will host the Philadelphia Junior Flyers today at 2:30 pm EST, before preparing for the playoffs and their round one meeting with the New York Applecore.

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EHL: Knights Fall in Close Contest with Revolution

On Wednesday, the Knights traveled to the Revolution Ice Gardens to take on the league-leading Philadelphia Revolution. The contest provided the Knights a good idea of where they stood relative to some of the league’s top competition.

The first period began at a slow pace. Just seven shots were sent on net between the two sides. The pace ground to a literal halt when a glass pane shattered six and a half minutes into play. After a slight delay and relocation to another rink at the facility, play resumed.

Both sides took time to get their feet under them. The Knights were thwarted on two power play chances, and put just five shots on goal in the frame. The Revolution would prove unsuccessful on their lone power play of the first, but the opportunity brought about a flurry of late-period chances for Philadelphia. Thomas Walker (30 saves), the Knights starter in net, was able to turn away all 11 shots sent his way in the first.

The momentum would carry over into the second for the Revolution as just 42 seconds in, Martin Kapoian found a rebound to give Philly the 1-0 lead. Former Knight Tino Alunni came up with the primary assist with Brian Lange picking up the secondary. Five minutes later, their lead grew to 2-0 after Noah Bradley found another rebound, on the power play, off assists from Jackson Koblick and Bryce Whitman.

In a frame dominated by penalty minutes, neither team would find much rhythm. The Knights gained a slight edge in chances generated as the period wound on, and were finally rewarded in the final seconds of the frame. Set up in neutral ice by a slick entry pass from Jake Nimeh, Zach Ouladelhadjahmed would bury a backhanded beauty past Philadelphia goaltender Peter Ciccarelli (27 saves) to bring the Knights within one.

With the third period, the pace of play quickened and with it, the Revolution seized back the momentum. They out-shot the Knights 11-6 in the third period, while limiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s grade-A looks on net. Both teams traded an unsuccessful power play in a largely uninhibited third period of play. After the expiration of a Knights power play with under a minute left in regulation, Walker left the net for the extra attacker.

Ciccarelli and the Revolution backcheck would finish off the final scoring opportunities the Knights would generate, on their way to their 33rd win of the year.

The Knights will look to bounce back against New York Applecore in a two-game road series this weekend. Saturday’s game will be at 4:10 pm EST at the Louis Astorino Ice Arena. Sunday’s contest will be at the same venue, but will take place at 9:30 am. Both games will be broadcast on www.hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!

 

EHL Preview: Knights Look to Keep Rolling with Busy Week Ahead

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

With three games on the docket this week, the Knights are focused on keeping their hot streak alive and well as the season winds into February. Winners of nine of their last 10 games, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton is the current occupant of third place in the Mid-Atlantic division and fifth place in the South Conference. The top six teams in each of the EHL’s two conferences advance to the playoffs scheduled for just over a month away.

“We have to keep playing with emotion,” said Knights head coach Josh Fusco. “I think the biggest thing is the compete level. We’re coming off a good weekend.”

In a two-game series with the New York Bobcats Royals, the Knights picked up a pair of shutouts and four points to keep pace in a competitive South.

“The biggest thing was the compete level-knowing what was at stake all the time with the standings being real tight, playoff implications on the line every day,” said Fusco. “We played good hockey in all three zones both days. I think the backcheck was the best it’s ever been. Our penalty kill was phenomenal-our power play was much, much better so I think we can see the progress there.”

The Knights defense held the Bobcats Royals to just 26 shots on goal, while increasing their season shutout total from one to three. The team was also a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill while registering two shorthanded goals.

“Overall we’ve been stressing to get the puck to the net, to shoot the puck,” said Fusco of his team’s efforts on the other end of the ice. “I thought our defense did a tremendous job of doing that. Our forwards did a tremendous job getting there, generating rebounds and making chances happen. The biggest thing at the end of the day was that we were able to capitalize on their breakdowns and miscues.”

Scoring Leaders Over Last 10 Games
Player G A TP
#11 Jake Fuss, F 9 10 19
#27 Nate Chuckran, F 4 6 10
#14 Tyler Watungwa, F 6 3 9
#2 William Case, D 1 7 8
#10 Nick Peck, D 4 4 8
#18 Alex Morawski, F 3 5 8
#20 Austin Weber, F 2 6 8

The Knights are just three points behind this weekend’s opponent, New York Applecore for the fourth seed in the South, but will start competition this week with a meeting against the owners of the EHL’s best record, the Philadelphia Revolution.

“We’re excited for this Revolution game,” said Fusco. “It’s another chance for two big points. That’s what we’re stressing in practice, when we’re on the bus, and the second we step foot into their building. It’s a mentality of ‘We’re here to do a job and two points is our paycheck today.'”

The Knights are 0-4 against the Revolution this season, but haven’t met since mid-October. Philadelphia enters play today with an 8-2 record over their previous 10 contests, second only in the league to the Knights 9-1 mark in that stretch. The Revolution boast the EHL’s top-ranked offense (4.94 GPG) and second-ranked defense (1.97 GAPG).

“It’ll be a good gauge of where we’re at against a team like that,” said Fusco. “They’re on a roll, they have the league’s highest winning percentage, and they have one of the league’s most experienced rosters. We feel like we owe them. We played pretty well the last time we faced them, but we had a few too many breakdowns. Now we have a very different lineup.  The way we’re competing across the board lately, there’s no reason in my mind that we can’t beat them, so we need to go out there and get it done.  I have 100% faith in my team.”

Goaltending Last 10 Games
Player Record Minutes GAA Saves Shots Save % Shutouts
#30 Thomas Walker 5-0-0 304:34 1.97 133 143 .930 1
#31 Jared Stahel 4-1-0 257:00 1.40 95 101 .941 2
Totals 9-1-0 561:34 1.71 228 244 .934 3

Indeed, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton roster has gone through several renovations in the time elapsed. It began with Nate Chuckran coming over from the Philadelphia Junior Flyers in the middle of November.

“With Chuck-what more can you say?,” asked his head coach. “He’s hungry, he’s a competitor, he gives 110%. He’s constantly going-the kid’s got a good motor on him.”

The EHL veteran added much-needed experience to the roster while exerting his physical style of play on the ice to the tune of 17 points in the 20 games since his acquisition. His six assists on the power play has helped the Knights man-advantage catapult itself to the league’s fourth-highest success rate at 21.7%.

Unfortunately for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, they will not have him for today’s contest against the Revolution due to a one-game suspension being served for butt-ending. Despite that, Fusco looks forward to leaning heavily on his veteran forward.

“He’s been a great addition,” he said. “He’s got a lot on the line being a ’97. His play’s been showing it and his leadership has been showing it. There’s not a negative bone in his body. He’s going to be a guy who carries a big piece of the workload with the end of the season on the way.”

William Case was added to the blue line just prior to the beginning of December. The 6-4 defender has been an asset to the Knights in his own end as well as on the attack.

“Will Case brings steady, rock-solid defense on the back end,” said Fusco. “He’s starting to find his groove on offense. He’s getting more confident with the puck. He’s making plays, getting pucks going north. He’s stepped up to the plate-the expectations are at a higher level now. ”

Special Teams
Last 10 Games
PP 12 for 37 32.43%
PK 33 for 38 86.84%
Shorties 5 for, 1 Against

Like Chuckran, Case’s impact can be seen on the power play, where he has recorded four of his nine assists since joining the team. His ten total points rank him third on the Knights blue line in production despite having only played in just over a dozen games.

“He’s the go-to-guy on the power play,” said Fusco. “He’s finding ways to get the pucks through. He’s scored, but more importantly he gets the puck somewhere around the cage where we’re driving home rebounds or keeping pucks hemmed in the zone. He’s a great locker room guy. I think he’s been a great addition in that aspect. He’s a ’99, but he plays like he’s a veteran hockey player.”

The Knights next addition was one that Fusco admits he wasn’t overly familiar with initially, with forward Tyler Watungwa. The Ottawa native had spent previous seasons in the EHL before coming over to the Knights from the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League in mid-December.

“I’ll be honest and say I didn’t know a whole lot about Tyler before we picked him up,” said Fusco. “One of the reasons we added him was because he was a ’97. He was a veteran of junior hockey and we needed that in the lineup. He’s got a bigger body, he likes to muck and grind, he’s kind of a meat and potatoes guy, but he’s brought the scoring touch as well.”

The beginning of Watungwa’s Knights career couldn’t have gone much better, as he scored in six of his first seven games, recording two game-winning goals in that span. The gritty forward has been an asset to special teams as well, especially on the penalty kill.

“Tyler is probably one of the hardest working guys because he doesn’t stop, said Fusco. “He’s constantly back-checking and constantly playing the position the correct way. He moves the puck, he’s got silky hands-ever since he’s been here he’s been finding the back of the net.”

Mick Heneghan has has bounced his way back and forth between the Knights NAHL and EHL roster, but when with the latter, he’s produced well.

“Heneghan’s received some time with us from the NAHL team, said Fusco. “When he comes in for us, he steps in and fills a role. He’s a great addition. Obviously he’s had a lot of NAHL experience and he has that talent in his game. He’s another guy who’s good with the puck, plays up on the rush, and generates plays.”

In three games in January, Heneghan’s notched a game-winning goal and two assists and has played with a physical edge to accompany his puck-moving ability from the blue line.

“A guy like that who’s willing to come and help out the affiliate team, that’s big,” said Fusco. “It’s not always easy. He’s come in, worked hard and has a great attitude. He brings a lot to the table. He’s been positive the whole time. I commend him for that.”

The final acquisition and newest Knight is forward Bryan Whelan. Picked up from the Bobcats Royals in the middle of January, Fusco is happy to no longer have to scheme against a former nemesis.

“I’ve gotten to know Bryan coaching against him last year and this year,” he said. “He’s another ’97 we brought in. I compare him to a Jake Fuss and Anthony Starzi. He’s speedy, he’s got hands, he can shoot, and he’s got a knack for sticking with the puck.”

The right-handed forward came to the Knights with an already impressive 15 goals and eight assists in 29 games on the season. He’s scored in every game he’s worn a Knights sweater, picking up an additional four goals and two assists in six contests.

“He and Jake Fuss are tic-tac-toe out there,” said Fusco. “I’ve been talking to college coaches. I say ‘I know you’ve been looking at Fuss and Starzi. Well Bryan’s the same way.’ He’s a similar guy. With him, you’re bringing that speed and go-to-guy factor to the lineup. He’s another one that doesn’t stop. He’s been a welcome addition. His junior career is winding down and he wants to win a championship. That’s the mentality we want around here.”

After taking on the Revolution today in what is sure to be a measuring-stick contest, the Knights will head to back to New York to take on the team just ahead of them in the South Conference playoff seeding. Entering Wednesday, the New York Applecore are three points ahead of the Knights in the standings, good for fourth-place in the South Conference.

“Like I said, we know what’s at stake,” said Fusco. “For awhile now we’ve figured that this Applecore weekend would be a telltale sign of what’s going to shake out here at the end of the regular season. We can’t take our foot off the pedal against them. They’re a good team.”

In two prior meetings with New York, the Knights are 2-0, having won both games played between the pair at the Revolution Ice Centre in the first few weeks of the season. Still, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won’t be content to rest on the laurels of their previous results.

Like the Revolution, the Applecore are 8-2 over their past 10 games. Like the Knights, New York will have one contest to play this week before meeting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. After traveling to Connecticut to take on the Oilers Friday, Applecore will host the pivotal two-game Saturday-Sunday series that could play a large role in deciding the first round of match-ups in the South Conference with playoffs set to begin in March.

With their game as good as it’s been the Knights will be ready for the fights ahead.

Today’s 2:00 pm EST contest against the Philadelphia Revolution will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. You can also follow the Knights EHL twitter at @WBSKnightsEHL and visit www.easternhockeyleague.org for in-game updates. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com for all the latest happenings in the Knights kingdom!

EHL: Knights Drop See-Saw Battle Against Revolution

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

On Wednesday, the Knights traveled to Philadelphia to take on the Revolution in a cross-division affair. The game was the first of four that will be played in the next five days for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The game saw Knights nemesis Logan Kramsky take the ice for the Revolution, with Jared Stahel, the workhorse in net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In his two prior starts against the Knights, Kramsky had not allowed a goal.

Denys Arkhypenko decided he had enough of the goalie’s streak, as he buried the game’s first goal off helpers from Anthony Starzi and Jake Fuss at 10:26. The score was Arkhypenko’s second in as many games, as the native of Kiev, Ukraine continues to heat up of late. The Revolution responded at 16:15 when Bryce Witman notched a tally off helpers from Jake Russo and Colin Roberts to end the period.

The second frame brought with it an early Knights score, when Rhett Padgett created a chance for Anthony Starzi, who put it home it for his fourth goal of the season.

Philadelphia answered with four straight goals: Justin Meers (Hayden Ford, Samir Abouelhana) at 8:21, Jake Houk (Mark Tosti) at 7:42, Faulkner (Austin Morgan, Hayden Ford) at 10:50, and Witman from Russo at 18:49. All four goals were scored at even strength.

Battered but not broken, the Knights did not back down to open the third. Nick Peck picked up his first goal of the season at 4:35 on the power play, set up by Fuss and Starzi. Starzi came back with his second of the game at 8:21, also on the power play, assisted by Austin Weber to bring the Knights within one.

The Rebels re-built their lead however, as Abouelhana and Justin Meers ushered the game to a conclusion with scores at 10:02 and 13:25 to finish off a 7-4 victory.

The Knights special teams were hardly an issue on the afternoon, as the penalty kill represented itself well again, albeit often, going a perfect 7/7 on the day. The power play turned in a solid 2/6 finish.

The Knights will return to Philadelphia on Friday when they take on the Little Flyers at 2:00 pm at the Ice Works Complex. Watch hockeytv.com and follow @WBSKnightsEHL for updates!

EHL Recap: Knights Downed by Philadelphia Revolution

On Sunday, the Knights met the Philadelphia Revolution for the second-consecutive afternoon. The Revolution, who staged a comeback win the day before, kept their foot on the gas pedal in game two.

Things started quickly for the Philadelphia attack. Forward Kyle Bradley scored the games first two goals at 3:12 and 10:10, respectively. Jerry Scatena had the helper on the first tally while Reid Zimmerman added one to the second.

Martin Kapoian continued his successful weekend with his team’s third goal at 11:28 (Justin Meers, Samir Abouelhana) as did Bryce Witman, who added his third goal of the back-to-back at 14:59. The score of 4-0 held through the end of the period.

Jared Stahel replaced Knights starting goalie Thomas Walker to start the second period, but penalties continued to be called against the Knights, a trend that spilled over from Saturday’s action. Spending much of the period shorthanded, the Knights were unable to jump-start their offense. The chances they did generate were stopped by Revolution netminder, Logan Kramsky.

While the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penalty kill was perfect through the first 40 minutes, the Revolution were able to hem the Knights in their own zone, scoring three goals in the middle frame. Bryce Whitman scored two to complete a hat trick while Samir Abouelhana chipped in one of his own. Assists came from Jake Russo and Jake Faulkner on the 5th goal, Justin Meers and Austin Mininger on goal number six,  and Jake Russo and Austin Morgan on the 7th.

The third period saw the slew of calls continue against the Knights, leading the Revolution to finally tally a power play goal on their 8th attempt as part of a 5-on-3 advantage. The goal was scored by Jake Russo at 7:34. The Knights killed all remaining penalties they faced in the contest to go 13-16 on the weekend shorthanded (81.3%).

The Revolution finished things off with goals from Noah Bradley at 14:54 (Kyle Bradley, Tino Alunni) and Jake Faulkner at 18:48 (Austin Morgan, Bryce Witman).

The Knights will look to bounce back as they head out on the road this Friday, first to take on the Vermont Lumberjacks on October 13th at 4:10 pm. They’ll then face the Valley Jr. Warriors on Saturday, October 14th at 9:10 am. Both games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com and live updates on in-game action will be posted to www.easternhockeyleague.org’s game center and on the Knights twitter @WBSKnightsEHL.

EHL Recap: Knights Lose Afternoon Meeting with Philadelphia Revolution

Against the 9-0 Philadelphia Revolution, the Knights knew they’d have a tough test to open their weekend on Saturday afternoon. Head coach Josh Fusco said as much during the week, emphasizing the need to outwork their Mid-Atlantic division foes.

The Knights took those words to heart after an intense week of practice, which translated into a heavy attack from their forecheck in the game’s opening minutes. After pushing pucks deep and forcing several icings, it appeared Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was in position to dictate tempo in the first period. Instead, a penalty at 3:11 slowed their offensive momentum.

Jared Stahel anchored the Knights defensive efforts from the crease and was elemental in keeping the Revolution off the board for the entirety of the game’s first power play. Following their return to full-strength, the Knights continued to press, but with their legs under them, the Revolution responded in kind. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penalty kill would be tested twice more before period’s end, and would pass on both occasions, again buoyed  by the efforts of Stahel.

The Knights would finally break the scoreless tie at 18:10 when Jake Fuss notched goal number nine on the season, after walking down from the corner and working his way around Revolution Goalie Travis Pelke. An assist was credited to Anthony Starzi.

The Knights went to the dressing room with a 1-0 lead and came out swinging in the second period, a frame that’s been a quagmire for them so far in the young season. Josh Edwards did his part to reverse that trend as he sped up ice to create a 2-on-1 rush. His shot off the pads of Pelke rebounded perfectly to the crashing Zach Ouladelhadjahmed who went backhand, top shelf to pick up his third goal of the season and create the 2-0 lead at 3:07.

Through the next 17 minutes, the Knights began a parade to the penalty box, committing four penalties in the middle period. They stopped the first three of the resulting power plays, going 5-for-5 to open the contest on the kill. It was on the sixth try that Bryce Witman found space above the left circle and ripped a rocket past Stahel to cut the deficit to 2-1. Just a few shifts later, Witman struck again as he forced a turnover under the Knights blue line and marched a goal past Stahel with a few nifty move to draw the game even at two.

Capitalizing on the offensive outburst, the Revolution came out flying in the third period. At 2:04, Martin Kapoian took a rebound from Justin Meers and Christian Dahl and buried it past Stahel to give the Rebels their first lead. Travis Pelke continued to thwart the Knights best efforts for the next ten minutes. Frustration built and the Knights took a bench penalty at 11:54. Just seven seconds later, Christian Dahl fired a power play laser from the point to jump ahead 4-2 (Jackson Koblick, Austin Morgan). Austin Mininger sealed the deal at 15:41 when his even strength goal, off assists from Tim Cordero and Jerry Scatena, created a 5-2 score.

With the game out of reach, the Knights skated hard to the end of regulation but did not pull Stahel for the extra skater. With the loss the Knights fall to 3-6 on the year, while the Revolution move to 10-0. The two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm EDT.  The game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com and live updates will be posted on twitter at @WBSKnightsEHL.

 

EHL Recap: Knights Lose to Revolution on the Road

Knights can’t solve Logan Kramsky on the road.

The Knights traveled to Revolution Ice Gardens on Sunday to take on a division opponent in the Philadelphia Revolution. The Revolution welcomed the Knights with a quick score in the game’s first five minutes. Justin Meers was able to find the net on a power play with assists coming from Jackson Koblick and Hayden Ford.

The Knights offerings on the forecheck were consistently met by sound play from Philadelphia goalie Logan Kramsky. The Freehold, New Jersey native would prove to be tough to solve all afternoon for the Knights.

Philadelphia bested Knights goalie Jared Stahel at 13:33 when Sam Abouelhana found the net (Jake Faulkner, Martin Kapoian) to build a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

In the second, the Revolution redoubled their approach, mounting 14 shouts on goal, but were turned away each time by Stahel’s steady play in net. The team’s spent a good portion of the period trading zones and penalties, but not goals, as the second period ended with the same score as the first.

With time decreasing and the stakes increasing, the third period became a war of attrition, fought by special teams units. After the eight minute mark, the Knights and Revolution combined for seven penalties.

As both goaltenders continued to shine in the face of grade-a chances, it was Philadelphia’s power play that finally broke trough. At 15:56 it was Déjà vu all over again as, as off a set up by Jackson Koblick and Hayden Ford, Justin Meers fired a rocket past Stahel to create a three-goal advantage.

The Knights didn’t go quietly in the third, pulling Stahel with under two minutes to play, but Kramsky continued his stellar play and in the end, preserved his shutout.

With the loss, the Knights are now 2-3 this season, and currently in third place in the EHL’s Mid-Atlantic division. They will play the NY Bobcats tomorrow at 2:30 pm inside the Revolution Ice Centre. Admission is free and the game can be viewed on hockeytv.com.