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EHL: Knights Thwarted by Revniaga, Allard-Robitaille in Game 1

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

Friday marked game one of the Knights EHL postseason, the first of a best-of-three series with the New York Applecore. A pitched first period saw starting goalies Thomas Walker and Benjamin Allard-Robitaille trade a flurry of saves, while each offense could only muster a goal per side.

The first tally came at the 15:45 mark of the opening frame, when Tyler Watungwa and William Case combined to set up Emerson Emery on a power play goal.

The early Knights lead would prove to be short-lived, as on a 5-on-3 power play, New York drew even off the efforts of Tanner Dalton, from Mark Revniaga and Kyle Warren.

The stalemate would continue into the second where Walker and Allard-Robitaille would again stymie the opposition, with the pair making a combined 42 saves in the first 40 minutes of play.

Though the Knights would own the larger share of chances on net, leading shots 27-18 after two, it would be Applecore that would secure the only score of the second period. At 16:24, Joseph Verboys cleaned up the loose change from Mark Revniaga’s crash to the net to give New York their first lead of the game. Elliot Friedow would collect the secondary assist on the tally.

Revniaga would continue to be a catalyst for the Applecore, as he scored the game’s next goal early in the third period. His third point of the night came off the inverse of the prior goal where Friedow supplied the primary with help from Verboys’ secondary to best Walker at 6:24.

The Knights efforts to climb back were continually stunted by Allard-Robitaille in net, as the ’99 from Quebec carried his team with 35 saves on 36 shots.

Matthew Boring put home an empty-net goal (Race Bennett) in the final minute of play to give the Applecore the 4-1 win in game one. The two teams will meet again Saturday at 5:40 pm EST. Tune in on hockeytv.com and follow along at www.easternhockeyleague.org!

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!

Fuss Leads Knights to First EHL Victory

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

Jake Fuss is no stranger to the scoresheet. He scored the first two goals of the Knights season last weekend just months after setting the tier-III junior hockey goals record.

It came as little surprise Saturday night when Fuss put the Knights on the board to kick things off in their competition with New York Apple Core on Saturday night. Fuss’ goal, assisted by Tyler Nielsen and new addition Austin Weber, kicked off an explosive Knights attack in the game’s opening frame.

Jake Nimeh tacked on the Knights second goal just over a minute later, following crisp passing from Zach Ouladelhadjahmed and Nick Peck. Nimeh struck again at 11:59 receiving another apple from Peck.

Jared Stahel backstopped a solid defensive effort in the first 20 minutes, stopping all 13 shots Apple Core generated. As the period wound to a close, New York committed a pair of penalties that would carry over into the second frame.

Alex Morawski cashed in on the 5-on-3 power play for the Knights just 1:02 into the second period (Weber, Fuss) to build a seemingly commanding 4-0 lead. Apple Core had other plans.

Eamann McMillon’s even strength goal at 8:10 energized the New York forecheck, as they began to control possession in the Knights zone. Their persistence, combined with intermittent Knights penalties led to Apple Core’s domination of the second half of the period.

At 13:41, Logan Scarlotta notched an even strength goal created Tanner Dalton and Race Bennett. Three minutes later, Patrick Sullivan ripped a laser of a power play goal (Mark Revniaga, Wilson McCloy) to bring Apple Core within one.

Jared Stahel preserved the Knights 4-3 lead late in the frame with a seemingly impossible, twisting save in which he was able to pin the puck to his back on an Apple Core power play offering. New York’s rally would not be deterred, as just under six minutes into the third period, Race Bennett tallied the game-tying goal, assisted by McCloy.

The Knights, having seen their lead evaporate, redoubled their efforts on the attack and were rewarded when Jake Fuss hammered a puck home off a breakaway at 8:53 to re-take the 5-4 lead.

Buoyed by a handful of strong saves by Stahel, the Knights fended off Apple Core late into the third period. With a minute and a half to play, New York pulled netminder Alex Henson for an extra attacker.

Fuss appeared to put the game on ice when he found the empty net (Brady Hanson, Tyler Nielsen) at 18:51. Ben Freatman and Apple Core would not go quietly into the night. With the net again vacant in their own zone, Freatmen willed a puck past Stahel’s toe to again bring Applecore within one with 53 seconds left in regulation.

The ensuing faceoff would be taken without Henson in net, again leaving an extra attacker on for New York. Following a near miss on the empty net, the Knights were able to grind out the clock, on their way to their first EHL win in the 2017-18 season.

The Knights will host a rematch this afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Admission is free, and the game can be watched at hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter for updates!