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EHL: Knights Storm Back in Game Two Against Applecore

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Round one of the Knights EHL playoffs continued Saturday when the team squared off against the New York Applecore for the second-consecutive day. To avoid elimination and force a definitive game three, the Knights would have to win or see their season end.

New York would quickly establish the pace in the opening period, out-shooting the Knights  12-5 in the first 20 minutes. Jared Stahel, taking the pipes for the Knights, and Benjamin Allard-Robitaille, back again for the Applecore, would not allow a goal through the first three quarters of the first.

Joseph Verboys ended the scoring drought when he bested Stahel off assists from Matthew Boring and Brett Reed at 16:10. The Knights responded less than a minute later, with Nate Chuckran burying a goal past Allard-Robitaille to even the game at one. A pair of apples came from Anthony Starzi and Austin Weber on the score.

On the very next shift, the Applecore would re-gain the lead when Brandon Napoli and Thomas O’Brien fed Connor Woolley for his first tally of the postseason.

In  the second, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton offense would start fast and maintain pressure through much of the middle frame. Chuckran would gather his second goal of the contest, following a New York penalty just 1:25 in. On the game’s only power play, Bryan Whelan and Rhett Padgett set the table for Chuckran’s second game-tying goal.

Stahel and Allard-Robitaille would hunker down to stop a combined 21 of 22 shots in the period to keep the score gridlocked after 40 minutes. The pair would continue their hot streak through the first half of the third as well, as each side entered the final 10 minutes of play looking for the go-ahead goal.

Rhett Padgett found such a tally at 10:35, unassisted to give the Knights their first lead of the evening. Insurance less than than three minutes later would be added when Anthony Starzi beat Allard-Robitaille to build a 4-2 Knights lead.

Stahel (35 saves) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s defense kept a lid on Applecore’s comeback into the final minute of play. As time wound down, Verboys would find the net for a second time, bringing New York back within one at 19:26 (Connor Woolley). Wounded but not beaten, the Knights would rally to defend their net for the final 34 seconds of play, concluding regulation with the 4-3 victory.

The rubber match of the best-of-three series will take place tomorrow, Monday, March 12th at 2:00 pm EST at Brewster Ice Arena. The Knights will look on to move onto round two of the postseason with a win. The game will be broadcast on www.hockeytv.com. Follow along on www.easternhockeyleague.org and at @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter!

 

EHL: Nimeh’s Late Goal Drives Knights to Victory

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Still chasing fourth place in the South Conference through the final weeks of the 2017-18 regular season, the Knights entered their lone game of the weekend just four points behind their future playoff opponent, the New York Applecore. With New York idle until Monday, the Knights Saturday contest against the Junior Flyers provided an opportunity to climb another step closer to home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stormed out to an early advantage Saturday, dictating the early pace of play. In a period they out-shot Philadelphia 18-9, the Knights built an early 2-0 lead via goals from Tyler Nielsen at 8:58 and Nate Chuckran at 11:26.

Nielsen’s tally was a breakaway set up by Tyler Watungwa and Rhett Padgett in which Nielsen bested Junior Flyers goalie Garrett Stenberg for the 1-0 lead. Chuckran followed suit on a power play several minutes later when Emerson Emery found him alone in front of Stenberg for the quick score.

The Knights appeared to be destined for a 2-0 lead after one, but with 42 seconds left in the first, the Junior Flyers nabbed a late-period strike to halve the deficit. Connor Lenaghan beat Knights goalie Thomas Walker on a scramble around the net created by Billy McDevitt and Drew Platt.

When play picked up again in the second, it was Philadelphia building off the momentum of their score in the first. The Junior Flyers flipped the script, out-shooting the Knights 10-6 and nullifying each of their chances. For their part, the Knights would withstand Philadelphia’s attack for 19 of the second period’s 20 minutes. It would be yet another final-minute goal that would tie the contest. Nick Kiemel rallied the Junior Flyers to their second goal of the afternoon off feeds from Adrian Martinez and Gianni Dini.

Renewed push from both sides saw an uptick in physicality in the third. Each side traded an unsuccessful power play, while Walker and Stenberg stayed steady to keep the score locked at two. With overtime nearly a forgone conclusion, the Knights prepared a final push to close the period. They were rewarded just shy of the 19:00 mark when Jake Nimeh ripped home his sixth goal of the season, with assists coming from Bryan Whelan and Austin Weber.

With a minute remaining, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton shut down the Junior Flyers last-ditch efforts to secure the 3-2 victory. The win pulls the Knights within two points of fourth place in the South Conference with two games to play in the regular season. The Knights will next take the ice at home against the Philadelphia Revolution on Friday March, 2nd at 4:00 PM EST. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and easternhockeyleague.org for all news and updates as the Knights prepare for their playoff push!

EHL: Knights Drop Game 1 Against Oilers

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The context of Friday’s match up between the Knights and Oilers saw two teams battling for playoff position as the EHL season winds closer to its finish. Entering play Saturday, the Knights trailed the New York Applecore for fourth in the South Conference while the Oilers had the opportunity to hop the sixth-place Junior Flyer’s after their loss earlier in the day.

The Knights struck first on the evening when Tyler Nielsen found a puck from Rhett Padgett and ripped it past Oilers goalie Olof Djurberg just three minutes into the first.

The Oilers would respond just past the halfway point of the period with numbers even on a 4-on-4. Val Sverdlov kicked off a big performance when he beat Thomas Walker to even the game at one (Zach Withington, Ian Wallgren).

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would counter in the last minute of the period when Cody Rumsey picked up a nifty pass from Tyler Watungwa and flipped it home to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.

The early stages of the second period were dictated by a penalty per side, though neither team could capitalize. Both goalies stopped shorthanded rushes as each penalty-and power play-escaped without allowing a goal.

At 13:53 Sverdlov would even the game once more when his sharp-angle shot navigated its way by Walker off a feed from Ryan Brand. The period wound down with both Walker and Djurberg stoning the opposition and sending the contest to the third with the score gridlocked at two.

In the last stanza, the Oilers finally grabbed their first lead following Peter Capone’s goal at 7:50 (Fabian Zuccarello). The Knights would supply ample pressure in their attempt to tie the game, but Djurberg would prove a wall in net, stopping 15 shots in the third period.

The only glitch in the the Swedish goalie’s performance was disallowed after Bryan Whelan appeared to tie the game not long after Capone’s go-ahead score, only to see it waved off by the officials.

After each team traded an unsuccessful power play in the final 5:35, the Knights pulled Walker for the extra attacker with under a minute to play. Connecticut did well in clogging up neutral ice and in the final seconds, Tyler Lapshanski fired a puck into the open net to seal the 4-2 Oilers win.

The Knights will look to bounce back in a rematch with Connecticut at 12:30 PM EST today. Tune in on hockeytv.com or follow along on twitter @WBSKnightsEHL!

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 Battle for OT Win

After coming out on the wrong end of a 3-2 final Friday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went searching for a better outcome on Saturday against the East Coast Wizards. Both teams entered the day occupying third place in their divisions and fourth in their respective conferences.

The pair began on a even ground, trading goals in the opening eight minutes of the first half. Dylan Schuett struck first on a power play at 5:16, beating Knights starter Thomas Walker off the set up from Trent Pitser and Devin Panzeca. Jake Fuss answered two minutes later on a nice feed from Mick Heneghan to knot the score at one.

At 14:41, Pitsner solved Walker on a feed from Panzeca to re-take the lead. Thankful for the extra five minutes supplied by the showcase’s two halves of play, the Knights came back with a 5-on-3 power play equalizer at 21:48. Nate Chuckran pinched in from the top of the zone and through contact, willed a puck to Bryan Whelan. Finding the biscuit on the front door, Whelan ripped the puck by Wizards starting goalie Alec Marshall to once again even the contest and conclude scoring in the opening 25:00.

To start the second, the Wizards swapped out Marshall for  goalie Jordan White. The move saw no halt in East Coast’s steady play from the crease. White followed up a strong start from Marshall by blanking the Knights in the second half.

Complicating the pace of play for both sides was the repeated trade of penalties on power plays. The second half began with 4-on-4, then saw it re-occur twice as each team shortened one of their own man-advantages with an infraction. Each power play cooling off, coupled with solid goal-tending from Walker and White throttled down the pace of play in the second. Though the Knights and Wizards combined for 28 shots, not one found its way home, bringing about 3-on-3 overtime.

East Coast jumped out to a fast start in the extra period. Thomas Walker was forced to make a tremendous save in the first minute, where the goalie stoned a 2-on-1 with a sprawling, flick of the glove. Walker would finish with 29 saves on the afternoon.

After a regroup, the Knights attack pushed back to force a power play at the 1:34 marker. Given a 4-on-3 advantage, the Knights didn’t blink. In the attacking zone, Nate Chuckran again played power play hero, sliding a puck through bodies to the back door for a wide-open Rhett Padgett. The Knights defenseman buried the game-winner over White’s shoulder to send the Knights home with a 3-2 win.

With the victory, the Knights split the January showcase, and keep pace in third in the Mid-Atlantic Division and fourth place in the South Conference. Their next game will come against the New York Bobcats Royals at the Dix Hills Ice Rink on Saturday, January 27th at 7:30 pm EST. Tune in on hockeytv.com and stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com for news and updates!

EHL: Knights Comeback Falls Just Short on Day One of January Showcase

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Heading into the EHL’s January Showcase, the Knights were winners of six in a row, looking for number seven against the Boston Jr. Rangers.

From opening puck drop, the game established and maintained an up-tempo pace. The Knights were denied a couple of early chances by Boston netminder Nolan Egbert. Knights starter Jared Stahel matched his counterpart through the opening six minutes, before Zach Norby turned the tide.

Off a deflection off a shot from Damien Gueuger, Norby tipped the game’s first goal to twine at 6:02. Norby came back and notched another off assists from Daniil Ovchinnikov Nick Grinvalds just 27 seconds later.

Boosted by the pair of tallies, the Jr. Rangers picked up their attack through the next several minutes of play. At 15:06, Ovchinnikov entered the goal column to move his team ahead 3-0 (Mitchell Haight, Filip Steussloff).

Undeterred, the Knights battled for the remainder of the first half. Their efforts were rewarded in the final minute of play. Bryan Whelan connected with Tyler Nielsen who turned the puck to Jake Fuss for the Knights first goal.

The late-period strike carried over into the second half where a heavy Knights forecheck forced an early power play. After a solid possession in the offensive zone, a Knights turnover led to a short handed breakaway for Boston. Jared Stahel was able to thwart the chance, but was taken to the boards in a netfront pile up in the process. Stahel was able to leave under his own power but was replaced by goalie Thomas Walker.

Walker’s entrance resulted in zero let up in what was a steady second-half for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s back check. Despite this sound play in their own zone, and a second-half shot total that favored their forecheck 16-7, the Knights were continually thwarted by Egbert and having to play short handed.

Finally, with under 3:00 to play, Jake Fuss notched a power play goal when he found a rebound set up by Bryan Whelan off a secondary helper from Rhett Padgett. Within one, the Knights would mount a handful of quality chances in the final minute, only to have time run out with a 3-2 final.

The team will look to bounce back tomorrow in game two of their showcase with a 2:00 pm EST meeting with the East Coast Wizards. Tune in on HockeyTV.com and follow along on twitter at @wbsknightsehl.

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: Behind Boncore, Wolves Stop Knights

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The Knights entered a showdown with the New England Wolves with the objectives of playing a consistent 60 minutes and snapping a three-game losing streak. They were successful in only one of the two on Saturday afternoon.

With Jared Stahel in net for the Knights and Brendan Boncore for New England, the game took a decidedly defensive start. Both teams traded zones in the first half of the frame, mounting just a handful of opportunities on net. The Knights slowly turned the tide as the period progressed, mounting consistent pressure but were denied on multiple quality chances by Boncore.

The game’s first goal wasn’t found until 16:51. New Knights forward Tyler Watungwa carried the puck in on the rush, circling behind the net through contact before finding Rhett Padgett. Padgett fed Josh Edwards,who threw a puck to Tyler Nielsen who flipped a backhand shot over the shoulder of Boncore to build a 1-0 lead.

The second period would follow a similar pattern to the first; the Knights largely carried play and generated multiple grade-A looks, only to be turned away by Boncore. An added wrinkle was each side’s failure to score on a pair of power plays each, with the Knights also being denied by Boncore on a penalty shot.

The scoreless stretch was finally broken after Matt Needleman put an awkwardly-bouncing puck on goal from behind the net, which leaked by Stahel through traffic in front. Andre Gulbrandsen and DJ Schwenke were credited on the game-tying assists 14:24 into the period.

Despite the frustration that comes with goal-tending and bad bounces, the Knights did not relent in the third. They continued to generate steady pressure, but Boncore would continue to answer all chances generated. Finally, after a Knights penalty at 7:51, the Wolves created their first lead, when Aleck Forcier ripped a faceoff win from the blue line past the glove of a screened Stahel, just five seconds into the power play (Needleman).

The Knights would again respond to the setback with further offensive zone time and chances, but again and again Boncore, along with the swift clears of New England’s defense, held Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at bay. With the net empty in the final minute, the Knights took a costly slashing penalty to force Jared Stahel back into the crease. The Wolves were able to grind out the remaining time without further issue, earning themselves their eighth win of the season.

The Knights will look to bounce back tomorrow afternoon against the Vermont Lumber Jacks. The game will start at 1:45 pm EST and will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter and visit easternhockeyleague.org for live updates!

 

EHL Weekend Recap: Knights Split Weekend in Massachusetts

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FRIDAY:

Entering play this weekend, the Knights looked to bounce back following two losses in the November EHL Showcase. Their first opponent, the Boston Jr. Rangers, began Friday as the leader of the league’s Boston division.

Things began slowly for the Knights, as the Jr. Rangers carried early play, out-shooting the Knights 20-10. Boston notched their first goal halfway through the opening frame. Zach Norby fired in off the rush to bury the puck, assisted by Filip Steussloff and Daniil Ovchinnikov. Anthony Nikoloplous followed that up by flipping a puck by Knights goalie Thomas Walker off helpers from Bobby Kinsey and Damien Dangueuger to put the Rangers up 2-0. A third Boston goal would be put on the board at 18:26, when John Grealish capitalized just 10 seconds into the Knights first penalty of the game (Jared Bernis, Norby).

The Knights would not quit. Their captain and leading-scorer, Jake Fuss fired a puck past goalie Ben Parker in the 1st period’s final second. The tally was Fuss’ 20th of the season. The lone assist was attributed to Anthony Starzi, as the Knights went to the locker room down 3-1.

In the middle frame, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton found themselves plagued by penalties. After taking just one in the first, the team was assessed four in the second. While serving their second infraction, they received a major boost when Nate Chuckran broke loose to register his first goal since being traded to the Knights. He was assisted by Emerson Emery on Chuckran’s fifth tally of the season to pull Wilkes-Barre/Scranton within one.

The Jr. Rangers reclaimed their two-goal lead just over a minute later when Tyler Gardiner pushed a puck past Walker on the set up from Ryan Tierney and Jared Bernis. The Knights came back in the period’s final minute to trim the score to 4-3 when Alex Morawski found the net off of Chuckran’s assist. Unrelenting, Boston struck a final time before the period closed, when at 19:51, Ryan Tierney picked up his second point to rebuild the two-goal lead to end the second (Gardiner, Danny Dorabella).

In the third, the Knights penalty troubles continued, sapping their efforts to draw even. Both offenses found less success mounting chances on net, as Walker and Parker were tested for just 10 shots combined.

At the final horn, the Knights took a 5-3 loss.

SATURDAY:

Saturday brought with it another road game against a team from the EHL’s Boston Division. The Knights continued their Massachusetts trip with a showdown against the East Coast Wizards.

The Knights offense began on the right foot, when Jake Fuss threw a puck on net off a face-off win. The rebound off of Wizards netminder Korbinian Lutz’s pads found its way to the stick of Anthony Starzi. Starzi poked it home for the game’s first goal at 3:34. Emerson Emery followed with his second of the year, assisted by Alex Morawski just shy of the 7:00 mark, to put the Knights up 2-0.

In the second half of the period, the Knights penalty woes appeared to continue when they found themselves facing 1:27 of 5-on-3 shorthanded play at 13:38. The Wizards promptly took a penalty eight seconds later and another at 14:53. The see-saw swing in penalties eventually put the Knights on an abbreviated 5-on-3 followed by a similarly shortened period of 5-on-4. Through it all, neither team found the net, and the first ended with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton up 2-0.

To begin the second period, the Wizards came out swinging with strong pressure off the forecheck. Thomas Walker turned away all East Coast offerings to keep the Knights up by two. East Coast’s aggressive attack turned against them as they took back-to-back penalties to give the Knights another 5-on-3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton capitalized when Tyler Nielsen buried a power play offering on the two-man advantage to create a 3-0 lead at 5:21.

Following the expiration of the second penalty at 7:08, the Wizards took another penalty at 7:37. Their penalty kill took matters into their own hands when Michael Namon finished off a shorthanded 2-on-1 with a goal to put East Coast on the board (Devin Panzeca, Mike Bermingham).

Unable to find a goal on the remaining power play time, the tide turned against the Knights. In short succession they took a 5-minute major accompanied by a bench minor to create a long 5-on-3. Just 45 seconds into the disadvantage the Knights took another penalty for cross-checking to extend the 5-on-3 further.

After testing Walker unsuccessfully for an extended span, the Wizards finally broke through on the power play at 10:52 when Mike Bermingham found a rebound off a Josh Loveridge shot. East Coast pulled within one, but the Knights survived the rest of the 5-on-3. As David Pfoestl stepped out of the box to return his team to full-strength, the Knights found numbers on the rush. Anthony Starzi buried his second tally of the game off a feed from Rhett Padgett to regain the two-goal lead.

The Wizards refused to halt their comeback. At 17:37, Devin Panzeca’s bouncing shot found the twine, set up by Matt Fuller and Chase Davenport, again pulling East Coast within one. After the dust settled at the end of the frame, the Knights found themselves still ahead 4-3.

Beginning the third on carryover power play time, the Knights capitalized as Austin Weber picked up his first goal with the Knights with helpers coming from Fuss and Padgett at 1:30. Three minutes later Jake Fuss tacked on the Knights sixth goal of the evening to put his team in front 6-3.

Midway through the period, East Coast was assessed a five-minute major for high-sticking, giving the Knights time to add insurance. A good bounce off a David Pfoestl shot found Jake Fuss on an open post, where the Knights captain promptly notched his second goal of the game at 8:28.

Down 7-3, following their return to full-strength, the Wizards swapped Lutz for Alec Marshall. Marshall stayed steady as East Coast chipped at the Knights lead with an even-strength tally at 13:59 from Alec Deluca (Matt Gulack).

The 7-4 score would hold through to the end of the game, as the Knights earned their eighth win of the year. The team will enjoy Thanksgiving before heading off to Connecticut for a two-game road trip against the Rough Riders on November 25th and 26th. The games will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter and visit www.wbsknights.com and www.easternhockeyleague.org for updates!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EHL: Knights Drop Close Contest with Seahawks

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On Sunday, the Knights traveled to Haverhill Valley Forum for the second EHL Showcase Series of the season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went in search of a win to snap a two-game losing streak. Their two-game showcase began with a showdown with the Total Athletics Seahawks out of the EHL’s Boston Division.

In the two-half, showcase format, the first started out with each team trading chances and zones without much sustained offensive zone time. Knights goalie Thomas Walker and Seahawks starter Brandon Collett didn’t make it easy on shooters, as each stayed steady between the pipes. On the Seahawks first penalty of the day, the Knights set up a great shift in which Denys Arkhypenko cycled to Jake Fuss who turned the puck to an open Rhett Padgett. Padgett buried the puck past Collett to give his team a 1-0 lead off his third tally of the season.

Seattle would answer with steady pressure, most evident at the 22:35 mark of the period when they forced an odd-man rush that turned into a breakaway.  In their efforts to get back, the Knights tripped up the puck carrier, resulting in a penalty shot. Ariel Kapulkin took the opportunity and capitalized with a nice goal through the pads of Walker to even the score. A late penalty against the Knights slowed their efforts to regain the lead before the teams went to the dressing rooms.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished off the penalty to start the second half, but the Seahawks were aggressive on the attack. They continued to put pressure on Walker, and keep the Knights opportunities limited primarily to coming off the rush.

At 7:40 into the frame, the Knights took a double minor for high-sticking. They killed off 3:54 of the penalty but with six seconds remaining, Austin Roy ripped a shot through to take a 2-1 lead. The assists went to John Banovetz and Korey Muzzy.

The Knights would continue to pressure off the rush, but the Seahawks would still slightly carry play. Both netminders fended off a good number of quality chances to keep the score 2-1 to the game’s final 64 seconds.

With 1:04 left and an offensive zone draw upcoming, the Knights pulled Walker and called a timeout. Though they kept the puck mostly in the attacking zone, survived one chance on the empty net, and generated quality shots from the middle of the ice, the Knights could not solve Collett. Time ran out on the comeback effort, dropping the Knights to 7-12-0 on the year.

Thomas Walker stopped 35 of 37 shots in the loss and the Knights power play was 1-1. They’ll look to build on those positive developments as they take on Walpole Express tomorrow morning at 11:05 am EST.  The game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow the Knights on twitter at @WBSKnightsEHL and visit www.easternhockeyleague.org for updates!