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NAHL Trade: Knights Acquire Sacha Guillemain from Kenai River Brown Bears

In a homecoming of sorts, the Knights added to their forward group Tuesday night, completing a trade that brought them the talents of Sacha Guillemain. A native of Mont-Saint-Aignan, France, Guillemain has a number of ties to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton organization.

For starters, he’s already played for the Knights once before. In 2015-16, Guillemain wracked up a combined 30 goals and 28 assists in 55 regular season games between the Knights 16U and 18U teams (NAPHL and AYHL). In the NAPHL 16U postseason, he posted a lucrative nine goals and three assists in just four games played.

“I’m pretty excited-excited to come back to a place that knows me, and a place that I can add to,” he said. “I want to make a big playoff run. Last year I didn’t get the chance with Kenai. Last year the Knights did pretty good, so I hope that I can help them have an even better season that they did last year.”

After his first stint with the Knights had concluded, Guillemain’s efforts gained the attention of another prominent youth program: Meijer AAA Hockey. Alongside the familiar faces of future Knights players Tyrone Bronte and Brett Postula,  Guillemain potted 14 goals and 19 assists in 26 games in 2016-17.

“It’s just fun to know that you’re coming back to see familiar faces that you’ve played with before,” he said. “I’d say that I’m a pretty offensive forward. I like to use my hands and speed. I’m sure I’m going to be a good fit with everybody.”

Following the signing of a tender agreement with the Kenai River Brown Bears, Guillemain ascended to the NAHL ranks last season with a solid rookie campaign.  In 56 games, he notched 7 goals and 22 assists, including one helper in his first game back at the Revolution Ice Centre.

“I really worked on my conditioning this summer,” he said of how he’s spent the time since. “Last year I felt like I wasn’t at 100% all the time, so I worked out a lot this summer. I think I’m in great shape to start the year this year.”

“Sacha is a player we have some familiarity with,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “We’ve seen him as a member of our organization and as a member of others, and he’s consistently been an impact player wherever he’s been. You can’t have enough playmakers on your hockey team. We feel that by bringing Sacha back into our program we’ve added a player who’s not only talented, but has improved since we last saw him.”

Guillemain will join the Knights as they prepare for their preseason contest against the New Jersey Titans, with puck drop set for this Friday, September 7th at 6:30 pm EDT. The game will be free to all those who attend. Follow Knights social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as the Knights embark on their journey to #SeizetheThrone in 2018-19!

Knights Trade for Tendered Defenseman, Jordan Strand

Shortly after their 2017-18 season came to a close, the Knights made a trade for 2018-19, acquiring tendered defenseman Jordan Strand in a trade with the Chippewa Steel (formerly the Coulee Region Chill).

The 19-year old spent most of 2017-18 as a key presence for a Sioux Falls JR. Stampede U18 team that went to the NAPHL’s playoffs this past February. After a regular season that saw him record a goal and eight assists in 15 games, Strand produced at a point-per-game rate on the biggest stage, scoring two goals and four points in four playoff games. Offense however, is his not his primary focus.

“I’m more towards a two-way defenseman, he said. “I take care of the d-zone first. That’s my main goal; to shut down the other team’s top line and then chip in on the offense too. I go into every game with the mentality that I really, really enjoy playing the good teams and shutting down their top players. Coming from Minnesota high school hockey, we had a bunch of top-notch players and that was my favorite thing. Going against these guys that get drafted in the NHL or are going division one, and I go against those guys and shut them down. When I’m on the ice, I just want to make sure those top guys don’t get points. For the offensive side, I guess I go into every game hoping to get a point or at least help my buddy or my line mate get a point, but I like to be a shutdown d, that’s my main thing.”

“Jordan is a steady shutdown defenseman that has the ability to log big minutes on the back-end,” said Knights assistant coach Andrew Whiteside. “We are excited to add Jordan to the right side of our defensive core.”

Strand has already had a taste of NAHL hockey, after playing a pair of games with the Minot Minotauros in 2017-18.

“Last year I was kind of going in blind,” he said. “I didn’t quite know what I was getting into. From my high school, I’m one of the first players to go on to play junior in quite some time. Now I know what I’m getting into. Playing in Sioux Falls this past year has gotten me way more prepared to go into it. Seeing the NAHL practices with Minot, playing in games, you realize how fast it is. That’s prepared me for this offseason training and going into next season.”

So what does the Cottage Grove, Minnesota native know about a junior hockey team from Pennsylvania? The Knights most recent trip to the State of Hockey grabbed his attention.

“I heard a little bit,” he said of the Knights. “The teams that made it to the Robertson Cup final four, I was looking up. Being with Minot, I knew about Wilkes-Barre. I knew that they were a good team, a talented team. I didn’t know about the coaching staff, or where they were located, before I was traded, but I knew they were good.”

“Nowadays you can’t have enough skill on the blue-line,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “We wanted to add a player with Jordan’s ability to play good defense in his own zone, while also having the ability to transition into a playmaker up the ice. Bringing him into the fold helps not only our defensive depth, but continues to add versatility to our team as a whole. It was an easy trade to make.”

In trading for Strand, the Knights believe the benefits extend beyond just the ice. A former captain for Park High School, Strand leads by example.

“I’m not really a big talker, I like to show it on the ice,” he said. “That’s my big thing, my work ethic. I like to go in and try to motivate guys on my team to work harder because of my work ethic. I do less talking and more working. Some guys are good at the talking part, but I’m more of the work-hard, guys notice it, and then they work hard as well.”

With the opportunity to secure a place on an NAHL roster, Strand is motivated to achieve not only his personal ambitions, but to help continue the Knights ascent, heading into their fourth season in the NAHL.

“Team goals-obviously you want to go to the Robertson Cup and win the Robertson Cup. That’s my big thing, I love winning. Coming from a team this past year that made it to nationals for U18 and made it a good, successful year. I really loved it. I want more, so I’m hoping to win that Robertson Cup. Personally, I want to start talking to colleges. Get a college offer, and if that doesn’t come this next year, than the year after. I’d also like to get 30 points or so this year, play on the power play, be a good team player. That’s my goal.”

The Knights will get their first chance to see Strand at their rink, when the organization holds their main camp on July 20th at the Revolution Ice Centre. Strand will have the opportunity to make a team that shares his aspirations of winning a Robertson Cup.

“I’m just really looking forward to it,” said Strand. “I’ve heard really good things about the coaching staff, really good things about Wilkes-Barre. I’m really excited to get out there and get going.”

Knights Trade for Anthony Firriolo

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights continued their busy week along the transaction wire, as the team added another member to the blue line. Anthony Firriolo has been acquired via trade from the Amarillo Bulls.

Firriolo, a native of Towaco, NJ, started his junior hockey career in 2016-17 in the OJHL where here recorded 4-19-23 in 55 games played. In 11 games this season with Amarillo, he picked up one assist, which came in his debut for the Bulls. His next game came against the Knights on day one of the NAHL Showcase. It turns out Firriolo had long been on the Knights radar.

“Anthony’s a player our staff saw a lot of in the past,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “He ended up going to Amarillo, but he’s someone we are familiar with. He’s going to bring some offensive ability to our blue-line that may translate to power play time.”

The ’98 birth year brings another left-handed shot to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton blue line. His talent has earned him a commitment to Colorado College, a member of NCAA Division I’s NCHC conference.

“At the end of the day, he’s a player that’s committed to a college, he has experience in our league, he’s a Jersey-boy from two hours down the road, and our staff has seen him play and has been very impressed with him,” said Kowal. “He’s not the biggest guy, but he’ll be one of the best skaters on our team. We’re looking to him to add some speed and offense to our blue line. We’re happy that Anthony’s going to be wearing a Knights sweater,”

Bronte Returns to Knights:

After playing in the USHL, Tyrone Bronte will be back with the Knights this weekend.

“Tyrone being here is definitely a boost to our team,” said Kowal. “Not only has he been a point-per-game player for us,  but beyond the scoresheet he works hard, he plays smart, and he brings the right attitude to the rink.”

The Australian’s impact has been missed, as without the savvy forward, the Knights are 1-2-2. With Bronte, they are 5-1-0.

Over the course of  the last week, the Knights have added three new players to the defensive corps and have seen a key forward return to their roster. The full cast will be assembled this weekend as they prepare for three games of East division hockey against the Tomahawks and Titans. Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!

NAHL: Knights Trade for Defenseman Mick Heneghan

The Knights kicked off the week with a transaction, picking up defenseman Mick Heneghan from the Lone Star Brahmas. Heneghan, a ’99 birth year from Niles, Illinois stood out last season as a member of the Chicago Young American 18U  program. In 64 games at the midget level, he produced 10 goals and 30 assists.

“I’ve watched his game for some time now,” said Knights Assistant GM, Justin Schreiber. “He’s a good two-way defenseman. He’s a smart puck-mover with good vision and adds a mean streak to our blue line.”

Knights head coach Tom Kowal added to the sentiment, praising the balance his new blue-liner brings.

“You look at our defensive corps right now and we have a bunch of right-handed defensemen,” he said. “He brings a left shot to our blue line. He brings a little bit of experience with junior hockey coming from the Lone Star Brahmas.”

In five games with the defending Robertson Cup champions, Heneghan scored one goal, a game-winner, in his NAHL debut against the Shreveport Mudbugs on September 15th. He also picked a goal in preseason action for the team.

“It’s a little bit of a shakeup-we’re a little light on our defense right now and this adds a seventh defenseman. Our scouting department has very good things to say about Mick. We’re looking forward to seeing him battle this week in practice and hopefully earn a spot in our lineup Friday night.”

The Knights defense currently ranks in the top ten in the NAHL with a goal’s against average of 2.80 through eight games played. Heneghan will have the opportunity to lend his talent to the cause this weekend as the Knights will take on the Northeast Generals on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in a three-game home series. Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for more info on all three contests throughout the week!

NAHL: Knights Trade Tyrone Bronte to Omaha Lancers

Photo Credit: Steve Yakimowicz

After a strong showing through his first six games, Tyrone Bronte has been traded to the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. Bronte, a Knights tender from Australia, scored three goals and three assists in September, assisting two game-winners. As an 18-year old newcomer to the NAHL, his play at the league’s Blaine showcase caught the attention of scouts in attendance.

“Coming from midget hockey, Tyrone made a great adjustment to the tier-II junior level,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “He has the skill set, instincts, and attitude to continue to succeed as he moves forward with his career. I wish him the best of luck.”

Though his stay may have been brief, Tyrone’s contributions played a significant role in the Knights 5-1 start. The Knights organization thanks him for his time with the team and wishes Tyrone the best of luck as he moves on to Omaha.


Khristian Acosta Traded to Sioux Falls Stampede

The Knights Leading Scorer is Heading to the Sioux Falls Stampede 

Khristian Acosta has had a whirlwind several months since the start of the 2016-17 season. After a 2015-16 that saw Acosta year commit to Quinnipiac University and win a USPHL Premier Championship, the 98-birth year made the jump from the New Jersey Hitmen to tier-II hockey with a trade to the Knights this past fall.

Despite arriving nearly a month into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton season, Acosta made his impact immediately, scoring his first NAHL goal in his first game against the Aston Rebels. In his first 10 games, he tallied 6 goals and 7 assists, quickly cementing his place in the Knights top six.

His scoring would not relent; in 34 games, he registered 12 goals and 23 assists to own a points-per-game average above one. Acosta recorded multiple points games on eight separate occasions in his stint with the Knights, highlighted by four-point games on October 23rd (0-4-4) and January 7th (1-3-4).

“Khristian made an immediate impact with us,” said Knights head coach and general manager Tom Kowal. “That’s a testament to his impressive skill set but also to his strong work ethic. It’s easy to see from his numbers that he was a dynamic player for us, but beyond that he was a high-energy player up and down the ice. We’re happy to have had him and are proud of his achievements. We’ll be rooting for him as he continues ahead with his career with the Sioux Falls Stampede.”

At his next stop, the Middletown, New Jersey native will return to a familiar place. Acosta was drafted by the Stampede of the United States Hockey League in round nine, with pick 143 of this league’s most recent Entry Draft. Though he did not initially make the roster, he will return in a trade from the Knights that will unite him with former Knights defenseman Paul DeNaples. The entire organization would like to thank Khristian for his contributions and wishes him all the best moving forward!

Campolieto Traded to Tri-City Storm

A busy few weeks has just gotten busier for Joseph Campolieto. After committing to Union College to play division one hockey, and being named to the NHL Central Scouting Watch List, the defenseman has been traded to the Tri-City Storm.

Campolieto is one of the most tenured players in the Knights organization. In 32 games with the Knights NAHL team over the past two seasons, Campolieto had amassed four goals and 10 assists. He began this season scoring two goals and nine assists in his first 11 games.

“I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, having been able to coach and know Joseph has been an honor,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal. “He’s been a great asset for us for a long time. I wish him the very best.”

The Knights organization is very happy for Joseph and his new opportunity. They want to express their thanks to him for his contributions over the course of his long career with the program and likewise wish him the best of luck.

Knights Trade for Forward Khristian Acosta

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

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

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