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Knights NAHL Weekend Preview: October 20-22

Written by Nick Marotta

After a 1-1-1 series against the Northeast Generals last week, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights look to recapture momentum against the Johnstown Tomahawks and New Jersey Titans this weekend.

The two teams met in dozen contest last season, and the Tomahawks held quite the advantage. Johnstown had a 9-2-1 record against the Knights in the 2016-17 season.  Last year’s team finished in second place in the division with a 40-16-4 record and had two forwards over the 60 point threshold in the regular season.  Due to roster turnover, however, many of these players did not return for the 2017-18 season, and the Tomahawks have had some early season struggles.  The team has a 2-12 record at the season’s outset, and has a -35 point differential.  A bright spot on the team has been the 19 year old forward from Troy, MI, Joe Kile.  Kile has scored 5 goals on the season, leading the team.
On Sunday, the Knights will take on the East’s 4th place New Jersey Titans in their third meeting of the season. Following two Knights wins head-to-head to open the season, the Titans will look for revenge in an intense East-division battle. That game will take place Sunday at 4:30 pm EDT.
The Knights, coming off of a 6-5 OT loss Sunday against the Northeast Generals, will showcase two new defensemen this weekend in #20 Anthony Firriolo and #5 Shay Donovan.  Firriolo has one point on the season in 11 games with the Amarillo Bulls, and Donovan is a veteran of the NAHL having played with the Coulee Region Chill last year.  This season he spent a month with the Minnesota Wilderness before being signed by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Knights also welcome back key forward Tyrone Bronte to the roster.  The Knights have a record of 1-2-2 without Bronte this season, and 5-1 with him.
With a solid weekend, the Knights would have the opportunity to narrow the gap between themselves and the top of the division. The first two games will take place at the Revolution Ice Center at 7:30 PM on Friday and Saturday. General admission tickets are $5 apiece.  You can watch the games on hockeytv.com, and follow @WBSKnights on Twitter and Instagram to catch live updates on all this weekend’s action!

NAHL Weekend Preview: Knights Set for Battle with Old Foe with New Name

Photo Credit: Steve Yakimowicz
Written by Nicholas Marotta
This weekend the return to NAHL eastern division play promises to be an early measuring stick, as the 5-1 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Kinghts take on the 6-0 Philadelphia Rebels.  These two teams find themselves locked in a battle for divisional placing, separated by just two points, while also featuring a promising battle of a high-powered offense versus an impenetrable defense.
The Knights boast many impressive scorers.  The team has three members hovering around a point per game average.  Forward Jack Olmstead leads the offense with seven total points, but is followed closely by fellow forwards Curtis Carlson and Matt Kidney with six apiece.
The Knights, currently tied for the fifth-best offense in the NAHL, average just north of three goals per game,  and score about 10% of the time on the power play.  The forecheck has been bolstered by a strong blend of veteran leadership and a stellar rookie class.  The team is looking to avenge their previous playoff losses, as the Rebels have eliminated them in each of the last two years in the Robertson Cup playoffs.
The Rebels, in contrast to the Knights offense, have allowed just over one goal a game on average.  While the Rebels’ point leaders have less than that of the Knights’, their defense has been stellar in the early season.  Goalie Ryan Keane has only allowed an average of one goal a game, and has a 96% save rate.  His fellow goalies Eli Billing and Jack Leavy have each allowed just a goal and a half all season over the same amount of minutes.
The Philadelphia forecheck returns many familiar faces, led by Jensen Zerban, Aaron Maguyon, Andrew Bellant and Carter Woolley, a quartet that consistently gave the Knights problems in the teams’ 15 meetings a year ago. Zerban leads his team in scoring with three goals and three assists in six games played.
This EAST division match-up of the second and third place teams promises to be a high-powered fight between the high-octane offense of the Knights and the staunch defense of the Rebels.  You can catch all the action on HockeyTV at 7:10 PM on Friday and 6:50 on Saturday.  Follow @WBSKnights on Twitter for live updates!