Weekend Recap: Knights Salvage One Point in Johnstown

The Knights closed out November with a  two-game road trip to Johnstown this weekend, and came home with three less points than they desired.

Entering Friday’s contest, the Knights entered play on a two-game win streak following their sweep of the Tomahawks at home last weekend. The Tomahawks had lost six straight, netting just one point with an 0-5-1 record in that stretch.

The Tomahawks began Friday with a bang; veteran Filips Buncis and new acquisition Logan Stork picked up a pair of goals to tilt the contest 2-0 in Johnstown’s favor in the first 20 minutes of play. Grant Valentine provided stellar support to the Knights defense, keeping things close with a strong performance in the first period despite the two goals and 14 shots on goal.

The Tomahawks siege of the offensive zone would carry over into the second, but Valentine would continue to stand tall in net, despite shots favoring Johnstown 26-10 through the first two periods of play. The Knights would finally end the drought with Keenan Sabatini ripping a rocket past Vinnie Purpura to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Knights blue line would answer again at 7:13 into the third with an equalizing goal from Dorian Dawson. Valentine would continue his strong play, stopping 33 of 35 shots in total in regulation and five more in overtime, but the Knights could not find the go-ahead goal.

It took a shootout winner from Adam Pilewicz to secure a Johnstown outcome, though the Knights would salvage one point for the 65+ min effort.

Saturday started in a much more favorable manner for the Knights. Paul Maust got the scoring started with an unassisted goal 10:13 into the first. The Knights defense and goaltending would play a sound first two periods of play, holding the Tomahawks off the board. They would get an added boost from Adrian Danchenko with helpers from Keenan Sabatini and Michael Morrissey on the powerplay midway through the second.

At the end of two, the Knights would hold a seemingly solid 2-0 lead on the road. The third period would bring about other plans.

After being shut out for the first 42:18, Johnstown finally broke through off Logan Stork’s second goal of the weekend and his second tally in as many games for with the Tomahawks. His score momentarily halved the deficit, but opened the floodgates for the remainder of the contest.

Dalton Hunter followed that by scoring his first of two goals in the period on the power play on assists from Donovan Ott and Nick Bruce, tying the game. Hayden Rowan would follow it up shortly thereafter with an unassisted goal to give the Tomahawks a lead that they would not surrender.

Johnstown added two more insurance goals; the first from Donovan Ott from Filips Buncis and Hunter, and the second an empty netter from Hunter unassisted.

The final result was a lopsided 5-2 score that didn’t  reflect how competitive the game was for the first two periods, however as the old cliche states, it’s not how you start but you finish. The Knights will look to rebound next week with a home game against the Northeast Generals on Friday December 2nd at 7:30 pm.