Sacha Guillemain scored his eighth goal of the season in overtime to lift Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to a 4-3 win over the Northeast Generals at historic Ingalls Rink Thursday night.
The Knights improved their record to 14-22-4, and increase their season series lead over the Generals with a 5-2 mark. Northeast picks up a point in the standings, but the overtime loss brings them to 14-19-8. No team in the NAHL has more losses past regulation than the Generals do, which is a big reason they occupy a playoff spot in the East Division, sitting four ahead of the Knights.
An early puck drop as opposed to the regularly scheduled 8:45 face-off led to a bit of jet lag for the Generals, giving Wilkes-Barre the upper hand. Evan Orr rushed through the slot to put home his third of the year 5:30 in on Northeast net minder David Fessenden. Just 26 seconds later, John Kaljian scored his first as a Knight after being acquired from Brookings a few weeks back to give the grey and blue a 2-0 lead.
Before the period expired, Northeast’s Connor Marshall got his club back within one, but Jake Fuss stayed red hot for the Knights with a goal in the second to re-establish a two goal lead. The goal was Fuss’ seventh of the season and increases his goal streak to four games, having five in that span.
A rally from the Generals came in the third to force overtime, thanks to a plethora of undisciplined behavior from the Knights, who were forced to the penalty kill six times. The Generals first goal in the game came on a power play, as did their tying goal in the third.
Aurel Naus scored to make it 3-2 under five minutes into period three, but it would be Svet Kuchynski on the power play to make it 3-3 at the 13:42 mark. Kuchynski took advantage of the final penalty in this game; a holding minor against Knights defenseman Jordan Strand.
After both teams earned a point, the final would be handed out in overtime. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton won the opening draw, but lost possession giving the Generals a three-on-one. Zach Stejskal made a spectacular save and the loose puck rolled toward the Knights who rushed the other way. Sacha Guillemain controlled and hovered around the high area of the zone before cutting to the left wing and rifling a shot over Fessenden’s shoulder for the game winner.
Adrian Danchenko earned an assist on the OT goal, keeping the forward’s pace of over a point per game against Northeast in tact.
Zach Stejskal gets another win in goal after a 33 save performance.
With two assists, Jordan Strand was the only Knights player to have a multi-point game.
The clubs rematch under the bright lights at Yale University Friday at 7pm.