Knights complete bounce back weekend with sweep
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Following their wild 6-5 victory Saturday night, the Knights were looking for win number two on the weekend to bring themselves back to .500 in the second weekend of the season.
Much like their first game against Apple Core, the Knights erupted out of the gates.
Jake Fuss again kicked off the scoring, picking up his league-leading sixth tally of the young season on a power play with assists from Tyler Nielsen and Austin Weber at 4:54.
Alex Morawski followed suit three and a half minutes later, scoring another power play goal, his second in as many days to build the Knights a 2-0 lead (Cody Rumsey).
Tyler Nielsen would cap a strong first half of the period with a rocket from the slot, fed from Fuss down low and Weber on the secondary at 9:58.
The Knights defense would limit chances on goalie Jared Stahel for the majority of the period, and then fought impressively through three late-period penalties to preserve the 3-0 lead.
To begin the second, the Knights had to be wary of an Apple Core team that used the middle frame the day before to erase most of a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton four-goal lead. Learning from that game, the Knights were aggressive on the forecheck, taking 15 shots on New York goaltender Kasper Urbaniak, not allowing themselves to be content with a multi-goal advantage.
Despite this aggressiveness, Apple Core did find ways to create pressure, piling up 16 shots in the period. Both Urbaniak and Stahel stood tall, as both teams were held scoreless in the middle 20.
The Knights special teams fared well through the first 40 minutes, but received a true test in the third period as the team found themselves stuck in a perpetual parade to the penalty box.
Early relief came in the form of Cody Rumsey’s first goal with the team at 1:21 into the period, assisted by Anthony Starzi and Alex Morawski.
The Knights then would take two penalties in the next few minutes of play. The kill unit held on for the first, but a tired Knights backcheck finally saw Matthew Boring get Apple Core on the board at even strength. The 98 birth year took a well-placed pass from Eliot Friedow, set up by Daniel Fleischman, to the front of the net and poked it past Stahel for the goal.
On the second Knights penalty, looking to pull within two, Apple Core was caught out of position in neutral ice. Josh Edwards gashed the transitioning, New York attack with a well-placed pass to Zach Ouladelhadjahmed who ripped an absolute dagger past Urbaniak for the shorthanded score at 10:32.
Despite the renewed three-goal lead, the penalties continued for the Knights, with three more served in the period.
After an afternoon of successfully nullifying New York’s man-advantage, the Knights finally saw their armor crack at 16:01, when Race Bennett fired home a rebound off Patrick Sullivan’s shot and Mark Revniaga’s pass.
Despite the late score coupled with more power play time, New York was unable to close the gap, and the Knights with the help of solid penalty kill and goaltending from Stahel, closed out the game with a 5-2 win.
The Knights special teams went 2-7 on the power play and 8-9 on the penalty kill. They now find themselves in third place in the Mid-Atlantic division.
Now on a two-game winning streak, the Knights will have some time to collect themselves before their next contest on Sunday against the Philadelphia Revolution at the Class of 1923 arena in Philadelphia. The game will start at 1:00 pm and will be broadcast on hockeytv.com