Liam Oatman scored twice, Thomas Walker pitched a 38 save shutout, and the Eastern Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights snapped a three game skid in a big way, beating Team Maryland, 7-0 on Sunday afternoon at Revolution Ice Centre.
Head Coach Josh Fusco has the Knights sitting 6-4-1 at the conclusion of October, while Maryland fell to 2-10-1 on the season.
A four goal first period felt like a perfect remedy to the Knights’ struggles of late. Between both the NAHL and EHL squads, the organization was in a rut the past couple of weeks, having lost a combined eight games. Perhaps the EHL team’s Sunday spark can be translated to the NAHL locker room as both clubs look to kick off November on a high note.
In the first, Wilkes-Barre’s Liam Oatman scored 3:42 into the game on Maryland goalie Tanner Beals. Cody Rumsey and Jack Morton would tally goals two and three respectively, before a last minute right wing shot from the boards by Matt Mood made it 4-0 Knights.
Team Maryland would send Rhett Wesolek to the crease in relief of Beals to begin the second, but Wilkes-Barre would continue to score. Despite being penalized five times in the middle stanza, the Knights remained sturdy on the back end, killing off all man down situations in part of a seven-for-seven game on the PK.
They found more offense in the second too, as Denys Arkhypenko scored goal five on the day thanks to a “passing shot” by Rhett Padgett that tapped off Arkhypenko’s blade and in.
Markus Odermatt brought the lead to half a dozen largely in part to the strong power forward play of Emerson Emery. With two players on him at the left point, Emery was able to slightly nudge the puck free to Odermatt who had a lane to the net and was able to beat goalie Wesolek low, glove side.
The scoring finished where it started, with Oatman getting his second of the game in the third at the 8:16 mark.
Maryland outshot the Knights 14-11 in the third and had multiple scoring chances, but Knights’ starter Thomas Walker found every answer. The goaltender limited the rebounds and got defensive help when needed to secure the shutout.
Rodman Arena is the site for the next two EHL Knights’ games, which come November 3rd and 4th against the Walpole Express.