The EHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights won back-to-back games over the weekend against the Lehigh Valley Jr. Rebels, before besting the Boston Jr. Rangers Monday afternoon to complete a perfect three game swing. After picking up six points in 72 hours, the Knights stand 3-1-1 on the early season, sitting atop the North Division standings.
On Saturday, Wilkes-Barre’s Hunter Bersani scored two goals on a four point night for the former NA3HL Brahma to help propel the Knights to a 12-1 win. The Knights also got help with three point efforts from Denys Arkhypenko, Matthew Bielinski, and Marcus Odermatt, each scoring a goal and two assists. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton registered 69 shots on goal, which stands as the highest shot total by a team in the EHL this season.
In Sunday’s rematch, Anthony Cusano pitched a 24 save shutout for the Knights in a 4-0 victory. The penalty killers came up big for Wilkes-Barre to keep the Jr. Rebels from scoring, as the team had nine man advantages in the game. The visiting Knights sealed the deal in the second period when Osmundas Balciunaitis, Jack Morton, and Henry Devoe all scored in the span of 86 seconds.
On Monday, the Knights welcomed Boston to Revolution Ice Centre and held off the rallying efforts of the Jr. Rangers in a 3-2 decision. Bersani scored just 23 seconds in, before Emerson Emery added a power play goal past the midway point of the first. Matt Passaretti scored what would become the game winner for the Knights inside the first minute of the middle period with a power play marker of his own. Afterwards, the Jr. Rangers battled back and got to within a goal with under three minutes to play. Their effort fell short though, thanks to Knight’s starter and Albertus Magnus College committed Thomas Walker, who protected the kingdom with 38 saves to preserve the win, giving Wilkes-Barre their third in as many days.
The EHL Knights come home again October 7th to host last year’s Frozen Finals’ runner-up, the Philadelphia Revolution. Before then, the team will travel to Walpole, MA. this weekend for the annual EHL Showcase event, where they’ll match up with the Connecticut RoughRiders and the East Coast Wizards.