First of season-low five games in a month.
Friday, February 1st- Ingalls Rink @7pm
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (14-22-4, 32pts.)
Northeast Generals (14-19-8, 36pts.)
Sacha Guillemain scored in overtime to help the Knights hold off a rallying Northeast team. The Generals trailed 3-1 heading into the third, but struck twice to force overtime and gain another point in the standings. After Wilkes-Barre’s Thursday win, the club sits four points back of the Generals for the last playoff spot in the division.
This was the fifth game to go past regulation for the Knights since the start of 2019. The Generals have lost more games in overtime than any other team in the NAHL.
Since the turn of the calendar, the NAHL playoff race has certainly heated up in the East Division. The six clubs have combined against each other for 24 one goal games, with 16 going past regulation. With each overtime game, both teams involved are gaining points. Just getting into the extra session can be a reward for teams in this division, especially the bottom three who are operated by just a few points each. The top three (Johnstown, Jamestown, and New Jersey) looked to be secured through much of the first half of the season, however the Titans play over the last month has left much to be desired and they are now ahead of fourth place-Northeast by a mere six points.
Entering Friday, the Rebels and Titans have played the fewest games with 39, while Northeast and Maryland have played the most at 41.
Fuss Making A Living
Knights forward Jake Fuss scored a goal January 19th against the Johnstown Tomahawks, ending a 17 game drought. Since then, he’s found the back of the net five times over a four game stretch. Fuss has six points in the last four, giving him the second-longest active point streak in the league entering February.
In his first full season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Jake has seven goals and 20 points, now placing him in the top six scorers for his club.
For What It’s Worth
All six East Division teams are in action tonight. Because Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Northeast got an early star on their weekend, they will be the only teams not playing Saturday.
With the help of his overtime winner, Sacha Guillemain hops over Jacob Badal for the team lead in scoring on Wilkes-Barre’s roster. Guillemain has 25 points (8G-17A), while Badal sits at 23 points. The Knights rookie has struggled some in the early portion of 2019, tallying just one point in his last seven games.
Adrian Danchenko leads the way in scoring versus the Generals this season with 10 points in seven games. Meanwhile, Brady Gaudette has over a third of his points on the season against the Knights, with three goals and eight points.
tonight’s game will once again be played at historic Ingalls Rink on the campus of Yale University. Catch the online broadcast at HockeyTV.