Photo: Jessica Kovalcin
Following a December dominated by long road trips, broken up only by singular home stands and the holidays, the Knights enjoyed their home-cooking this weekend. Entering the new year on a hot streak, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has shown no signs of slowing down in the second half of their EHL season.
After a strong 5-1 win on Saturday, the Knights hit the ground running on Sunday. 17 first period shots from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton were largely kept at bay by the steadiness of Oilers netminder Will McEwen. Alex Morawski finally broke through at 12:07, recording his second goal of the weekend, his 10th on the season, off an assist from Nate Chuckran for the game’s first score.
Just prior to the 19:00 marker, Connecticut forward Val Sverdlov answered with his second score in as many days with Tyler Lapshanski picking up the lone assist.
Tied heading into the second, the Oilers struck first at 5:26 on a power play as the Knights continued to battle their second-period demons. This tally was recorded by Zach Withington with an apple from Tim Lopez to give the Oilers their first lead of the weekend.
The advantage was short-lived as just under a minute later Tyler Watungwa grew his scoring streak to six games with his fourth goal of his young Knights career (Cody Rumsey).
The Knights would tack on another as William Case picked up his second in a Knights sweater off a set up from old friend and longtime teammate Tyler Nielsen in the period’s final minute.
Backed by solid play in the own end and net from Thomas Walker, the Knights attack poured it on in the third. Zach Ouladelhadjahmed picked up a shorthanded goal at 3:36, unassisted. Jake Fuss kept the special teams streak going at 10:34 when the Knights leading-scorer tallied a power play marker from Nick Peck and Nate Chuckran. New addition Bryan Whelan rounded out the scoring at 12:25 when Fuss sent him the biscuit for yet another power play goal. Whelan kicked off his Knights debut with 16th score of his EHL season, following his acquisition from the New York Bobcats Royals.
The Knights rode Walker and his 26 saves through the remainder of the contest and cruised to the 6-2 win, on their way to sixth-straight victory and a convincing weekend sweep. Between Saturday and Sunday, the Knights outscored the Oilers 11-3, won the shooting contest 100-56, and took home the special teams advantage, going 3-for-8 on the power play and 9-for-11 on the penalty kill, scoring two shorthanded goals.
The team will look to continue their hot streak when they travel to the EHL’s January Showcase in Philadelphia next weekend for two games against the Boston Jr. Rangers and the East Coast Wizards. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and Knights social media for news and updates!