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Knights Blank Bobcats-Royals, Roll to Series Sweep

Friday afternoon kicked off the Knights and Bobcats third meeting of the past two weeks. Winners of the last two exchanges by a combined score of 12-0, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton looked to keep rolling into a three-game weekend.

The game began with the Knights controlling the pace of play. Just shy of the 4:00 marker, Nick Peck flipped a puck to Bryan Whelan, who found Anthony Starzi in front of the net. Starzi pushed his 23rd goal of the season past New York goalie Tyler Shugrue for the opening tally.

A wave of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton chances would continue to bolster a steady forecheck in the first. An 18-shot frame would be capped off by JP Natishan’s snipe at 14:26 off passing from Austin Weber and Jake Nimeh.

In the second, the tempo again belonged to the Knights offense, as the team more than doubled its shot count from the first. Anthony Starzi repaid Bryan Whelan the favor from the first, with the former finding the latter for the 3-0 lead at 8:29. Matt Proski picked up the secondary helper on the goal.

Tyler Shugrue did his part to limit the damage thereafter, but at 16:10 the dam broke open. At 16:10, Tyler Nielsen ripped a rebound past Shugrue for the forward’s 14th tally of the season (Peck, Starzi). Josh Edwards found his first goal of the year exactly one minute later off of a rebound from Matt Proski  set up by a David Pfoestl assist.

Pfoestl decided to join the scoring parade 45 seconds later, when he carried the puck over the blue line, dropped it back to Proski, and then put Proski’s ensuing rebound by for the 6-0 advantage. Cole Wenner was credited with the secondary helper on the score.

In the third, Nate Chuckran tacked on goal number seven, coming off of assists by Tyler Watungwa and Zach Ouladelhadjahmed, putting the contest’s scoring to rest.

At the final horn, the Knights came away with both a 7-0 victory and a series sweep of the Bobcats Royals. The win also brings the Knights back to .500 and keeps them within two points of the New York Applecore for the 4th seed in the South Conference.

Jared Stahel’s steady play between the pipes earned him his third shutout of the season, his second in his last five starts.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will look to keep the momentum going with a road contest today against the Walpole Express at 4:50 PM EST. Tune in on HockeyTV.com and follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter for in-game updates!

Josh Edwards Commits to Lehigh University Mountain Hawks

Earlier in the week, Knights EHL skater Josh Edwards made his commitment to Lehigh University for the 2018-19 season. The Mountain Hawks play ACHA Division I hockey out of Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

“It’s a really good engineering school and I want to be a mechanical engineer,” said Edwards. “I love the area, I love the campus. It’s really pretty. The coaching staff on the hockey team, they’re all very nice. They seem really excited to have me and I’m really happy about that. It’s just a great school. It’s pretty perfect for me. It’s enough where I could get away from home a little bit and have that college experience, but it’s close enough where I’m still only about an hour away. I can come back and see some games with the Knights if I want to, and come back and see my family. It would have been really hard to pass that up.”

Edwards, a native of Mountain Top, PA, has been amongst the most versatile players in the Knights organization. Over the past few seasons, Edwards has shown the ability play both forward and defenseman, making himself a rare and useful piece in any lineup.

“Right now I’m going to be a defenseman,” said Edwards of his future position at Lehigh and current role with the Knights. “I don’t know if that’s subject to change if they (Lehigh) need me anywhere else, but right now it looks like they need defensemen. I’m happy to fill that role for them.”

”He’s a versatile guy,” said Knights head coach Josh Fusco. “You can put him anywhere and he’ll step up to the plate. He started out as a defenseman. We tried him out at forward, we played around with it but he’s settled in in the EHL playing defense. He’s made a home out of it.”

A long-time veteran of the Knights program, the ’98 has been playing for Fusco for the better part of the last three seasons.

“It’s been great developing a relationship with Coach Fusco,” said Edwards. “I started out with him in my U16 year, I worked out with him all last summer too, after playing with him my first season. He’s a coach who lets you know when you do something wrong, but also helps you fix it. He’s always there, he’s very approachable, he’s someone you can talk to. I really have enjoyed playing for him over the past few years, and that’s one thing I’m really going to miss for sure.”

“It’s been a pleasure to have Josh,” said Fusco. “He’s an ultimate team guy. He’ll do anything  for his teammates and coaches. He’ll go out of his way to help a teammate. He’s a coaches player-he’s one of the guys you don’t have to tell a whole lot. He knows what I expect. He’s enjoyable to be around. I couldn’t be happier for him with this announcement.”

Edwards has three points in 35 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season. The now-defenseman has been a reliable puck-mover, supplying speed no matter where’s placed, providing valuable transition ability as well as reliability in his own zone. All of that

“I like to be an all-around player,” he said. “I like to bring some speed to the lineup. I think every team needs a locker room guy. I think I do a good job of having a good attitude. I like bringing up the morale of the other players, keeping a light mood.”

His head coach agrees.

“He knows how to bring his teammates up to the next level, he just competes,” said Fusco. “He gives 110% every time he sets foot on the ice and his off-ice work ethic is by far the best out of any player I’ve ever met. His work ethic is contagious. His motivation to go the the next step has been evident. He’s an all-around good kid.”

As his junior career winds down, Edwards is committed to finishing strong for the Knights, and to go out on a high-note in a league that he feels has prepared him for the rigors of college hockey.

“I want to finish out the year strong. I think that we’re a team that can surprise a lot of people. Nobody wants to play us in the playoffs. We’ve been picking it up and getting better. I think that we really have a shot if we do the right things and play hard that we can end up in that finals in Providence and who would want to win a championship?”

The Eastern Hockey League prides itself on its ability to advance players onto college hockey. Edwards agrees that playing in the league has done well in preparing him for competitive hockey.

“It’s a really fast-paced league, it’s really competitive, he said. “Any team can win on any given day so you have to show up for every game-it’s not some leagues where you come in knowing you’re going to win a game. Every game is a challenge, you have to work hard. There’s just so much skill. There’s a lot of really, really talented players in this league and it’s been a great experience competing against them.”

His head coach couldn’t be prouder of how Edwards has grown in the time they’ve spent together.

“Coaching Josh for three years, seeing him grow, seeing him develop, seeing his passion, seeing him go off and find his college, that’s the ultimate satisfaction,” said Fusco. “He’s got a special place in my heart and he’s a guy I’ll miss seeing wearing a Knights jersey, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to see what’s next for him in his career.”

In all of the excitement, Edwards didn’t forget to thank those who were there to guide him on his journey.

“I want to say thanks to my family, coaches, and friends,” he said. “Definitely the Knights staff. A big thank you to them. They helped me a lot along the way. They taught me a lot about not only hockey, but life too. I hope to carry those experiences with me forever.”

A very hearty congratulations to Josh Edwards from the Knights organization! The team looks forward to following and rooting for Josh as he advances in hockey career and education!

EHL Recap: Behind Boncore, Wolves Stop Knights

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The Knights entered a showdown with the New England Wolves with the objectives of playing a consistent 60 minutes and snapping a three-game losing streak. They were successful in only one of the two on Saturday afternoon.

With Jared Stahel in net for the Knights and Brendan Boncore for New England, the game took a decidedly defensive start. Both teams traded zones in the first half of the frame, mounting just a handful of opportunities on net. The Knights slowly turned the tide as the period progressed, mounting consistent pressure but were denied on multiple quality chances by Boncore.

The game’s first goal wasn’t found until 16:51. New Knights forward Tyler Watungwa carried the puck in on the rush, circling behind the net through contact before finding Rhett Padgett. Padgett fed Josh Edwards,who threw a puck to Tyler Nielsen who flipped a backhand shot over the shoulder of Boncore to build a 1-0 lead.

The second period would follow a similar pattern to the first; the Knights largely carried play and generated multiple grade-A looks, only to be turned away by Boncore. An added wrinkle was each side’s failure to score on a pair of power plays each, with the Knights also being denied by Boncore on a penalty shot.

The scoreless stretch was finally broken after Matt Needleman put an awkwardly-bouncing puck on goal from behind the net, which leaked by Stahel through traffic in front. Andre Gulbrandsen and DJ Schwenke were credited on the game-tying assists 14:24 into the period.

Despite the frustration that comes with goal-tending and bad bounces, the Knights did not relent in the third. They continued to generate steady pressure, but Boncore would continue to answer all chances generated. Finally, after a Knights penalty at 7:51, the Wolves created their first lead, when Aleck Forcier ripped a faceoff win from the blue line past the glove of a screened Stahel, just five seconds into the power play (Needleman).

The Knights would again respond to the setback with further offensive zone time and chances, but again and again Boncore, along with the swift clears of New England’s defense, held Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at bay. With the net empty in the final minute, the Knights took a costly slashing penalty to force Jared Stahel back into the crease. The Wolves were able to grind out the remaining time without further issue, earning themselves their eighth win of the season.

The Knights will look to bounce back tomorrow afternoon against the Vermont Lumber Jacks. The game will start at 1:45 pm EST and will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL on Twitter and visit easternhockeyleague.org for live updates!