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EHL: Knights Complete Weekend Sweep of Rough Riders

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

Don’t look now but the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are on a hot streak. The EHL Knights went to work this weekend in avenging a home-series sweep, suffered at the hands of the Connecticut Rough Riders at the beginning of October. On Sunday, the team had the opportunity to repay the favor at the SoNo Ice House in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Austin Weber got things going early for the Knights as the Alabama-native scored his second goal of the season, just 1:29 into the first period, assisted by Cody Rumsey and David Pfoestl. Starting again in goal for the Knights was Thomas Walker. The ’99 netminder slammed the door on all chances sent his way in the opening period, as the Knights defense limited Connecticut to 10 shots in the first.

Into the second, the penalty bug bit the Knights once more, as five infractions resulted in four power plays and the ejection of Knights captain and points-leader Jake Fuss. The Rough Riders turned those opportunities into a game-tying goal at 14:56, when Colin O’Connor potted a power play goal, set up by Nicholas Kukuris.

Tied at one after 40 minutes, both offenses turned up the heat in the final frame. The two sides each registered double-digit shot totals, as pressure mounted on both ends of the ice. At the 9:24 mark, Anthony Starzi kept his hot streak going, scoring the go-ahead goal off helpers from Denys Arkhypenko and Tyler Nielsen.

The Rough Riders answered back when August Nyblom scored unassisted on a power play at 12:45 to even the score once more.  Heading into the game’s final minute, the Knights found themselves shorthanded again. This time, it worked to their benefit. Nick Peck spearheaded a breakout that ended with Anthony Starzi feeding Tyler Nielsen for the go-ahead score with 49 seconds remaining.

The Knights and Thomas Walker (31 saves on 33 shots in the win) proceeded to hold off Connecticut with an extra attacker on the ice for the remainder of regulation on their way to their third-straight victory. With the win, the Knights improve to 10-16-0, putting them in fourth place in the South Conference, two points ahead of the Connecticut Oilers.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will next take the ice on Friday at 2:30 pm against the Philadelphia Little Flyers inside the Revolution Ice Centre, before hitting the road on Saturday and Sunday to play the Junior Flyers and Little Flyers in Philadelphia.

Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for news and updates!

EHL: Knights Storm Back to Stun Rough Riders

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

On Saturday, the Knights EHL affiliate traveled to so SoNo Ice House to take on the Central division’s Connecticut Rough Riders. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went with the aim of avenging two losses to the Rough Riders suffered on home ice nearly two months ago.

The contest did not begin in an ideal manner. Alex Rowella continued his success against his former organization with a goal at 6:22, set up on a power play by Nicholas Kukuris and Cullen Kane. The tally was Rowella’s 16th of the season and fifth against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2017-18.

Connecticut took advantage of a 5-on-3 power play at 11:26 when Nicholas Kukuris bested Knights starting goalie Thomas Walker on assists from Stephen Pantera and Brendan Dowler. The 2-0 lead held for the remainder of the first as the Rough Riders limited Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to just four shots on goalie Ryan Bonnvie.

Down two goals entering the middle frame, the Knights offense awoke. Anthony Starzi put the Knights on the board at 4:52 into the period with helpers from Emerson Emery and Jake Fuss. Starzi would strike again at 18:50 (Nate Chuckran, Fuss) to tie the game with his 16th tally of the year.

The rally was enabled by the Knights defensive efforts in the second period. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton turned away all chances sent their way as Thomas Walker saved all 20 shots he faced, while the Knights penalty kill went two-for-two to hold the Rough Riders off the board.

In the third, a quick start propelled the Knights to their first lead of the game. At 8:57 Tyler Nielsen put Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ahead 3-2, with assists from Chuckran and Alex Morawski. On the ensuing face off, Nicholas Kukuris responded with his second goal of the contest (August Nyblom, Connor Boyce) to tie the score at three.

Jake Fuss countered with goal number 23 at the 10:40 off Starzi’s 14th and Deny Arkhypenko’s ninth assists of the season, respectively. Arkhypenko then rotated into the goal column with Fuss and Starzi setting up the Ukrainian forward for a power play score  one minute later.

Down 5-3, Connecticut received a late boost from Kukuris, who completed a hat trick at 15:18. Assists were credited to Cullen Kane  and Colin O’Connor on Kukuris’ sixth goal in his last three games played.

In the final minute of play, Jake Fuss put any thought of a Connecticut rally to bed, as he picked up his second tally of the contest assisted by Starzi at 19:33. In his last two outings Fuss has four goals and five assists to go with Starzi’s 4-3-7 in that same span.

At the buzzer, the Knights recorded their ninth win of the season, and second in a row. They’ll look to keep their momentum going with a rematch against the Rough Riders at 3:00 PM EST this afternoon. The game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Check back www.wbsknights.com and www.easternhockeyleague.org for all news and updates!


EHL Recap: Knights Fall to Connecticut RoughRiders to End September

In game one of a home-and-home series with the Connecticut RoughRiders, the Knights battled well in the first and third periods, but were undone by sloppy middle frame.

The contest opened with the first tally being scored in the first five minutes. At 4:43 on a power play, Mitchell Parsons kicked off a big day with a tip in front that beat Knights goalie Jared Stahel, set up by Mattijs Ossorio’s point shot with a secondary helper from Colin O’Connor.

The Knights responded well to the score, picking up steam after a slow start, accumulating extended time in the offensive zone. They found their equalizer at 6:08 when Rhett Padgett’s shot from the blue line pinballed off of traffic in front to best RoughRiders netminder Jeremey Thelvén. The 1-1 tie would extend through the remainder of the first, with shots favoring the Knights 11-10 heading into the break.

The second period began on the right foot for Connecticut when Mitchell Parsons notched his second score of the game at 1:42, assisted by August Nyblom and Cullen Kane. Nicholas Kukuris came back at 4:21 with another RoughRiders tally, off a helper from Connor Boyce. 18 seconds later, they would strike again as August Nyblom added a goal (O’Connor, Parsons).

Former Knight Alex Rowella added his name to the scoresheet at 7:58 following a nice set up from Kukuris to create a 5-1 lead. Cullen Kane scored shorthanded five and a half minutes later to put Connecticut ahead 6-1 for the rest of the second. Knights goaltender Thomas Walker came on in relief to close out the period.

With the reset button pressed during the intermission, the Knights began the final 20 minutes with renewed energy. Their increase in quality chances built momentum that Jake Fuss turned into a goal through the fiver of Thelvén at the 5:55 mark (Anthony Starzi).

The uptempo attack in the first half of the third led to the RoughRiders drawing a penalty at 6:02. 13 seconds into the man advantage, Brady Hanson took a David Pfoestl pass parallel to the blue line and fired to the net, where a waiting Zach Ouladelhadjahmed re-directed it home for the score.

With the deficit trimmed to three, the Knights tried to bring back the magic that powered them to a four-goal rally in a win last Monday, but were ultimately denied by a stout RoughRiders backcheck the rest of the way. At the final horn, Connecticut skated away with the 6-3 win.

The two teams will rematch tomorrow, October 1st at 2:00 EDT at the Revolution Ice Centre. Admission is free and the game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL and the box score at easternhockeyleague.org for live updates!