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EHL: Ochterbeck Leads Little Flyers in Comeback Over Knights

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

The Knights kicked off a three-game weekend with their fifth meeting against the Philadelphia Little Flyers Friday afternoon. With both teams missing regulars in the lineup, the contest would prove a good test of mettle and depth for both benches.

JP Natishan put the Knights ahead early after Anthony Starzi found the forward streaking through a soft-spot in the Little Flyers back check. Natishan scored the game’s first goal when he skated in alone through the slot and put a shot past the glove of Philadelphia’s starter Brendahn Brawley.

Both sides exchanged solid looks on net with Brawley and Knights starter Thomas Walker fending off their remaining tests in the opening 11 minutes. Even without leading scorer Jake Fuss, the Knights forecheck continually applied pressure on the attack, drawing a penalty just after the halfway point of the period.

Less than a minute into the Knights man advantage, the Little Flyers capitalized on a bouncing puck through neutral ice as Joey Savel and Trevor Lewandoski fed Alex Ochterbeck through the middle to set up a shorthanded chance. Ochterbeck worked his way in alone on Walker where he backhanded a puck to the twine to tie the game at one at 11:00.

The Knights wouldn’t dwell on the miscue, and would draw another penalty at 11:15 to create a 5-on-3 advantage. With three seconds left in the initial penalty, Nick Peck fired a shot through traffic to best Brawley and give the Knights back the lead at 12:07. Anthony Starzi picked up the lone assist on the tally.

Before the end of the first, the Knights would get an added lift, when off a board battle on the left wing of neutral ice, Tyler Nielsen dragged the puck into the offensive zone before flipping a pass to an oncoming Alex Morawski. The latter forward barreled into the slot and ripped a shot through the pads of Brawley to give the Knights a 3-1 advantage at 16:34.

With a two-goal lead heading into the middle frame, the Knights looked to continue their impressive start with a clean, physical attack. Instead, the team was assessed four penalties in a sequence of events that would turn the second period into a costly quagmire. On a 5-on-3 power play at 8:48, Mitchell Hall found a rebound off an Ochterbeck shot, burying it past Walker from the middle of the slot to cut the lead to one. The play was set up on the cycle from Brendan Coughlin.

Five minutes later, the Little Flyers created an odd-man rush when Ricky Walsh, from Brendan Coughlin, found a streaking Ryan Vogt, who hammered the puck past Walker to tie the game at three. On their fourth power play of the afternoon, Alex Ochterbeck found himself open to the side of Walker following crisp passing from Nick Magill-Diaz and Joey Savel. The Little Flyers leading scorer paused just long enough for a space to open as Walker moved to meet him. Seeing his spot, Ochterbeck pulled the trigger for his second goal of the game.

Ochterbeck wasn’t done. In the final 30 seconds of the frame, he skated to the middle of a 3-on-1 rush from which he netted a hat trick on assists from Cale Coor and Magill-Diaz. At the end of the period, the Knights found themselves down 5-3.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton started the third quickly, as Tyler Nielsen brought his team back within one on a power play goal at 3:01 (Nate Chuckran, Alex Morawski). Nielsen’s 10th tally spurred more pressure from the Knights, as they rebounded from a quiet second with several quality chances and extended time in the offensive zone. Despite the improvement, Brendahn Brawley settled in, diverting the remaining chances sent his way, with help from an active defense that blocked a number of shots on goal.

After enduring the Knights fifth power play of the game, the Little Flyers found the insurance they needed when Octherbeck notched his fourth goal of the contest at 14:12 (Stanislav Haurus, Savel). The renewed two-goal lead proved too steep a hill to climb.

At the final horn, the Knights dropped the contest by a score of 6-4. They’ll look to bounce back against the Junior Flyers in Philadelphia tomorrow at 5:00 pm EST, before visiting the Little Flyers for a Sunday rematch at 12:45 pm. Both games will be broadcast on www.hockeytv.com. Follow the Knights on Twitter @WBSKnightsEHL and visit www.easternhockeyleague.org for updates!

EHL Recap: Knights Drop Contest 4-2

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

The Knights played host to the red hot Philadelphia Little Flyers on Thursday afternoon. The Little Flyers entered competition on a four-game winning streak, including a clean sweep of their EHL showcase slate.

The Knights began their lone game of the week coming off a win of their own to round out their trip in Walpole. The game began as a tight affair as neither team cracked the scoreboard in the opening 20 minutes. Both power play units were stymied in their early efforts, while netminders Jared Stahel and Brendahn Brawley stayed disciplined in their respective creases.

The Knights out-shot and out-chanced their Mid-Atlantic standings neighbors through the first period but it was the Little Flyers leading scorer, Alex Octherbeck, who broke the tie just 1:43 into the second. Set up by Zikmund Mroz and Nick Magill-Diaz, the ’97 forward tee’d up a shot past Stahel for the game’s first goal.

Determined to not allow momentum get away from them in the middle frame, the Knights answered quickly. Denys Arkhypenko recorded his first goal of the season, unassisted at 5:58. Ochterbeck responded with his second goal just 57 seconds later (Joey Savel, Ricky Walsh), moving Philadelphia back into the lead. Tyler Nielsen brought the score even three minutes later with a beautiful top-shelf snipe off helpers from Jake Nimeh and Rhett Padgett. Ochterbeck got the last laugh in the period, completing a hat trick at 17:58. Brendan Coughlin and Ricky Walsh worked the puck free off the half-wall in the Knights zone before Walsh fed a puck to the streaking Ochterbeck, who went five-hole to regain the lead.

In the third, Avery Smith picked up insurance for Philadelphia as the big-bodied forward put a give-and-go home on a tip in front just before the four-minute mark. Despite their continued ability to drive hard to the net and place shots on Brawley, the Knights couldn’t find the goals necessary for a comeback, falling 4-2 at the horn. Alex Ochterbeck’s hat trick, combined with Brendahn Brawley stopping 39 of 41 shots for Philadelphia paced the Little Flyers to the win.

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EHL Knights Drop Home Opener

Little Flyers Complete Weekend Sweep

In game two of the 2017-18 season, the Knights were in search of their first win since their return to the EHL. The Little Flyers, fresh off a 6-2 win against the Knights on Saturday, were looking for their first winning-streak.

After a pitched 11 minutes to open the contest, Joey Savel notched his first goal of the game on a power play, assisted by Alex Ochterbeck and Cade Street. Nate Mickey followed that up just over two minutes later by flipping a backhanded shot through the slot to make it 2-0 (Avery Smith, Sasha Miniouchine).

With help from a few spectacular saves from Thomas Walker in net, the Knights fended off Philadelphia’s forecheck for the remainder of the first.

The second period kicked off with Ochterbeck continuing his strong weekend, as he came out of the box at the end of the first penalty of a 5-on-3 disadvantage and scored on a shorthanded breakaway.

The Knights battled hard in the middle frame, with more solid work from Walker, only to see a near breakaway goal from Tyler Nielsen  miss the twine by centimeters, instead glancing off the crossbar. Joey Savel then went on to pick up his second goal of the game at the 17:13.

Trailing 4-0 heading into the third, the Knights improved in some areas to open the period. They forced two penalties early, but could not capitalize on the power play, while also taking a penalty to shorten one of their first man-advantage. Despite heavier pressure in the offensive zone, the Knights could not solve Brendahn Brawler, as the Philly netminder stood tall in net.

The Little Flyers then went on to seal the game with a pair of goals in the period’s 16th minute. The first was from Sasha Miniouchine, unassisted. The second was scored 36 seconds later on a tip in front from Matt Sheaffer (Lewandoski, Hall) to finish off a 6-0 Little Flyers win.

The Knights will get back at it with a home-and-home against New York Applecore on Saturday, September 16th at 7:30 pm and then again on Sunday, the 17th at 2:00 pm. Both games will be played at the Revolution Ice Centre and broadcast on www.hockeytv.com.


EHL Knights drop Opener to Little Flyers

Fuss notches pair of goals, but Little Flyers attack proves to be too much

The Knights return to the Eastern Hockey League pitted them against the Philadelphia Little Flyers, owners of the EHL’s best record in 2016-17.

Things began on the right foot for the Knights as veteran forward Jake Fuss weaved his way around Brendahn Brawley for the 1-0 lead. The play was set up by J.P. Natishan, who forced a turnover deep in the offensive zone before dishing the puck to Fuss for the score.

Ryan Galvin was quick to respond as less than two minutes later he beat Jared Stahel  from the slot, set up by sharp passing from Alex Ochterbeck and Sasha Miniouchine. The 1-1 tie would hold through the end of the period.

A quiet first half of the second period came to an abrupt end when the Knights were assessed a five minute major and a game misconduct at 11:54. After 2:50 of sound Knights penalty killing, the Little Flyers broke through.

Following a second Knights penalty that made it 5-on-3, Brendan Coughlin blasted a shot from the point to the twine for Philadelphia’s first power play goal (Magill-Diaz, Savel). Alex Ochterbeck (Coughlin, Hall) tacked on another power play score just 34 seconds later to give the Little Flyers a 3-1 lead.

Shortly after the major penalty expired, Philadelphia added another score off the efforts of Sasha Miniouchine from Nate Mickey. Avery Smith capped off the explosive end to the frame with a shorthanded goal after Cale Coor and Miniouchine flipped the ice from their own end.

The third period opened with the Knights trailing 5-1, but Jake Fuss’ dazzling puck work at 8:46 led to his second tally of the afternoon with Rhett Padgett picking up the helper.

Any chance of a rally was put to rest when Miniouchine picked up his fourth point and second goal of the game at 14:56, pushing the score to 6-2. The advantage would hold through the final horn, handing the Little Flyers their first win of the season and the Knights their first defeat. The two teams will meet again tomorrow at the Knights Revolution Ice Centre with puck drop at 1:45 pm.