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Stellar Stoever Lifts Knights Over Rebels

It wasn’t pretty, but it was two points. The Knights can hang their hats on a gritty, albeit non-traditional win following their 2-1 victory Sunday afternoon. For the third-consecutive game, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton played host to the Philadelphia Rebels following last night’s 5-3 Knights victory.

The Rebels entered play Sunday having several regulars return along the blue line that had missed several games prior. The influence was apparent, as Philadelphia got off to a suffocating start. Their forecheck was again fast and physical as they hemmed the Knights in their own zone for much of the first period. In net for his second start of the three-game series was Christian Stoever, who was nothing short of spectacular on Sunday.

Mounting 18 shots on net in the first frame, the Rebels could only push one puck by the 2000 goalie, with that tally coming at 18:10 on the power play. The sequence was started by point play from Carson Moniz and Diarmad DiMurro before Moniz ripped a shot and rebound to Adam Peck, who promptly buried the goal to give the Rebels the 1-0 lead. Beyond that point, the Rebels simply could not solve Stoever.

The second period fell in line with the first, where the Rebels again controlled play and time of possession. Neither team found the twine in the middle frame, with Stoever stopping eight shots, and Rebels goalie Ryan Keane saving six. A late period surge by the Knights forecheck made the latter netminder make a few quality stops, but did set the table for things to come in the third.

Down 1-0 with 20 minutes to play, the Knights would again find themselves under heavy pressure from the Rebels attack. Though Philadelphia had the overwhelming majority of chances, the difference in the final period was that the Knights were able to finish on their own.

Around the 9:30 mark of the third period Jack Olmstead, Curtis Carlson, and Matt Kidney set up shop in the Philadelphia zone. With Luke Robinson and Tom Farrell on the back end, the Knights cycled effectively until Kidney put a shot on goal that pulled Keane out of the net and generated a heavy rebound that Carlson buried to tie the game at one.

The Rebels were quick to mount pressure in response, but Stoever continued to stand on his head, denying Philadelphia all 20 shots they put on his plate in the third.

In the final minute of regulation, the Knights again would again stand up on the puck in the attacking zone. This time it was Reed Robinson feeding a pass to Luke Robinson, who turned a shot in front which was re-directed to twine by a camped out Michael Morrissey.

Suddenly on the wrong end of the scoreboard in a game they largely controlled, the Rebels pulled Keane for an extra attacker. In the final 51 seconds, they could not solve Stoever as the Knights stole a game on Sunday to improve to 16-6-3. Their 35 points as a team give them a three-point advantage in the East Division standings heading into a weekend off. The total also moves them into a tie with the Shreveport Mudbugs for most points in the entire NAHL.

The Knights will be back in action on December 8th and 9th, when they travel to Johnstown for a pair of road games at the 1st Summit Arena. Stay up to date with all Knights news by following team social media and checking back at www.wbsknights.com.

Recap: Knights Fall to Rebels 6-3

Before the Knights could enjoy their Thanksgiving they first had to take on the Philadelphia Rebels Wednesday. A meeting of the NAHL’s top two point totals, the winner of the afternoon’s affair would finish with the atop the East Division as well as the NAHL standings.

The Knights first period efforts did not materialize on Wednesday, while the Rebels went to work quickly. Nick Peck, a regular along the Knights blue line in the EHL, was called up to the Rebels Wednesday and inserted into their lineup. He rewarded Philadelphia with the game’s first goal just 4:58 into the opening frame. Assists came from Eric Olson and Auggie Moore on Peck’s well-placed shot from the blue line.

The Knights would apply pressure in the minutes following a Rebels penalty at 6:04, but were unable to solve Philadelphia goalie Ryan Keane. The Rebels seized back momentum at 13:16, when Ryan Patrick found the twine on Philadelphia’s first power play of the game, off helpers from Andrew Bellant and Jensen Zerban.

Not wishing to hear any narratives on two-goals leads, the Rebels found a third off a fast backhanded shot from Zerban at 14:43, set up by Alex Frye. The goal led the Knights to swap Christian Stoever out for David Tomeo in net. Less than two minutes later, the Rebels put bodies in front of Tomeo and worked a screened shot home to the twine off the blade of Seth Bergeron. Eric Olson picked up his second assist of the game to set up Philadelphia’s fourth goal.

Following a strong first, the Rebels continued their attack in the early second. Brandon Stanley picked up his fourth goal of the season at 7:05 to create a 5-0 lead (Jimmy Glynn). The Knights, staring down their biggest deficit of the season, awoke.

Following a Rebels cross-checking penalty, just over a minute after Stanley’s goal, Jack Olmstead flipped a puck past Keane for the Knights first score, his 12th tally of the season. Apples were credited to Justin Engelkes and Mike Gelatt.

With a goal on the board, the Knights forecheck battled to narrow the deficit. They outshout the Rebels 29-18 for the remainder of regulation, as their offense pushed pucks deep into Philadelphia territory and worked hard on the walls. Their efforts were rewarded again in the second, when from under the goal line, Tyrone Bronte flipped a puck from Justin Engelkes, to a crashing Mike Gelatt. Gelatt buried his eighth goal of the year from the front of the net to pull the Knights within three.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s pressure carried over into the third period, with Ryan Keane forced to make a number of high-quality saves to preserve his team’s sizable lead. At 8:21, Bronte fed Engelkes who hammered a puck from above the circles, through traffic, and by Keane to narrow the deficit to two.

The Knights comeback had seen three consecutive goals scored on a stingy Rebels defense, but Philadelphia withstood the Knights surge into the game’s final five minutes. On a rush into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton zone, Jensen Zerban, assisted by Tyler Pohlig, pushed a puck through the pads of Tomeo to effectively put the game on ice. Though the Knights attacked until the end, the team came up short in Wednesday’s battle for first place.

Following a healthy dose of turkey today, the Knights will have another two chances against the Rebels, as they play this Saturday and Sunday at the Revolution Ice Centre. Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 pm, while Sunday’s will begin at 2:30 pm. Both games can be viewed online at hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and Knights social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube for all news and updates.

The Knights entire organization would like to take this opportunity to wish the happiest and healthiest Thanksgiving to all their fans, players, and families, and all those who support junior hockey!

NAHL: Knights Stop Unbeaten Rebels

Entering their seventh contest in the past two weeks, the Knights were not looking ahead at their impending weekend off. Instead, they were  fixated on the team in front of them in the East Division-the undefeated Philadelphia Rebels.

In their two prior meetings, the Knights took two losses: a 2-1 defeat in regulation and a 5-4 loss in overtime. This time, on their own ice, and with a full roster, the Knights looked to respond.

It was the Rebels on Friday who struck the game’s initial blow. Following a Knights slashing penalty just a minute and a half into the game, the Rebels made quick work of a steady Knights penalty kill, one that ranked just .02% behind the 5th-ranked Rebels PK entering the day. Following crisp puck movement around the perimeter of the Knights zone, Auggie Moore found a rebound off the pads of Knights goalie David Tomeo, firing it by for the 1-0 lead (Diarmard DiMurro, Andrew Bellant).

For a brief stretch following the score, it appeared the Rebels would establish their fast-paced forecheck that had bested all opponents faced this season. Instead, the Knights would awake as the period wound on, implementing a physical forecheck to counter the Rebels shiftiness and speed.

With the pace of play and shots evening out as the period ticked down to its final seconds, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton attack forced the Rebels to send a puck out of play in their own end. With just seconds to spare, Anthony Firriolo fired a Tyrone Bronte faceoff win to the net where Justin Engelkes tipped the puck through the pads of Rebels starting goalie Ryan Keane. Firriolo’s assist is his fifth in four games since joining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The tally on a goaltender that entered the contest with a 0.80 GAA and a .964 save percentage bolstered the Knights confidence heading into the dressing room. Off the opening face off of the second, Adrian Danchenko knifed and dangled his way toward Keane’s net before the puck rolled off his stick and onto Keane’s left pad. The save sent the puck to a waiting Tyrone Bronte, who ripped the puck past the netminder to give the Knights a 2-1 lead. Justin Engelkes picked up the secondary assist.

Not relenting, the Knights continued their heavy blitz up ice, not letting Keane get comfortable as they peppered him with 18 shots in the middle frame. The Rebels responded with pressure, and tested  Dave Tomeo, but the netminder proved unflappable in the crease, turning away multiple chances with a quick glove. The second ended with no additional scoring, as both teams were left hungry for another goal heading into the third.

Gabe Temple, the Knights 2017-18 first-round pick, found the insurance the team needed just 3:07 into the final stanza. Fed by Matt Kidney and Tom Farrell, Temple drilled a dart top shelf, past Keane for a two-goal lead the first goal of his Knights career. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would continue to be bolstered by Tomeo in net, who stopped 26 of 27 on the afternoon, and clamped down on the Rebels as time ticked away.

As the game shortened, the ice lengthened for Philadelphia as the Knights continually hammered pucks deep into the Philadelphia zone. Forced to repeatedly Rebels chase and reset, time ran out on their effort to come back, and the Knights skated to the 3-1 victory.

Now 9-3-3 on the season, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finds themselves just three points behind first place in the east division. They’ve now recorded a point or more in six-straight games, going 4-0-2 in that span. They’ll receive a well-earned weekend off, before traveling to play Northeast in a three-game set to open November.

NAHL Recap: Knights Beaten in Overtime by Rebels

In game two of the Knights weekend battle with the Philadelphia Rebels, the team looked to get back on track following a 2-1 loss on Friday night.

The game began where yesterday’s action largely left off: chances for both sides but both goalies keeping the opposing attack at bay for the first half of the opening period. Knights netminder David Tomeo was answered in the early going by Rebels puck-stopper Eli Billing as the pair traded solid saves. The scoreless stretch held until 10:39, when Philadelphia veteran Ryan Patrick picked up his second goal of the season on helpers from Diarmad Dimurro and Andrew Bellant.

Reed Robinson was quick to respond for the Knights, as just 57 seconds later, he filed his third tally of the year (Blake Kryska, Curtis Carlson). In the minutes that followed, the Rebels wracked up back-to-back penalties. The second proved costly, as Robinson struck again at 18:18, tipping a Justin Engelkes point shot past Billing to take a 2-1 lead.

The second period opened with a quick Rebels response. Carson Briere, son to Danny Briere, scored his first NAHL goal unassisted at 2:25 to knot the game at two. More penalties followed, as the Rebels took three more in the middle frame. In the brief respite at 13:34, Justin Smith found the twine off an Adam Peck helper to give Philadelphia back the lead.

The Knights again were quick to answer, as this time it was veteran forward Mike Gelatt taking over. He struck first on a power play at 14:29 (unassisted), and then again at even strength at 18:26 off a Josh Fricks apple. At the conclusion of 40 minutes, the Knights found themselves up 4-3 against the NAHL’s lone undefeated team and top-ranked defense.

For much of the third period, the Knights battled in their own zone as Philadelphia, spurred on by two Wilkes-Barre/Scranton penalties, dictated tempo. The Knights survived both turns shorthanded, and forced a power play of their own at 9:53. Like the Knights, the Rebels buckled down in their own zone, killing the penalty and keeping themselves within striking distance as time wound down.

With just over three minutes to go, on a feed from Julian Makary, Ryan Patrick scored the game-tying goal at 16:49. The Knights countered with a fast-paced attack in the final minute of regulation, but were unable to best Billing to avoid overtime.

After two minutes of even paced three-on-three, Diarmad Dimurro flew up ice to create a 2-on-1 in which he found a streaking Auggie Moore in front, who in turn pushed home the game-winning score.

The Knights now move to 5-2-1 on the season, salvaging one point of a possible four on the weekend. They’ll get ready for a three-game home series against the division-leading Northeast Generals next weekend beginning on Friday, October 13th.


Knights Fall to Rebels in Close Contest

In their first meeting of the regular season, the Knights and Rebels battled to the familiar tune of a low-scoring affair. In their first action since returning from the NAHL Showcase, the Knights forecheck jumped out to a fast start in the game’s first five minutes. Getting pucks deep and winning battles along the wall propelled the team to a few solid scoring chances.

Rebels goaltender Ryan Keane did his part for Philadelphia’s efforts, stopping the first four shots that came his way. With solid zone defense, Keane and company were able to take away the prime real estate in the middle of the ice and weather the Knights initial surge.

Things took a decided Philadelphia turn after a Knights penalty jumpstarted the Rebels attack 5:40 into play. Knights netminder Christian Stoever started a strong night in net by fending off several tough shots through traffic, spurring his team to a successful penalty kill. He would stop 34 of 36 shots sent his way by the evening’s end.

The Rebels did not relent in their pressure upon the Knights return to full strength. For the better part of the period, they kept the puck hemmed in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton zone, while several icings and another shorthanded stretch kept the Knights on for long shifts.

Stoever didn’t falter and the Knights defense took away the middle of the ice well enough to keep the game scoreless. Offensive momentum built from following a Philadelphia penalty, after which Keane was forced to make a number of quality saves.

A minute after the Rebels were successful in repelling the Knights man-advantage, they took a second penalty in the final two minutes of the first after Mike Gelatt was hooked on a breakaway. Keane and the Rebels kill unit would hold for the remainder of a period that would end without a goal.

To start the second, the abbreviated carryover of Knights power play would be denied and transition into the Rebels flipping the ice. For the first half of the period, Philadelphia held the edge in controlling play, finally notching the game’s first goal on Adam Peck’s power play tally at 8:37 ( Carson Moniz, Auggie Moore).

The score would go straight to the Knights legs as they mounted a furious counter attack back into Philadelphia territory, but again Keane would stand tall. The remaining minutes of the second period would even out as both teams pushed play to both ends of the ice.

With the third period came more of the same. Both sides searched for a tide-turning goal, but continued steady play from both goalies kept the score locked at 1-0 for the first 10:22 of the frame. During 4-on-4 play, Diarmad Dimurro found space above the circles and ripped a snipe, top-shelf past Stoever. Julian Makary would be credited with the assist.

Down 2-0, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fought back with intensity but the Rebels defense refused to buckle. With just under three minutes remaining, the Knights sent Stoever to the bench for the extra attacker. In the bruising shift that ensued, the Knights bullied their way around the net, before Matt Kidney set Kiryll Ulanov up for a point shot. Ulanov’s shot found the net front, and with Keane stuck at the top of the crease, Curtis Carlson buried the rebound to cut the lead to one at 17:56.

In the final two minutes of play, the Knights pulled their goalie again but were unable to find the twine before the clock hit zero. With the loss the Knights are now 5-2 on the year. They’ll play the Rebels again tomorrow evening in Philadelphia at 7:35 pm. The game will be broadcast on HockeyTV.com and live updates can be found by searching WBS Knights on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or by visiting NAHL.com’s Game Center.

Knights Top Rebels in Preseason Affair

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

The need for speed was well satisfied for those inside the Revolution Ice Centre Friday afternoon. The newly minted Philadelphia Rebels, fresh off their move from Aston, met the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights for an early September-scrimmage.

The Knights opened the competition at a blistering pace as their crop of new players established an aggressive tempo from opening face off, outshooting the Rebels 23-7 in the first frame.

Despite this, Philadelphia goalie Ryan Keane kept the Knights off the board through a period and a half of play, before he was pulled midway through the second. The agile netminder stopped all 30 shots he faced before the Rebels changed goalies.

The Rebels were the first team to score midway through the second period, pushing a puck through a scrum in front, past a diving Christian Stoever.

Shortly after, Stoever took an early seat to allow Kevin Lake a turn in goal as a part of the preseason rotation. The Knights added their first goal as the minutes wound down in the second, when Josh Fricks  collected his own rebound and weaved his way around the goalie for the score. Tyrone Bronte was credited the primary and Kyrill Ulanov the secondary apples on the tally.

Minutes later, the Rebels inadvertently aided the Knights cause; on a delayed penalty call against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Rebels pulled their goalie. A miscommunication along the benches during a Rebels change sent an errant pass banking off the sideboards, back and into the vacant Philadelphia net, giving the Knights a 2-1 lead at the end of two.

Fricks continued his blistering afternoon with an early goal in the third on a slick set up from Bronte down low, while Lincoln Hatten was credited with an assist as well.

The Knights continued to needle crisp passes through the offensive zone when Jack Olmstead sifted Gabe Temple a pass inside the blue line. Temple split a pair before flicking a  pass back to Olmstead, who drew the goalie out of the net with a quick deke and score, building a 4-1 Knights lead. Kyrill Ulanov picked up his second helper of the day with the secondary.

Jake Fuss set up the game’s final goal when he fired a cross-slot pass to a crashing Tyler Nielsen, who put puck to twine to finalize a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5-1 victory.

Next week the Knights open their NAHL regular season at home with a 7:30 pm face off against the New Jersey Titans. To buy tickets in advance, call (570) 883-1100 or email [email protected]