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NAHL: Knights Drop Home Contest Against Titans

Matinee hockey came to the Revolution Ice Centre on Thursday, as the Knights hosted an intra-division game against the  New Jersey Titans. Both teams entered play on losing streaks, looking to start February off on a better foot.

New Jersey would be the first to find their ground on the afternoon as Hunter Alden fired a puck by Knights starter Christian Stoever at 10:07. Todd Goehring and Holden Biebel recorded assists on the game’s first goal.

Less than a minute later Matthew Cameron corralled a bouncing puck in the slot and ripped it home to build a 2-0 lead (Spencer Stanley). At 15:49 Cameron Kuhl found Tyler Antonucci at the top of his own zone where the latter fired a breakaway pass to Ryan Naumovski. Naumovski broke free to bury the Titans third goal.

In the second, Naumovski continued rolling when he and Nick Boyagian came into the Knights zone on an odd-man rush. Keeping the puck, Naumovski buried his second goal of the game at 11:04. The score brought about a change in net for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as David Tomeo came on for Stoever.

The Titans would score their fifth tally at 15:38 when Kyle Jeffers found a rebound off Tomeo’s initial sprawling save for the tap-in goal (Naumovski, Antonucci).

Anthony Firriolo finally put the Knights on the board, firing a puck from the corner off a body in front of Titans goalie Brandon Perrone. The puck deflected to the net with 2:30 remaining in the period, marking Firriolo’s first goal with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Matthew Kidney and Jack Olmstead would pick up helpers on the score,

Justin Engelkes would keep the Knights alive at the start of the third when he picked up his eighth goal of the year just 2:08 into the frame (Firriolo, Bronte). Engelkes hammered a rebound off Perrone’s pads, and before the goalie could reset, Engelkes flipped the puck to the twine.

The Titans would get the tally back at 7:07 when Todd Goehring, after quick passing from Hunter Alden and Kyler Head, raced in off the rush and fired a wrister past Tomeo.

The Knights would pull Tomeo for an extra attacker with under 5:00 to go to try and spark some momentum in the attacking end. After Perrone and the Titans defense were able to keep the Knights forecheck at bay for a pair of shifts, Holden Biebel cleared the zone to Matthew Cameron. Cameron would get down the ice to pick up his second goal of the contest to put the game to bed at 17:53.

With a 7-2 final, the Knights will look to bounce back with another contest this evening in New Jersey. Puck drop is set for 7:45 pm EST, and the game can be viewed on hockeytv.com. Visit the Knights twitter account @WBSKnights and check www.nahl.com for in-game updates!

EHL Standout Anthony Starzi Gets Call to the NAHL from Philadelphia Rebels

Photo via EHL

Anthony Starzi has been a mainstay for the Knights in the EHL this season. Through 27 games, the ’98 forward has registered 21 goals and 21 assists, ranked second on his team and eighth in the Eastern Hockey League. This week he’s been called up to the Philadelphia Rebels of the NAHL.

The Rebels enter Friday in second place in the NAHL’s East division, one point behind the Knights NAHL team. Starzi’s eye-catching speed, effort, and scoring ability will fit in with Philadelphia’s 3rd ranked offense.

“I’m very excited for Anthony,” said Knights EHL head coach Josh Fusco. “The hard work he has put in is paying off and I’m very proud of everything he’s done so far this season as a Knight. He has earned this opportunity.”

Starzi has been a machine in all situations for the Knights. His three shorthanded goals are tied for the second-highest mark in the EHL. His five goals and four assists while on the man advantage have helped spur a drastic turnaround for the Knights power play unit, currently ranked 7th in the league.

“It just goes to show what we are doing here works,” said Fusco. “Moving guys like Anthony on to the next level is rewarding for all parties. He’s been the hardest working kid day in and day out for this team. I hope he does well, and I will be cheering him on every step of the way.”

Starzi will join the Rebels in their final games before the holiday break. The entire Knights organization thanks Anthony for his tremendous effort on and off the ice to help better his team and the Knights program. They will be eagerly following him every step of the way of his career, rooting for him at every turn.

EHL Recap: Knights Complete Comeback Thriller against Bobcats Royals

A slow start gave way to a dominant finish as the Knights erase 4-goal deficit to stun New York in overtime

It’s not how you start, but how you finish. The famous line may be uttered often, but it makes it no less relevant in the world of ice hockey.

On Monday afternoon’s contest with the New York Bobcats Royals, the phrase had to have been present in the back of the Knights collective thoughts as they watched their opponents race ahead to a 4-0 lead.

Things began clicking for the Bobcats Royals out of the gate, as in the game’s first minute, forward Bryan Whelan hopped on a turnover under the Knights blue line and in alone, made a nifty move in front of Knights goalie Thomas Walker for the 1-0 lead. From there, the Bobcats Royals attack ultimately ran through their captain Matthew Araujo. The left-handed defenseman scored the game’s second goal at 5:44 with a power play rocket off assists from Bryan Whelan and Anthony Zyller.

Arajuo would strike again at 16:18 on another well-placed shot (Thomas Fagan, Connor Blair) to build a 3-0 lead that would hold through the end of the period.

With the Knights looking to turn things around in the middle frame, they came out with an aggressive tempo to start the second, but an offensive zone turnover forced by Araujo led to his assist on former Knight, Louie Kuka’s breakaway goal, putting New York up 4-0 in the game’s first 22 minutes. After the score, Knights coach Josh Fusco replaced Thomas Walker with Jared Stahel in net.

Stahel settled in and made few tough saves to keep the game from getting out of hand. It was around the 15 minute mark of the period that the Knights began to find their stride. As their forecheck gained steam in the attacking zone, the Bobcats Royals took a two-minute penalty for interference, sending Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to their first power play of the game at 15:22. Just 38 seconds in, Rhett Padgett poked and weaved the puck through the offensive zone, before burying it through the traffic in front of New York goaltender Niklas Butchma.

The Knights first goal was quickly answered by an Araujo hat trick assisted by Jason Santoriello and Thomas Fagan 54 seconds later. With the period winding down, the Knights attack refused to quit. At 18:12 Alex Morawski set up Anthony Starzi, who notched his first goal of his junior hockey career, beating Butchma to trim the deficit back to three.

With their forecheck humming through the end of the period, the Knights drew another penalty and power play opportunity with just 14 seconds left in the second. Though they were unsuccessful in scoring on the man-advantage that bridged 1:46 into the third period, the Knights were able to generate sustained offensive pressure and scoring chances. Niklas Butchma’s steady play kept them at bay, as it had for the majority of the first 40 minutes, but the disadvantage of New York having a short bench finally showed its effect in the third period.

The Knights presence in the offensive end of the ice built rapidly in the opening minutes of the frame as the Bobcats Royals were consistently caught chasing in their own end. At the 4:17 mark, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defenseman David Pfoestl fired a missile from the point that banked off a New York leg and past Butchma to bring the Knights within two.

Another Bobcats Royals penalty followed at 4:45, and while the Knights again were kept out of the net by several strong saves by Butchma, their was no shortage of quality chances.

At 8:20 the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forecheck drew their fourth power play of the game, an area that Alex Morawski is quickly turning into a specialty. The Lake Worth, Florida native found the twine for the third time this season, assisted by fixtures Jake Fuss and Rhett Padgett.

Having seen their lead shrink to one, the Bobcats Royals pushed their way back on the attack, but were turned aside by Stahel’s steady relief effort and a Knights forecheck that was quick and dangerous in transition. In a game they had once trailed 4-0, the the Knights drew even when Anthony Starzi, parked in front of the net, tipped home an offering from Morawski at 15:09 for his second goal of the game.

Regulation would prove to be too short to name a winner, as both teams headed to overtime desperate to earn two points. The Knights wouldn’t take long as just 49 seconds into the extra period of 3-on-3, Starzi started a cycle to Padgett who ripped a shot to the front of the net where a waiting Jake fuss tipped it home for the Knights exhilirating win.

The team improved to 3-3 on the young season. They’ll be back at it for a home-and-home on Saturday, September 30th at 2:30 pm and Sunday, October 1st at 2:00 pm against the Connecticut Rough Riders. Both games are free to attend at the Revolution Ice Centre, and the game will be broadcast on hockeytv.com. Follow @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter and the live box score at easternhockeyleague.org for live updates!

EHL Recap: Knights Lose to Revolution on the Road

Knights can’t solve Logan Kramsky on the road.

The Knights traveled to Revolution Ice Gardens on Sunday to take on a division opponent in the Philadelphia Revolution. The Revolution welcomed the Knights with a quick score in the game’s first five minutes. Justin Meers was able to find the net on a power play with assists coming from Jackson Koblick and Hayden Ford.

The Knights offerings on the forecheck were consistently met by sound play from Philadelphia goalie Logan Kramsky. The Freehold, New Jersey native would prove to be tough to solve all afternoon for the Knights.

Philadelphia bested Knights goalie Jared Stahel at 13:33 when Sam Abouelhana found the net (Jake Faulkner, Martin Kapoian) to build a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

In the second, the Revolution redoubled their approach, mounting 14 shouts on goal, but were turned away each time by Stahel’s steady play in net. The team’s spent a good portion of the period trading zones and penalties, but not goals, as the second period ended with the same score as the first.

With time decreasing and the stakes increasing, the third period became a war of attrition, fought by special teams units. After the eight minute mark, the Knights and Revolution combined for seven penalties.

As both goaltenders continued to shine in the face of grade-a chances, it was Philadelphia’s power play that finally broke trough. At 15:56 it was Déjà vu all over again as, as off a set up by Jackson Koblick and Hayden Ford, Justin Meers fired a rocket past Stahel to create a three-goal advantage.

The Knights didn’t go quietly in the third, pulling Stahel with under two minutes to play, but Kramsky continued his stellar play and in the end, preserved his shutout.

With the loss, the Knights are now 2-3 this season, and currently in third place in the EHL’s Mid-Atlantic division. They will play the NY Bobcats tomorrow at 2:30 pm inside the Revolution Ice Centre. Admission is free and the game can be viewed on hockeytv.com.



Knights Top Titans in Shootout

Carlson, Morrissey, Fuss lead way in thriller

In a season series that has been as even as any in the 2016-17 season, the Knights and Titans met Friday night with the head to head locked in a 5-5 draw. In their 10 prior meetings to Friday night, each team had registered 41 goals against the other, while both squads had five wins, for losses and a loss in OT/shootout a piece. Despite both teams already knowing their final standing and opponent in next week’s first round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs, the theme of parity would not end Friday.

With the Knights sloppy out of the gate, the Titans quickly took advantage, drawing a penalty in the offensive zone just 65 seconds into the contest. Less than a minute into the man advantage, Titans captain William Riedell ripped a point shot through traffic past Grant Valentine to put the Titans on the board.

After shaking off the goal and the slow start, the Knights initiated offensive pressure of their own, and began to successfully establish a presence in front of New Jersey netminder Ryan Ferland. Exactly 12 minutes after the Titans goal, Michael Morrissey found affiliate player Tom Farrell cutting to the back post and threaded a perfect pass to the crashing defenseman for his first-career NAHL goal.

In the minutes that followed the Knights would continue to drive hard to the net, creating chances around the Ryan Ferland, forcing the goalie to make several difficult saves through traffic in front. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton offense would rally following a disallowed goal, burying a legitimate score at 16:51 when Curtis Carlson rammed a puck home on the power play.

The Titans would not go quietly into intermission. Sticking with what had worked earlier in the period, Titans defenseman Oskar Stromberg floated a perfectly-placed point shot past Grant Valentine to tie the game at two to close the first period.

In the opening shifts of the second, Stromberg would re-introduce the rubber to the twine, as again the big blue-liner ripped a shot home to give the Titans a 3-2 lead.

The Knights would not wilt. Their forecheck again made a habit of crashing the net and playing the boards throughout the second period. Their efforts were rewarded at 7:02 when Curtis Carlson placed a perfect pass to the front of the net to a waiting Mike Morrissey, who in turned, stuffed the puck home.

Like Stromberg in the first and second period, Morrissey followed up his first goal with the game’s next score in the third. Again crashing hard to the net, Morrissey’s score was set up on efforts from Vince Marino and Paul  Cimilluca to give the Knights a 4-3 lead at 3:02.

Despite dictating tempo for good portions of the period, the Knights would again be foiled  by another disallowed goal and then frustrated further when the Titans tied the game halfway through the stanza. Set up by Stromberg and deft maneuvering down low by Hunter Alden, Gordie Helmuth tucked a puck through Valentine’s legs to draw the score even at four.

Despite Stromberg missing a hat trick off the pipe and the Knights failing to score on over a minute of  5-on-3 advantage, neither team was able to find the game-winner in regulation. This drought extended into overtime even after the Knights had 1:45 of carryover time on the power play to begin the extra five minute period. With both sides deadlocked at the end of 65 minutes, the Knights and Titans headed to their second shootout in as many meetings.

After a high-scoring affair in regulation, the scoring drought extended beyond overtime and through the first nine skaters in the shootout.  Grant Valentine went a perfect five-for-five stopping, Kyler Head, Jordan Kaplan, Greg Malafronte, Gordie Helmuth and Oskar Stromberg, patiently mirroring each challenger and rejecting each of their offerings.

Ryan Ferland was similarly excellent through the first four Knights. The fifth was Jake Fuss, fresh off his first NAHL goal and assist on Tuesday. Fuss moved in from the left circle and crossed the face of Ferland before flipping the puck up and over his stick to seal the win. The win gave the Knights their 29th of the season and their 6th against the Titans.

PLEASE NOTE: Saturday night’s game scheduled for 7:30 pm has been postponed due to a technical malfunction.  The game has been moved to Monday, April 10th at 1 pm at the Revolution Ice Centre.


Knights Bested in Shootout in Kenai River

Knights salvage one point in Alaska finale

In their second meeting of the weekend with the Brown Bears, the Knights were greeted by familiar face. Former Knights goalie Colt Hanks would anchor the Kenai River net in one of his most brilliant performances of the season.

The first period gave Hanks more than his fair share of work. The Knights forecheck peppered their former teammate with 19 shots on goal. He stopped all but one. Before Hanks was bested, Tyler Rock put the Brown Bears on the board with a power play goal at 12:04 (Radetic 16, Butcher 15). The Knights found an equalizer on their own power play when Mike Gelatt (21) Matt Kidney (22) fed Sam Antonitsch his second goal of the weekend at 16:01.

The second period brought shots down to a more reasonable 8-7 Knights tilt and saw each team trade two unsuccessful power plays. Both Grant Valentine and Colt Hanks stood tall with both offenses failing to find the back of the net.

The opening to the third period quickly brought each side’s’ scoring drought to an end. The Knights power play notched their second goal of the evening and fourth of the weekend when Mike Gelatt took his turn at goal scoring in the potent Antonitsch-Kidney line with his 12th goal of the season while the latter two picked up assists. The three forwards have combined for three of the Knights last four power play goals and half the Knights scoring this weekend.

Kenai River would respond seconds later when Luke Radetic collected his second goal in as many days to tie the score at two. There it would settle for the remainder of regulation as each defense buckled down with the support of their netminders. At the end of 60 minutes, Grant Valentine had stopped 23 of 25 to Hanks’ 33 of 35.

3-on-3 time was similarly limited in chances, as the Brown Bears led shots by just a 3-2 margin. The shootout that followed would see both goalies string together three-straight saves before Sam Antonitsch would break through to beat Hanks in round four. Facing the threat of the end of the game and a potential shootout loss, Jack Vincent responded with a clutch goal to force a fifth round. Hanks stoned Mike Gelatt and Anthony Tzveyn put the game to bed by besting Valentine in the bottom of the fifth.

With the shootout loss, the Knights dropped their fifth overtime/shootout game of the season, but salvaged one point. Though the loss is not what they wanted, the team will look to build off one of their strongest special teams’ weekends all season. In their two meetings with Kenai River, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went a combined 4-11 (36.4%) on the power play and 9-10 on the penalty kill (90.0%). Goaltending continues to be a reliable part of the lead up to the postseason with Grant Valentine saving 44 of 48 shots, good for a steady save percentage of .917 on the weekend, in line with his season total of .912.

They Knights will return home for a week without games before making a day trip up to the New England Sports Village to take on the Northeast Generals on April 4th. Puck drop will take place at 1 pm.

Knights Fall in Alaska Road Trip Opener

Cayden Cahill’s Hat Trick Paves Way for Ice Dogs

Following a week of inclement weather and dynamic travel plans, the Knights were eager to get their Alaska road trip started on a high note. That high note will have to come in their second game against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs tonight at the Big Dipper Ice Arena.

Things started ugly and stayed ugly. In a portent of things to come, Cayden Cahill buried the game’s first goal just 2:12 into the contest on helpers from Hunter Wendt and Robert Blueger. Ryan Kero followed that up just under two and a half minutes later with the Ice Dogs second goal (Samuel Ruffin, Benton Maas).

The Knights only immediate response was a march to the penalty box. Nine seconds after their second such offense, the Ice Dogs entered their third goal of the period off the blade of Grayson Gavin from Eriksson and Aaron McPheters. The Ice Dogs would hold their advantage for the remaining 7:15 of the first, taking a 3-0 lead into the dressing room.

The defending Robertson Cup champions weren’t done adding to their lead and Cayden Cahill wasn’t done adding to his stat sheet. After a scoreless 10:52 to open the second, the 96 birth year would break the silence with a power play tally off assists from Ruffin and Blueger. Cahill would finish off the hat trick at 15:05 (Blueger, Wendt). Ice Dogs netminder Erik Gordon would hold the Knights at bay through their first two power plays sending Fairbanks to the second intermission with a 5-0 lead.

If any glimmer of hope for a comeback existed, the Ice Dogs extinguished it in the third period’s first minute. Set up by Daniel Haider and Grayson Gavin, Hampus Eriksson scored Fairbanks’ 6th goal just 49 seconds into the frame. Discounting a fight between that ended the Knights of both the Ice Dogs Luke Orysiuk and the Knights Jim Elser, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would only outpace the Ice Dogs on the penalty scoreboard in the third. On their second infraction of the period and Fairbanks’ 6th power play of the game, Benton Maass made them pay (Eriksson, Gavin), notching the game’s final goal of the game at 13:58.

Making his sixth-straight start, Grant Valentine would stick around until 15:57 of the third period before new emergency goaltender Austin Ryman was called on in relief to close out the final 4:03 of the game. Ice Dogs netminder Erik Gordon would cruise to his 2nd shutout and 19th victory of the year (now 19-3-0-3), stopping all 21 shots he faced.

The loss snaps a Knights three game losing streak they carried with them after a clean sweep of last weekend. In pursuit of a bounce back tonight, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will have to do a better job of competing in the special team’s department. Fairbanks scored on three of their seven tries on the man advantage while the Knights were held scoreless in their three attempts.

Limiting the likes of Cayden Cahill (three goals), Grayson Gavin (one goal, two assists) and Hampus Eriksson (one goal and two assists) would be a good first step in splitting the weekend with Fairbanks. The two opponents will square off again at 7:30 PM Alaska Standard Time/11:30 pm Eastern Standard