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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!

EHL: Knights Fall in Close Contest with Revolution

On Wednesday, the Knights traveled to the Revolution Ice Gardens to take on the league-leading Philadelphia Revolution. The contest provided the Knights a good idea of where they stood relative to some of the league’s top competition.

The first period began at a slow pace. Just seven shots were sent on net between the two sides. The pace ground to a literal halt when a glass pane shattered six and a half minutes into play. After a slight delay and relocation to another rink at the facility, play resumed.

Both sides took time to get their feet under them. The Knights were thwarted on two power play chances, and put just five shots on goal in the frame. The Revolution would prove unsuccessful on their lone power play of the first, but the opportunity brought about a flurry of late-period chances for Philadelphia. Thomas Walker (30 saves), the Knights starter in net, was able to turn away all 11 shots sent his way in the first.

The momentum would carry over into the second for the Revolution as just 42 seconds in, Martin Kapoian found a rebound to give Philly the 1-0 lead. Former Knight Tino Alunni came up with the primary assist with Brian Lange picking up the secondary. Five minutes later, their lead grew to 2-0 after Noah Bradley found another rebound, on the power play, off assists from Jackson Koblick and Bryce Whitman.

In a frame dominated by penalty minutes, neither team would find much rhythm. The Knights gained a slight edge in chances generated as the period wound on, and were finally rewarded in the final seconds of the frame. Set up in neutral ice by a slick entry pass from Jake Nimeh, Zach Ouladelhadjahmed would bury a backhanded beauty past Philadelphia goaltender Peter Ciccarelli (27 saves) to bring the Knights within one.

With the third period, the pace of play quickened and with it, the Revolution seized back the momentum. They out-shot the Knights 11-6 in the third period, while limiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s grade-A looks on net. Both teams traded an unsuccessful power play in a largely uninhibited third period of play. After the expiration of a Knights power play with under a minute left in regulation, Walker left the net for the extra attacker.

Ciccarelli and the Revolution backcheck would finish off the final scoring opportunities the Knights would generate, on their way to their 33rd win of the year.

The Knights will look to bounce back against New York Applecore in a two-game road series this weekend. Saturday’s game will be at 4:10 pm EST at the Louis Astorino Ice Arena. Sunday’s contest will be at the same venue, but will take place at 9:30 am. Both games will be broadcast on www.hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!


Weekend Recap: Knights Roll to Weekend Sweep of Bobcats Royals

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

Heading into a Saturday-Sunday series in Long Island, the Knights looked to extend their winning ways that can trace their roots back to mid-December. Winners of seven of their last eight games, the Knights hit the ground running Saturday night.

In what could be considered their most-disciplined win of the season, the Knights were kick-started by Denys Arkhypenko, who scored the opening tally at the 16:00 mark of the first period (Emerson Emery). In a period that they out-shot New York 17-5, the Knights entered the first intermission with momentum, but the scoring was kept in check by the steady play of New York netminder, Timothy Carpenter.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s heavy presence in the attacking zone would not relent in the second. Two early New York penalties would allow the forecheck to get off to a quick start. Though both power plays would be killed off, the pressure would not relent, finally giving way to Bryan Whelan at 8:44. The forward would strike against his former team off assists from Austin Weber and Jake Fuss.

Nick Peck would keep the momentum rolling with his seventh goal of the season at 14:13 (Zach Ouladelhadjahmed, Rhett Padgett). The team’s fourth score was tallied with 24 seconds left in the period, when Cody Rumsey and Tyler Watungwa set up JP Natishan for the 4-0 lead.

In the third, the Knights power play would put the game to bed. Austin Weber struck just past the three minute mark (Arkhypenko, Emery), followed by Tyler Watungwa, set up by Emery’s third assist of the game, and William Case’s secondary.

At the final horn, the Knights would skate away with a 6-0 win, capped off by Thomas Walker’s 16-for-16 performance between the pipes, his first shutout of the season.

In game two, the rematch saw an earlier start but a parallel finish. The Knights struck first on the afternoon after Rhett Padgett buried a shot from the blue line, extending his point streak to four games (Austin Weber, Jake Nimeh). Tyler Shugrue did his part in net for the Bobcats Royals, facing 23 shots in the first period alone, saving all but two.

The second tally came off the stick of JP Natishan, scoring  for the second-consecutive game, assisted by captain Jake Fuss. The Knights defense did their part, limiting New York to just four shots on goal. Knights starter Jared Stahel stopped all four en route to another solid start for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

In the middle frame, Nick Peck struck for the Knights third goal (Padgett, Arkhypenko). The game took a decidedly chippy turn as each team traded a grand total of 95 penalty minutes. The Knights penalty kill not only survived, but thrived, killing off each penalty they faced. Top cap it off, in the process of killing off a major penalty, Bryan Whelan added a shorthanded goal (Fuss) in the final minute of the second period. Whelan has now scored points (4-2-6) in all five games he’s played in since being traded to the Knights.

In the third, the Knights thwarted another major penalty and added another shorthanded goal. After assisting the first shortie, Jake Fuss recorded one of his own, finishing off a three-point game. The Knights captain has recorded points in seven-straight games.

In the game’s final minute, fresh off games with the NAHL on Friday and Saturday, Tyler Nielsen hammer a puck through traffic, where Jake Nimeh tipped it home for the score. Brady Hanson picked up the secondary assist.

When the dust had settled, the Knights found themselves with their second-straight 6-0 shutout. For Jared Stahel, his 14 saves on 14 shots marked his second shutout for the season.  The special teams excelled as well: the kill was 7-for-7 with two shorthanded goals. The power play went 2-for-7. The 12 total goals were scored by nine different players, and the Knights mounted 107 shots over two games.

With the victory Sunday, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has won nine of their last 10 games. They’ll look to keep rolling with a mid-week match up with the Philadelphia Revolution on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm EST. Stay tuned to Knights social media and www.wbsknights.com for all news and updates!

EHL: Knights Charge Continues with Sixth-Straight Win

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

Following a December dominated by long road trips, broken up only by singular home stands and the holidays, the Knights enjoyed their home-cooking this weekend. Entering the new year on a hot streak, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has shown no signs of slowing down in the second half of their EHL season.

After a strong 5-1 win on Saturday, the Knights hit the ground running on Sunday. 17 first period shots from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton were largely kept at bay by the steadiness of Oilers netminder Will McEwen. Alex Morawski finally broke through at 12:07, recording his second goal of the weekend, his 10th on the season, off an assist from Nate Chuckran for the game’s first score.

Just prior to the 19:00 marker, Connecticut forward Val Sverdlov answered with his second score in as many days with Tyler Lapshanski picking up the lone assist.

Tied heading into the second, the Oilers struck first at 5:26 on a power play as the Knights continued to battle their second-period demons. This tally was recorded by Zach Withington with an apple from Tim Lopez to give the Oilers their first lead of the weekend.

The advantage was short-lived as just under a minute later Tyler Watungwa grew his scoring streak to six games with his fourth goal of his young Knights career (Cody Rumsey).

The Knights would tack on another as William Case picked up his second in a Knights sweater off a set up from old friend and longtime teammate Tyler Nielsen in the period’s final minute.

Backed by solid play in the own end and net from Thomas Walker, the Knights attack poured it on in the third. Zach Ouladelhadjahmed picked up a shorthanded goal at 3:36, unassisted. Jake Fuss kept the special teams streak going at 10:34 when the Knights leading-scorer tallied a power play marker from Nick Peck and Nate Chuckran. New addition Bryan Whelan rounded out the scoring at 12:25 when Fuss sent him the biscuit for yet another power play goal. Whelan kicked off his Knights debut with 16th score of his EHL season, following his acquisition from the New York Bobcats Royals.

The Knights rode Walker and his 26 saves through the remainder of the contest and cruised to the 6-2 win, on their way to sixth-straight victory and a convincing weekend sweep. Between Saturday and Sunday, the Knights outscored the Oilers 11-3, won the shooting contest 100-56, and took home the special teams advantage, going 3-for-8 on the power play and 9-for-11 on the penalty kill, scoring two shorthanded goals.

The team will look to continue their hot streak when they travel to the EHL’s January Showcase in Philadelphia next weekend for two games against the Boston Jr. Rangers and the East Coast Wizards. Stay tuned to www.wbsknights.com and Knights social media for news and updates!

EHL Recap: Knights Beat Oilers for Fifth-Straight Win

Photo: Jessica Kovalcin

On Saturday the Knights hosted the Connecticut Oilers in game one of two on the weekend. With positioning in the South Conference on the line, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton didn’t misstep in their second contest of the new year.

With Jared Stahel in net once more, the Knights were bolstered early by the Texas netminder’s steady play in the crease. 11 first-period saves allowed the Knights forecheck to mount 11 of their own chances on goal, with Alex Morawski notching the lone tally of the opening frame at 7:35. On a power play, the Florida-native buried his ninth goal of the year off helpers from Tyler Nielsen and William Case.

Mick Heneghan kept the the offense rolling in the first five minutes of the second period. The Knights defenseman potted his first tally with the EHL team when Denys Arkhypenko found him off a solid sequence initiated by Austin Weber.

Connecticut would finally answer when a power play opportunity arose from the Knights lone penalty of the second period. At 14:29 Tim Lopez fed Fabian Zuccarello who in turn found Val Sverdlov to cut the deficit in half.

Holding strong into the third, the Knights put the game to bed with three more goals, two coming in the period’s first four minutes. Cody Rumsey and Tyler Nielsen combined to set up Tyler Watungwa for his third goal of his Knights career at 1:32. The Ottawa native now has an active five-game point streak, and has scored in all but one game with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Austin Weber followed suit just two minutes later when he bested Connecticut goalie Olof Djurberg for the Knights 4-1 lead (Heneghan, Jake Fuss). Following a scoreless stretch of over 15 minutes, Cole Wenner, fed by Zach Ouladelhadjahmed, picked up his first goal of the season in the form of a shorthanded, empty-netter to move the Knights ahead 5-1. The score would remain through the final horn, cementing the Knights fifth-straight win, their 15th on the season.

A potent Wilkes-Barre/Scranton out-shot Connecticut 42-28, with Jared Stahel back-stopping the Knights defense with 27 saves in his 7th win of the year. With a one-point lead on fourth place in the South Conference, the Knights will look for their sixth-consecutive victory tomorrow morning with a rematch against the Oilers set for 10:30 am EST. Tune in at hockeytv.com, follow along on Knights social media, or come to the Revolution Ice Centre to watch the game in person, free of charge!

EHL: Knights Fall to Walpole to Close November Showcase

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On day two of the EHL’s Novemver Showcase, the Knights took on their second-straight Boston division opponent in the Walpole Express. The Express entered play second in their division with a record of 12-5-3, having lost game one of their showcase to the Philadelphia Revolution.

After a quiet start, both teams began to pick up their pressure as the first half progressed. With Austin Smith in net for Walpole and Jared Stahel anchoring the pipes for the Knights, both goalies faced a high number of chances in the opening 25 minutes. Smith stopped all 13 shots he faced, but the Express bested Stahel and the Knights defense twice in 19 tries.

The first goal came at 13:57 when Chris Peters poked a George Thurston wraparound rebound home to put the Express on the board. A second Walpole tally came at 19:12, when on the power play, Ryan Campbell ripped a puck from the circle past Stahel off assists from Chris Gratton and Eric Wright. The 2-0 lead held for the Express through the end of the first half.

Coming out of the intermission, Walpole quickly built a 3-0 lead when Peters found the net for a second time, assisted by Bryan Colburn just over two minutes in. Steady play from Smith in net held the Knights at bay until the 9:27. On a power play, Anthony Starzi and Denys Arkhypenko sifted the puck through traffic in front to find Jake Fuss on the back post for the Knights captain’s 19th goal of the season.

The Express responded 28 seconds later when William Lebel put home a 2-on-1 rush started by Peters. Smith and Stahel then engaged in a 10-minute trade of strong saves, with the Express holding the edge in number of chances. The Knights would finally break through Smith’s steady play at 19:49 when JP Natishan picked up his second goal of the season off a redirect of Zach Ouladelhadjahmed’s shot, set up by a Brady Hanson pass.

Within two, the Knights forecheck picked up its pace and intensity but could not solve Smith. Following an unsuccessful power play that expired at 23:42, the Knights pulled Stahel, who finished 36/40 on the day, shortly thereafter. The Express didn’t take long to ice the game, as Tyler Pietrzyk buried an empty-net goal, unassisted at 24:38.

At the horn, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton found themselves on the wrong side of a 5-2 final. They’ll look to get back on track against the Boston Jr. Rangers at the Breakway Ice Centre this Friday, November 17th, at 7:50 pm EST. The game can be viewed on hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter and visit easternhockeyleague.org for 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!


EHL Knights finish Weekend Sweep

Knights complete bounce back weekend with sweep

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

Following their wild 6-5 victory Saturday night, the Knights were looking for win number two on the weekend to bring themselves back to .500 in the second weekend of the season.

Much like their first game against Apple Core, the Knights erupted out of the gates.

Jake Fuss again kicked off the scoring, picking up his league-leading sixth tally of the young season on a power play with assists from Tyler Nielsen and Austin Weber at 4:54.

Alex Morawski followed suit three and a half minutes later, scoring another power play goal, his second in as many days to build the Knights a 2-0 lead (Cody Rumsey).

Tyler Nielsen would cap a strong first half of the period with a rocket from the slot, fed from Fuss down low and Weber on the secondary at 9:58.

The Knights defense would limit chances on goalie Jared Stahel for the majority of the period, and then fought impressively through three late-period penalties to preserve the 3-0 lead.

To begin the second, the Knights had to be wary of an Apple Core team that used the middle frame the day before to erase most of a Wilkes-Barre/Scranton four-goal lead. Learning from that game, the Knights were aggressive on the forecheck, taking 15 shots on New York goaltender Kasper Urbaniak, not allowing themselves to be content with a multi-goal advantage.

Despite this aggressiveness, Apple Core did find ways to create pressure, piling up 16 shots in the period. Both Urbaniak and Stahel stood tall, as both teams were held scoreless in the middle 20.

The Knights special teams fared well through the first 40 minutes, but received a true test in the third period as the team found themselves stuck in a perpetual parade to the penalty box.

Early relief came in the form of Cody Rumsey’s first goal with the team at 1:21 into the period, assisted by Anthony Starzi and Alex Morawski.

The Knights then would take two penalties in the next few minutes of play.  The kill unit held on for the first, but a tired Knights backcheck finally saw Matthew Boring get Apple Core on the board at even strength. The 98 birth year took a well-placed pass from Eliot Friedow, set up by Daniel Fleischman, to the front of the net and poked it past Stahel for the goal.

On the second Knights penalty, looking to pull within two, Apple Core was caught out of position in neutral ice. Josh Edwards gashed the transitioning, New York attack with a well-placed pass to Zach Ouladelhadjahmed who ripped an absolute dagger past Urbaniak for the shorthanded score at 10:32.

Despite the renewed three-goal lead, the penalties continued for the Knights, with three more served in the period.

After an afternoon of successfully nullifying New York’s man-advantage, the Knights finally saw their armor crack at 16:01, when Race Bennett fired home a rebound off Patrick Sullivan’s shot and Mark Revniaga’s pass.

Despite the late score coupled with more power play time, New York was unable to close the gap, and the Knights with the help of solid penalty kill and goaltending from Stahel, closed out the game with a 5-2 win.

The Knights special teams went 2-7 on the power play and 8-9 on the penalty kill. They now find themselves in third place in the Mid-Atlantic division.

Now on a two-game winning streak, the Knights will have some time to collect themselves before their next contest on Sunday against the Philadelphia Revolution at the Class of 1923 arena in Philadelphia. The game will start at 1:00 pm and will be broadcast on hockeytv.com


Fuss Leads Knights to First EHL Victory

Photo Credit: Jessica Kovalcin

Jake Fuss is no stranger to the scoresheet. He scored the first two goals of the Knights season last weekend just months after setting the tier-III junior hockey goals record.

It came as little surprise Saturday night when Fuss put the Knights on the board to kick things off in their competition with New York Apple Core on Saturday night. Fuss’ goal, assisted by Tyler Nielsen and new addition Austin Weber, kicked off an explosive Knights attack in the game’s opening frame.

Jake Nimeh tacked on the Knights second goal just over a minute later, following crisp passing from Zach Ouladelhadjahmed and Nick Peck. Nimeh struck again at 11:59 receiving another apple from Peck.

Jared Stahel backstopped a solid defensive effort in the first 20 minutes, stopping all 13 shots Apple Core generated. As the period wound to a close, New York committed a pair of penalties that would carry over into the second frame.

Alex Morawski cashed in on the 5-on-3 power play for the Knights just 1:02 into the second period (Weber, Fuss) to build a seemingly commanding 4-0 lead. Apple Core had other plans.

Eamann McMillon’s even strength goal at 8:10 energized the New York forecheck, as they began to control possession in the Knights zone. Their persistence, combined with intermittent Knights penalties led to Apple Core’s domination of the second half of the period.

At 13:41, Logan Scarlotta notched an even strength goal created Tanner Dalton and Race Bennett. Three minutes later, Patrick Sullivan ripped a laser of a power play goal (Mark Revniaga, Wilson McCloy) to bring Apple Core within one.

Jared Stahel preserved the Knights 4-3 lead late in the frame with a seemingly impossible, twisting save in which he was able to pin the puck to his back on an Apple Core power play offering. New York’s rally would not be deterred, as just under six minutes into the third period, Race Bennett tallied the game-tying goal, assisted by McCloy.

The Knights, having seen their lead evaporate, redoubled their efforts on the attack and were rewarded when Jake Fuss hammered a puck home off a breakaway at 8:53 to re-take the 5-4 lead.

Buoyed by a handful of strong saves by Stahel, the Knights fended off Apple Core late into the third period. With a minute and a half to play, New York pulled netminder Alex Henson for an extra attacker.

Fuss appeared to put the game on ice when he found the empty net (Brady Hanson, Tyler Nielsen) at 18:51. Ben Freatman and Apple Core would not go quietly into the night. With the net again vacant in their own zone, Freatmen willed a puck past Stahel’s toe to again bring Applecore within one with 53 seconds left in regulation.

The ensuing faceoff would be taken without Henson in net, again leaving an extra attacker on for New York. Following a near miss on the empty net, the Knights were able to grind out the clock, on their way to their first EHL win in the 2017-18 season.

The Knights will host a rematch this afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Admission is free, and the game can be watched at hockeytv.com. Stay tuned to @WBSKnightsEHL on twitter for updates!