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Graham Earns EHL Goalie of the Week

The Knights are pleased to announce that goaltender Kenny Graham has earned the EHL’s Goalie of the Week honors for the week ending on October 26, 2014.

Kenny Graham is a 1996 birth year goaltender from Milton, Massachusetts. He is enjoying his first season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Graham has helped the Knights to first place in the EHL Central Division. Last week, he stopped 51 of 54 shots in his two wins against the Valley Jr. Warriors and the Boston Jr. Rangers. Graham is currently ranked in the top five of every statistical goaltender category.

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by PaulMaciejewski posted 10/30/2014
Knights Defeat Jr. Rangers & Jr. Warriors

The Knights traveled to the Boston, Massachusetts area to play two EHL Boston Division teams. They came back with a 3-2 win against the Boston Jr. Rangers and a 4-1 win versus the Valley Jr. Warriors.

The Knights looked to get back at the Jr. Rangers after their last meeting, which ended in a 4-1 loss for the Knights. The Jr. Rangers started on the right foot as they took advantage of their first power play of the game about two minutes into the match. The Knights answered back to tie the game at 1-1 with 2:33 left in the first stanza. The two teams played tight until about five minutes left in the second period when Hank Hilts scored a goal with assists coming from Evan Sterling and John Regnart. Two minutes later, Blake Brazil scored off of a point shot from defenseman John Regnart. The Jr. Rangers scored once more, but the Knights held on for a 3-2 win. Goaltender Kenny Graham made 24 saves on 26 shots for his part in the Knights win.

The road trip ended with a stop at the Valley Jr. Warriors for the Knights second game of the weekend. The game started off tight for both teams as the first period ended in a scoreless tie. Knights forward Geno DeAngelo broke the tie by scoring the game’s first goal. Blake Brazil followed that up after assists by Tanner Bennett and defenseman Jeremy Briscoe. The Jr. Warriors scored near the end of the second period to make the score 2-1 before the second intermission. In the third period, a Jr. Warrior took a 5-minute major slashing penalty. The Knights top power play unit took advantage of the extended power play by scoring two goals within six seconds of each other. Team captain Dan Perez scored both goals. Defenseman Cole Karklins had the primary assists on both goals, while John Regnart had the secondary assist on the first goal and David MacGregor had the secondary assist on the second goal. Kenny Graham started the second game in a row and made 27 saves on 28 shots.

The points gotten by Dan Perez and Tanner Bennett over the weekend put both players tied with teammate Pontus Okerblad for the top spots on the team for points. All three players are tied for the top spot with 23 points. The next highest spot belongs to Blake Brazil who has 21 points on the season. 

by PaulMaciejewski posted 10/29/2014
U16 American Splits with NJ Rockets

The Jr. Knights U16 American team played two home games against nearby New Jersey Rockets. Due to both team’s scheduling conflicts, the teams played two AYHL league games in one day – a rare occurrence. The Rockets won the first game in overtime 4-3, but came away with a 2-1 win in the second game.

The Rockets started the first game with a goal about five minutes into the game. The Jr. Knights didn’t answer back with a tally until they scored a power play goal with 13:05 left in the second period. The Rockets went up on the Jr. Knights with two minutes left in the game, but the Jr. Knights tied the game with 21 seconds left in the stanza. The Jr. Knights took the lead in the third period, but the Rockets tied the game up to force overtime. The Rockets scored the overtime winner after a botched offensive zone faceoff by the Jr. Knights. The Jr. Knights had called up the 2000’s team’s netminder, Riley Sims. Sims was valiant in his debut for the U16 American team making 25 saves.

The two teams had a quick turnaround before their next game to be held in 6 hours. The two teams headed off to get a quick meal in, rest, then get ready for the next match. The teams played a surprisingly competitive game for playing on such little rest. The first period ended in a scoreless tie. The Jr. Knights forward Grigorijs Holodkovs scored the only goal in the second period with assists coming from Ryan Reifler and Dominick Rinaldi. The Rockets scored first in the third period to tie the game. However, Reifler scored the game winner about five minutes later. Goaltender Evan Ruschil made 20 saves on 21 shots to get the win. 

by PaulMaciejewski posted 10/29/2014
U16 American Wins Both over Weekend

The Jr. Knights U16 American team set off for Connecticut over the weekend to go to battle against the Connecticut Wolfpack. The Jr. Knights ended the weekend with two wins – winning 4-2 on Saturday and 6-1 on Sunday.

The Jr. Knights started the first game of the weekend on the right foot, even after having bus legs. They played a good road game defensively and picking and choosing their spots to attack. The game was scoreless until there was 2:32 left in the second period when the Wolfpack broke the tie. After the intermission, the Jr. Knights answered back when Ryan Reifler scored 6 minutes into the stanza. The Wolfpack struck back about a minute later, but the Jr. Knights scored three straight after that. The three unanswered goals were scored by Reifler, Dominick Rinaldi, and Sky Swavely. Flamur Berisha had an assist on Rinaldi’s goal and Swavely assisted on Reifler’s. Goaltender Evan Ruschil made 23 saves on 25 shots to get the win.

The Jr. Knights started the scoring in the second match-up between the two teams. Forward Jimmy Petuch scored with assists coming from Ryan Reifler and Mitchell Forgash with 2:24 remaining in the first period. The score stayed 1-0 until the Wolfpack scored in the beginning of the third period. However, the Jr. Knights came back strong to score five straight goals. Grigorijs Holodkovs scored twice while Flamur Berisha, Dylan Gulick, and Mitchell Forgash each had a goal apiece. Team captain Dominick Rinaldi ended the game with three assists. Holodkovs also assisted on two goals to end the game with 2 goals, 2 assists.

“It was good to see some consistency for once,” explained Head Coach Jon Park. “It’s been tough for these guys to put together a complete game, but they played two really good games over the weekend.”

The Jr. Knights U16 American team faces off against the New Jersey Rockets at home in their next game. 

by PaulMaciejewski posted 10/22/2014
Knights Win 2 against Applecore

The Knights went on a road trip to the Brewster Ice Arena over the weekend to battle against division foe New York Applecore. The Knights took both games against the Applecore by scores of 7-0 and 5-3.

The visiting Knights played a near perfect defensive game to start the weekend against the Applecore. Knights goals were scored by Pontus Okerblad (2), Cole Karklins, Stephen Kelly, Kyle Stevens (2), and Dan Perez. The Knights allowed 32 shots on net – 17 in the first period alone. However, the scoring chances were kept to a minimum and the majority of the shots were kept to the outside. Goaltender Kenny Graham took the win and the shutout for the team.

The Applecore came out with a much better effort against the Knights in the Sunday match-up. The first period ended up being scoreless for both teams. Knights forward Blake Brazil opened up the scoring with the assists coming from Steven Orizotti and Tanner Bennett. Pontus Okerblad scored two minutes later on the power play. The Applecore answered back to get on the board with 46 seconds left in the second period. After the second intermission, the Knights started out the scoring by netting two goals within three minutes of each other. Stephen Kelly and Tanner Bennett potted the two goals with the assists coming from Orizotti, Hilts, and Brazil. The Applecore scored two more times, while Blake Brazil finished the scoring for the Knights. Goaltender Kenny Graham started for the second consecutive game and made 23 saves on 26 shots for the win. 

by PaulMaciejewski posted 10/22/2014

The Knights would like to announce that they will be placing two teams in the Senior Chowder Cup showcase held on July 17 – 20. They will be fielding a team in the Jr. A ELITE Division and also in the College Open Division. The Senior Chowder Cup is one of the most well-known summer hockey showcases on the east coast. The showcase has teams from all over the United States and Canada. In addition to the numerous amount of teams entered to play; scouts from many different junior leagues and NCAA Division I & III colleges are in attendance.

Playing for the Knights in this showcase will not only give you a chance to put your talents on display in front of many high level coaches and scouts, but it will also be a chance to try out for the Knights. The organization has always used summer showcase teams as tryouts for players looking for a roster spot in the program.

If interested in trying out for the Knights or for a chance to play in the Chowder Cup, please click on the following link, fill out the application, and mail it in with the appropriate fee.

Mailing address is as follows:

ATTN: Jonathan Park

12 Old Boston Road

Pittston, PA 18640



2014 Chowder Cup Application 

by PaulMaciejewski posted 05/21/2014
Marcus Joseph Drafted to MN Magicians NAHL

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights are pleased to announce that Marcus Joseph (U18AAA) has been drafted by the Minnesota Magicians of the North American Hockey League.

Marcus Joseph is a 5-foot-10-inch, 1997-born defenseman from nearby Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. Joseph plays with an edge and has developed all aspects of a high-level hockey player. He has played his entire youth hockey career with the WBS Knights. Last season, Joseph accumulated 3 goals and 7 assists for 10 points in 24 AYHL regular season games for the Knights U18AAA team. This upcoming season, Joseph has signed to play for the Knights U18AAA team. The Minnesota Magicians drafted Joseph in the 7th round, 140th overall of the NAHL Entry Draft.

The Minnesota Magicians were formed to play in the NAHL in 2013, and they play out of the Midwest Division. The home rink of the Magicians is the Richfield Ice Arena. Last season, the Magicians ended the season with a 21-31-8 record – last in the Midwest Division. With additions like Marcus Joseph, they hope to improve on that record and establish themselves as a powerhouse in the highly competitive NAHL. 

posted 05/21/2014
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