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If you are interested in finding out more information regarding  the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Jr. Knights teams  for the upcoming 2014-2015 season please email: tkowal@wbsknights.com.  
Knights Win 2 Lose 1 at Showcase

The Knights traveled to Hudson, New Hampshire for the EHL Columbus Day Showcase over the weekend. The weekend’s lineup included match-ups against the Valley Jr. Warriors, Boston Jr. Rangers, and the East Coast Wizards.

The Knights started the weekend with a 3-2 win against the Valley Jr. Warriors. The team did all of its scoring in the first half with goals coming from David MacGregor, Zach Remers, and Tanner Bennett. Blake Brazil and Pontus Okerblad both contributed with two assists. Goaltender Kenny Graham made 15 saves on 17 shots.

The Boston Jr. Rangers proved to be a more difficult task for the Knights. Remers scored the lone goal for the team with assists coming from Tanner Bennett and John Regnart. Remers’ goal came 1:13 into the second half of the game, however, the Jr. Rangers were already ahead by three by that time. The Knights went on to lose the game 4-1.

The Knights got back on the winning track as they defeated the East Coast Wizards the next day by a score of 5-3. The opposing teams traded goals in the first half to end the stanza 2-2. Knights’ Steven Orizotti and Cole Karklins scored with assists coming from Lukas Olehn, Sandy Gray, David MacGregor, and John Regnart. The second half of the game was a much more dominant effort for the Knights. They scored three goals to the Wizards’ one. The goals were scored by Dan Perez, Sandy Gray, and Zach Remers.


by PaulMaciejewski posted 10/14/2014
U16 American Team Wins One, Loses One

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Jr. Knights U16 American team played two games over the weekend. They lost their first game on the road against the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, but bounced back in the second game to defeat the Valley Forge Minutemen at home.

The Jr. Knights traveled to Ice Line Quad Rinks, home of the Philadelphia Junior Flyers, on Saturday to play the first game between the two teams on the season. The Jr. Flyers scored the first goal of the game in the first period. The goal was of the “flukey” sort as the puck was shot from the point by a Jr. Flyer defenseman, which went high and wide of the net. As the puck ricocheted off of the glass behind the Jr. Knights goal, it bounced once off the ice then hit off of a Jr. Knights player’s skate into the net. However, team captain Dominick Rinaldi equalized the score five minutes later off of a “tic-tac-toe” play. Denys Arkhypenko, who was on loan from the Jr. Knights U14 team, picked up a loose puck near the Jr. Flyers blue line. From there, Arkhypenko moved the puck to Bruce Liakhnovich. Liakhnovich passed the puck to Rinaldi, who was left all alone back door, after getting by the lone Jr. Flyers defender. The score stayed tied at one goal apiece until the third period when the Jr. Flyers scored two unanswered goals. The final score ended up being 3-1 in favor of the opposing team. Goaltender Evan Ruschil made 31 saves on 34 shots.

The next day, the Jr. Knights played host to the Valley Forge Minutemen. The home team looked to bounce back after a tough loss and it showed as the Jr. Knights scored two goals in the first period. Rinaldi scored his third goal of the season with assists from Arkhypenko and defenseman Joseph Donahue, another player on loan from the Jr. Knights U14 team who had an off weekend from games. Two minutes after the Rinaldi’s goal, forward Flamur Berisha put the puck in the net off of a play by linemate Dylan Gulick and defenseman Shayne Jordan. Shayne Jordan scored the go-ahead goal in the second period on the power play unassisted. Goaltender Evan Ruschil made 30 saves on 31 shots in the winning effort.

“We can be a very good team if we play a complete game, three periods,” explained Head Coach Jon Park when asked about the game. “We’ve lost 1 goal, 2 goal games because the boys took a period off. When we can consistently put together a three period game like we did today, I’m confident we will be able to beat any opponent.”


by PaulMaciejewski posted 10/07/2014
One Win, Two Losses For Knights

The Knights played a three game weekend against two EHL South Division teams in which they finished with a win and two losses. The team started with a win away at the Philadelphia Revolution’s home rink. However, they could not keep the momentum and were tallied twice in the Loss column at the hands of the Philadelphia Little Flyers.

For the second time this season, the Knights defeated the Philadelphia Revolution. The team packed the bus and traveled down the Pennsylvania Turnpike for a “business trip” on Friday – as Head Coach/GM Justin Lyle quoted. Much like the first matchup between the two clubs, the Knights lead after the first period by a score of 4-1. Forward David MacGregor scored first for the Knights with assists coming from linemates Dan Perez and Zach Remers. The Revolution tied the score just over two minutes later, but after that, Perez lit the lamp twice to bring his goal total to 11 goals on the season. Blake Brazil also added a power play goal in the first period. Tanner Bennett scored a power play goal assisted by Brazil and defenseman Austin Arnold to start the second period. Four minutes later, Swedish-born forward Pontus Okerblad scored off of a feed from defenseman John Regnart. Okerblad finished the scoring two minutes into the third period to win the game 7-1. Goaltender Tyler Huberty took home the win making 29 saves on 30 shots.

The Knights played their second game of the weekend at their home rink of the Revolution Ice Centre against another Philly area team – Philadelphia Little Flyers. The game ended up being much tougher, as the team lost the game 4-3. The Knights gave up the first goal of the game with less than a minute left in the first period. Okerblad responded for the Knights in the second period, but the Little Flyers also scored twice. Six minutes into the final stanza of the game, the Little Flyers netted their fourth and final goal of the game, which proved to be the winner. Okerblad put two more goals in the net for his second hat trick of the season, but it wasn’t enough to win the game. Knights’ goaltender Kenny Graham made 37 saves in the loss.

The finale of the weekend was a frustrating matchup at the home rink of the Philadelphia Little Flyers. After being defeated the night before, the Knights hoped to bounce back against the same team. The conditions were not favorable for the Knights, however. It would be their third game in three days while also being on the road. The two teams traded goals in the first period with the Little Flyers scoring first. Then, Okerblad scored on the power play unassisted. The goal put Okerblad first on the team in goals scored with 13. Forward Sandy Gray also scored for the Knights in the first period. Blake Brazil tucked away his third goal of the season on the power play to start the second stanza of the game. Tanner Bennett added an assist on the play which gave him 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) on the season. Unfortunately, that would be the last of the scoring for the Knights, as the Little Flyers put up four unanswered goals to win the game 6-3. Goaltender Tyler Huberty played his second game of the weekend and made 29 saves in the losing effort. 


by PaulMaciejewski posted 10/07/2014
Yakimowicz Looks to Improve After Being Drafted

Photo taken by: Derek Ruttan- The London Press 
 
WBS Knights alumni has aspirations of getting better and better even after being drafted by the St. Louis Blues.
 

by PaulMaciejewski posted 10/06/2014
WBS Knights CHOWDER CUP TEAMS

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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