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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 Back On Winning Track

The Knights got back on the winning track after a weather delay that put their travel plans back a day. Much like the rest of the northeast United States, the Knights were affected by the snow storms. The team was slated to travel to the Boston area on Saturday, however, due to the snow, they were forced push back their departure to Sunday. The team’s first stop was the Walpole Express, then the next day, their opponent was the East Coast Wizards.

The Knights took the first game from the Walpole Express by a score of 4-1. Goals for the Knights came from Bryan Hodges, Blake Brazil, Pontus Okerblad, and Cole Karklins added an empty netter at the end of the game. John Regnart, Dan Perez, Jeremy Briscoe, and Geno DeAngelo provided assists. Steven Orizotti had two assists in the game. Goaltender Kenny Graham stopped 30 of 31 shots to help the team to the win.

The next day, the Knights traveled to the home rink of the East Coast Wizards. The Knights looked to add to their winning ways as they defeated the Wizards 3-2. The Wizards went up early as they scored the first goal about six minutes into the game. However, the Wizards took a penalty about a minute later, and defenseman Cole Karklins took advantage by netting the Knights first goal off of a play by Jeremy Briscoe. Twenty seconds later, Dan Perez scored off of an assist by linemate David MacGregor. It was 2-1 Knights until the third period when Steven Orizotti scored to open the third period. Blake Brazil and Geno DeAngelo had the assists on Orizotti’s goal. The Wizards scored a power play goal afterwards, but their comeback attempt came up short as the Knights went on to a final of 3-2. Goaltender Kenny Graham made his second consecutive start as he turned away 24 of 26 shots.

Knights defenseman Cole Karklins was also recognized by the league as the EHL’s Defenseman of the Week for his efforts over the weekend.

The Knights look to continue their winning streak as they take on the New York Applecore for two games at the Revolution Ice Centre on January 31 and February 1. 

 


by PaulMaciejewski posted 01/28/2015
Karklins Named Defenseman of the Week

The Knights are pleased to announce that Cole Karklins has been named the EHL’s Defenseman of the Week.

Cole Karklins is a 1995-born defenseman from Boca Raton, Florida. The Knights defenseman chipped in with two goals over the weekend to help the team to a 4-1 win over the Walpole Express and a 3-2 victory over the East Coast Wizards. Karklins has been instrumental on the Knights defensive core over the season. He makes up a part of the defensive unit that has helped propel the team to first place in the Central Division and second overall in the EHL. 


by PaulMaciejewski posted 01/28/2015
Goldowski Commits to Penn State University

The Knights are proud to announce that Jacob Goldowski has committed to become a student-athlete at Penn State University.

Jacob Goldowski is a Thornhurst, Pennsylvania native who sits at 6-foot-3-inches, 170 pounds. He is a 2000-birth year currently playing for the Knights U16 National team. In 18 games played, Goldowski has accumulated 4 goals and 4 assists.

“I’m extremely proud to see Jacob’s growth in the last six to eight weeks,” replied Knights U16 Head Coach Kerry Huffman. “He has really come into his own. The other fact is that he has a tremendous amount of upside and potential. He comes to the rink every day and works just as hard if not harder than his older teammates. I wish nothing but good things for Jacob and the Goldowski family.”

Penn State University is one of the newest NCAA Division I hockey programs. The generous donation by local Carbondale, PA native Terry Pegula made the jump from club hockey to NCAA Division possible for the Nittany Lions. With the talent that the school is attracting from its rich sports history and state-of-the-art hockey facilities, it is no wonder the university is able to commit a player like Goldowski. Former Knights Nikita Pavlychev and Denis Smirnov are also committed to play for the Nittany Lions.

“I chose Penn State for what the coaches believe in and what the school has to offer,” replied Jacob Goldowski when asked about his commitment. “One of the biggest things for me was that I grew up following Penn State being a local kid. Going to visit and committing has only fueled me to work harder. I’d like to thank the Knights, Coach Huffman, and especially my parents for giving me this opportunity.”


by PaulMaciejewski posted 01/22/2015
Knights Split With Junior Flyers

The Knights finished their most recent weekend with a win and a loss against the Philadelphia Junior Flyers. They lost the first game at home 3-0, but avenged the loss the next day by winning 3-2.

The first game between the two teams was a 3-0 victory for the visiting Jr. Flyers. The Knights looked sluggish and played poor defensive zone hockey. It was also the first time all season that they had been limited to zero goals scored in a game. Goaltender Kenny Graham made 18 saves on the day.

The Knights started off on the right foot the next day when they travelled down to the home rink of the Jr. Flyers to finish off the weekend. Team captain Dan Perez scored the first goal of the game with the assists going to linemates David MacGregor and Zach Remers. Then, ten seconds into the second period, the Jr. Flyers tied it up at 1-1. Pontus Okerblad scored a power play goal to take the lead back. It took the Jr. Flyers 13 minutes of game play to answer with a goal of their own. However, after receiving a pass from Okerblad, Blake Brazil went on to score the game winning goal. Goaltender Tyler Huberty made 25 saves on 27 shots. Huberty was also selected for the EHL 1994 Prospects game following the weekend.

The two points earned by Pontus Okerblad over the weekend puts him at second in the EHL for points with 43. He currently leads the league in goals scored with 28 goals. 


by PaulMaciejewski posted 01/22/2015
Knights in EHL 1994 Prospects Game

The Eastern Hockey League has announced that three Knights will be playing in the EHL 1994 Prospects Game.

The annual event consists of players who are in their last year of junior hockey eligibility who have yet to commit to an NCAA school. The game will be held on Tuesday, January 20 at Rodman Arena in Walpole, Massachusetts immediately following the EHL’s last showcase of the season. The players from the Knights include Nick Branchina, Bryan Hodges, and Tyler Huberty.

Nick Branchina joined the Knights half-way through the season. Since joining the Knights, he has recorded 1 goal in 10 games played. However, what Branchina does away from the puck should have scouts attracted to the prospect. He has become a stout penalty killer for the Knights, as well as playing well on the defensive side of the puck.

Bryan Hodges is a California-native who joined the Knights late because of a knee injury. In 10 games played for the Knights, Hodges has recorded 5 assists. Anyone watching him play should notice his puck skills along with his willingness to play the physical aspect of the game.

Tyler Huberty is part of the goaltending tandem for the Knights. He currently has an 8-2-2 record with a GAA of 3.13 and a save percentage of .906. When called upon to play, Huberty has filled in admirably. 


by PaulMaciejewski posted 01/22/2015
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