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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.  
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2015 - 2016 TIER I AAA
Tryout Schedule


At the Revolution Ice Centre
 
NEW Peewee Minor ('04 & '05)
April 2nd: 5:30-6:30pm AND April 3rd: 5:30-6:30pm

Bantam Major ('01 & '02)
March 31st: 5:15-6:15pm AND April 1st: 5:15-6:15pm

U16 ('99 & '00) 
March 31st: 6:30-7:30pm AND April 1st: 6:30-7:30pm

U18 ('97 & '98)
March 31st: 7:45-8:45pm AND April 1st: 7:45-8:45pm
 
***Tryout fees - $75***
 
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posted 03/01/2015
U16 National Wins USPHL Championship

The Knights U16 National team headed to Foxboro Sports Center over the weekend to play in the USPHL League Playoffs.

The weekend started with a game against the Rochester Junior Americans, which the Knights won 9-2. The next game for the team was a much tougher affair as they squeaked out an overtime victory against a heavily loaded Selects Academy team. Next on the slate was the Syracuse Stars. The Stars had defeated the Knights earlier in the season, but the Knights went on to win the playoff match-up 5-1. The last game before the Championship final game came against the Providence Capitals. The Knights won the game 10-5.

The results of the games pit the Knights against Team Comcast in the USPHL Championship Final game. The Knights defeated Team Comcast by a score of 6-2. 1998-born, Bloomington Thunder – USHL Draft pick, Vlad Dzhioshvili had a hat trick and an assist in the win. Forward Noah Bradley also chipped in with a goal and 2 assists. Penn State University commit Jake Goldowski contributed with a goal and an assist. Goaltender Gio Podalinski played tremendously and stopped 24 of 26 shots thrown his way.

The Knights lead the way in individual stats in the USPHL Playoffs as well. Dzhioshvili led all scorers with 11 points. Noah Bradley was tied for second with 9 points. Goaltender Gio Podalinski was ranked fourth among goalies in playoffs while stopping 102 of 109 shots in 4 games played. He ended the post-season with a GAA of 1.73 and a .936 save percentage.


posted 02/27/2015
U16 American Clinch Playoff Berth

The Knights U16 American team found itself out of the playoff picture with three games to play before the weekend started. The team needed six points to overtake the sixth and final spot in the AYHL Playoffs.

The Knights started their three-game weekend by defeating the Philadelphia Little Flyers. Their power play was clicking on all cylinders as they scored three goals on the man advantage. Dominick Rinaldi had two while Erik Matheson scored the third power play goal. Grigorijs Holodkovs also added a goal to help the Knights win. Goaltender Evan Ruschil made 19 saves on 21 shots to allow the Knights to win 4-2.

Just a few hours later, the Knights faced off against the visiting Connecticut Oilers. The Knights handily won the game 12-1. Knights team captain Dominick Rinaldi put up 6 points on the day with 2 goals and 4 assists. Erik Matheson scored 3 goals and had an assist. Ryan Reifler scored and assisted twice in the game. Bruce Liakhnovich, Grigorijs Holodkovs, Mitchel Forgash, Sky Swavely, and Jimmy Petuch also had goals for the Knights.

The next day, the Knights were matched up again with the visiting Oilers. The outcome was similar to the previous game as the Knights went on to win 10-1. Ryan Reifler led the way with 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points. Rinaldi, Holodkovs, and Flamur Berisha were next with 4 points on the day. Bruce Liakhnovich had 1 goal and 2 assists to help the Knights. Goaltender Evan Ruschil stopped 15 of 16 shots headed his way.

The three wins gave the Knights the six points they needed to overtake the sixth and final AYHL Playoff position. The league playoffs begin February 27 against the Avalanche. All playoff games will be held at Ice Line in West Chester, Pennsylvania.


posted 02/27/2015
Tyler Gratton Invited to US NTDP Tryout Camp

The Knights are pleased to announce that U16 National forward Tyler Gratton has been invited to the U.S. National Team Development Program tryout camp.

Tyler Gratton is a 1999 birth year forward from Pottstown, Pennsylvania. In his first season with the Knights, Gratton finished the AYHL season with 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points in 27 games played.

“Extremely gifted,” replied Knights U16 National Head Coach Kerry Huffman. “He’s got all the tools to succeed in this game. I’m really glad he will get a chance to show his abilities to the NTDP.”

The NTDP tryout camp will be comprised of the nation’s top 1999-born players for a chance at representing the United States on the NTDP U18 and/or U17 teams.


posted 02/26/2015
Yenchak Tendered By Topeka RoadRunners – NAHL

The Knights are excited to announce their first North American Hockey League tender of the 2014-2015 season. Knights’ forward John Yenchak has been tendered by the Topeka RoadRunners.

John Yenchak is a 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pound forward from nearby Wyoming, Pennsylvania. He is currently playing in his fourth season for the Knights. This season on the U18 team, the lightning fast skating forward has amassed 7 goals and 7 assists in 16 games played. Last season, Yenchak put up the same numbers in 21 games played.

“John is a quality player and a great kid,” explained U18 Head Coach Tom Kowal. “He can skate like the wind and has a great amount of skill.”

The Topeka RoadRunners play out of the Southern Division of the NAHL – the nation’s only Tier II Junior A Hockey league. The team is located in Topeka, Kansas. Their home arena is the Landon Arena.


posted 02/24/2015
Hodges Chooses U. of Southern Maine

The Knights are pleased to announce their latest player commitment. Bryan Hodges has committed to the University of Southern Maine Huskies.

Bryan Hodges is a native of California who chose to play for the Knights in his last year of junior hockey eligibility. The 1994 birth year forward joined the Knights half-way through the season after rehabbing from a knee injury. In 20 games played, Hodges put up 1 goal and 6 assists. The 5-foot-11-inch, 180-pound forward brings puck skills and a physical aspect to the game.

“Bryan’s willingness to learn is an attribute that has helped him tremendously,” replied Head Coach/GM Justin Lyle when asked about Hodges. “He came in late and picked up the systems quickly. He comes in and stays late on the ice and is always looking to improve. I’m positive Bryan will do well for Southern Maine. They’ve recruited a quality player and person. I wish him and his family the best of luck.”

The University of Southern Maine is a multi-campus public university. Its primary campus is located in Portland, Maine. The Huskies program is an NCAA Division III team playing out of the Eastern College Athletic Conference – East.

“I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me throughout the process,” said Bryan Hodges. “I especially want to thank the Knights coaches and organization for helping me with this opportunity.” Hodges plans to study International Business upon entering the University of Southern Maine.


posted 02/24/2015
MacGregor Commits to UMass-BOSTON

The Knights have the great pleasure of announcing David MacGregor’s commitment to play for the University of Massachusetts – Boston Beacons.

David MacGregor is a 1994-born, California native who is enjoying his first season within the Knights organization. MacGregor is a 5-foot-10-inch, 180-pound offensively gifted forward. The 2014-2015 season saw him put up 9 goals and 27 assists in 44 games played.

“David’s commitment to working hard and playing the game the right way has earned him a spot with the Beacons,” explained Head Coach/GM Justin Lyle. “His willingness to battle and make plays will surely help him achieve success at the next level. I’m very confident he will thrive at UMass-Boston. I wish him nothing but the best.”

The UMass-Boston Beacons are an NCAA Division III hockey program playing out of the Eastern College Athletic Conference – East. They are currently ranked second in the conference behind the Norwich Cadets.

“I’m really excited about getting to play with UMass-Boston and their coaches,” replied David MacGregor when asked about his commitment. “I think it will be great fit with their program, academically, and the city itself is incredible. I want to thank my family and Coach Lyle for helping me with the commitment. Playing for the Knights has been a really great experience.” MacGregor plans to embark on an Engineering Major at UMass-Boston.


posted 02/24/2015
Arnold Commits to St. Mary’s University

The Knights are proud to announce Austin Arnold has committed to be a student-athlete at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Austin Arnold is a defenseman who has patrolled the blue line for the Knights for two seasons. During the 2013-2014 campaign, Arnold scored a goal and assisted 3 times for 4 points with 40 penalty minutes. In the 2014-2015 season, he had 2 goals and 12 assists while sitting in the box for 20 penalty minutes. The durable and tough Alaska native has played in all 88 regular season games during his time with the Knights.

Head Coach/GM Justin Lyle had only praise for the veteran defenseman. “St. Mary’s is getting a consistent defenseman who is good in all areas of the game. Above all else, they are getting a great person in Austin. I have been lucky to have dealt with him for two seasons and wish him and his family nothing but luck in the future.”

St. Mary’s University of Minnesota is a private university located in Winona, Minnesota. The Cardinals Men’s Ice Hockey program is an NCAA Division III team playing out of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Cardinals are currently second in the MIAC with a conference record of 9-5-2 and an overall record of 14-9-2.

“I want to thank all my past coaches and the Knights coaching staff. I also want to thank my family who has supported me my whole life in hockey to get to this point,” said Austin Arnold. “I think St. Mary’s is perfect for me because it’s a smaller school and it allows me to be closer to my home state.” Arnold will be a student-athlete of St. Mary’s Business program.


posted 02/24/2015
Knights Split With Wolfpack

It was another hard fought weekend for the Knights against a very hard working Hartford Junior Wolfpack team. The two Central Division rivals split the weekend with the Knights losing the first game, then winning the second contest.

The Knights and Wolfpack skated to a 2-2 tie at the end of the first period of the first game. The Wolfpack’s Nick Belger scored the first goal of the game, however defenseman Jeremy Briscoe scored his first goal of the season to tie up the score. Belger scored again after Briscoe’s goal, but defenseman Austin Arnold was able to tie the score at two goals apiece. The two teams traded goals in the second with the Wolfpack taking the lead first. Knights’ forward Zach Remers buried a pass from Dan Perez to end the second period 3-3. The Hartford Wolfpack went on to score three unanswered goals in the third period to win the game 6-3. Goaltender Kenny Graham made 29 saves on 35 shots.

The Knights looked to avenge the loss against the Wolfpack in the second game of the weekend. They started by scoring three straight goals to begin the game. Geno DeAngelo, Zach Remers, and Dan Perez scored the initial three goals for the Knights. The Wolfpack’s Schauss scored their first goal, but Perez answered to end the first period by a score of 4-1. The Knights fell flat in the second period and gave up two goals to their opponents. Remers scored his second goal of the game with the assists going to Perez and David MacGregor. The Wolfpack added a late goal in the third period, but the Knights ended up on top by a score of 5-4. Goaltender Tyler Huberty saved 41 of 45 shots.

The Knights final regular season game against the Northern Cyclones will be held on Friday, February 20 at 1:30pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. This will be the final tune-up before they embark on post-season play.


posted 02/17/2015
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