Division rivals meeting on a night where one is in a must-win situation and the other trying to find its first win of the season. HATFIELD, PA
. - For only the second time this season, the Knights skated with a full roster and they would aim to neutralize the young Bucks team early. However, that wouldn't happen. The Knights, coming off of a disappointing 9-2 loss to the Pennsbury Falcons needed to turn things around quickly in order to skate away to a 2-2 record.
The game got started with both teams playing conservatively and not much offense being generated from either side. Struggling to find goals this season the Knights often find themselves hanging onto the puck too long and looking for the perfect play. Other times it's shot selection, it appears they're trying to thread a needle shooting pucks at spots where there is no shot at all. If hitting the glass high and wide was counted as a shot, the Knights would have dozens more each game on the shot clock. The score would remain tied 0-0 going into the second with the Knights ahead 8-3 in shots.
The Knights would begin to break away offensively from West in the second. West, unable to produce much offense appeared to be relying on high-scoring senior forward Keith Orlando to generate scoring chances. The North Penn defense was up to for the challenge. Orlando would be shut down while attempting to penetrate the offensive zone in every lane, Knights defense would keep the high-flying forward in check. The Knights would get on the board in the second after DJ Zeiger would fend off 2 Bucks players to feed Jeromy Porubski behind the West goal. Porubski would get a shot off from the right side circle through a screen and the West goalie would be unable to control the rebound. Zack Cline would capitalize stuffing it behind Liam Rogers to put the Knights ahead 1-0. The Knights would carry the lead into the 3rd with a whopping 26-7 lead in shots.
The score would remain the same until around 8:22 in the third when Knights forward Justin Yothers would be called for a penalty. West would score with :58 seconds remaining on the power-play when defenseman Grant Funseth would take a cross-ice feed from partner, Evan Hee. Funseth floated a wrist shot through a maze of players that would find its way to the top left corner beating Knights goalie Jon Boyles. The score would remain tied deep into the third when Knights captain Ryan Cunningham connected off a rebound in the slot and would slide it by the West goalie to go ahead with just over a minute to play. The score of this game, while separated by just one goal should've been much different in the Knight's favor. Goalie Liam Rogers was the star keeping West from being shut down early with the 10 goal rule. Final shots were 36-15 Knights, which does not include the dozens of shots missed, crossbars, and posts hit by Knights players.
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