Knights vs. Rebels
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights travel to IceWorks to play the Rebels for two games this weekend. This will be the fifth and sixth times that the teams will be meeting. The Rebels so far have a 4 – 1 record against the Knights outscoring the Knights 22 – 13. The games should be exciting since these are the two highest scoring teams in the North American Hockey League. The last time the teams met was on October 21 when the Rebels defeated the Knights 4 – 1. Carter Woolley had two goals that game.
WBS Knights Overview
The Knights enter the weekend coming off a 4 – 1 win over the Northeast Generals. The Knights have a 2 – 3 record during their past five games. They are currently fourth in the East Division with a 9 – 10 record for 18 points, 10 points behind the division leading Rebels.
The Knights have scored 64 goals this season, which is second in the league and three behind the Rebels. They have allowed the second most goals in the league with 67. The Knights are ranked eleventh in the league on the power play with a 16.7% success rate while they are fifteenth in the league on the penalty kill with a 78.7%.
The Knights are led by Matt Kidney’s 21 points (9 goals and 12 assists). Kidney also is the team’s top goal scorer with nine goals. Mike Gelatt and Curtis Carlson each have fourteen points. Kidney also leads the team with three game winning goals. Dorian Dawson has a +11 +/- ratio and Elihah Latimer leads the team in penalty minutes with 52.
The goaltending tandem of Colt Hanks and Grant Valentine has a 3.39 goals against average and a .908 save percentage.
The Rebels are coming off a 2 – 0 loss against Johnstown, their only loss at home so far during the season. The team has a 4 – 1 record during the past five games. The Rebels are first in the East division with a 14 – 3 record for 28 points.
The Rebels are the NAHL’s highest scoring team with 67 goals while they are second in the league with the least allowed goals with 31. The team is ranked sixth in the league on the power play with a 25% success rate while they are eighth in the league on the penalty kill with 82%.
Andrew Bellant (11 goals and 8 assists) and Dom Garcia (5 goals and 14 assists) lead the team with points. Gianluca Esteves has sixteen points (5 goals and 11 assists). Bellant leads the team with eleven goals. Bellant, Garcia, Esteves and Andreas Maier each have two game winning goals. Garcia and Arizona State University commit Gvido Jansons lead the team in penalty minutes with 33 respectively. Defenseman Ryan Solomon has the league’s best +19 +/- statistic.
Mareks Mitens has a 1.34 goals against average and a .942 save percentage. He also has four shutouts.