The Knights will hit the road for the first time of the season this weekend, as they head to Ontario to face the Avalanche.
Phoenix is coming off a three-game series against Valencia last weekend. The Knights dropped all three games, but showed some signs of being able to compete with the Flyers, one of the league’s best teams.
Up Next: Ontario Avalanche
Ontario opened their season on the road last weekend, traveling to play the Tahoe Icemen. The two teams played close games throughout the three-game series, starting with a 5-4 2OT win on Friday for the Avalanche. Saturday’s game was won, 5-3, by the Icemen, setting up a Sunday afternoon rubber match. Sunday’s matchup remained scoreless until late in the third period, when Ontario took the 1-0 lead. They held onto that lead, won on Sunday, and took two of three on the road against the promising Tahoe Icemen.
This weekend will be Ontario’s home opener and the only three-game home series for the Avalanche until November.
The support that you showed at the home opener last weekend was incredible. The entire organization, players, coaches and staff, all recognized it and want to thank you for that support. Although we’re on the road this weekend, we’re hoping to see you back at AZ Ice Gilbert next Saturday, Sunday and Monday (October 14-16) for our next home series against the Long Beach Bombers.
If you’re interested in watching this weekend’s games, but can’t make it out to Ontario, you can watch them through WSHL TV and Black Dog Hockey. Click here for more information.
Players to Watch:
1. Anthony Masanotti (1G, 0A in 3GP) – Masanotti was all over the ice in the opening series against the Flyers. His high-energy style of play, mixed with his willingness to shoot the puck, makes him an exciting player to keep an eye on this weekend.
2. Nolan Twerdoclib (0G, 1A in 3GP) – After the first three games of the season, one thing was clear about Twerdoclib. He won’t stop working. Late in games, already decided on the scoreboard, he worked hard, which will hopefully lead to more scoring opportunities this weekend in Ontario.
3. Ashton Richardt (0G, 1A in 3GP) – One of the lone returners from last year’s team, Richardt had some time on the power play last weekend against Valencia. If he can capitalize on using his 6’2”, 200 lb. frame on the power play, that can be a game-changer for a power play unit that struggled to convert against the Flyers.
1. Jesse Zaharichuk (2G, 3A in 3GP) – Zaharichuk is Ontario’s leading scorer, but once you look into his background, that would be expected. The 20-year-old forward played parts of three seasons in the WHL for the Kamloops Blazers, Kootenay Ice and Lethbridge Hurricanes. Over those three seasons, he had 23 goals and 50 assists in 125 games.
2. William Ma (2G, 1A in 3GP) – Ma played for the Avalanche last season, scoring 22 goals to go with his 28 assists in 56 games. He’s gotten off to another good start this year, which included scoring the game-winner in a 1-0 win against Tahoe last Sunday.
3. Filip Subrt (2-0-0, 1.85 GAA, 0.947 SV%) – Subrt is one of the elite goaltenders in the WSHL. He’s now in his third season with the Avalanche, and had a great weekend to open the season against the Icemen. After facing two tough goaltenders with the Flyers, the Knights will have their hands full finding ways to beat the 6’3” goaltender from Slovakia.
Friday, October 6 at 8:30pm - @ Ontario
Saturday, October 7 at 7:30pm - @ Ontario
Sunday, October 8 at 2:30pm - @ Ontario
Saturday, October 14 at 7pm – vs. Long Beach
Sunday, October 15 at 4pm – vs. Long Beach
Monday, October 16 at 1:30pm – vs. Long Beach
Thursday, October 19 at 7:45pm - @ Fresno
Friday, October 20 at 5:30pm - @ Fresno
Saturday, October 21 at 5:30pm - @ Fresno