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Knights Face Monsters at Home

11/17/2017, 11:15am MST
By Steven Force

The Phoenix Knights are back at home this weekend to take on the Fresno Monsters.  Phoenix is riding a six-game winning streak after back-to-back sweeps of the San Diego Sabers.  The streak has catapulted the Knights up into 4th place in the Western Division, although Ontario is just one point behind the Knights with seven games in hand.

 

Up Next: Fresno Monsters

The Knights aren’t the only team on a winning streak in the Western Division.  Fresno also comes into this weekend having won six straight games, a streak that began with a sweep of the Knights in Fresno last month.  After a few weeks off following the series against Phoenix, the Monsters were back in action last weekend when they hosted Bellingham.  They swept that series as well, outscoring the Blaze by a score of 24-10.

 

Winning Streaks

The Knights have put themselves in a respectable position over the past couple of weekends after a very tough start to the season.  Phoenix has won six straight, and have gotten points in 8 straight games (6-0-2), dating back to the two overtime losses in Superior. 

 

Longest Winning Streaks since 2012-13 season:

14 games – October 25, 2013 to December 14, 2013

7 games – January 24, 2014 to February 8, 2014

6 games – November 3, 2017 – Present

                   February 28, 2014 to March 9, 2014

 

Players to Watch

Phoenix:

  1. Kohl Hedquist (8G, 2A in 21 GP) – Hedquist has points in four straight games (2G, 2A) and five of his last six.  Having scored seven goals before picking up his first assist on the season, Hedquist is starting to find more ways to get his name on the scoresheet, and has been a big part of the team’s success over the past six games.
  2. Anthony Masanotti (17G, 5A in 21GP) – The leading scorer for the Knights is on fire.  Over his last four games, Masanotti has seven goals, including the game-winner in overtime last Sunday in San Diego.  He’s also had success against the Monsters this season.  In the team’s series in Frenso last month, Masanotti had four goals, including a hat-trick, in the three-game series.
  3. Justin Gusso (3G, 0A in 21GP) – Gusso has been a high-energy player for Colten St. Clair and the Knights all season.  He was rewarded with a pair of goals last weekend in San Diego.

 

Fresno:

  1. Daylon Mannon (23G, 25A in 15GP) – To say Mannon has had an impressive rookie season would be an understatement.  Through his first 15 games in the WSHL, the 18-year-old forward leads his team in scoring.  He has points in his last 11 games (20G, 22A) and has been a multi-point machine during that time.  Over that stretch, he had four or more points eight times.
  2. Cody Key (20G, 20A in 13GP) – Two of Key’s biggest games of the season came against the Knights in October.  He played only two of the three games in that series but still compiled seven goals and six assists.  He’s currently on a nine-game point streak.
  3. Jacob Rudloff (8G, 15A in 13GP) – Rudloff started the season with the West Sound Warriors, but returned to the Fresno Monsters in mid-October.  Since the move, he’s found his scoring touch again, and is on a five-game point streak (8G, 9A) coming into this series.

 

Upcoming Schedule

Friday, November 17 at 7pm – vs. Fresno

Saturday, November 18 at 7pm – vs. Fresno

Sunday, November 19 at 1pm – vs. Fresno

Friday, December 1 at 7pm – vs. El Paso

Saturday, December 2 at 7pm – vs. El Paso

Sunday, December 3 at 1pm – vs. El Paso

December 19-22 – Western States Shootout (Schedule TBD)

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