Searching for their first win of the season, the Phoenix Knights head to Fresno this weekend to play the Monsters in a three-game series beginning Thursday.
The Knights are coming off a series against the Long Beach Bombers, where they dropped all three to the undefeated Bombers. Despite the lack of results, the team showed the ability to keep games close with one of the league’s elite teams for a couple periods each game, before Long Beach took control.
Up Next: Fresno Monsters
Fresno has had a difficult start to the season. They’re 3-6-0 through their first nine games, but that record could be much better. The team started the season on the road in Long Beach, where they lost each of the three games by a goal each. Then the Monsters gave Valencia their lone loss the following weekend in impressive style, beating the Flyers 11-3. Last weekend, Fresno traveled to San Diego to take on the Sabers and won the first two games, 5-2 and 6-0, before dropping the series finale 3-1.
Phoenix was in the same situation last season, going into Fresno after a 0-9-0 start to the season. The Knights dropped the first two of the series, before getting their first win of the year, 3-1, in the series finale.
Players to Watch
1. Colton Schneiderman (3G, 1A in 6GP) – Schneiderman leads the Knights with his four points on the year. Scoring has been an issue through the first three series, and it won’t get any easier this weekend, so the Knights will need Schneiderman to find a way to put up points against Fresno, a team he played 29 games for during the 2015-16 season.
2. Joe Platt (0G, 0A in 7GP) – Platt already has 23 PIM this season, and much of those come from his willingness to play a physical style. Going against a team who has won three of their last four games, Phoenix might turn to physicality to change the momentum to their side of the ice.
3. Michael Caravella (0G, 1A in 9GP) – Caravella is still looking for his first goal on the year, and his first point since the season opener. Good news, he’s had some success against the Monsters in the past. In three games against Fresno, the Knights captain has a goal and two assists.
1. Daylon Mannon (14G, 7A in 9GP) – Mannon has had an incredible start to his first season with the Monsters. He leads the team in goals, assists and points, even with being held scoreless in two of the Monsters’ nine games this season. In his last four games, Mannon has 10 goals and four assists, including a hat-trick and a four-goal night against the Sabers last weekend.
2. Cody Key (8G, 6A in 8GP) – Right behind Mannon in scoring is Key, who has had a pretty good start to the season himself. He’s coming off a 91 point season in 2016-17, and is on-pace to just about match that point total once again this season. Key has been a thorn in the Knights side throughout his career with three goals and 15 assists in ten games.
3. Logan Domagala (3G, 6A in 9GP) – Domagala is in his third season in the WSHL, his second with the Monsters, and has shown improvement each step of the way. He had 38 points (14G, 24A) last season with Fresno, and is a point-a-game defenseman this year for the Monsters. He’s turned up his offensive play as of late, with seven points over a four-game point streak coming into this weekend.
Thursday, October 19 at 7:45pm - @ Fresno
Friday, October 20 at 5:30pm - @ Fresno
Saturday, October 21 at 5:30pm - @ Fresno
Friday, October 27 at 7:15pm - @ Superior
Saturday, October 28 at 7:15pm - @ Superior
Sunday, October 29 at 1:30pm - @ Superior
Friday, November 3 at 7pm – vs. San Diego
Saturday, November 4 at 7pm – vs. San Diego
Sunday, November 5 at 1pm – vs. San Diego