For the 5th year in a row the Knights traveled to Albany Academy for the Rider Cup tournament. The Rider Cup is always a quality tournament with quality teams and this year was no exception. The Knights started off with host (and eventual Champ) Albany Academy. The Cadets were loaded up front with some talent. Give those players a little bit of time and space and they will capitalize. Unfortunately, for the Knights, the Cadets were able to get a couple of opportunities early and capitalized on them. The Knights went into the locker room trailing 3-1 and unfortunately were never able to gain any real momentum with a final of 7-2.
Next up for the Knights was fellow MPHL league member, Gilmour Academy. In this game the Knights were able to get off to a better start as Jr. Logan Stanislas got the scoring started early for the Knights by driving wide and eluding the goaltender’s glove on the far side for a 1-0 lead. From there both teams traded goals throughout the first half – until Gilmour pulled ahead 3-2 late in the 1st. In the 2nd the Knights were able to deposit a couple of early goals and keep up the solid play finishing off a solid Gilmour team 4-3. Sr. Colby Audette finished off a 2 goal performance with the game winning goal.
Finally, the Knights found themselves against Wyoming Seminary. Another slow start found the Knights behind 3-0 at the end of the 1st. However, after a few adjustments during the break, the Knights came out in the 2nd and scored a few goals early to get the momentum swinging back their direction. Sr. Patrick Pirri got the party started getting the Knights on the board. Sr’s Riley Smith and Konsta Jaakola also scored to even the game at 3. As the game traveled into OT Sr. Cooper Norton capped off the comeback by scoring with 5 seconds left. Ultimately, this was a great way to finish the “1st half of the season.”
“It is a long season,” said Head Coach Dennis Vickers. “Ultimately, I was proud of the way we bounced back in the last 2 games and showed that we can be a mentally tough team and play well even if we get behind. We’ve had some injuries and some tough bounces in the 1st half of the season and hopefully we can carry this momentum into the new year.”