The Rice Memorial Prep Knights have enjoyed a successful start this season (7-2-0), propelled by a recent 3-game win streak on the road.
The win streak began on October 6th, when the Knights rallied to beat a strong Northwood team on the road by a score of 5-2. After falling behind 2-1 in the 1st period, the Knights exploded offensively in the 2nd frame to take a 4-2 lead. An empty net goal in the 3rd period would secure a 5-2 victory for the Knights to close the weekend in Lake Placid. Gabriele Trigila (Milano, Italy) and Frederic Nicolas (St-Jerome, QC) each had a goal and an assist on the day.
The Knights would continue their success on the road the following week by completing a weekend sweep of the Middlesex Bears at Governor’s Academy. Saturday’s game included a dominant performance by the Knights, as they outshot the Bears 52-18 en route to a 4-0 victory, with senior goaltender Zach Pare (Mascouche, QC) securing the shutout. The scoring was capped by sophomore Zach Woxland (Guilford, CT) netting his first career goal as a Knight.
Sunday’s rematch against Middlesex saw a similar result for the Knights as they manufactured another gritty win over the Bears by a score of 4-1. The scoring was led by a breakout game from junior forward Julien Blouin (Lorraine, QC) who scored in each period of the game for a hattrick on the day. Senior goaltender Nico Gamarra (Fort Lauderdale, FL) had 25 saves in net for the win.
Much of the Knight’s success this season can be attributed to their offensive production thus far. The Knights have scored 4 or more goals in all 7 of their wins this season, led up front by Julien Blouin (Lorraine, QC) (7 goals, 4 assists) and Eetu Maki-Soini (Rauma, Finland) (7 goals, 1 assist). The newly constructed line of Trigila-Marcellus-Blouin has been a force for the Knights, combining for 12 points in the past 3 games.
Junior forward Mason Marcellus (Greely, Ontario) on the Knights offensive production: “I believe a lot of our offensive success starts in practice. Coach Vickers provides us with drills that allow us to focus on individual skills, making scoring easy when it comes to games. We also have a close-knit team this year, so the chemistry is always there.”
The Rice Memorial Prep Knights will enjoy a month-long home stand, kicking-off October 27th vs. Le Sommet Academie (Hawkesbury, Ontario) @ Cairns Arena.