Knights rally with four goals in 3rd, fall in OT

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Knights rally with four goals in 3rd, fall in OT

 

By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor

 

The De Soto/Grand Prairie Knights hockey team made a massive comeback on Sunday evening on the road against Northwest, scoring four goals in the final frame to force an extra five minutes of playing time.

But the Knights rally was cut short in overtime, as the team fell on a game-winning shot by Northwest’s Matt Becker at the 2:18 mark.

Northwest jumped out to an early 2-0 lead after one period with goals by Oscar Piechawski and Clint Carlisle.

The first goal for Northwest came at the 4:51 mark, as Piechawski scored unassisted on a power-play goal.

Northwest’s second goal came at the 7:51 mark, when Carlisle scored unassisted to push his team’s lead to two goals after one period of play.

And by the end of the second period, the Northwest hockey team expanded their lead to three goals after Becker found the back of the net at the 10:53 mark to give the home team a 3-0 lead.

The Knights’ Jeremy Seiter cut into the Northwest lead early in the third period, netting a goal at the 1:23 mark to make the score 3-1.

However, Northwest pushed their lead back to three goals at the 2:18 mark when Brad Harfield scored unassisted on a power-play goal to make the score 4-1.

But just five seconds later, at the 2:23 mark, the Knights’ Carlos Delafuente scored on an assist from Bryan Zientek to cut the margin back to two goals at 4-2.

The Knights inched one goal closer at the 7:31 mark when Herbert Barker zipped the puck past Northwest goalie Luke Redmon to make the score 4-3.

And less than 30 seconds later, the Knights dead-locked the game at 4-4.

At the 7:59 mark in the third period, Seiter took a pass from Michael Dean and forced the puck behind Redmon to tie the game at 4-4.

“I was out of town so I had a back-up, substitute coach, Harold Watkins, along with my two assistant coaches, Andy Teague and Lance Stanke,” Knights head coach Kenny Taylor said.

“The Knights fell behind in the first two periods. The Knights took a lot of shots, but Northwest had a very good goalie.  At the start of the third period, the Knights started playing with that energy that they usually have and they were able to score four goals to tie it up.”

After his Knights tied the game at 4-4, goalie Connor Joyner played to near perfection, not allowing a goal until the game winner midway into the overtime frame.

But at the 2:18 mark in OT, the Northwest hockey team found the seam they needed for a win as Becker scored his second goal of the night on an assist from Ryan Niederkorn to give the home team a 5-4 victory.

“At the start of overtime, they were still pressing and shooting on goal,” Taylor said. “Northwest did one rush and, unfortunately, we were a little soft on our gap control.  A Northwest player game down on the left side and got a good shot off that ended the game.”

On the night, Northwest goalie Redmon made 17 saves on 21 shots, while counterpart Knights goalie Joyner stopped 14-of-19 shots.

Both teams were hit up with a balanced amount of penalties as well, with Northwest taking 8 penalties on the night and the Knights picking up 7 penalties.

With Sunday 5-4 overtime loss, the Knights move to 3-0-1 on the season, currently tied for second place in the Varsity Silver Division with 7 points.

“All the Knights skated very well in the game,” Taylor said. “It was just unfortunate that we lost in overtime.  I think they will rebound fine in the next game against HEB which will be held at 8:00 pm Thursday, November 2 at Farmers Branch.”

And four games into the season, the Knights have scored 29 goals while holding their opponents to 12 goals.

The De Soto/Grand Prairie Knights hockey team returns to the ice tonight, Nov. 2, in a road match-up against HEB, with the puck set to drop at 8 p.m.

The Knights return home next week to host Rockwall on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the Duncanville Dr Pepper StarCenter beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The Knights hockey team includes: Chris Guzman, Duncanville; Connor Joyner, Irving; Taylor Lyons, Duncanville; Wesley Rea, De Soto; Keith Crappel, Crandall; Jay Carroll, Grand Prairie; Lyndon Almond, Grand Prairie; Michael Brown, De Soto; Michael Dean, De Soto; Ray Kizzie, Dallas; Herbert Barker, Red Oak; Jeremy Seiter, Grand Prairie; Brandon Christianson, Duncanville; Joseph Aprile, Duncanville; Paul Watkins, Duncanville; Derek Steiner, Duncanville; Carlos Delafuente, Duncanville; Sawyer Stinchfield, Grand Prairie; Bryan Zientek, Duncanville; and Matthew Seiter, Grand Prairie.
The head coach for the De Soto/Grand Prairie Knights is Kenny Tyler.

 

Sports Editor Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at denton.ramsey@gmail.com

 

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