Knights rally once again, net 6-4 road victory over HEB

by dentonramsey


Knights rally once again, net 6-4 road victory over HEB
By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor

The DeSoto/Grand Prairie Knights have done it once again.

For the second consecutive road game, the Knights hockey team scored four goals in the third period.

Only this time around, the Knights got a win out of it.

“The game was one of our hardest games this season because we were so short on players,” Knights head coach Kenny Tyler said. “Five of our players were out of line-up with injuries or travel. We lost Bryan Zientek in the second period to a third-man-in incident which seemed to spark the team and give them a little more energy.”

The Knights defeated HEB, 6-4 on Thursday, Nov. 2 to improve to 4-0-1 on the season.

DeSoto/Grand Prairie fell behind 1-0 at the 6:44 mark in the first period when Austin Echols took a pass from Brice Rogers and shot the puck past goalie Connor Joyner.

HEB increased their lead to 2-0 at the 10:06 mark in the first period when both Brendon Fulcher and Matthew Bean assisted Cooper Linn for a two goal lead.

HEB came out of the gates in the second period shooting away, taking a 3-0 lead at the 3:30 mark on a Echol’s second goal of the night, this one also coming off an assist from teammate Rogers.

But the Knights didn’t allow HEB to get comfortable with their three goal lead, cutting into the margin at 3-1 at the 3:48 mark in the second period.

At that time, the Knights’ Lyndon Almond took a pass from Michael Brown and forced the puck past HEB goaltender Neil Coburn to cut the lead to two goals.

And at the 10:46 mark of the second period, the Knights cut the HEB lead to 3-2 on an unassisted goal by Paul Watkins.

As the puck dropped to begin the third period of action, the score remained the same.

But at the 2:03 mark in the third period, the Knights dead-locked the game at 3-3 on a power-play goal by Jeremy Seiter.

“At the end of the second period, we were down 3-2,” Tyler said. “We started the third period with a lot of energy and a lot of leadership. We tied the score 3-3 at the start of the third period.”

However, just a few seconds later, at the 2:22 mark of the third period, HEB struck again – this time on a goal by Trevor McDaniel on assists from both Linn and Kendall Richardson – to regain their lead, 4-3.

At the 5:47 mark in the final period, the Knights’ Jeremy Seiter passed the puck to Carlos Delafuente, who scored on a power-play goal to tie the game at 4-4.

And just a few short minutes later, the Knights took their first lead of the game, 5-4.

The Knights’ Jeremy Seiter was once again in on the action, passing the puck to teammate and brother Matthew Seiter, who punched the puck past Coburn for DeSoto/Grand Prairie’s fifth goal of the night.

“We also played well on defense,” Tyler said. “Our new acquisition, Juan Barrientos, played a very good game on defense and netted his first goal for the Knights in his first game.”

The Knights hammered the nail in the coffin at the 10:54 mark of the final frame, netting an empty-net short-handed goal on Delafuente’s second score of the evening to push the DeSoto/Grand Prairie lead to 6-4.

“The three stars of the game were Matt Seiter with the game-winner, Carlos Delafuente with two goals and Jeremy Seiter with one goal and two assists,” Tyler said.

On the night, the Knights out-shot HEB 30-17 in their two goal road victory.

The DeSoto/Grand Prairie Knights hockey team returns to the ice tonight, Nov. 9, in a home match-up against Rockwall at the Duncanville Dr Pepper StarCenter, with the puck set to drop at 9:30 p.m.

The Knights next game will be on the road against Bishop Lynch on Thursday, Nov. 16, with the puck set to drop at 6:30 p.m.

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