Knights’ net 6-4 victory over Arlington Martin
Knights’ net 6-4 victory over Arlington Martin
By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor
The DeSoto/Grand Prairie Knights hockey team picked up a 6-4 victory over Arlington Martin on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at Duncanville.
With the win, the Knights move to 6-1-1 on the season – good for 13 points and a second-place tie in the Varsity Silver division.
The Knights took an early 1-0 lead when Bryan Zientek connected with Carlos Delafuente at the 3:07 mark in the first period.
And at the 8:24 mark in the opening period, the Knights pushed their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Sawyer Stinchdield assisted by Jeremy Seiter.
Although the Knights kept Arlington Martin from scoring early, the home team was hit with 7 penalties in the first period alone.
“We have a good penalty kill,” Knights Head Coach Ken Tyler said. “We play real simple box penalty-kill and it works. Usually we can control the puck enough to where we get our guy back out there. We are leaning a lot on our big guys – we’re running four defensemen right now and three lines in the real tight games. And if there is a chance where we can get our fourth line into the game it would be great for their experience.”
Early into the second period, the Knights’ Brandon Christianson was nailed with his fifth penalty in the game – costing the team a 10-minute game misconduct.
Add onto that a 10-minute ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ penalty, a 10-minute ‘abuse of officials, game misconduct,’ a 10-minute ‘checking from behind’ penalty and a two-minute ‘checking from behind’ penalty and the Knights had now picked up 13 penalties in the game.
In addition, Christianson will now have to sit out the next two games due to suspension.
Although the second period was scoreless on both sides, it wasn’t without controversy.
The Knights picked up two more penalties in the second period, costing the team a ‘Home Head Coach Misconduct’ due to 15 team penalties.
Due to a fairly new rule, Tyler will not be allowed to coach the next game.
“When you get 15 penalties or more, they suspend you for the next game,” Tyler said. “It a fairly new rule, but it’s a rule nonetheless.”
In the third and final period, both teams scored four goals to make things close until the buzzer.
Just 10 seconds into the third, the Knights pushed their lead to 3-0 on an unassisted goal by Seiter.
But just seconds later, at the 0:42 mark in the third period, Arlington Martin netted their first goal of the night when both Brandon Diano and David Heeps assisted Michael McKinney, who pushed the puck past the Knights’ Matthew Padgett to make the score 3-1.
At the 3:46 mark in the third, the Knights regained their three-goal lead as Zientek assisted Ray Kizzie to make the score 4-1.
But at the 5:10 mark in the third, Arlington Martin scored once again – this time on an unassisted goal by Heeps – to inch closer to the Knights, 4-2.
And at the 7:50 mark in the third period, Arlington Martin cut into the lead at 4-3 when Heeps and Garrett Rubeck assisted on Jeff Coady’s goal.
“It was back and forth period in the third,” Tyler said. “But it wasn’t like we ever lost control – we had control most of the way, but when you put too many guys in the penalty box and we were also missing one of our other centers, it cut our depth down – so I really just ran the best skaters and ran them into the ground almost.”
At the 8:09 mark in the third period, the Knights’ Joseph Aprile scored an unassisted goal to push the DeSoto/Grand Prairie lead to 5-3.
“Arlington Martin has a good hockey team,” Tyler said. “In the third period, when they cut into the score, we took a timeout and talked about defensive hockey. And that’s what won it for us.”
At the 11:22 mark in the final period, the Knights regained a three-goal lead at 6-3 when Seiter assisted on Delafuente’s second goal of the night.
And although Arlington Martin scored one final time on a McKinney pass to Kyle Granby at the 11:44 mark in the third, the Knights held on for a 6-4 victory.
“This was our second game with our new goalie,” Tyler said. “We are trying to get him into the rotation with our Chris Guzman and Connor Joyner and this next game I’m going to start Connor. In the next game, both of my assistants will take over and Ken Brown – who has a coaching certificate as well – will be out there as the head coach with my two assistants. I can attend the game, but I’ll leave the coaching duties to my assistants.”
The Knights return to the ice on Sunday, Dec. 3 at Farmers Branch against Arlington Wild beginning at 7 p.m.
Sports Editor Denton Ramsey can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com