Knights pick up 4-3 victory over Arlington Wild

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Knights pick up 4-3 victory over Arlington Wild


By Denton Ramsey / Sports Editor


The DeSoto/Grand Prairie Knights hockey squad used a three-goal third period to lift the team to a 4-3 victory over the Arlington Wild on Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Farmer’s Branch Miller rink.

The Knights took a 1-0 lead in the first period when Sawyer Stinchfield assisted Bryan Zientek for the go-ahead goal at the 9:19 mark in the first.

But the Wild managed to deadlock to game, 1-1, midway into the second period.

At the 5:05 mark in the second, Nick McClaun took assists from Garrett Lindley and Daniel Grossman, scoring on the power-play to tie the game, 1-1.

The Knights regained a one-goal lead at the 2:44 mark in the third period when Carlos Delfauente assisted Joseph Aprile for the go-ahead power-play goal, giving the Knights a 2-1 lead.

But at the 4:02 mark in the third, the Wild once again managed to tie the game – this time on an unassisted goal by Jordan Gnatowsky.

At the 5:37 mark in the third period, Paul Watkins took a pass from teammates Michael Brown and Stinchfield, pushing the puck past Arlington Wild goalie Jake Jordan to give the Knights a 3-2 lead.

However, the Arlington Wild hockey team once again found a way to tie the game.

At the 6:59 mark in the third period, Gnatowsky scored his second goal of the night – this time on assists from teammates Cory Kindred and McClaun – to tie the game at 3-3.

But it was Stinchfield the proved to be the difference for the Knights.

At the 8:08 mark in the third and final period, Stinchfield took a beautiful pass from Zientek and found nothing but the back of the net as the Knights took a 4-3 lead.

And solid defense was the key in the final minutes of Sunday’s victory over Arlington Wild, as the Knights held on for a 4-3 win.

On the night, the Knights out-shot their opponent 39-13 and both teams were penalized three times.

Knights’ goalies Matthew Padgett and Connor Joyner both played well in the DeSoto/Grand Prairie victory.

Padgett played three minutes on Sunday, allowing one goal on two shots.

Joyner, meanwhile, played 32 minutes and saved 9-of-11 shots faced.

With the victory, the Knights improve to 7-1-1 overall, good for 15 points and a first-place standing in the varsity silver division.

The Knights return to the ice on Thursday, Dec. 7 in a home match-up against Frisco, with the puck set to drop at 9:30 p.m. at the Duncanville Green rink.


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