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Chill, Knights finish with wins on Sunday

January 23, 2017

Grant Valentine made 28 saves in a 4-0 shutout on Sunday.

Springfield 2 @ Coulee Region 5 – A night after allowing nine goals in a 9-3 loss to the Jr. Blues, the Coulee Region Chill turned the tables on Sunday afternoon, thanks to a 5-2 win, which earned a weekend split of the series. After a scoreless 1st period, the Chill erupted for four goals in the 2nd period to blow the game wide open. The first two goals came from Caleb Schroer in the first eight minutes of the period. The Jr. Blues drew within one goal thanks to a goal from Alex Peck, but the Chill would score twice more in the middle frame to make the score 4-1 thanks to goals from Billy Duma and Andy McGlynn. In the 3rd period, McGlynn added his second goal of the game to make it 5-1. Brandon Puricelli scored a late goal for Springfield to make the final 5-2. In goal, Brad Arvanitis made 33 saves in the win, while Mike Robinson made 21 saves in the loss. Boxscore
New Jersey 0 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4 - Things got off to a speedy Titans start, only to see a flurry of solid looks on net turned away by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton netminder Grant Valentine. The Knights quickly flipped the ice when Reed Robinson crashed the net and buried a rebound chance for the game’s first goal at 5:21. After a pitched stretch of scoreless play, Michael Morrissey potted the follow-up to build a 2-0 lead following his tip in of Markuss Komuls’ point shot at 16:51. With the lead in the second the Knights applied more pressure, and New Jersey penalties began to mount. On the Knights first power play opportunity of the game, following crisp passing from Khristian Acosta and Sam Antonitsch, Matt Kidney stuffed a puck under the pads of Titans goalie Harrison Feeney to extend the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lead to three. Buoyed by a few sprawling saves made by Grant Valentine, the Knights found themselves on their third power play opportunity late in the second. In the period’s final minute, Keenan Sabatini started a symphony when he fed a puck down from the point to Sam Antonitsch in the near circle. Antonitsch turned, and while facing the opposite direction deftly slid the puck to Paul Maust at the near post. Maust instinctively sent the puck across the crease to a waiting Khristian Acosta. who in turn slammed the puck through the back door to build a 4-0 lead at the end of two periods of play. Valentine made 28 saves in the win, while Feeney made 33 saves in the loss. Boxscore
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