JR. KNIGHTHAWKS IN MIDGET SEMIFINALSAug 27, 2016
(August 27, 2016)… The Jr. Knighthawks used a late 4-0 run to defeat the Jr. Stealth 8-5 this evening to advance to Sunday's Midget Semifinals.
“We were just staying in it and working hard,” said Quincy Abram. “It was motivation to go to the semifinals. We wanted to get there pretty bad.”
Abram, who leads the Midget level with 29 points, led the way with two goals and three assists, while Luke Montour (2+1) and Riley Miller (1+2) each chipped in three points each. With the win, the Jr. Knighthawks improved to 4-2 and will now face Jr. Edmonton Sunday at 8:00 a.m. at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC).
“I am looking forward to it,” said Knighthawks coach Brad Gillies. “It is going to be a great game. They are a great opponent and it should be a good one.”
Rochester advanced to the semifinals by erasing a 3-2 first-half deficit by scoring six times in the final half. Miller struck first to tie things up at three just 1:53 into the second frame. After a Stealth tally, the Jr. Knighthawks rallied with four straight goals to pull ahead 7-4.
“We have a lot of skill on the team and people who know how to move the ball and set picks,” said Miller. “This tournament is fun. I have been through two tournaments so far. It’s just amazing.”
Abram staked Rochester to a 6-4 advantage on a great individual effort. After intercepting a ball near center, he ripped a shot from the top of the slot that eluded the netminder. Sandwiched around Abram's goal, Montour scored both of his goals. He capped things off by splitting the defense and burying a bounce shot to make it 7-4 with 1:55 to play.
One of the biggest plays of the contest, however, occurred just 35 seconds later, following the Stealth's fifth goal of the game. Jr. Knighthawks goalie Mike Martin Abel raised his right shoulder to deny Jr. Stealth leading scorer, Alexander Nimmo, on a penalty shot.
“That was the biggest save for sure,” said Gillies. “That’s a one-goal game if he doesn’t come up with a big save there. He played his best game of the weekend, so he saved his best for the big one.”
The Jr. Knighthawks opened the game with goals by Corbin Nicholas and Abram to jump out to a 2-0 lead just five minutes into the game. Next up for the Jr. Knighthawks is Jr. Edmonton.
“We just have to keep the team going and keep it going tomorrow,” said Montour. “Hopefully, we win another championship, back-to-back.”