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Kittanning hockey team rains shots in 6-3 win over Knoch

| Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009

Kittanning failed to score in double figures for the first time this season, but it didn't matter.

The Wildcats used their relentless offensive attack to down the Knoch Knights, 6-3, in a showdown between Class A section leaders Monday.

Kittanning recorded 41 shots, averaging nearly one per minute in the 45-minute contest at New Kensington's Valley Ice Complex.

Section 4 leader Kittanning is now 8-0 (16 points) while Knoch, atop Section 1, falls to 7-3 (14 points).

Troy Schall led a balanced attack with two goals and an assist.

"We're pretty talented on the offensive end," said Wildcats coach Jamie King. "As a team, we know we're going to score goals, and we played awesome."

"They had a full bench and they don't have a line that's not good, and they keep coming at you," Knoch interim coach Peter Donnelly said.

Donnelly stood in for head coach Joe Honzo who missed Monday's game after six Knoch players were suspended due to a fracas late in Thursday's game against South Fayette.

Jurgen Koster and Joshua Miller scored to give Kittanning a 2-0 lead after one period. Knoch tied the score early in the second period, making the most of a two-man advantage with Nicholas Transue and Brandon McCarthy finding the back of the net.

But Kittanning was undaunted. Tyler Snyder scored moments after Knoch tied the game when Tyler Crissman won a face-off to the left of the Knights' net. That gave the Wildcats the lead for good, 3-2.

Schall then tallied the next two Kittanning goals, the second coming on a power play, to take a 5-2 lead at the intermission.

"For us, the key is to play good defense because we know our offense is going to score goals," King said.

Knoch took advantage of stacked penalties against Kittanning as Nick Brubach scored a goal on a two-man advantage with 7:10 left in the game.

"We let our emotions get the best of us, we thought our one guy got sticked," King said. "But our kids battled and we won. Good teams find a way to win."

Kittanning was two men short for four minutes. Jake Enders finished the scoring for the Wildcats on a breakaway with 4:58 left to go.

Despite facing a 41-shot barrage, Knights goaltender Ryan Naples played well, stopping three Kittanning shots on pad saves in the second period, and holding off the Wildcats on a two-man disadvantage late in the game.

"We talked to Ryan before the game and told him he had to have his A-plus game," Donnelly said. "He's a good goalie."

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