Beaufort Knights win their LHL opening game 10-4 against the Grands Ducs
Warm up for the game against Grands Ducs

Beaufort Knights win their LHL opening game 10-4 against the Grands Ducs

On Thursday night the Knights played the first game of the Division 1 of the 2023-24 LHL season against the newly formed Grands Ducs from Kockelscheuer.
 
The new team mostly composed of players from the Division 2 winners Cool Puckers with some added Tornado, Puckers and Amnéville veterans are trying to compete in the strong Division 1 of the LHL and managed to keep some of the pace during some stretches, but were still mostly outmatched in this game.
 
The mid week game attracted a smaller crowd than usual, but there was a respectable fanbase of over 100 people watching the Knights take control of the game early. Unlike the weekend before, the Knights came out flying with the reshuffled forward lines of Claude Mossong, Benny Welter and Shorty Müller (aka the veteran line), Mirko Mosr, Sacha Backes and Artemij Frizel (aka the upcomers line) and Chris Meyers, Nicolas Mossong, Szymon Mazurek and Isaac Weyders (aka the kid line).
 
It was import Frizel that opened the scoring with a snipe at the 6 minute mark and the Knights knew they were going to dominate play most of the night.
 
The kid line surprised early though, having played together most of the season already, they found their rhythm and scored the next two goals, first Meyers on a beautiful feed from the younger Mossong and then Mazurek with Mossong collecting his second assist.
 
When the same Mossong sat in the box for two minutes it was veterans Claude Mossong and Welter that rushed up ice and Welter struck within 10 seconds on the PK to get the Knights up 4-0.
 
The Grands Ducs Tony Jakubse scored the first ever goal for the new team when Cedric Farinon sat in the box for charging. The score was 4-1 for the Knights heading into the first intermission.
 
It was also the guests from Luxembourg that came out better in the second period and managed to keep up with the slower Knights and Herbe scored the 2-4 for the guests at the half game mark.
 
Finally the powerplay came through when Frizel scored his second goal of the night to restore the 3 goal lead. With two more quick goals from Mosr - a snipe from the slot - and from Müller assisted by Welter and Mossong, the Knights ran away with the score and led 7-2 after two periods.
 
The veteran line would also deliver to start the third period when Mossong converted on another pass from Welter.
 
The Knights then got into penalty trouble again (as they did in the game against Heist the weekend prior) and with two Knights in the box, the Grand Ducs managed to get two goals past young goaltender Sven Oberweis who was otherwise relatively untested all night.
 
With two more goals - one from Backes, assisted by Frizel and one from defenseman Dino Mededovic assisted by Mossong and Welter - the Knights went double digit and easily won the game 10-4 to take the lead in the LHL Division 1 standings. The shot clock stood at 64-14 at the end of the night, a sign of clear domination in that game.
 
This Saturday, the Knights will play their fifth game in the Belgian Division 1 when they host the Red Roosters from Charleroi, a crucial game for the Division 1 standings.