Knights lose in Kortrijk

Knights lose in Kortrijk

In their third game this season, still without any possibility of practising, the Knights fall to the Spurs from Kortrijk in an early evening game on Sunday.
 
With David Shorty Müller out with injury, the Knights welcomed newly acquired defenseman Gilles Biver for his first game in green.
 
The Welter brothers were also back in the line up with goalie Michel starting the game and centerman Benny double shifting in his position.
 
The game was fast paced from the start on the smaller rink in the warehouse in Kortrijk. With a 5 hour bus ride in their legs, the Knights couldn't really keep up with the pace and the Spurs took advantage with two quick goals in the 4th and 5th minute of the game. Badly timed turnovers in the defensive zone cost the Knights and they would be trailing for the rest of the game. The end of period score was 0-3.
 
In the second period, the Knights found a way to be back in the game by winning neutral zone battles and creating offence with Powerplays. After not capitalizing on a lengthy 5-on-3 when captain Claude Mossong got clipped in the face resulting in a 4 minute penalty, they did finally find the back of the net when Mossong cut the Spurs lead to two on a beautiful tic-tac-toe play with his brother Nicolas and with Mirko Mosr.
More scoring chances ensued, including a break-away chance for import Artemij Frizel, but the Knights couldn't find any luck in the scoring department.
The consolation prize was a 1-0 win of the second period.
 
The third period started again on the PP for the Knights and despite full possession the whole time with the extra man, the Knights couldn't score and momentum shifted again the other way when the Spurs scored two quick goals in less than a minute a few minutes later.
The game became more and more physical when Biver, Cardoso and Dino Mededovic lay big hits on their opponents. But it was all in vain as the Knights couldn't find their way back into the game, even if Sacha Backes used his speed to separate himself from the Spurs defense and score the final goal 2-5 on a break-away.
 
All in all, a loss that could have been a win with more practice, more efficient powerplay execution and overall better decision-making.
 
Other players included the young squad of Szymon Mazurek and Chris Meyers as well as newcomer Raoul Kramer, oldie Eric Wambach and Dino's older brother Demir.