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Leeds Knights Match Reports Final Four Weekend!

Match Report VS Telford Tigers –

The Leeds Knights faced-off against the 7th place Telford Tigers, with the Tigers full of confidence after beating 2nd place MK Lightning in the Quarter Finals. Both teams came out hot, in a real goal-fest with the lead switching several times throughout the game. Despite a hat-trick from Vladimir Luka stunting the Knight’s chances timed at 48:10 to make it 6-6, captain Kieran Brown led from the front and rifled one home from the high-slot on the breakaway at 52:58, giving the Knights the go-ahead with just over 7 minutes remaining.

The job wasn’t done though, with one-foot in the Final a big penalty kill was needed after Jordan Griffin was sent to the penalty box at 56:04, but the Knights withstood the pressure and booked their spot in the Grand Final on Sunday!

Match Report VS Raiders IHC –

Everything changes in the playoffs, with previous results being mostly irrelevant and everything on the line in a one-off showdown – and the Knights came out flying with a 3 goal flurry inside just 3:38 seconds it seemed as though the Knights were in full control – but the Raiders called a time-out and answered with a goal of their own at 4:40. There were 2 more goals in the first frame, with Kieran Brown continuing his tremendous form with a powerplay goal and Aaron Connolly scoring a goal of his own to reduce our lead to just 2.

The second period was more of the same, Cole Shudra scored his second goal of the night, a powerplay goal once again with the special teams firing on all cylinders across the weekend, at 26:06 we were up by 3! The Raiders answered back quickly, with a powerplay goal of their own from Brandon Ayliffe straight from the offensive face-off – but that would be all for period 2.

Period 3 saw the Knights on the penalty kill, but once again withstood the pressure when it mattered most, returning to full strength 2 minutes into the period. Then came a couple of powerplay opportunites for the Knights, with Oli Endicott almost increasing the lead to 3 on the breakaway, but he was hindered by a Raider who picked up a penalty for slashing. Unfortunately we couldn’t find the back of the net with the man advantage, and 5 minutes later at 54:54 we had a one-goal game on our hands after a defensive breakdown saw Aaron Connolly all alone in front of the Knights goal and he made no mistake with the one-timer.

The final two minutes of the game seemed to take an age, with Ethan James vacating the Raiders net for the extra skater and the pressure building up it was anybody’s game. The pressure was momentarily relieved as the Knights cleared the zone with 22 seconds on the clock, and then the final buzzer came and your Morley Glass Leeds Knights were crowned Playoff champions!