Photo Getty Images Caption: Former Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown The Knights announced last week that Brown’s time at the helm would come to an end after the 2019 season.However, the 46-year-old has left effective immediately, the Knights said in a statement on Tuesday.”The nib Newcastle Knights can confirm coach Nathan Brown has departed the club effective immediately,” a statement read.BREAKING NEWS: Nathan Brown to depart the club, effective immediately.https://t.co/6d06f0NSwT#GoHardGoKnights #20Knighteen— Newcastle Knights (@NRLKnights) August 27, 2019″This decision has been made in conjunction with Brown in the best interest of the club.”Kristian Woolf will take over as interim coach for the remainder of the 2019 season.”With two games remaining, Newcastle are 11th in the NRL ladder, three points behind eighth-placed Brisbane Broncos.
“The four power-play goals were a big factor,” Adduono said. “It’s tough to blame anyone on the PK. We just aren’t quick enough … and the goalie has to be your best PK guy.” Dave Borrelli scored the Falcons’ third power-play goal at 15:12 of the second to give Fresno its first lead. But the Ice Dogs’ Brad Bonello answered less than two minutes later. Then in the final minute of the second, Fresno’s Matt O’Dette scored his second goal of the game, a stoppable slap shot from the point that goalie Mike Brown allowed to slip through his pads. Ten seconds later, Adduono pulled Brown, who allowed five goals on 22 shots, in favor of Brett Jaeger, who stopped nine of 11. “That one can’t go in. That’s a back-breaker. (Soft goals) have killed us all year,” Adduono said. Luke Curtin netted his second power-play goal of the game at 5:40 of the third period, giving Fresno a 6-4 lead. The Ice Dogs’ Brandon Schwartz scored with 11:58 remaining, but 1:55 later, Fresno’s Brett Hammond netted the game’s final goal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – Having games in hand during any playoff chase is a nice luxury, especially when you need to make up some ground. The reverse side of that is the games mean nothing if you don’t make them count. The Ice Dogs got to use one game in hand Sunday evening in their attempt to rally past Utah and Victoria and into the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs. Unfortunately for them, it didn’t count as they fell to the Fresno Falcons, 7-5, before a Long Beach Arena crowd of 3,013. The loss capped a lost weekend for the Ice Dogs, who played very well at times but dropped all three games. The Ice Dogs (19-30-3) still have four games in hand against Victoria, which holds the eighth and final playoff spot in the National Conference and has an eight-point cushion, and two against Utah, which remains two points ahead. “We are blessed with games in hand,” coach Rick Adduono said. “But we’ve had four chances at home like this to make up some ground and step to the forefront, but there is always some factor that kills us.” The factor Sunday was goaltending, at least in Adduono’s mind. “I thought our forwards played pretty well, generated chances and scored enough for us to win the game,” Adduono said. “You can’t give up seven goals.” The Ice Dogs had their highest-scoring first period of the season, with Andrew Winnik, Ash Goldie and Terry Harrison doing it against Falcons goalie Scott Stirling in the first 9:24. However, they also gave up three goals, including two of Fresno’s four goals on six power-play chances.