Game Preview: Rebels return home to play Generals after 9 game road trip

Game preview: Rebels return home to play Generals after 9 game road trip

The Rebels will return to the Class of 1923 Arena this evening to play the Northeast Generals for their first home game since January 15 when they last faced off against the New Jersey Titans. During this time the Rebels went 6 – 3 on a nine-game road trip.

Tonight’s game will begin at 7:10pm. The Rebels will be off on Saturday and Sunday but will be home on Monday for a matinee game against the Titans that starts at 4:20pm.

Rebels vs. Generals Overview
This will be the thirteenth meeting between these two teams out of the sixteen they will play this season. All four remaining games, including tonight’s, will be played at the bunker.

Philadelphia has won eight out of twelve games so far outscoring the Generals 50 – 30. The last time these two teams met was two weeks ago when Northeast took two out of three games against the Rebels in Attleboro. The Generals won their last matchup on February 3 by a score of 3 – 2. These teams have split the past six games.

Justin Jallen leads the Generals in points against the Rebels this season with thirteen (6 goals and 7 assists). He also has the most goals against Philadelphia. He is followed by Matt Demelis (2 goals and 8 assists) and Mike Egan’s (3 goals and 7 assists) ten points respectively.  The Generals are 7 for 49 (14%) on the powerplay against Philadelphia. Goaltenders David Fessenden and Marko Sturma have a combined 4.08 goals against average and .888 save percentage with no shutouts against the Rebels.

Aaron Maguyon has the most points against the Generals with sixteen (7 goals and 9 assists). He is tied with Ryan Patrick with goals scored against Northeast. Patrick has fourteen total points against the Generals (7 goals and 7 assists). Jensen Zerban has nine points (5 goals and 4 assists) against them. The Rebels are 15 for 44 (34%) on the powerplay against Northeast. Netminders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.50 goals against average and .898 save percentage and one shutout (Billing) against the Generals.

Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals enter tonight’s game in third place in the East Division with a 23-18-2 record for 48 points. They are fifteen points behind East Division leading Philadelphia. Northeast has won three out of its last five games. They are coming off of a wild 7 – 6 home win against the Titans on February 11. Egan leads the team in total points with forty-six (17 goals and 29 assists) while Colin Bilek has thirty-nine points (15 goals and 24 assists). Wiesner (18 goals and 18 assists), Jeff Skinner (17 goals and 19 assists) and Louis Boudon (13 goals and 23 assists) each have thirty-six points. Wiesner and Jallen have the most goals on the team with eighteen respectively. Wiesner has five game winning goals. He also has the most penalty minutes with 108 while Boudon has the team’s best +/- with a +17.

The Generals have scored 142 goals in forty-three games (fifth most in the NAHL). They also have allowed 153 goals (nineteenth most in the league). The Generals are ranked tenth in the league on the powerplay having scored on 20.9% of their chances while they are ranked twenty-first in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 71.1% of the time.

Fessenden and Sturma have a combined 3.45 goals against average and a .904 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter tonight’s game with a 30-10-3 record for 63 points. They are in first place in the division, and they are thirteen points ahead of second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels are 3 – 2 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 3 overtime road win against the Titans this past Wednesday night.

This will be the first home game for the Rebels new point leader Luke Radetic. The Chesterfield, MO native has a total of forty-one points (22 goals and 19 assists) in forty-four games played. Maguyon is second on the team in points with thirty-nine (18 goals and 21 assists). Zerban is third with thirty-one (15 goals and 16 assists). Radetic has scored the most goals with twenty-two. Zerban and Adam Peck each have three game winning goals. Eric Olson has the most penalty minutes on the team with 94. Carson Moniz has the team’s best +/- with a +16.

Philadelphia has scored 151 goals in forty-three games (second most in the league), and they have allowed 96 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league the league on the powerplay having converted on 28% of their chances, and they are ranked sixth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 84.6% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.19 goals against average and a .914 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).