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Weekend preview: 4/26 – 4/28; Divisional finals begin at home against Knights

The North American Hockey League’s Divisional Final series begins this weekend pitting the East Division’s number one seed Philadelphia Rebels against the number three seed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The winner of this best-of-five series will advance to the League’s Robertson Cup tournament which will be held at the Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine, Minnesota from May 11-14, 2018.

Game one will be played tonight and game two will be played on Saturday, April 28. Both have a start time of 7:05pm and will be played at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA. Game three will be played on Monday, April 30 at 5:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game four, if necessary, will be played on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game five, if necessary, will be play at IceWorks on Friday, May 4 at 7:05pm.

Both teams won their respective divisional semi-final series three games to two. The Rebels beat the Northeast Generals while the Knights defeated the New Jersey Titans.

While this will be the third straight year that the Rebels have advanced to the divisional finals, this will be the first time for the Knights. The teams have faced each other in the divisional semi-finals the past two years with the Rebels sweeping the Knights both series.

Rebels vs. Knights regular season overview
The two teams played each other twelve times during the regular season with the Rebels winning eight of them, and they outscored the Knights by a combined score of 46 to 27. All four of the Rebels losses were away games. The last time these two teams met was back on Wednesday, April 4 at the Class of 1923 Arena with the Rebels winning 7 – 1.

Tyrone Bronte (5 goals and 4 assists) and Matt Kidney (2 goals and 7 assists) each had nine points against the Rebels during the regular season. Bronte and Mike Gelatt scored five goals respectively against Philadelphia. The Knights were 5 for 39 (13%) on the powerplay. WBS netminders Christian Stoever and David Tomeo had a combined 3.83 goals against average and .894 save percentage with no shutouts against the Rebels.

Jensen Zerban led all Rebels with fifteen points (6 goals and 9 assists) against the Knights. He was followed by Ryan Patricks’ thirteen points (5 goals and 8 assists) and Alex Frye’s ten points (3 goals and 7 assists). Zerban scored the most goals against the Knights with six. The Rebels went 15 for 43 (35%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane had a combined 2.08 goals against average and .923 save percentage with two shutouts (both Keane). The two shutouts took place consecutively on March 9 and 10. Keane played in nine of the twelve games and possessed a 1.55 goals against average and .941 save percentage against the Knights.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
Down 2 – 1 in the series against the Titans, the Knights rallied to win game four 1 – 0 on home ice and then game five 5 – 2 at Middletown’s Ice World to oust New Jersey. During the series WBS was led by Jack Olmstead’s five points (all assists). Gabe Temple had four points (3 goals and one assist). Temple led all Knights’ goal scorers with three. WBS had six players with three points respectively. Forward Adrian Danchenko has the most penalty minutes on the team in five playoff games with twelve.  Tomas Koblizek has the best +/- on the team with a +5.

The Knights have scored the most goals among all NAHL playoff teams with sixteen. They also have allowed twelve goals. The Knights are ranked eleventh in the league during the playoffs on the powerplay having converted on 11.1% of their chances while they are ranked twelfth among playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 81.8% of the time.

Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 2.41 goals against average and .943 save percentage with one shutout (Stoever). Stoever has a 3 – 1 record with a 1.76 goals against average and .958 save percentage.

Rebels Overview
Similar to the Knights, the Rebels rallied from a two game to one deficit to win game four on Zerban’s goal in triple overtime in Attleboro and then won game five 5 – 0 at IceWorks to advance to the divisional finals.

Brandon Stanley leads the Rebels with six points (3 goals and 3 assists) in five playoff games. He is followed by Zerban’s five points (3 goals and 2 assists). Carson Moniz (1 goal and 3 assists) and Adam Peck (all assists) each have four points. Stanley and Zerban lead the Rebels with three goals apiece. Two of Zerban’s tallies were game winning goals. Stanley also leads the team with ten penalty minutes. Peck has the best +/- with a +5.

The Rebels scored fifteen goals in five games during the first round of the playoffs (only one behind the Knights), and they allowed ten (eight of sixteen teams). Like they did during the regular season, the Rebels lead all playoff teams on the powerplay having converted on 27.3% of their chances. They are seventh among all playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 88.2% of the time.

Keane has played in every minute of the playoffs. He has a 1.74 goals against average and .932 save percentage with one shutout.

Rebels blank Generals 5 – 0 and advance to division final series

The Philadelphia Rebels used a balanced scoring attack and relentless backchecking and forechecking en route to a 5 – 0 win over the visiting Northeast Generals in the fifth and deciding game of the Robertson Cup’s divisional semi-final series.

The Rebels now advance to the divisional final series against the winner of the New Jersey Titans and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights series that will be decided later today.

Brandon Stanley would give the Rebels an early 1 – 0 lead just 6:12 into the opening period. It ultimately would be the game winning goal.

After Northeast’s goalie David Fessenden stopped a backhanded shot from Eric Olson, the Generals’ Jeff Skinner picked up the rebound and went to clear the puck around the near side boards but it was intercepted by Bryant Gunn at the point. The Rebels defenseman took a wrist shot that Fessenden was unable to catch and Adam Peck tried to poke in the rebound but Fessenden made another pad save. The rebound, however, came right out to Stanley, who was positioned at the top of the crease, and he tapped in the loose puck behind Fessenden for his third goal of the playoffs.

The Rebels second goal was arguably one of the prettiest on the season.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside his own zone, the puck would come out to Aaron Maguyon who skated through center ice. As Maguyon got to the top of the far side faceoff circle, he stopped and made a drop pass to Zerban. The Air Force Academy commit sent a sensational cross-ice pass to a wide-open Carson Moniz in the slot and Moniz redirected the puck into open net to double the Rebels lead at 8:33 of the second period.

With Northeast pressuring in the Rebels zone, Peck would clear the puck into center ice where it was picked up by the Generals’ Colin Bilek. As the West Point commit went to pass the puck over to his defensive partner Ryan Rowland on this right, it was intercepted by Stanley who carried the puck into the near side corner. After battling for the biscuit, Stanley would send a short pass up to Peck along the boards. Peck would look to his left and he found an open Jimmy Glynn in the slot. Glynn would move to his left and backhanded the puck up high and past Fessenden into the net to give the Rebels a 3 – 0 lead with 7:55 remaining in the game.

Eighteen seconds later, the Generals’ Matthew Wiesner was called for head contact and received a game misconduct which resulted in a five-minute powerplay for the Rebels.

Slightly less then two minutes later, Zerban would score his third goal of the playoffs.

Moniz was behind his own red line and he sent a long outlet pass to Stanley along the near side boards. As Stanley gained the offensive zone line, he skated towards the net on a two-on-one with Maguyon. Stanley went to pass it over to Maguyon but Rowland blocked it with his stick. The puck would bounce off Rowland’s blade and came right out to a trailing Zerban who wristed it by Fessenden to give the Rebels a 4 – 0 lead.

Gunn would score an empty netter with twenty-four seconds remaining to make it a 5 – 0 game.

Rebels goalie Ryan Keane, who stood tall throughout the game, stopped all nineteen shots he faced while Fessenden turned aside 28 of 32. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels now will face the game five winner between the Titans and the Knights, which will be played later today at 5:00pm at Middletown’s Ice World. The Rebels will be the home team for the divisional final series which will begin either Thursday, April 26 or Friday, April 27.

Zerban’s goal in triple overtime gives Rebels 4 – 3 win and forces game five

Jensen Zerban scored 5:29 into triple overtime to give the visiting Philadelphia Rebels a 4 – 3 win over the Northeast Generals to force a fifth and deciding game in the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series.

The Generals took a 1 – 0 lead with 7:25 left in the first period on Louis Bourdon’s first goal of the series.

Colin Bilek would gain the line and dump the puck into the Rebels far side corner where Jeff Skinner picked it up at the faceoff dot. Skinner made a nice pass to an open Bourdon in the slot and he walked in all alone on Rebels goalie Ryan Keane and beat him through the five hole to make it 1 – 0.

With 3:15 left in the opening period, Rebels defenseman Bryant Gunn was called for interference to give Northeast the extra attacker. As time was winding down with the man advantage, the Generals would score their first powerplay goal of the series.

Matt Demelis started to set up the play when he sent a pass to Skinner in the near side corner. Skinner sent a return pass to Demelis back at the point. As Demelis started to skate towards his left, he circled and cut in the zone towards the Rebels net. As he started to cut across the slot, Demelis took a shot that beat Keane long side to give the Generals a 2 – 0 lead.

After trailing by two going into the second period, the Rebels scored three unanswered goals.

Kolby Vegara dumped the puck in the neutral zone where it was picked up by Northeast’s Michael Higgins.  The Generals defenseman went to put the puck back into the offensive zone but it was intercepted by Adam Peck who passed it up to Eric Olson along the near side boards. As Olson reached the top of the circle he took a shot that was tipped by Brandon Stanley in the slot past Northeast goalie David Fessenden to cut the Generals lead in half with 5:24 into the second.

The Rebels would even the score with 6:42 left in the middle period.

Stanley had the puck down low and took a sharp angle shot that Fessenden saved but the puck went up high into the air. As the biscuit hit the ice Stanley was able to circle around the net and pick up his own rebound. He skated towards the near side faceoff circle and took a wrister that was saved by Fessenden but Olson tucked in the rebound past the fallen Northeast netminder.

As the Generals went to set up in their own zone, the puck would go into the near side corner where Alex Frye won the battle for the loose puck and he sent it back to Diarmad DiMurro. The Rebels defenseman took a shot from the point that went wide but it hit the end boards and took a crazy bounce right out to Frye who was to the left of Fessenden and he poked in the rebound with 3:40 left in the second to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead.

The Generals would tie it with 3:07 remaining in regulation.

Skinner would win the battle for the puck in the near side corner. As he skated towards the faceoff dot, he took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Keane but Bilek would poke the puck past him to make it a 3 – 3 game.

After playing two overtime periods highlighted with several key saves by Fessenden and Keane, Zerban would become the hero in the third overtime period.

Aaron Maguyon would pick up the loose puck at the top of the near side faceoff circle and pass it up to Ryan Patrick. As Patrick gained the line in the offensive zone, he passed the puck over to Zerban on his left. As Zerban skated towards the net, he deked towards his right and beat Fessenden short side to win the game.

Both goalies played exceptionally well. Keane stopped 50 of 53 shots while Fessenden turned aside 54 of 58. Click here for the box score.

The fifth and deciding game will be played on Saturday, April 21 at 8:05pm at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA.

Generals down Rebels 3 – 1 to take series lead

The Northeast Generals defeated the visiting Philadelphia Rebels 3 – 1 to take a two games to one lead in this best-of-five Robertson Cup Divisional semi-final series.

The Generals scored two, first period goals and road the coattails of a thirty-five save performance by goaltender David Fessenden, who made several grade A saves to keep the Generals in the game.

Northeast got on the board first just 3:55 into the opening period on Brady Gaudette’s first goal of the playoffs.

After Rebels goalie Ryan Keane made a tough, left-pad save the rebound went into the far side corner where it was picked up by Gaudette. The Braintree, MA native would send the puck to Mike Egan in the slot, who in turn passed the biscuit back to Luke Perunovich at the point. Perunovich would circle towards the center of the blue line and take a shot that was saved by Keane but Gaudette was to goalie’s right and he tucked in the rebound to make it a 1 – 0 game.

The Generals would make it 2 – 0 with 5:09 remaining in the first period.

Just prior to the Generals taking a two-goal lead, Rebels forward Brandon Stanley had a chance to tie the game but couldn’t control a rolling puck and the shot went wide of the net.

Colin McCabe would pick up the loose puck along the far side boards and skate back into his own zone and then head up along the near side boards. After gaining the line, he sent a seem pass over to Brendan White on his left, and McCabe took a wrist shot that beat Keane blocker side to double the Generals lead.

The Rebels would cut the Generals lead in half just 2:08 into the second period.

Ryan Patrick would pick up the loose puck along the far side boards and backhand it over to Jensen Zerban on his left. As Zerban entered the Generals zone, he took a low, far-side shot that Fessenden had to make a pad save but the rebound came right out to Aaron Maguyon who tucked the loose puck into the back of the net for his first goal in the series.

With 7:11 left in the game, Stanley was called for high-sticking to give the Generals the extra attacker. Twenty-two seconds later the Generals would double their lead again.

After receiving a return pass from Justin Jallen, Matt Demelis would take a long side shot that was saved by Keane but the rebound came right out to McCabe who tucked in the rebound to make it a 3 – 1 one game.

Keane, who played very well, stopped 26 of 29 shots while Fessenden stopped 35 of 36. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will met again tomorrow night at 7:00pm.One more loss and the Rebels season will be over.

Divisional Semi-Final games 3 and 4 preview: series moves to Attleboro tied at one game apiece

The Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series moves to Attleboro tied at one game apiece between the Philadelphia Rebels and Northeast Generals. Game three will be played tonight and game four will be played on Thursday with both games starting at 7:00pm.

The Generals won game one 3 – 0 on a 24 save performance by Northeast goaltender David Fessenden. It was the Generals first-ever playoff win. Excluding last year’s Robertson Cup finals since it was an elimination game, Friday night’s loss was only the second time in team history that the Rebels had lost an opening round game (the other game was a 2 – 1 loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the Robertson Cup semi-finals). It also was the second time the Rebels had been shutout in the playoffs (3 – 0 loss to Fairbanks) excluding the finals.

The Rebels came out and dominated game two winning 5 – 1 on the strength of four, first period goals, including two from Konur Peterson.

If history holds true, then a game five will be played on Saturday night at 7:05pm. The last nine games (including the playoffs) between these two teams the Rebels have won every other contest. Philadelphia did, however, win five of eight games at the New England Sports Village by a combined score of 34 – 20.

The Generals have received a goal from four different players: Jeff Skinner, Michael Higgins, Matthew Wiesner and Matt Demelis, and they have ten players who have tallied a point respectively in this series. Northeast is 0 for 9 on the powerplay so far.  Fessdenden had to be replaced by Marko Sturma just twenty-six seconds into the second period. Despite Friday night’s shutout, Fessenden has a 7.50 goals against average and a .871 save percentage. Sturma stopped all twelve shots he faced.

The Rebels have received goals from Peterson (two), Jensen Zerban, Eric Olson and Brandon Stanley. In all, a total of nine Rebels have a point respectively. Defensemen Nico Appendino and Carson Moniz each have two points (both assists). The Rebels so far are 2 for 4 (50%) on the powerplay. Ryan Keane has played in both games and he as a 2.00 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.

Peterson’s two goals lift Rebels to 5 – 1 rout of Generals to even series

Forward Konur Peterson scored two goals to help propel the Rebels to a 5 – 1 rout over the visiting Northeast Generals to even the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series at one game apiece.

In arguably their best game of the season, the Rebels dominated the game from the initial drop of the puck until the siren sounded to end the game.

After having to postpone Saturday night’s game due to poor ice conditions at the Class of 1923 Arena, the two teams played at the Rebels original home rink for two years at the IceWorks skating complex.

The Rebels would take an early 1 – 0 lead on Peterson’s first goal of the game.

Diarmad DiMurro would dump the puck deep in the offensive zone where was it picked up by Northeast defenseman Joseph Nagle behind his own net. As Nagle started to skate up along the end board he sent a return pass to Luke Perunovich who was to the left of Generals goalie David Fessenden.  Nagle went to make a cross-ice centering pass but it was intercepted by Alex Frey who immediately took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but the puck trickled through his legs and Peterson tapped it into an open net to make it a 1 – 0 game just 3:11 into the first period.

The Generals would tie it just 4:13 later.

Perunovich would bring the puck out of his own end through center ice. As he entered the Rebels zone he was taken off the puck by Bryant Gunn. As Gunn went to break up the ice he lost an edge and Matt Demelis would strip him of the puck. Demelis would deke around Rebels goalie Ryan Keane’s glove side and backhanded the biscuit into the back of the net to make it a 1 – 1 game.

After Frye was called for high sticking at the 9:14 mark, Northeast forward Alex Cohen was called for slashing a minute and a half later to make it 4 on 4 hockey. When Frye’s penalty expired, the Rebels had their first powerplay of the post season.

Jensen Zerban would take a shot from the top of the near side faceoff circle that was block by a Northeast defender and DiMurro would pick up the loose puck and send it back to Kolby Vegara at the point. Vegara took a snapshot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Zerban who was to the right of Fessenden and Zerban drilled it past the fallen Generals netminder to put the Rebels back on top with 7:26 left in the first period.

Thirty-one seconds later Peterson would give the Rebels a two-goal lead.

Peterson would dump the puck around the Generals end board where Fessenden came out to intercept it. Fessenden would send a bounce pass high off the boards but Carson Moniz gloved it down and passed it over to Nico Appendino on his left. Appendino took a clapper that was redirected by Peterson out front and passed Fessenden to make it a 3 – 1 game.

With 1:23 left in the opening period, Matthew Wiesner was called for tripping to put the Rebels back on the powerplay. Eric Olson would make it 4 – 1 Rebels with seventeen seconds remaining in the first.

After Frye won the draw deep inside the Generals zone, the puck would go back to Moniz at the point. Moniz would pass it over to Appendino who walked the line towards his right and passed to Ryan Patrick at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Patrick took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but Olson tapped in the rebound to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

Brandon Stanley would finish the scoring just twenty-six seconds into the second period.

As the Generals tried to bring the puck through the neutral zone, a Northeast defender was stripped of the puck by Stanley who raced down the near side boards. As Stanley skated towards the faceoff dot he took a wrist shot that beat Fessenden long side to make it a 5 – 1 game. Fessenden was pulled for Marko Sturma.

Keane, who was very sharp, stopped 24 of 25 shots while Fessenden and Sturma combined to turn aside 22 of 27. Click here for the box score.

The series now moves to the New England Sports Village where games three and four will be played on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Frye and Peterson lead Rebels to 7 – 1 rout of Knights

Alex Frye and Konur Peterson each had two goals and an assist to lead the Rebels to a 7 – 1 rout over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. It was the Rebels last regular season home game.

This game was very different from all of the others. It was a continuation of the January 12 contest that was suspended due to fog. The game picked up at the 11:34 mark of the first period with the Rebels leading 2 – 0 on goals from Peterson and Frye.

Just 2:46 into the reconvened game Peterson would score his second goal of the contest. Auggie Moore gained the line at center ice and dumped the puck to the end boards where it was picked up by Frye who had beat out Knights netminder Christian Stoever for the loose puck. Frye would send the puck up along the near side boards where it was picked up by Noah Finstrom who immediately pass the puck to Peterson on his right. Peterson would skate towards the faceoff circle and took a wrist shot that beat Stoever glove side to make it a 3 – 0 game with 9:06 left in the first.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside his own zone, the puck would go into the far side corner where it was picked up by Knights forward Justin Engelkes who passed it back to Joseph Verkeke at the point. Verkeke took a snapshot that was redirected out front by Tryone Bronte past Ryan Keane to make it a 3 – 1 game with 7:57 left in the period.

Two minutes later Frye would score his second goal of the game. Finstrom would pick up the loose puck at center ice and send it towards the far side boards where Moore would battle Anthony Firriolo for the puck. Firriolo would send the biscuit behind his own net where it was intercepted by Frye. The Clakson, MI native would try a wrap around that was saved by Stoever but Frye picked up his own rebound and put it past Stoever to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

With 4:30 left in the first, Knights forward Gabe Temple was called for tripping to give the Rebels the man advantage.

Knights defenseman Curtis Carlson would bring the puck behind his own net to set up the play but Zerban stripped him off the puck and sent it back Aaron Maguyon at the top of the faceoff circle. Maguyon would pass it back to Kolby Vegara at the point. Vegara would start to walk the line towards his right and took a shot that was saved by Stoever but Zerban was there to pick up the rebound and put it into the open net to give the Rebels a 5 – 1 lead with 3:33 left in the first.

Finstrom would pick up his first NAHL goal of the season 2:53 into the second to make it a 6 – 1 game, and Carson Moniz would score his eleventh goal on the season to make it a 7 – 1 game.

Keane stopped 25 of 26 shots while Stoever turned aside 29 of 36. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will close out the regular season this weekend when they travel to Johnstown to play the Tomahawks for two games. The first game of the divisional semi-final series will be played on Friday, April 13 at 7:05pm.

Rebels lose 4 – 3 to Generals in shootout

The Northeast Generals defeated the Philadelphia Rebels 4 – 3 in a shootout last night which enabled the visitors from Massachusetts to take two out of three games this weekend between the two teams. It was the Rebels fourth loss in their last five games.

The Rebels would open the scoring on Ryan Patrick’s twentieth goal on the season.

Konur Peterson picked up the loose puck behind the Generals net and passed it back to Patrick along the far side boards. Patrick immediately sent a touch pass back to Diarmad DiMurro who in turn sent it over to Carson Moniz on his left. Moniz stepped up and took a snapshot the was saved by Generals netminder Marko Sturma but the rebound came right out to Patrick who put it past Sturma to give the Rebels the 1- 0 with 6:09 into the opening period.

Three minutes later Austin Martz would score his first goal of the season.

Aaron Maguyon would gain the line and send the puck into the Generals zone where it was picked up by Jimmy Glynn behind Northeast’s net. As Glynn started to skate towards the faceoff circle he passed the puck up to Martz. The Shaler, PA native turned and took a high wrister that beat Sturma short side to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 lead.

Sturma was replaced by David Fessenden after allowing two goals on four shots.

The Generals would cut the Rebels lead in half with 9:14 into the second period. Adam Cohen had the puck down low to the right side of Eli Billing. Cohen passed it out to Ryan Rowland in the slot and Rowland took a shot that was saved by Billing but the rebound went to the end boards. Sviatoslov Kuchynski would pick up the loose puck at the goal line and take a sharp angle shot that went off Billing’s blocker and into the back of the net to make it a 2 – 1 game.

Twenty-eight seconds later the Generals would tie the game.

After Martz picked up the puck in the neutral zone he went to dump the puck into the offensive zone for a line change but the puck bounced off a Northeast player onto Trent Harsma’s stick. Harsma skated in all along on a breakaway towards Billing. As Harsma got to the top of the crease he made a spin move and tucked the puck long side past Billing to make 2 – 2.

With 8:24 left in the middle period Northeast’s forward Brian Chambers was called for checking from behind to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Eight seconds later Brandon Stanley put the Rebels back in front.

After the ensuing faceoff was won by Jensen Zerban, the puck went back to DiMurro at the near side point. DiMurro would pass it over to Kolby Vegara on his left and Vegara took a slapshot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came loose and Stanley shot it past Fessenden for his eighteenth goal on the season.

As time was winding down in the third, Northeast forward Matt Demelis took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Billing. As the puck bounced off his pads, Vegara dove to push the puck towards the boards but it went back to the nearside blueline to Joseph Nagle. The Generals defenseman would pass it up to Demelis at the top of the faceoff circle and he looked to his right and found Brady Gaudette breaking towards the net. Gaudette took a wrist shot that beat Billing glove side to tie the game with 5:16 left in the third.

After regulation ended, the two teams played a scoreless overtime period to send the game to a shootout. Generals defenseman Ryan Bogan would score the only goal in the shootout to give Northeast the 4 – 3 win.

Billing would turn aside 25 of 28 shots while Sturma and Fessenden stopped 39 of 42. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will close out their last home game of the regular season on Wednesday at 3:05pm against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Rebels down Generals 6 – 2 to end three game skid

The Philadelphia Rebels scored four unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 6 – 2 victory over the visiting Northeast Generals to end the team’s first ever three-game losing streak.

Despite being outshot in the first period 11 – 7, the Generals got on the board first with twenty seconds left in the opening period on Matt Demelis’ sixteenth goal on the season.

As the period was winding down, Northeast’s defenseman Michael Higgins would pick up the loose puck in his own zone and bring it up along the near side boards. After gaining the line and entering the offensive zone, he would take the puck near the Rebels net. Higgins would try and center the puck out into the slot but it blocked by Nico Appendino. Higgins would pick it up and pass it out to the top of the far side circle to Demelis who took a shot that was deflected out in front passed Rebels netminder Ryan Keane to give the Generals a 1 – 0 lead going into intermission.

The Rebels would tie the game on Chase Hamstad’s second goal of the season.  As the puck went to the far side boards, Hamstad would pick up the biscuit and skate behind the Generals net and pass it back to Diarmad DiMurro at the point. DiMurro would take a sharp angle shot that was blocked out in front and Hamstad picked up the rebound and knocked it past Northeast’s goalie David Fessenden to knot the game at one with 2:25 into the second period.

The Rebels would take the lead with 3:04 left in the second. Northeast would dump the puck into the Rebels zone where it was picked up by DiMurro at his own blueline. DiMurro would pass it up to Hamstad at the red line and the White Bear Lake, MN native sent a nice touch-pass to a streaking Jensen Zerban. The Air Force Academy commit would enter the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Aaron Maguyon. As Zerban skated to the top of the circle he passed the puck to Maguyon on his right and Maguyon took a wrister that beat Fessenden glove side to make it a 2 – 1 game.

The Generals would tie it just forty-five seconds into the final period.

As the Generals dumped the puck into the Rebels zone, defenseman Seth Bergeron went into the corner to puck up the loose puck but fell awkwardly into the boards. The puck would start to roll behind the Rebels net where Northeast’s forward Jeff Skinner was able to fight off Eric Olson for the puck. Skinner would skate towards the far side circle and found a breaking Alex Cohen in the slot. Cohen one-timed it passed Keane for his tenth goal on the season to make it a 2 – 2 game.

Maguyon’s second goal of the game at 5:37 into the third would give the Rebels the lead for good.

Appendino would keep the puck in the offensive zone after Skinner attempted to clear the puck. Appendino would look to his right and pass it over to Kolby Vegara. The University of Massachusetts commit would pass it up to Ryan Patrick at the top of the slot. Patrick would make backhanded pass to Maguyon who wristed the puck by Fessenden to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead.

At the 8:41 mark the Rebels went on their fourth powerplay of the evening after Northeast’s forward Brendan White lost his helmet. Instead of immediately going to the bench, White continued to play and was called for illegal equipment.

As time was winding down with the extra attacker, Maguyon was at the top of the slot and took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Zerban. The speedy forward took a sharp angle shot that saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Brandon Stanley who put the puck past the fallen netminder to give the Rebels a 4 – 2 lead with 9:51 left in the game.

Alex Frye would give the Rebels a 5 – 2 lead on a beautiful setup from Bergeron and Carson Moniz.

Konur Peterson would close out the scoring with two minutes left on the game for the Rebels second powerplay goal of the game.

Keane stopped 13 of 15 shots while Fessenden turned aside 36 of 42. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will close out the three-game series tonight on Billet/Fan appreciation night. All fans who attend the game will receive a free deck of Rebels trading cards.

Generals hold off Rebels rally to win 5 – 3

The visiting Northeast Generals were up 3 – 0 and held on to defeat the Rebels 5 – 3 in the first of this three-game series. It was the Rebels third straight defeat, the first time in team history.

Five different players scored for the Generals, which included three goals in the 1st period from Mike Egan, Matt Demelis, and Louis Boudon. The Rebels stormed back to cut the lead to 3-2 in the 2nd period with goals from Ryan Patrick and Jensen Zerban, but a Northeast goal from Jeff Skinner late in the period pushed the Generals lead back to 4-2. In the 3rd period, Philadelphia got a goal from Carson Moniz with less than a minute to go in regulation to make it 4-3, but an empty-net goal :37 seconds later from Brian Chambers secured the 5-3 win for Northeast. Generals goalie Marko Sturma made 25 saves in the win, while Eli Billing made 3 saves and Ryan Keane made 10 saves in the loss. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will play the second game of this three-game series tonight at 7:10pm.