SEWELL, NJ- The Philadelphia Rebels (4-13-0-1, 9 pts) dropped a contest to the Maryland Black Bears (19-3-0-0, 38 pts) by a score of 5-2 Tuesday evening. It was the third game between the two teams in a five-day span.
The Rebels jumped on the board first as David Deputy scored his fifth goal of the season on an early power play after the Rebels went 2-for-17 on power-play opportunities against the Black Bears this past weekend.
Jack Fialkoff was peppered for the first period, facing 17 shots in the opening 20 minutes. He made multiple stops in his busiest period of the night and kept Philadelphia in striking distance despite giving up a pair of goals to Dimitry Kebreau and Christian Catalano, the league’s top-two goal scorers. In total, Fialkoff stopped 30 of 35 shots he faced.
Maryland carried its momentum into the second period and added three goals on 12 shots. Samuel Stitz recorded a goal four minutes into the period and Adam Schankula followed that with a goal himself four minutes later. Catalano scored his second goal of the game to push the Black Bears’ lead to 5-1 to end the second period. The Rebels were unable to muster any offense in the period, only getting seven shots on the net.
Kris Samitis got the Rebels back on the board in the third with his fourth goal of the season. Deputy recorded the assist for his second point of the night.
The Rebels return to action this Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Danbury for a meeting with the Jr. Hat Tricks. The game can be seen live on HockeyTV.