DANBURY, CT – The Philadelphia Rebels (10-15-1-1, 22 pts) travel to take on the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks (2-24-2-2, 8 pts) in their final game of the 2022 calendar year Monday afternoon.
Here are five things to know ahead of the matchup:
1. Playing Tricks
Monday’s contest will be the fifth meeting between the Rebels and Jr. Hat Tricks this season. Philadelphia has won all four previous matchups.
The four games were split between Danbury and Philadelphia. In each series, Philadelphia had a regulation win and a win in overtime or a shootout.
The last meeting featured a nine-round shootout which Philadelphia came out of with a win after seven-straight saves by Jack Fialkoff.
2. The Sheriff
David Deputy has led the Rebels in points for most of the season, but had been sharing that title in the past few weeks.
In last Saturday night’s game at Maryland, Deputy recorded a career-high four points to log his 20th point of the season.
He’s the first Rebels player to reach that mark and is three points clear of a trio of teammates for the team lead.
In total, Deputy has eight goals and 12 assists.
3. Game-Winning Ghouls
Carter Casper returned from injury last time these two teams faced off, playing his first games of the season.
He has now played four games this season and has recorded a pair of game-winning goals. The first came in his season debut against Danbury on Dec. 2.
The last came this past Friday night in a 3-1 win at Maryland.
4. Last Time Out
After going winless in their first five tries against Maryland this season, the Rebels charged into Maryland last weekend to win once in regulation and take a point in the second game.
Friday night’s 3-1 win was led by 51 saves from goaltender Jakub Krbecek. It was a career-high mark and he lifted his save percentage to .920 over the weekend.
Saturday’s overtime loss featured 42 more saves for Krbecek and multiple Rebels with multi-point nights.
Deputy led the way with a goal and three assists, while Max Hamstad (2G, 1 A) and Charles Panchisin (1G, 2A) each had three points.
Panchisin’s goal was the first of his career.
5. Scouting the Jr. Hat Tricks
The Jr. Hat Tricks enter as the league’s most porous defense. Danbury has allowed 126 goals, 19 more than any other team in the North American Hockey League.
Danbury is entering off a weekend-series at home against Northeast. The Generals won both games in Danbury, winning Friday in overtime and Saturday in regulation..
Monday’s game begins at 3:30 p.m. and can be seen on HockeyTV.