Game preview: Titans visit Rebels to play rare Thursday night home game

Game preview: Titans visit Rebels to play rare Thursday night home game

The New Jersey Titans and Rebels will be playing a rare Thursday night game when the Titans visit the Class of 1923 Arena tonight for a 7:35pm start. Despite the Rebels returning from an eight-game road swing, this will be the third straight home game for the Rebels against New Jersey.

Rebels vs. Titans Overview
The Rebels and Titans have played each other three times this season, with all of them being played at the Class of 1923 Arena. The Rebels have won two of the three games, outscoring the Titans by a combined score of 7 – 6. The last time these two teams met was on Sunday, November 15 when the Rebels defeated New Jersey 2 – 1.

New Jersey’s Nick Boyagian leads the Titans with four points (1 goal and 3 assists) against the Rebels. Three other players each have two points against Philadelphia: Andrew Husted (1 goal and 1 assist), Todd Goehring (1 goal and 1 assist) and Wade Novak (1 goal and 1 assist). The Titans are a 3 for 11 (27%) on the powerplay. New Jersey’s goaltenders Matt Ladd and Brandon Perrone have a combined 2.33 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

Rebels defenseman Jordin Holmes leads the Rebels with three points (1 goal and 2 assists) against the Titans. Jensen Zerban has scored two goals against New Jersey. The Rebels are 1 for 13 (8%) with the extra attacker against them while goalies Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.00 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter the game with a 12-10-1-1 record in 24 games with 26 points. They currently reside in fourth place in the East Division, twelve points behind division leading Philadelphia. The Titans have played the least amount of games in the division. The Titans have won two of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 1 road loss against the Johnstown Tomahawks. Boyagian leads the team in total points with 23 (11 goals and 12 assists). He also leads the team in goals with 11. Husted, Novak and Tyler Antonucci each have two game-winning goals. Rookie Holden Biebel leads the team in penalty minutes with 58. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a +12.

New Jersey has scored 82 goals (fifth best in the NAHL) in twenty-four games. They also have allowed 70 (twelfth best in the league).  The Titans are fifteenth in the league on the powerplay (18.3%) while they are eightteenth in the league on the penalty kill with at 75.5%.

Netminders Ladd and Perrone have a combined 2.45 goals against average and a .921 save percentage with one shutout (Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter tonight’s game with a 19 – 6 record for 38 points in 25 games. They lead the East Division by three points over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels are 3 – 2 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 0 road win against the Northeast Generals.

Aarong Maguyon leads the Rebels in points with 20 (9 goals and 11 assists). Zerban (10 goals and 9 assists) and Andrew Bellant (7 goals and 12 assists) each have nineteen points. Zerban has scored the most goals on the team with ten and game winning goals with three. Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 70 while Zerban and Diarmad DiMurro each have a team best +/- with a +8.

The Rebels have scored 85 goals in twenty-five games (third best in the league) while they have allowed 52 (second best in the league). The Rebels are best in the league on the power play and have converted on 30.7% of the chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 88.1% of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.04 goals against average and a .915 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).