Game preview: Titans visit Rebels today for holiday matinee

Game preview: Titans visit the bunker today for holiday matinee

The New Jersey Titans visit the Class of 1923 Arena for a holiday matinee game slated to begin at 4:20pm. It will be Skate Night with the Rebels immediately following the game. This will be the Rebels last home game until Friday, February 16 when the Northeast Generals visit. A Rebels nine game road trip will commence on Friday, January 19 beginning with two games against the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Rebels vs. Titans Overview
This will be the sixth meeting between these two teams. The Titans have won three of the five games by a combined score of 15 – 11. The Titans are the only team in which the Rebels have a losing record against. The last time they played was on Wednesday, December 20 at Middletown’s Ice World with the Titans winning 4 – 1. Four of the five games played so far have been played at the Class of 1923.

The Titans have four players who have four points respectively against the Titans: Nick Boyagian (1 goal and 3 assists), Todd Goehring (2 goals and 2 assists), Eric Manoukian (all assists) and Tate Singleton (1 goal and 3 assists). Matthew Cameron leads the Titans in goals against the Rebels with three. New Jersey is 5 for 17 (29%) on the powerplay. New Jersey’s goalies have a combined 2.20 goals against average and .922 save percentage with no shutouts against the Rebels.

Jordin Holmes leads the Rebels in points against the Titans with three (1 goal and 2 assists). Six players each have two points against them. The Rebels are 4 for 16 (25%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.80 goals against average and .891 save percentage with no shutouts against New Jersey.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter today’s game with a 15-12-1-1 record with 32 points. They currently reside in fourth place in the East Division, seventeen points behind division leading Philadelphia – although the Titans have four games in hand. The Titans have won three of their last five games. However, they have not played since the December 20 game against the Rebels. Boyagian leads the team in total points with 24 (11 goals and 13 assists). He also leads the team in goals with eleven. Hunter Alden has twenty-three points (7 goals and 16 assists) while Singleton has twenty-two points (8 goals and 14 assists). Four players each have scored two game winning goals. Rookie Holden Biebel leads the team in penalty minutes with 75. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a +17.

New Jersey has scored 97 goals (sixteenth best in the NAHL) in twenty-nine games. They also have allowed 82 (fifth best in the league).  The Titans are fifth in the league on the powerplay (22.6%) while they are twenty second in the league on the penalty kill with at 71.6%.

New Jersey’s netminders have a combined 2.65 goals against average and a .916 save percentage with two shutouts (Brandon Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter tonight’s game atop the East Division. They have a 24-8-1 record for 49 points. They are 3 – 2 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 6 – 1 home win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

The Rebels are led by Aaron Maguyon’s 26 points (10 goals and 16 assists). Jensen Zerban has 25 points (13 goals and 12 assists) and Andrew Bellant has 23 points (9 goals and 14 assists). Zerban has scored the most goals on the team with thirteen. Bellant has the most game winning goals on the team with four, and he also leads it in penalty minutes with 82. Carson Moniz and Zerban each have a team best +/- with a +12.

The Rebels have scored 114 goals on the season (fifth best in the league) while they have allowed 71 (second least allowed in the league). The Rebels have the league’s best powerplay converting on 31% of their chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked third in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.8% of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.11 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).