Jamestown Rebels (26-11-3-3, 58pts) vs. Johnstown Tomahawks (38-6-0-1, 77pts)
at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY/ at 1st Summit Arena in Johnstown, PA
Time: 11 a.m./ 7:30 p.m.
What You Need to Know:
Season Series: 2-4-0-1
JMT: 41pts, Frye (24g-17a)
NJT: 73pts, Solensky (24g-49a)
ONE vs. TWO:
Tomorrow marks the third-straight home game for the Rebels. It also starts their home-and-home series against the best team in the league, the Tomahawks. Tomorrow both teams will rise and shine for puck drop at 11 a.m. Then 1st place Johnstown will host 2nd place Jamestown this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Not only are both teams ranked one and two in the East Division but as are their star goalies. Ryan Keane (19-8-1-1, 3SO) enters these two games the number one goalie overall with a goals-against-average of 1.81 and a save percentage of .926%. The ‘Hawks netminder Carter McPhail (22-3,1SO) is the second-best goalie in the league with a 1.94GAA and a .937SV%. McPhail has the second most wins this season and right behind him is Keane.
This past weekend the Tomahawks had a three-game series against the Black Bears. The Tomahawks won every game but what stood out was how they were able to put up eight the first night which led them to an 8-2 victory. That was the third time this season Johnstown had put up eight goals in a game. During those three games, Johnstown had two players record eight points, Carson Briere (5g-3a) and Samuel Solensky (2g-6a). Tomorrow will also be the eighth game between these two cross state rivals and the Rebels are looking to go .500 against Johnstown after the conclusion of Friday’s game.
LEADING AFTER 40:
The first 40 minutes of play has been a big reason to both teams’ success this season. Neither team has lost in regulation when leading after two periods, Johnstown is 24-0-0-1 and Jamestown is 20-0-1-3. Three out of the seven games already played between these two teams have been decided by one goal. Also, the highest amount of goals scored in a game was four and that has happened three times. Being up with only 20 minutes left in regulation is key for any team to have continued success in the NAHL and that is exactly why both the Rebels and Tomahawks are in the top five overall in the league.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
REBELS (F: #10 – Jake Felker)
Felker is having an incredible rookie season putting up the second-most goals for the Rebels this season (14). The Omaha, NE native is tied for second-most game-winning-goals by a rookie with four. In his six games played against Johnstown he has scored three goals (2nd most on team). Over this past weekend Felker scored the Rebels third short-handed goal of the season, in their 4-3 OTW.
TOMAHAWKS (F: #14 – Carson Briere)
Briere leads his team in goals with (33) and power-play goals (22). He is second on the team in points (70). Briere has a long history with the Rebels organization, he played three games for them when they were in Aston (3a) and just one game last season in Philadelphia (1g). He is now in his second season with the Tomahawks, totaling 84 games played (43g-49a). Carson will also be going to the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament next week to represent the Selects Blue.