Krbecek Logs 45-Save Shutout to Slay Titans

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Philadelphia Rebels (20-23-1-1, 42 pts) finished the month of February with a 3-0 win over the New Jersey Titans (29-14-1-2, 61 pts) on the road Tuesday night.

The Rebels netminder Jakub Krbecek answered everything the Titans had to offer on Tuesday, saving all 45 shots for his second shutout in his past three starts.

The Rebels were the first to score in the opening period, as Max Marquette scored his sixth goal of the season to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead just halfway through the first period.

Scoring first has been critical for the Rebels all season long, who are now 9-0-0 after a first-period lead, and 12-1-1 after leading in the second.

In the second period, the Rebels were sent to the penalty kill six times, and killed off each of those penalties. New Jersey scores just under 25% of the time on the power play, but the Rebels kill benefitted from a number of huge saves from Jakub Krbecek to hold the lead going into the third period.

With little time to go in the second, the Rebels killed off a 5-on-3 Titans advantage, and Krbecek wrapped up the second period saving 32 of 32 shots.

In the final period, Dom Foglia extended the Rebels lead to 2-0 on a steaming one-timer. It was Foglia’s ninth of the season, and came while the Rebels were on a two-man advantage halfway through the third.

New Jersey pulled their netminder Zakari Brice with 3:45 to play in regulation, and the Rebels capitalized with an empty-net goal from Connor Sedlak. It was Sedlak’s 16th goal of the season, and closed the door on the Titans.

The Rebels will be back in Hollydell this Friday, when they take on the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks at 8:00 p.m.