Jamestown, NY – December 6th and 7th. That was the last time the Rebels put together a weekend sweep of their opponent.
The wait came to an end tonight, as the Rebels (15-24-1-2), lead by a pair of goals from forward Nick Siffringer and a 28-save performance from goaltender Noah West, took down the Maryland Black Bears (16-17-7-0) by a final score of 3-2 on January 25th, at the Northwest Arena.
Maryland came out looking for a response following last night’s loss, and got it quick in the form of a goal from Hampus Rydqvist just 1:35 into the game, giving the visitors an early 1-0 lead.
“I didn’t like our start,” said Head Coach Joe Coombs. “I thought after the [media] timeout in the first period we got better.”
The Rebels did begin to turn it around, as the rest of the period remained tight. Jamestown killed off a penalty about halfway through the period, helping keep the deficit at 1-0 going into the second frame.
In the second period, Jamestown took advantage of their one and only power play of the game, as Captain Eric Olson buried his team-leading 15th goal of the season, extending his current point streak to five games, to tie the game up at one a piece. The celebration was short-lived, however, as Maryland quickly answered with a goal of their own nearly two minutes later from forward Kyle Oleksiuk, re-taking the lead 2-1. The battled continued on until Nick Siffringer was able to find the back of the net, his eighth of the season, to again tie the game up. One more big penalty kill from Jamestown would come before the end of the 2nd, with a 2-2 tie heading into the final period.
Jamestown wasted little time breaking the tie, as Siffringer scored his second of the game (ninth of the season) just 41 seconds into the 3rd, giving the Rebels their first lead of the game at 3-2. The goal marked Siffringer’s fourth goal and sixth point in his last 3 games, following a two-assist effort last night, and a two-goal game last weekend against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
“We’re getting a little bit more from some guys,” said Coombs about Siffringer’s play. “When we get even more from more guys, we’ll consistently win some hockey games.”
From there, it was once again shutdown time, as goaltender Noah West turned aside 11 shots against in the third, preserving the 3-2 lead for the Rebels and earning his 10th win of the season.
“I liked the way that we checked,” said Coombs regarding the Rebels’ play. “We didn’t kill anybody, but we stayed on the right side of the puck for the most part and we just out-checked them. We had a couple of momentum gaps where they had some pressure, but I thought overall we took care of the puck better.”
With the victory, Jamestown continues to creep up the standings, now sitting just 6 points back of Maryland for the final East Division playoff spot.
Along with his goal, Olson tallied an assist in the victory. Forward Valentino Passarelli strung together two assists (8,9) while Noah Finstrom (19), Kaden Varga (3) and Janis Vizbelis (5) added one assist each.
The Rebels are back in action next weekend when they travel to Maryland to once again take on the Black Bears, January 31st and February 1st at 7:45pm. Both games will be available for live stream on HockeyTV.