The Rebels received goals from Ryan Patrick, Auggie Moore and Ryan Solomon to help propel them to a 3 – 2 win over the travel weary Northeast Generals last night at the IceWorks Skating Complex.
The game was delayed for an hour and six minutes due to the Generals bus breaking down in Rhode Island. After waiting for over three hours for another bus, the Generals were able to arrive safe and sound and then road on the coattails of goalie David Fessenden to keep them in the game.
Northeast’s Tim Weinstein was called for boarding with 5:38 left in the first period to put the Rebels on the power play. After Andrew Hart won the draw deep inside the Generals zone he kicked the puck forward into the corner where it was intercepted by Northeast’s Kohei Sato. As Sato tried to break out of the zone, he was pickpocketed by Ryan Patrick. Patrick skated towards the top of the slot and passed the puck to Andrew Bellant. Bellant redirected the pass that was initially saved by Fessenden but the puck went into the air. As the puck was coming down Patrick skated hard to the net and tapped in the puck to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 with 4:21 remaining in the period. It was the eighth goal on the year for the reigning East Division player of the week.
Despite outshooting the Generals 25 – 1 after the first period, the Rebels led 1 – 0 heading into the second. Immediately following the conclusion of a Generals penalty, Gianluca Esteves brought the puck into Northeast’s zone. He passed it down low to Evgeny Yakovlev. Yakovlev went behind the Generals net. As he started to skate towards the slot he sent a drop pass to Auggie Moore. Moore was going behind the net and he passed it back to Esteves. As Esteves skated towards the near side faceoff circle he passed the puck through the slot to a wide open Moore who put it behind Fessenden to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 lead at 5:52 into the middle stanza.
The Rebels would take a 3 – 0 with 2:43 remaining in the second. Upon the conclusion of a Rebels penalty kill Peter Zhong would dump the puck behind the Generals net. Dustin Manz was forechecking on the play and pressured a Generals defenseman. The puck came up the far side boards to Carter Woolley who passed to his right to Ryan Solomon who took a one-timer that beat Fessenden. It was the Northeastern University commit’s ninth goal on the season.
The game then would start to change with excitement with 1:32 left in the second. Northeast’s Sato brought the puck out of his zone and fed it up to Weinstein. Weinstein went around Gvido Jansons towards the net. Jansons pulled him down from behind to force a penalty shot.
Sato was selected to take the penalty shot. After he picked up the puck at center ice, Sato skated toward the near side boards. As he tried to cut across the slot, Mareks Mitens lunged out to make a poke check to thwart the scoring chance.
The Generals would get on the board with 3:41 into the final period. Weinstein had the puck at the far side faceoff circle in his zone. He sent a cross-ice pass up to Sato. Sato broke into the Rebels zone on a two on one with Justin Jallen. Sato passed the puck across the slot to Justin Jallen who redirect directed the puck passed the fallen Mitens to make it a 3 – 1 game.
The Generals would cut the lead in half 8:32 left in the third. Bellant was called for roughing with 10:22 remaining in the period to put Northeast on the power play. With five seconds remaining on the Generals power play, Northeast’s Christian Thomas would win the draw deep inside the Rebels zone. He passed the puck back to Bret Parker who took a snap shot that beat Mitens short side to make a 3 – 2 game.
With five seconds remaining in the game, the Generals would win an offensive draw inside the Rebels zone. The puck would go back to Weinstein at the point. As Weinstein took a shot, Esteves threw his body in front of the puck to block it as time was expiring to preserve the win.
Mitens would save 19 of the 21 shots he faced while Fessenden turned aside 43 of 46 shots. Click here for the box score.
The two teams will meet again tonight at 7:05pm. It is skate night with the Rebels immediately following the game.