Over this past weekend the Rebels hosted the Titans for only the second time this season. The previous meeting was the Rebels home opening weekend which ended in two losses for the home team, in their first game in their new arena. Almost four months had passed since opening weekend for the Rebels and they entered this weekend with a record of 24-11-3-3 (54pts). Their opposition is right behind them in the standings with a record of 22-20 (44pts). The Titans were on a two-game losing streak going into this weekend and were looking for their second sweep at the Northwest Arena to put them only six points back of Jamestown. As for the Rebels, they were swept by Johnstown the weekend prior and were looking to turn things around with under 20 games left on the schedule.
On Friday the number one goalie in the league, Ryan Keane, went up against Brandon Perrone. Out of Keane’s three shutouts on the season, two have come against the Titans and the very last meeting between these two East Division rivals resulted in one of Keane’s shutouts (2-0). Nick Stuckless was able to score the game’s first goal after he used his speed to cut around the defense and tuck it right past Perrone for his eighth of the season. The Rebels took their 1-0 lead into the locker room after the first 20 minutes of play. When leading after the 1st period the Rebels are 16-3-2-2. When trailing after the first New Jersey is 5-13. Before the half-way point in the 2nd period Alex Frye got on the score sheet picking up his 23rd on the season, also putting him at seven goals against the Titans this season (team high). Later in the middle frame and while on a 4-on-3 power play, Gavin Gulash ended the goose egg on the board for his team. Gulash leads his team in power-play goals with nine. The 3rd period started out 2-1 and would remain that way until the horn sounded. While neither team was able to score in the 3rd, both teams had plenty of scoring chances, but it was the goalies that put on a show for the fans in attendance making highlight reel after highlight reel save. The loss marked the first one for Perrone against the Rebels. As for Keane, that was his fifth win in 2019 (5-2-1-1, 2SO) and his 19th on the season. The Rebels started out their three-straight home games on the right track, the only thing to do next was to sweep the Titans for the first time this season and get revenge from opening weekend.
The next night was surely one to remember for the boys in red, white, and blue. They came out with aggression and momentum to start the game which led them to scoring first, thanks to Hunter Johannes (8) finding the back of the net on the power play. Minutes later it was Jake Felker (14) scoring the Rebels third short-handed goal of the season (first player other than Frye). With under three minutes left to play in the 1st period and while on the man-advantage New Jersey turned the puck over at the top of the point in the Rebels zone which led to a 2-on-1 for Jamestown. Eric Olson made a great cross crease pass to Niki Jasko who was able to get a shot on Perrone. Luckily for Jasko the puck remained in the blue paint after Perrone got his stick on it and he jammed it home for another short-handed goal, his sixth of the season. The first period ended with Jamestown up 3-0 and looking eager to put up more on the board. When the 2nd period started it took a little over five minutes for a goal to be scored but this time it came off a deflection from a New Jersey stick, ending Noah West’s hopes at a shutout. Saturday’s game also marked the seventh-straight start for Perrone (3-3,17GA, 186SVS). Jamestown was up by two to start the final period of regulation and were just 20 minutes away from their first sweep over the Titans this season. The Titans were able to pull themselves within one after the half-way point in the 3rd as Gavin Gulash scored once again on the power play, making that ten power-play goals for the New Jersey native. Shortly after Gulash scored he was able to find the back of the net again for his third goal of the weekend. The score was now tied 3-3, with five of the total six goals coming from special teams. With their comeback New Jersey forced overtime, they are the only team in the league to have not lost in either overtime or a shootout. The Rebels have not won in 3-on-3 hockey yet this season. It only took 1:15 into OT to decide a winner. It came from none other than the leading scorer for Jamestown, Alex Frye (24). Jim Glynn was able to get around the defense and make a great pass across for Frye to slam it home. Earning the Rebels their first overtime win and giving the Titans their first overtime loss. West picked up his seventh win of the season and Perrone moved to 2-2 against the Rebels.
Jamestown has not lost in regulation to New Jersey since their home opening weekend. Also, the Titans have become the third team in the East to have been swept by Jamestown, the only two teams that have not are Johnstown and Northeast. During this past Saturday’s game there were two fights. The first one was between birthday boy Conner Linton and UCONN commit Mac Wiseman. The second fight was between Hunter Johannes and Mitch Machlitt. Both fights were won by the Rebels and sure did get the crowd on its feet. By the time the game was over on Saturday there were 11 infractions against the Rebels, making it their second most penalized game this season, behind their game on Dec. 2nd against the Titans where both teams ended up with 12 penalties.
The Rebels face Johnstown this Wednesday at 11 a.m. to cap off their third straight game on home ice and then will go play in Johnstown on Friday. The following weekend Northeast will come to the Northwest Arena, the Rebels and Generals have only played each other four times (2-2). The last meeting was here in Jamestown on Nov. 9th-10th. For ticket information call 716-484-2624. Finally, make sure to follow us on all our social media.
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