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Rebels beat Brahmas 4 – 3 and go 4 – 0 in NAHL Showcase

The outcome was different this time. In a rematch of last year’s Robertson Cup finals, the Philadelphia Rebels held on to defeat the Lone Star Brahmas 4 – 3 and go 4 – 0 in the NAHL’s 15th Annual Showcase.

In a game that had a total of 29 shots on goal, there were seven goals scored. Rebels forward Auggie Moore started it off just thirteen seconds into the game. Immediately after the opening faceoff won by Andrew Bellant, the puck came to Moore by the right side of the faceoff circle. Moore dumped the puck deep inside the Brahmas far side corner. Bellent picked up the puck and sent a pass back to Moore who was at the faceoff circle. Moore took a wrist shot that beat Lone Star’s goalie Ajay Fernandez high, short side to put the Rebels up 1 – 0.

Ryan Patrick was called for holding with 8:23 left in the first period to put the Brahmas on the power play. Lone Star’s forward Andy Willis would bring the puck up the ice along the far side boards into the Rebels zone by the faceoff circle. Willis took a shot on net that was saved by Jack Leavy but the puck came back out to the top of the crease. Jarid Domin tried to put the puck in the net but couldn’t control it and Willis picked it up and put it past a fallen Leavy to tie the game at one with 7:55 remaining in the period.

Seven seconds later Lone Star’s Julian Biondo was called for hooking to give the Rebels the extra attacker. With time winding down in the power play Aaron Maguyon would give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead. Reid Miller would dump the puck down low along the near side boards and it was retrieved by Julian Makary behind the net. Makary would pass it back to Miller who found a breaking Maguyon at the top of the circle. Maguyon took a wrist shot that beat Fernandez shot side for his first goal on the season.

Fernandez would be replaced by Phoenixville, PA native Mitchell Gibson.

Twenty-four seconds after Maguyon’s goal, Mack Byers made it a 3 – 1 game. After the puck was dumped into the Brahmas zone, Lone Star tried to bring the puck up along the far side board where it was intercepted by Noah Finstrom.  Finstrom would pass it to Makary who skated towards Lone Star’s net. Makary would pass the puck down low to Byers who skated across the goalmouth and he tucked the puck past Gibson short side with 5:24 remaining in the period.

The scoring in the opening period wasn’t done. Finstrom was called for slashing with 1:40 left in the first. With thirteen seconds remaining the Brahmas looked to set up in the Rebels zone. Biondo had the puck at the top of the far side faceoff circle. He passed it back to the point to Drew Lennon. Lennon passed it over to his right to Kyle Hallbaurer. Hallbaurer passed it back to Lennon who took a shot that found its way through a screen and beat Leavy to make it 3 – 2. It was Lone Star’s second power play goal of the game.

The first period had a total of five goals scored on thirteen shots.

Fernandez replaced Gibson to start the second period.

Hugh Quinn would double the Rebels lead at the 10:19 mark of the middle period. After Lone Star won the draw at the far side faceoff circle the puck went behind the net to the nearside corner. Maguyon would win the battle along the boards and center a pass to Quinn at the top of the goal crease. Quinn would tap the puck past Fernandez to make it a 4 – 2 game.

As time was winding down in the third Lone Star would make it interesting with 4:12 left in the game. As the Rebels tried to break out of their zone along the far side boards the puck was intercepted by Emack Bentley. Bentley skated to the near side boards and into the Rebels zone. He would skate to the top of the circle and drop pass the puck to a trailing Biondo who took a wrist shot that beat Leavy long side to make it a 4 – 3 game.

The Rebels held on to win go 4 – 0 in the Showcase, their first time in team history. The Rebels are now 4 – 0 on the season. Leavy stopped eight of 11 shots by Lone Star’s goaltenders turned aside 14 out of 18 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels next game will be next Saturday night when they play their home opener against the Johnstown Tomahawks. Flyers legend Bernie Parent will drop the ceremonial first puck.

Zerban’s 3rd straight game winning goal gives Rebels 3 – 1 victory over IceRays

Jensen Zerban scored with 4:55 remaining in the third period to break a 1 – 1 tie and give the Philadelphia Rebels a 3 – 1 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays. It was Zerban’s third straight game winning goal in the North American Hockey League’s 15th Annual Showcase.

The first period was very fast, in terms of pace and scoring. Andrew Bellant put the Rebels up just eighty-five seconds into the game. Bellant picked up a loose puck at his own far side blueline and skated down the ice. As he got to the top of the faceoff circle deep inside the offensive zone he took a wrist shot that beat Corpus Christi’s goaltender Camden Burggrabe high glove side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead. It was Bellant’s 41st career goal as a Rebel.

It was another game in which a Rebels goaltender kept them in the game. Tecumseh, ON native Eli Billing had to make two sets of back-to-back saves and then he made a great point blank save with 5:31 left in the opening period to keep the IceRays off the board.

After outshooting the Rebels 8 – 6 after one period of play, the IceRays started to control most of the penalty filled second period. However, Billing turned aside all nine shots he faced and his blueliners blocked at least five shots, including two by Carson Moniz.

Hanging onto a 1 – 0 lead going into the third period, the Rebels were unable to take advantage of a five minutes power play. Then at the 7:57 mark forward Julian Makary was called for a double high-sticking to put the IceRays on the powerplay. Corpus Christi’s Connor Yawney had the puck back at the Rebels near side blueline and took a shot that was initially saved by Billing but Larry Jungwirth picked up the rebound and put it past Billing to tie the game at one with 10:52 remaining in regulation.

IceRays defenseman Trevor Wilhelm was called for high sticking with 5:21 left in the game to put the Rebels on the power play. Twenty-six seconds later Zerban picked up a loose rebound off of an Aaron Maguyon shot and tucked in the rebound pass Burggrabe to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead with 4:55 left in regulation. It was Zerban’s fourth point in the Showcase, three of them goals – all game winners.

With twenty-six second left in the game Ryan Patrick received a pass from Makary and put the puck into the empty net to give the Rebels 3 – 1 lead and seal the game.

Billing stopped 23 of 24 shots while Burggrabe turned aside 19 of 21 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will play their fourth and final game of the Showcase tomorrow at 10:45am ET in a rematch of last year’s Robertson Cup final against the Lone Star Brahmas.

Keane sparkles in Rebels 2 – 1 win over Wings in OT

Ryan Keane stopped 38 shots and Jensen Zerban scored the game winning goal thirty seconds into overtime to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 victory over the Aberdeen Wings in the Rebels second game of the North American Hockey League’s Showcase.

It was another intense game between these two teams who faced each other back in May during the league’s semi-final series. It took just twenty-eight seconds for the festivities to begin when Andrew Bellant was called for roughing. It was the first of the Rebels seven penalties during the game.

With 7:35 into the opening period, Aberdeen’s Riley Murphy was called for holding to put the Rebels on their second straight powerplay. With time winding down with the extra attacker, Ryan Patrick set up the play behind the Wings goal line. He passed the puck up to Aaron Maguyon along the far size faceoff circle. As Maguyon went to the net, he made a drop pass to Zerban who passed the puck back to defenseman Carson Moniz at the point. Moniz took a shot that found its way through a screen that beat Wings goalie Daniel Pavlicko to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead 9:26 into the first.

Although the Wings outshot the Rebels 13-9 in the first their onslaught began in the second. Defenseman Reid Miller was called for cross-checking 8:49 into the second to put Aberdeen on the powerplay. As time was running out with the extra attacker, Wings forward Colton Fletcher chipped the puck into the Rebels zone along the farside boards where it was picked up by John Sladic. Sladic cut across the goalmouth and took a shot that was saved by Keane but Joe Strada picked up the rebound and put it past Keane to tie the game at one with 9:12 remaining in the middle stanza. Prior to the goal, Keane had to make several key saves to keep the Wings scoreless.

Keane kept the Rebels in the game with a very strong middle period turning aside 18 shots, several of them which were point-blank saves. He had too. The Rebels were held to just two shots on goal.

The play evened out in the third with both teams applying pressure but Keane and Pavlicko kept the game tied at one. The siren sounded to end regulation and send it into overtime, the third straight game the Rebels and Wings went into a fourth period.

Overtime rules have changed in the NAHL this season. Each team now will play 3 on 3 hockey. After the Wings turned it over at the Rebels blueline it was picked up by Zerban. Similar to yesterday’s game, he brought the puck down along the far side boards. As he skated to the faceoff circle he took a wrist shot that beat Pavlicko short side to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 win.

It was Zerban’s second point of the game and third in two games. Keane stopped 38 of 39 shots while Pavlicko turned aside 16 of 18 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will play game three tomorrow against the Corpus Christi IceRays at 2:00pm ET.

Zerban’s shorthanded goal lifts Rebels past Wilderness in season opener

Jensen Zerban’s shorthanded goal 6:36 into the second period gave the Rebels a 1 – 0 win over the Minnesota Wilderness. Netminder Jack Leavy stopped all 26 shots he faced and had to make several Grade A saves to keep the Wilderness off the scoreboard.

Could it be deja vu? Last season the Rebels opened the NAHL’s league showcase with a 4 – 0 win over the Janesville Jets and the team went to the Robertson Cup finals. Could history repeat itself? The Rebels hope so but it was only one game.

Most of the first period was a feeling out process, which was to be expected considering it was the first league game for both teams. The play ebbed and flowed with some miscues but each team had their scoring chances but Leavy and his counterpart, and former Rebel, Trevor Micucci, had to make key saves to keep their respective team in the game.

As the second period began, Rebels rookie defenseman Bryant Gunn was called for interference with 15:28 into the middle stanza putting the Wilderness on the powerplay. Wilderness forward Nick Altmann brought the puck up the near side boards. He passed the puck to Luke Dowd on his right. Dowd entered the Rebels zone but defenseman Kolby Vegara forced Dowd to make an errant drop pass that was picked up by Zerban and the speedy forward skated down the far side boards. As he entered the offensive zone he cut across the goalmouth and slid the puck between Micucci’s legs to put the Rebels up 1 – 0 at the 6:36 mark of the second.

Each team had their chances in the second but Micucci and Leavy both had to make three Grade A saves to keep it a 1 – 0 game.

With the Rebels controlling most of the third period, the Wilderness started to apply heavy pressure in the Rebels zone with time winding down. With pressure mounting Leavy had to make a key point-blank range save with 2:44 remaining. After pulling Micucci for the extra attacker, Minnesota mounted their last-ditch effort to tie the game. With 28 seconds left Minnesota entered the offensive zone on an odd made rush but the left winger took a slapshot that forced Leavy to make a windmill glove save to preserve the shutout.

Last season Leavy had six shutouts. It was a good start to this season. Micucci turned aside 25 of the 26 shots he faced. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will play last year’s Robertson Cup semi-final foe the Aberdeen Wings in game two of the NAHL’s Showcase tomorrow at 5:15pm ET.

NAHL Showcase Preview: Rebels begin 2017-18 season in Blaine

The Rebels depart from BWI airport today at 11:58am and head to Minneapolis for the North American Hockey League’s 15th annual showcase which will be held at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, MN. They will play a total of four games, with a game scheduled for each day. Two of their opponents will be familiar faces from last year’s Robertson Cup tournament: Aberdeen Wings and Lone Star Brahmas.

The Rebels will play their first game of the season at 11:15am ET against the Minnesota Wilderness. The Wilderness are coached by Tim Madsen (2nd year). Last year they finished second in the central division with a 32-22-6 record for 70 points. Zach Mills and Michael Zuffante led the team in points with 48 each. The Wilderness lost in the Central Division Finals to Aberdeen 3 games to 2. Like the Rebels, they will play their first game of the season against each other. The Wilderness’ home opener is Friday, October 6 against the Bismarck Bobcats.

The second game of the Showcase for the Rebels will pit them against last season’s semi-final opponent the Aberdeen Wings, whom the Rebels defeated two games to one. The one-game rematch will take place on Thursday at 5:15pm ET. The Wings are led by second year Head Coach Scott Langer.  Last season Aberdeen finished fourth in the Central Division with a 29-24-7 record for 65 points. Their leading scorer was Kevin Fitzgerald with 59 points. The Wings will play their first game of the season against the Springfield Jr. Blues on Wednesday. Their home opener will be on Friday, September 29 against the Brookings Blizzard.

The third game of the tournament will be held on Friday at 2:00pm ET against the Corpus Christi IceRays. The IceRays are coached by Brad Flynn (2nd year). Last year they had a 32-19-9 record for 73, which earned them third place in the South Division. The team’s leading scorer was Mason Krueger with 56 points. Corpus Christi lost to eventual NAHL Champion Lone Star three games to two in the divisional finals. Unlike the Rebels first two opponents of the Showcase, the IceRays have played two games already. They split their games against the Topeka RoadRunners. Corpus Christi’s home opener will be on Friday, September 29 against the Odessa Jackalopes.

The final game of the Showcase will take place on Saturday at 10:45am ET against the team that beat the Rebels in the Robertson Cup finals: Lone Star Brahmas. The Brahmas are led by fifth year head coach Dan Wildfong. They finish first in the South Division with a 44-14-2 record for 90 points. They were led by Carson Kelley’s 50 points. Lone Star enters the Showcase with a 2 – 0 record having shutout the Shreveport Mudbugs in both games. The Brahmas’ home opener will be held on Friday, October 20th against the IceRays.

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NAHL Announces 2017 Showcase Schedule; Rebels to play last year’s Robertson Cup opponents

The North American Hockey League released its schedule for its 15th annual NAHL Showcase that will be held from September 20 through September 23 at the Schawn Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. The Rebels will play four games, including a game each against last season’s Robertson Cup playoff opponents: Aberdeen Wings and Lone Star Brahmas.

The Rebels have a combined 4 – 4 record during the past two showcases. Last season the Rebels went 3 – 1.

The following is the Rebels schedule (all times listed are Eastern Time):

Game Day                 Date   Time               Home                                     Away
1          Wednesday   9/20    11:15am         Minnesota Wilderness        Rebels
2          Thursday       9/21    5:15pm           Rebels                                   Aberdeen Wings
3          Friday             9/22    2:00pm           Rebels                                   Corpus Christi IceRays
4          Saturday        9/23    10:45am         Lone Star Brahmas             Rebels

The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 350 professional, college and junior scouts.  For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer.

The Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Schwan Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities.