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Weekend preview: 4/26 – 4/28; Divisional finals begin at home against Knights

The North American Hockey League’s Divisional Final series begins this weekend pitting the East Division’s number one seed Philadelphia Rebels against the number three seed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The winner of this best-of-five series will advance to the League’s Robertson Cup tournament which will be held at the Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine, Minnesota from May 11-14, 2018.

Game one will be played tonight and game two will be played on Saturday, April 28. Both have a start time of 7:05pm and will be played at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA. Game three will be played on Monday, April 30 at 5:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game four, if necessary, will be played on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game five, if necessary, will be play at IceWorks on Friday, May 4 at 7:05pm.

Both teams won their respective divisional semi-final series three games to two. The Rebels beat the Northeast Generals while the Knights defeated the New Jersey Titans.

While this will be the third straight year that the Rebels have advanced to the divisional finals, this will be the first time for the Knights. The teams have faced each other in the divisional semi-finals the past two years with the Rebels sweeping the Knights both series.

Rebels vs. Knights regular season overview
The two teams played each other twelve times during the regular season with the Rebels winning eight of them, and they outscored the Knights by a combined score of 46 to 27. All four of the Rebels losses were away games. The last time these two teams met was back on Wednesday, April 4 at the Class of 1923 Arena with the Rebels winning 7 – 1.

Tyrone Bronte (5 goals and 4 assists) and Matt Kidney (2 goals and 7 assists) each had nine points against the Rebels during the regular season. Bronte and Mike Gelatt scored five goals respectively against Philadelphia. The Knights were 5 for 39 (13%) on the powerplay. WBS netminders Christian Stoever and David Tomeo had a combined 3.83 goals against average and .894 save percentage with no shutouts against the Rebels.

Jensen Zerban led all Rebels with fifteen points (6 goals and 9 assists) against the Knights. He was followed by Ryan Patricks’ thirteen points (5 goals and 8 assists) and Alex Frye’s ten points (3 goals and 7 assists). Zerban scored the most goals against the Knights with six. The Rebels went 15 for 43 (35%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane had a combined 2.08 goals against average and .923 save percentage with two shutouts (both Keane). The two shutouts took place consecutively on March 9 and 10. Keane played in nine of the twelve games and possessed a 1.55 goals against average and .941 save percentage against the Knights.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
Down 2 – 1 in the series against the Titans, the Knights rallied to win game four 1 – 0 on home ice and then game five 5 – 2 at Middletown’s Ice World to oust New Jersey. During the series WBS was led by Jack Olmstead’s five points (all assists). Gabe Temple had four points (3 goals and one assist). Temple led all Knights’ goal scorers with three. WBS had six players with three points respectively. Forward Adrian Danchenko has the most penalty minutes on the team in five playoff games with twelve.  Tomas Koblizek has the best +/- on the team with a +5.

The Knights have scored the most goals among all NAHL playoff teams with sixteen. They also have allowed twelve goals. The Knights are ranked eleventh in the league during the playoffs on the powerplay having converted on 11.1% of their chances while they are ranked twelfth among playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 81.8% of the time.

Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 2.41 goals against average and .943 save percentage with one shutout (Stoever). Stoever has a 3 – 1 record with a 1.76 goals against average and .958 save percentage.

Rebels Overview
Similar to the Knights, the Rebels rallied from a two game to one deficit to win game four on Zerban’s goal in triple overtime in Attleboro and then won game five 5 – 0 at IceWorks to advance to the divisional finals.

Brandon Stanley leads the Rebels with six points (3 goals and 3 assists) in five playoff games. He is followed by Zerban’s five points (3 goals and 2 assists). Carson Moniz (1 goal and 3 assists) and Adam Peck (all assists) each have four points. Stanley and Zerban lead the Rebels with three goals apiece. Two of Zerban’s tallies were game winning goals. Stanley also leads the team with ten penalty minutes. Peck has the best +/- with a +5.

The Rebels scored fifteen goals in five games during the first round of the playoffs (only one behind the Knights), and they allowed ten (eight of sixteen teams). Like they did during the regular season, the Rebels lead all playoff teams on the powerplay having converted on 27.3% of their chances. They are seventh among all playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 88.2% of the time.

Keane has played in every minute of the playoffs. He has a 1.74 goals against average and .932 save percentage with one shutout.

Rebels blank Generals 5 – 0 and advance to division final series

The Philadelphia Rebels used a balanced scoring attack and relentless backchecking and forechecking en route to a 5 – 0 win over the visiting Northeast Generals in the fifth and deciding game of the Robertson Cup’s divisional semi-final series.

The Rebels now advance to the divisional final series against the winner of the New Jersey Titans and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights series that will be decided later today.

Brandon Stanley would give the Rebels an early 1 – 0 lead just 6:12 into the opening period. It ultimately would be the game winning goal.

After Northeast’s goalie David Fessenden stopped a backhanded shot from Eric Olson, the Generals’ Jeff Skinner picked up the rebound and went to clear the puck around the near side boards but it was intercepted by Bryant Gunn at the point. The Rebels defenseman took a wrist shot that Fessenden was unable to catch and Adam Peck tried to poke in the rebound but Fessenden made another pad save. The rebound, however, came right out to Stanley, who was positioned at the top of the crease, and he tapped in the loose puck behind Fessenden for his third goal of the playoffs.

The Rebels second goal was arguably one of the prettiest on the season.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside his own zone, the puck would come out to Aaron Maguyon who skated through center ice. As Maguyon got to the top of the far side faceoff circle, he stopped and made a drop pass to Zerban. The Air Force Academy commit sent a sensational cross-ice pass to a wide-open Carson Moniz in the slot and Moniz redirected the puck into open net to double the Rebels lead at 8:33 of the second period.

With Northeast pressuring in the Rebels zone, Peck would clear the puck into center ice where it was picked up by the Generals’ Colin Bilek. As the West Point commit went to pass the puck over to his defensive partner Ryan Rowland on this right, it was intercepted by Stanley who carried the puck into the near side corner. After battling for the biscuit, Stanley would send a short pass up to Peck along the boards. Peck would look to his left and he found an open Jimmy Glynn in the slot. Glynn would move to his left and backhanded the puck up high and past Fessenden into the net to give the Rebels a 3 – 0 lead with 7:55 remaining in the game.

Eighteen seconds later, the Generals’ Matthew Wiesner was called for head contact and received a game misconduct which resulted in a five-minute powerplay for the Rebels.

Slightly less then two minutes later, Zerban would score his third goal of the playoffs.

Moniz was behind his own red line and he sent a long outlet pass to Stanley along the near side boards. As Stanley gained the offensive zone line, he skated towards the net on a two-on-one with Maguyon. Stanley went to pass it over to Maguyon but Rowland blocked it with his stick. The puck would bounce off Rowland’s blade and came right out to a trailing Zerban who wristed it by Fessenden to give the Rebels a 4 – 0 lead.

Gunn would score an empty netter with twenty-four seconds remaining to make it a 5 – 0 game.

Rebels goalie Ryan Keane, who stood tall throughout the game, stopped all nineteen shots he faced while Fessenden turned aside 28 of 32. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels now will face the game five winner between the Titans and the Knights, which will be played later today at 5:00pm at Middletown’s Ice World. The Rebels will be the home team for the divisional final series which will begin either Thursday, April 26 or Friday, April 27.

Zerban’s goal in triple overtime gives Rebels 4 – 3 win and forces game five

Jensen Zerban scored 5:29 into triple overtime to give the visiting Philadelphia Rebels a 4 – 3 win over the Northeast Generals to force a fifth and deciding game in the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series.

The Generals took a 1 – 0 lead with 7:25 left in the first period on Louis Bourdon’s first goal of the series.

Colin Bilek would gain the line and dump the puck into the Rebels far side corner where Jeff Skinner picked it up at the faceoff dot. Skinner made a nice pass to an open Bourdon in the slot and he walked in all alone on Rebels goalie Ryan Keane and beat him through the five hole to make it 1 – 0.

With 3:15 left in the opening period, Rebels defenseman Bryant Gunn was called for interference to give Northeast the extra attacker. As time was winding down with the man advantage, the Generals would score their first powerplay goal of the series.

Matt Demelis started to set up the play when he sent a pass to Skinner in the near side corner. Skinner sent a return pass to Demelis back at the point. As Demelis started to skate towards his left, he circled and cut in the zone towards the Rebels net. As he started to cut across the slot, Demelis took a shot that beat Keane long side to give the Generals a 2 – 0 lead.

After trailing by two going into the second period, the Rebels scored three unanswered goals.

Kolby Vegara dumped the puck in the neutral zone where it was picked up by Northeast’s Michael Higgins.  The Generals defenseman went to put the puck back into the offensive zone but it was intercepted by Adam Peck who passed it up to Eric Olson along the near side boards. As Olson reached the top of the circle he took a shot that was tipped by Brandon Stanley in the slot past Northeast goalie David Fessenden to cut the Generals lead in half with 5:24 into the second.

The Rebels would even the score with 6:42 left in the middle period.

Stanley had the puck down low and took a sharp angle shot that Fessenden saved but the puck went up high into the air. As the biscuit hit the ice Stanley was able to circle around the net and pick up his own rebound. He skated towards the near side faceoff circle and took a wrister that was saved by Fessenden but Olson tucked in the rebound past the fallen Northeast netminder.

As the Generals went to set up in their own zone, the puck would go into the near side corner where Alex Frye won the battle for the loose puck and he sent it back to Diarmad DiMurro. The Rebels defenseman took a shot from the point that went wide but it hit the end boards and took a crazy bounce right out to Frye who was to the left of Fessenden and he poked in the rebound with 3:40 left in the second to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead.

The Generals would tie it with 3:07 remaining in regulation.

Skinner would win the battle for the puck in the near side corner. As he skated towards the faceoff dot, he took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Keane but Bilek would poke the puck past him to make it a 3 – 3 game.

After playing two overtime periods highlighted with several key saves by Fessenden and Keane, Zerban would become the hero in the third overtime period.

Aaron Maguyon would pick up the loose puck at the top of the near side faceoff circle and pass it up to Ryan Patrick. As Patrick gained the line in the offensive zone, he passed the puck over to Zerban on his left. As Zerban skated towards the net, he deked towards his right and beat Fessenden short side to win the game.

Both goalies played exceptionally well. Keane stopped 50 of 53 shots while Fessenden turned aside 54 of 58. Click here for the box score.

The fifth and deciding game will be played on Saturday, April 21 at 8:05pm at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA.

Weekend preview: 4/13 – 4/14; Divisional Semi-Finals begin at home against Generals

The first round of the North American Hockey League’s Robertson Cup playoffs begins this weekend with the divisional semi-final series pitting the number one seed Philadelphia Rebels against the number four seed Northeast Generals. It will be a best of five series with the first two games being played at the Class of 1923 Arena on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 with both games beginning at 7:05pm. The series then will move to the New England Sports Village for games three (Wednesday, April 18) and four (Thursday, April 19 – if necessary) starting at 7:00pm. A game five would be played at the Class of 1923 Arena on Saturday, April 21 at 7:05pm if needed.

Rebels vs. Generals Overview
The last two years the Rebels faced the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in the first round, sweeping each series 3 – 0. This year the Rebels open up against the Generals, a team that is playing in its first playoff series in team history.

During the regular season the Rebels won ten out of sixteen games, although the last seven games each team won every other contest. The Rebels outscored the Generals by a total score of 65 – 43. The last time these two teams met was back on Saturday, March 31 when Northeast won 4 – 3 at the Class of 1923 Arena. In fact, the Generals took two out of three games that weekend. The Rebels won five of its home and away games respectively.

Justin Jallen had the most points against the Rebels with fifteen (6 goals and 9 assists). He also scored the most goals against Philadelphia. He was followed by Matt Demelis’ fourteen points (5 goals and 9 assists) and Mike Egan’s twelve points (5 goals and 7 assists). In sixteen games, Northeast was 8 for 61 (13%) on the powerplay. Generals’ netminders David Fessenden and Marko Sturma had a combined 4.00 goals against average and .890 save percentage with no shutouts.

Aaron Maguyon led the Rebels in points against the Generals with twenty (9 goals and 11 assists). He was followed by Ryan Patrick’s eighteen points (9 goals and 9 assists). Brandon Stanley had thirteen points (6 goals and 7 assists). Philadelphia went 22 for 58 (38%) on the powerplay in sixteen games. Goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Patrick had a combined 2.56 goals against average and .889 save percentage with one shutout (Billing).

Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals finished in fourth place in the East Division with a 29-26-4-1 record for 63 points, twenty-three points behind the Rebels.  Northeast enters this weekend having won three out of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 2 – 1 road win against the New Jersey Titans. Egan led the team in total points with fifty-one (20 goals and 31 assists) while Colin Bilek had fifty (18 goals and 22 assists) and Louis Boudon had forty-nine points (17 goals and 32 assists). Jallen had the most goals on the team with twenty-three. Matthew Wiesner had the most game winning goals with five. He also has the most penalty minutes with 130 while Boudon had a team best +23.

The Generals scored 184 goals in sixty games (tenth most in the NAHL). They also allowed 205 goals (nineteenth most in the league). The Generals were ranked twelfth in the league on the powerplay having scored on 19.1% of their chances while they were ranked twenty second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 71.3% of the time.

Fessenden and Sturma combined for a 3.26 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels finished with a 41-15-3-1 record for 86 points. They were tied for second in the league with the most wins. Philadelphia enters this weekend having one four out of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 1 road win against the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Maguyon led the Rebels in total points with fifty (24 goals and 26 assists). Patrick was second on the team in total points with forty-eight (22 goals and 26 assists) while Luke Radetic was third with forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Maguyon led the Rebels in goals with twenty-four. Adam Peck had the most game winning goals on the team with five. Eric Olson had the most penalty minutes on the team with 119 while Carson Moniz had the team’s best +/- with a +17.

Philadelphia scored 206 goals in sixty games (second most in the league), and they allowed 134 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels led the league on the powerplay having converted on 32.2% of their chances, and they were ranked tied for second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 86.1% of the time.

Billing and Keane had a combined 2.14 goals against average and a .917 save percentage with six shutouts (each have three).

Rebels close out regular season with 3 – 1 win over Tomahawks

The visiting Philadelphia Rebels defeated Johnstown last night 3 – 1 to complete a weekend sweep over the Tomahawks and close out the regular season for both teams. The win was the Rebels 41st on the season, tied for second most in the North American Hockey League.

The Rebels finished the regular season winning three straight games and four out of their last five.

Before the game started, both teams joined in unison on the blueline to pay tribute to the fifteen people who died and more than fourteen injured Friday night in a bus crash carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

After the emotional ceremonies had ended, the Tomahawks took an early lead just 4:17 into the first period on Ben Schmidling’s sixteenth goal on the season.

Johnstown’s defenseman Andrew Quetell would intercept an errant Rebels pass out in front of his own net and skate the puck towards center ice and pass it over to Carson Briere on his left. Briere made a cross-ice pass to Schmidling who circled down low and took a sharp angle shot that beat Rebels goalie Eli Billing long side to give the Tomahawks the 1 – 0 lead.

Despite being outshot 13 – 3 and only down by one goal after the first period, the Rebels tied the game just forty-seven seconds into the second period.

Seth Bergeron would win the battle for the puck along the near side boards and send a touch pass to Eric Olson to his right. Olson passed it up to Adam Peck who raced through center ice. As Peck gained the line, he skated towards his right and wristed a shot on goal that went through the five hole of Tomahawks goalie Jack Leavy to tie the game at one. It was Peck’s fourteenth goal on the season.

Schmidling was called for cross checking at 7:20 of the middle stanza to give the Rebels the man advantage.

After Alex Frye took a shot on net that went wide of the net, the puck came up along the near side boards where it was picked up by Auggie Moore. The Edina, MN native would pass it over to Frye at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Frye sent the puck down low to Ryan Patrick who was to the left of Leavy. Patrick passed it out front to Moore who beat a fallen Leavy glove side to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead.

Patrick would score an empty net goal with two seconds remaining in the game to give the Rebels the 3 – 1 win.

Billing turned aside 34 of 35 shots while Leavy stopped 18 of 20. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels now will turn their attention to the post season which begins next weekend when the Northeast Generals visit for games one and two of the best of five Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series.

Weekend preview: 4/6 – 4/7; Rebels close out regular season with two games in Johnstown

The Rebels will close out the 2017-18 regular season this weekend with two games in Johnstown against the Tomahawks. Friday night’s game begins at 7:30pm while Saturday night’s contest is slated to start at 7:00pm.

Rebels vs. Tomahawks Overview
The Rebels have defeated the Tomahawks eight out of ten times this season, outscoring them by a combined score of 36 – 14. The last time these two teams met was back on January 20 when the Rebels won 4 – 1 at the War Memorial. Ben Schmidling has the most points against the Rebels with seven (1 goal and 6 assists). Haddonfield, NJ native, and former Rebel, Carson Briere has the most goals against Philadelphia with three. In ten games, the Tomahawks are 2 for 40 (5%) on the powerplay. Johnstown’s goalies have a combined 3.60 goals against average and .881 save percentage with no shutouts.

Aaron Maguyon has the most points against the Tomahawks with nine (6 goals and 3 assists). He also has scored the most goals against them. The Rebels are 11 for 49 (22%) on the powerplay in ten games. Netminders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.17 goals against average and .935 save percentage against Johnstown with one shutout (Keane).

Johnstown Tomahawks Overview
The Tomahawks enter this weekend’s series against the Rebels with a 23-31-2-2 record for 50 points. They will finish the season in last place. They are currently thirty-two points behind the Rebels. The Tomahawks are 3 – 2 in their last five games, and they are coming off a 4 – 3 overtime road win against the New Jersey Titans.

Johnstown is led by Samuel Solensky’s forty-five points (18 goals and 27 assists). He is followed by Joe Kile’s thirty-seven points (18 goals and 19 assists) and Roman Kraemer’s thirty-six points (19 goals and 17 assists). Kraemer leads the team in goals with 19. Schmidling has the most game winning goals with five. Forward Mitchell Hale has the most penalty minutes on the team with 176. Solensky and Sean Bauchens each have a team high +2.

The Tomahawks have scored 139 goals on the season (twenty second in the league in the league). They have allowed 189 goals (sixteenth in the league). They are twentieth in the league on the powerplay having converted on 16.2% of their chances, while they are fifteenth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 78.6% of the time.

Goalies Jack Leavy and Kade Phipps have a combined 2.85 goals against average and .915 save percentage with one shutout each.

Philadelphia Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend with a 39-15-3-1 record for 82 points. They are 2 – 3 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 7 – 1 home win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Maguyon leads the Rebels in total points with fifty (24 goals and 26 assists). Ryan Patrick is second on the team in total points with forty-five (20 goals and 25 assists) while Luke Radetic is third with forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Maguyon leads the Rebels in goals with twenty-four. Adam Peck has the most game winning goals on the team with five. Eric Olson has the most penalty minutes on the team with 119. Carson Moniz has the team’s best +/- with a +17.

Philadelphia has scored 200 goals in fifty-eight games (second most in the league), and they have allowed 131 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league on the powerplay having converted on 32.5% of their chances, and they are ranked second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.7% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.16 goals against average and a .916 save percentage with six shutouts (each have three).

Weekend preview: March 29 – 31; Generals visit Rebels for three game series

The Northeast Generals will travel to Philadelphia to play a three-game series beginning tonight which will close out the Rebels regular season home weekend games. Tonight’s game begins at 7:30pm while tomorrow starts at 7:10pm and Saturday night’s game begins at 7:35pm. Saturday night’s game will be billet/fan appreciation night. The Rebels will be honoring their billets and presenting six-year end awards to players. All fans also will receive a free 2017-18 Rebels trading card set.

Rebels vs. Generals Overview
This will be the last three games these two teams will face each other during the regular season. If the season were to end today, Northeast would be the Rebels opening round opponent.

The Rebels have won nine of the thirteen contests having outscored the Generals by a total score of 53 – 32. The last time these two teams met was back on February 16 when Philadelphia won 3 – 2.  Justin Jallen has the most points against the Rebels this season with thirteen (6 goals and 7 assists). He is followed by Matt Demelis’ (3 goals and 8 assits)) and Mike Egan’s (4 goals and 7 assists) eleven points respectively. Northeast is 8 for 51 (16%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders David Fessenden and Marko Sturma have a combined 4.00 goals against average and a .890 save percentage with no shutouts.

Aaron Maguyon has the most points against the Generals with sixteen (7 goals and 9 assists). He is followed by Patrick Ryan’s fourteen points (7 goals and 7 assists). The Rebels are 17 of 47 (36%) on the powerplay. Netminders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.46 goals against average and a .898 save percentage with one shutout (Billing).

Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals enter this weekend’s series in fourth place in the East Division with a 26-24-4-1 record for 57 points. They have clinched a playoff spot. They are twenty points behind the Rebels. Northeast has won two out of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 2 home loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Egan leads the team in total points with fifty (19 goals and 31 assists) while Colin Bilek has forty-seven points (17 goals and 30 assists). He is followed by Jallen’s forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Jallen also leads the team in goals with twenty-three. Matthew Wiesner leads the team with five game winning goals. He also has the most penalty minutes with 148 while Louis Boudon and Bilek have a team best +17.

The Generals have scored 168 goals in fifty-five games (ninth most in the NAHL). They also have allowed 188 goals (seventeenth most in the league). The Generals are ranked twelfth in the league on the powerplay having scored on 20.4% of their chances while they are ranked twentieth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 71.8% of the time.

Fessenden and Sturma have a combined 3.27 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend with a 37-14-3 record for 77 points. They clinched their third straight East Division regular season championship back on March 17. This will be the Rebels first game since March 18. They are 3 – 2 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 3 home loss to the New Jersey Titans.

Maguyon leads the Rebels in total points with forty-six (22 goals and 24 assists). Luke Radetic is second on the team with forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Patrick (18 goals and 22 assists) has forty points. Radetic leads the team in goals with twenty-three. Adam Peck has the most game winning goals on the team with five. Eric Olson has the most penalty minutes on the team with 117. Carson Moniz has the team’s best +/- with a +15.

Philadelphia has scored 183 goals in fifty-four games (fourth most in the league), and they have allowed 119 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league on the powerplay having converted on 31.7% of their chances, and they are ranked fourth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 84.8% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.13 goals against average and a .918 save percentage with six shutouts (each have three).

Weekend preview: 3/15 – 3/18; Rebels play 3; can clinch third straight regular season East Division title

The Rebels will play three games this weekend. If they win two of them they will clinch their third straight regular season East Division championship.

The first two games will be played today at 5:30pm and tomorrow at 7:35pm against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights at the Revolution Ice Centre. Sunday’s game will be played at 3:05pm against the New Jersey Titans at the Class of 1923 Arena. Sunday’s game is a makeup between the two teams which resulted from the October 8th contest being suspended due to fog conditions at the bunker.

Rebels vs. Knights Overview
This will be the tenth and eleventh times these two teams will meet this season out of twelve games. The Rebels have won six of the nine games outscoring the Knights by a total score of 30 – 19. The last time these two teams met was last weekend when the Rebels defeated the Knights both games by a score of 3 – 0. Two of the three wins the Knights have against the Rebels this season have been on home ice.

Matt Kidney leads the Knights in total points against the Rebels with eight (1 goal and 7 assists).  Justin Engelkes (2 goals and 5 assists) and Mike Gelatt (4 goals and 3 assists) each have seven points against the Rebels. Gelatt has the most goals against Philadelphia with four. The Knights are 4 for 31 (13%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders Christian Stoever and David Tomeo have a combined 3.33 goals against average and .907 save percentage against the Rebels with no shutouts.

Jensen Zerban has the most points against the Knights this season with eleven (4 goals and 7 assists) while Ryan Patrick is second in total points with ten (5 goals and 5 assists). Patrick leads the Rebels in goals against the Knights with five. The Rebels are 10 for 34 (29%) on the powerplay. Netminders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.00 goals against average and .918 save percentage against the Knights with two shutouts (both Keane).

Rebels vs. Titans Overview
Sunday’s game will be the last time these two teams meet during the regular season. This has been a very tight series. Despite winning nine out of the fifteen games the Rebels only have outscored the Titans 40 – 37. The last time these two teams met was back on March 2 and 3 for a home-and-home series with each team winning their respective home game. The Titans blanked the Rebels 4 – 0 on March 3. Four of the six Titans’ wins have been at the Class of 23 Arena.

Tyler Antonucci leads the Titans in points against the Rebels with ten (2 goals and 8 assists). Andrew Husted has eight points (3 goals and 5 assists) and Matthew Cameron has seven points (6 goals and 1 assist) against the Rebels this year. Cameron has scored the most goals against them with six. The Titans are 6 for 49 (12%) on the powerplay against Philadelphia. Goaltenders Matt Ladd and Brandon Perrone have a combined 2.60 goals against average and a .9171 save percentage with one shutout (Ladd).

Three Rebels’ players have nine points respectively against the Titans: Patrick (4 goals and 5 assists); Adam Peck (5 goals and 4 assists) and Brandon Stanley (6 goals and 3 assists). Stanley has scored the most goals against them with six. The Rebels are 11 for 46 (24%) on the powerplay. Billing and Keane have a combined 2.33 goals against average and .917 save percentage with two shutouts (both Billing).

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
The Knights enter this weekend in third place in the East Division with a 24-20-5-1 record for 54 points. They are twenty-one points behind the Rebels and four points behind second place New Jersey.  WBS has won two of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 0 road loss to the Rebels. Jack Olmstead (21 goals and 23 assists) leads the team in total points with 44. Kidney is second on the team in total points with forty (15 goals and 25 assists). Olmstead also leads the team in goals with twenty-one. Olmstead, Reed Robinson and Michael Morrissey each have three game winning goals. Kidney leads the team in penalty minutes with 77. Defenseman Thomas Farrell has the team’s best +/- with a +12.

The Knights have scored 140 goals in fifty games (seventeenth in the NAHL). They also have allowed 162 goals (fifteenth most allowed in the league). The Knights are ranked twenty-second in the league on the powerplay having scored on 14.1% of their chances while they are ranked third in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 84.7% of the time.

Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 3.05 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with no shutouts.

New Jersey Titans Overview
Prior to meeting the Rebels on Sunday, New Jersey will play WBS on Saturday night at Middletown’s Ice World. The Titans enter this weekend with a 25-17-6-2 record with 58 points.  They currently reside in second place, seventeen points behind division leading Philadelphia. The Titans have won two of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 2 overtime home loss to the Johnstown Tomahawks. Nick Boyagian (18 goals and 21 assists) and Hunter Alden (9 goals and 30 assists) lead the team with thirty-nine points respectively. Matthew Cameron leads the team in goals with nineteen. Ryan Naumovski has the most game winning goals with five. Cam Kuhl leads the team in penalty minutes with 117. Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a league high +38.

New Jersey has scored 169 goals (fourth best in the NAHL) in fifty games. They also have allowed 142 (ninth best in the league).  The Titans are sixth in the league on the powerplay (23.5%) while they are nineteenth in the league on the penalty kill with at 72.2%.

Perrone and Ladd have a combined 2.54 goals against average and a .922 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend with a 36-12-3 record for 75 points. They are in first place in the division, and they are seventeen points ahead of the second place Titans. The Rebels are 4 – 1 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 0 home win against the Knights.

Aaron Maguyon leads the Rebels in total points with forty-three (20 goals and 23 assists). Luke Radetic is second on the team with forty-two points (22 goals and 20 assists). Patrick (18 goals and 20 assists) has thirty-eight points. Radetic leads the team in goals with twenty-two. Peck has five game winning goals. Eric Olson has the most penalty minutes on the team with 117. Carson Moniz has the team’s best +/- with a +17.

Philadelphia has scored 171 goals in fifty-one games (third most in the league), and they have allowed 107 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league on the powerplay having converted on 31% of their chances, and they are ranked third in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.8% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.04 goals against average and a .920 save percentage with six shutouts (each have three).

Weekend preview: 3/9 – 3/10; Knights in town for two including historic WFC Game

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights visit Philadelphia for two games this weekend including the historic game on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It will be the first time in NAHL history that two teams will play a regular season game at the venue of a National Hockey League team.

Friday’s game will start at 7:10pm at the Class of 1923 Arena while Saturday night’s game begins at 7:10pm at the WFC.

Rebels vs. Knights Overview
This will be the eighth and ninth times these two teams will meet this season. The Rebels have won four of the seven games outscoring the Knights by a total score of 24 – 19. The last time these two teams met was back on Saturday, January 13 at the Class of 23 when the Rebels defeated WBS 6 – 1. Three of the Rebels’ wins this year against the Knights have been on home ice.

Matt Kidney leads the Knights in total points against the Rebels with eight (1 goal and 7 assists).  Justin Engelkes (2 goals and 5 assists) and Mike Gelatt (4 goals and 3 assists) each have seven points against the Rebels. Gelatt has the most goals against Philadelphia with four. The Knights are 4 for 24 (17%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders Christian Stoever and David Tomeo have a combined 3.42 goals against average and .904 save percentage against the Rebels with no shutouts.

Jensen Zerban has the most points against the Knights this season with eight (4 goals and 4 assists) while Ryan Patrick is second in total points with seven (4 goals and 3 assists). They each lead the Rebels with four goals apiece against WBS. The Rebels are 6 for 28 (21%) on the powerplay. Netminders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.57 goals against average and .901 save percentage against the Knights with no shutouts.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
The Knights enter this weekend series in second place in the East Division with a 24-18-5-1 record for 54 points. They are seventeen points behind the Rebels.  WBS has won two of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 1 home win against the Northeast Generals. Jack Olmstead (21 goals and 23 assists) leads the team in total points with 44. Kidney is second on the team in total points with forty (15 goals and 25 assists). Olmstead also leads the team in goals with twenty-one. Olmstead, Reed Robinson and Michael Morrissey each have three game winning goals. Kidney leads the team in penalty minutes with 75. Defenseman Thomas Farrell has the team’s best +/- with a +16.

The Knights have scored 140 goals in forty-eight games (twelfth most in the NAHL). They also have allowed 156 goals (fifteenth most allowed in the league). The Knights are ranked twenty-second in the league on the powerplay having scored on 14.7% of their chances while they are ranked third in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 86.2% of the time.

Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 3.06 goals against average and a .909 save percentage with no shutouts.

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend with a 34-12-3 record for 71 points. They are in first place in the division, and they are seventeen points ahead of the second place Knights. They also are eleven points away from clinching their third straight regular season East Division championship. The Rebels are 3 – 2 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 0 road loss against the New Jersey Titans. It was the first time all season that the Rebels had been shutout.

Luke Radetic leads the Rebels in total points with forty-two (22 goals and 20 assists). He is followed by Aaron Maguyon’s forty-one points (19 goals and 22 assists).  Patrick (17 goals and 18 assists) has thirty-five points. Radetic leads the team in goals with twenty-two. Adam Peck has five game winning goals. Eric Olson has the most penalty minutes on the team with 117. Carson Moniz has the team’s best +/- with a +16.

Philadelphia has scored 165 goals in forty-nine games (second most in the league), and they have allowed 107 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league on the powerplay having converted on 29.8% of their chances, and they are ranked fifth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.2% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.12 goals against average and a .917 save percentage with four shutouts (Billing has three).

Moniz and Peck named honorable mention for NAHL Weekly Awards

The North American Hockey League announced it Bauer Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending March 4 and Rebels defenseman Carson Moniz and forward Adam Peck were named honorable mention for the East Division.

Moniz had an assist on each of the Rebels two goals this past Friday night in the team’s overtime victory against the Titans. The London, ON native is second among all Rebels’ defenseman in points with nineteen (6 goals and 13 assists). He leads the team with a +16. This is the second time Moniz has received league honors. He was named the East Division’s star of the week for week ending January 7.

Peck scored the winning goal just twenty-two seconds into overtime against the Titans on Friday. It was his team high fifth game winning goal on the season. The Williston, VT native is fifth on the team in total points (13 goals and 13 assists).  He was the East Division’s second star of the week for week ending January 28.