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Rebels lead series 2-0!

This past weekend the Jamestown Rebels and New Jersey Titans squared off for Games 1 & 2 in their best-of-five series. This is the very first round of the 2019 Robertson Cup Playoffs and it did not disappoint. Jamestown had dominated New Jersey throughout the regular season boasting a 7-3-1-1 record against them. The last time the Titans came to WNY was Mar. 8-9 when they allowed 11 goals through two games and gave the Rebels their only hat trick of the season, courtesy of Niki Jasko. Although the Titans were entering the post-season on a hot streak as they were winners in four of their last five games. As for the Rebels, they were 2-3 in their final five games of the 2018-19 season. These two teams have only met one another once during the playoffs and that was back in 2016-17 when the Rebels beat the Titans in the Div. Finals, 3-2.

 

Game 1 started out very well for the Rebels as Jake Felker notched the first post-season goal, 9:14 into the opening frame. Niki Jasko was able to get on the board as well with about five minutes left to go in the period. The Rebels took their 2-0 lead into the locker room after the 1st period, along with their 10-8 shot favor. When the 2nd started it only took :19 seconds for there to be a goal scorer but it came off the stick of the bad guys. New Jersey was able to cut the lead in half and were trying to get some momentum back on their side. The only thing they did not see coming was a large rivet that appeared at center ice, halting play for nearly five minutes while the officials had to repair it. Any momentum the Titans were looking for was no longer there after the Rebels’ coaching staff was able to address things to the players and draw up a new game plan. It certainly worked as they were able to grab the game’s next goal on the power play after a scramble in front of Brandon Perrone lead to Jim Glynn putting the Rebels back up by a pair, 3-1.

 

Minutes later though, New Jersey scored, but it came with some controversy as the net was knocked off its pegs at roughly the same moment the puck was approaching the goal line. With no instant replay, the refs deemed it a good goal and play continued, but it was a goal that swung some momentum in favor of the visiting team. With nearly two minutes left in the period, Kyler Head scored to tie the game at three apiece. With a tie game and the final period of regulation about to start, the Rebels knew they had to come out assertive and regain the lead. They did exactly that, as Alex Roy was able to snap one home from the top of the left point which ended up being deflected off the shaft of a Titan stick. Later in the 3rd, Jim Glynn scored his second goal of the night after Auggie Moore made a great individual play near Perrone which got him to scramble in his crease and eventually lead to Glynn tapping the puck into a wide-open empty net. While New Jersey did pull Perrone late in the game it would not result in their favor as they constantly had their shots blocked. When it was all said and done the Rebels took Game 1 by a final of 5-3 and only allowed five shots to hit Ryan Keane during the final period.

 

In Game 2 we saw the same netminder for New Jersey but in net for Jamestown was Noah West. Getting his first NAHL playoff game under his belt. The Titans opened the scoring up first by capitalizing on their first man advantage of the game. This was also New Jersey’s first lead in the series. In the late stages of the 1st period Colin Schmidt found the back of the net while on the power player, tying the game at 1-1. It would remain tied until nearly six minutes into the 2nd period, when Alex Frye was able to put home the loose puck and give the Rebels their first lead of the game. A few moments later the captain, Frye, was back on the score sheet after deking Perrone out of his skates to score a tremendous goal. Now up by a pair and with time winding down in the middle period Antonio Venuto went far side on Perrone to give the Rebels a cushy 4-1 lead after 40 minutes of play. Neither team was able to produce a goal in the final period, resulting in a 2-0 series lead for Jamestown. It was also Noah West’s fourth-straight game against New Jersey in which he has only allowed one goal.

 

New Jersey is one loss away from being swept and eliminated from the playoffs. The series is heading to New Jersey this weekend with Game 3 being played Friday at 7 p.m. and if necessary, Game 4 will be the following night at the same time. The Rebels are hoping to only spend one night in Middletown, NJ and get an extra day or so of rest before preparing for the second round. Their opponent is TBD right now as Northeast and Johnstown are even in the series, 1-1. Make sure to follow us on social media so you can stay up to date this weekend as your Rebels look to end the series this Friday in New Jersey.

 

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PLAYOFFS ARE HERE!!!

No. 2 Jamestown Rebels (35-17-5-3, 78pts) vs. No. 3 New Jersey Titans (31-26-3, 65pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 7-3-1-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 56pts, Frye (30g-26a)

NJT: 59pts, Naumovski (16g-43a)

 

THE PLAYOFFS ARE HERE:

This weekend, the best-of-five series kicks off with Games 1 & 2 being played at the Northwest Arena, home of the Jamestown Rebels. The Titans and Rebels have faced each other 12 times during the regular season, with Jamestown having the favorable edge in the series. The Rebels have tallied 35 goals for and allowed 23 during their regular season series versus the Titans. Jamestown has shutout New Jersey twice during the regular season, once on Dec. 2nd (4-0), and then again on Jan. 19th (2-0). Although, the very last meeting between these two East Division foes was a shutout in favor of the Titans, their only shutout over the Rebels all season. Both shutouts for the Rebels came while Ryan Keane was in net, stopping a combined 63 shots. The Rebels have not missed the post-season in their franchise’s history, dating back to 08-09 when they were founded as the Wenatchee Wild. New Jersey has qualified for the playoffs each season they have been in Middletown. The furthest they have ever made it was the Div. Finals in 2016-17 where they lost to the Rebels, 3-2.

 

MOMENTUM IS KEY:

Both teams were able to win their final game of the regular season. The Rebels split the weekend series with the regular season champions, Johnstown Tomahawks. As for the Titans they won in overtime against the Northeast Generals to earn themselves a split weekend as well. New Jersey ended the regular season with a 4-1 record in their previous five games. Whereas the Rebels posted a record of 2-3 in their last five contests. Good news though for the Rebels is that players are getting back to 100% after being out for a few games. They have also had New Jersey’s number as the Titans have not won by more than a goal since game two of the Rebels home opening weekend, 6-3. Winning the first playoff game can go a long way into instilling confidence within the team and the fact that the first two games will be on home ice gives the Rebels that extra edge.

 

BETWEEN THE PIPES:

Goaltending for the Rebels have been one area in which they have dominated all season. They currently have the 2nd best goalie in the league (Ryan Keane) along with the 8th best (Noah West). New Jersey has had trouble all season with finding consistency in the net. Their go to guy is Brandon Perrone, who finished the regular season with a 16-16-2 record and a 3.18 goals-against-average. To put that in perspective, Ryan Keane’s season record is 23-10-1-1 and he finished with a 1.81GAA. Noah West finished the 2018-19 regular season with an overall record of 12-7-4-1 and a 2.29GAA. The Rebels are one of only three teams to have both goalies ranked in the top-ten for GAA (Lone Star, Amarillo).

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #22 – Jim Glynn)

The franchise record holder for the longest point streak (12) has over doubled his points from last year (15) and has played in the same amount of games (53). Glynn is 3rd on the team in scoring with 33 points (9g-24a). His 24 assists are tied for second-most on the team with UNO commit Alex Roy. The Lemont, IL native played in eight playoff games last season scoring two goals and helping on another. The 19-year-old finished the regular season tied for 3rd in +/- with 24. In his ten games played against the Titans, Glynn is averaging a point-per-game (1g-9a).

 

TITANS (F: #26 – Mitch Machlitt)

Machlitt was acquired by the New Jersey Titans when the calendar turned to 2019. Making it his fourth NAHL team he has played for. What is even more remarkable is that he has played in each division. The Maple Grove, MN native started his NAHL career with the Minnesota Magicians in 2016-17. After playing in Sweden the following season, Machlitt came back to the NAHL where he has spent this season bouncing from one team to another. He started this season by playing 15 games for the Aberdeen Wings and then was sent to the Corpus Christi IceRays where he played nine games. Machlitt has played in 48 games this season across three teams, totaling 13 goals and 20 assists. His 33 points puts him 5th on the Titans roster in scoring. The Army commit has played in 8 of the 12 games between New Jersey and Jamestown, picking up three points along the way (1g-2a).

The 2018-19 regular season is in the books

This past weekend the Rebels hosted the Johnstown Tomahawks for the final two regular season games. For both teams neither game had much meaning to it as they both were more focused on the post-season. The biggest rivalry in the East Division was coming to a close for the regular season but it could very well be a second-round matchup. The Rebels entered this weekend with a 3-4-2-1 record against the best team in the league. They had only won one of the last six meetings and the past three games between these two teams was decided in overtime. The last time the Rebels beat the ‘Hawks in regulation was on Dec. 7th which snapped Johnstown’s 17-game win streak.

 

The first game started off slow as there was no scoring in the 1st period. It took over 16 minutes in the middle frame for someone to get on the board and that someone was Niki Jasko (14). Jasko scored an amazing goal after protecting the puck around a defenseman and followed that up by beating netminder Carter McPhail. In the 3rd period, Johnstown came out aggressive by scoring 7:43 into the period. With a tie game and over half way through the final period of regulation, Johnstown added another one to their tally after scoring on the power play. They would go on to put another goal up on the board before the end of the game. With the Rebels down by a pair and time winding down they pulled Noah West to get the extra attacker out on the ice. There was just :08 seconds left in the game when the Tomahawks took a penalty giving Jamestown a 6-on-4 power play. After winning the offensive zone draw Hunter Johannes (15) found the puck and took a quick shot on net to score a power-play goal with one second left on the clock. The horn would then sound after they dropped the puck at center ice, giving the Tomahawks a 3-2 victory and their 7th-straight game with at least a point against the Rebels. That was the first regulation loss when leading after the second period the Rebels have received all season. Also, with their victory Johnstown secured their first ever regular season title with a record of 47-8-3-1 (98pts) and had their sights set on becoming just the 3rd team in the last 15 years to hit 100 points in a NAHL season.

 

The Rebels on the other hand were determined to not let that happen as less than 24 hours later they were back on the ice for their final regular season game. Johnstown swapped their goalies and started Cooper Lukenda whereas Jamestown kept West in between the pipes. This time around Jamestown came out with fire under their legs as they jumped out to an early lead thanks to Hunter Johannes (16) scoring 1:03 into the opening frame. They were able to keep that momentum going throughout the period which resulted in another goal. This time it came from the captain, Alex Frye (30), who was able to get some puck luck after his shot deflected off the skate of a Tomahawk player. Jamestown headed into the first intermission up 2-0. It took awhile for either team to score in the middle period, but it was the good guys that were able to get on the score sheet. Caleb Price scored his fourth goal of the season after him and James Crossman went up on the rush and connected for a goal, now making their lead 3-0. Unfortunately, Noah West’s hopes at his fourth shutout of the season was erased after the ‘Hawks scored with 0.1 left in the 2nd period. West would not let that one goal get to him as he made remarkable saves in the final period of regulation to end his team’s regular season with a 3-1 win.

Seth Bergeron played in his 100th NAHL regular season game this past Saturday. Also, three Rebels’ players became ironmen after playing in all 60 regular season games (Alex Roy, Noah Finstrom, Alex Frye). It was also West’s first win against Johnstown this season. That loss also put Lukenda on a three-game losing streak. It was very important that the Rebels win their final regular season game because they now have momentum and confidence heading into this weekend when they face the New Jersey Titans in the 1st round of playoffs. Both games will be held at the Northwest Arena and puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. For ticket information call 716-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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Final 2 games of the 2018-19 regular season

Jamestown Rebels (34-16-5-3, 76pts) vs. Johnstown Tomahawks (46-8-3-1, 96pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 3-4-2-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 55pts, Frye (29g-26a)

JHT: 88pts, Briere (44g-44a)

 

THE END IS NEAR:

Of the regular season that is… Both these teams will be in the playoffs come next weekend. The Rebels know who their opponent will be but as for the Tomahawks they might have to wait until the very last game of the regular season to be played. That game will be played on Sunday between the New Jersey Titans and the Northeast Generals. Johnstown could find out sooner though, depending on if Wilkes-Barre losses on Friday or Northeast wins on Saturday. The Rebels and Tomahawks have had to go into overtime for the past three games to decide a winner. Jamestown has only won one of those. The two games Johnstown has won they have scored within the last minute of regulation to send it to OT. There is also a potential for these two teams to meet in the 2nd round of the 2019 Robertson Cup Playoffs, so this weekend will most certainly have a playoff atmosphere to it.

 

SOMETHING SPECIAL:

Special teams for the ‘Hawks have been a huge key to their success this season. They have the fourth best power-play percentage in the league (27.1%). They also have the most power-play opportunities (284) along with the most power-play goals (77). This weekend the Tomahawks have a chance to do something they have never been able to do and that is to be crowned the Regular Season Champion. They are only two points ahead of the Amarillo Bulls and if the Tomahawks sweep the Rebels, they will not only have the best record in the NAHL for the 2018-19 season, but they will also have 100 points, something that has only been done twice in the last 15 years.

 

LAST LINE OF DEFENSE:

Jamestown has one of the best goaltending duos in the league. They are one of two teams to have both goalies ranked in the top-10 in goals-against-average. On top of that, Ryan Keane was named runner-up for goalies through the month of March (3-1, 1.25GAA, .955SV%), he is currently the second-best goalie in the league. The Rebels have allowed the second-fewest goals in the league (127), giving them the fifth best record in the league. The Rebels automatically have a higher chance of winning the game with either one of their goalies in between the pipes.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #27 – Alex Frye)

Frye leads the Rebels in scoring (29g-26a) and was just named honorable mention for forwards for the month of March (11gp-4g-8a). The Hudsonville, MI native is in his last season of junior hockey before he heads to the University of Alaska Anchorage (WCHA, D1). Frye has already shattered his previous career-highs in goals (19), assists (13), and points (32) which he set when he was with the Topeka Roadrunners in 2016-17. His ten power-play assists, seven game-winning goals, +/- 35, and two short-handed goals are all team-highs. Alex is also one of only four players to have played in all 58 games for the Rebels this season. Frye has played in all ten games between the Rebels and Tomahawks this season and has put up five points (3g).

 

TOMAHAWKS (F: #22 – Cameron Hebert)

Hebert recorded 12 points last month (2g-10a) with three of those points coming during his team’s 9-2 victory over Maryland on Saturday. The Ontario native is averaging a point-per-game against the Rebels during their ten games thus far (6g). Cameron is committed to Robert Morris University (Atlantic Hockey, D1). He is third on the team in points (26g-51a), second in power-play goals (16), and assists (26). Hebert was selected 5th overall by the Tomahawks in the 2018 NAHL Entry Draft after the Tomahawks finished 20th in the league that season. The Tomahawks went 5-2-2 during March and will be looking to Hebert to get them back on track in time for playoffs.

Weekend Recap 3/30-3/31

This past weekend the Rebels visited the Northeast Generals for their final regular season games. Jamestown has had 2nd place locked up for awhile but 3rd place has been a mystery until this past weekend, more on that later. The Generals were fighting for a playoff spot and needed to win both games or have Wilkes-Barre lose both games in order to make it to the post-season, neither of which happened.

 

The teams kicked off their seventh meeting of the season on Saturday. The Rebels seemed to be clicking very well on offense as they put up 13 shots on David Fessenden in the 1st period. One of those 13 shots managed to find the back of the net after Alex Frye used his 6’0” 185lb frame to gain possession of the puck and score his 29th of the season. After no scoring in the middle period, the Rebels started the final period up 1-0. Hunter Johannes (14) made it 2-0 Jamestown just 5:19 into the 3rd period. The Generals were able to end Ryan Keane’s chance at a shutout after scoring with nearly 8:00 minutes left in the game. Now with just about over a minute to go in regulation, the Generals pulled their goalie to give them an extra-attacker in hopes to tie the game and force overtime. Auggie Moore had other ideas as he was able to score his ninth goal of the season in his 145th game NAHL regular season game (most in a Rebels jersey). Down 3-1 and with little time to spare Northeast pulled Fessenden once again and again they gave up an empty-net goal. This time though it was Sam Anzai (8), giving the Rebels a 4-1 victory. It was also the fourth time this season that the Rebels had won after being held off the score sheet the game before.

 

The final regular season game between these two teams was played at 4:30 p.m. the following day. The Knights had split the weekend with Johnstown, so they sat only one point back of Northeast for the final playoff spot in the East. Making Sunday’s match-up even more crucial to win for the home team. Northeast went with David Fessenden again, while Jamestown put Noah West between the pipes. The Generals showed early on that they were here to play as they put up 14 shots through the first 20 minutes of play. One of those shots beat Noah West while Jamestown was on the penalty kill. When the 2nd period started the Rebels were down by one, but it did not take them long to erase that deficit. Ian Carpenter threw a shot on net which ended up getting deflected by Jake Felker (18) and wound up in the back of the net, tying the game not even 2:00 minutes into the period. Sadly, that would be the only goal scored by a Rebels player. With over 5:00 minutes gone in the 2nd period the Generals regained the lead. It was a close game all around and shortly after the Rebels pulled West late in the 3rd period, the Generals scored to give themselves a 3-1 win.

 

Having split the weekend with the Rebels, the Generals are now only three points ahead of Wilkes-Barre. Northeast ends their regular season against the New Jersey Titans and Wilkes-Barre end theirs versus Maryland. As for the Rebels they will host the Johnstown Tomahawks at the Northwest Arena, both games at 7:05 p.m. It should be an action-packed weekend to close out the 2018-2019 NAHL regular season. Also, with New Jersey sweeping Maryland this past weekend they have secured 3rd place and will be the Rebels opponent for the 1st round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs. For ticket information call 716-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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Weekend Preview 3/22 vs. NJT

Jamestown Rebels (32-14-5-3, 72pts) vs. New Jersey Titans (27-24-3, 57pts)

at Middletown Ice World Arena in Middletown, NJ

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 6-2-1-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 52pts, Frye (28g-24a)

NJT: 53pts, Naumovski (14g-39a)

 

MARCH MADNESS:

The New Jersey Titans are only ahead of Northeast by eight points and Wilkes-Barre by nine. While the Titans have not clinched a playoff spot yet, it will become even more difficult to do so if they get swept by Jamestown this weekend. The last time these two teams faced one another was two weeks ago which resulted in a Rebels sweep and Niki Jasko recording the first hat trick of the season for the Rebels. Jamestown put up 11 goals in those two games and only allowed two. They are currently on a five-game winning streak against the Titans and have picked up at least a point in the last eight meetings. Jamestown will play the 3rd place team in the East during the 1st round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs. That spot is currently held by the Titans.

 

CONSISTENCY:

The Titans have only won one of their last five games (1-2-2) whereas the Rebels have only lost two of their last five played (3-1-1). As we inch closer to the playoffs it is important to go into the post-season with momentum and the Titans seem to be struggling in that department. During their previous five games the Titans have allowed 16 goals, the Rebels have allowed half of that through their past five.

 

DEFENSE WINS GAMES:

Every team that has currently punched their ticket to the playoffs is allowing less than three goals per-game. New Jersey is allowing just over one more goal per-game (3.28) than the Rebels are (2.28). Jamestown is not only allowing the second fewest goals per-game but are also giving up the least amount of shots per-game in the league (25.69). The Rebels are one of five teams to have both goalies ranked in the top-15 overall. Another thing the Rebels do well at is blocking shots. From top to bottom, the Rebels create havoc for the opposition by constantly blocking their shooting lanes, which results in the Rebels gaining position and going the other way with it.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #20 – Hunter Johannes)

Since joining the Rebels on Jan. 25th, Johannes has played in 17 games (7g-2a). He is 4th on the team in points with 29 and 5th in goals (13) and assists (16). The American International College commit has six points in his last ten games (4g-2a). He has played the Titans four times and has scored twice. This is Hunter’s last year of junior hockey and is certainly making it a memorable one.

 

TITANS (F: #22 – Kyle Jeffers)

Jeffers is the 4th most-productive rookie in the NAHL with 45 points (24g-21a). Kyle is also committed to AIC and could very well get paired up with Johannes at the collegiate level. Jeffers is second on his team in points but leads his team in goals. The New Jersey native has played in 112 NAHL games (38g-36a). Not only has Jeffers played the last three seasons for the NAHL Titans but he has also played for the Jr. Titans 16U and 18U teams. In his ten games played against Jamestown he has recorded six points (3g).

Rebels look to extend point-streak to 7

Jamestown Rebels (31-13-5-3, 70pts) vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (21-26-3-1, 46pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 8-1-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 52pts, Frye (28g-24a)

WBS: 34pts, Guillemain (10g-24a)

 

HOME SWEET HOME:

The Rebels will end their four-straight games on home ice this weekend when they take on the 5th place Knights. It will also end the regular-season series between these two teams. In their last 10 games at the Northwest Arena the Rebels are 7-2-1, putting up 33 goals for and allowing 19. Their overall home record is 17-8-1, which is the 6th best in the league. This past weekend they swept the New Jersey Titans and are now on a five-game point streak. Jamestown scored 11 goals through the two games and Noah West only allowed one each night.

 

ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

Wilkes-Barre is coming off a 2-1 overtime win against the New Jersey Titans, putting them one point back of Northeast for the last playoff spot. The Knights and Generals play each other three times next weekend which could determine who will see post-season action. The Knights have made the playoffs every year since they became a team in 2015-16. Wilkes-Barre is 7-3 in their past ten games which has kept them alive in the playoff hunt. From here on out every game for them will be crucial as they have just nine games left until the 2018-19 regular season comes to a close.

 

NOAH WEST:

A main reason why the Rebels are on a hot streak right now is because of their rookie goaltender, who has been playing like he has been in the league for years. West has played the past five games (team high). It all began when he picked up his 3rd shutout of the season against Maryland on March 1st, all his shutouts are against the Black Bears. He followed that up by allowing three goals the next two games, resulting in a sweep over MYD and a close OTL to Johnstown. With his performance this past weekend, West has moved up to 13th overall for goalies with a 2.40 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .907%. He has an overall record of 11-4-4-1.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #26 – Niki Jasko)

Ever since the Rebels franchise started back in ’08 as the Wenatchee Wild there has been at least one player to record a hat trick during the season. Well the streak will live on, as this past Saturday, Niki Jasko put three in the back of the net. The night before he scored two goals becoming the 13th player this season to do so. On Saturday, he scored the Rebels first goal, just like he did the previous two games. He scored five out of the 11 goals the Rebels put up on New Jersey last weekend. Jasko became the second-straight Rebel player to be named East Division Star of the Week, after scoring six goals in three games. The Slovakian native is in his last year of junior hockey and is looking to finish strong as he now has 13 goals on the season (11 with JMT).

 

KNIGHTS (F: #11 – Jake Fuss)

It is a no-brainer to go with Fuss for this as he was the hero for them just a few nights ago. In the Tuesday game against New Jersey, Fuss not only picked up a helper but also scored the game-winning goal in OT to put his team one point out of a playoff spot (1st GWG of his career). The Connecticut native is in his 3rd year with the Knights totaling 71 regular-season games played (12g-19a). He is 5th on his team in scoring with 27 points (10g-17a). Fuss has played in every game between these two teams this season and has recorded three assists.

Back in the win column

Over this past weekend the Rebels visited the home of the Maryland Black Bears, Odenton, MD. The Rebels went into the weekend with a record of 27-13-4-3 (61pts). The Black Bears had an overall record of 14-30-3-2 (34pts). The Rebels were coming off two-straight losses to the Generals. The Black Bears were on a seven-game losing streak and in jeopardy of being eliminated from playoff contention.

 

On Friday, the Rebels started out strong by scoring the first goal of the weekend thanks to Sam Anzai (7) just 6:34 into the opening frame. In the late stages of the 1st period, Nick Stuckless (9) was able to beat Anthony Del Tufo to make it 2-0 Rebels heading into the locker room. The Rebels rode the wave of momentum into the 2nd period where they put two more up on the board, goals coming from Antonio Venuto (14) and Noah Finstrom (8). With 40 minutes gone out of 60 and a 4-0 lead, the Rebels were not done yet as the continued to pour on the shots and goals in the final period of regulation. Jim Glynn (7) was able to score 15:33 into the 3rd period on a 5-on-3 power play. Just :25 seconds later Seth Bergeron (2) scored a power-play goal as well but his was on a 5-on-4. It also marked his first goal in 35 games. With less than :30 seconds to go in the game Stuckless (10) converted the extra point for the Rebels by scoring his second goal of the game. The 7-0 victory tied a season-high goal record for the Rebels this season, which they set back on Nov. 23rd against Maryland. Noah West picked up his third shutout of the season (all against MYD) by stopping 17 shots. The Rebels put 44 shots on Del Tufo through 60 minutes, with 21 of those shots coming in the 3rd period.

 

The following night the Rebels started West again. As for the Black Bears they elected to go with their top goalie David Tomeo in hopes that he can help his team split the weekend with the Rebels, something that has not been done since Nov. 2-3. Maryland started out by scoring 6:12 into the 1st period on their first man-advantage opportunity of the game. The Rebels were unable to answer by the time the horn sounded ending the first 20 minutes of play. They did however come out more aggressive in the middle frame by scoring three-straight goals. It started with Jake Felker (16) scoring on the power play. Moments later Alex Frye (26) was able to wrist one short side past Tomeo to give the Rebels their first lead of the game. Not even :30 seconds later Auggie Moore (8) was able to put Jamestown up by a pair and it seemed like they were not looking to take their foot of the gas anytime soon. Logan Kons was able to disrupt the scoring surge by the Rebels by pulling his team within one, but it would only be temporarily. Alex Frye (27) scored with under two minutes left in the middle period putting the Rebels back up by a pair. In the 3rd period and with almost five minutes gone, Hunter Johannes redirected Crossman’s shot from the point for his 11th goal of the season. Conner Pooley pulled his team back within two after scoring just :14 seconds later. With the score now reading 5-3 and time winding down Tomeo was relieved of his duties for the night as the Black Bears sent out an extra man for the 6-on-5 advantage. It did not work out well for them as Stuckless (11) was able to score with ease into the empty net.

 

The 6-3 win was the eighth straight over the Black Bears. It was also the last regular season meeting between these two teams. The season series heavily favored the Rebels as they ended up with a record of 10-0-1-1 against the newest team in the NAHL. The Black Bears are the only team in the East to have not beaten the Rebels in regulation during the regular season. Also, West earned his first back-to-back win of the season and is now ranked as the 15th best goalie overall (9-4-3-1, 2.53GAA, .903SV%).

 

The Rebels travel to Johnstown tomorrow for a game and then will be home this weekend to host New Jersey. They have a chance to clinch this weekend as the magic number to do so is 68. As for the Black Bears they have now lost nine straight and sit 11 points out of a playoff spot with only eight games remaining. The final stretch of the 2018-2019 NAHL regular season is upon us and things will certainly become chaotic as we get closer to April 7th. For ticket information call 71-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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Pink The Rink

Jamestown Rebels (27-11-4-3, 61pts) vs. Northeast Generals (15-20-6-3, 39pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 2-2

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 43pts, Frye (25g-18a)

NTE: 54pts, Boudon (16g-38a)

 

SOMETHING SPECIAL:

This weekend the Rebels host the Generals for just the second time this season. It will also be the last time Northeast will visit the Empire State during the regular season. The previous time they came to the Northwest Arena was back on Nov. 9th-10th. During that weekend the Rebels dawned their military jerseys. This weekend they will be wearing breast cancer awareness jerseys for both games. It will be a PINK OUT at the Northwest Arena this weekend, so make sure if you come out to either game to wear pink! There will be all sorts of ways to win a breast cancer awareness jersey, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the WCA Foundation.

 

PLAYOFF PUSH:

With the Rebels sitting comfortably in 2nd place they are just a few wins away from clinching a playoff spot. Whereas the Generals are only one point away from being knocked out of a playoff spot. They have Wilkes-Barre breathing down their necks, so this weekend is crucial for the Generals if they want to see post-season action. Even though Northeast is currently in 4th place they are only five games back of New Jersey and if things heat up for the Generals, they could surpass the Titans which could lead to the Rebels hosting the Generals in the first round of playoffs. The Rebels must put the blinders on and focus on the task at hand this weekend and that’s sweeping the Generals for the first time this season. If they can do so, they will be that much closer to the Robertson Cup.

 

TOP PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT:

Over the past few days players from every team traveled to Attleboro, MA where the Generals play for the annual TPT. Players that were not committed to a college represented their division. While those that were committed played for either the Selects Red or Blue team. The Rebels sent six players and Head Coach Joe Coombs to represent Jamestown, NY. Auggie Moore and Ryan Keane were among the six players for the Rebels and both played for the East Division. In their first game both made highlight reel plays that ended up all over social media. Here are how our guys faired; Moore (1g), Sam Anzai (1a), Nick Petruolo (1a), Colin Schmidt (1g-2a) and Keane (39SA-36SVS). The Generals sent four players and getting on the scoring sheet for them were Matthew Rutigliano (1g), Alex Cohen (1a), and Ryan Rowland (1a).

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #12 – Sam Anzai)

Anzai is currently on a two-game point streak (3a) and was named honorable mention for the East Division Star of the Week. He picked up two assists during the game in Johnstown this past Friday and without his tremendous pressure in the offensive zone Jake Felker might not have left Johnstown with a goal. Sam is eighth on the team in scoring (6g-16a) and in his last seven games there has only been one time in which he did not pick up a point by the time the final horn sounded. He put on a great display of his talents in front of many NCAA D1 scouts and NHL scouts at the TPT by picking up an assist on Moore’s game-winning goal. The Los Angeles, CA native is surely making his last year of junior hockey one to remember.

 

GENERALS (F: #15 – Louis Boudon)

It is a no-brainer that Boudon is the reason his team finds themselves in a playoff spot near the end of February. He is ranked sixth overall in the league in points (54) and leads his team in goals (16) and assists (38). He also has ten power-play assists (team high), no other player has more than four. The Lake Superior State University commit is in his third year with the Generals totaling 97 games played (35g-70a). Boudon is averaging a point-per game against the Rebels (1g-3a). The Grenoble, France native is also is his last year of junior hockey and he too is making it one for the books.

Rebels split home-and-home with Johnstown

Last week the Rebels faced the Tomahawks for their first home-and-home series of the season. I was a battle of first versus second in the East Division and it surely did not disappoint. The Rebels went into the two games with a record of 26-11-3-3 (58pts) Whereas Johnstown has the best record in the league, 38-6-0-1 (77pts). Jamestown’s record against the ‘Hawks this season is 2-4-0-1.

 

It all started on Wednesday when the Rebels and Tomahawks took the ice at 11am in front of a record number of fans (1287). It was the first school day game the Rebels have done in their new arena and they sure did not disappoint thee students. The first period started out with the Tomahawks scoring with just under five minutes left in the period. After a scoreless middle frame, the Tomahawks were just 20 minutes away from picking up two points. While the Rebels were flexing their muscles throughout the first 40, they were having trouble getting anything past the number two goalie in the league, Carter McPhail. Almost five minutes into the find period of regulation, Alex Frye (25) scored to tie the game at 1-1. Less than two minutes later it was Eric Olson picking up his first goal of the season, giving the Rebels a 2-1 lead. They would hang on to the lead for a while until Cameron Hebert notched his second of the night, tying the game once more. With neither team unable to break the tie before the end of regulation we were forced to go into overtime to decide a winner. The Rebels were coming off their first overtime win against the Titans who have not lost in extra hockey all season and now they had to go into OT against a team that is 4-0 in 3-on-3 hockey. Luckily for the Rebels they have the number one ranked goalie, Ryan Keane, to back them up. On the Rebels fourth shot in extra hockey it was Auggie Moore that came away from the corner with the puck and let one rip from the top of the left circle that beat McPhail glove side. Giving the Tomahawks their first overtime loss of the season. Also, with their win it marked the third straight at home. The Rebels finished the game with 34 shots and only allowed 24. The Rebels were now just two days away from sweeping the ‘Hawks for the first time this season.

 

Friday night in Johnstown the Rebels were searching for their fourth-straight win. It was Keane versus McPhail once again. Cam Hebert was able to score the game’s first goal on his team’s first power play. Noah Finstrom (7) figured he should get in on the action by scoring on the Rebels first man-advantage. Late in the 1st period. Sam Anzai was pestering the ‘Hawks zone while the Rebels made changes. He eventually was able to strip a Tomahawk of the puck and passed it right over to Jake Felker (15) for the goal, giving the Rebels a 2-1 to end the 1st period. Early in the middle period Johnstown was able to score, tying the game at 2-2. With under five minutes left in the 2nd Johnstown converted on another shot, giving them the lead once more. Now with less than 60 seconds left in the period, Caleb Price (3) was able to stuff the puck through the five-hole of McPhail to make it a 3-3 game. The second-leading scorer for the Tomahawks, Carson Briere, did not want to go into the locker room tied so decided to beat Keane with just :32 seconds left on the clock. After 40 minutes of play and multiple lead changes, the Rebels were looking to battle back and still were within a goal when the 3rd period started. The Rebels made a goalie change when the 3rd period started as Noah West came in to replace Keane. The Tomahawks entered the final period of regulation the same way they ended the 2nd by scoring 1:33 into the period. Cam Hebert was the one to score early putting his team up by a pair, also giving him his fourth goal in these two games against the Rebels. While on the power play again, Antonio Venuto (13) was able to pick up the loose puck at the top of the crease and put it in the back of the net. Venuto’s goal surely did spark his team as Niki Jasko (7) was able to get on the scoring sheet, tying the game again, this time though it was 5-5. Jim Glynn scored his sixth goal of the season on the power play, 15:08 into the 3rd. With three-unanswered goals and time winding down in the game the Rebels were realizing that they were just moments away from sweeping the Tomahawks for the first time this season. Ending their hopes was Roman Kramer as he scored with :34 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 6-6. His goal also came on a 6-on-5 advantage after Head Coach Mike Letizia pulled McPhail. This put us into our third-straight overtime. With there only being six skaters on the ice as compared to the usual ten, there was a lot of open ice to work with for both teams. Using the open ice to their advantage and capitalizing on a broken play in the Rebels zone, Hunter Toale walked right in on West and was able to get it over his pad for the 7-6 win.

 

While the Rebels lost in OT, they did extend their point streak to four games. They host the Northeast Generals this weekend, who hold the last playoff spot in the East. The Rebels and Generals have only played each other four times and the season series is split 2-2. This will be the second and final time the Generals will visit the Northwest Arena. This weekend will also be our Pink the Rink weekend as the team will be wearing specialty breast cancer awareness jerseys, make sure if you come to either game to wear pink! For ticket information call 716-484-2624, also make sure to follow us on all our social media.

 

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