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Rebels win rubber match game against Titans 2 – 1

Playing their third straight game against each other during the past six days, the Rebels defeated the visiting New Jersey Titans 2 – 1 last night in the rubber match game of the series between the two teams.

It isn’t always the way you start but how you finish, and the Rebels got off to an extremely slow start and it cost them early on.

The Titans dumped the puck deep inside the offensive zone where Rebels defenseman Jordin Holmes went to retrieve it. He was hit hard against the boards by Andrew Husted who kicked the puck up along the near side boards to Nick Boyagian. Boyagian sent a pass to Wade Novak at the top of the slot. Novak went to take shot but fanned on it and the puck was picked up by the Rebels’ Diarmad DiMurro. Boyagian stripped DiMurro of the puck and he skated towards the Rebels net on a 2 on 1 with Novak. Boyagian sent a pass to Novak on his left and this time the Titans’ forward one-timer beat Rebels goalie Ryan Keane stick side to put the Titans up 1 – 0 with 7:19 remaining in the first.

After outshooting the Rebels 8 – 5 in the first, the Titans still controlled most of the play going into the second period. But as the period hit the midway point the tide started to change. Then with 3:16 left in the middle period New Jersey’s Holden Biebel was called for tripping to give the Rebels the extra attacker.

With time winding down on the power play, Rebels forward Andrew Bellant had the puck along the far side boards. He sent a pass back to Kolby Vegara at the point, who sent a return pass back to Bellant. Bellant passed the puck to Aaron Maguyon down low who started to skate up along the boards and sent a pass back to Vegara at the point. The Rebels defenseman took a wrist shot through traffic that was redirected by Konur Peterson in front of New Jersey’s net past goalie Matt Ladd to tie the game at one with 1:34 left in the period. It was Peterson’s first goal as a Rebel.

As the game entered the third period, the Rebels started to control the play. Auggie Moore’s hard work around the net demonstrated the grit. Off the faceoff inside the Titans zone, the puck went behind Ladd where Moore picked it up. Moore tried to skate towards the near side boards but was met by a New Jersey defender. Moore turned quickly and tried a wraparound but Ladd made the save and the puck came out to Andrew Frye at the far side circle.

Frye took a shot on net that was saved by Ladd but Moore battled for the puck and took a turnaround shot that was again saved by Ladd as the rebound came out to Titans’ defenseman Ryan Wheeler. Wheeler tried to skate across the goalmouth with the puck but Moore poke checked it and the puck went towards the Titans net where Adam Peck redirected it past Ladd to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead at the 5:08 mark of the third period.

The win gives the Rebels a 14 – 3 record for 28 points and moves them into a tie for second place, one point behind the division leading WBS Knights, although the Rebels have three games in hand.

Keane turned aside 24 of 25 shots he faced while Ladd stopped 25 of 27. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will leave early on Saturday morning to play two games against the Northeast Generals in Attleboro, MA.

Ladd backstops Titans to 4 – 2 victory over Rebels

New Jersey goaltender Matt Ladd turned aside 27 of 29 shots he faced to help lead the visiting Titans to a 4 – 2 win over the Philadelphia Rebels.

Playing in their first game in eleven days, the Rebels looked sharp early on. After a Rebels powerplay had just expired, Mack Byers brought the puck into the Titans zone on a 3 on 2. As Byers moved into the offensive zone, he passed the puck to Auggie Moore on his right. Moore took a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle that Ladd made a right pad save but the rebound came out to Peter Zhong in the crease. As Zhong was taking a shot he was pulled down from behind. Ladd made the save but the loose puck was picked up by Jordin Holmes in the slot who put it past Ladd to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead just 3:12 into the game. It was the Willow Grove, PA native’s first goal as a Rebel.

New Jersey would get on the board with 7:13 left in the first period. Hunter Alden would bring the puck out of his own zone and headmanned it up to Nick Boyagian at center ice. As Boyagian entered the Rebels zone on a 3 on 2, he was held up by defenseman Diarmad DiMurro. As Boyagian was being pushed aside to the outside he sent a pass to the center of slot where it was picked up by Tate MacDonald. MacDonald took a backhand shot that beat Rebels goalie Eli Billing high glove side to tie the game at one.

Andrew Bellant was called for slashing with 5:15 remaining in the opening period to put the Titans on the powerplay. Titan defenseman Ryan Wheeler took a shot from the near side point that was saved by Billing but the rebound came out high and was swatted to the boards by Kolby Vegara. Matthew Cameron would retrieve the puck in the corner and sent it back to Wheeler at the point. As Wheeler was walking the line he took a wrist shot the was deflected by Cameron and past Billing to give the Titans a 2 – 1 with 4:41 left in the period.

After no scoring in the second, the Titans would enter the third period with a 2 – 1 lead. Rebels newcomer Alex Frye was called for head contact with 10:12 left in final period to put New Jersey on the powerplay.

Titans forward Ryan Naumovski took a shot from the far side point that went wide and into the Rebels near side corner. The puck would come up along the boards to defenseman Eric Manoukian. The former Mercer Chief would send a cross-ice pass to Naumovski who took a shot that Billing made a spectacular wind mill glove save but the puck came out of his glove and Austin Husted tapped in the rebound right before the net had become dislodged to give the Titans a 3 – 1 lead with 9:08 remaining in the third.

The Rebels would cut the lead in half with thirty-three seconds remaining in the game.

After New Jersey iced the puck with 35 seconds left, Titans head coach Craig Doremus took a time out to talk to his troops. With Billing pulled for the extra attacker, the faceoff would take place to the left of Ladd. Brandon Stanley would win the draw and slightly tap the puck to his right where it was picked up by Jensen Zerban. Zerban would take a quick wrist shot that beat Ladd high short side to make a 3 – 2 game with 32 seconds remaining.

Unfortunately, it was too little too late as Todd Goehring would score an empty net goal to give the Titans a 4 – 2 win.

Billing stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will play their second of three straight games tomorrow at 6:20pm. It is Skate Night with the Rebels immediately following the game.