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Rebels 2017 NAHL Draft Recap: Team selects 5 Blueliners

Yesterday the North American Hockey League held its annual draft. Since the Aston Rebels finished in first during the regular season the team selected last beginning with the twenty third pick.

With the loss of Gvido Jansons, Brennan Kapcheck, Andrew Noel and Ryan Solomon, the focus for the Rebels was defense. It was so much so that five of the team’s nine picks were defensemen (three forwards and one goalie also were chosen).

To sum up the draft, Head Coach and General Manager Joe Coombs was very pleased with the way the it went. “We knew we needed defensemen” stated Coombs. “We went after the best players available. We feel that with the players we selected along with our tenders that we will have another formable core of blueliners. While we are very pleased with the draft we will certainly attempt to fill our holes. We also will continue to look for free agents” concluded Coombs.

The following is a recap of the players selected by the Rebels.

Round 1 – 23rd Pick
Jeremy Smith, Toronto Jr. Canadiens. Position: Left Defenseman. Shoots: Right. Born: July 19, 1998. Hometown: Toronto, ON. Height: 5’9”. Weight: 158 lbs.
Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM
’16-’17 Season   Jr. Canadiens                     42           7              10           17           47
17 Playoffs          Jr. Canadiens                     11           3              8              11           10

Round 2 – 36th Pick
Brandon Stanley, Waywayseecappo Wolverines. Position: Forward. Born: May 3, 1997. Hometown: Sioux Lookout, ON. Height: 6’2”. Weight: 205 lbs.
Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM
’16-’17 Season   Portage                                5              1              3              4              12
’16-’17 Season   Waywayseecappo           53           23           44           67           48

Round 3 – 69th Pick
Seth Bergeron, Las Vegas Storm. Position: Left Defenseman. Shoots: Left. Born: August 3, 2000. Hometown: Las Vegas, NV. Height: 5’11”. Weight: 170 lbs.
Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM
’16-’17 Season   Las Vegas Storm               38           4              13           17           18

Round 4 – 93rd Pick
Ryan Keane, Omaha Lancers. Position: Goaltender. Catches: Left. Born: March 15, 1998. Hometown: Lewisville, TX. Height: 5’9”. Weight: 157 lbs.
Season                 Team                     GPI         Mins      GA          SO          W            L              SV%       AVG
’16-’17 Season   Omaha                 9              507         36           0              2              5              0.876     4.26

Round 5 – 117Th Pick
Darren Rizzolo, Alberni Valley Bulldogs. Position: Left Defenseman. Shoots: Left. Born: January 12, 1998. Hometown: Mission, BC. Height: 5’10”. Weight: 173 lbs.
Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM
’16-’17 Season   Vernon                                 5              0              0              0              4
’16-’17 Season   Alberni                                 44           1              7              8              67


Round 6 – 140th Pick

No pick. Traded to Johnstown


Round 7 – 163rd Pick

Corey Clifton, North Jersey Avalanche 18U. Position: Forward. Shoots: Left. Born: February 3, 1999. Hometown: Matawan, NJ. Height: 5’8”. Weight: 160 lbs.
Season                                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM
’16-’17 Season                   North Jersey Avs 18         31           5              16           21           12
’16-17 Playoffs                  North Jersey Avs 18         5              1              1              2              2

Round 8 – 186th Pick
Jacob Nordqvist, Vastra Frolunda HC Jr. Position: Left Defenseman. Shoots: Right. Born: February 12, 1998. Hometown: Sweden. Height: 5’7”. Weight: 158 lbs.
Season                                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM
’16-’17 Season                   V. Frolunda         1              0              0              0              0
‘16-17 Euro One               Frolunda              27           2              12           14           12
‘16-17 Euro Two               Frolunda              17           0              4              4              14
’16-1717 Playoffs             Frolunda              5              1              0              1              4

Round 9 – 209th Pick
Noah Finstrom, Detroit Little Caesars 18U. Position: Forward. Shoots: Left. Born: September 17, 1999. Hometown: Detroit, MI. Height: 5’6”. Weight: 130 lbs.
Season                                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM
’16-’17 Season                   Det. Little Caesers 18      21           6              9              15           36

Round 10 – 232nd Pick
Carson Moniz, St. Thomas Stars. Position: Right Defenseman. Shoots: Right. Born: October 25, 1998. Hometown: Lambeth, ON. Height: 5’11”. Weight: 198 lbs.
Season                                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM
’16-’17 Season                   St. Thomas                          19           3              8              11           56
’16-’17 Season                   Amarillo                               14           0              4              4              14
17 Playoffs                          St. Thomas                          4              1              0              1              22

Rebels defeat Knights to take 2 – 0 lead in divisional semi-final series

The Aston Rebels defeated the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knight last night 2 – 1 to give them a 2 – 0 lead in this best-of-five divisional semi-final series.

The first period was very similar to the previous night where it was tight checking and up and down hockey with limited shots. With no scoring in the opening period, the Rebels started to control the tempo at the outset of the second.

Sellersville, PA native Andrew Hart would get the Rebels on the board first. After Jensen Zerban won the draw at the Knights far side faceoff circle, the puck went to the boards where both teams scrambled for it. Zerban would come away with the puck and pass it back to the point to Andrew Noel. The Rebels defenseman took a shot on net that was saved by WBS goaltender Grant Valentine but the rebound came out to Hart who tucked it into the net to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead 4:44 into the second.

With the Knights on the power play due to a Gianluca Esteves cross-checking penalty with four minutes remaining in the period, WBS would negate themselves the extra attacker when Michael Morrissey was called for boarding forty-nine seconds later. As time ran out on Esteves’ penalty, the Rebels’ forward picked up the puck inside the Knights zone and took a shot that was redirected into the far side corner and it came out all the way back into the Rebels zone where it was picked up by Gvido Jansons at the top of the far side faceoff circle.

Jansons would pass the puck to Esteves on his left. Esteves would take the puck up the near side boards. As he entered the Knights zone, Esteves went around WBS defenseman Elijah Latimer and drove hard to the net. As Esteves was cutting across the goalmouth he lost an edge and crashed into Valentine but the puck went behind the Knights’ netminder to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 with 1:22 left in the second.

After Esteves’ goal, a scrum encountered which set the tone for the third period. The Knights would then start to control the third period and crash the net. With time winding down in the game, the Knights would cut the Rebels lead in half. After the puck went out of play on a Brennan Kapcheck blocked a shot, Esteves would win the ensuing draw deep inside the Rebels near side faceoff circle. The puck was picked up by Mike Gelatt behind the Rebels net. He passed it out to the side of the net to Dorian Dawson. Dawson would pass it to his left to Joe Schuler who was at the top of the crease and he one-timed it past Mareks Mitens to make it a 2 – 1 with 2:04 remaining in the game.

Mitens stopped nineteen of 20 shots while Valentine turned aside 24 of 26. Click here for the box score.

The series now moves to the Revolution Ice Centre. Game three is scheduled for Friday night at 7:35pm. Game four would be played on Saturday night at 7:35pm if necessary. The Rebels would advance to the divisional final series should they win one of next weekend’s games.

Tomahawks upend Rebels 4 – 2 with one game left in the regular season.

Daniil Bokun’s three-point game help lead the Johnstown Tomahawks to a 4 – 2 win over the visiting Aston Rebels. It was only the second game out of eleven between the two teams this season that the game wasn’t decided by a goal.

Having clinched the division and wanting to prepare for next weekend’s first round of the playoffs, head coach Joe Coombs rightly decided to give extra playing time to some players while resting others – including five who had a combined 218 points on the season.

Bokun would get his first point of the evening just 3:40 into the game when he setup Nick Bruce for his twenty seventh goal of the season. After Johnstown won the draw deep inside the Rebels nearside faceoff circle, the puck went back to the point to Bokun. Bokun then passed it over to Donovan Ott who in turn passed it back to Bokun. The Johnstown defender took a shot from the point that was redirected by Bruce past Rebels goaltender Mareks Mitens to give the Tomahawks a 1 – 0 lead. It was the first shot on goal of the game for either team.

After Dustin Manz dumped the puck into the Johnstown zone for a line change the puck was retrieved by Brandon Young who passed it over to Bokun on his right. Bokun passed it up to Cade Groton. Groton entered the Rebels zone and took a shot at the top of the far side faceoff circle that beat Mitens long side to give the Tomahawks a 2 – 0 lead at the 9:06 mark of the first period. It was Groton’s first NAHL goal.

The Rebels didn’t cave in after being down early in the open period. Carter Woolley picked off a Johnstown outlet pass inside the Tomahawks’ zone and he passed it to Jensen Zerban at the far side boards. Zerban passed it downlow to Andrew Hart who went behind the net and passed it back to Zerban in the corner. Zerban skated to the bottom of the far side faceoff circle and passed the puck back to Andrew Noel at the point. Noel took a clapper that was redirected by Hart in the slot past Johnstown’s netminder Vinnie Purpura to cut the deficit in half with 7:09 remaining in the first. It was Hart’s eleventh goal on the season.

Johnstown would regain the two-goal lead at 2:18 into the second period. Auggie Moore was called for boarding at 1:55 into the middle stanza to put the Tomahawks on the power play. Thomas Horn would bring the puck into the Rebels and skated towards Aston’s far side faceoff circle. He passed the puck back to the point to Filips Buncis, who passed it over to his right to Adam Pilewicz. Pilewicz passed up to Hayden Rowan who passed to his to Bokun on his left. Bokun sent a pass back to Buncis at the far side blueline and he took a slapshot that beat Mitens long side for his eleventh goal on the season.

The Rebels would cut the lead in half again midway through the second period. Johnstown dumped the puck into the Aston zone where it was picked up by Justin Smith. Smith skated to the top of the far side faceoff circle and sent a bounce pass off the boards to Carson Briere at the Johnstown blueline. Briere sent a soft touch pass to Gianluca Esteves who was entering the Tomahawks’ zone. Esteves walked in all alone and beat Purpura short side for his seventeenth goal on the season.

Johnstown would make it a 4 -2 game at 2:03 into the final period on Ott’s thirty second goal on the season with assists from Dalton Hunter and Rowan.

Mitens would finish the evening stopping fourteen of eighteen shots while Purpura turned aside nineteen of twenty-one shots. Click here for the box score.

These two teams will conclude the regular season tonight when they meet at 7pm.

Photo credit: The Aston Rebels again would like to thank photographer extraordinaire Phil Andraychak for providing photos from last night’s game.

Rebels defeat Tomahawks 3 – 2 on Bellant’s 25th goal of the season

Andrew Bellant’s 25th goal on the season gave the Rebels a 3 – 2 road victory over the Johnstown Tomahawks. The win gave the first place Rebels a weekend split against the second place Tomahawks, and the win also gave the Rebels 85 points on the season (eleven up on Johnstown) and reduced their magic number to clinch their second straight regular season East Division championship to two.

It was another fast paced game. It was another 3 – 2 score (the fifth time out of ten games this season a contest ended 3 – 2), and it was the ninth game out of ten that the margin of victory was decided by one goal. Welcome to the Aston Rebels and Johnstown Tomahawks 2016-17 season.

The Rebels got on the board first from an unlikely source.  After receiving a touch pass from Dustin Manz at center ice, Ryan Patrick brought the puck into the Tomahawks’ zone. He made a cut-back move and passed the puck down low into the near side corner to Jensen Zerban. Zerban battled a Johnstown defender for the puck as it squirted out to Auggie Moore.  Moore looked up and sent a centering pass to Andrew Noel who ripped a shot top shelf pass Tomahawks’ goalie Drew Hotte to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead at 7:31 into the first period. It was Noel’s second goal of the season.

After Manz and Johnstown’s Andy Iehle were called for coincidental penalties, the puck went into the Rebels zone after the ensuing faceoff. Gvido Jansons brought the puck up the near side boards and passed it to Drew Blackmun who was skating at center ice into the Tomahawks’ zone. As Blackmun entered the offensive zone, he passed the puck to his left to Dom Garcia.  Garcia skated to the top of the near side faceoff circle and took a wrist shot that handcuffed Hotte as the puck went behind him and into the net to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 lead almost eight minutes into the second period. It was Garcia’s thirteenth goal on the season.

Ah … the dreaded two goal lead.

The Tomahawks would cut the Rebels deficit in half with 5:50 remaining in the second. Johnstown’s Edward Hirka had the puck at his own far side faceoff circle and found a streaking Nick Bruce at center ice. Bruce got pass the Rebels defense and walked in all alone on Rebels goalie Jack Leavy. Bruce made a deke and put the puck passed a sprawling Leavy for his twentieth goal on the season.

The Tomahawks would tie it at two just eight seconds into the final period.  After Bruce won the opening draw the puck went to Donovan Ott who skated into the Rebels zone. Ott passed the puck behind the Rebels net to Dalton Hunter. Hunter passed the puck back to Ott who passed to Bruce in the slot and Bruce put the puck passed Leavy to make it a 2 – 2 game.  It was Bruce’s second goal of the game and third on the weekend.

The Rebels would reclaim the lead a minute and seventeen seconds later.

Justin Smith sent the puck into the Tomahawks zone where it was picked up by a Johnstown defender at the top of the far side faceoff circle. As the Tomahawks’ defender tried to pass the puck up to a forward, it was intercepted by Patrick at the boards. Patrick passed it to Bellant in the high slot and Bellant took a wrist shot that beat Hotte glove side to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead. It would be the eventual game winner and Bellant’s sixth game winning goal on the season.

Leavy had to make some key saves in the third to keep Johnstown from tying the game. He finished with fifteen saves while Hotte made thirty one saves. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels can clinch the East Division next weekend if they sweep the Northeast Generals or if they win one game and Johnstown loses a game against the New Jersey Titans.

Photo Credit: The Rebels again would like to sincerely thank Phil Andraychak for providing photos from last night’s game. During the week all of Phil’s outstanding photos taken during this weekend will be posted on the Rebels’ Facebook page. Thank you again Phil!

TPT Blog Day 3 – A successful tournament & a hearty dinner

Tuesday morning was an early one as our alarm clock rang at 7:00am to wake us up for our 7:30am breakfast. After breakfast we had to quick shower up and put on our suits as the bus was picking us up at 8:45am to bring us back to USA Hockey Arena. Our East Division team was set to take on the Midwest Division at 11:00am.

We made it to the rink and went through our routines. We did everything we needed to do to prepare ourselves mentally and physically for a big game. The game was again very fast paced and the East Division again came out victorious. The final score was 4 – 2 and it was another good showing by every member of the Rebels. Every one of the Rebels’ players received some well-deserved attention from coaches from the collegiate level.

After our game we spent some time around the rink watching later games and mingling with other players from around the league. Later on that night all of the Rebels players and coach Coombs got together for a nice dinner to celebrate a successful tournament. We enjoyed some prime rib and discussed the highlights of the event. After dinner we went back to the hotel and relaxed for the night. We were all drained from the tournament and ready to head back to Pennsylvania.

TPT Blog Day 2 – A fast paced game & Rebels’ players put on an impressive show

The Rebels woke up on Monday morning and instantly put their game faces on. The day started off with a breakfast at 9:30am with every team that is participating in the event. After breakfast the Rebels’ players got together and went through our typical game day routine. We went for a nice little walk to get our legs moving and followed it up with a good stretch.

After getting ourselves loosened up we had some chicken and pasta for our pregame meal. Then we caught a quick cap nap, showered up and put on our suits. After waiting anxiously all day it was finally time to head to the rink.

The bus picked us up at the hotel at 2:00pm to bring us on the fifteen minute trip to USA Hockey Arena. Walking into the rink our first impression was that it looked almost identical to the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown. We found our way downstairs and went into our separate locker rooms. Gvido Jansons met up with the NAHL Selects while the rest of us found the East Division locker room.

The game was extremely high paced and very fun!

All of the Rebels players put on an impressive performance, and we represented our team very well. In the end our East Division team came out on top and beat Gvido and the NAHL Selects 4 – 2.

After the game we had a nice steak and potato dinner and then got back to the hotel and went to sleep right away. We have an early wakeup call awaiting us for an 11am game against the Midwest Division on Tuesday morning.

TPT Blog Day 1 – Travel Day and mingling with the competition

After completing the weekend sweep over the Northeast Generals, six of the Rebels’ players hurried home to get a good night’s sleep. Dom Garcia, Gvido Jansons, Jack Leavy, Andrew Noel, Evgeny Yakovlev and I had an early Sunday morning flight to Detroit, MI to compete in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament. We all met Coach Coombs at the Philadelphia airport at 8:30am. Getting through the airport was a breeze compared to the trip to Alaska with 25 guys. We were able to make it through security with enough time to get some breakfast and have some down time at our gate. When we got to the gate we ran into the players from the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights who will be our teammates for the next couple of days.

The hour and a half flight passed quickly, and we arrived in Detroit around noon. Upon our arrival, there was a bus waiting to pick us up and bring us to the hotel. Our hotel is in Ann Arbor which is the home of the University of Michigan, and it is located about 15 minutes away from USA Hockey Arena where we will be playing our games.

After getting to the hotel we were given the rest of the day to rest with only dinner on our itinerary. There were tons of players from all over the league wandering throughout the hotel. We took the time to meet and get to know some of the other players on our team that we are used to playing against. After dinner we all went off into our separate rooms to wind down for the night to prepare for our first of two games on Monday evening. Our East Division team will be playing Gvido Jansons and the NAHL Selects team at 4:00pm.

Blackmun to blog on 2017 Top Prospects Tournament

The Rebels have announced today that assistant captain Drew Blackmun will be blogging about next week’s Top Prospects Tournament. Blackmun, along with teammates Dom Garcia, Gvido Jansons, Jack Leavy, Andrew Noel and Evgeny Yakovlev, will be participating in the tournament. All of the Rebels’ players, with the exception of Jansons, will be playing for the East Division which will be coached by Joe Coombs. Jansons will be playing for the NAHL Selects Team.

The Rebels contingent will leave on Sunday morning. The tournament will be held from February 27 – 28 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. Drew’s blog will start on the 26th and conclude on March 1.

The NAHL Top Prospects Tournament is one of the most highly-scouted events in junior hockey.  Last season, over 220 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school.

Rebels win 4 – 3 for 35th victory on the season to tie last year’s win total

The first place Aston Rebels used three, second period goals and a third period power play goal to hang onto a 4 – 3 win over the Northeast Generals last night in Attleboro, MA. The victory was the Rebels 35th on the season, which ties the total amount of regular season’s wins the team had all of last season with fifteen games remaining.

The Rebels outshot the Generals 13 – 6 in the first period but found themselves down 1 – 0 after one.  With 8:50 remaining in the opening period, the Rebels won the draw deep inside their own zone.  The puck came back to a Rebels’ defenseman who skated behind his own net and tried to rim the puck high off the far side glass.  It was intercepted by Kohei Sato at the point. Sato passed it down low to Colin Bilek. Bilek made a pass to Justin Jallen in the high slot and Jallen took a wrist shot that beat Mareks Mitens high glove side to put the Generals on the board first.

The Rebels would start the second period on the power play because Northeast’s defenseman Joey Vingi was called for roughing at the end of the first period.  With time winding down on the power play, Drew Blackmun had the puck at the top of the near side faceoff circle. He passed the puck at the top of the point to Ryan Solomon. The Rebels defenseman took a slap shot that was redirected by Andrew Bellant in the slot and it went passed Generals’ goalie David Fessenden to tie the game 1:41 into the middle stanza.

Recently acquired Andrew Hart would score his first goal as a Rebel. As the Generals tried to break out of their zone, Gvido Jansons took a shot on net from the point. It was redirected by Bellant in the slot but the puck bounced out to Hart who put it passed Fessenden to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 with 9:56 remaining in the period.

The Rebels would go up 3 – 1 with 4:08 remaining in the second. After the Generals won the near side draw deep inside their zone, one of their defenseman skated behind his own net to set up the play. He misread the play developing and bounced a puck off the far side boards that was intercepted by Hart. Hart took a shot that was initially saved by Fessenden but Auggie Moore picked up the rebound and lite the lamp for his second goal on the season.

Bellant (who had a “Gordie Howe Hat Trick”) and Dom Garcia would ultimately be tossed from the game for fighting penalties they would receive in the third period.

Alex Cohen was called for slashing with 3:39 remaining in the game putting the Rebels on the power play. Brennan Kapcheck had the puck at the top of the point and he passed it to his left back to Jensen Zerban. Zerban took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but Aaron Maguyon picked up the rebound and passed it to a wide open Jansons in the slot and he put it into the open net to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

The game wasn’t over however. With a two minutes and fifty four seconds remaining, Andrew Noel was called for interference. The Generals pulled Fessenden to give them a six on four.  The Rebels cleared the puck and it went all the way down behind the Generals’ net. Kyle Martin brought the puck up the near side boards and passed it up to Kohei Sato. Sato entered the Rebels zone and sent a backdoor pass to Jallen who one-timed it past Mitens to make it a 4 – 2 game with 2:02 remaining in the game. It was Jallen’s second goal of the game.

With 1:19 remaining in the game Gilbertsville native Hunter Canestra made it 4 – 3.  Matt Wiesner won the draw for the Generals deep inside the Rebels zone. The puck went back to the point to Artsiom Anosau. Anosau took a shot that was initially saved by Mitens but Canestra was on the door step and put the rebound past Mitens to put the Generals within one. It was the former Valley Forge Minuteman/Jr. Flyers’ second goal on the season.

Mitens would stop 18 of 21 shots while Fessenden turned aside 30 of 34 shots. Click here for the box score. The two teams are back at it tonight for a 7:30pm faceoff.

Six Rebels selected to NAHL’s 2017 Top Prospects Tournament

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced today the rosters for its Top Prospects Tournament which will be held February 27 – 28 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. Six Aston Rebels have been selected to play in this tournament: Drew Blackmun, Dom Garcia, Gvido Jansons, Jack Leavy, Andrew Noel and Evgeny Yakovlev. As previously announced, head coach Joe Coombs will the head coach for the East Division.

Blackmun, Garcia, Leavy, Noel and Yakovlev will play for the East Division while Jansons will play NAHL Selects team.

Blackmun (12 goals and 23 assists) and Jansons (16 goals and 19 assists) each have 35 points on the season.  Garcia is second on the Rebels in points with 36 (10 goals and 26 assists) whereas Yakovlev is seventh in points with 30 (10 goals and 20 assists). Noel, a stay at home defenseman, has four points (1 goal and 3 assists).  Leavy has a 2.19 goals against average and a .912 save percentage with three shutouts.

The number of players each NAHL team can to send to the tournament, in which four teams from the four NAHL divisions: Central, East, Midwest and South and a special fifth NAHL Selects team, will each play in two game games, is based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of February 5, 2017.

Only those NAHL players without an NCAA commitment at the time of selection are eligible to participate in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, with the exception of those who will be playing on the NAHL Selects team, or those that have been identified as a player of interest by NHL Central Scouting.  Each of the teams consists of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goaltenders).

2017 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament Schedule (subject to change, all times eastern):

Monday, February 27th
1:00pm: Central Division vs. Midwest Division
4:00pm: East Division vs. NAHL Selects
7:00pm: South Division vs. USNTDP

Tuesday, February 28th
11:00am: Midwest Division vs. East Division
2:00pm: Central Division vs. South Division
5:00pm: NAHL Selects vs. USNTDP