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Defense key to Rebels 4 – 0 blanking of Titans

Rebels’ defenseman Brennan Kapcheck had two goals while fellow blue liners Ryan Solomon and Gvido Jansons had one and goaltender Jack Leavy turned aside all 30 shots he faced for his first NAHL shutout as the home team defeated the New Jersey Titans 4 – 0.

The Rebels got on the board first at the 4:13 mark of the opening period. Gianluca Esteves brought the puck up the far side boards into the Titans zone and behind their net. He went around it and passed it back to Aaron Maguyon. Maguyon passed the puck up the near side boards to Jansons who was pinching on the play. Jansons sent the puck back to Maguyon who made a nice, one-time pass in the slot to a wide open Kapcheck who buried past Titans goalie Brandon Perrone for his eighth goal on the season.

After out shooting the Titans 14 – 8 in the first, the tide turned in the second period as New Jersey rushed the Rebels net throughout but Leavy made several key saves to keep the visitors off the board. Then the game became more physical. While the Rebels Ryan Patrick was called for high sticking, New Jersey’s Dylan Healey and William Riedell were called for roughing putting the Rebels on the power play.

Andrew Bellant won the faceoff deep inside the Titans zone and passed the puck back to Solomon. Solomon passed it to his left to Kapcheck. He in turn passed it to Maguyon who feed it back to Solomon at the top of the slot and Solomon took a cannon of a shot that beat Perrone with 6:05 left in the second.

With a minute and seven seconds left in the period, it was Kapcheck again. Carter Woolley brought the puck deep inside New Jersey’s far side corner. He passed it to the side of the net to Patrick. Patrick forwarded the puck Drew Blackmun who hit a wide open Kapcheck in the slot and he buried it for his second goal of the game to give the Rebels a 3 – 0 lead.

With seven minutes left in the third period, New Jersey’s Greg Malafronte was called for boarding and a game misconduct when he hit Rebels defenseman Martino Picariello from behind putting the home team on the power play. Jensen Zerban won the faceoff deep inside the Titans zone. The drawl went back to Kapcheck. Kapcheck passed the puck up to Bellant. Bellant passed it down low to Zerban who passed the puck through the goal mouth to Jansons who put it behind Perrone to finish the Rebels scoring at 4 – 0.

Perrone stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced. Click here for the box score.

The rubber game of the series will be played at 5:00pm. It will be $1 Hot Dogs and Skate Night with the Rebels immediately following the game.

Garcia and Jansons lead Rebels to 5 – 1 win over Titans

Dom Garcia and Gvido Jansons combined for five points last night to lead the Rebels to a 5 – 1 victory of the visiting New Jersey Titans during the team’s military appreciation weekend. It was the first of a three game series between the two teams.

Garcia, ironically, started the night off on the wrong skate (so to speak). At 4:12 into the first period he was called for interference putting the Titans on the power play. With time winding down on New Jersey’s man advantage, Andrew Bellant was covering the top near side point. He cut off an errant pass and started to break out of the zone. He bounced the puck off the boards and went around the Titans defender and picked up the passed and walked in on Titans goalie Harrison Feeney and beat him short side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 at the 6:09 mark of the opening period.

With the Rebels on top to start the second, New Jersey tied the game only 2:44 into the period on a very odd play.  After Gianluca Esteves dumped the puck into the Titans zone, New Jersey’s Spencer Stanley head man the puck to Victor Ostling. Ostling had a burst of speed and walked in on Rebels goalie Mareks Mitens. Ostling took a shot that was saved by Mitens but the puck very slowly inched towards the goal line. It had appeared the Esteves had swiped the puck out of the net while Nick Boyagian was taking a swipe at it. Although the goal light did not go on, the referee had said the slow gliding puck crossed the red line to put the Titans on the board to tie the game.

Then almost two minutes later Titans’ forward Danny Eruzione was called for charging putting the Rebels on the power play. Brennan Kapcheck had control of the puck at the top of the face off circle in New Jersey’s zone. As he was falling down, Kapcheck passed the puck back to Jansons. Jansons passed it to Aaron Maguyon at the top of the far size faceoff circle. Maguyon sent it back to Jansons who took a slapshot that was redirected by Garcia passed Feeney to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 with 15:01 left in the second period.

With Dustin Manz aggressively forechecking in the Titans zone, he went behind New Jersey’s and stripped the puck off of a Titans defenseman. Manz brought the puck around the net and sent a beautiful pass out front to a wide open Carter Woolley who one-timed it passed Feeney for this fifth goal of the season at the 10:04 mark of the second period.

With forty nine seconds left in the second period, Jansons had the puck at the top of the near side point. He passed it down low to Jensen Zerban. Zerban skated around the net and passed it out into the slot to Kapcheck who beat Feeney long side to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

Garcia would score his second goal on the night (and second on the power play) when he picked up a big rebound off a Bellant shot and put it past Feeney for the Rebels fifth and final goal. Jansons had three assists on the evening.

Mitens stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced while Feeney turned aside 25 of 30. Click here for the box score.

The middle game of this three game series will be played tonight at IceWorks with the game time starting at 7:00pm.

Rebels win 3 – 2 to spoil Hawks Home Owner

The Rebels traveled to Johnstown yesterday for a two game series at the venerable Cambria County War Memorial. While the calendar stated it was November 11 it was the Tomahawks home opener due to construction to the landmark venue. It was a marquee match up between the East Division’s two top teams, with both of them in the top five power play units in the league.

In the end, Jensen Zerban’s goal at the 11:12 mark of the third period gave the Rebels a 3 – 2 win and increased their point lead over Johnstown to seven.

It was an up and down game with Rebels goalie Mareks Mitens and his Tomahawks’ counterpart Drew Hotte making several key saves throughout to keep the game close.

The Rebels got on the board first at 8:24 into the first when Brendan Cherwalk brought the puck into the offensive zone and waited for his teammates to follow. Cherwalk passed the puck back to Martino Picariello at the point. Picariello took a wobbly shot that went off Hotte’s glove into the net for a 1 – 0 Rebels lead.

The Tomahawks would even the game at the start of the second period. Tiernan Seningen brought the puck into the Rebels zone and passed it to Adam Pilewicz. Pilewicz took a shot that was saved by Mitens but Joshua Biasillo picked up the rebound to tie the game at one only sixteen seconds into the middle period.

Four minutes into the second Christopher Trouba was called for holding. Thirty eight seconds later Seningen was called for high sticking putting the Rebels on a 5 on 3 advantage.

Just twenty seconds into the two-man advantage, Ryan Solomon and Aaron Maguyon set up Gianluca Esteves for his seventh goal of the season to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead at the 4:58 mark of the second.

After several key saves by Hotte in the third to keep the Tomahawks within one, Adam Peck had the puck down low at the far side faceoff circle. He took a shot that was redirected by Zerban who was screening Hotte and put it behind the Hawks netminder to give the Rebels a 3 – 1 lead. It was the first goal of the season for the Rebels speedy forward.

With less than three minutes left in the third Johnstown pulled within one when Mitchell Hale picked up the rebound off of a Pilewicz shot and put it past Mitens for the forward’s first goal on the year.

Mitens would stop 19 of 21 shots while Hotte turned aside 22 of 25 shots. Click here for the box score.

The two teams face each other tonight at 7pm at the War Memorial.