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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.

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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Home-and-Home vs. Johnstown

Jamestown Rebels (26-11-3-3, 58pts) vs. Johnstown Tomahawks (38-6-0-1, 77pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY/ at 1st Summit Arena in Johnstown, PA

Time: 11 a.m./ 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 2-4-0-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 41pts, Frye (24g-17a)

NJT: 73pts, Solensky (24g-49a)

 

ONE vs. TWO:

Tomorrow marks the third-straight home game for the Rebels. It also starts their home-and-home series against the best team in the league, the Tomahawks. Tomorrow both teams will rise and shine for puck drop at 11 a.m. Then 1st place Johnstown will host 2nd place Jamestown this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Not only are both teams ranked one and two in the East Division but as are their star goalies. Ryan Keane (19-8-1-1, 3SO) enters these two games the number one goalie overall with a goals-against-average of 1.81 and a save percentage of .926%. The ‘Hawks netminder Carter McPhail (22-3,1SO) is the second-best goalie in the league with a 1.94GAA and a .937SV%. McPhail has the second most wins this season and right behind him is Keane.

 

LUCKY EIGHT:

This past weekend the Tomahawks had a three-game series against the Black Bears. The Tomahawks won every game but what stood out was how they were able to put up eight the first night which led them to an 8-2 victory. That was the third time this season Johnstown had put up eight goals in a game. During those three games, Johnstown had two players record eight points, Carson Briere (5g-3a) and Samuel Solensky (2g-6a). Tomorrow will also be the eighth game between these two cross state rivals and the Rebels are looking to go .500 against Johnstown after the conclusion of Friday’s game.

 

LEADING AFTER 40:

The first 40 minutes of play has been a big reason to both teams’ success this season. Neither team has lost in regulation when leading after two periods, Johnstown is 24-0-0-1 and Jamestown is 20-0-1-3. Three out of the seven games already played between these two teams have been decided by one goal. Also, the highest amount of goals scored in a game was four and that has happened three times. Being up with only 20 minutes left in regulation is key for any team to have continued success in the NAHL and that is exactly why both the Rebels and Tomahawks are in the top five overall in the league.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #10 – Jake Felker)

Felker is having an incredible rookie season putting up the second-most goals for the Rebels this season (14). The Omaha, NE native is tied for second-most game-winning-goals by a rookie with four. In his six games played against Johnstown he has scored three goals (2nd most on team). Over this past weekend Felker scored the Rebels third short-handed goal of the season, in their 4-3 OTW.

 

TOMAHAWKS (F: #14 – Carson Briere)

Briere leads his team in goals with (33) and power-play goals (22). He is second on the team in points (70). Briere has a long history with the Rebels organization, he played three games for them when they were in Aston (3a) and just one game last season in Philadelphia (1g). He is now in his second season with the Tomahawks, totaling 84 games played (43g-49a). Carson will also be going to the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament next week to represent the Selects Blue.

Rebels tie season high point streak at 7

The Rebels visited the Johnstown Tomahawks this past weekend for only the second time this season. The Rebels went into the weekend riding a six-game point streak, just one shy of tying their season high. The Tomahawks had just gotten swept for the first time this season and were looking to turn things around against the second-best team in the East. The Rebels trailed in the season series 3-2 and were looking to be ahead after the conclusion of game two.

 

The first game of the weekend the Rebels got on the board first, thanks to a power-play goal by Antonio Venuto (11). The score would remain 1-0 Rebels after the first period. In the second period both Ryan Keane and Carter McPhail made some remarkable saves to result in a scoreless middle frame. The Rebels were just 20 minutes away from their third win against Johnstown and a chance to even the series. Unfortunately, Cameron Hebert was able to beat Keane for his 19th goal of the season. The score would remain 1-1 after 60 minutes of play so both sides got ready for 3-on-3 overtime. The Tomahawks are the second-best team in the league in extra hockey and have not lost when a game has been decided by overtime (4-0). Jamestown on the other hand is 0-for-3 when it comes to 3-on-3 hockey. With a lot of open ice for five minutes both teams had many scoring chances but were unable to beat the goalies, sending the game into a shootout. The Tomahawks were 2-1 in sudden death hockey this season and the Rebels were 2-2. In the first round both shooters were unsuccessful. To start the second round, it was Jim Glynn for the Rebels, he has not missed in a shootout attempt this season (2-2). He started out slow then tried to cut right in, but McPhail was able to stay with him the whole time. Next up for the Tomahawks it was Joe Kile, he has never been selected for a shootout once this season. He went down and was able to get Keane moving then put it up high. It was all up to the leading scorer Alex Frye to keep his team in contention for the win. He also started off slow then picked up his pace and he progressed down the ice. He tried to fake out McPhail, but it was to no avail. Johnstown skated away with the two points and now led the season series 4-2. With the game going into extra hockey the Rebels were able to get a point out of it, tying their season high point streak at seven. With the performance Keane put on during the game he was able to capture the number one spot for goalies overall in the league, posting a 1.79 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .928%.

 

Less than 24 hours later these cross-state rivals were back on the ice for game two of the weekend. In game two we saw the same netminders as the night before. The scoring did not start off the same though as it was Carson Briere finding the back of the net on the power play, giving him a league high in power-play goals at 20. Two minutes later though, it was Antonio Venuto that tied the game up after his team won the offensive zone draw and he was able to snap one right past McPhail. It would remain 1-1 until there was 10:12 left in the middle period when Roman Kramer was able to find the back of the net, giving his team the lead once more. The Tomahawks added one more to their total early in the third, putting them now up by a pair. Head Coach Joe Coombs pulled Keane in the late stages of regulation in hopes that the 6-on-5 advantage would pay off for his team. Sadly, it would not as the horn sounded giving the Rebels a 3-1 loss. It was only their second regulation loss in 14 games.

 

With their win, Johnstown became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with an overall record of 35-6-1 (71pts). The Rebels were swept for the first time since their home opening weekend. They have an overall record of 24-11-3-3 (54pts). Keane still sits atop the league for goalies overall and his looking to remain there after this weekend when the Rebels host New Jersey. The Rebels are only ten points ahead of the third place Titans so this weekend will be huge for Jamestown so they can keep their hopes alive of having home ice advantage when the playoffs commence.

 

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Moore’s game winner in OT completes Rebels comeback

Auggie Moore’s goal with 2:51 left in overtime gave the Rebels a thrilling 5 – 4 come from behind victory over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights last night. The win kept the Rebels perfect on the season with an 8 – 0 record.

Ryan Patrick started the scoring for the Rebels just under the midway point of the first period. After Andrew Bellant won the draw deep inside the Knights zone, the puck would go along the far side boards where it was picked up by Patrick. With a Knight on him, Patrick sent a pass back to the point to Diarmad DiMurro. DiMurro took a shot that was save by Knights goalie David Tomeo but the rebound came out to Patrick who tucked the puck behind the Knights netminder to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 with 9:21 remaining in the opening period.

The Rebels lead lasted fifty-seven seconds.

As the puck went to the far side boards after the Knights won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone, it was picked up by WBS’ Matt Kideny who had fended off a check from Rebels defenseman Seth Bergeron. Kidney would send the puck back to the point to Blake Kryska who took a slapshot that was redirected by Reed Robinson in the slot past Rebels goalie Eli Billing with 8:24 left in the opening period.

With 1:42 left in the period, the Rebels would find themselves in a situation they haven’t been in all season: they were trailing. Justin Engelkes would bring the puck into the Rebels zone and dumped it into the far side corner. The puck would come up along the boards where it was picked up by Robinson who passed it back to Kidney in the high slot. Kidney took a shot that was saved by Billing but the deep rebound came right back to Robinson who beat Billing blocker side to give the Knights a 2 – 1 lead going into the second period.

Carson Briere would knot the game at two just 2:25 into the middle stanza. With Patrick battling for the puck along the near side boards, it would come out to Bellant who skated towards the slot. He took a shot that was saved by Tomeo but it hit the goalie in the mask and the rebound came out to Briere who lifted the puck into the net for his first goal of the season.

Justin Smith’s second goal on the season would give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead with 6:26 left in the second. Bergeron would dump the puck deep inside the Knights zone where Adam Peck picked it up behind the net. He passed it up along the boards to Bellant who was looking for Patrick in the slot. The puck would come off Patrick’s stick and go back to the point to Smith who took a slapshot that beat Tomeo long side.

Briere would be called for holding with 5:48 remaining the second to give the Knights their fifth power play chance of the evening. This time they were able to convert. After the Knights won the ensuing draw inside the Rebels zone, Mike Morrissey would pick up the puck and bring it behind the Rebels net and pass it back to the point to Paul Cimilluca. Cimilluca would pass it back to Morrissey at the top of the circle and he passed it download to Mike Gelatt, who was at Billing’s blocker side. Gelatt would take a short side shot that was saved by Billing but the rebound came back to Gelatt who had skated to the top of the goal mouth and he put the puck into an open net to tie this seesaw game at three.

The second period ended in similar fashion as the first: the Knights scored with 1:34 left in the period to take a 4 – 3 lead. Gelatt would win the draw deep inside the Rebel zone. As the puck slid to the corner, Gelatt would outwork a Rebels’ defender along the boards and skated towards the net. As Gelatt went to the top of the crease he took a shot that beat Billing between his pads. It was Gelatt’s second goal of the game.

Patrick would tie it with his second goal of the game. With the Rebels on a delayed offside, the Knights tried to dump the puck high into the neutral zone but Kolby Vegara gloved it at his own blueline and skated through center ice. As Vegara skated into the Knights zone he passed it over to Patrick on his right. Patrick would take a backhand shot that beat Tomeo high, short side to make it a 4 – 4 game with 3:11 left in regulation.

The Rebels and Knights would then go into overtime. With now less than three minutes remaining in the extra period Moore would bring the puck behind his own net and start to skate out of his end. He sent a cross-ice pass up to DiMurro who brought the puck into the Knights zone on a 2 on 1 with Moore. As DiMurro got to the top of the faceoff circle he passed the puck over to Moore on his right. Moore would redirect the puck passed Tomeo high glove side to give the Rebels the 5 – 4 victory. It was the Rebels second overtime win of the season.

Tomeo stopped 27 of 32 shots he faced while Billing turned aside 17 of 21 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will conclude their five game homestand tonight at 6:20pm against the New Jersey Titans.

Rebels blank Tomahawks 2 – 0 to end regular season with 46 wins

The visiting Aston Rebels defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks last night 2 – 0 to conclude the 2016-17 regular season. The victory gave the Rebels 46 wins on the season, a 31% increase from the prior year for a team that went to the NAHL’s semi-finals.

The Rebels sat seven players plus their two regular goalies due to injuries. Head coach Joe Coombs rolled three lines and needed to play with two emergency goalies: Carter McPhail and Brooks DiMarino.

After a scoreless first period Aaron Maguyon put the Rebels on the board first with the eventual game winner. Michael Underwood dumped the puck deep inside the Tomahawks zone so the Rebels could make a line change. As a Johnstown defender retrieved the puck and sent a bounce pass off the boards it was intercepted right at the far side blueline by Carson Briere. Briere sent a feather pass up to Maguyon who went around a Tomahawks’ defenseman and took a shot that beat Vinnie Purpura short side to make it a 1 – 0 just 2:03 into the second period.

Briere, who had three points on the weekend, would play a prominent role in the Rebels second goal. After another block shot by a Rebels defenseman, the puck came out to Briere at his own nearside faceoff circle. Briere carried the puck all that way in the Johnstown zone and made a nifty pass from Purpura’s right to Adam Peck in the slot who redirected the puck passed Purpura for his sixth goal on the season with 5:03 remaining in the third period to make a 2 – 0 game.

The Rebels used stifling defense in front of McPhail to record the team’s seventeenth shutout on the season. McPhail turned aside all 19 shots he faced while Purpura stopped 23 of 25 shots. Click here for the box score.

The real season begins on Friday night when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knight visit IceWorks to begin a best of five, divisional semi-final series against the Rebels.

Photo Credit: The Rebels cannot thank Phil Andraychak enough for the great photos he has provided throughout the season while the Rebels are in Johnstown. Thank you Phil!

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 thrash Generals 10 – 1; Clinch tie for East Division Crown

The visiting Aston Rebels used four players who had two goals apiece to propel them to a 10 – 1 rout of the Northeast Generals. The win enabled the Rebels to clinch a tie for the East Division championship. A win tonight will give them their second straight regular season division crown.

This game was over in a hurry.

Drew Blackmun would get the Rebels on the board first. After battling for the puck in the Generals far side corner Andrew Bellant came out with it and took a shot that was saved by Northeast’s goalie Peter Ciccarelli. The deep rebound came back out to the point to Ryan Solomon. Solomon passed the puck down low to Bellant who had skated behind the Generals net. Bellant brought the puck up along the near side boards and he found an open Blackmun in the slot who beat Ciccarelli far side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 at the 6:46 mark of the first period.

Two minutes and nineteen seconds later the Rebels took a 2 – 0 lead.  Carson Briere picked up the puck in the Generals far side corner after Ginaluca Esteves had just won a faceoff. The Haddonfield native passed it behind the Generals net to Auggie Moore. Moore tried a wraparound that was saved by Ciccarelli but the rebound came out to Esteves who tucked in the rebound for his fourteenth goal on the season.

Esteves would give the Rebels a 3 – 0 with 7:46 remaining in the first period. The Generals had dumped the puck into the Rebels zone where Gvido Jansons gloved it, dropped it to the ice and passed it over to his left to Brennan Kapcheck. Kapcheck passed the puck up to Esteves who gained a burst of speed in the neutral zone. Esteves brought the puck up along the Generals far side boards and he then cut across the goal mouth and slid the puck behind Ciccarelli for his second goal of the game.

After the Generals’ Kyle Martin was called for roughing with 6:21 left in the period to put the Rebels on the power play, Kapcheck would make it a 4 – 0 game. Jansons would take a shot from the point that went just wide of Ciccarelli’s stick side. Kapcheck picked up the puck in the near side corner and passed it behind the net to Ryan Patrick. Patrick would skate the puck up around the far side circle and take a shot that was saved by Ciccarelli but Kapcheck entered the play and picked up the rebound and put it though Ciccarelli’s five hole for his fifteenth goal of the season with 5:12 remaining in the opening period.

As the Rebels dumped the puck deep inside the Generals zone, Bellant gave an extraordinary effort to prevent it from being an icing. He picked up the puck before it crossed the goalline and went behind the Northeast net. As he circled out he found Andrew Hart in the slot who beat Ciccarelli to make it a 5 – 0 game with 3:04 left in the period.

Blackmun, Esteves, Hart and Patrick had two goals apiece. In all, Patrick had four points on the night (2 goals and 2 assists), Bellant (3 assists), Blackmun (2 goals and 1 assist), and Moore (3 assists) had three points respectively.

The ten goals tied a team record for most goals in a game. The last time the Rebels did it was back on January 30, 2016 when they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 10 – 2.

Mareks Mitens stopped ten of eleven shots whild Ciccarelli turned aside 35 of 45 shots. Click here for the box score.

If the Rebels win tonight or Johnstown loses the Rebels will clinch the regular season East Division championship.