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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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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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Rebels vs. Tomahawks

This weekend the Rebels will make their second trip to Johnstown, PA. The previous meeting was the Tomahawks home opener weekend in which the Rebels spoiled the fun by winning the first game. It will be the best team in the league (Johnstown) versus the fifth best team in the league (Jamestown). The Rebels are coming off a sweep against the Maryland Black Bears and are also on a six-game point streak (one shy of season high), they have an overall record of 24-10-3-2 (53pts). As for the Tomahawks they were swept for the first time this season and lost their first back-to-back games since Sep. 20th-21st. They go into this weekend with an overall record of 33-6-0-1 (67pts). Johnstown leads the season series 3-2. Both of their losses came by a final of 4-1.

 

Blood In The Water:

It is shocking to say this but, Johnstown has been struggling these past two weeks. It started out with a weekend series versus last place Wilkes-Barre, in which both games the Tomahawks won in overtime. Then there was this past weekend which had the entire league stunned. The Northeast Generals swept the best team in the league. The Tomahawks lost the first game 2-1, then lost in a shootout the next night 5-4. While Johnstown was able to get a point out of the weekend, if they are finally starting to cool off now is the time for Jamestown to strike! Jamestown will face Johnstown a total of four times in the month of February. Each game will be crucial if the Rebels want to have a shot at winning the East when the regular season ends Apr. 6th. If the Rebels sweep Johnstown this weekend in regulation, they will only be five games back.

 

Special Teams:

The Johnstown Tomahawks have the third best power-play percentage in the league at 27.8%, as well as the third best penalty-kill percentage with an 85.5%. The Rebels rose in the power play rankings after this past weekend going 2/5, putting them in 15th with a 17.9% power-play unit. They are the second-best team in the league at killing penalties with a success rate of 85.8%. For the Rebels to have success this weekend on the road they must stay out of the box and if given a power play, they must capitalize on it.

 

Goaltending:

A main reason why these two teams have had consistent success throughout the season is their last line of defense. Goalies are the back bone of a hockey team and both teams are reaping the rewards for having such great goalies. Ryan Keane is 4-1-1 since the beginning of 2019 and has recorded two shutouts. In his final season of junior hockey, Keane is putting up better numbers than he did while in Philadelphia last season. His goals-against-average is a 1.83 which puts him in second overall for goalies and his save percentage is at .927%. If Noah West had enough minutes to be ranked for goalies, he would be somewhere near the top ten as he currently has a GAA of 2.38 with a SV% of .913%. Combined, West and Keane are 24-10-3-1 and have five shutouts this season. Johnstown has had plenty of success in between the pipes as well. Carter McPhail is ranked sixth overall for goalies, he has a 2.02 GAA and a .935 SV%. He is 19-3 on the season and two of his losses have come at the hands of the Rebels. His counterpart Cooper Lukenda has an overall record of 11-1-0-1, giving him a 2.73 GAA and a .907 SV%.

 

Players To Watch:

Rebels (F: #27- Alex Frye)

Frye has without a doubt been the biggest asset for the Rebels this season. He leads the team in goals (22), assists (17), and points (39). He is ranked 17th in the league for points. Alex has also just committed to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) to play NCAA Division 1 hockey. This is his final season of junior hockey and is making it one heck of a last ride. With 21 games left in the regular season for Jamestown, Frye will surely keep adding to his record setting season.

 

Tomahawks (F: #24 Samuel Solensky)

Solensky currently leads the league in points (64) and assists (42). Samuel is on an eight-game point streak (7g-13a) and holds the longest point streak of the season at 14, dating from Oct.27th-Dec.2nd.  He is committed to Bemidji State University, which is in the same conference Frye will be playing in (WCHA). Out of the five games against Jamestown, Solensky has three points (2g).

Rebels snap Tomahawks win streak, but could not sweep

A few days ago, the Rebels hosted the Johnstown Tomahawks. It was a battle between first and second place in the East Division. Going into the weekend the Tomahawks were on a 17-game win streak trying to get to the record at 24 set last year by Fairbanks. Whereas the Rebels were looking to extend their point streak to seven. Also, the Rebels were just one point ahead of the Titans, so they needed to play their best hockey of the season if they wanted to stay in the top two.

On Friday, the Tomahawks started Carter McPhail. While he is Johnstown’s best net-minder posting the fourth best goals-against-average in the league with a 1.98. His only blemish on his record came from the Rebels back on Oct. 5th when they won 4–1. Since then he has won 12 straight starts and was looking to get revenge on the Rebels once the puck was dropped. Opposite of him was Ryan Keane who has been stellar for the Rebels lately riding three-straight wins. He is also two spots behind McPhail for goals-against-average with a 2.06. Not only do the Tomahawks have some great goaltending but they also are the best power-play team in the league, so staying out of the box over the weekend was key for the Rebels if they wanted to win. Friday marked the first ever Teddy Bear Toss for the Rebels and they did not expect it to come so early. As just 1:36 into the hockey game Alex Frye scored unleashing hundreds of stuffed animals in front of a record-setting attendance of 1,153. The Tomahawks would answer though a little later right after they got done killing a penalty. Towards the end of the first period Jake Felker scored to give his team the lead again and the score would remain 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play. Jake Felker wasted no time picking up where he left off in the first as he scored his second goal of the game just :32 seconds into the middle period. The Rebels held that lead until there was almost 13 minutes left in the third, then Sam Anzai scored to put the Rebels up by three. The Tomahawks were not able to put up any more goals as the final horn sounded, ending their remarkable win streak at 17. The Rebels extended their point-streak to seven games and evened the season series at 2–2. Ryan Keane also got his fourth straight win as a starter and what is even more impressive is that even though the Tomahawks had the best power play in the league, they went 0/5 on the man-advantage. That has not happened to them since they played New Jersey back on Nov. 16th when they went 0/6. With Alex Frye scoring on Friday he extended his point streak to nine games (9G, 6A).

The next night, the Rebels were riding a huge high as they looked to get their first sweep over the best team in the league. Both teams made changes to their goalies as it was Cooper Lukenda for the Tomahawks and Noah West for the Rebels. Lukenda came in with a record of 6–1 and on a five-game winning streak. Whereas Noah West had not lost in regulation since Oct. 13th, putting him in 13th overall for GAA with 2.47. Antonio Venuto got things going early for the Rebels as not even five minutes into the game he scored to put them up 1–0. It was not until past the half-way point in the first when Johnstown would find the back of the net to tie things up. The score would remain 1–1 until there was about 12 minutes left in the second when Alex Roy scored on a slap shot from the right point on the power play to give the Rebels the lead once again. That was also his first NAHL goal! In the late stages of the middle period the Tomahawks were able to tie the game again as they recorded their first power-play goal of the weekend. The score would remain tied 2–2 after 40 minutes of play. Although it did not stay tied for long as only a minute had passed in the third period when Johnstown scored to give them their first lead of the weekend. The Rebels tried everything they could to answer, even pulling West towards the end of the game to give them the extra attacker. Unfortunately, it would not be successful as the score read 3-2 Tomahawks after 60 minutes.

The Tomahawks were back in the win column and the Rebels received their first regulation loss since Nov. 10th. Johnstown improves to 25-5 (50PTS), whereas the Rebels are now 15-9-2-1 (33PTS). With the Rebels not gaining three or four points over the weekend they were in jeopardy of falling back down to third place had New Jersey swept Maryland. Luckily for the Rebels, the Black Bears won on Sunday by a final of 4–2. With New Jersey losing their record is now 16-12 (32PTS) and they still sit one point behind Jamestown. The Rebels are heading to Scranton, PA this weekend to face the Knights. The Rebels play Wilkes-Barre six out of their next eight games and they currently lead the season series 4–0, so there is a lot of confidence heading into this weekend to try and get a third sweep over the Knights. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.

Tonight’s Match-up

Tonight, your Rebels will go head-to-head against the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Tomahawks are riding a seven-game winning streak and do not seem to be slowing down. During their extensive win streak, they have put up 33GF and have only allowed 16GA. These two teams have only met twice this season back on October 5th and 6th, when they split the weekend and the Rebels took the first game which was Johnstown’s home opener. Since then the Tomahawks have only lost one game and that was to Maryland on October 12th by a score of 3-2. The net-minder that played in that game is no longer with the Tomahawks and after that game is when their streak began. Now the Rebels sitting in third place must play the best team in the league.
While these two teams won’t face each other again until December 7th there is still a lot on the line for both teams. For the Rebels it is mainly about getting back on a winning streak themselves, as their three-game winning streak was snapped after losing in overtime to the Black Bears this past Saturday. Since this is the only game being played tonight in the league, the Rebels will not fall any spots in the division if they lose but if they win, they will be within four points of second place New Jersey. A win tonight will also give the Rebels confidence going into their homes games this weekend against the Northeast Generals who currently sit in fifth place in the East.
As for the Tomahawks they currently have the longest winning streak in the league and are not looking to let that end tonight. A big reason to their success is that their top five players have a combined 106 points (39G, 67A). To put that in perspective the Rebels top five players have a combined 44 points (21G, 23A). Not only have their sticks been on fire but so has their net-minding. Their top goalie Carter McPhail is the third best goalie in the league and his only loss is to the Rebels back on October 5th, since then he won four games and lost zero. He has only given up seven goals and has made a total of 133 saves in just those four games. The other goalie for Tomahawks is Cooper Lukenda who has not lost a start since September 20th. In his past three starts he is 3-0 allowing only nine goals and totaling for 103 saves.
Regardless of who the Tomahawks put in-between the pipes the Rebels will have to put up a lot of shots if they want to get the full two points. The Rebels have beat this team before but when they did the Tomahawks were not on a seven-game winning streak. While this is a crucial game tonight for the Rebels in hopes of climbing up the East Division ladder they do not want to get too banged up as the Northeast Generals are coming to Jamestown, NY this weekend. With a possible six points on the line for the Rebels it is important they come out strong tonight and get the early lead and do not look back. As the Tomahawks are undefeated when leading after the first and second period which only makes it that more important for the Rebels to score first tonight.

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!