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PLAYOFFS ARE HERE!!!

No. 2 Jamestown Rebels (35-17-5-3, 78pts) vs. No. 3 New Jersey Titans (31-26-3, 65pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 7-3-1-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 56pts, Frye (30g-26a)

NJT: 59pts, Naumovski (16g-43a)

 

THE PLAYOFFS ARE HERE:

This weekend, the best-of-five series kicks off with Games 1 & 2 being played at the Northwest Arena, home of the Jamestown Rebels. The Titans and Rebels have faced each other 12 times during the regular season, with Jamestown having the favorable edge in the series. The Rebels have tallied 35 goals for and allowed 23 during their regular season series versus the Titans. Jamestown has shutout New Jersey twice during the regular season, once on Dec. 2nd (4-0), and then again on Jan. 19th (2-0). Although, the very last meeting between these two East Division foes was a shutout in favor of the Titans, their only shutout over the Rebels all season. Both shutouts for the Rebels came while Ryan Keane was in net, stopping a combined 63 shots. The Rebels have not missed the post-season in their franchise’s history, dating back to 08-09 when they were founded as the Wenatchee Wild. New Jersey has qualified for the playoffs each season they have been in Middletown. The furthest they have ever made it was the Div. Finals in 2016-17 where they lost to the Rebels, 3-2.

 

MOMENTUM IS KEY:

Both teams were able to win their final game of the regular season. The Rebels split the weekend series with the regular season champions, Johnstown Tomahawks. As for the Titans they won in overtime against the Northeast Generals to earn themselves a split weekend as well. New Jersey ended the regular season with a 4-1 record in their previous five games. Whereas the Rebels posted a record of 2-3 in their last five contests. Good news though for the Rebels is that players are getting back to 100% after being out for a few games. They have also had New Jersey’s number as the Titans have not won by more than a goal since game two of the Rebels home opening weekend, 6-3. Winning the first playoff game can go a long way into instilling confidence within the team and the fact that the first two games will be on home ice gives the Rebels that extra edge.

 

BETWEEN THE PIPES:

Goaltending for the Rebels have been one area in which they have dominated all season. They currently have the 2nd best goalie in the league (Ryan Keane) along with the 8th best (Noah West). New Jersey has had trouble all season with finding consistency in the net. Their go to guy is Brandon Perrone, who finished the regular season with a 16-16-2 record and a 3.18 goals-against-average. To put that in perspective, Ryan Keane’s season record is 23-10-1-1 and he finished with a 1.81GAA. Noah West finished the 2018-19 regular season with an overall record of 12-7-4-1 and a 2.29GAA. The Rebels are one of only three teams to have both goalies ranked in the top-ten for GAA (Lone Star, Amarillo).

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #22 – Jim Glynn)

The franchise record holder for the longest point streak (12) has over doubled his points from last year (15) and has played in the same amount of games (53). Glynn is 3rd on the team in scoring with 33 points (9g-24a). His 24 assists are tied for second-most on the team with UNO commit Alex Roy. The Lemont, IL native played in eight playoff games last season scoring two goals and helping on another. The 19-year-old finished the regular season tied for 3rd in +/- with 24. In his ten games played against the Titans, Glynn is averaging a point-per-game (1g-9a).

 

TITANS (F: #26 – Mitch Machlitt)

Machlitt was acquired by the New Jersey Titans when the calendar turned to 2019. Making it his fourth NAHL team he has played for. What is even more remarkable is that he has played in each division. The Maple Grove, MN native started his NAHL career with the Minnesota Magicians in 2016-17. After playing in Sweden the following season, Machlitt came back to the NAHL where he has spent this season bouncing from one team to another. He started this season by playing 15 games for the Aberdeen Wings and then was sent to the Corpus Christi IceRays where he played nine games. Machlitt has played in 48 games this season across three teams, totaling 13 goals and 20 assists. His 33 points puts him 5th on the Titans roster in scoring. The Army commit has played in 8 of the 12 games between New Jersey and Jamestown, picking up three points along the way (1g-2a).

SWEEP SWEEP

This past weekend the Rebels hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights for the second set of home games at the Northwest Arena. This match-up between two East Division rivals was surely not going to disappoint as they were tied for fourth place in the division. The Rebels came into this past weekend having went to a shootout both nights in Maryland the weekend before. As for the WBS Knights they came to Jamestown, New York riding a three-game losing streak with hopes of snapping it Friday night.
The first game of the weekend looked a little different for a few reasons. For starters, the power play for the Rebels got off to a great start thanks in part by a goal scored by Nick Stuckless just 2:09 into the first period. Another reason it looked different was because the Rebels brought in four new players leading up to this past weekend, three of them got the chance to play over the weekend and sure did turn a lot of heads. With under a minute to go in the first period it was the newly acquired Yuri Davis-Martel that gave the Rebels the 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. Prior to coming to Jamestown, Davis-Martel played four games for the Corpus Christi IceRays, he did not record a single point during his time there. With Yuri scoring that late goal it gave the Rebels a lot of momentum that carried over into the middle period as Auggie Moore scored almost four minutes into the period. Another newly acquired player to make his presence felt early was Colin Schmidt. The 18-year-old Minnesota commit was sent from the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL to the Rebels in hopes that he is the missing piece the Rebels needed. He ended up scoring and getting an assist in his first 40 minutes as a Rebel. With now a 4-1 lead heading into the final period of regulation it was just a matter of holding off the Knights for 20 minutes. The pressure for the Knights sure did increase as time was ticking away but they would not be able to cut the lead in half as the horn sounded giving the Rebels the first win of the weekend.
On Saturday the Knights were now on a four-game losing streak and in jeopardy of falling to fifth place. Whereas the Rebels had a chance at their first week end sweep of the season and jumping into third place, if the Black Bears lost to the Titans. The second game started out a lot better for the Knights than it did the day before as they scored just over halfway through the first period to give them their first lead of the weekend. They would hold that 1-0 lead until just about the 15-minute mark of the second, when Noah Finstrom would score to tie the game up. The remainder of the second period was very much a back and forth type game as neither team recorded double digit shots. In the third period though the Rebels found a sense of urgency as they wanted to give their fans a weekend to remember, so with just shy of seven minutes left to go in regulation it was Alex Frye who found the back of the net giving the Rebels their first weekend sweep. Ryan Keane also started both games and stopped a total of 36 shots giving him his third straight win. They also received some help from the Titans over the weekend as they swept the Black Bears allowing the Rebels to claim sole possession of third place. This weekend the Rebels go back to Odenton, Maryland in hopes to keep climbing up the East Division table.