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Rebels defenseman DiMurro named to NAHL’s East Division’s All-Rookie Team

The North American Hockey League announced its All-Rookie Teams for the 2017-18 season, as voted upon and selected by the league’s 23 head coaches. The NAHL has also named All-Rookie Teams in each of the four divisions, and Rebels defenseman Diarmad DiMurro was named one of two defensemen for the East Division’s all-rookie team.

The 5’9”, 167 lb. defenseman from Highland Mills, NY had twenty-eight points (4 goals and 24 assists) in forty-nine regular season games. He had a +/- ratio of +13. He was second among the team’s defensemen in total points and +/-.

The Dartmouth commit was recognized four times throughout the regular season: honorable mention for defenseman of the month for September and October and honorable mention for weeks ending October 8 and November 5.

Zerban’s goal in triple overtime gives Rebels 4 – 3 win and forces game five

Jensen Zerban scored 5:29 into triple overtime to give the visiting Philadelphia Rebels a 4 – 3 win over the Northeast Generals to force a fifth and deciding game in the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series.

The Generals took a 1 – 0 lead with 7:25 left in the first period on Louis Bourdon’s first goal of the series.

Colin Bilek would gain the line and dump the puck into the Rebels far side corner where Jeff Skinner picked it up at the faceoff dot. Skinner made a nice pass to an open Bourdon in the slot and he walked in all alone on Rebels goalie Ryan Keane and beat him through the five hole to make it 1 – 0.

With 3:15 left in the opening period, Rebels defenseman Bryant Gunn was called for interference to give Northeast the extra attacker. As time was winding down with the man advantage, the Generals would score their first powerplay goal of the series.

Matt Demelis started to set up the play when he sent a pass to Skinner in the near side corner. Skinner sent a return pass to Demelis back at the point. As Demelis started to skate towards his left, he circled and cut in the zone towards the Rebels net. As he started to cut across the slot, Demelis took a shot that beat Keane long side to give the Generals a 2 – 0 lead.

After trailing by two going into the second period, the Rebels scored three unanswered goals.

Kolby Vegara dumped the puck in the neutral zone where it was picked up by Northeast’s Michael Higgins.  The Generals defenseman went to put the puck back into the offensive zone but it was intercepted by Adam Peck who passed it up to Eric Olson along the near side boards. As Olson reached the top of the circle he took a shot that was tipped by Brandon Stanley in the slot past Northeast goalie David Fessenden to cut the Generals lead in half with 5:24 into the second.

The Rebels would even the score with 6:42 left in the middle period.

Stanley had the puck down low and took a sharp angle shot that Fessenden saved but the puck went up high into the air. As the biscuit hit the ice Stanley was able to circle around the net and pick up his own rebound. He skated towards the near side faceoff circle and took a wrister that was saved by Fessenden but Olson tucked in the rebound past the fallen Northeast netminder.

As the Generals went to set up in their own zone, the puck would go into the near side corner where Alex Frye won the battle for the loose puck and he sent it back to Diarmad DiMurro. The Rebels defenseman took a shot from the point that went wide but it hit the end boards and took a crazy bounce right out to Frye who was to the left of Fessenden and he poked in the rebound with 3:40 left in the second to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead.

The Generals would tie it with 3:07 remaining in regulation.

Skinner would win the battle for the puck in the near side corner. As he skated towards the faceoff dot, he took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Keane but Bilek would poke the puck past him to make it a 3 – 3 game.

After playing two overtime periods highlighted with several key saves by Fessenden and Keane, Zerban would become the hero in the third overtime period.

Aaron Maguyon would pick up the loose puck at the top of the near side faceoff circle and pass it up to Ryan Patrick. As Patrick gained the line in the offensive zone, he passed the puck over to Zerban on his left. As Zerban skated towards the net, he deked towards his right and beat Fessenden short side to win the game.

Both goalies played exceptionally well. Keane stopped 50 of 53 shots while Fessenden turned aside 54 of 58. Click here for the box score.

The fifth and deciding game will be played on Saturday, April 21 at 8:05pm at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA.

Peterson’s two goals lift Rebels to 5 – 1 rout of Generals to even series

Forward Konur Peterson scored two goals to help propel the Rebels to a 5 – 1 rout over the visiting Northeast Generals to even the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series at one game apiece.

In arguably their best game of the season, the Rebels dominated the game from the initial drop of the puck until the siren sounded to end the game.

After having to postpone Saturday night’s game due to poor ice conditions at the Class of 1923 Arena, the two teams played at the Rebels original home rink for two years at the IceWorks skating complex.

The Rebels would take an early 1 – 0 lead on Peterson’s first goal of the game.

Diarmad DiMurro would dump the puck deep in the offensive zone where was it picked up by Northeast defenseman Joseph Nagle behind his own net. As Nagle started to skate up along the end board he sent a return pass to Luke Perunovich who was to the left of Generals goalie David Fessenden.  Nagle went to make a cross-ice centering pass but it was intercepted by Alex Frey who immediately took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but the puck trickled through his legs and Peterson tapped it into an open net to make it a 1 – 0 game just 3:11 into the first period.

The Generals would tie it just 4:13 later.

Perunovich would bring the puck out of his own end through center ice. As he entered the Rebels zone he was taken off the puck by Bryant Gunn. As Gunn went to break up the ice he lost an edge and Matt Demelis would strip him of the puck. Demelis would deke around Rebels goalie Ryan Keane’s glove side and backhanded the biscuit into the back of the net to make it a 1 – 1 game.

After Frye was called for high sticking at the 9:14 mark, Northeast forward Alex Cohen was called for slashing a minute and a half later to make it 4 on 4 hockey. When Frye’s penalty expired, the Rebels had their first powerplay of the post season.

Jensen Zerban would take a shot from the top of the near side faceoff circle that was block by a Northeast defender and DiMurro would pick up the loose puck and send it back to Kolby Vegara at the point. Vegara took a snapshot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Zerban who was to the right of Fessenden and Zerban drilled it past the fallen Generals netminder to put the Rebels back on top with 7:26 left in the first period.

Thirty-one seconds later Peterson would give the Rebels a two-goal lead.

Peterson would dump the puck around the Generals end board where Fessenden came out to intercept it. Fessenden would send a bounce pass high off the boards but Carson Moniz gloved it down and passed it over to Nico Appendino on his left. Appendino took a clapper that was redirected by Peterson out front and passed Fessenden to make it a 3 – 1 game.

With 1:23 left in the opening period, Matthew Wiesner was called for tripping to put the Rebels back on the powerplay. Eric Olson would make it 4 – 1 Rebels with seventeen seconds remaining in the first.

After Frye won the draw deep inside the Generals zone, the puck would go back to Moniz at the point. Moniz would pass it over to Appendino who walked the line towards his right and passed to Ryan Patrick at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Patrick took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but Olson tapped in the rebound to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

Brandon Stanley would finish the scoring just twenty-six seconds into the second period.

As the Generals tried to bring the puck through the neutral zone, a Northeast defender was stripped of the puck by Stanley who raced down the near side boards. As Stanley skated towards the faceoff dot he took a wrist shot that beat Fessenden long side to make it a 5 – 1 game. Fessenden was pulled for Marko Sturma.

Keane, who was very sharp, stopped 24 of 25 shots while Fessenden and Sturma combined to turn aside 22 of 27. Click here for the box score.

The series now moves to the New England Sports Village where games three and four will be played on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Rebels lose 4 – 3 to Generals in shootout

The Northeast Generals defeated the Philadelphia Rebels 4 – 3 in a shootout last night which enabled the visitors from Massachusetts to take two out of three games this weekend between the two teams. It was the Rebels fourth loss in their last five games.

The Rebels would open the scoring on Ryan Patrick’s twentieth goal on the season.

Konur Peterson picked up the loose puck behind the Generals net and passed it back to Patrick along the far side boards. Patrick immediately sent a touch pass back to Diarmad DiMurro who in turn sent it over to Carson Moniz on his left. Moniz stepped up and took a snapshot the was saved by Generals netminder Marko Sturma but the rebound came right out to Patrick who put it past Sturma to give the Rebels the 1- 0 with 6:09 into the opening period.

Three minutes later Austin Martz would score his first goal of the season.

Aaron Maguyon would gain the line and send the puck into the Generals zone where it was picked up by Jimmy Glynn behind Northeast’s net. As Glynn started to skate towards the faceoff circle he passed the puck up to Martz. The Shaler, PA native turned and took a high wrister that beat Sturma short side to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 lead.

Sturma was replaced by David Fessenden after allowing two goals on four shots.

The Generals would cut the Rebels lead in half with 9:14 into the second period. Adam Cohen had the puck down low to the right side of Eli Billing. Cohen passed it out to Ryan Rowland in the slot and Rowland took a shot that was saved by Billing but the rebound went to the end boards. Sviatoslov Kuchynski would pick up the loose puck at the goal line and take a sharp angle shot that went off Billing’s blocker and into the back of the net to make it a 2 – 1 game.

Twenty-eight seconds later the Generals would tie the game.

After Martz picked up the puck in the neutral zone he went to dump the puck into the offensive zone for a line change but the puck bounced off a Northeast player onto Trent Harsma’s stick. Harsma skated in all along on a breakaway towards Billing. As Harsma got to the top of the crease he made a spin move and tucked the puck long side past Billing to make 2 – 2.

With 8:24 left in the middle period Northeast’s forward Brian Chambers was called for checking from behind to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Eight seconds later Brandon Stanley put the Rebels back in front.

After the ensuing faceoff was won by Jensen Zerban, the puck went back to DiMurro at the near side point. DiMurro would pass it over to Kolby Vegara on his left and Vegara took a slapshot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came loose and Stanley shot it past Fessenden for his eighteenth goal on the season.

As time was winding down in the third, Northeast forward Matt Demelis took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Billing. As the puck bounced off his pads, Vegara dove to push the puck towards the boards but it went back to the nearside blueline to Joseph Nagle. The Generals defenseman would pass it up to Demelis at the top of the faceoff circle and he looked to his right and found Brady Gaudette breaking towards the net. Gaudette took a wrist shot that beat Billing glove side to tie the game with 5:16 left in the third.

After regulation ended, the two teams played a scoreless overtime period to send the game to a shootout. Generals defenseman Ryan Bogan would score the only goal in the shootout to give Northeast the 4 – 3 win.

Billing would turn aside 25 of 28 shots while Sturma and Fessenden stopped 39 of 42. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will close out their last home game of the regular season on Wednesday at 3:05pm against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Knights win 4 – 2 and repel Rebels comeback

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights held off a Rebels third period rally to win 4 – 2 in the last regular season game between the two teams this year at the Revolution Ice Centre. The loss also prevented Philadelphia from clinching their third straight East Division championship.

The Rebels controlled the play for most of the first period having outshot the Knights 13 – 4. Then with 6:35 remaining WBS forward Mike Gelatt gave the Knights a 1 – 0 lead with only their fifth shot on goal in the period.

After a long line shift Michael Morrissey would dump the puck into the Rebels zone where goalie Eli Billing went to play the puck behind his own net despite being pressured. Billing would send a hurried pass behind him to Bryant Gunn who was fought off by Jack Olmstead. Olmstead looked up and found Morrissey wide open in the slot and he one-timed it passed Billing to make it a 1 – 0 game.

The Knights would take a 2 – 0 with forty-one seconds left in the period.

Nico Appendino would skate up the puck up the ice and tried to send a stretch pass to Eric Olson but it went too far and it was picked up by Knights defenseman Thomas Farrell at the near side boards. He passed it up to Tyrone Bronte who skated into the Rebels zone without being challenged. Bronte would skate around the Rebels net and he beat Billing with a wraparound goal for his eleventh on the season.

Just forty-one seconds into the second period Jensen Zerban was called for slashing to put the Rebels on the penalty kill. Fifteen seconds later Olson cut the Knights lead in half.

After the Knights won the ensuing draw inside the Rebels zone, Blake Kryska picked up the puck and started to skate down low to set up the play. He went to pass the puck back to Farrell at the point but it was intercepted by Olson. Olson would skate down the ice and enter the Knights zone on a two-on-one with Auggie Moore. Olson would move slightly towards his right and took a wrist shot that beat Christian Stoever down low to make it a 2 – 1 game. It was the Rebels fourth shorthanded goal on the season.

The Knights would take a two-goal lead again with 7:12 into the third.

With the teams battling behind the Knights net the puck would skirt out to WBS defenseman Shay Donovan who would passed it up along the near side boards to Lincoln Hatten. Hatten would send a bounce pass off the boards to himself and he entered the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Reed Robinson on his left. As Hatten skated to the top of the circle, he sent a cross-ice pass to Robinson who redirected the puck into a wide-open net for his nineteenth goal on the season.

Knights forward Gabe Temple was called for elbowing with 7:23 left in third to give the Rebels the man advantage. A minute later Zerban would cut the Knights lead in half.

With Aaron Maguyon battling for the puck along the near side boards it was picked up by Zerban who sent it back to Diarmad DiMurro at the point. DiMurro would pass it over to Carson Moniz who skated towards the net and took a shot that was saved by Stoever but the deep rebound came right back to Maguyon. The Egg Harbor Twp native took a shot that was blocked out in front but the puck came right out to Zerban who put it past the fallen Knights netminder to make it a 3 – 2 game with 6:24 remaining.

Fifteen seconds later the Rebels had a chance to tie it.

After Chase Hamstad won the draw deep inside the Knights zone, Ryan Patrick picked up the puck down low and started to skate around the far side faceoff circle. The Rebels captain found Noah Finstrom wide open in the slot and the rookie took a shot that hit the post and the visitors were denied from tying the game.

The Knights would add an empty net goal to close out the scoring.

Billing stopped 33 of 36 shots he faced while Stoever turned aside 37 of 39. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels and New Jersey Titans will play an afternoon game tomorrow at the Class of 1923 Arena with a 3:05pm puck drop. Should the Knights beat the Titans tonight or the Rebels beat the Titans tomorrow the Rebels will win their third straight regular season East Division championship.

Four goal first leads Rebels to 7 – 3 win over Knights

The Rebels scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7 – 3 road win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. With the victory, the Rebels are now two points shy of clinching their third straight regular season East Division championship.

Aaron Maguyon and Carson Moniz each had two goals and Diarmad DiMurro had three points (all assists) in the contest.

Brandon Stanley got the Rebels on the board first just 1:13 into the game for his sixteenth goal on the season.

Knights defenseman Anthony Firriolo would dump the puck into the Rebels near side corner where it was retrieved by Seth Bergeron who wrapped it along the boards up to Jimmy Glynn. Glynn would enter the Knights zone along the far side boards and passed the puck to Stanley in the high slot. Stanley took a wrister that beat WBS goalie David Tomeo high stick side to make it a 1- 0 game.

Bergeron was called for tripping at the 5:28 mark of the opening period to give the Knights the extra attacker. Thirty-nine seconds later the Knights would tie the game.

Knights forward Michael Morrissey would bring the puck up along the far side boards into the Rebels zone. As he skated to the top of the circle he reversed and send the puck back to Thomas Ferrall at the point. Ferrall sent a return pass to Morrissey at the circle and the Bethlehem, PA native took a shot that was saved by Rebels goalie Ryan Keane but the rebound came right out to Blake Kryska who redirected it past Keane to even the score at one.

WBS forward Lincoln Hatten was called for slashing at 6:24 to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Entering today’s game, the Rebels led the league with the extra attacker converting 31% of their chances. Moniz would give the Rebels the lead and their first of three man-advantage goals.

Nico Appendino would set up the play at the top of the far side blue line. He would pass the puck to Moniz on his left. Moniz would send a cross-ice pass over to Ryan Patrick at the top of the circle. Patrick would pass it down low to Alex Frye who was to the left of Tomeo. Frye would start to skate forward, turned and took a shot that Tomeo saved with his blocker but a huge rebound came out to Moniz who took a snapshot that beat Tomeo short side to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead.

A little over two minutes later Maguyon would make it a 3 – 1 game with his first goal of the game.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside the Knights zone the puck would go back to Moniz at the far side point. Moniz would pass it up to Patrick at the top of the circle. The Rebels captain took a shot that Maguyon redirected out front passed Tomeo for his twenty-first goal on the season.

The Rebels would make it a 4 – 1 game with 8:31 in the first on Auggie Moore’s tenth goal on the season.

Eric Olson won the draw in the Knights and the puck went to the near side boards where it was picked up by Moore. The Edina, MN native looked up and shot the puck that found its way through a screen past Tomeo long side to give the Rebels a three-goal lead.

The Knights would cut the Rebels lead in half with 5:20 left in the opening period.

Curtis Carlson would intercept the puck at center ice and dump it towards the end boards where it was picked up by Lincoln Hatten. Hatten would bounce the puck off the end boards to Carlson who was to the left of Keane. Carlson took a sharp angle shot that was save by Keane but the rebound came right back to Carslon who lifted it past Keane short-side to make it a 4 – 2 game.

Although the Rebels entered the second period with a 4 – 2 lead, the Knight applied a full assault. They outshot the Rebels 19 – 8 in the middle period but two of the Rebels shots found their way to the back of the net.

Luke Robinson was called for holding with 6:03 into the second. Nineteen seconds later the Rebels would score their second powerplay goal on the evening.

As the Knights tried to clear the puck it was kept in the zone by DiMurro at the far side point. He would pass it up to Zerban at the top of the faceoff circle. Zerban would pass it down to Maguyon who at the bottom of the circle. Maguyon started to skate around the circle and as he cut to the faceoff dot he took a sharp angle shot that beat Tomeo to make it 5 – 2 Rebels for Maguyon’s second goal of the game.

Tomeo was then pulled in favor of Christian Stoever.

Affiliate player Chase Hamstad would score his first junior goal of his career to give the Rebels a 6 – 2 lead with 4:57 left in the second.

Bryant Gunn would send the puck into the Knights zone where Hamstad picked up the puck in the Knights zone along the far side boards. The rookie took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Stoever and the rebound bounced high off the end boards and came out to DiMurro at the near side circle. DiMurro took a snap shot the was redirected by Hamstad at the top of the crease past Stoever to give the Rebels a commanding four goal lead.

The Knights and Rebels would exchange goals in the third. Carlson would score his second goal of the game to make it 6 – 3 but Moniz scored with a one second left in the game to close out the scoring at 7 – 3.

Keane turned aside 42 of 45 shots while Tomeo and Stoever combined to save 28 of 35 shots they faced. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will be back at it tomorrow night at 7:30pm at the Revolution Ice Center. Should the Rebels win it will be the first time in team history that they clinched a regular season division championship on the road.

Perrone steals game for Titans in 4 – 2 win over Rebels

Sometimes a goalie is called upon to steal a game for his team during the season. And last night Brandon Perrone did just that. Having to make several key saves throughout, Perrone stopped 20 of 22 shots he faced to backstop the visiting New Jersey Titans to a 4 – 2 win over the Rebels.

Perrone entered last night’s game possessing a 2.66 goals against average and .923 save percentage in seven contests against the Rebels this season.  The first period alone Perrone made the difference.

The Rebels outplayed the Titans in the first period outshooting them 10 – 4 but Perrone had to make several point blank saves to keep the game scoreless entering the second period.

The Titans would get on the board first with 5:29 in the middle stanza on Kyler Head’s fifth goal on the season. Hunter Alden would bring the puck out of his own zone and through center ice into the Rebels zone. As he crossed the blueline he was knocked off the puck by Alex Frye. While falling, Alden sent a short touch pass to Kyle Jeffers, who spun around and left a drop pass to Head. As Head skated to the top of the slot he rifled a wrist shot that beat Rebels goalie Eli Billing high glove side to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

It was the first time in over 85 minutes that Billing had allowed a goal.

Exactly one minute after the Titans had broken the ice they would double their lead. Billing would make a point blank save off of Spencer Stanley but Stanley picked up his own rebound and went behind the Rebels net. As he tried to pass the puck around the far side boards it hit the referee and bounced onto the stick of Nick Boyagian. Boyagain would make a quick turnaround move at the top of the faceoff circle and took a shot that hit the far post and bounced into the net past Billing to make it 2 – 0 Titans.

The Titans would make it 3 – 0 with 9:17 left in the second. Andrew Husted would pick up the puck deep inside his zone and pass it up to Justin Bofshever on his right. As Bofshever entered the neutral zone he sent a cross-ice pass to Chris Garbe. The Titans forward took a long, low shot that Billing had to make a left pad save but the rebound came out directly to Bofshever who put it past the Rebels fallen netminder for his second goal on the season.

Tate Singleton took down Rebels defenseman Seth Bergeron to give the Rebels their second man advantage of the game. Diarmad DiMurro would set up the play with the puck at the top of the far side point. DiMurro passed it up to Auggie Moore at the top of the faceoff circle and passed it down low to Jimmy Glynn who was to the right of Perrone. Glynn took a sharp angle shot that hit the far side post and bounce in the net to make it a 3 – 1 game with 7:19 left in the period.

The Rebels would start the third period on the powerplay after Singleton was assessed a holding penalty as time ran out in the second.

It was Glynn again who would cut the Titans lead in half. Glynn would bring the puck into the Titans zone along the near side boards. He sent a saucer pass over to Frye who took a wrister that Perrone had to make a right-pad save but the rebound came directly out to Glynn who put the puck into the back of the net just 1:04 into the final period for his sixth goal on the season.

The Rebels valiant comeback would fall short as Gavin Gulash scored an empty net goal with twenty-six seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Billing, who made a critical glove save which prevented the Rebels from going down 4 – 0, stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced. Click here for the box score.

These two teams will be back at it tonight for the second game of the home-and-home series at Middletown’s Ice World.

Rebels and Billing blank Titans 3 – 0

Goaltender Eli Billing turned aside all twenty-seven shot he faced as the Rebels defeated the visiting New Jersey Titans in today’s Presidents Day matinee. It was Philadelphia’s fourth consecutive win, and the victory grew their lead in the East Division by seventeen points over second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Brandon Stanley had a two-goal game.

New Jersey’s Matthew Cameron was called for holding at the 4:38 mark of the first period to give the Rebels the man advantage. Luke Radetic would pick up the puck along the Titans near side boards and send it back to Diarmad DiMurro at the point. DiMurro would start to walk the link and then sent a return pass back to Radetic at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Radetic spun and sent a backhanded shot on net that was tipped by a Titans defender but Stanley was in the slot and redirected the rebound past New Jersey goaltender Matthew Ladd to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 at 5:13 into the period.

The Rebels would double their lead on Ryan Patrick’s sixteenth goal on the season with 2:36 left in the first.

Eric Olson would take a shot in close that was saved by Ladd but the rebound went into the near side corner where it was picked up Patrick. The Rebels captain would bring the puck up along the boards and skate towards the top of the slot. As he skated to the far side faceoff circle he took a shot that found its way through a screen and past Ladd to make it a 2 – 0 game.

After a scoreless second period, Stanley would score his second goal of the game with 6:20 into the third period with an outstanding display of hustle. Carson Moniz would pick up the loose puck off the boards in his own zone and send a long lob pass into the Titans zone. As the puck reached the top of the faceoff circle Stanley was able to pick up the puck and skated towards the net. He cut across the goalmouth and tucked a backhander through Ladd’s five-hole to close out the scoring at 3 – 0.

It was Billing’s second shutout on the season. Ladd turned aside 23 of 26 shots. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will be back at it again this weekend in a home-and-home series.

Powerplay propels Rebels to 3 – 2 victory over Generals

The Rebels entered last night’s game with the best powerplay unit in the North American Hockey League. The home team took advantage of that ranking by scoring two, second period powerplay goals which propelled them to a 3 – 2 victory over the visiting Northeast Generals.

The Rebels would open the scoring early in the second period on Jimmy Glynn’s fourth goal on the season.  After he intercepted a pass at center ice, Glynn lost an edge as he entered the Generals zone. As he was falling down, Glynn was able to leave a drop pass to Peter Zhong who started to skate towards the far side boards. As Zhong skated around the faceoff circle he sent a pass out front to Glynn who redirected the puck pass Northeast goalie David Fessenden to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead just 2:31 into the period.

The Generals would tie it a minute and sixteen seconds later on Matt Demelis’ eleventh goal on the season. After Demelis won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone, the puck would go back to Brain Chambers at the point. Chambers would keep it in the zone and send it up along the near side boards to Shawn Montgomery, who threw the puck out front and Demelis redirected it passed Eli Billing to make it a 1 – 1 game.

Northeast’s Sviatoslov Kuchynski received a major penalty for head contact at 8:57 of the second to give the Rebels the extra attacker. After Aaron Maguyon won the draw inside the Generals zone, the puck would go back to Kolby Vegara at the point. Looking to set up the play, Vegara and Diarmad DiMurro would send return passes to each other then Vegara sent the puck over to Maguyon on his left. Maguyon took a snap shot that was redirected by Brandon Stanley outfront passed Fessenden to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead with 10:40 left in the second.

Since Kuchynski was still serving his major penalty, the Rebels kept the extra attacker. Louis Boudon would compound the Generals problems when he took a slashing penalty to give the Rebels a two-man advantage.  With time winding down on both penalties, Eric Olson would win the draw inside the Generals zone. The puck would go back to Vegara at the far side point. Vegara would pass it over to DiMurro on his right. As Vegara started to skate towards the near side boards, DiMurro passed the puck down low to Ryan Patrick. The Rebels captain would pass the puck back to Vegara and the defenseman took a one-timer that beat Fessenden to give the Rebels a 3 – 1 lead with 6:32 left in the period.

With 4:10 left in the period, Olson was called for checking-from-behind. Colin Bilek would keep the puck in the offensive zone and pass it over to Boudon on his right. Boudon took a slapshot that was saved by Billing but the rebound came right out to Mike Egan who tucked the puck in behind Billing to make it a 3 – 2 game with 3:30 left in the second period.

The Rebels had additional chances in the third to expand their lead but Fessenden make several key saves to keep the Generals within one goal.

Billing would turn aside thirteen of fifteen shots while Fessenden stops 32 of 35. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels next home game will be a Monday matinee game beginning at 4:20pm against the New Jersey Titans.

Generals down Rebels 3 – 2 to win weekend series

The Northeast Generals defeated the visiting Philadelphia Rebels last night 3 – 2 giving the Generals wins in two of the three games played between these teams this weekend. It was the first time ever that the Generals had taken a series from the Rebels.

After scoring eight goals in Friday night’s game, the Rebels were hard pressed to score in last night’s game.

With thirteen seconds left in the first period, Eric Olson was called for cross-checking to give the Generals the man advantage. After the ensuing draw, Matthew Wiesner would bring the puck up along the far side boards and into the Rebels zone and pass it up to Colin Bilek. Bilek would send the puck behind the Rebels net where it picked up by Mike Egen who was the left of Rebels goalie Ryan Keane. Egen would send a pass out to Wiesner in the slot and he took a shot that went top-shelf to be Keane with three seconds remaining in the opening period.

Although the Generals entered the second period with the lead, they took the first penalty of the middle stanza just 1:37 into it when Michael Higgins was called for cross-checking to put the Rebels on the powerplay.

Jensen Zerban would bring the puck into the Generals zone and passed it up to Aaron Maguyon. The Egg Harbor Twp., NJ native stopped along the far side boards to set up the play and passed the puck back to Diarmad DiMurro at the point. After return passes with Andrew Bellant, DiMurro took a shot at the top of the slot that was save by Northeast goalie David Fessenden but the rebound came out to Zerban who tucked it in the net to tie the game at one with 2:28 into the second.

After Keane covered the puck to force a faceoff, there was some pushing and shoving after the whistle and Bellant was called for roughing to put the Generals back on the powerplay. Matt Demelis would look to set up the play along the far side boards in the Rebels zone. He passed the puck to Justin Jallen at the point who sent a return pass to Demelis. Demelis would send a cross-ice pass over to Colin McCable who immediately sent it back to Jallen at the point. Jallen took a clapper that went off the post and behind Keane to give the Generals a 2 – 1 lead 8:04 into the second period.

With time winding down in the period, Jimmy Glynn would win the draw deep inside the Generals zone. The puck went back to Seth Bergeron at the far side point. The Las Vegas, NV native took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but he couldn’t control the rebound and Glynn put it in for his third goal on the season to tie the game at two with 1:38 left in the second period.

The Generals would take the lead for good at the 8:35 mark of the third period off of Alex Cohen’s sixth goal on the season. Demelis would bring the puck up along the far side boards into the Rebels zone on a three-on-one. He passed the puck to Jallen in the high slot who took a low shot that Keane made a left pad save but the puck came right out to Cohen who put it into the empty net to make it a 3 – 2 game.

Keane, who played extremely well in the game, stopped 29 of 32 shots while Fessenden turned aside 37 of 39 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will travel to New Jersey on Wednesday for an 11:00am start time against the Titans.