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Billing makes NCAA commitment to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that goaltender Eli Billing has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Pointers who play in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.

Billing, 20, appeared in twenty-seven games for the Rebels this past season. He had a 15-8-0-1-1 record. The 5’10”, 180lb native of Tecumseh, ON had a 2.44 goals against average and a .908 save percentage with three shutouts.

I’m excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point” stated Billing. “I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way”” concluded Billing.

“I am happy for Billy” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “Billy is a great person and teammate. The Pointers are getting a quality goalie and even better person” concluded Coombs.

Located in Stevens-Point, WI, the Pointers finished the season with a 21-6-3 record, their fifth straight season with twenty or more wins. UWSP advanced to the NCAA D3 National semi-finals.

Comeback falls short as Rebels now trail Knights two games to none in divisional final series.

Despite a valiant comeback, the Philadelphia Rebels were unable to overcome a three-goal deficit and ended up losing 5 – 4 to the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels now find themselves on the brink of elimination trailing two games to none in this best-of-five Robertson Cup divisional final series.

Rookie Jimmy Glynn scored his second goal of the playoffs to give the Rebels an early 1 – 0 lead.

While the Rebels were on a line change, forward Konur Peterson did an outstanding job to keep the puck moving behind the Knights net as he waited for help. After battling for the puck in the offensive zone’s far side corner, Peterson would skate around the Knights net and take a sharp angle shot that was saved by WBS goaltender Christian Stoever but the rebound came right out to Glynn who tucked in the rebound to give the Rebels the lead just 4:12 into the first period.

The Knights would even the score with 8:37 left in the period.

After the Knights won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone, the puck would go back to the near side point to Luke Robinson. The Knights defensemen took a shot that was saved by goaltender Eli Billing but the rebound went up high and bounced to the top of the faceoff circle to Billing’s right.  Blake Kryska would tap the puck up to Matt Kidney in the far side corner. Kidney sent a centering pass to Jake Olmstead who took a backhand shot that went wide of the net. Olmstead picked up his own rebound and started to skate around the Rebels with the puck on his backhand. Olmstead turned and took a shot on his forehand that beat Billing low, short side to tie the game at one.

Three minutes later the Knights would take the lead.

Defenseman Joseph Verkerke would bring the puck out of his own zone and make a centering pass to Lincoln Hatten. As soon as Hatten entered the offensive zone, he passed the puck over to Curtis Carlson on his left. As Carlson went to cut across the goalmouth, Billing went to poke check the puck. As soon as Billing’s stick touched the puck, the biscuit bounced backwards and hit the left post and went into the net to give the Knights a 2 – 1 lead with 5:41 left in the first period.

As time was winding down in the opening period, Brandon Stanley would score the first of his two goals on the night to tie the game at two.

After Alex Frye won the draw in the offensive zone, Stanley would send the puck back to Carson Moniz at the point. Moniz sent a bounce pass up along the near side boards and the puck went behind the Knights net where it was picked up by Stanley. As Stanley battled for the biscuit, he sent a short pass to Luke Radetic who tried to jam the puck past Stoever but the rebound came out to Frye. The Rebels forward swiped at it and Stoever made another save but he was unable to control the rebound and Stanley knocked it in to make it 2 – 2 with twenty-six seconds left in the first period.

The Knights then scored three, second period goals to take a commanding lead.

WBS defenseman Adrian Danchenko sent a clearing pass high off the glass that was picked up by Tyrone Bronte. The Knights forward would enter the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Jeffrey Bertrand. As Bronte gained the line, he passed the puck to Bertrand on his left. Bertrand took a wrist shot that went through Billing’s five hole to give the Knights a 3 – 2 lead with 10:04 to go in the period.

Two and a half minutes later the Knights would double their lead.

As Kryska went to clear the zone, the puck was intercepted by Kolby Vegara at the near side point. Vegara would turn to send the puck deeper into the Knights zone but it was picked off by Bronte. The WBS forward would enter the Rebels zone on a three-on-three. Bronte would take a shot that was blocked by Vegara but Bronte followed up on his own rebound and wristed the biscuit past Billing to give the Knights a 4 – 2 lead.

Shortly after the Knights scored their fourth goal Billing was replaced by Ryan Keane.

Olmstead would score his second goal of the night with one-minute left in the period to give the Knights a 5 – 2 lead.

Kidney would gain the line alone the far side blueline and take a shot that was blocked by Seth Bergeron as Moniz picked up the loose puck and send it up along the glass where it was knocked down by Michael Morrissey. The Knights forward passed the puck back to Kidney in the corner who immediately sent it to a breaking Olmstead who took a shot that beat Keane long side to give the Knights a three-goal lead going into the third.

Although the lead looked insurmountable going into the final period, the Rebels had other plans.

Bronte would clear the puck where it was picked up by Diarmad DiMurro as center ice. The Rebels defenseman would send it back to Stanley at his own blueline. Stanley then passed it up Radetic along the near side boards. Radetic would circle back and made a nice saucer pass to a breaking Stanley across center ice. As Stanley skated towards the top of the circle, he took a wrist shot that beat Stoever long side to cut the Knights lead to two with 4:05 into the third.

Aaron Maguyon would cut the Knights lead in half on a great individual effort.

After Kyrska picked up the puck in his own zone he went to clear the biscuit but it was intercepted by Ryan Patrick at the top of the near side faceoff circle. As the Rebels captain went to play it he was met by Luke Robinson. Patrick turned to shield the puck from Robinson and passed it down low to Maguyon. As Maguyon went to skate towards the goalmouth, he was inadvertently tripped by Stoever who stuck out his stick to prevent a pass out front. As Maguyon started to fall he turned to his left and slipped the puck through Stoever’s five hole to make it 5 – 4 with eight minutes left in the game.

Despite intense pressure for the remainder of the game, the Rebels were unable to tie it.

Billing and Keane combined to stop 24 of 29 shots while Stoever turned aside 30 of 34. Click here for the box score.

The series now shifts to the Revolution Ice Centre where the Rebels have to win two to bring the fifth and deciding game back to IceWorks on Friday, May 4.

Knights topple Rebels 4 – 1 to win game one of divisional finals

The visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defeated the Philadelphia Rebels 4 – 1 last night to win game one of this best-of-five Robertson Cup’s divisional final series. The Knights rode the coattails of goaltender’s Christian Stoever’s 25 save performance.

Last night’s win was the first time ever in three seasons that the Knights had defeated the Rebels in a playoff game.

The Knights scored two goals early in the first period and never looked back.

WBS’ Lincoln Hatten would win the battle along the far side boards and send the puck back to Joseph Verkerke at the point. Verkerke purposely took a wide shot that hit the end boards and the puck immediately came out to the slot where it was picked up by Curtis Carlson who went around a fallen Ryan Keane and Carlson slipped the puck past the Rebels netminder and into the open net to give the Knights a 1 – 0 lead just 3:59 into the opening period.

The Knights would double their margin four minutes later.

After Knights center Michael Morrissey won the draw inside the Rebels zone, he passed it over to Tyrone Bronte on his right. Bronte immediately passed the puck back to Thomas Farrell at the near side point. The Knights’ defenseman took a shot that found its way through traffic and Keane’s five hole for his second goal of the playoffs.

After completely dominating the Rebels after one period of play – with the lead and outshooting them 16 – 2, the Knights would take a commanding three goal lead with 7:34 left in the second period.

After Rebels defenseman Carson Moniz’s clearing pass was intercepted by Morrissey at the blueline, Morrissey sent a short shuttle pass to Jack Olmstead. The Knights forward sent a pass through the legs of Nico Appendino to Matt Kidney who went around Moniz and Kidney beat Keane blocker side for his second goal of the playoffs.

Eli Billing would replace Keane between the pipes.

Kolby Vegara would be call for boarding with four minutes remaining in the period to give the Knights the man advantage. As time was winding down with the extra attacker, the Knights took a 4 – 0 lead.

Luke Robinson would control the puck at the top of the near side blueline and passed it over to Blake Kryska at the top of the faceoff circle. Kryska took a shot that was blocked out front but Reed Robinson knocked in the rebound past Billing with 2:07 left in the second period.

Eric Olson would eliminate Stoever’s bid for a shutout with 9:26 left in the game.

After Olson picked up the loose puck in his own near side corner, he would skate through central ice. Having gained the line along the far side boards, Olson sent a pass that went around and behind the Knights net where it was picked up by Ryan Patrick. The Rebels captain sent a pass out to Olson in the slot and Olson one-timed it past Stoever for his third goal of the playoffs.

Keane and Billing would combine thirty of thirty-four shots while Stoever stopped 25 of 26. Click here for the box score.

The teams will play in game two of the series tomorrow night at 7:05pm at IceWorks.

Weekend preview: 4/26 – 4/28; Divisional finals begin at home against Knights

The North American Hockey League’s Divisional Final series begins this weekend pitting the East Division’s number one seed Philadelphia Rebels against the number three seed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The winner of this best-of-five series will advance to the League’s Robertson Cup tournament which will be held at the Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine, Minnesota from May 11-14, 2018.

Game one will be played tonight and game two will be played on Saturday, April 28. Both have a start time of 7:05pm and will be played at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA. Game three will be played on Monday, April 30 at 5:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game four, if necessary, will be played on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game five, if necessary, will be play at IceWorks on Friday, May 4 at 7:05pm.

Both teams won their respective divisional semi-final series three games to two. The Rebels beat the Northeast Generals while the Knights defeated the New Jersey Titans.

While this will be the third straight year that the Rebels have advanced to the divisional finals, this will be the first time for the Knights. The teams have faced each other in the divisional semi-finals the past two years with the Rebels sweeping the Knights both series.

Rebels vs. Knights regular season overview
The two teams played each other twelve times during the regular season with the Rebels winning eight of them, and they outscored the Knights by a combined score of 46 to 27. All four of the Rebels losses were away games. The last time these two teams met was back on Wednesday, April 4 at the Class of 1923 Arena with the Rebels winning 7 – 1.

Tyrone Bronte (5 goals and 4 assists) and Matt Kidney (2 goals and 7 assists) each had nine points against the Rebels during the regular season. Bronte and Mike Gelatt scored five goals respectively against Philadelphia. The Knights were 5 for 39 (13%) on the powerplay. WBS netminders Christian Stoever and David Tomeo had a combined 3.83 goals against average and .894 save percentage with no shutouts against the Rebels.

Jensen Zerban led all Rebels with fifteen points (6 goals and 9 assists) against the Knights. He was followed by Ryan Patricks’ thirteen points (5 goals and 8 assists) and Alex Frye’s ten points (3 goals and 7 assists). Zerban scored the most goals against the Knights with six. The Rebels went 15 for 43 (35%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane had a combined 2.08 goals against average and .923 save percentage with two shutouts (both Keane). The two shutouts took place consecutively on March 9 and 10. Keane played in nine of the twelve games and possessed a 1.55 goals against average and .941 save percentage against the Knights.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
Down 2 – 1 in the series against the Titans, the Knights rallied to win game four 1 – 0 on home ice and then game five 5 – 2 at Middletown’s Ice World to oust New Jersey. During the series WBS was led by Jack Olmstead’s five points (all assists). Gabe Temple had four points (3 goals and one assist). Temple led all Knights’ goal scorers with three. WBS had six players with three points respectively. Forward Adrian Danchenko has the most penalty minutes on the team in five playoff games with twelve.  Tomas Koblizek has the best +/- on the team with a +5.

The Knights have scored the most goals among all NAHL playoff teams with sixteen. They also have allowed twelve goals. The Knights are ranked eleventh in the league during the playoffs on the powerplay having converted on 11.1% of their chances while they are ranked twelfth among playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 81.8% of the time.

Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 2.41 goals against average and .943 save percentage with one shutout (Stoever). Stoever has a 3 – 1 record with a 1.76 goals against average and .958 save percentage.

Rebels Overview
Similar to the Knights, the Rebels rallied from a two game to one deficit to win game four on Zerban’s goal in triple overtime in Attleboro and then won game five 5 – 0 at IceWorks to advance to the divisional finals.

Brandon Stanley leads the Rebels with six points (3 goals and 3 assists) in five playoff games. He is followed by Zerban’s five points (3 goals and 2 assists). Carson Moniz (1 goal and 3 assists) and Adam Peck (all assists) each have four points. Stanley and Zerban lead the Rebels with three goals apiece. Two of Zerban’s tallies were game winning goals. Stanley also leads the team with ten penalty minutes. Peck has the best +/- with a +5.

The Rebels scored fifteen goals in five games during the first round of the playoffs (only one behind the Knights), and they allowed ten (eight of sixteen teams). Like they did during the regular season, the Rebels lead all playoff teams on the powerplay having converted on 27.3% of their chances. They are seventh among all playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 88.2% of the time.

Keane has played in every minute of the playoffs. He has a 1.74 goals against average and .932 save percentage with one shutout.

Weekend preview: 4/13 – 4/14; Divisional Semi-Finals begin at home against Generals

The first round of the North American Hockey League’s Robertson Cup playoffs begins this weekend with the divisional semi-final series pitting the number one seed Philadelphia Rebels against the number four seed Northeast Generals. It will be a best of five series with the first two games being played at the Class of 1923 Arena on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 with both games beginning at 7:05pm. The series then will move to the New England Sports Village for games three (Wednesday, April 18) and four (Thursday, April 19 – if necessary) starting at 7:00pm. A game five would be played at the Class of 1923 Arena on Saturday, April 21 at 7:05pm if needed.

Rebels vs. Generals Overview
The last two years the Rebels faced the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in the first round, sweeping each series 3 – 0. This year the Rebels open up against the Generals, a team that is playing in its first playoff series in team history.

During the regular season the Rebels won ten out of sixteen games, although the last seven games each team won every other contest. The Rebels outscored the Generals by a total score of 65 – 43. The last time these two teams met was back on Saturday, March 31 when Northeast won 4 – 3 at the Class of 1923 Arena. In fact, the Generals took two out of three games that weekend. The Rebels won five of its home and away games respectively.

Justin Jallen had the most points against the Rebels with fifteen (6 goals and 9 assists). He also scored the most goals against Philadelphia. He was followed by Matt Demelis’ fourteen points (5 goals and 9 assists) and Mike Egan’s twelve points (5 goals and 7 assists). In sixteen games, Northeast was 8 for 61 (13%) on the powerplay. Generals’ netminders David Fessenden and Marko Sturma had a combined 4.00 goals against average and .890 save percentage with no shutouts.

Aaron Maguyon led the Rebels in points against the Generals with twenty (9 goals and 11 assists). He was followed by Ryan Patrick’s eighteen points (9 goals and 9 assists). Brandon Stanley had thirteen points (6 goals and 7 assists). Philadelphia went 22 for 58 (38%) on the powerplay in sixteen games. Goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Patrick had a combined 2.56 goals against average and .889 save percentage with one shutout (Billing).

Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals finished in fourth place in the East Division with a 29-26-4-1 record for 63 points, twenty-three points behind the Rebels.  Northeast enters this weekend having won three out of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 2 – 1 road win against the New Jersey Titans. Egan led the team in total points with fifty-one (20 goals and 31 assists) while Colin Bilek had fifty (18 goals and 22 assists) and Louis Boudon had forty-nine points (17 goals and 32 assists). Jallen had the most goals on the team with twenty-three. Matthew Wiesner had the most game winning goals with five. He also has the most penalty minutes with 130 while Boudon had a team best +23.

The Generals scored 184 goals in sixty games (tenth most in the NAHL). They also allowed 205 goals (nineteenth most in the league). The Generals were ranked twelfth in the league on the powerplay having scored on 19.1% of their chances while they were ranked twenty second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 71.3% of the time.

Fessenden and Sturma combined for a 3.26 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels finished with a 41-15-3-1 record for 86 points. They were tied for second in the league with the most wins. Philadelphia enters this weekend having one four out of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 1 road win against the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Maguyon led the Rebels in total points with fifty (24 goals and 26 assists). Patrick was second on the team in total points with forty-eight (22 goals and 26 assists) while Luke Radetic was third with forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Maguyon led the Rebels in goals with twenty-four. Adam Peck had the most game winning goals on the team with five. Eric Olson had the most penalty minutes on the team with 119 while Carson Moniz had the team’s best +/- with a +17.

Philadelphia scored 206 goals in sixty games (second most in the league), and they allowed 134 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels led the league on the powerplay having converted on 32.2% of their chances, and they were ranked tied for second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 86.1% of the time.

Billing and Keane had a combined 2.14 goals against average and a .917 save percentage with six shutouts (each have three).

Rebels close out regular season with 3 – 1 win over Tomahawks

The visiting Philadelphia Rebels defeated Johnstown last night 3 – 1 to complete a weekend sweep over the Tomahawks and close out the regular season for both teams. The win was the Rebels 41st on the season, tied for second most in the North American Hockey League.

The Rebels finished the regular season winning three straight games and four out of their last five.

Before the game started, both teams joined in unison on the blueline to pay tribute to the fifteen people who died and more than fourteen injured Friday night in a bus crash carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

After the emotional ceremonies had ended, the Tomahawks took an early lead just 4:17 into the first period on Ben Schmidling’s sixteenth goal on the season.

Johnstown’s defenseman Andrew Quetell would intercept an errant Rebels pass out in front of his own net and skate the puck towards center ice and pass it over to Carson Briere on his left. Briere made a cross-ice pass to Schmidling who circled down low and took a sharp angle shot that beat Rebels goalie Eli Billing long side to give the Tomahawks the 1 – 0 lead.

Despite being outshot 13 – 3 and only down by one goal after the first period, the Rebels tied the game just forty-seven seconds into the second period.

Seth Bergeron would win the battle for the puck along the near side boards and send a touch pass to Eric Olson to his right. Olson passed it up to Adam Peck who raced through center ice. As Peck gained the line, he skated towards his right and wristed a shot on goal that went through the five hole of Tomahawks goalie Jack Leavy to tie the game at one. It was Peck’s fourteenth goal on the season.

Schmidling was called for cross checking at 7:20 of the middle stanza to give the Rebels the man advantage.

After Alex Frye took a shot on net that went wide of the net, the puck came up along the near side boards where it was picked up by Auggie Moore. The Edina, MN native would pass it over to Frye at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Frye sent the puck down low to Ryan Patrick who was to the left of Leavy. Patrick passed it out front to Moore who beat a fallen Leavy glove side to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead.

Patrick would score an empty net goal with two seconds remaining in the game to give the Rebels the 3 – 1 win.

Billing turned aside 34 of 35 shots while Leavy stopped 18 of 20. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels now will turn their attention to the post season which begins next weekend when the Northeast Generals visit for games one and two of the best of five Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series.

Weekend preview: 4/6 – 4/7; Rebels close out regular season with two games in Johnstown

The Rebels will close out the 2017-18 regular season this weekend with two games in Johnstown against the Tomahawks. Friday night’s game begins at 7:30pm while Saturday night’s contest is slated to start at 7:00pm.

Rebels vs. Tomahawks Overview
The Rebels have defeated the Tomahawks eight out of ten times this season, outscoring them by a combined score of 36 – 14. The last time these two teams met was back on January 20 when the Rebels won 4 – 1 at the War Memorial. Ben Schmidling has the most points against the Rebels with seven (1 goal and 6 assists). Haddonfield, NJ native, and former Rebel, Carson Briere has the most goals against Philadelphia with three. In ten games, the Tomahawks are 2 for 40 (5%) on the powerplay. Johnstown’s goalies have a combined 3.60 goals against average and .881 save percentage with no shutouts.

Aaron Maguyon has the most points against the Tomahawks with nine (6 goals and 3 assists). He also has scored the most goals against them. The Rebels are 11 for 49 (22%) on the powerplay in ten games. Netminders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.17 goals against average and .935 save percentage against Johnstown with one shutout (Keane).

Johnstown Tomahawks Overview
The Tomahawks enter this weekend’s series against the Rebels with a 23-31-2-2 record for 50 points. They will finish the season in last place. They are currently thirty-two points behind the Rebels. The Tomahawks are 3 – 2 in their last five games, and they are coming off a 4 – 3 overtime road win against the New Jersey Titans.

Johnstown is led by Samuel Solensky’s forty-five points (18 goals and 27 assists). He is followed by Joe Kile’s thirty-seven points (18 goals and 19 assists) and Roman Kraemer’s thirty-six points (19 goals and 17 assists). Kraemer leads the team in goals with 19. Schmidling has the most game winning goals with five. Forward Mitchell Hale has the most penalty minutes on the team with 176. Solensky and Sean Bauchens each have a team high +2.

The Tomahawks have scored 139 goals on the season (twenty second in the league in the league). They have allowed 189 goals (sixteenth in the league). They are twentieth in the league on the powerplay having converted on 16.2% of their chances, while they are fifteenth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 78.6% of the time.

Goalies Jack Leavy and Kade Phipps have a combined 2.85 goals against average and .915 save percentage with one shutout each.

Philadelphia Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend with a 39-15-3-1 record for 82 points. They are 2 – 3 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 7 – 1 home win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Maguyon leads the Rebels in total points with fifty (24 goals and 26 assists). Ryan Patrick is second on the team in total points with forty-five (20 goals and 25 assists) while Luke Radetic is third with forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Maguyon leads the Rebels in goals with twenty-four. Adam Peck has the most game winning goals on the team with five. Eric Olson has the most penalty minutes on the team with 119. Carson Moniz has the team’s best +/- with a +17.

Philadelphia has scored 200 goals in fifty-eight games (second most in the league), and they have allowed 131 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league on the powerplay having converted on 32.5% of their chances, and they are ranked second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.7% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.16 goals against average and a .916 save percentage with six shutouts (each have three).

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.

Generals hold off Rebels rally to win 5 – 3

The visiting Northeast Generals were up 3 – 0 and held on to defeat the Rebels 5 – 3 in the first of this three-game series. It was the Rebels third straight defeat, the first time in team history.

Five different players scored for the Generals, which included three goals in the 1st period from Mike Egan, Matt Demelis, and Louis Boudon. The Rebels stormed back to cut the lead to 3-2 in the 2nd period with goals from Ryan Patrick and Jensen Zerban, but a Northeast goal from Jeff Skinner late in the period pushed the Generals lead back to 4-2. In the 3rd period, Philadelphia got a goal from Carson Moniz with less than a minute to go in regulation to make it 4-3, but an empty-net goal :37 seconds later from Brian Chambers secured the 5-3 win for Northeast. Generals goalie Marko Sturma made 25 saves in the win, while Eli Billing made 3 saves and Ryan Keane made 10 saves in the loss. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will play the second game of this three-game series tonight at 7:10pm.

Weekend preview: March 29 – 31; Generals visit Rebels for three game series

The Northeast Generals will travel to Philadelphia to play a three-game series beginning tonight which will close out the Rebels regular season home weekend games. Tonight’s game begins at 7:30pm while tomorrow starts at 7:10pm and Saturday night’s game begins at 7:35pm. Saturday night’s game will be billet/fan appreciation night. The Rebels will be honoring their billets and presenting six-year end awards to players. All fans also will receive a free 2017-18 Rebels trading card set.

Rebels vs. Generals Overview
This will be the last three games these two teams will face each other during the regular season. If the season were to end today, Northeast would be the Rebels opening round opponent.

The Rebels have won nine of the thirteen contests having outscored the Generals by a total score of 53 – 32. The last time these two teams met was back on February 16 when Philadelphia won 3 – 2.  Justin Jallen has the most points against the Rebels this season with thirteen (6 goals and 7 assists). He is followed by Matt Demelis’ (3 goals and 8 assits)) and Mike Egan’s (4 goals and 7 assists) eleven points respectively. Northeast is 8 for 51 (16%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders David Fessenden and Marko Sturma have a combined 4.00 goals against average and a .890 save percentage with no shutouts.

Aaron Maguyon has the most points against the Generals with sixteen (7 goals and 9 assists). He is followed by Patrick Ryan’s fourteen points (7 goals and 7 assists). The Rebels are 17 of 47 (36%) on the powerplay. Netminders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.46 goals against average and a .898 save percentage with one shutout (Billing).

Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals enter this weekend’s series in fourth place in the East Division with a 26-24-4-1 record for 57 points. They have clinched a playoff spot. They are twenty points behind the Rebels. Northeast has won two out of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 2 home loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Egan leads the team in total points with fifty (19 goals and 31 assists) while Colin Bilek has forty-seven points (17 goals and 30 assists). He is followed by Jallen’s forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Jallen also leads the team in goals with twenty-three. Matthew Wiesner leads the team with five game winning goals. He also has the most penalty minutes with 148 while Louis Boudon and Bilek have a team best +17.

The Generals have scored 168 goals in fifty-five games (ninth most in the NAHL). They also have allowed 188 goals (seventeenth most in the league). The Generals are ranked twelfth in the league on the powerplay having scored on 20.4% of their chances while they are ranked twentieth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 71.8% of the time.

Fessenden and Sturma have a combined 3.27 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend with a 37-14-3 record for 77 points. They clinched their third straight East Division regular season championship back on March 17. This will be the Rebels first game since March 18. They are 3 – 2 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 3 home loss to the New Jersey Titans.

Maguyon leads the Rebels in total points with forty-six (22 goals and 24 assists). Luke Radetic is second on the team with forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Patrick (18 goals and 22 assists) has forty points. Radetic leads the team in goals with twenty-three. Adam Peck has the most game winning goals on the team with five. Eric Olson has the most penalty minutes on the team with 117. Carson Moniz has the team’s best +/- with a +15.

Philadelphia has scored 183 goals in fifty-four games (fourth most in the league), and they have allowed 119 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league on the powerplay having converted on 31.7% of their chances, and they are ranked fourth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 84.8% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.13 goals against average and a .918 save percentage with six shutouts (each have three).