The Rebels will travel up the Northeast extension today and play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in a matinee game that starts at 2:30pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. It will be the third meeting between the two teams this season with the Rebels winning the two prior contests.
The two games between these clubs have been close with the Rebels winning the first game by a score of 2 – 1 and then Auggie Moore’s winning goal in overtime gave the Rebels a 5 – 4 victory in game two. Matt Kidney has the most points against the Rebels so far with three (all assists). Reed Robinson and Mike Gelatt each have scored two of the Knights five goals against the Rebels. The Knights are 2 for 10 on the power play (20%). The goaltending tandem of Christian Stoever and David Tomeo have a combined 3.50 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.
Rebels defenseman Diarmad DiMurro leads the team in points against the Knights so far with three (1 goal and 2 assists). Ryan Patrick has scored the most goals with two, although Adam Peck, Julian Makary, Moore and Andrew Bellant each have two points against WBS. The Rebels are 1 for 7 on the power play (14%). Rebels goalies Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.50 goals against average and a .886 save percentage.
WBS Knights Overview
The Knights enter today’s game in third place in the East Division with an 8-3-3 record for 19 points. They are five points behind division leader Northeast Generals but the Knights have four games in hand. The Knights are 3-0-2 in their last five games having lost their last game by a score of 3 – 2 in overtime to the New Jersey Titans. Jack Olmstead leads the Knights with 15 points (8 goals and 7 assists). He also has scored the most goals on the team. Robinson has 14 points (7 goals and 7 assists) and Kidney has 13 points (3 goals and 10 assists). Olmstead also has scored the most game winning goals with two. Kiryll Ulanov leads the team in penalty minutes with 35 while Olmstead has the team’s best +/- with +13.
The Knights have scored 50 goals on the season (second best in the league) and they have allowed 46 (18th most in the league). WBS is ranked twentieth in the league on the power play having converted on 17.4% of their chances, and they are ranked seventh on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 83.6% of the time.
Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 3.12 goals against average and .904 save percentage with no shutouts.
The Rebels enter today’s matinee undefeated with an 11 – 0 record for 22 points. They are the only undefeated team in the league, although they are in second place in the East Division trailing Northeast by two points (the Rebels have seven games in hand). The Rebels are coming off of a 5 – 3 win over the Generals. Bellant leads the team in total points with 10 (5 goals and 5 assists) and goals. He also leads the team in penalty minutes with 34. DiMurro has eight points on the season (2 goals and 6 assists) while Jensen Zerban has seven points (4 goals and 3 assists). Zerban also has three game winning goals. DiMurro has the best +/- on the team with +9.
The Rebels have scored 39 goals so far (ninth in the league) and have allowed only 17 (least amount in the league). Philadelphia is second in the league on the power play having converted on 35.3% of their chances while they are ranked fifth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 86.1% of the time.
Keane and Billing have a combined 1.55 goals against average and a .930 save percentage with one shutout (Keane).