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Rebels & Generals game postponed; Will be played on April 15 at 2pm at IceWorks

Tonight’s game two of the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series between the visiting Northeast Generals and the Philadelphia Rebels has been postponed due to poor ice conditions at the Class of 1923 Arena at the University of Pennsylvania.

The game will be played tomorrow, Sunday, April 15 at 2:00pm at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA. Admission is FREE.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience.

Weekend Preview: 1/13 – 1/14; Rebels play two home games against Kenai River Brown Bears

Last home stand before 7 straight away games
The Midwest Division’s Kenai River Brown Bears visit IceWorks to play two against the Rebels this weekend. This will be the Rebels last two home games before they embark on a seven game road trip which includes four games in Alaska, two against New Jersey and one against Wilkes-Barre. The Rebels will return home on February 10 to face the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Last year the Rebels swept Kenai in the four games they played winning by the scores of 5 – 3, 7 – 2, 4 – 1 and 3 – 0.

Brown Bears Overview
The Brown Bears visit IceWorks this weekend which will conclude their East Coast road trip before heading back to Kenai on Sunday to prepare for next weekend’s games against the Rebels.  The Brown Bears possess an 8-23-2 record for 18 points which is last in the Midwest Division.  Kenai has scored 71 goals on the season (23rd in the league) and they have allowed 120 (20th most in the league). The Brown Bears have a 4 – 6 record during their last ten games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 1 road loss to the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Kenai is led by Jonathan Marzec’s 23 points (6 goals and 17 assists). Luke Radetic has 21 points (12 goals and 9 assists) while Anthony Tzveyn has 16 points (10 goals and 6 assists). Radetic leads the team with twelve goals. Marzec has two game winning goals while Connor Fedorek has the best plus/minus ratio with a +1. Jonas Warmen leads the team with 99 penalty minutes.

The Brown Bears are twelfth in the league on the power play scoring on 19.4% of their chances while they rank 20th in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 77.8% of the time.

Kenai’s goalies Robbie Goor and Bailey Seagraves have a combined 3.30 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Kenai Local Product
Brown Bears defenseman Jordin Holmes is from Willow Grove, PA. Holmes played his midget hockey for Team Comcast . He has four points in 32 games.

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter the weekend with a 27-5-1 record for 55 points. Their 27 wins are most in the NAHL. They lead the East Division by seven points over second place Johnstown.  They have won seven of their last 10 games. The Rebels have won four games in a row, winning their last game 2 – 0 over the New Jersey Titans last night. It was Mareks Mitens ninth shutout of the season.

The Rebels have scored 123 goals on the season (second highest in the league) and they have allowed 53 (least amount allowed in the league).

Andrew Bellant is the team’s top point producer with 33 (18 goals and 15 assists). He is followed by Gianluca Esteves’ 30 points (11 goals and 19 assists) and Brennan Kapcheck (12 goals and 17 assists) and Dom Garcia’s (9 goals and 20 assists) 29 points. Bellant leads the team with 18 goals and penalty minutes (103). Bellant, Kapcheck and Evgeny Yakovlev each have four game winning goals. Kapcheck has the highest plus/minus percentage of +27.

The Rebels are ninth in league on the power play scoring 21% of the time while they are second in the league on the penalty kill preventing their opponents from scoring 86.4%.

Goalies Mitens and Jack Leavy have a combined 1.49 goals against average and .939 save percentage with eleven shutouts.

Rebels start New Year off with 4 – 0 win over Fairbanks

After having not played in three weeks due to the break, the Aston Rebels resumed the second half of their season by scoring two goals in less then two minutes and 30 seconds into last night’s game as they defeated the visiting Fairbanks Ice Dogs 4 – 0.

The game started quickly for the Rebels. After winning the draw deep inside the Rebels zone, Evgeny Yakovlev passed the puck up quickly to Gianluca Esteves who brought the puck deep into the Ice Dogs zone. Esteves, who was at the far side boards, passed the puck back to Yakovlev behind Fairbanks’ net. Yakovlev tried a wrap around that was stopped by Ice Dogs goalie Josh Benson. However, the puck caromed off his pad and went straight out to the high slot to Brennan Kapcheck. Kapcheck picked up the rebound and took a backhanded shot that beat Benson high glove side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead just forty one seconds into the first period. It was Kapcheck’s twelfth goal on the season.

Almost two minutes later  the Ice Dogs were trying to break out of their zone after winning a neutral zone draw. Kapcheck intercepted the pass and brought the puck into the offensive zone. Dom Garcia picked up the puck as Kapcheck collided with a Fairbanks’ defender. Garcia had the wherewithal to look to his left as he was falling down and passed it to a wide open Drew Blackmun in the slot. Blackmun buried a shot past Benson to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 only two minutes and twenty five seconds into the game. It was Blackmun’s tenth goal of the season.

Despite the fast start, the extended hiatus off the rink took its toll on the Rebels. At moments the team looked like they did before the break by pressuring the Ice Dogs zone. At other times the team looked very rusty. Plus, Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart, whose team only has scored 83 goals on the season, installed a neutral zone trap to minimize the possible damage. And it worked.

After no scoring in the second, Esteves put the Rebels up 3 – 0 with 6:40 left in the game. Yakovlev was tied up at the blue line on the near side boards. He kicked the puck up to Aaron Maguyon. Maguyon quickly brought the puck up into the offensive zone on a two on one with Esteves. Maguyon sent a saucer pass to the high slot to Esteves who put a backhander between Benson’s legs for his tenth goal on the season.

With slightly less then three minutes left in the game, Stewart tried to kick start his team by pulling Benson for the extra attacker. While applying pressure in the Rebels zone, Ryan Solomon intercepted an Ice Dogs pass and he forwarded it up to Blackmun. Blackmun passed the puck Andrew Bellant on his left. Bellant sent a backhanded shot into an open net for his seventeenth goal on the season to give the Rebels a 4 – 0 with a minute left in the game.

Blackmun, Esteves, Kapcheck and Yakovlev each had two points while goalie Jack Leavy recorded his second shutout of the season by turning aside all 26 shots he faced. Benson stopped 16 of 19 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels and defending NAHL champion Ice Dogs will complete this weekend series tonight at 7pm at the IceWorks Skating Complex.

Leavy leads Rebels to 2 – 1 win over Titans

The New Jersey Titans came to the IceWorks Skating Complex three points behind the East Division leading Aston Rebels. A win would move them a point within first place before the Christmas break. In a physical game in which 22 penalties were called, Rebels netminder Jack Leavy turned aside 25 shots to lead his teammates to a 2 – 1 win and extend their lead over the Titans to five points with three games in hand.

It felt like playoff hockey throughout the game. Each team battled hard, fighting for every puck and tensions were high. Since it was teddy bear night, the crowd was very festive and vocal.

At 5:39 of the first period Dom Garcia’s ninth goal of the season made it rain teddy bears. With Drew Blackmun and Garcia battling New Jersey for the puck behind the Titans’ net, the puck slowly moved up the boards to the Titan’s nearside corner. Garcia exited the battle and skated towards the slot. Andrew Bellant entered the scrum and was able to pick up the puck by the Titans’ net and then made an excellent pass out to Garcia who took a one-timer to beat New Jersey’s goalie Brandon Perrone to put the Rebels up 1 – 0. Upon the conclusion of the goal fans threw well over 200 bears onto the ice. Members of the Wilmington Knight Hawks mite’s team were there to pick them up and ultimately turned over to the Aston Fire Department to donate to their charity of choice.

As the second period began, it took only a 1:27 for Evgeny Yakovlev to extend the lead. After New Jersey won the drawl deep inside their far side faceoff circle, a Titans’ defenseman tried to clear the puck but it was intercepted by Gianluca Esteves. Esteves took a shot that was saved by Perrone but Yakovlev, who was all alone out in front, picked up the rebound and put it passed Perrone for his seventh goal on the season to make the score 2 – 0 Rebels.

After being out shot 21 – 14 after two periods, the Titans would apply a full-out assault going into the final period. Time after time Leavy had to made saves to keep the Titans off the board, particularly with his teammates making frequent trips to the penalty box. Then Jensen Zerban was called for hooking at the 14:13 mark of the period. With time winding down on the Rebels penalty, the Titans were trying to set up the play. New Jersey’s Jordan Kaplan set the wheels in motion when he had the puck inside the Rebels zone at the top of the near side faceoff circle. He passed it over to Tyler Antonucci back to the point. Antonucci took a slapshot that was originally saved by Leavy with the rebound being picked up by Rebels defenseman Ryan Solomon. Solomon went to clear the puck but it was intercepted by Todd Goehring who put it past Leavy to make a 2 – 1 game with 4:18 left in the game.

Leavy, who was playing in his first game in a month, had to make several more key saves to thwart the Titans from tying the game.  By the time the buzzer had sounded to end the game, Leavy had made 12 saves in the final period with the Rebels only having two shots on goal.

Perrone turned aside 21 of 23 shots while Leavy stopped 25 of 26 shots. Click here for the box score.

With the win, the Rebels enter the break in first place in the East Division with a 24-5-1 record for 49 points, which is most in the North American Hockey League. The Rebels will resume play on Friday, January 6, 2017 when the defending NAHL champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs visit IceWorks.

Weekend Preview: 12/16 – 12/18. Rebels play three before the break

Rebels Play home and home against Knights then home against Titans
The Rebels will be playing their final three games before the Christmas break this weekend. They will play a home-and-home series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Friday (home) and Saturday (away) and then they will play the New Jersey Titans at home on Sunday.

This weekend will mark the ninth and tenth meetings between the Rebels and Knights. The Rebels have won seven of the eight games played. The last time these two teams met was last Friday when the Rebels withstood a Knights rally to win 5 – 3. The Rebels have outscored the Knights 36 – 16. Four of the seven Rebels wins against WBS have been at home. These two teams only will play each other twice after the break.

The Knights’ Curtis Carlson has six points (3 goals and 3 assists) against the Rebels. Carlson and Khristian Acosta each have scored three goals. The Knights are 3 for 21 on the power play against the Rebels. The goaltending tandem of Grant Valentine and Colt Hanks has a combined 4.50 goals against average and .874 save percentage.

Drew Blackmun leads the Rebels with 11 points (5 goals and 6 assists) against the Knights. Aaron Maguyon, Dom Garcia, Brennan Kapcheck, Andrew Bellant and Gianluca Esteves each have eight points against WBS. Bellant, Blackmun and Esteves have scored five goals respectively. The Rebels are 6 for 25 on the power play. Mareks Mitens and Jack Leavy have a combined 2.00 goals against average and .928 save percentage. Mitens has shutout the Knight twice.

The Rebels and Titans will play at IceWorks on Sunday. The Rebels have a 3 – 2 record against New Jersey including two shutouts (one each by Mitens and Leavy). The Rebels have outscored the Titans 18 – 9. The last time these two teams met the Titans defeated the Rebels 3 – 1 at Middletown’s Ice World.

New Jersey’s Anthony Cusanelli (2 goals and 1 assist) and Gordie Helmuth (1 goal and 2 assists) each have three points against the Rebels. Dylan Healy, Victor Ostling and Cusanelli have two goals apiece. New Jersey is three for 20 on the power player. The goaltending of Brandon Bussi, Harrison Feeney and Brandon Perrone have a combined 3.66 goals against average and .875 save percentage against the Rebels.

Defenseman Gvido Janson has seven points (2 goals and 5 assists) against New Jersey. Fellow blue liner Kapcheck has six points (4 goals and 2 assists). Kapcheck has four goals against the Titans. The Rebels are five for twenty seven on the power play against New Jersey. Mitens and Leavy have a combined 1.80 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
The Knights are in fourth place in the East Division with a 12-16-1-1 record for 26 points. The team is coming off a 1 – 0 loss to the Johnstown Tomahawks. WBS is led by Acosta’s 22 points (7 goals and 15 assists). Mike Gelatt (8 goals and 13 assists) has 21 points while Paul Maust has 18 points (6 goals and 12 assists). Gelatt leads the team with eight goals. Sam Antonitsch has two game winning goals.

Elijah Latimer has the most penalty minutes on the team with 56 while Acosta leads the Knights with a +9 +/- ratio. The Knights are last in the NAHL on the power play converting only 12.6% of their chances. WBS is tenth in the league on the penalty kill preventing their opponents from scoring 80.6% of the time.

Valentine and Hanks have a combined 3.26 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans are in second place in the East Division, four points behind the Rebels. New Jersey has a 20-9-1 record for 41 points. They are coming off of a 2 – 0 win over the defending NAHL Champion Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Titans are led by Helmuth’s 28 points (9 goals and 19 assists). Danny Eruzione has 27 points (8 goals and 19 assists) and Maxim Andreev has 26 points (7 goals and 19 assists). Cusanelli leads the team with 12 goals. Healy has three game winning goals.

Healy has the most penalty minutes on the team with fifty six. Eruzione and Ostling each have a +9 +/- percentage. New Jersey is sixth in the league on the power play converting 24.2% of the time while they are ranked fifth on the penalty kill preventing their opponents from scoring 83.7% of the time.

New Jersey’s goaltending has a 3.29 goals against average and a .899 save percentage.

Aston Rebels Overview
The Rebels lead the East Division with a 22-4-1 record for 45 points, the most in the North American Hockey League. The Rebels are coming off of a 5 – 3 win against Wilkes-Barre. Bellant (15 goals and 12 assists) and Garcia (8 goals and 19 assists) lead the Rebels with 27 point each. Kapcheck has 26 points (11 goals and 15 assists). Bellant leads the team with 15 goals. Bellant, Garcia and Kapcheck each have three game winning goals.

Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 74. Solomon has an astonishing +24 +/- ratio. The Rebels are fifth in the league on the power play with a 24.3% conversion percentage while they are fourth in the league on the penalty kill preventing their opponents from scoring 84.4% of the time.

Mitens and Leavy have a 1.64 goals against average and a .933 save percentage.

Teddy Bear Toss

The Rebels will be having their second annual teddy bear toss on Sunday, December 18. All fans who bring a bear will receive $2 off the regular ticket price. Bears collected will be given to the charity of choice for the Aston Fire Department.

Weekend Preview: 12/9 – 12/10. Rebels only play one game against WBS Knights

Knights visit IceWorks on 92.5WXTU Country Night
The Rebels will face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Friday in the team’s only game of the weekend. This will be the eighth meeting between the two teams with the Rebels having a 6 – 1 record. The last time they played was back on November 4 and 5 with the Rebels shutting out the Knights both games (2 – 0 and 7 – 0). The Rebels are 3 – 0 at home against WBS and they are 3 – 1 on the road.

During the seven games between the two teams, Khristian Acosta leads the Knights with four points (3 goals and one assist). Acosta also has scored the most goals for the visitors with four. The Knights are one for seventeen on the power play. The goaltending tandem of Colton Hanks and Grant Valentine has a combined 4.4 goals against average and a .843 save percentage.

The Rebels have been lead by Drew Blackmun’s nine points (4 goals and 5 assists). He is followed by Gianluca Esteves’ eight points (5 goals and 3 assists). Dom Garcia and Evgeny Yakolvev each have seven points. The Rebels are four for twenty on the power play. Jack Leavy and Mareks Mitens have a combined 1.85 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. Mitens had two shutouts.

Friday night’s game will be country night which will be sponsored by radio station 92.5 WXTU

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in fourth place in the East Division with a 12-13-0-1 record for 25 points. WBS is coming off of a 6 – 2 win over the Northeast Generals. The Knights have won six out of their last ten games. The Knights have scored 80 goals through 26 games and have allowed 88.

The Knights are led by Khristia Acosta’s 18 points (6 goals and 12 assists). He is accompanied by Mike Gelatt’s 17 points (6 goals and 11 assists) and Curtis Carlson’s 15 points (4 goals and 11 assists). Acosta and Gelatt are tied for the most goals on the team with six. Dorian Dawson leads the Knights defensemen with 11 points (5 goals and 6 assists). Sam Antonitsch leads the team with two game winning goals.

WBS is last in the league on the league on the power play with a 10.5% conversion ratio while they are ranked tenth in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 81.8% of the time. Elijah Latimer leads the team with 54 penalty minutes. Dawson has the team’s best +/- ratio of +10.

Goaltenders Grant Valentine and Colt Hanks have a combined 3.20 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. Each goalie has a shutout.

Aston Rebels Overview
The Rebels lead the East Division with a record of 21-4-1 for 43 points, which is the best record in the North American Hockey League. The Rebels are coming off of a 3 – 1 loss against the New Jersey Titans. The Rebels have won seven of their last ten games.

The Rebels have scored 100 goals through 26 games. They currently have scored the third most goals in the league. The Rebels have allowed only 44 goals which is the least amount of goals allowed in the NAHL.

The Rebels are led by Dom Garcia’s 26 points (8 goals and 18 assists) and Andrew Bellant’s (14 goals and 11 assists) and Gianluca Esteves’ (9 goals and 26 assists) 25 points each. Bellant leads the team in goals with 14. Garcia and Bellant are ranked 18th and 19th respectively in the league with most points. Brennan Kapcheck is second in the league with total points and goals for all defensemen with 23 (10 goals and 13 assists). Garcia and Kapcheck lead the team with three game winning goals respectively.

The Rebels are ranked seventh in the league on the power play with a 25.3% conversion ratio while they are ranked first in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 86% of the time. Bellant leads the team with 70 penalty minutes. Defenseman Ryan Solomon leads the team with a +23 +/- ratio, which is tied for best in the league, while Kapcheck is second in the league with +21.

Mareks Mitens leads the league in all goaltending statistics. He has won the most games (16), played the most minutes (1,090), has the most shutouts (7), has the best goals against average (1.27%) and save percentage (.947). The tandem of Mitens and Jack Leavy has a 1.58 goals against average and a .935 save percentage with eight shutouts.

Weekend Preview: 12/2 – 12/3. Home and home against NJ Titans

Titans only six points behind Rebels
The first place Rebels will face off against the second place New Jersey Titans in a home-and home series this weekend with Friday night’s game being played at IceWorks while Saturday night’s game will take place at Middletown’s Ice World.

The Rebels and Titans played three games at IceWorks prior to Thanksgiving with the Rebels capturing five out of a possible six points by winning the first two games and losing the last one in overtime. The Rebels enter this series with a six point lead over New Jersey with a game in hand.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans are currently in second place in the East Division with a 17-7-1 record for 35 points. New Jersey is coming off of an 8 – 7 overtime win over the Northeast Generals. The Titans have won seven out of their last ten games. The Titans have scored 100 goals (second most in the NAHL) through 25 games and have allowed 81.

The Titans are led by Anthony Cusanelli’s (12 goals and 9 assists) and Gordie Helmuth’s (8 goals and 13 assists) 21 points. Danny Eruzione is third on the team with twenty points. Cusanelli has scored the most goals on the team with twelve.  Ryan Wheeler leads the Titans defensemen with 13 points (2 goals and 11 assists). Five different players have scored two game winning goals.

New Jersey is ranked fifth in the league on the power play with a 25.2% conversion ratio while they are ranked sixth in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 83% of the time. Dylan Healey leads the team with 52 penalty minutes. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the team’s best +/- ratio of +9.

The goaltending tandem of Harriosn Feeney and Brandon Bussi has a combined 3.43 goals against average and a .895 save percentage. Bussi has one shutout.

Aston Rebels Overview
The Rebels lead the East Division with a record of 20-3-1 for 41 points, which is the best record in the North American Hockey League. The Rebels are coming off of a 5 – 4 overtime loss against the Titans back on November 20. The Rebels have won eight of their last ten games.

The Rebels have scored 95 goals through 24 games. They currently have scored the third most goals in the league. The Rebels have allowed only 41 goals which is the least amount of goals allowed in the NAHL.

The Rebels are led by Andrew Bellant’s (14 goals and 11 assists) and Dom Garcia’s (8 goals and 17 assists) 25 points and Brennan Kapcheck’s 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists). Bellant leads the team in goals with 14. He also is ranked eleventh in the league with totals points while Garcia is fifteenth (Bellant has more goals). Kapcheck leads the league with total points and goals for all defensemen. Garcia and Kapcheck lead the team with three game winning goals respectively.

The Rebels are ranked seventh in the league on the power play with a 24.5% conversion ratio while they are ranked first in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 86.3% of the time. Bellant leads the team with 68 penalty minutes. Defenseman Ryan Solomon leads the team with a +21 +/- ratio, which is best in the league while Kapcheck is second in the league with +20.

Mareks Mitens leads the league in all goaltending statistics. He has won the most games (15), played the most minutes (972), has the most shutouts (6), has the best goals against average (1.23%) and save percentage (.948). The tandem of Mitens and Jack Leavy have a 1.59 goals against average and a .935 save percentage with seven shutouts.

Rebels lose 5 – 4 in Overtime to Titans. Earn 5 of 6 points over the weekend.

Dylan Healey’s goal with a minute and fifty three seconds into overtime gave the visiting New Jersey Titans a 5 – 4 win over the Rebels. Despite the loss, the Rebels earned five out of six points against New Jersey during the three game series.

Carter Woolley was called for cross-checking at 3:02 of the first period and then Ryan Patrick was called for boarding thirty eight seconds later giving the Titans a 5 on 3 advantage. Danny Eruzione picked up a rebound off of a pad save by Rebels goalie Jack Leavey. Eruzione circled back to the corner and found Anthony Cusanelli heading towards the slot and passed it to him. Cusanelli took a slapshot that beat Leavy short side to give the Titans a 1 – 0 at the 4:59 mark of the first period.

Then with 7:47 left in the opening period Brennan Kapcheck intercepted a pass at center ice. He rushed into the Titans’ zone and took a wrist shot that was saved by Brandon Bussi. However, Bussi couldn’t control the rebound and the puck came back to Kapcheck who put it behind Bussi to tie the game at one.

Two minutes later Jensen Zerban intercepted a Cusanelli pass inside the Titans zone. Zerban took a wrist shot that was redirected by Andrew Bellant who put it pass Bussi to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead going into the second period.

With a seesaw game in the second, Gordie Helmuth brought the puck out of the Titans zone and down along the nearside boards. As he entered into offensive zone he took a snap shot that simply beat Leavy glove side to tie the game at two with nine minutes left in the middle stanza.

Evgeny Yakovlev was called for elbowing at the 14:26 mark of the second putting the Titans on the power play.  With time winding down with the extra attacker and the Titans trying to set up a play, Ryan Wheeler took a shot from the point that was saved by Leavy but Nick Boyagian picked up the rebound to give the Titans a 3 – 2 lead with 3:45 left in the period.

As the game entered the third, Gianluca Esteves would tie the game at three fifty nine seconds into the final period. After winning the faceoff deep inside the Titans zone, the drawl would go back to Kolby Vegara. Vegara took a shot from the point that was saved by Bussi but Esteves picked up the rebound and banked it off Bussi to knot the score. It was Esteves eighth goal on the season.

Cusanelli would score his second goal of the game to give the Titans a 4 – 3 lead. After the Rebels won the drawl deep inside their own zone, the puck went to defenseman Ryan Solomon. Solomon went to clear the puck by lifting it into the air but Cusanelli intercepted it and immediately took a shot that beat Leavy to give the Titans a 4 – 3 lead with 6:46 left in the third period.

After a Rebels power play just ended Esteves brought the puck into the offensive zone. He passed it to his left to Dom Garcia. Garcia sent a cross-ice pass to Gvido Jansons who buried a shot past Bussi to tie that gave at four with 4:04 remaining at the game.

With twenty four seconds left in the third, New Jersey’s Zach Parrott was called for kneeing. Once the siren had sounded with the score tied at four, the Rebels would begin the overtime period with a man advantage. As soon as the Titans penalty kill had ended, Maxim Andreev brought the puck into the Rebels zone on a two on one with Healey. Andreev passed it to Healey who beat Leavy through the five hole to give the Titans the 5 – 4 win.

The loss snapped a Rebels six game winning streak.  The Rebels have a 10 point lead on the second place Titans and they still have the best record in the league. Leavy stopped 16 of the 21 shots he faced while Bussi turned aside 34 of 38 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels are off Thanksgiving weekend but will resume play the weekend of December 2 with a home-and-home series against the Titans.

Defense key to Rebels 4 – 0 blanking of Titans

Rebels’ defenseman Brennan Kapcheck had two goals while fellow blue liners Ryan Solomon and Gvido Jansons had one and goaltender Jack Leavy turned aside all 30 shots he faced for his first NAHL shutout as the home team defeated the New Jersey Titans 4 – 0.

The Rebels got on the board first at the 4:13 mark of the opening period. Gianluca Esteves brought the puck up the far side boards into the Titans zone and behind their net. He went around it and passed it back to Aaron Maguyon. Maguyon passed the puck up the near side boards to Jansons who was pinching on the play. Jansons sent the puck back to Maguyon who made a nice, one-time pass in the slot to a wide open Kapcheck who buried past Titans goalie Brandon Perrone for his eighth goal on the season.

After out shooting the Titans 14 – 8 in the first, the tide turned in the second period as New Jersey rushed the Rebels net throughout but Leavy made several key saves to keep the visitors off the board. Then the game became more physical. While the Rebels Ryan Patrick was called for high sticking, New Jersey’s Dylan Healey and William Riedell were called for roughing putting the Rebels on the power play.

Andrew Bellant won the faceoff deep inside the Titans zone and passed the puck back to Solomon. Solomon passed it to his left to Kapcheck. He in turn passed it to Maguyon who feed it back to Solomon at the top of the slot and Solomon took a cannon of a shot that beat Perrone with 6:05 left in the second.

With a minute and seven seconds left in the period, it was Kapcheck again. Carter Woolley brought the puck deep inside New Jersey’s far side corner. He passed it to the side of the net to Patrick. Patrick forwarded the puck Drew Blackmun who hit a wide open Kapcheck in the slot and he buried it for his second goal of the game to give the Rebels a 3 – 0 lead.

With seven minutes left in the third period, New Jersey’s Greg Malafronte was called for boarding and a game misconduct when he hit Rebels defenseman Martino Picariello from behind putting the home team on the power play. Jensen Zerban won the faceoff deep inside the Titans zone. The drawl went back to Kapcheck. Kapcheck passed the puck up to Bellant. Bellant passed it down low to Zerban who passed the puck through the goal mouth to Jansons who put it behind Perrone to finish the Rebels scoring at 4 – 0.

Perrone stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced. Click here for the box score.

The rubber game of the series will be played at 5:00pm. It will be $1 Hot Dogs and Skate Night with the Rebels immediately following the game.

Garcia and Jansons lead Rebels to 5 – 1 win over Titans

Dom Garcia and Gvido Jansons combined for five points last night to lead the Rebels to a 5 – 1 victory of the visiting New Jersey Titans during the team’s military appreciation weekend. It was the first of a three game series between the two teams.

Garcia, ironically, started the night off on the wrong skate (so to speak). At 4:12 into the first period he was called for interference putting the Titans on the power play. With time winding down on New Jersey’s man advantage, Andrew Bellant was covering the top near side point. He cut off an errant pass and started to break out of the zone. He bounced the puck off the boards and went around the Titans defender and picked up the passed and walked in on Titans goalie Harrison Feeney and beat him short side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 at the 6:09 mark of the opening period.

With the Rebels on top to start the second, New Jersey tied the game only 2:44 into the period on a very odd play.  After Gianluca Esteves dumped the puck into the Titans zone, New Jersey’s Spencer Stanley head man the puck to Victor Ostling. Ostling had a burst of speed and walked in on Rebels goalie Mareks Mitens. Ostling took a shot that was saved by Mitens but the puck very slowly inched towards the goal line. It had appeared the Esteves had swiped the puck out of the net while Nick Boyagian was taking a swipe at it. Although the goal light did not go on, the referee had said the slow gliding puck crossed the red line to put the Titans on the board to tie the game.

Then almost two minutes later Titans’ forward Danny Eruzione was called for charging putting the Rebels on the power play. Brennan Kapcheck had control of the puck at the top of the face off circle in New Jersey’s zone. As he was falling down, Kapcheck passed the puck back to Jansons. Jansons passed it to Aaron Maguyon at the top of the far size faceoff circle. Maguyon sent it back to Jansons who took a slapshot that was redirected by Garcia passed Feeney to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 with 15:01 left in the second period.

With Dustin Manz aggressively forechecking in the Titans zone, he went behind New Jersey’s and stripped the puck off of a Titans defenseman. Manz brought the puck around the net and sent a beautiful pass out front to a wide open Carter Woolley who one-timed it passed Feeney for this fifth goal of the season at the 10:04 mark of the second period.

With forty nine seconds left in the second period, Jansons had the puck at the top of the near side point. He passed it down low to Jensen Zerban. Zerban skated around the net and passed it out into the slot to Kapcheck who beat Feeney long side to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

Garcia would score his second goal on the night (and second on the power play) when he picked up a big rebound off a Bellant shot and put it past Feeney for the Rebels fifth and final goal. Jansons had three assists on the evening.

Mitens stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced while Feeney turned aside 25 of 30. Click here for the box score.

The middle game of this three game series will be played tonight at IceWorks with the game time starting at 7:00pm.