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Weekend Preview: 4/14 – 4/15; Divisional Semi-Finals begin against WBS Knights

Aston Rebels vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
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 Aston Rebels against the number four seed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. It will be a best of five series with the first two games being played at IceWorks on Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15. The series then will move to the Revolution Ice Centre for games three (Friday, April 21) and four (Saturday, April 22 – if necessary). A game five would be played at IceWorks on Monday, April 24 if needed.

This is the second straight year these two teams have met in the divisional semi-final series. Last year the Rebels swept the Knights 3 – 0. The Rebels won the first game 3 – 2 and won game two by the same score. However, how the Rebels won it was a different story. The Rebels were down 2 – 0 going into the third period and then promptly scored three goals in two minutes and nineteen seconds to take the lead and control of the game. The Rebels would win game three by the score of 6 – 1.

This year during the regular season the Rebels defeated the Knights nine out of twelve times, although the Knights have beating the Rebels two out of the last three games. The last time these two teams played each other was on March 10 when the Knights defeated the Rebels 3 – 2 in a shootout. The Rebels have outscored the Knights 48 to 24.

Curtis Carlson has scored the most points against the Rebels this season with seven (4 goals and 3 assists). Four players (Khristian Acosta, Sam Antonitsch, Dorian Dawson and Matt Kidney) have six points respectively against the Rebels. Acosta and Carlson each have scored four goals against Aston. WBS is 6 for 38 (16%) on the power play. The Knights’ goaltenders have a combined 3.75 goals against average and .876 save percentage. Grant Valentine has played in eight of the twelve games against the Rebels. He has a 3.25 goals against average and .878 save percentage with no shutouts.

Gvido Jansons has the most points against the Knights this year with thirteen (8 goals and 5 assists). Three other Rebels (Drew Blackmun, Brennan Kapcheck and Evgeny Yakovlev) each have eleven points respectively against them. Jansons has scored the most goals with eight. The Rebels are 8 for 41 (20%) on the power play. Rebels goalies’ Mareks Mitens and Jack Leavy have a combined 1.66 goals against average and a .930 save percentage. Mitens has played in nine of the games. He has a 1.22 goals against and .949 save percentage with three shutouts.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Regular Season Overview
The Knights finished the season in fourth place in the East Division with a 30-25-1-4 record for 65 points, thirty behind the Rebels.  WBS is coming off of an 8 – 3 win over the New Jersey Titans.  The Knights are going into the playoffs having won seven out of their last ten games. The Knights scored 193 goals (sixth most in the league) and allowed 190 (thirteenth in the league) through 60 games.

Kidney was the Knights leading scorer with forty-four points (20 goals and 24 assists). Paul Maust had 43 points (15 goals and 28 assists) while Antonitsch had 41 points (18 goals and 23 assists). Kidney had the most goals on the team with twenty. Dawson led the Knights defensemen with 34 points (9 goals and 25 assists) while Kidney had four game winning goals.

WBS was fourteenth in the league on the power play with a 18.3% conversion ratio while they were ranked seventh in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 83.64% of the time. Maust led the team in penalty minutes 118 and he had the team’s best +/- ratio of +18.

The Knights goaltending had a combine 2.97 goals against average and a .906 save percentage with five shutouts. Valentine had a 2.80 goals against and a .910 save percentage with three shutouts.

Aston Rebels Regular Season Overview
The Rebels had a 46-11-2-1 record for 95 points which was best in the league. They won the league’s regular season and East Division championships. They are coming of a 2 – 0 win over the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Rebels go into the playoffs having won six out of their last ten games. They scored 214 goals (fourth best in the league) and allowed only 106 goals (least amount in the NAHL) through 60 games.

The Rebels were led by Andrew Bellant’s 55 points (27 goals and 28 assists). He was followed by Dom Garcia’s 47 points (14 goals and 33 assists) and Jansons’ 46 points (19 goals and 27 assists). Bellant also led the team in goals with 27 and game winning goals with seven. Jansons also led the team’s defensemen with 46 points.

The Rebels were ranked fourth in the league on the power play with a 21.4% conversion ratio while they were ranked first in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 86.3% of the time. Bellant led the team with 156 penalty minutes. Ryan Solomon had the team’s best +/- ratio of +39.

The goaltending tandem of Mitens (1.63 GAA and .925 SV%) and Jack Leavy (1.82 GAA and .921 SV%) had a combined 1.75 goals against average and a .923 save percentage with seventeen shutouts.

Weekend Preview: 4/7 – 4/8. Rebels travel to Johnstown to close out regular season

Aston Rebels vs. Johnstown Tomahawks Overview
The Rebels will travel to Johnstown this weekend to play two games against the Tomahawks and close out the regular season for both teams. Although the Rebels have won eight of the ten games between these two clubs, nine of the games have been decided by a one goal margin with the Rebels scoring a total of 23 goals while the Tomahawks have scored 18. Three of the games have gone into overtime, and each team has recorded a shutout.

The last time these two teams played each other was on March 17 and 18 in the Cambria County War Memorial with each team winning a game. The Rebels won the second game 3 – 2 on Andrew Bellant’s 25th goal of the season.

Donovan Ott leads the Tomahawks in points against the Rebels with ten (5 goals and 5 assists) while Nick Bruce has seven points (4 goals and 3 assists) and Filips Buncis has five points (4 goals and 1 assist). Ott has scored the most goals against the Rebels with five.  The Tomahawks are 4 for 36 (11%) on the power play. Johnstown’s goalies have a combined 2.30 goals against average with a .900 save percentage. Drew Hotte has played in eight of the ten games. He has a 2.25 goals against with a .90 save percentage and one shutout.

Aaron Maguyon (2 goals and 4 assists) and Ryan Solomon (1 goal and 5 assists) each have six points against Johnstown this season. Dom Garcia has scored the most goals against the Hawks with four. Maguyon and Brennan Kapcheck each have scored game winning goals in overtime. The Rebels are 4 for 33 (12%) on the power play. The Rebels goaltending has a combined 1.80 goals against average and a .921 save percentage. Markes Mitens has played in seven of the ten games. He has a 1.71 goals against and a .928 save percentage with one shutout.

Johnstown Tomahawks Overview
The Tomahawks will finish second in the East Division. They currently have a 39-15-3-1 record for 82 points, eleven points behind the Rebels. Johnstown is coming off of an 8 – 3 win over the Northeast Generals. The Tomahawks have won seven of their last ten games. They have scored 205 goals (fifth most in the league) and have allowed 144 (fifth least in the league) through 58 games.

The Tomahawks are led by Nick Bruce’s 66 points (26 goals and 40 assists). He is accompanied by Dalton Hunter’s 60 points (30 goals and 30 assists) and Ott’s 56 points (31 goals and 25 assists). Ott has the most goals on the team with 31.  Adam Pilewicz leads the Tomahawks’ defensemen with 27 points (4 goals and 23 assists). Hunter leads the team with eight game winning goals.

Johnstown is ranked thirteenth in the league on the power play with an 19.2% conversion ratio while they are ranked sixth in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 84.3% of the time. Thomas Horn leads the team with 188 penalty minutes. Hunter has the team’s best +/- ratio of +36.

Goaltenders Drew Hotte and Vinnie Purpura have a combined 2.47 goals against average and a .907 save percentage along with six shut outs (five for Hotte).

Aston Rebels Overview
The Rebels clinched their second straight regular season East Division title and will enter the Robertson Cup playoffs with the NAHL’s best record. They go into this weekend’s series against the Tomahawks with a 45-10-2-1 record for 93 points. They are coming off of a 5 – 0 win over the New Jersey Titans. The Rebels have won seven out of their last ten games. They have scored 210 goals (third best in the league) and have allowed only 102 goals (least amount in the NAHL) through 58 games.

The Rebels are led by Andrew Bellant’s 55 points (27 goals and 28 assists). He is followed by Garica’s 47 points (14 goals and 33 assists) and Gvido Jansons’ 46 points (19 goals and 27 assists). Bellant also leads the team in goals with 27 and game winning goals with seven. Jansons also leads the team’s defensemen with 46 points.

The Rebels are ranked third in the league on the power play with a 23.2% 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 156 penalty minutes. Solomon has the team’s best +/- ratio of +39.

The goaltending tandem of Mitens (1.56 GAA and .928 SV%) and Jack Leavy (1.82 GAA and .921 SV%) has a combined 1.69 goals against average and a .924 save percentage with seventeen shutouts.

Rebels defeat Titans 5 – 0 to clinch NAHL’s regular season championship

Andrew Hart scored two goals and Jack Leavy recorded his sixth shutout as the visiting Aston Rebels defeated the New Jersey Titans last night 5 – 0. The win gave the Rebels their 45th victory on the season and they clinched the North American Hockey League’s regular season championship.

The game, unfortunately, started out as an omen for the Titans. Fifty-three seconds into it a Titans’ defender inadvertently checked Rebels forward Andrew Bellant into his own goalie Brandon Perrone and knocked him down. Perrone was attended to by trainers from both teams and needed to be removed from the game and never returned to the bench. He was replaced by Ryan Ferland.

Bellant would score the ultimate game winning goal at the 5:37 mark of the first period. Titans forward Danny Eruzione was called for cross-checking at 3:48 into the game putting the Rebels on the power play. With time winding down with the extra attacker, New Jersey dumped the puck deep inside the Rebels zone where it was picked up by Michael Underwood. Underwood sent an outlet pass up to Bellant. As Bellant skated into the neutral he passed the puck to his left to Aaron Maguyon. Maguyon brought the puck into the Titans zone along the far side boards and cut across the goal mouth. He took a shot that was saved by Ferland but the deep rebound came out to Bellant who wristed the puck past the Titans netminder for his twenty seventh goal on the season.

The Rebels would take at 2 – 0 with 5:22 remaining in the first period. Kolby Vergara was at the top of his own near side faceoff circle and sent a soft clearing pass into the Titans zone. The puck was retrieved by a Titans defender but he was pressured by Evgeny Yakovlev. Yakovlev stripped the defender of the puck and passed it to Auggie Moore in the slot who took a shot that beat Ferland for his seventh goal on the season.

A minute and eleven seconds later Hart would score his first goal of the game. New Jersey dumped the puck into the Rebels zone for a line change and it was picked up by Underwood. Underwood would then pass the puck to Ryan Solomon who brought it up the far side boards. As Solomon entered the Titans zone he passed the puck to his right to Jensen Zerban. Zerban took a wrist shot in the slot that was saved by Ferland but the rebound came out to Hart who put it into the Titans net to make it a 3 – 0 game with 4:41 remaining in the opening period.

After a scoreless second period Rebels’ Rookie of the Year award winner Maguyon would make it a 4 – 0 game at 6:52 into the final period.  Zach Parrott brought the puck out of his own zone but was pressured at center ice by birthday boy Ryan Patrick. Patrick knocked the puck off of Parrott’s stick and it went to Solomon. Solomon sent the puck into the Titans zone where Ferland went to play it but Maguyon reach the puck first and skated around the out-of-position Titans goaltender and he tucked it into an open net for his eleventh goal on the season.

Hart would finish the scoring less than a minute later. Titans defender Ryan Wheeler brought the puck into the neutral zone but he was hit by Hart. Hart brought the puck into the New Jersey zone and passed to his left to a breaking Carter Woolley down the far side boards. As Woolley got to the middle of the faceoff circle he passed the puck to Hart in the slot and redirected it by Ferland to make it 5 – 0 with 12:11 remaining for his tenth goal on the season.

Leavy turned aside all 27 shots he faced. Leavy and goalie partner Mareks Mitens have a combined seventeen shutouts on the season. The Titans goalies stopped 22 of 27 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels have two games remaining in the regular season. They will travel to Johnstown to play the Titans and then return home to open the Robertson Cup’s divisional semi-final series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Friday, April 14.

Weekend Preview: 3/24 – 3/25. Rebels travel to Attleboro. Magic number to clinch East Division is two games

Aston Rebels vs. Northeast Generals Overview
The Rebels travel to Attleboro, MA to play two games this weekend against the Northeast Generals. If the Rebels win both games they will clinch their second straight regular season East Division championship. Or, if the Rebels should win on Friday night and the Johnstown Tomahawks lose to the New Jersey Titans, the Rebels will clinch the title. By clinching the title this weekend, the Rebels assure themselves of home ice advantage throughout the divisional semi-final and divisional final playoff series.

This will be the last time these two teams meet this season (Northeast will not make the playoffs). The Rebels currently have a 10 – 0 record against the Generals, and they have outscored them 46 – 10. The last time these two teams met was exactly a month ago when the Rebels won the first game 3 – 2 and the second game 3 – 0. Both games were played at IceWorks.  There are three Generals’ players who have three points each against the Rebels: Artision Anosau (1 goal and 2 assists), Justin Jallen (3 goals) and Kohei Sato (3 assists). Jallen has scored the most goals against the Rebels. The Generals have a 14% conversion ratio on the power play (4 for 28) against the Rebels while their goaltending has a  4.60 goals against average and .896 save percentage against the Rebels.

The Rebels are led by Andrew Bellant’s 18 points (9 goals and 9 assists), Gvido Jansons’ eleven points (5 goals and 6 assists) and Evgeny Yakovlev’s ten points (1 goal and 9 assists) against the Generals.  Yakovlev will not be traveling with the team due to an indefinite suspension he received for spearing in last Friday night’s game against Johnstown.  Bellant has scored the most goals against Northeast with nine.  The Rebels have a 31% conversion ratio on the power play (15 for 48). The Rebels goaltenders have a 1.00 goals against average and a .948 save percentage against the Generals with four shutouts (two by Mareks Mitens and two by Jack Leavy).

Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals have a 3-48-3 record with nine points through fifty four games. They are in last place in the East Division, seventy six points behind the Rebels. The Generals have lost ten consecutive games and they are coming off of a 7-0 loss against the Titans. Northeast has scored 102 goals on the season (the least amount in the league) while they have allowed 264 (which is most in the NAHL).

Colin Bilek leads the Generals in scoring with 34 points (15 goals and 19 assists). He is followed by Sato‘s 32 points (12 goals and 21 assists) and Mike Eagan (7 goals and 14 assists) and Matt Weisner’s (6 goals and 15 assists) 21 points respectively.  Bilek has scored the most goals on the team with fifteen.  Luke Perunovich leads the defensemen in points with 16 (all assists).  The Generals are last in the league on the power play (13.8%) and last in the league on the penalty kill with preventing the opposition from scoring 73.5% of the time. Anthony Mangano leads the team in penalty minutes (285 – which is also most in the league).

Northeast’s goaltenders through the season have a 4.72 goals against average and a .887 save percentage with no shutouts.

Aston Rebels Overview
The Rebels lead the East Division with a record of 41-9-2-1 for 85 points. They are coming off of a 3 – 2 win over the Tomahawks. The Rebels have won eight out of their last ten games. They have scored 183 goals (fourth best in the league) and have allowed only 95 goals (least amount in the NAHL) through 53 games.

The Rebels are led by Bellant’s 47 points (25 goals and 22 assists). He is followed by Dom Garcia’s 41 points (13 goals and 29 assists) and Jansons’ 41 points (18 goals and 23 assists). Bellant also leads the team in goals with 25 and game winning goals with six. Jansons also leads the team’s defensemen with 41 points.

The Rebels are ranked fourth in the league on the power play with a 21.7% conversion ratio while they are ranked second in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 85.9% of the time. Bellant leads the team with 150 penalty minutes. Brennan Kapcheck leads the team with a +35 +/- ratio.

The goaltending tandem of Mitens (1.54 GAA and .931 SV%) and Leavy (1.93 GAA and .915 SV%) has a combined 1.67 goals against average and a .926 save percentage with sixteen shutouts.

Rebels defeat Tomahawks 3 – 2 on Bellant’s 25th goal of the season

Andrew Bellant’s 25th goal on the season gave the Rebels a 3 – 2 road victory over the Johnstown Tomahawks. The win gave the first place Rebels a weekend split against the second place Tomahawks, and the win also gave the Rebels 85 points on the season (eleven up on Johnstown) and reduced their magic number to clinch their second straight regular season East Division championship to two.

It was another fast paced game. It was another 3 – 2 score (the fifth time out of ten games this season a contest ended 3 – 2), and it was the ninth game out of ten that the margin of victory was decided by one goal. Welcome to the Aston Rebels and Johnstown Tomahawks 2016-17 season.

The Rebels got on the board first from an unlikely source.  After receiving a touch pass from Dustin Manz at center ice, Ryan Patrick brought the puck into the Tomahawks’ zone. He made a cut-back move and passed the puck down low into the near side corner to Jensen Zerban. Zerban battled a Johnstown defender for the puck as it squirted out to Auggie Moore.  Moore looked up and sent a centering pass to Andrew Noel who ripped a shot top shelf pass Tomahawks’ goalie Drew Hotte to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead at 7:31 into the first period. It was Noel’s second goal of the season.

After Manz and Johnstown’s Andy Iehle were called for coincidental penalties, the puck went into the Rebels zone after the ensuing faceoff. Gvido Jansons brought the puck up the near side boards and passed it to Drew Blackmun who was skating at center ice into the Tomahawks’ zone. As Blackmun entered the offensive zone, he passed the puck to his left to Dom Garcia.  Garcia skated to the top of the near side faceoff circle and took a wrist shot that handcuffed Hotte as the puck went behind him and into the net to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 lead almost eight minutes into the second period. It was Garcia’s thirteenth goal on the season.

Ah … the dreaded two goal lead.

The Tomahawks would cut the Rebels deficit in half with 5:50 remaining in the second. Johnstown’s Edward Hirka had the puck at his own far side faceoff circle and found a streaking Nick Bruce at center ice. Bruce got pass the Rebels defense and walked in all alone on Rebels goalie Jack Leavy. Bruce made a deke and put the puck passed a sprawling Leavy for his twentieth goal on the season.

The Tomahawks would tie it at two just eight seconds into the final period.  After Bruce won the opening draw the puck went to Donovan Ott who skated into the Rebels zone. Ott passed the puck behind the Rebels net to Dalton Hunter. Hunter passed the puck back to Ott who passed to Bruce in the slot and Bruce put the puck passed Leavy to make it a 2 – 2 game.  It was Bruce’s second goal of the game and third on the weekend.

The Rebels would reclaim the lead a minute and seventeen seconds later.

Justin Smith sent the puck into the Tomahawks zone where it was picked up by a Johnstown defender at the top of the far side faceoff circle. As the Tomahawks’ defender tried to pass the puck up to a forward, it was intercepted by Patrick at the boards. Patrick passed it to Bellant in the high slot and Bellant took a wrist shot that beat Hotte glove side to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead. It would be the eventual game winner and Bellant’s sixth game winning goal on the season.

Leavy had to make some key saves in the third to keep Johnstown from tying the game. He finished with fifteen saves while Hotte made thirty one saves. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels can clinch the East Division next weekend if they sweep the Northeast Generals or if they win one game and Johnstown loses a game against the New Jersey Titans.

Photo Credit: The Rebels again would like to sincerely thank Phil Andraychak for providing photos from last night’s game. During the week all of Phil’s outstanding photos taken during this weekend will be posted on the Rebels’ Facebook page. Thank you again Phil!

Rebels lose 2 – 1 to Tomahawks in Overtime

Donovan Ott’s goal twenty seconds into overtime gave the Johnstown Tomahawks a 2 – 1 victory over the visiting Aston Rebels. It was the eighth game out of nine this season that the margin of victory was one goal between these two teams.

The loss now leaves the Rebels with a nine point lead over the second place Tomahawks with eight games remaining in the season.

Like all the other games between these two teams it was playoff hockey. It was very fast paced with tight checking and even had two fisticuffs.

Johnstown’s Nick Bruce was called for interference with 9:46 left in the first to put the Rebels on the power play. With time about to expire with the extra attacker, Aaron Maguyon was able to give the Rebels their only lead of the game. Maguyon brought the puck to the far side faceoff circle inside the Tomahawks zone. He sent a cross ice pass to Dom Garcia who took a one-timer that was saved by Drew Hotte but the put deflected off his glove and went behind the net. Garcia sent a pass behind the net to Maguyon who passed it out front to Carter Woolley. Woolley took a shot that was saved by Hotte but Maguyon tapped in the rebound to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead with 7:46 left in the opening period. It was Maguyon’s ninth goal on the season.

Johnstown would tie the game at one with four minutes remaining in the opening period. Mitchell Hale brought the puck out of his zone and head manned the puck up to Bruce in the neutral zone. Bruce cut to his right and went around Rebels’ defenseman Justin Smith and took a shot that beat Jack Leavy long side for his nineteenth goal on the season.

After no scoring in the second and with time winding down in the third with the score still tied, Rebels forward Evgeny Yakovlev was called for spearing and received a game misconduct with 4:46 remaining in regulation forcing the Rebels to finish the game down a man. As the siren sounded to end the third period, the Tomahawks would start the overtime on the power play.

As time expired on the Rebels penalty, Johnstown’s Andrew Quetell had the puck at the top of the point. He passed it to his left to Bruce. Bruce sent a cross-ice pass that was redirected by Ott passed Leavy to give the Tomahawks a 2 – 1 win just twenty seconds into the extra period.

It was the Rebels second straight overtime loss.

Leavy would stop 18 of 20 shots while Hotte turned aside 16 of 17. Click here for the box score.

These two teams meet again tonight at 7:00pm.

Photo Credit: The Rebels would like to sincerely thank Phil Andraychak for providing photos from last night’s game. As always, he does an amazing job!

Weekend Preview: 3/17 – 3/18; Rebels travel to Johnstown for critical series

Aston Rebels vs. Johnstown Tomahawks Overview
Ten points separate the first place Aston Rebels and the second place Johnstown Tomahawks. This could be a make it or break it weekend for each team as the Rebels travel to Johnstown for two games against the Tomahawks. If the Rebels sweep the series, the Rebels will essentially clinch their second straight East Division championship. If the Tomahawks sweep the series, hold onto you seats because Johnstown would trail the Rebels by six points with seven games remaining, which includes a pair of games between these two teams in Johnstown during the regular season’s final weekend.

The Rebels have won seven of the eight games against Johnstown this year yet these games have been extremely close. The Rebels have outscored the Tomahawks 19 – 14. Each team has recorded a shutout and two of the Rebels wins have come in overtime.  Each game has been played like playoff hockey.

Donovan Ott leads the Tomahawks in points against the Rebels with eight (4 goals and 4 assists) while Filips Buncis has five points (4 goals and 1 assist). Ott and Buncis each have scored the most goals against the Rebels with four apiece.  The Tomahawks are 4 for 25 (16%) on the power play. Johnstown’s goalies have a combined 2.38 goals against average with a .900 save percentage. Drew Hotte has played in six of the eight games. He has a 2.33 goals against with a .90 save percentage and one shutout.

Rebels’ defenseman Ryan Solomon has the most points against Johnstown this season with six (1 goal and 5 assists).  Dom Garcia (3 goals and 2 assists) and Aaron Maguyon (1 goal and 4 assists) each have five points against the Tomahawks. Garcia has scored the most goals against the Hawks with three. Maguyon and Brennan Kapcheck each have scored game winning goals in overtime. The Rebels are 4 for 23 (17%) on the power play. The Rebels goaltending has a combined 1.71 goals against average and a .926 save percentage. Markes Mitens has played in seven of the eight games. He has a 1.71 goals against and a .928 save percentage with one shutout.

Johnstown Tomahawks Overview
The Tomahawks are currently in second place in the East Division with a 34-13-3-1 record for 72 points, ten points behind the Rebels. Johnstown is coming off of a 2 – 1 win over the New Jersey Titans. The Tomahawks have won five of their last ten games. They have scored 176 goals (fourth most in the league) and have allowed 123 (third least in the league) through 51 games.

The Tomahawks are led by Dalton Hunter’s 49 points (25 goals and 24 assists). He is accompanied by Nicholas Bruce’s 46 points (18 goals and 28 assists) and Donovan Ott’s 44 points (26 goals and 17 assists). Ott has the most goals on the team with 26.  Adam Pilewicz leads the Tomahawks’ defensemen with 25 points (4goals and 21 assists). Hunter leads the team with seven game winning goals.

Johnstown is ranked thirteenth in the league on the power play with an 18.1% conversion ratio while they are ranked eighth in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 83.7% of the time. Thomas Horn leads the team with 184 penalty minutes. Hunter has the team’s best +/- ratio of +33.

Goaltenders Drew Hotte and Vinnie Purpura have a combined 2.37 goals against average and a .913 save percentage along with six shut outs (five for Hotte).

Aston Rebels Overview
The Rebels lead the East Division with a record of 40-9-1-1 for 82 points. They are coming off of a 3 – 2 shootout loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels have won eight out of their last ten games. They have scored 179 goals (third best in the league) and have allowed only 91 goals (least amount in the NAHL) through 51 games.

The Rebels are led by Andrew Bellant’s 46 points (24 goals and 22 assists). He is followed by three players each with 40 points: Gvido Jansons (18 goals and 22 assists), Drew Blackmun (16 goals and 24 assists) and Dom Garcia (12 goals and 28 assists). Bellant also leads the team in goals with 24 and game winning goals with five. Jansons also leads the team’s defensemen with 40 points.

The Rebels are ranked third in the league on the power play with a 22.9% conversion ratio while they are ranked fifth in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 85% of the time. Bellant leads the team with 148 penalty minutes. Brennan Kapcheck and Ryan Solomon each have a +35 +/- ratio.

The goaltending tandem of Mareks Mitens (1.54 GAA and .931 SV%) and Jack Leavy (1.92 GAA and .918 SV%) has a combined 1.73 goals against average and a .925 save percentage with sixteen shutouts.

Rebels lose 3 – 2 in shootout to WBS Knights

The Rebels concluded their five game home stand with a 3 – 2 loss in a shootout to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. It was the Rebels first defeat in seven games.

The Rebels would take the lead early in the game.  Evgeny Yakovlev had the puck down low in the Knights far corner. He passed it up the boards to Jensen Zerban who went to play the puck. Zerban passed it back to the point to Ryan Solomon. As soon as Solomon took a wrist shot, Yakovlev skated in front of the Knights net and redirected the shot past Knights goalie Grant Valentine to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead at 6:19 into the first period.  It was Yakovlev’s eleventh goal on the season.

With time winding down in the opening period, the Knights would tie the game.  Dorian Dawson brought the puck out of the Knights zone and passed it up to Reed Robinson who was skating along the far side boards. Robinson would pass the puck to Mike Gelatt who was skating towards the high slot. Gelatt would veer towards the Rebels far side corner with Michael Underwood on him. Gelatt took a blind shot that beat Jack Leavy short side to make it 1 – 1 with 1:24 left in the first period.

The Knights would take the lead on Curtis Carlson’s fourteenth goal on the season.  Aaron Maguyon was called for interference with 5:14 left in the second period to put WBS on the power play. Elijah Latimer intercepted a Rebels clearing pass at the point. He passed the puck down low to Matt Kidney. Kidney would pass it back to Latimer who took a shot that was initially saved by Leavy but the rebound came back to Carlson who put the puck in the back of the net to make a 2 – 1 game.

The Rebels would tie the game six minutes and six seconds into the final period.  Andrew Noel took a slapshot from the near side point that went off of Valentine’s glove and into the far side corner. Brennan Kapcheck entered the zone and picked up the rebound and went behind the Knights net. He sent a passed back to Dom Garcia who was on the goal line adjacent to the net. Garcia took a shot that redirected off Valentine’s stick and slid underneath his pads for the Rebels captains’ twelfth goal on the season.

With regulation ending in a 2 -2 tie, the two teams would play a scoreless five minutes in overtime, resulting in a shootout.

WBS’ Sam Antonitsch was first denied by Leavy. Carter Woolley would score on a blazing wrist shot that beat Valentine glove side. Paul Maust would tie it when he beat Leavy short side.  Andrew Hart was stopped by Valentine then Robinson was stopped by Leavy. Jensen Zerban was denied by Valentine to bring it to Adrain Danchenko. As Danchencko touched the puck at center ice, Leavy went to skate out of the crease but fell down. He wasn’t able to recover and Danchencko put the puck into an open net. Kapcheck tried to tie it but he was stopped by Valentine to end the game.

Leavy turned aside 17 of 19 shots while Valentine stopped 25 of 27 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels have nine games remaining with eight of them having to be played on the road. The team’s magic number to clinch the East Division is five.  They will travel to play two games at Johnstown and then two at Attleboro before returning for their final regular season home game on March 31st against the New Jersey Titans.

Weekend Preview: 3/10 – 3/11; WBS Knights visit IceWorks for lone game

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights vs. Aston Rebels Overview
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights visit IceWorks on Friday night for the Rebels only game of the weekend. This will be the twelfth and final time these two teams meet during the regular season, and the Rebels have won nine of the eleven games. Aston has outscored the Knights 46 – 21. The Rebels two losses were on the road. If the regular season were to conclude now these two teams would meet in the first round of the playoffs – just like last year.

The Knights have three players who have six points against the Rebels: Kristian Acosta (4 goals and 2 assists), Sam Antonitsch (2 goals and 4 assists) and Curtis Carlson (3 goals and 3 assists). Acosta has scored the most goals against the Rebels with four. WBS is 4 of 34 (12%) on the power play. The Knights goaltenders have a 3.90 goals against average and a .872 save percentage. Grant Valentine has appeared in seven of the games. He has allowed 24 goals, and he has a .871 save percentage.

Gvido Jansons leads the Rebels with thirteen points (8 goals and 5 assists) against the Knights. He is followed by Drew Blackmun’s eleven points (5 goals and 6 assists) and four players who each have ten points: Andrew Bellant (6 goals and 4 assists), Brennan Kapckeck (2 goals and 8 assists), Aaron Maguyon (4 goals and 6 assists) and Evgeny Yakovlev (2 goals and 8 assists). Jansons has scored the most goals against the Knights with eight. The Rebels are 8 of 37 (22%) on the power play. Mareks Mitens and Jack Leavy have a combined 1.63 goals against average and .932 save percentage with three shutouts (all Mitens). Mitens has appeared in nine of the games and he has allowed eleven goals with a .949 save percentage.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in fourth place in the East Division with a 23-23-1-3 record for 50 points through 50 games. They are 31 points behind the Rebels. WBS is coming off of a 3 – 2 shootout loss against the Johnstown Tomahawks back on February 25. The Knights have won four out of their last ten games. The Knights have scored 155 goals (tenth most in the league) and have allowed 157 (thirteenth in the league) through 50 games.

The Knights’ Matt Kidney and Paul Maust each have thirty four points (each has 14 goals and 20 assists). Sam Antonitsch has thirty two points (16 goals and 16 assists). Antonitsch has the most goals on the team with 16. Dorian Dawson leads the Knights defensemen with 30 points (7 goals and 23 assists).Kidney and Maust each have three game winning goals.

WBS is twenty second in the league on the power play with a 15.6% conversion ratio while they are ranked seventh in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 84% of the time. Elijah Latimer leads the team with 101 penalty minutes. Maust has the team’s best +/- ratio of +15.

Goaltenders Grant Valentine and Matteo Esposito have a combined 3.03 goals against average and a .909 save percentage with three shutouts.

Aston Rebels Overview
The Rebels lead the East Division with a record of 40-9-1 for 81 points through 50 games, ten left in the regular season. Aston has the best record in the North American Hockey League. They are coming off of a 3 – 2 win over the Johnstown Tomahawks, and they have won nine of their last ten games. They are on an eight game win streak. The Rebels have scored 177 goals (third best in the league) and have allowed only 88goals (least amount in the NAHL) through 48 games.

The Rebels are led by Andrew Bellant’s 46 points (24 goals and 22 assists). He is followed by Gvido Jansons (8 goals and 22 assists) and Drew Blackmun’s (16 goals and 24 assists) 40 points each. Bellant also leads the team in goals with 24 and game winning goals with five. Jansons also leads the team’s defensemen with 40 points.

The Rebels are ranked third in the league on the power play with a 23.4% conversion ratio while they are ranked third in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 85.8% of the time. Bellant leads the team with 146 penalty minutes. Brennan Kapcheck and Ryan Solomon lead the team with a +34 +/- ratio.

The goaltending tandem of Mareks Mitens (1.54 GAA and .931 SV%) and Jack Leavy (1.92 GAA and .912SV%) has a combined 1.73 goals against average and a .921 save percentage with sixteen shutouts.

Zerban & Leavy named honorable mention for NAHL’s February monthly awards

The North American Hockey League announced its monthly player awards for February and forward Jensen Zerban and goaltender Jack Leavy were named honorable mention for their respective position.

Zerban, who is committed to the Air Force Academy, had nine points in nine games during the month. He had five goals and four assists with a +3 +/- ratio. He has a total of twenty two points on the season (8 goals and 14 assists). He was named second star of the week for week ending February 12.

Leavy, who just completed in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament, had a 3 – 0 record in the month with a 1.50 goals against average and a .921 save percentage with two shutouts. On the season he has an 11-1-1 record with a 1.92 goals against average and a .919 save percentage with five shutouts.