Over the weekend the 2nd place Jamestown Rebels hosted the 4th place Northeast Generals for the second time this season. These two Eat Division teams have not played against one another since Nov. 9th-10th. During that weekend the Rebels wore specialty military jerseys, this past weekend they dawned breast cancer awareness jerseys. With playoffs right around the corner both teams are looking to go into the post-season with a lot of momentum.
On Friday, the Generals came out firing on all cylinders as they were able to score 1:45 into the 1st period. With less than eight minutes left in the period they added to their total, giving them a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room after the first 20 minutes of play. While the Rebels put up double-digit shots in the middle frame none were able to beat David Fessenden. On the other side of the ice though the Generals put up eight shots on Noah West for the second straight period. Two of their eight shots beat West, with the last one going in with :18 seconds left in the 2nd period. This now put the Rebels deficit at four when the 3rd period started. In the final period of regulation, Hunter Johannes was able to finally erase the goose egg on the scoreboard. Minutes later, Jackson Wille and Brady Gaudette dropped the gloves. Wille was looking to spark something in his team in hopes that they would be able to tie it. Sadly, that would not be the case as the clock hit zero and the score read 4-1 Generals. That was the Rebels second-straight loss to Northeast and their first three-goal loss since game two of their home opening weekend when they lost 6-3 to New Jersey.
The following night was a different Rebels squad than the one that left the ice less than 24 hours ago. Once again David Fessenden was between the pipes for the Generals. As for the Rebels they went with the best goalie in the league, Ryan Keane. The energy from top to bottom for the Rebels was completely different, they were being more aggressive and making high quality passes. They put up 11 shots on Fessenden after the first 20 minutes, but nothing was able to get past him. In the middle period the Rebels put up 14 shots and still no answer. When the 3rd period started there was still no goals put up on the board. Although with 4:15 left to go in regulation someone was finally able to put the frozen rubber in the back of the net, but it was not in favor of the good guys. With less than three minutes left in regulation we had ourselves another fight, this time though it was between Niki Jasko and Ryan Rowland. While that sure did get the crowd on their feet, the Rebels were in jeopardy of being swept by the Generals for the first time this season. With Keane pulled and the extra attacker out for the Rebels they tried everything they could to tie it up and force overtime. Unfortunately, they were not able to score giving the Generals their first sweep over the Rebels.
That was Fessenden’s first shutout of the season. It was also the first time the Rebels had been shutout since their 9-0 loss to Amarillo on Sep. 21st. The Rebels want to get far away from February as possible, as it was not kind to them having been swept the first and last set of games for this month. This weekend they travel to Odenton, MD to face the 6th place Maryland Black bears. They have six-straight wins over the newest team in the NAHL, all coming at the Northwest Arena. The last time they visited Maryland was nearly four months ago which resulted in a win and an overtime loss. If any weekend can get the Rebels back to their winning ways it will be this weekend as they have not lost in regulation to the Black Bears and they lead the season series 8-0-1-1. For ticket information call 716-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on all our social media.
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This past weekend the Rebels played their first two games of 2019 in Pittson, PA. This also marked the last time the Rebels would travel to Scranton during the regular season. They went into this past weekend leading the season series 6-0. The Rebels ended 2018 on a four-game win streak and the Knights came into the weekend on a four-game losing streak. The Rebels have been sitting comfortably in second place in the East for quite some time. Whereas the Knights were in sixth place and battling for a playoff spot.
Friday marked the first of four-straight games between the Rebels and Knights. Wilkes-Barre scored a short-handed goal early in the first period to give themselves the 1-0 lead. They held onto that lead for the remainder of the first frame. It was in the second period when things started to pickup for Jamestown. With just 8:27 left in the middle period, Nick Stuckless was able to fly right past the defense of the Knights and beat Zach Stejskal to ties things up. The score would remain 1-1 after 60 minutes of play forcing overtime. This was the first time this season the Rebels and Knights required extra hockey to decide a winner. Even though the Rebels put up four shots during the five minute 3-on-3 overtime, it would not be enough as Stejskal stood tall on every shot. Since 65 minutes was not enough time to declare a winner both coaches got ready to send out three players for the shootout. The Rebels SO record was 1-1, as for the Knights their SO record was 1-0. The first four shooters could not convert so it came down to the final round. Auggie Moore was the last to go for the Rebels and he would not make Joe Coombs regret it as Moore was able to wrist one right past Stejskal to put the Rebels up 1-0 in the SO. For the Rebels to win all they needed was Ryan Keane to stop Jacob Badal’s shot, and that he did. The Rebels won their fifth-straight game (longest of the season) and extend their perfect record against the Knights to 7-0, five of those wins coming in Scranton.
Less than 24 hours later these two teams laced them up again for a matinee game. Going into Saturday’s game the Knights desperately needed the two points if they wanted to stay in the race for a playoff spot. Both goalies stayed the same, but the outcome did not. It started off very well for the Rebels as Jackson Wille scored his first NAHL goal just 2:33 into the start of the game. Although just over a minute later the Knights would answer to tie the game at 1-1. With :45 seconds left in the first period the Knights found the back of the net for the second time, giving them the 2-1 lead to end the period. The second period is when the Knights started to get things going offensively. They put up 16 shots in the middle frame and one of those shots beat Keane to give Wilkes-Barre a 3-1. This marked the first time this season that the Knights scored more than two goals on the Rebels. The rookie Jake Felker was able to pull his team within one right before the end of the second period. Unfortunately, the Knights would add another to their tally in the third period putting them back up by a pair. The Rebels did everything they could to try and tie it, but the horn sounded ending the game and with it the Rebels five-game win streak. The Knights picked up their first win against the Rebels this season and snapped their five-game losing streak.
The Rebels now have an overall record of 20-10-2-1 (43PTS) and have now lost to every team in the East, but still reside in second place. With the Knights gaining three points over the weekend they improve to 12-19-1-1 (26PTS) but are on the outside looking in as Maryland currently holds the last playoff spot with 27PTS. This weekend, the Rebels and the Knights will square off again but this time it will be in Jamestown, NY. The Rebels sit six points ahead of the Titans but 15 points back of the Tomahawks. Regardless of the outcome from this weekend the Rebels will still be in second place, but they are looking to get back to their winning ways and try to close the gap on Johnstown. For ticket information call 716-484-2624