Over the weekend, the Rebels visited the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in Pittston, PA. The team have not lost to the Knights yet this season. Wilkes-Barre had their five-game win streak snapped prior to this past weekend when they lost to the Generals 6–3. The Knights came into the weekend holding a playoff spot as they were in fourth place (11-16-1) in the East Division. The Rebels on the other hand are in second place (15-9-2-1) in the division and top ten in the league.
On Friday, there was a goal scored each period resulting in a 2–1 final. It started off in favor of the good guys with Alex Roy recording his second goal of the season after he scored on the power play. The Rebels went into the locker room after the first with a 1–0 lead. Almost seven minutes into the middle period, the Knights answered back with one of their own power-play goals, as they had a 5-on-3 man-advantage. The Rebels knew they had to come out aggressive once the puck was dropped to start the third and they did exactly that. Alex Frye scored just 3:32 into the period giving the Rebels the lead once again. The score would remain 2–1 Rebels when the horn sounded, giving them their fifth straight win over the Knights and the opportunity to sweep them for a third time the next day. Ryan Keane played phenomenal between the pipes, stopping 28 shots and recording his fifth-straight win. As for his counterpart Samuel Vyletelka, he is still searching for his first win in net (0–9).
The following day these two teams met for a matinee game. The Rebels started Keane again, as for the Knights they decided to go with the UMD commit Zach Stejskal (11-8-1). The Knights came out strong once the puck was dropped by scoring the first goal and giving them their first lead of the weekend. The score would remain 1–0 Knights until there was under a minute to go in the second period. Jake Felker redirected the puck in front and it went right past Stejskal, the score was tied 1–1 after 40 minutes of play. The third period was very back and forth as neither team could gain an edge. With 16:04 gone in the final period of regulation, Jim Glynn finally broke the tie to give the Rebels their first lead of the game. Also, with Glynn scoring he now has the longest point-streak this season at 10 and is one game away from tying the franchise record set by Ben Greiner back in 2013-2014 as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Greiner accumulated 14 points during his 11-game point streak, Glynn is currently sitting at 13.
With time winding down and their hopes of beating Jamestown for the first time this season fading, the Knights pulled Stejskal to give them an extra attacker. It would not pay off for them though as Alex Frye scored on the empty net giving the Rebels a 3–1 victory. The Knights are the only team in the East to have not beaten Jamestown. With the sweep, Keane is now on a six-game win streak and currently sits fifth in the league for GAA with a 1.89. Also, the Rebels are currently on a 10-game road point streak which started back on October 19th, making it the second longest in the league.
The Rebels are back on a winning streak and only have the Black Bears in their path before everyone can go home for the Holidays. This Friday marks the half-way point of the season for the Rebels and with a record of 17-9-2-1 (37PTS) they are sitting comfortable in second place. The Black Bears are coming to Jamestown with an overall record of 10-16-3-2 (25PTS) putting them in fourth place. The last time the Black Bears came to Jamestown it did not end well for them as they got swept and set two records for the Rebels this season. The first one was the most goals the Rebels have scored in a game after they won 7–1. The very next day they hit another milestone as Noah West recorded the team’s first shutout of the season by a final of 4–0. With Christmas right around the corner, the Rebels hope to deliver two gifts to the Black Bears this weekend in the form of losses.
A few days ago, the Rebels hosted the Johnstown Tomahawks. It was a battle between first and second place in the East Division. Going into the weekend the Tomahawks were on a 17-game win streak trying to get to the record at 24 set last year by Fairbanks. Whereas the Rebels were looking to extend their point streak to seven. Also, the Rebels were just one point ahead of the Titans, so they needed to play their best hockey of the season if they wanted to stay in the top two.
On Friday, the Tomahawks started Carter McPhail. While he is Johnstown’s best net-minder posting the fourth best goals-against-average in the league with a 1.98. His only blemish on his record came from the Rebels back on Oct. 5th when they won 4–1. Since then he has won 12 straight starts and was looking to get revenge on the Rebels once the puck was dropped. Opposite of him was Ryan Keane who has been stellar for the Rebels lately riding three-straight wins. He is also two spots behind McPhail for goals-against-average with a 2.06. Not only do the Tomahawks have some great goaltending but they also are the best power-play team in the league, so staying out of the box over the weekend was key for the Rebels if they wanted to win. Friday marked the first ever Teddy Bear Toss for the Rebels and they did not expect it to come so early. As just 1:36 into the hockey game Alex Frye scored unleashing hundreds of stuffed animals in front of a record-setting attendance of 1,153. The Tomahawks would answer though a little later right after they got done killing a penalty. Towards the end of the first period Jake Felker scored to give his team the lead again and the score would remain 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play. Jake Felker wasted no time picking up where he left off in the first as he scored his second goal of the game just :32 seconds into the middle period. The Rebels held that lead until there was almost 13 minutes left in the third, then Sam Anzai scored to put the Rebels up by three. The Tomahawks were not able to put up any more goals as the final horn sounded, ending their remarkable win streak at 17. The Rebels extended their point-streak to seven games and evened the season series at 2–2. Ryan Keane also got his fourth straight win as a starter and what is even more impressive is that even though the Tomahawks had the best power play in the league, they went 0/5 on the man-advantage. That has not happened to them since they played New Jersey back on Nov. 16th when they went 0/6. With Alex Frye scoring on Friday he extended his point streak to nine games (9G, 6A).
The next night, the Rebels were riding a huge high as they looked to get their first sweep over the best team in the league. Both teams made changes to their goalies as it was Cooper Lukenda for the Tomahawks and Noah West for the Rebels. Lukenda came in with a record of 6–1 and on a five-game winning streak. Whereas Noah West had not lost in regulation since Oct. 13th, putting him in 13th overall for GAA with 2.47. Antonio Venuto got things going early for the Rebels as not even five minutes into the game he scored to put them up 1–0. It was not until past the half-way point in the first when Johnstown would find the back of the net to tie things up. The score would remain 1–1 until there was about 12 minutes left in the second when Alex Roy scored on a slap shot from the right point on the power play to give the Rebels the lead once again. That was also his first NAHL goal! In the late stages of the middle period the Tomahawks were able to tie the game again as they recorded their first power-play goal of the weekend. The score would remain tied 2–2 after 40 minutes of play. Although it did not stay tied for long as only a minute had passed in the third period when Johnstown scored to give them their first lead of the weekend. The Rebels tried everything they could to answer, even pulling West towards the end of the game to give them the extra attacker. Unfortunately, it would not be successful as the score read 3-2 Tomahawks after 60 minutes.
The Tomahawks were back in the win column and the Rebels received their first regulation loss since Nov. 10th. Johnstown improves to 25-5 (50PTS), whereas the Rebels are now 15-9-2-1 (33PTS). With the Rebels not gaining three or four points over the weekend they were in jeopardy of falling back down to third place had New Jersey swept Maryland. Luckily for the Rebels, the Black Bears won on Sunday by a final of 4–2. With New Jersey losing their record is now 16-12 (32PTS) and they still sit one point behind Jamestown. The Rebels are heading to Scranton, PA this weekend to face the Knights. The Rebels play Wilkes-Barre six out of their next eight games and they currently lead the season series 4–0, so there is a lot of confidence heading into this weekend to try and get a third sweep over the Knights. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.
Over the weekend the Rebels faced-off against the New Jersey Titans in Middletown, NJ. This was the first time this season that the Rebels made the trip there and just the second weekend these teams have played each other. The previous meeting between these two teams was the home opening weekend for the Rebels when the Titans spoiled it by sweeping them. Saturday’s game was the NAHL Game of the Week, so fans could enjoy some great hockey for free. Both the Titans and the Rebels had 28 points going into the weekend, so it was truly a battle for second place.
On Saturday, the game started out quiet as no one scored in the first 20 minutes of play. Although in the 2nd period it was the Titans who got on the board first after they scored on the power play. The score would remain 1-0 Titans until Alex Frye beat newly acquired Titans’ goalie Ryan Winter. With a 1-1 score we headed into overtime to decide a winner. While Noah West played phenomenal between the pipes on Saturday, stopping 28 shots, the Titans found a way to beat him in the 3-on-3 OT to give them the win and sole possession of 2nd place. The Rebels still managed to gain a point and still had a chance to capture 2nd place if they won the next day in regulation.
Less than 24 hours later these two teams went at it again for another 60 minutes. This time though it was all Rebels from the start as Lewis Crosby scored 4:07 into the first period, giving his team their first lead of the weekend. Alex Frye would add to that lead with under a minute to go in the first on a short-handed goal. The Rebels picked up in the 2nd period where they left off in the first. As not even :30 seconds into the middle period it was Colin Schmidt who scored on the power play to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead. With more penalties being called than there were shots combined it made for a lot of man-advantages. Rebels went 1/6 all game whereas the Titans went 0/8 on the power play. When the 3rd period started it was another early goal from a Rebel player and this time it was Jake Felker. Rebels just had to hold off the Titans for the next 18 minutes and they would jump into 2nd place bumping the Titans down to 3rd. Thanks to a stellar performance in net by Ryan Keane, the Rebels won the game by a final of 4-0. Keane got his first shutout of the season stopping all 31 shots the Titans threw at him. He had this to say about getting his first shutout this season “It was a good team win and I had a great group of guys in front of me that made it easy on me”. Keane also had this to say when asked if the Rebels can snap the Tomahawks long win streak “Absolutely, it is a good opportunity for our team to showcase our talent and get revenge on them”. The Rebels also extended their point-streak to six games and finally got their first win over New Jersey this season. With two goals and one assist over the weekend, Alex Frye is now on an eight-game point streak and is averaging a point-per-game.
This weekend though will be a lot tougher as the red-hot Johnstown Tomahawks come to the Northwest Arena. They are currently on a 17-game win streak and are not only the number one team in the East but also in the league (24-4). The Rebels have only played them once during their current streak and that game was back on November 7th and resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Rebels. One of the four blemishes on the Tomahawks record came at the hands of the Rebels way back on October 5th which was the home opener for Johnstown. The Rebels have always played the Tomahawks tight but with four players in the top five overall for points it is not surprising that the Tomahawks are on this remarkable run. The Rebels have their own streak that they do not want to end as do the Tomahawks, so these two games are going to be huge as first and second place in the East clash here in Jamestown, NY. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.
This past weekend the Rebels hosted the Maryland Black Bears for the first time this regular season. Two days before the Rebels played them, the Black Bears were in Johnstown and lost 8-2. They trailed the Rebels by five points to start the weekend and the series was split going into this weekend 2-2 with neither team getting a sweep yet. During both games the Rebels looked sharp whereas the Black Bears seemed to have too much to eat for Thanksgiving.
On Black Friday, the Rebels started out hot as not even five minutes into the game they were already on the scoreboard thanks to Niki Jasko scoring his first goal as a Rebel. Just past the halfway point in the period Auggie Moore ripped a shot off the post and in to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead. After Jasko got called for slashing the Rebels went on the penalty kill but Alex Frye got the defense sleeping and was able to go on a breakaway. As he was one-on-one with Black Bears’ goalie David Tomeo, he sniped it top shelf knocking off his water bottle and gave his team the 3-0 lead. His goal was also the first shorthanded goal the Rebels have scored this season. With just eight seconds left in the first period the Rebels were not done as Antonio Venuto scored putting the Rebels up 4-0 after the first 20 minutes. When the 2nd period started the Black Bears tried to put up a fight by throwing the puck towards Ryan Keane every chance they got. It did not remain 4-0 for long as Nick Stuckless scored on the power play before the half-way point of the game giving the Rebels a five-goal lead and tying their season-high in goals. The Black Bears were able to get one past Keane though as their captain scored on the power play to pull his team within four. With 45 seconds left in the middle period it was Noah Finstrom that scored putting his team up by five again and making it the highest scoring game for the Rebels this season. Though they would not stop at six as Alex Frye scored top shelf again, although this time he knocked the cap off the water bottle spilling all the water onto the ice. With a dominant 7-1 win on Friday the Rebels were now on a three-game winning streak but still two points behind New Jersey for 2nd place. Friday’s win was also the eighth time this season the Rebels have won a game and only allowed one goal. Also, throughout the 60 minutes on Friday there was a plethora of penalties, scrums, and big hits. All of this resulted in a combined 86 penalty minutes, Rebels still had the fewest in the division whereas the Black Bears were now second in the league in PIMS.
On Saturday, the Black Bears decided to start Tomeo again after he let in seven goals on 35 shots. While he is their number one goalie it sure was surprising to not see backup netminder Kevin Lake get the nod for Saturday to try to split the weekend series for the third time this season. The Rebels have won all their games against the Black Bears on Friday but then have lost the next day in extra hockey. With them having home ice advantage and coming off their biggest game of the season they were determined to change the narrative. Rebels did change their goalies though as Noah West got the start. The Rebels were riding a huge wave of momentum when the puck was dropped on Saturday to start thee first period. They put up 16 shots through the first 20 minutes and only gave up six shots to Maryland. Two of those 16 shots found the back of the net thanks to Jake Felker (PP) and Jim Glynn. Their goals were scored less than a minute apart. With almost half of the game gone it was Antonio Venuto that scored on the power play to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead with just about 10 minutes left in the 2nd. A few minutes later Colin Schmidt scored to now give the Rebels a 4-0, his goal was also on the power play. The Rebels went 3/6 on the man-advantage on Saturday. The Black Bears tried their hardest to get one past West before time expired, but it was too little too late as the horn sounded giving the Rebels their first shutout this season along with putting them on a four-game winning streak, their longest this season.
Noah West had this to say about getting the first shutout for the Rebels this season “It felt really good, we have been playing some of our best hockey lately”. He also had this to say when asked about their match-up with New Jersey this weekend “It should be a playoff series and a battle for the next spot, it should be interesting”. When asked about this past weekend and how he felt about how the team played Head Coach Joe Coombs states “I thought it was the best 120 minutes of hockey we have played all season”. He also added this about the two big games against New Jersey this weekend “We are going to try to work our process and prepare like we do for any other weekend”. The Knights beat the Titans Saturday giving the Rebels a tie with New Jersey for second place in the East. This Saturday’s game between the Rebels and Titans will also be the NAHL Game of the Week as puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm. Tune in on HockeyTv for the free coverage of the battle for second place. For any ticket information call 716-484-2624.
A few days ago, the Rebels went to Pittson, PA to face the last place team in the East Division, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. These two teams have met twice already when WBS came to Jamestown, NY back on October 26th and 27th. That meeting went very well for the Rebels as they finally got their first weekend sweep of the season. While the Knights have been struggling early on this season, they swept the Rebels last season in the playoffs when they came to the Revolution Ice Centre. The Rebels last win at RIC came on March 15th by a final of 7-3. The tides have turned though as the Rebels are in hot pursuit of second place and the Knights are just trying to keep afloat.
The first of two games between these two teams was very lopsided. The Rebels peppered University of Minnesota-Duluth commit Zach Stejskal in the first period, putting up twenty shots and only allowing four. Two of those twenty shots the Rebels put up found the back of the net thanks to Alex Frye and Jake Felker. The pressure was relentless from the Rebels as they were winning a lot of board battles and not allowing the Knights to enter the slot for easy shots. Almost halfway through the 2nd period the Knights were finally able to beat Noah West as they scored on a 4-on-3 power play. The Knights came into this match-up with the second-best power play in the league but only managed to go 1/6 on Thursday. Frye recorded his second goal of the game after he got on a breakaway and wristed one right past Stejskal. With a 3-1 lead and the edge in shots 36-12 after 40 minutes of hockey, the Rebels were in the drivers’ seat to start the third. In the final period of regulation, the Knights tried to piece together a comeback as Sacha Guillemain scored his second goal of the game cutting the Rebels lead in half. The Knights seemed to gain some wind in their sail late in the game as they knew time was about to expire but it was soon deflated as they got called for having too many men on the ice. With the Knights down by one and on the penalty kill they pulled their goalie to make it 5-on-5 hockey. The Rebels were able to enter the Knights zone and Auggie Moore scored on the empty-net giving his team the 4-2 win. The Rebels were back to their winning ways and their sticks could not be hotter as they put up 53 shots, almost a shot per-minute. As for the Knights, they only managed to put up 21 shots and that loss put them on a two-game losing streak. Noah West also recorded his first win since September 30th when the Rebels beat Northeast 3-2.
The next day started out differently as the Knights outshot the Rebels 8-7 after the first period. Though the Rebels led where it mattered and that was on the scoreboard as Noah Finstrom scored five minutes into the period. The Knights went with Stejskal again as he is their go-to-man. Whereas the Rebels decided to switch out goalies and put in Ryan Keane. Keane played all three games last week, allowing eight goals and making 63 saves. With the much-needed rest he looked sharp between the pipes. While the second period was a scoreless one, the Rebels sure did have their fair share of chances. The Knights took five penalties in the middle period and the Rebels could not convert, even with one of those chances being a 5-on-3 power play. Not even five minutes into the 3rd period and the Knights scored to tie the game at 1-1. As time went on the Knights got called for holding just 8:01 into the 3rd. Just 45 seconds later Jim Glynn scored to make it 2-1 Rebels. Being down by a goal for the second straight night was not sitting well with the Knights as they pulled Stejskal giving them a 6-on-5 with less than a minute left. As the Knights were deep in the Rebels zone trying to tie it to force overtime, Caleb Price picked up the puck and turned to face the empty net 180 feet away. He put everything on it he could, and it slid right into the back of the cage. Giving him not only his first goal as a Rebel but also in the NAHL. The Rebels outshot the Knights for the second-straight night 45-22 and won by a pair again with both final goals coming in the form of an empty net. After the loss on Friday the Knights are now on a three-game losing streak and they have only had one win in the past 11 games. The Rebels on the other hand pickup a much-needed four points and got help from the Tomahawks over the weekend as they swept the Titans. With New Jersey not picking up a single point against Johnstown the Rebels find themselves just one win away from tying the Titans for second place.
This weekend though the Rebels will host the Maryland Black Bears, both games scheduled for 7:05pm puck drop. This will be the first trip to western New York that the Black Bears are making this season. The previous four meetings between these two teams have resulted in a split series and each time the Rebels have won the Friday game and have lost the next night in extra hockey. Three out of the four games have been decided by overtime or shootout. The Black Bears split the weekend with the Generals giving the Rebels a five-point edge over them going into this weekend. Make sure to come out to the Northwest Arena this weekend to cheer on your Rebels to victory. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.
A few days ago, the Rebels went to Odenton, MD to square off against the Maryland Black Bears. The previous two meetings between these teams resulted in a shootout with each team winning one of them. The Rebels were coming off their first weekend sweep and their first win on home ice. Whereas the Black Bears had just gotten swept by the Titans and dropped to fourth place in the division. This time at Piney Orchard Ice Arena it was a different result by the end of the first game.
On Friday the Rebels came out with a lot of momentum and urgency as it was the birthday boy Sam Anzai that scored the weekend’s first goal exactly half through the first period. The score would remain 1-0 until Jake Felker scored almost five minutes into the 3rd period. Shortly after his goal the Black Bears got on the board, unfortunately they would not be able to put up any more. The Rebels added two more to their tally thanks to Antonio Venuto and Alex Frye giving them a 4-1 win. This also gave them their third straight win and hopes of picking up their second weekend sweep the next night.
Saturday’s game started out very similar to Friday’s as the Rebels jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 1:23 into the opening frame after Colin Schmidt scored. There would not be another goal until Maryland scored with 8:17 to go in the final period of regulation. With no more goals the game went into overtime. Saturday marked the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams and the third time a game has required extra hockey to determine a winner. With 1:19 left in overtime it was Luke Posner that scored giving his team the full two points and snapping their three-game losing streak. The Rebels managed to gain three points out of a possible four and still hold possession of third place. Tomorrow they will face not only the first-place team in the East Division but also in the NAHL. It will surely be a hard-fought hockey game as soon as puck drops at 7:05p.m.