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The 2018-19 regular season is in the books

This past weekend the Rebels hosted the Johnstown Tomahawks for the final two regular season games. For both teams neither game had much meaning to it as they both were more focused on the post-season. The biggest rivalry in the East Division was coming to a close for the regular season but it could very well be a second-round matchup. The Rebels entered this weekend with a 3-4-2-1 record against the best team in the league. They had only won one of the last six meetings and the past three games between these two teams was decided in overtime. The last time the Rebels beat the ‘Hawks in regulation was on Dec. 7th which snapped Johnstown’s 17-game win streak.

 

The first game started off slow as there was no scoring in the 1st period. It took over 16 minutes in the middle frame for someone to get on the board and that someone was Niki Jasko (14). Jasko scored an amazing goal after protecting the puck around a defenseman and followed that up by beating netminder Carter McPhail. In the 3rd period, Johnstown came out aggressive by scoring 7:43 into the period. With a tie game and over half way through the final period of regulation, Johnstown added another one to their tally after scoring on the power play. They would go on to put another goal up on the board before the end of the game. With the Rebels down by a pair and time winding down they pulled Noah West to get the extra attacker out on the ice. There was just :08 seconds left in the game when the Tomahawks took a penalty giving Jamestown a 6-on-4 power play. After winning the offensive zone draw Hunter Johannes (15) found the puck and took a quick shot on net to score a power-play goal with one second left on the clock. The horn would then sound after they dropped the puck at center ice, giving the Tomahawks a 3-2 victory and their 7th-straight game with at least a point against the Rebels. That was the first regulation loss when leading after the second period the Rebels have received all season. Also, with their victory Johnstown secured their first ever regular season title with a record of 47-8-3-1 (98pts) and had their sights set on becoming just the 3rd team in the last 15 years to hit 100 points in a NAHL season.

 

The Rebels on the other hand were determined to not let that happen as less than 24 hours later they were back on the ice for their final regular season game. Johnstown swapped their goalies and started Cooper Lukenda whereas Jamestown kept West in between the pipes. This time around Jamestown came out with fire under their legs as they jumped out to an early lead thanks to Hunter Johannes (16) scoring 1:03 into the opening frame. They were able to keep that momentum going throughout the period which resulted in another goal. This time it came from the captain, Alex Frye (30), who was able to get some puck luck after his shot deflected off the skate of a Tomahawk player. Jamestown headed into the first intermission up 2-0. It took awhile for either team to score in the middle period, but it was the good guys that were able to get on the score sheet. Caleb Price scored his fourth goal of the season after him and James Crossman went up on the rush and connected for a goal, now making their lead 3-0. Unfortunately, Noah West’s hopes at his fourth shutout of the season was erased after the ‘Hawks scored with 0.1 left in the 2nd period. West would not let that one goal get to him as he made remarkable saves in the final period of regulation to end his team’s regular season with a 3-1 win.

Seth Bergeron played in his 100th NAHL regular season game this past Saturday. Also, three Rebels’ players became ironmen after playing in all 60 regular season games (Alex Roy, Noah Finstrom, Alex Frye). It was also West’s first win against Johnstown this season. That loss also put Lukenda on a three-game losing streak. It was very important that the Rebels win their final regular season game because they now have momentum and confidence heading into this weekend when they face the New Jersey Titans in the 1st round of playoffs. Both games will be held at the Northwest Arena and puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. For ticket information call 716-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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Rebels end season series with New Jersey

This past weekend the Rebels faced off against the New Jersey Titans for the last two games against one another of the regular season. With the Rebels locking up 2nd place all they had to do now is wait to see who claims 3rd, which was currently held by the Titans. The Rebels have dominated the Titans this season posting a season-series record of 4-2-1-1 and have won the last five meetings. The Titans had a lot to play for though as the Knights and Generals were playing three-straight games against each other this past weekend. The reason why those three games were important for the Titans was because if they lost both games to the Rebels and Northeast won all three games, they would be within two points on New Jersey with four games left.

 

On Friday, both teams came ready to play. The first period did not provide us with any goal scorers but what it showed was a possible first round match-up for both teams and neither side was giving the other an edge. While the Titans did out-shoot the Rebels in the 2nd period 11-7, one of those seven the Rebels threw on Brandon Perrone did find the back of the net and it came off the stick of James Crossman (15), his first as a Rebel. When the final period of regulation started the Rebels were up by one and were gunning for another one. Colin Schmidt (8) snapped one short side to beat Perrone with 12:30 gone in the 3rd period. Down by two and with time winding down the Titans pulled Perrone to get the extra attacker out on the ice in hopes to tie the game and force overtime. With just seven seconds left, Zach Nazzarett (14) found the loose puck and beat Ryan Keane ending his shutout. Keane did end up getting the victory as the Titans ran out of time to try to mount a full comeback. One main takeaway from game 11 between these two East Division rivals was that there was no love lost for one another. It had every aspect of a playoff game.

 

The following night the Rebels went with Noah West in between the pipes and the Titans stuck with Brandon Perrone. The final regular-season game between these two teams marked the fifth game decided by one goal. There was only one goal scored during the entire game and it was in favor of the home team. It took until the 2nd period for someone to score and it was Eric Manoukian scoring his third of the season. The physical play from the night before sure did carry over though as there was a fight between Rebels’ forward Hunter Johannes and Titans’ forward Kyler Head with 3:00 minutes left in the middle period. Unfortunately, with their loss the Rebels lost their six-game win streak against the Titans and it also ended their nine-game point streak against the 3rd place team. It was Perrone’s third shutout of the season and the fourth time the Rebels had been shutout this season. Although, a positive from that is that the Rebels have won every game following being shutout.

 

The Titans did punch their ticket to the Robertson Cup Playoffs after the Generals and Knights battled their 3rd game out in a shootout. Although, the Generals did win Friday and Saturday keeping them in contention for the 3rd place spot. They are five points behind NJT and only three ahead of WBS. This weekend the Rebels will end their regular season series with the Generals in Attleboro, MA. While the Titans face last place Maryland. The Rebels could find out who they will face in the 1st round of the post-season depending on how Northeast plays against them and how New Jersey does versus Maryland. If it turns out that the Rebels will face the Titans, you will want to buckle up for that series as every inch of the ice will have to be earned. For ticket information call 716-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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Back in the win column

Over this past weekend the Rebels visited the home of the Maryland Black Bears, Odenton, MD. The Rebels went into the weekend with a record of 27-13-4-3 (61pts). The Black Bears had an overall record of 14-30-3-2 (34pts). The Rebels were coming off two-straight losses to the Generals. The Black Bears were on a seven-game losing streak and in jeopardy of being eliminated from playoff contention.

 

On Friday, the Rebels started out strong by scoring the first goal of the weekend thanks to Sam Anzai (7) just 6:34 into the opening frame. In the late stages of the 1st period, Nick Stuckless (9) was able to beat Anthony Del Tufo to make it 2-0 Rebels heading into the locker room. The Rebels rode the wave of momentum into the 2nd period where they put two more up on the board, goals coming from Antonio Venuto (14) and Noah Finstrom (8). With 40 minutes gone out of 60 and a 4-0 lead, the Rebels were not done yet as the continued to pour on the shots and goals in the final period of regulation. Jim Glynn (7) was able to score 15:33 into the 3rd period on a 5-on-3 power play. Just :25 seconds later Seth Bergeron (2) scored a power-play goal as well but his was on a 5-on-4. It also marked his first goal in 35 games. With less than :30 seconds to go in the game Stuckless (10) converted the extra point for the Rebels by scoring his second goal of the game. The 7-0 victory tied a season-high goal record for the Rebels this season, which they set back on Nov. 23rd against Maryland. Noah West picked up his third shutout of the season (all against MYD) by stopping 17 shots. The Rebels put 44 shots on Del Tufo through 60 minutes, with 21 of those shots coming in the 3rd period.

 

The following night the Rebels started West again. As for the Black Bears they elected to go with their top goalie David Tomeo in hopes that he can help his team split the weekend with the Rebels, something that has not been done since Nov. 2-3. Maryland started out by scoring 6:12 into the 1st period on their first man-advantage opportunity of the game. The Rebels were unable to answer by the time the horn sounded ending the first 20 minutes of play. They did however come out more aggressive in the middle frame by scoring three-straight goals. It started with Jake Felker (16) scoring on the power play. Moments later Alex Frye (26) was able to wrist one short side past Tomeo to give the Rebels their first lead of the game. Not even :30 seconds later Auggie Moore (8) was able to put Jamestown up by a pair and it seemed like they were not looking to take their foot of the gas anytime soon. Logan Kons was able to disrupt the scoring surge by the Rebels by pulling his team within one, but it would only be temporarily. Alex Frye (27) scored with under two minutes left in the middle period putting the Rebels back up by a pair. In the 3rd period and with almost five minutes gone, Hunter Johannes redirected Crossman’s shot from the point for his 11th goal of the season. Conner Pooley pulled his team back within two after scoring just :14 seconds later. With the score now reading 5-3 and time winding down Tomeo was relieved of his duties for the night as the Black Bears sent out an extra man for the 6-on-5 advantage. It did not work out well for them as Stuckless (11) was able to score with ease into the empty net.

 

The 6-3 win was the eighth straight over the Black Bears. It was also the last regular season meeting between these two teams. The season series heavily favored the Rebels as they ended up with a record of 10-0-1-1 against the newest team in the NAHL. The Black Bears are the only team in the East to have not beaten the Rebels in regulation during the regular season. Also, West earned his first back-to-back win of the season and is now ranked as the 15th best goalie overall (9-4-3-1, 2.53GAA, .903SV%).

 

The Rebels travel to Johnstown tomorrow for a game and then will be home this weekend to host New Jersey. They have a chance to clinch this weekend as the magic number to do so is 68. As for the Black Bears they have now lost nine straight and sit 11 points out of a playoff spot with only eight games remaining. The final stretch of the 2018-2019 NAHL regular season is upon us and things will certainly become chaotic as we get closer to April 7th. For ticket information call 71-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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