Tonight, your Rebels will go head-to-head against the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Tomahawks are riding a seven-game winning streak and do not seem to be slowing down. During their extensive win streak, they have put up 33GF and have only allowed 16GA. These two teams have only met twice this season back on October 5th and 6th, when they split the weekend and the Rebels took the first game which was Johnstown’s home opener. Since then the Tomahawks have only lost one game and that was to Maryland on October 12th by a score of 3-2. The net-minder that played in that game is no longer with the Tomahawks and after that game is when their streak began. Now the Rebels sitting in third place must play the best team in the league.
While these two teams won’t face each other again until December 7th there is still a lot on the line for both teams. For the Rebels it is mainly about getting back on a winning streak themselves, as their three-game winning streak was snapped after losing in overtime to the Black Bears this past Saturday. Since this is the only game being played tonight in the league, the Rebels will not fall any spots in the division if they lose but if they win, they will be within four points of second place New Jersey. A win tonight will also give the Rebels confidence going into their homes games this weekend against the Northeast Generals who currently sit in fifth place in the East.
As for the Tomahawks they currently have the longest winning streak in the league and are not looking to let that end tonight. A big reason to their success is that their top five players have a combined 106 points (39G, 67A). To put that in perspective the Rebels top five players have a combined 44 points (21G, 23A). Not only have their sticks been on fire but so has their net-minding. Their top goalie Carter McPhail is the third best goalie in the league and his only loss is to the Rebels back on October 5th, since then he won four games and lost zero. He has only given up seven goals and has made a total of 133 saves in just those four games. The other goalie for Tomahawks is Cooper Lukenda who has not lost a start since September 20th. In his past three starts he is 3-0 allowing only nine goals and totaling for 103 saves.
Regardless of who the Tomahawks put in-between the pipes the Rebels will have to put up a lot of shots if they want to get the full two points. The Rebels have beat this team before but when they did the Tomahawks were not on a seven-game winning streak. While this is a crucial game tonight for the Rebels in hopes of climbing up the East Division ladder they do not want to get too banged up as the Northeast Generals are coming to Jamestown, NY this weekend. With a possible six points on the line for the Rebels it is important they come out strong tonight and get the early lead and do not look back. As the Tomahawks are undefeated when leading after the first and second period which only makes it that more important for the Rebels to score first tonight.
The Rebels are making their way right now to Odenton, Maryland to face-off against the fourth place Black Bears. The Rebels were just in Odenton two weeks ago when both games went to a shootout giving both teams three points out of a possible four on the weekend. The Rebels are coming off their first weekend sweep and their first wins at home, so they have a huge confidence boost going into this weekend. Whereas the Black Bears just got swept by the Titans scoring six goals but giving up ten and falling from third place to fourth in the division. Now both teams are trying their hardest to catch the Titans and Tomahawks who seem to be the early favorites in the East.
For the Rebels it will be a huge test to see if they have what it takes to start putting together a long win streak. When they went to Maryland two weeks ago they won the first of two games by a final of 3-2 after a shootout. By the end of the first period during the second game it was a lot different as the Rebels had a commanding 4-1 lead. The Black Bears mounted a comeback in the third period and forced not only another overtime but also a shootout. This time the Black Bears scored on all three of their shootout attempts, completing their comeback and avoiding the sweep. The Rebels have since won two straight games and have added new players that are already having a huge impact on the team. They have been practicing hard and watching a lot of film leading up to this weekend, hoping that they can skate away with back-to-back weekend sweeps.
As for the Maryland Black Bears it was surely not the outcome they were hoping for in New Jersey losing both games and allowing the Rebels to pass them in the standings by one point. If the Black Bears are looking to stay close to the top three spots in the division, then winning the first game is crucial. With them having home ice advantage and trailing the Rebels by a point they must show a sense of urgency on Friday and set the tone early. If they cannot get out to the early lead and maintain it, then the Rebels will make them pay for it. Neither team can jump into second place after the weekend but depending on how the Generals and Knights play could send the Rebels or Black Bears down a few spots in the division. You will not want to miss these two important East Division games this weekend as there is a lot on the line!
This past weekend the Rebels faced off against the Maryland Black Bears for the first time this season. Both teams were below .500 and the Rebels were on a three-game losing streak. There was a lot on the line for the Rebels going into Odenton, Maryland as they were trying to get out of last place. Whereas Maryland was sitting in the middle of the division and trying to close in on second place New Jersey. While it was their first time playing against one another this season, these two teams will be facing each other again in just two weeks.
The first period on Friday was a very dull period as there was no scoring or penalties through the first 20 minutes. Things did pick up though once the second started, just four minutes into the middle frame it was the Black Bears that would score first. They scored another goal before the horn sounded, giving them a 2-0 lead to start the third period. Even though they were down by a pair, the Rebels were leading in shots 22-15. They also had a flurry of shots on Black Bears net-minder David Tomeo towards the end of the second, which then carried their momentum into the third. Just 36 seconds into the third period it was Auggie Moore that finally put the Rebels on the board, assisted by Nate Clarke and Alex Frye. Now with 19 minutes left in regulation all the Rebels had to do was get one more goal. They kept firing the puck at Tomeo hoping one would get by him and after a flurry of shots by the Rebels, Alex Frye managed to get one past Tomeo to tie the game with just under 2 minutes to play in regulation. Neither team would score again prior to the horn sounding to end the period, sending the Rebels into their first overtime game this season and the Black Bears into their fourth. Even though Maryland had been to overtime four times already this season, their record was 1-3. With it now being 3-on-3 for five minutes there was a lot of ice out there for the players to use, which means more players look for stretch passes in hopes of setting up a breakaway or an odd-man rush. With 1:57 gone in overtime the Black Bears took a tripping penalty, giving the Rebels a 4-on-3 power player. Although they were unsuccessful on the power play they did put up eight shots in OT compared to the Black Bears who only managed to get one shot on Keane. Since no one scored in OT the game went to a shootout to decide the winner. This was the first time for both teams that a game went to a shootout. The Rebels sent out Noah Finstrom to take the Rebels first shot, which unfortunately he did not convert on. The Black Bears sent out their first player and he scored to give them the 1-0 lead in the shootout. Next up for the Rebels it was Nick Stuckless, he was able to beat Tomeo and tie the shootout at 1-1. Ryan Keane stopped the Black bears second shooter, giving the Rebels the chance to take the shootout lead. The Rebels sent out Jim Glynn to get the job done and that he did. After he scored it was all up to Keane to stop the Black Bears last shooter. Matteo Menotti tried going forward then backhand on Keane but was denied by the veteran goaltender. The Rebels were finally able to snap their three-game losing streak and, in the process, they picked up their first shootout win, and beat the Black Bears by a final of 3-2.
Going into Saturday’s game the Rebels looked focused and had their eyes on their first weekend sweep. The first period of Saturday’s game was a lot different than the one during Friday’s game. There was a total of four goals scored in the first 20 minutes of Saturday’s game, four were in favor of the good guys. The Black Bears ended up scoring the game’s first goal just 4:05 into the first period. They would end up losing that lead 32 seconds later thanks to Seth Bergeron scoring his first goal of the season, assisted by Auggie Moore and Jake Felker. Exactly half way through the first period it was Auggie Moore that scored to give his team their first lead of the weekend. Nick Stuckless would score on the power play 61 seconds after Moore’s goal, with assists coming from Auggie Moore and Sam Anzai. Rebels had a two-goal lead as time was winding down in the first period, Stuckless decided to give thee Rebels a three-goal lead as he scored again. The Rebels not only were out scoring the Black Bears in the first 20 minutes of play, but they were out shooting them as well, as they put up 14 shots compared to the Black Bears who only put up two. The Black Bears pulled Ben Beck after letting in four goals in the first period and replacing him was David Tomeo. With a three-goal lead and still 40 minutes of hockey to be played the Rebels seemed to have everything going their way. There was no scoring from thee Rebels in the second period, although the Black Bears were able to find the back of the net with just 36 seconds left on the clock. Pulling them within a pair of the Rebels and giving them a chance to get back in the hockey game with 20 minutes left in regulation. There was a scrum at the end of the second period, which resulted in the Black Bears having a power play to start the 3rd period. They would kill of the penalty but then received another call against them and would be right back on the penalty kill. Once again, the Rebels killed off the penalty only to be put right back in the box moments later due to Jackson Wille getting called for hooking. On the third straight power play for the Black Bears they made the Rebels pay for it as they scored and now what once was a 4-1 lead for the Rebels is now a 4-3 lead. Maryland would strike again tying the game at 4-4 with just about 12 minutes left in the third period. As the game was winding down the Rebels were trying their best to regain the lead and get their first weekend sweep. A cross-checking call against Maryland sent the Rebels to the power play for the fourth time in the game. The Rebels were able to capitalize on their man-advantage thanks to Lukas Uhler and the Rebels hopes of getting a weekend sweep was just a little over three minutes away from being a reality. Just under two minutes left to play in regulation, Jake Felker got called for hooking. The Black Bears pulled their goalie giving them a 6-on-4 power play, it was now or never for them. With 40 seconds left on the clock they scored to tie the game for a second time in the period. After 60 minutes of regulation these two East division teams were heading into their second straight overtime game. Just like the night before, the Black Bears got a penalty called against them giving the Rebels a 4-on-3 once again. Neither team was able to find the back of the net in overtime, so the game went to a shootout. The Rebels scored on their second and third shots, but the Black Bears scored on all three of theirs, giving them their first shootout win and completing their comeback after being down by three at the end of the first to now winning the game by a final of 6-5. As for the Rebels it marked their first shootout loss and while they were extremely close to picking up their first weekend sweep they did manage to secure three out of a possible four points over the weekend. Moving them from last place, now into a tie for fourth place against the team they face this weekend for the first time this season, the Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton Knights. This weekend will be a test for the Rebels, and if they come away with the weekend sweep they have a chance to be in third place.
This weekend the Rebels make their way to Odenton, Maryland for the first time. They will go up against the new East Division team, the Maryland Black Bears. The Black Bears are brand new to the North American Hockey League and are currently tied with the WBS/Knights for third place in the division. Whereas the Rebels (4-6-0-0) are tied with the Northeast Generals for fifth place in the division. This is a crucial set of games for the Rebels as they are looking to snap their three-game losing streak. While the Black Bears are looking to have a positive record after this weekend concludes, currently (4-5-3-0).
On paper the Black Bears are starting their inaugural season in the NAHL on a good note. Multiple players are putting up numbers for them, especially #17 Connor Pooley who is now in his second year in the NAHL. He currently leads his team in points with 13. Last season when he was with the Lone Star Brahmas, he played 42 games and only recorded 12 points. While their offense has been clicking, it is their goaltenders that are not holding their own. Just like the Rebels, the Black Bears have not swept an opponent yet this season. While they do have three goalies on their roster, they tend to lean more towards NAHL veteran David Tomeo. He has now been in the NAHL for three seasons, starting out with the Generals and then the year after that with WBS/Knights. Now he has played 9 out of 12 games for the Black Bears and will surely get the nod for one of the games this weekend, if not both. His record is (4-4-0-1) and his GAA is 3.03, with a SV% of .910%. Having a consistent netminder is key to any team winning a weekend series of games.
For the Rebels what they must focus on is getting what happened this past weekend out of their head. This is a young team with only five returning players. They will find their groove as the season picks up. What sticks out the most for the Rebels is that they get back Seth Bergeron and Antonio Venuto. Seth Bergeron has not played a regular season game yet and was finally cleared by his doctor on Monday. This is what he had to say about getting the chance to finally play “I am really excited, getting hit in the face in preseason and being out for a month was pretty disappointing. I stayed in shape and I am ready to go help the team win some games”. Venuto is coming off his two-game suspension that he picked up in the second game against Johnstown, for spearing one of their players. He missed opening weekend here in Jamestown and is looking to keep himself out of trouble to help his team secure a much-needed sweep. The Rebels also have added a new player to their roster; Sam Hanson, from Eau Claire, Wisconsin is 6’1” 194lbs., a left-handed forward who has played for the NAHL Minot Minotauros and the NA3HL Wisconsin Whalers. In his 36 games played in his career he has recorded 50 points, 34 of those points coming from assists. To say the least, this Rebels team this weekend will look a lot different and hopefully with these three players they are able to piece together a win streak.
While these two teams have not faced each other during the regular season, they did play a pre-season game against one another in Jamestown on September 8th. The Rebels ended up winning the game 4-1 and even though it was only a month ago, both of their rosters have changed significantly. It will without a doubt be a must-win set of games for the Rebels this weekend as they have a chance to climb into third place, depending on how WBS/Knights and Northeast Generals play this weekend.
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Jamestown, New York – Jamestown Rebels are pleased to announce that Alexandre Roy has committed to The University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO), effective fall 2019.
Alex becomes the first player to commit to a college for the Rebels this season. The 20-year-old Québec native will be taking his talents to the NCAA Division 1 level. The 6’6” 210lb left handed defenseman is in his final year of eligibility for junior hockey. With a combined 61 points in his 161 games played in his young career, he is averaging 0.37 points-per-game.
Roy began his career in the QMEAA from 2012-2015. In his 53 games played in those three years he tallied 20 points. After his time in the QMEAA, Alex went to the Queens Court Hockey league (QCHL). He spent another three years there playing a total of 104 games and recording 40 points. Now he is in the NAHL for his last season of junior hockey and is looking to take what he learns from the Rebels with him to UNO.
Alexandre Roy had this to say about his commitment to play hockey at the D I level. “I am excited to commit to UNO, it is a school I have always wanted to play for while I was in Montréal the past three years because I knew the coach back there. College hockey is something I have always wanted to play in because I know it is a step before professional hockey. Because in college you get better, stronger, and older which makes you ready for the pros. I think going to play at UNO is the best thing that has happened for me this year.” Head coach Joe Coombs talked very highly of the new NCAA commit. “Alex has a huge upside that quite honestly could take him to the NHL. I could not be happier than to have him with us. He is a great leader, even though I have known him for a short time.”
The Jamestown Rebels are always looking to have their players succeed on and off the ice. They have excelled in having players go on to play for the NCAA. Just last season, the Rebels had ten players commit to colleges across the country. They are hoping to continue their success this season. Season tickets are still available for more information call (716)-484-2624.
The Jamestown Rebels (formerly the Philadelphia Rebels), proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Chase Hamstad has committed to play NCAA Division I Ice Hockey for the Minnesota State University Mavericks, who play in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). His commitment begins in September, 2020.
Hamstad, 18, was tendered by the Rebels back in November. He joined the team in March after finishing his high school career at White Bear Lake in White Bear Lake, MN. The Hugo, MN native had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in ten regular season games and one point (assist) in four post-season games with the Rebels.
Hamstad was selected in the ninth round (137 overall) by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in Phase II of the United States Hockey League draft back in May. He is currently on the Roughriders 30-man roster.
“I am honored to announce my commitment to play college hockey for Minnesota State University” stated Hamstad. “I would like to thank my coaches and family for their support along the way” concluded Hamstad.
“I’m happy for Chase” said Rebels Head Coach Joe Coombs. “He worked very hard for us when he was here. He has the tools, work ethic and drive to be a dominating player” stated Coombs.
The Mavericks, who represent Minnesota State University-Mankato, is located in Mankato, MN. The Mavericks had an overall record of 29-10-1 last season which included a regular season WCHA conference championship.
The Jamestown Rebels (formerly the Philadelphia Rebels), proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Aaron Maguyon has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Hobart College Statemen, who play in the Liberty Conference – a member of the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC). His commitment begins in September, 2018.
Maguyon, 20, led the team with fifty points (24 goals and 26 assists) in fifty-eight games this past season. He also led the team in goals with twenty-four. The Egg Harbor Twp., NJ native was a participant in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament back in February where he had two points (1 goal and 1 assist) in two games.
During his two-year career with the Rebels, he amassed a total of eighty-eight points (36 goals and 52 assists) in 117 regular season games. He is ranked second in franchise history in points (88), goals (36) and assists (52). He was named the team’s Rookie of the Year for the 2016-17 season and was named the team’s Best Offensive Player this past year.
“I am excited to announce that I will be attending Hobart College this upcoming fall to play hockey and to further my education” stated Maguyon. “I would like to thank to everyone for their support along the way” concluded Maguyon.
“I’m very happy for Mags” said Rebels Head Coach Joe Coombs. “He was a diligent worker. We watched him blossom into one of the top twenty scorers in the NAHL. Hobart is getting a great hockey player and even better person” stated Coombs.
Hobart College is located in Geneva, NY. The Statesmen had an overall record of 18-6-5 last season which included a 12-3-3 conference record. Hobart has appeared in three straight NCAA tournaments and eight in total.
The Jamestown Rebels are pleased to announce that former assistant coach Josh Brown is returning to the team in the same capacity.
Brown originally started with the organization as an assistant coach during the Killer Bees last season (2014-15) in Rio Grande Valley, TX and its first year (2015-16) in Aston. He oversaw the defense and power play. He helped guide the Bees to a playoff berth as well as the Rebels to their first East Division championship.
The Dexter, MI native spent the past two seasons as the head coach for Arizona State University’s Division I ACHA team.
“I’m so excited to return to the organization” stated Brown. “I’m thrilled to be working with Coombsy (Joe Coombs) again. Hopefully our first year in Jamestown we’ll replicate the success we had in Aston but with a different ending by winning the Robertson Cup” concluded Brown.
“I’m ecstatic to have Brownie back on staff” said Rebels general manager and head coach Joe Coombs. “I’m looking forward to working with him again. I couldn’t be happier” stated Coombs.
The North American Hockey League announced its game schedule for the league’s 16th annual Showcase, which will be held from September 19-22, 2018, at the Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota. The three-time defending regular season East Division Champions open up against the Chippewa Steel (formerly the Coulee Region Chill). It also will be the Rebels first regular season game of the year. Jamestown, like all 24 NAHL teams, will play four regular-season games at the Showcase.
The following is the Rebels schedule (all times listed are Eastern Time)
Day Date Time Away Home
Wednesday Sep. 9 6:00pm Chippewa Steel Rebels
Thursday Sep. 20 2:00pm Minot Minotauros Rebels
Friday Sep.21 11:00am Rebels Amarillo Bulls
Saturday Sep. 22 10:30am Rebels Shreveport Mudbugs
Last year the Rebels went 4 – 0 in the Showcase which propelled them to an 11 – 0 record to start the season. The Rebels have an 8 – 4 record during the past three Showcases.
This will be the first time ever that the Rebels will faceoff against the Steel and defending NAHL Champion Mudbugs. The Rebels played Minot (3 – 2 loss) and Amarillo (3 – 2 OT win) during the 2015-16 Showcase.
All games will be televised through HockeyTV.
The NAHL Showcase attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance, including more than 330 professional, college and junior scouts. For scouting purposes, the NAHL Showcase is the premier event of its kind and is a yearly gathering for every NCAA program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer.
The North American Hockey League’s three-time defending regular season East Division Champion Rebels begin their main camp tomorrow with check-in beginning at 1:00pm at the Northwest Arena. Camp will run through Monday, July 9 with the highlight being the Blue vs. Red All-Star game at 10:00am.
The Blue vs. Red game is where the top performing players throughout the camp will be selected to play and possibly receive an invite to the team’s training camp which begins at the end of August. Admission to the game is free.
“We’re looking for the best players” stated head coach Joe Coombs. We have a good blend of young and older players seeking to make our team. It will be a very competitive camp, and I’m looking forward to it” concluded Coombs.
Over 140 players have registered for the camp residing from all over the globe. Below is the camp’s schedule: