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Rebels split weekend with the Knights

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

Historic Weekend

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.

Alex Roy commits to University of Nebraska Omaha


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.


Rebels forward Hamstad makes NCAA D1 commitment to Minnesota State University

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.

Maguyon makes NCAA Commitment to Hobart College

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.

Brown returns for second stint as Rebels assistant coach

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.

Rebels main camp set to begin tomorrow as schedule is announced

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:

Rebels 2018 Main Camp Schedule

Radetic makes NCAA Commitment to University of St. Thomas

The Jamestown Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Luke Radetic has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the University of St. Thomas Tommies, who play in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). His commitment begins in the fall of 2018.

Radetic, 20, came to the Philadelphia Rebels at the trade deadline in February. The Chesterfield, MO native had a total of 44 points (23 goals and 21 assists) in 56 games this past season. He also was a participant in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament in February where he played in two games.

“I am excited to announce that I will be attending the University of St. Thomas to play hockey in the fall” stated Radetic. I would like to thank everyone for their support along the way” concluded Radetic.

“We were fortunate to acquire Luke for the playoff run” said Rebels Head Coach Joe Coombs. “He was a hard worker and he gave us everything he had. I’m very happy for Luke” stated Coombs.

The University of St. Thomas is located in St. Paul, MN. The Tommies won the 2017-18 MIAC regular season championship and had an overall record of 16-9-1.

Rebels announce relocation to Jamestown, New York

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) has announced that the Philadelphia Rebels have relocated their membership to Jamestown, New York, where they will continue to play in the NAHL’s East Division during the 2018-19 season.

“With now having a nice balance of six teams in our East Division this was an important evolution and step for the Rebels organization to continue their tradition of providing an elite level junior hockey opportunity for players and exposure to NCAA and NHL scouts based in the Eastern part of the United States,” said NAHL Commissioner and President Mark Frankenfeld.

The team will play out of the Northwest Arena as city and rink officials announced a new eight-year deal to bring the Rebels membership to Jamestown in a press conference on June 12th. The Rebels have spent the past three seasons playing in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area.

“Jamestown has all the necessities to operate a successful NAHL team, including a great arena, board, staff, fan base, and community support,” said Rebels owner Ken Dennis. “We are in this for the players. We need people to come out and help and who want to be part of the community.”

“What a great day, what an awesome time to be in Jamestown,” said Jamestown Center City Development Corporation co-president David Leathers. “For the arena, we’re extremely excited to announce the return of top-tier junior hockey to the Jamestown area and to the Northwest Arena.”

The Rebels will be playing in the same league that was once occupied by the Jamestown Ironmen from 2011-13, and Rebels head coach Joe Coombs knows that the talent will be fun to watch from the first puck drop.

“For the casual fan it will be better, it will be quicker that’s for sure. It will be a quicker game,” said Coombs, who has spent the past five seasons coaching for the organization. “The true hockey fan will know the difference very quickly. We are excited about our new home and I think fans will really enjoy the product on the ice.”

When looking back at some of the players that he has been fortunate to coach, Coombs mentioned Kristofers Binduls, who spent the 2015-16 season in the NAHL with Aston before heading to Lake Superior State University and then inking a deal with the Washington Capitals.

“We’ve been lucky the last few years to have some world-class players,” Coombs said. “I don’t know if it is every year that we get those type of players. I’d love to, that would be great.”

Dennis said that the Rebels main camp will be held at the arena July 6, 7 and 8. He also said they are looking for local people to volunteer to be billet families to house players during the season.

Rebels captain Ryan Patrick makes NCAA Commitment to Stevenson University

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that team captain Ryan Patrick has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Stevenson University Mustangs, who play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference – West (ECAC – West). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.

Patrick, 21, was second on the team during the regular season with forty-eight points (22 goals and 26 assists) in fifty-nine games played. The 5’8”, 178 lb. forward was voted the team’s 2017-18 Most Valuable Player. Patrick also was a participant in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament back in February in which he had one point (an assist) in two games.

The Morgantown, WV native Patrick is third on the Rebels all-time point list with eighty (32 goals and 48 assists). He is tied for second on all-time games played with the franchise with 118.

“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to play college hockey at Stevenson University for the next four years” stated Patrick. “It’s an exciting time for my family and me. I would like to thank my family, coaches and friends for supporting me in my hockey endeavors” concluded Patrick.

“I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach Rypat” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He was a great captain and teammate. He will be a success in life no matter what he chooses. Dawes is getting an outstanding hockey player and person” stated Coombs.

Coached by Dominick Dawes, Stevenson University is located in Owings Mills, MD (Baltimore suburb). During their second season of play, the Mustangs finished with an overall 11-8-7 record.