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Rebels lock up 2nd place

This past weekend the Rebels hosted their second-straight weekend of home games. This time though it was against a team that was out of a playoff spot by one point. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights came to the Empire State for the final regular season meeting against the Rebels. Jamestown led the season series 8-1-1. When 2018 ended, the Rebels had won six-straight versus Wilkes-Barre. When the calendar turned so did the Knights. These two teams played their first four games of 2019 against each other with both weekends resulting in a split series.

Friday’s game was a chess match. The Knights had won seven of their last ten games and were certainly not going to back down against the fourth best team in the league. For the first time in five games the Rebels had a new goalie between the pipes. It was Ryan Keane’s first game since February 23rd, not only that but, it was also his 21st birthday. All the way down the other end of the ice was Zach Stejskal. He was playing in his fourth-straight game which also marked 13 of the last 14 for his squad. Due to him playing so frequently he came into the weekend ranked as the 15th best goalie with a 2.46 goals-against-average. Also, he led all goalies in saves (1394) and save percentage (.937%). It took more than 50 minutes for someone to break the scoreless game. Knights’ forward Tyrone Bronte scored 11:24 into the final period of regulation. After their goal, the Knights kept applying pressure which resulted in Jake Fuss scoring on the power play. With time winding down in the game the Rebels threw everything they could at Stejskal but were unable to beat the, 6’4” 210lb net-minder from Grand Rapids, MN. Resulting in the third time the Rebels have been shutout this season. It also ended their five-game point streak and put Wilkes-Barre into a playoff spot.

The following night, Jamestown was out for revenge. Both teams played the same goalies giving us another goaltending battle. In the 1st period it was Jake Fuss putting his team up 1-0 with under two minutes left in the period. That was also his third-straight game with a goal. With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner the Rebels were hoping to get some luck on their side. As the Knights attempted to clear their zone the puck hit the referee’s skate keeping it onside for the Rebels. Due to the confusion the Rebels were able to catch the Knights off guard by getting the puck to Hunter Johannes (13) as he went in one-on-one with Stejskal and scored to tie the game at 1-1. The 3rd period started tied at 1-1 but the Rebels were determined to gain their first lead of the weekend. Before the halfway point in the final period, Jake Felker (17) crashed the night to put home a rebound giving the Rebels a 2-1 lead. Keane made a spectacular save late in the game to keep the Rebels up 2-1. It was a cross-ice pass that set a Knight player up for a good shot on Keane, but he was robbed by the 2nd best goalie in the league. With under a minute to go in regulation Stejskal was pulled to put an extra attacker out for the Knights in hopes they could tie the game and at least gain three points on the weekend. Jamestown would not let that happen as Jim Glynn (9) was able to bring the puck out of his zone and score on the empty net. Giving the Rebels a 3-1 victory when the horn sounded. It also was Keane’s first win since February 13th. Over the weekend Nick Stuckless and Jim Glynn played in their 100th NAHL game.

With their win, Jamestown can now look ahead to having home ice advantage in the first round of the 2019 Robertson Cup Playoffs. The Rebels do not know who they will be playing in the first round of the playoffs but if it started today, they would face the team they play this weekend, the New Jersey Titans. While the Titans are eight points ahead of 4th place Northeast, the Generals play 5th place Wilkes-Barre this weekend for a three-game series which will have huge playoff implications on the line. Since the Knights did not pick up a point on Saturday, they were knocked out of a playoff spot due to Northeast splitting the weekend with Johnstown. The East Division could look a lot different come Monday depending on how this weekend plays out for the 3rd to 5th place teams.

Rebels look to extend point-streak to 7

Jamestown Rebels (31-13-5-3, 70pts) vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights (21-26-3-1, 46pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 8-1-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 52pts, Frye (28g-24a)

WBS: 34pts, Guillemain (10g-24a)

 

HOME SWEET HOME:

The Rebels will end their four-straight games on home ice this weekend when they take on the 5th place Knights. It will also end the regular-season series between these two teams. In their last 10 games at the Northwest Arena the Rebels are 7-2-1, putting up 33 goals for and allowing 19. Their overall home record is 17-8-1, which is the 6th best in the league. This past weekend they swept the New Jersey Titans and are now on a five-game point streak. Jamestown scored 11 goals through the two games and Noah West only allowed one each night.

 

ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

Wilkes-Barre is coming off a 2-1 overtime win against the New Jersey Titans, putting them one point back of Northeast for the last playoff spot. The Knights and Generals play each other three times next weekend which could determine who will see post-season action. The Knights have made the playoffs every year since they became a team in 2015-16. Wilkes-Barre is 7-3 in their past ten games which has kept them alive in the playoff hunt. From here on out every game for them will be crucial as they have just nine games left until the 2018-19 regular season comes to a close.

 

NOAH WEST:

A main reason why the Rebels are on a hot streak right now is because of their rookie goaltender, who has been playing like he has been in the league for years. West has played the past five games (team high). It all began when he picked up his 3rd shutout of the season against Maryland on March 1st, all his shutouts are against the Black Bears. He followed that up by allowing three goals the next two games, resulting in a sweep over MYD and a close OTL to Johnstown. With his performance this past weekend, West has moved up to 13th overall for goalies with a 2.40 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .907%. He has an overall record of 11-4-4-1.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #26 – Niki Jasko)

Ever since the Rebels franchise started back in ’08 as the Wenatchee Wild there has been at least one player to record a hat trick during the season. Well the streak will live on, as this past Saturday, Niki Jasko put three in the back of the net. The night before he scored two goals becoming the 13th player this season to do so. On Saturday, he scored the Rebels first goal, just like he did the previous two games. He scored five out of the 11 goals the Rebels put up on New Jersey last weekend. Jasko became the second-straight Rebel player to be named East Division Star of the Week, after scoring six goals in three games. The Slovakian native is in his last year of junior hockey and is looking to finish strong as he now has 13 goals on the season (11 with JMT).

 

KNIGHTS (F: #11 – Jake Fuss)

It is a no-brainer to go with Fuss for this as he was the hero for them just a few nights ago. In the Tuesday game against New Jersey, Fuss not only picked up a helper but also scored the game-winning goal in OT to put his team one point out of a playoff spot (1st GWG of his career). The Connecticut native is in his 3rd year with the Knights totaling 71 regular-season games played (12g-19a). He is 5th on his team in scoring with 27 points (10g-17a). Fuss has played in every game between these two teams this season and has recorded three assists.

We have clinched!!!

This past weekend the Rebels hosted the 3rd place New Jersey Titans. All the Rebels had to do was win and they would be in the Robertson Cup Playoffs. The Rebels were on a three-game point streak, after losing in overtime 3-2 to the Tomahawks on Wednesday. The Titans were on a two-game win streak after sweeping Johnstown and were hoping to shake off the Generals who were only eight points behind them. Jamestown has not lost in regulation to New Jersey since home opening weekend at the Northwest Arena. Going into the weekend, Jamestown was on a seven-game point streak against the Titans and winners of the previous three meetings.

 

On Friday, the Rebels started Noah West for his fourth-straight start. The Titans went with Brandon Perrone who was also playing in his fourth-straight game. Out of the last 12 games for New Jersey, Brandon Perrone has started 11 of them (6-4-1). The Rebels got on the board early thanks to Niki Jasko (9) making it 1-0 just 3:30 into the 1st period. The Rebels would put up 14 more shots on Perrone, but none would find the back of the net. Making it a 1-0 game once the 2nd period started. In the middle period, Antonio Venuto (15) was able to put the Rebels up by a pair with 12 minutes left in the period. After the half-way point of the game it was former Maryland Black Bear, Matteo Menotti, who was able to erase the goose egg for the Titans. That was Menotti’s first goal against the Rebels after a combined 13 games played (MYD and NJT). Although, :11 seconds later the Rebels answered but this time it was Zach Brydges, who was playing in his first NAHL game. “It felt good and I did not expect to score in my first game. Once it went in, I was pretty happy and there were smiles all around”, said Brydges on scoring his first NAHL goal. The Rebels continued to tack on the goals in the 3rd period as Conner Linton scored his second of the season, giving the Rebels a 4-1 lead with time winding down. Before it was all said and done, Niki Jasko (10) scored, making it his second of the night and the 13th player to score two goals in a game this season. Once the scoreboard hit zeros, the Rebels celebrated a little more than they usually do and for good reason, because they had just punched their ticket to the 2019 Robertson Cup Playoffs! Head Coach Joe Coombs had this to say about making it to the post-season, “It’s the expectation and anything less is not okay. We are certainly happy to be in the position we are in and look to keep building momentum for the last few games.”

 

The following night, the Titans put Ryan Winter in between the pipes to go up against Noah West, but that would not last long. The 1st period started out very similar to the previous night as Niki Jasko (11) was able to score the game’s first goal just 2:33 into the opening frame. Once again, the Rebels went up 2-0 after Hunter Johannes (12) put one in the back of the net. Then, :11 seconds later it was Kyler Head (9) pulling his team within one of Jamestown. With 10:27 gone in the 1st period, Jim Glynn was able to beat Winter to give the Rebels a two-goal lead for the second time in the period. When the 2nd period started no one could have predicted how it would turn out. Niki Jasko (12) scored early into the middle period giving Jamestown a 4-1 lead. After his goal, Winter was pulled and in to replace him was Perrone. A little more than two minutes later and Niki Jasko (13) was able to break through the Titans’ defense and score his third of the game, becoming the first Rebels’ player to score a hat trick this season. When asked about what it felt like to score the first hat trick of the season for the Rebels, Jasko replied by saying, “It is pretty cool I guess, but it is just one game. We still have to continue to play our game and look forward to the playoffs.” Jasko continues the streak of having at least one hat trick each season since the Rebels franchise began back in ’08 as the Wenatchee Wild. After 40 minutes of play the Rebels were now up 5-1 with a chance to earn their fifth-straight win over the Titans. Colin Schmidt (7) found the back of the net in the 3rd period to give the Rebels a 6-1 victory when the horn sounded.

 

The Rebels need one point or for New Jersey to lose for them to have home ice advantage in the first round. Their overall record is now 31-13-5-3 (70pts) and are currently on a five-game point streak (4-0-1). After their exceptional play over the last few games, Niki Jasko and Noah West both earned accolades from the NAHL Stars of the Week. Jasko was named East Division Star of the Week after scoring six goals in three games. As for Noah West, he earned honorable mention after playing three-straight games (2-0-1), his performance in the last two weeks has moved him into the 13th spot for goalies overall (2.40GAA).

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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Rebels split home-and-home with Johnstown

Last week the Rebels faced the Tomahawks for their first home-and-home series of the season. I was a battle of first versus second in the East Division and it surely did not disappoint. The Rebels went into the two games with a record of 26-11-3-3 (58pts) Whereas Johnstown has the best record in the league, 38-6-0-1 (77pts). Jamestown’s record against the ‘Hawks this season is 2-4-0-1.

 

It all started on Wednesday when the Rebels and Tomahawks took the ice at 11am in front of a record number of fans (1287). It was the first school day game the Rebels have done in their new arena and they sure did not disappoint thee students. The first period started out with the Tomahawks scoring with just under five minutes left in the period. After a scoreless middle frame, the Tomahawks were just 20 minutes away from picking up two points. While the Rebels were flexing their muscles throughout the first 40, they were having trouble getting anything past the number two goalie in the league, Carter McPhail. Almost five minutes into the find period of regulation, Alex Frye (25) scored to tie the game at 1-1. Less than two minutes later it was Eric Olson picking up his first goal of the season, giving the Rebels a 2-1 lead. They would hang on to the lead for a while until Cameron Hebert notched his second of the night, tying the game once more. With neither team unable to break the tie before the end of regulation we were forced to go into overtime to decide a winner. The Rebels were coming off their first overtime win against the Titans who have not lost in extra hockey all season and now they had to go into OT against a team that is 4-0 in 3-on-3 hockey. Luckily for the Rebels they have the number one ranked goalie, Ryan Keane, to back them up. On the Rebels fourth shot in extra hockey it was Auggie Moore that came away from the corner with the puck and let one rip from the top of the left circle that beat McPhail glove side. Giving the Tomahawks their first overtime loss of the season. Also, with their win it marked the third straight at home. The Rebels finished the game with 34 shots and only allowed 24. The Rebels were now just two days away from sweeping the ‘Hawks for the first time this season.

 

Friday night in Johnstown the Rebels were searching for their fourth-straight win. It was Keane versus McPhail once again. Cam Hebert was able to score the game’s first goal on his team’s first power play. Noah Finstrom (7) figured he should get in on the action by scoring on the Rebels first man-advantage. Late in the 1st period. Sam Anzai was pestering the ‘Hawks zone while the Rebels made changes. He eventually was able to strip a Tomahawk of the puck and passed it right over to Jake Felker (15) for the goal, giving the Rebels a 2-1 to end the 1st period. Early in the middle period Johnstown was able to score, tying the game at 2-2. With under five minutes left in the 2nd Johnstown converted on another shot, giving them the lead once more. Now with less than 60 seconds left in the period, Caleb Price (3) was able to stuff the puck through the five-hole of McPhail to make it a 3-3 game. The second-leading scorer for the Tomahawks, Carson Briere, did not want to go into the locker room tied so decided to beat Keane with just :32 seconds left on the clock. After 40 minutes of play and multiple lead changes, the Rebels were looking to battle back and still were within a goal when the 3rd period started. The Rebels made a goalie change when the 3rd period started as Noah West came in to replace Keane. The Tomahawks entered the final period of regulation the same way they ended the 2nd by scoring 1:33 into the period. Cam Hebert was the one to score early putting his team up by a pair, also giving him his fourth goal in these two games against the Rebels. While on the power play again, Antonio Venuto (13) was able to pick up the loose puck at the top of the crease and put it in the back of the net. Venuto’s goal surely did spark his team as Niki Jasko (7) was able to get on the scoring sheet, tying the game again, this time though it was 5-5. Jim Glynn scored his sixth goal of the season on the power play, 15:08 into the 3rd. With three-unanswered goals and time winding down in the game the Rebels were realizing that they were just moments away from sweeping the Tomahawks for the first time this season. Ending their hopes was Roman Kramer as he scored with :34 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 6-6. His goal also came on a 6-on-5 advantage after Head Coach Mike Letizia pulled McPhail. This put us into our third-straight overtime. With there only being six skaters on the ice as compared to the usual ten, there was a lot of open ice to work with for both teams. Using the open ice to their advantage and capitalizing on a broken play in the Rebels zone, Hunter Toale walked right in on West and was able to get it over his pad for the 7-6 win.

 

While the Rebels lost in OT, they did extend their point streak to four games. They host the Northeast Generals this weekend, who hold the last playoff spot in the East. The Rebels and Generals have only played each other four times and the season series is split 2-2. This will be the second and final time the Generals will visit the Northwest Arena. This weekend will also be our Pink the Rink weekend as the team will be wearing specialty breast cancer awareness jerseys, make sure if you come to either game to wear pink! For ticket information call 716-484-2624, also make sure to follow us on all our social media.

 

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Home-and-Home vs. Johnstown

Jamestown Rebels (26-11-3-3, 58pts) vs. Johnstown Tomahawks (38-6-0-1, 77pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY/ at 1st Summit Arena in Johnstown, PA

Time: 11 a.m./ 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 2-4-0-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 41pts, Frye (24g-17a)

NJT: 73pts, Solensky (24g-49a)

 

ONE vs. TWO:

Tomorrow marks the third-straight home game for the Rebels. It also starts their home-and-home series against the best team in the league, the Tomahawks. Tomorrow both teams will rise and shine for puck drop at 11 a.m. Then 1st place Johnstown will host 2nd place Jamestown this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Not only are both teams ranked one and two in the East Division but as are their star goalies. Ryan Keane (19-8-1-1, 3SO) enters these two games the number one goalie overall with a goals-against-average of 1.81 and a save percentage of .926%. The ‘Hawks netminder Carter McPhail (22-3,1SO) is the second-best goalie in the league with a 1.94GAA and a .937SV%. McPhail has the second most wins this season and right behind him is Keane.

 

LUCKY EIGHT:

This past weekend the Tomahawks had a three-game series against the Black Bears. The Tomahawks won every game but what stood out was how they were able to put up eight the first night which led them to an 8-2 victory. That was the third time this season Johnstown had put up eight goals in a game. During those three games, Johnstown had two players record eight points, Carson Briere (5g-3a) and Samuel Solensky (2g-6a). Tomorrow will also be the eighth game between these two cross state rivals and the Rebels are looking to go .500 against Johnstown after the conclusion of Friday’s game.

 

LEADING AFTER 40:

The first 40 minutes of play has been a big reason to both teams’ success this season. Neither team has lost in regulation when leading after two periods, Johnstown is 24-0-0-1 and Jamestown is 20-0-1-3. Three out of the seven games already played between these two teams have been decided by one goal. Also, the highest amount of goals scored in a game was four and that has happened three times. Being up with only 20 minutes left in regulation is key for any team to have continued success in the NAHL and that is exactly why both the Rebels and Tomahawks are in the top five overall in the league.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #10 – Jake Felker)

Felker is having an incredible rookie season putting up the second-most goals for the Rebels this season (14). The Omaha, NE native is tied for second-most game-winning-goals by a rookie with four. In his six games played against Johnstown he has scored three goals (2nd most on team). Over this past weekend Felker scored the Rebels third short-handed goal of the season, in their 4-3 OTW.

 

TOMAHAWKS (F: #14 – Carson Briere)

Briere leads his team in goals with (33) and power-play goals (22). He is second on the team in points (70). Briere has a long history with the Rebels organization, he played three games for them when they were in Aston (3a) and just one game last season in Philadelphia (1g). He is now in his second season with the Tomahawks, totaling 84 games played (43g-49a). Carson will also be going to the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament next week to represent the Selects Blue.

Rebels sweep Titans for the first time this season

Over this past weekend the Rebels hosted the Titans for only the second time this season. The previous meeting was the Rebels home opening weekend which ended in two losses for the home team, in their first game in their new arena. Almost four months had passed since opening weekend for the Rebels and they entered this weekend with a record of 24-11-3-3 (54pts). Their opposition is right behind them in the standings with a record of 22-20 (44pts). The Titans were on a two-game losing streak going into this weekend and were looking for their second sweep at the Northwest Arena to put them only six points back of Jamestown. As for the Rebels, they were swept by Johnstown the weekend prior and were looking to turn things around with under 20 games left on the schedule.

 

On Friday the number one goalie in the league, Ryan Keane, went up against Brandon Perrone. Out of Keane’s three shutouts on the season, two have come against the Titans and the very last meeting between these two East Division rivals resulted in one of Keane’s shutouts (2-0). Nick Stuckless was able to score the game’s first goal after he used his speed to cut around the defense and tuck it right past Perrone for his eighth of the season. The Rebels took their 1-0 lead into the locker room after the first 20 minutes of play. When leading after the 1st period the Rebels are 16-3-2-2. When trailing after the first New Jersey is 5-13. Before the half-way point in the 2nd period Alex Frye got on the score sheet picking up his 23rd on the season, also putting him at seven goals against the Titans this season (team high). Later in the middle frame and while on a 4-on-3 power play, Gavin Gulash ended the goose egg on the board for his team. Gulash leads his team in power-play goals with nine. The 3rd period started out 2-1 and would remain that way until the horn sounded. While neither team was able to score in the 3rd, both teams had plenty of scoring chances, but it was the goalies that put on a show for the fans in attendance making highlight reel after highlight reel save. The loss marked the first one for Perrone against the Rebels. As for Keane, that was his fifth win in 2019 (5-2-1-1, 2SO) and his 19th on the season. The Rebels started out their three-straight home games on the right track, the only thing to do next was to sweep the Titans for the first time this season and get revenge from opening weekend.

 

The next night was surely one to remember for the boys in red, white, and blue. They came out with aggression and momentum to start the game which led them to scoring first, thanks to Hunter Johannes (8) finding the back of the net on the power play. Minutes later it was Jake Felker (14) scoring the Rebels third short-handed goal of the season (first player other than Frye). With under three minutes left to play in the 1st period and while on the man-advantage New Jersey turned the puck over at the top of the point in the Rebels zone which led to a 2-on-1 for Jamestown. Eric Olson made a great cross crease pass to Niki Jasko who was able to get a shot on Perrone. Luckily for Jasko the puck remained in the blue paint after Perrone got his stick on it and he jammed it home for another short-handed goal, his sixth of the season. The first period ended with Jamestown up 3-0 and looking eager to put up more on the board. When the 2nd period started it took a little over five minutes for a goal to be scored but this time it came off a deflection from a New Jersey stick, ending Noah West’s hopes at a shutout. Saturday’s game also marked the seventh-straight start for Perrone (3-3,17GA, 186SVS). Jamestown was up by two to start the final period of regulation and were just 20 minutes away from their first sweep over the Titans this season. The Titans were able to pull themselves within one after the half-way point in the 3rd as Gavin Gulash scored once again on the power play, making that ten power-play goals for the New Jersey native. Shortly after Gulash scored he was able to find the back of the net again for his third goal of the weekend. The score was now tied 3-3, with five of the total six goals coming from special teams. With their comeback New Jersey forced overtime, they are the only team in the league to have not lost in either overtime or a shootout. The Rebels have not won in 3-on-3 hockey yet this season. It only took 1:15 into OT to decide a winner. It came from none other than the leading scorer for Jamestown, Alex Frye (24). Jim Glynn was able to get around the defense and make a great pass across for Frye to slam it home. Earning the Rebels their first overtime win and giving the Titans their first overtime loss. West picked up his seventh win of the season and Perrone moved to 2-2 against the Rebels.

 

Jamestown has not lost in regulation to New Jersey since their home opening weekend. Also, the Titans have become the third team in the East to have been swept by Jamestown, the only two teams that have not are Johnstown and Northeast. During this past Saturday’s game there were two fights. The first one was between birthday boy Conner Linton and UCONN commit Mac Wiseman. The second fight was between Hunter Johannes and Mitch Machlitt. Both fights were won by the Rebels and sure did get the crowd on its feet. By the time the game was over on Saturday there were 11 infractions against the Rebels, making it their second most penalized game this season, behind their game on Dec. 2nd against the Titans where both teams ended up with 12 penalties.

 

The Rebels face Johnstown this Wednesday at 11 a.m. to cap off their third straight game on home ice and then will go play in Johnstown on Friday. The following weekend Northeast will come to the Northwest Arena, the Rebels and Generals have only played each other four times (2-2). The last meeting was here in Jamestown on Nov. 9th-10th. For ticket information call 716-484-2624. Finally, make sure to follow us on all our social media.

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Weekend Preview 2/8-2/9: Rebels vs. Titans

Jamestown Rebels (24-11-3-3, 54pts) vs. New Jersey Titans (22-20, 44pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY

Time: 7:05 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 2-2-1-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 39pts, Frye (22g-17a)

NJT: 43pts, Naumovski (13g-30a)

 

REVENGE:

This weekend marks only the second time this season that New Jersey will be visiting the Empire State. Their previous trip here was the Rebels home opening weekend back on Oct.12th-13th. A weekend that ended in two losses for the home town crowd in their new building. Since those two losses the Rebels have went 20-5-3-3, compared to the Titans who have went 15-15. The opening weekend for the Rebels was also the last time they lost in regulation to the Titans, going 2-1-1. With the Titans loss yesterday to Wilkes-Barre they remain ten points back of Jamestown. The Rebels are looking to get back into the win column and if they secure a win this weekend it would give them a home ice victory over every team in the East.

 

EXTRA HOCKEY:

The Titans are the only team in the league to have not lost a game in either overtime or shootout this season. With two out of the six meetings between these two teams being decided in extra hockey, this weekend will certainly be close from start to finish. New Jersey is the sixth best team in the league when games go past 60 minutes, the Rebels are second to last. Jamestown is one of six teams to not have won a game in 3-on-3 overtime.

 

FINAL THIRD:

Both teams come into this weekend with less than 20 games left in the regular season. While they both currently occupy a playoff spot, the Titans are as many games back of the Rebels as they are ahead of the fifth place Knights. The Rebels have 19 games left, 11 of those will be played on home ice. New Jersey has 18 games left in this 2018-2019 campaign and they only have nine more at home. Including this weekend there are six total meetings between these two East Division rivals still to be played. This weekend will mark two out of three straight home games for the Rebels, as they host Johnstown on the 13th at 11 a.m.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #23 – Antonio Venuto)

Venuto is currently on a three-game point streak (2g-3a), all three of his assists coming in the game versus Maryland on Jan. 26th. He is tied for third on the team in scoring (12g-9a) and recorded the only two goals for the Rebels last weekend in Johnstown. With his power-play goal last Friday he now ties Nick Stuckless and Colin Schmidt for most on the team. He is also third on the team in goals.

 

TITANS (F: #8 – Ryan Naumovski)

The Niagara University commit leads his team in assists (30) and points (43). Naumovski is just one of four New Jersey players to have played in all 42 games for them thus far, he is the only player on his team averaging over a point-per game (1.02). Not only does he draw a lot of attention while on even strength but the same is to be said when the Titans are on the man-advantage, because Naumovski has 11 power-play assists (most on the team). He has spent his entire NAHL career with the Titans, dating back to 2016-2017, accumulating 97 games played (30g-59a).

Rebels tie season high point streak at 7

The Rebels visited the Johnstown Tomahawks this past weekend for only the second time this season. The Rebels went into the weekend riding a six-game point streak, just one shy of tying their season high. The Tomahawks had just gotten swept for the first time this season and were looking to turn things around against the second-best team in the East. The Rebels trailed in the season series 3-2 and were looking to be ahead after the conclusion of game two.

 

The first game of the weekend the Rebels got on the board first, thanks to a power-play goal by Antonio Venuto (11). The score would remain 1-0 Rebels after the first period. In the second period both Ryan Keane and Carter McPhail made some remarkable saves to result in a scoreless middle frame. The Rebels were just 20 minutes away from their third win against Johnstown and a chance to even the series. Unfortunately, Cameron Hebert was able to beat Keane for his 19th goal of the season. The score would remain 1-1 after 60 minutes of play so both sides got ready for 3-on-3 overtime. The Tomahawks are the second-best team in the league in extra hockey and have not lost when a game has been decided by overtime (4-0). Jamestown on the other hand is 0-for-3 when it comes to 3-on-3 hockey. With a lot of open ice for five minutes both teams had many scoring chances but were unable to beat the goalies, sending the game into a shootout. The Tomahawks were 2-1 in sudden death hockey this season and the Rebels were 2-2. In the first round both shooters were unsuccessful. To start the second round, it was Jim Glynn for the Rebels, he has not missed in a shootout attempt this season (2-2). He started out slow then tried to cut right in, but McPhail was able to stay with him the whole time. Next up for the Tomahawks it was Joe Kile, he has never been selected for a shootout once this season. He went down and was able to get Keane moving then put it up high. It was all up to the leading scorer Alex Frye to keep his team in contention for the win. He also started off slow then picked up his pace and he progressed down the ice. He tried to fake out McPhail, but it was to no avail. Johnstown skated away with the two points and now led the season series 4-2. With the game going into extra hockey the Rebels were able to get a point out of it, tying their season high point streak at seven. With the performance Keane put on during the game he was able to capture the number one spot for goalies overall in the league, posting a 1.79 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .928%.

 

Less than 24 hours later these cross-state rivals were back on the ice for game two of the weekend. In game two we saw the same netminders as the night before. The scoring did not start off the same though as it was Carson Briere finding the back of the net on the power play, giving him a league high in power-play goals at 20. Two minutes later though, it was Antonio Venuto that tied the game up after his team won the offensive zone draw and he was able to snap one right past McPhail. It would remain 1-1 until there was 10:12 left in the middle period when Roman Kramer was able to find the back of the net, giving his team the lead once more. The Tomahawks added one more to their total early in the third, putting them now up by a pair. Head Coach Joe Coombs pulled Keane in the late stages of regulation in hopes that the 6-on-5 advantage would pay off for his team. Sadly, it would not as the horn sounded giving the Rebels a 3-1 loss. It was only their second regulation loss in 14 games.

 

With their win, Johnstown became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with an overall record of 35-6-1 (71pts). The Rebels were swept for the first time since their home opening weekend. They have an overall record of 24-11-3-3 (54pts). Keane still sits atop the league for goalies overall and his looking to remain there after this weekend when the Rebels host New Jersey. The Rebels are only ten points ahead of the third place Titans so this weekend will be huge for Jamestown so they can keep their hopes alive of having home ice advantage when the playoffs commence.

 

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Rebels vs. Tomahawks

This weekend the Rebels will make their second trip to Johnstown, PA. The previous meeting was the Tomahawks home opener weekend in which the Rebels spoiled the fun by winning the first game. It will be the best team in the league (Johnstown) versus the fifth best team in the league (Jamestown). The Rebels are coming off a sweep against the Maryland Black Bears and are also on a six-game point streak (one shy of season high), they have an overall record of 24-10-3-2 (53pts). As for the Tomahawks they were swept for the first time this season and lost their first back-to-back games since Sep. 20th-21st. They go into this weekend with an overall record of 33-6-0-1 (67pts). Johnstown leads the season series 3-2. Both of their losses came by a final of 4-1.

 

Blood In The Water:

It is shocking to say this but, Johnstown has been struggling these past two weeks. It started out with a weekend series versus last place Wilkes-Barre, in which both games the Tomahawks won in overtime. Then there was this past weekend which had the entire league stunned. The Northeast Generals swept the best team in the league. The Tomahawks lost the first game 2-1, then lost in a shootout the next night 5-4. While Johnstown was able to get a point out of the weekend, if they are finally starting to cool off now is the time for Jamestown to strike! Jamestown will face Johnstown a total of four times in the month of February. Each game will be crucial if the Rebels want to have a shot at winning the East when the regular season ends Apr. 6th. If the Rebels sweep Johnstown this weekend in regulation, they will only be five games back.

 

Special Teams:

The Johnstown Tomahawks have the third best power-play percentage in the league at 27.8%, as well as the third best penalty-kill percentage with an 85.5%. The Rebels rose in the power play rankings after this past weekend going 2/5, putting them in 15th with a 17.9% power-play unit. They are the second-best team in the league at killing penalties with a success rate of 85.8%. For the Rebels to have success this weekend on the road they must stay out of the box and if given a power play, they must capitalize on it.

 

Goaltending:

A main reason why these two teams have had consistent success throughout the season is their last line of defense. Goalies are the back bone of a hockey team and both teams are reaping the rewards for having such great goalies. Ryan Keane is 4-1-1 since the beginning of 2019 and has recorded two shutouts. In his final season of junior hockey, Keane is putting up better numbers than he did while in Philadelphia last season. His goals-against-average is a 1.83 which puts him in second overall for goalies and his save percentage is at .927%. If Noah West had enough minutes to be ranked for goalies, he would be somewhere near the top ten as he currently has a GAA of 2.38 with a SV% of .913%. Combined, West and Keane are 24-10-3-1 and have five shutouts this season. Johnstown has had plenty of success in between the pipes as well. Carter McPhail is ranked sixth overall for goalies, he has a 2.02 GAA and a .935 SV%. He is 19-3 on the season and two of his losses have come at the hands of the Rebels. His counterpart Cooper Lukenda has an overall record of 11-1-0-1, giving him a 2.73 GAA and a .907 SV%.

 

Players To Watch:

Rebels (F: #27- Alex Frye)

Frye has without a doubt been the biggest asset for the Rebels this season. He leads the team in goals (22), assists (17), and points (39). He is ranked 17th in the league for points. Alex has also just committed to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) to play NCAA Division 1 hockey. This is his final season of junior hockey and is making it one heck of a last ride. With 21 games left in the regular season for Jamestown, Frye will surely keep adding to his record setting season.

 

Tomahawks (F: #24 Samuel Solensky)

Solensky currently leads the league in points (64) and assists (42). Samuel is on an eight-game point streak (7g-13a) and holds the longest point streak of the season at 14, dating from Oct.27th-Dec.2nd.  He is committed to Bemidji State University, which is in the same conference Frye will be playing in (WCHA). Out of the five games against Jamestown, Solensky has three points (2g).