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Weekend preview: 1/26 – 1/27; Rebels visit Titans for two games

The Rebels will continue their nine-game road swing with playing two games against the New Jersey Titans this weekend at Middletown’s Ice World. Both games are slated to begin at 7:45pm. After five of the first six games were played at the Class of 1923 Arena, the next four games between these teams will be played at Ice World (including this weekend).

Rebels vs. Titians Overview
This will be games seven and eight of a sixteen game schedule between the two teams. The Titans have won four of the six, and they have outscored the Rebels 20 – 15 in the six games. The last time these two teams met was back on January 15 and the Titans won in dramatic fashion. After the Rebels came back from a 3 – 1 deficit to take a 4 – 3 lead with 10:29 left in the game, Kyle Head scored his second goal of the game with 2.8 seconds remaining in regulation to tie at four. Todd Goehring would score his fifth goal on the season with 2:10 into overtime to give the Titans a 5 – 4 victory.

The Titans are the only team in the East Division who have a winning record against the Rebels.

During this six-game series between the two teams, Goehring leads the Titans in total points with six (3 goals and 3 assists). Tyler Antonucci (1 goal and 4 assists) and Eric Manoukian (all assists) each have five points against the Rebels. Matthew Cameron has scored the most goals against Philadelphia with four. The Titans are 6 for 21 (29%) on the powerplay. New Jersey’s goaltenders have a combined 2.50 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Brandon Perrone has appeared in four of the games and he possesses a 1.83 goals against average and .905 save percentage with no shutouts.

Defenseman Kolby Vegara has the most points against New Jersey with four (all assists). Four players (Andrew Bellant, Jordin Holmes, Adam Peck and Brandon Stanley) each have three points against the Titans. Auggie Moore, Eric Olson, Konur Peterson and Jensen Zerban each have scored two goals. The Rebels are 4 for 20 (20%) on the powerplay while goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 3.17 goals against average and .878 save percentage with no shutouts.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter this weekend’s series with a 17-13-1-1 record with 32 points in 32 games – the least amount played of any East Division team. They currently reside in fourth place, sixteen points behind division leading Philadelphia. The Titans have won three of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 6 – 3 home win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Tate Singleton leads the team in total points with twenty-five (9 goals and 16 assists). Nick Boyagian (11 goals and 13 assists) and Hunter Alden (7 goals and 17 assists) each have twenty-four points. Boyagian has the most goals on the team with eleven. Wade Novak has the most game-winning goals on the team with three. Rookie Holden Biebel leads the team in penalty minutes with 75. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a +19.

New Jersey has scored 111 goals (eighth best in the NAHL) in thirty-two games. They also have allowed 94 (sixth best in the league).  The Titans are sixth in the league on the powerplay (22%) while they are nineteenth in the league on the penalty kill with at 74.4%.

New Jersey’s netminders have a combined 2.74 goals against average and a .914 save percentage with one shutout (Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend with a 25-9-2 record for 52 points. They are in first place in the division, and they are seven points ahead of second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Rebels are 3 – 2 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 1 road win against the Johnstown Tomahawks.

The Rebels are led by Aaron Maguyon’s twenty-eight points (12 goals and 16 assists). He is followed by Zerban’s twenty-six points (13 goals and 13 assists) and Bellant’s twenty-five points (10 goals and 15 assists). Zerban leads the team with thirteen goals scored. Bellant has the most game-winning goals on the team with four, and he has the most penalty minutes with 105. Maguyon also has the team’s best +/- with a +12.

Philadelphia has scored 124 goals in thirty-six games (fifth most in the league), and they have allowed 80 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league on the powerplay having converted on 28.5% of their chances, and they are ranked third in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 86.5% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.19 goals against average and a .907 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Game preview: Titans visit Rebels today for holiday matinee

The New Jersey Titans visit the Class of 1923 Arena for a holiday matinee game slated to begin at 4:20pm. It will be Skate Night with the Rebels immediately following the game. This will be the Rebels last home game until Friday, February 16 when the Northeast Generals visit. A Rebels nine game road trip will commence on Friday, January 19 beginning with two games against the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Rebels vs. Titans Overview
This will be the sixth meeting between these two teams. The Titans have won three of the five games by a combined score of 15 – 11. The Titans are the only team in which the Rebels have a losing record against. The last time they played was on Wednesday, December 20 at Middletown’s Ice World with the Titans winning 4 – 1. Four of the five games played so far have been played at the Class of 1923.

The Titans have four players who have four points respectively against the Titans: Nick Boyagian (1 goal and 3 assists), Todd Goehring (2 goals and 2 assists), Eric Manoukian (all assists) and Tate Singleton (1 goal and 3 assists). Matthew Cameron leads the Titans in goals against the Rebels with three. New Jersey is 5 for 17 (29%) on the powerplay. New Jersey’s goalies have a combined 2.20 goals against average and .922 save percentage with no shutouts against the Rebels.

Jordin Holmes leads the Rebels in points against the Titans with three (1 goal and 2 assists). Six players each have two points against them. The Rebels are 4 for 16 (25%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.80 goals against average and .891 save percentage with no shutouts against New Jersey.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter today’s game with a 15-12-1-1 record with 32 points. They currently reside in fourth place in the East Division, seventeen points behind division leading Philadelphia – although the Titans have four games in hand. The Titans have won three of their last five games. However, they have not played since the December 20 game against the Rebels. Boyagian leads the team in total points with 24 (11 goals and 13 assists). He also leads the team in goals with eleven. Hunter Alden has twenty-three points (7 goals and 16 assists) while Singleton has twenty-two points (8 goals and 14 assists). Four players each have scored two game winning goals. Rookie Holden Biebel leads the team in penalty minutes with 75. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a +17.

New Jersey has scored 97 goals (sixteenth best in the NAHL) in twenty-nine games. They also have allowed 82 (fifth best in the league).  The Titans are fifth in the league on the powerplay (22.6%) while they are twenty second in the league on the penalty kill with at 71.6%.

New Jersey’s netminders have a combined 2.65 goals against average and a .916 save percentage with two shutouts (Brandon Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter tonight’s game atop the East Division. They have a 24-8-1 record for 49 points. They are 3 – 2 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 6 – 1 home win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

The Rebels are led by Aaron Maguyon’s 26 points (10 goals and 16 assists). Jensen Zerban has 25 points (13 goals and 12 assists) and Andrew Bellant has 23 points (9 goals and 14 assists). Zerban has scored the most goals on the team with thirteen. Bellant has the most game winning goals on the team with four, and he also leads it in penalty minutes with 82. Carson Moniz and Zerban each have a team best +/- with a +12.

The Rebels have scored 114 goals on the season (fifth best in the league) while they have allowed 71 (second least allowed in the league). The Rebels have the league’s best powerplay converting on 31% of their chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked third in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.8% of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.11 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Generals score :17 into overtime to down Rebels 3 – 2

Northeast Generals forward Matthew Wiesner scored seventeen seconds into overtime to give the visitors a 3 – 2 win over the Rebels on a frigid night. It was the Rebels first loss of the season in the extra period.

The Generals took an early 1 – 0 just 3:01 into the game on Alex Cohen’s fifth goal of the season. Joseph Neagle sent a long stretch pass from the bottom of his own far side faceoff circle up to Matthew Rutigliano at the Rebels blueline.  As Rutigliano entered the zone he was cutoff by Kolby Vegara. As Rutigliano tried to go around Vegara he was falling down and sent a pass back to the point as Neagle entered the offensive zone.  Neagle took a wrist shot that Rebels goalie Ryan Keane made a blocker save but the rebound came directly out to Cohen who put the puck passed a sprawled-out Keane into the back of the net.

Garnet Valley native Anthony Starzi would score his first goal of his very young NAHL career to tie the game at one for the Rebels. With time winding down in the second period, Wiesner dumped the puck behind the Rebels net for a change where Jordin Holmes retrieved it. He passed it back to Vegara at the side of the net. Vegara tried a stretch pass back to Holmes but it went too far. As the loose puck entered the Generals zone near the bottom of the faceoff circle it was picked up by Starzi who took a shot that beat Northeast goaltender David Fessenden short side with 3:14 left in the period.

Wiesner would score his first goal of the game just 2:17 into the third period. Defenseman Seth Bergeron would bring the puck up along the nearside boards and sent a shuttle pass to Aaron Maguyon on his right. As Maguyon started to skate up he was stripped off the puck by Mike Egan. As Egan skated to the slot he passed the puck to Wiesner on his left. Wiesner took a wrist shot that beat Keane glove side to give the Generals a 2 – 1 lead.

Neagle would be called for tripping at the 3:41 mark to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Sixteen seconds later Diarmad DiMurro would tie the game. As the Rebels look to setup, Carson Moniz would send the puck to DiMurro to his right along the point. DiMurro would send a pass back to Ryan Patrick at the top of the far side circle. Patrick ripped a shot that found its way through a screen and beat Fessenden short side to tie the game at two.

After Fessenden made some key saves down the stretch to keep it tied at two, the game entered overtime. After the Generals won the ensuing draw, the puck would be picked up by Louis Boudon to the right of Fessenden. Boudon sent a short pass up to Neagle who immediately passed it up to Wiesner at the top of his own farside faceoff circle. Wiesner sent a bounce pass of the boards at the neutral zone and he went around Moniz and walked in all alone on Keane and beat him glove side for the game winner.

Keane stopped 14 of 17 shots while Fessenden turned aside 31 of 33 shots. Click here for the box score.

The two teams are back at it tonight for game two of this three game series at 7:10pm.

Rebels at the break: Leading the East Division

The Rebels return to the ice on Thursday, January 4 to start a three game homestand against the Northeast Generals. It will be the first time in team history that it will be playing three consecutive home games.

For the second straight year, the Rebels are sitting atop the North American Hockey League’s East Division at the midway point. They possess a 21 – 8 record for 42 points. They are three points ahead of second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, although the Knights have a game in hand. Although the Rebels have the third best record in the league behind the Shreveport Mudbugs and perennial league powerhouse Fairbanks Ice Dogs, technically, they have the best winning percentage in the league with .724 (21/29).

Despite coming off a trip to the Robertson Cup finals, player turnover and moving to a new arena, the Rebels got off to a torrid start. The Rebels went 11 – 0 to begin the season, including a 4 – 0 record at the NAHL’s Showcase in Blaine, MN. It was the first time in team history that it went undefeated during the tournament. Air Force Academy commit Jensen Zerban was the star having scored three straight game winning goals, including an overtime goal against last season’s Robertson Cup semi-finalist foe Aberdeen Wings.

In addition to Zerban’s overtime goal, the team has won three more games during the extra period: Auggie Moore scored the game winner against the Knights, defenseman Dusan Kmec’s goal against the Generals and Andrew Bellant scored against the Johnstown Tomahawks. The team’s four overtime goals are the most in the league to date.

The Rebels are 7 – 1 against the Tomahawks outscoring them 30 – 10. They also possess a 5 – 1 record against the Generals outscoring them 26 – 15. They also have won 10 of 13 home games (77%).

The Rebels also will be the only team in the history of the NAHL to host a home game at the site of a National Hockey League team, the Wells Fargo Center and home of the Philadelphia Flyers.

However, not everything has been perfect in Rebel Nation since the return from the league showcase. The team had to cancel a game against New Jersey due to the fog at the Class of 1923 Arena (in which the Titans were winning the game 1 – 0); they have a 3 – 3 record against the Knights (each scoring 18 goals against each other), and they have lost four out of six games against the Titans having been outscored 15 – 11. The team also has been decimated with injuries, particularly on the blueline.

Although there have been some hiccups, the Rebels are still one of the top teams in the league and are looking to make it three straight East Division championships and another trip to the Robertson Cup tournament.

The Rebels have scored 95 goals in 29 games (which is fifth best in the league) and have allowed only 63 (third least allowed in the league).  They have the league’s best powerplay unit having scored 31.7% of the time and are fourth in the league shorthanded having preventing the opposition from scoring 84.5% of the time.

Aaron Maguyon leads the team in total points with twenty-three (9 goals and 14 assists). Zerban (11 goals and 9 assists) and Bellant (8 goals and 12 assists) each have twenty points. Zerban leads the team in goals scored with eleven. The duo also has three game winning goals respectively. Bellant leads the team in penalty minutes with 78 while Carson Moniz has the best +9 +/- ratio.

Goaltenders Ryan Keane and Eli Billing have a combined 2.14 goals against average and .910 save percentage, with two shutouts (one by each). Keane has the fourth best GAA in the league with a 1.85.

The premise of the team, and the league itself, is to help aspiring 16 – 20 year olds in their quest to achieve their goal of a better education through collegiate hockey. Bellant committed to Michigan Tech at the end of November. With at least five months remaining in the season the Rebels could have more. Age outs Billing, Jordin Holmes, Ryan Patrick, Brandon Stanley and Kolby Vegara are looking to announce their commitment sometime in the near future along with some of the younger players.

The Rebels have thirty-one games remaining in the season, 15 of them are home, including the one at the Wells Fargo Center on March 10 against the Knights.

The Rebels will begin the second half with six straight home games. They then will play nine straight away games through and including February 14. They will close out the regular season on the road against the Tomahawks like they did last year.

Last year. It was a magical season but it’s over. This year’s team is really, really good, and head coach Joe Coombs is starting to see his team jell. Once they start firing on all cylinders, they want to write their own history by ending the playoffs with a win.

Game preview: Rebels travel to New Jersey for last game before break

The Rebels will travel to Middletown’s Ice World tonight to play the New Jersey Titans for a 7:00pm faceoff. This will be the last game before the holiday break for both teams.

Rebels vs. Titans Overview
This will be the fifth meeting between these two teams this season, with each team winning two games apiece although the Titans have outscored the Rebels 11 – 10. All previous games have been played at the Class of 1923 Arena. The last time these two teams played was on December 7 when the Titans defeated the Rebels 5 – 3.

New Jersey’s Nick Boyagian leads the Titans with four points (1 goal and 3 assists) against the Rebels; Wade Novak has three points (1 goal and 2 assists) while seven different players have two points against Philadelphia. Tate MacDonald has the most goals against the Rebels with two. The Titans are a 5 for 16 (31%) on the powerplay. New Jersey’s goaltenders have a combined 2.50 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.

Rebels defenseman Jordin Holmes leads the Rebels with three points (1 goal and 2 assists) against the Titans while seven different players have two points against New Jersey. Jensen Zerban has scored two goals against the Titans. The Rebels are 3 for 15 (20%) with the extra attacker. Goalies Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.75 goals against average and .901 save percentage.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter tonight’s game with a 14-12-1-1 record with 30 points. They currently reside in fourth place in the East Division, twelve points behind division leading Philadelphia. The Titans have won two of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 3 road loss against the Northeast Generals. Boyagian leads the team in total points with 24 (11 goals and 13 assists). He also leads the team in goals with 11. Four players each have scored two game winning goals. Rookie Holden Biebel leads the team in penalty minutes with 75. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a +15.

New Jersey has scored 93 goals (fifth best in the NAHL) in twenty-eight games. They also have allowed 81 (eleventh best in the league).  The Titans are eighth in the league on the powerplay (21.7%) while they are twenty first in the league on the penalty kill with at 72.2%.

New Jersey’s netminders have a combined 2.71 goals against average and a .915 save percentage with one shutout (Brandon Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter tonight’s game with a 21 – 7 record for 42 points. They lead the East Division by three points over second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels are 4 – 1 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 2 – 1 home overtime victory against the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Aaron Maguyon leads the Rebels in points with 22 (9 goals and 13 assists). Andrew Bellant (8 goals and 12 assists) and Zerban (11 goals and 9 assists) each have twenty points. Zerban has scored the most goals on the team with eleven. Bellant and Zerban lead the team with three game winning goals each.  Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 78 while Carson Moniz has a team best +/- with a +9.

The Rebels have scored 94 goals on the season (fourth best in the league) while they have allowed 59 (tied for first for least allowed in the league). The Rebels have the league’s best powerplay converting on 31% of their chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked fourth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.6% of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.07 goals against average and a .912 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Game preview: Titans visit Rebels to play rare Thursday night home game

The New Jersey Titans and Rebels will be playing a rare Thursday night game when the Titans visit the Class of 1923 Arena tonight for a 7:35pm start. Despite the Rebels returning from an eight-game road swing, this will be the third straight home game for the Rebels against New Jersey.

Rebels vs. Titans Overview
The Rebels and Titans have played each other three times this season, with all of them being played at the Class of 1923 Arena. The Rebels have won two of the three games, outscoring the Titans by a combined score of 7 – 6. The last time these two teams met was on Sunday, November 15 when the Rebels defeated New Jersey 2 – 1.

New Jersey’s Nick Boyagian leads the Titans with four points (1 goal and 3 assists) against the Rebels. Three other players each have two points against Philadelphia: Andrew Husted (1 goal and 1 assist), Todd Goehring (1 goal and 1 assist) and Wade Novak (1 goal and 1 assist). The Titans are a 3 for 11 (27%) on the powerplay. New Jersey’s goaltenders Matt Ladd and Brandon Perrone have a combined 2.33 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

Rebels defenseman Jordin Holmes leads the Rebels with three points (1 goal and 2 assists) against the Titans. Jensen Zerban has scored two goals against New Jersey. The Rebels are 1 for 13 (8%) with the extra attacker against them while goalies Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.00 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter the game with a 12-10-1-1 record in 24 games with 26 points. They currently reside in fourth place in the East Division, twelve points behind division leading Philadelphia. The Titans have played the least amount of games in the division. The Titans have won two of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 1 road loss against the Johnstown Tomahawks. Boyagian leads the team in total points with 23 (11 goals and 12 assists). He also leads the team in goals with 11. Husted, Novak and Tyler Antonucci each have two game-winning goals. Rookie Holden Biebel leads the team in penalty minutes with 58. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a +12.

New Jersey has scored 82 goals (fifth best in the NAHL) in twenty-four games. They also have allowed 70 (twelfth best in the league).  The Titans are fifteenth in the league on the powerplay (18.3%) while they are eightteenth in the league on the penalty kill with at 75.5%.

Netminders Ladd and Perrone have a combined 2.45 goals against average and a .921 save percentage with one shutout (Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter tonight’s game with a 19 – 6 record for 38 points in 25 games. They lead the East Division by three points over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels are 3 – 2 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 0 road win against the Northeast Generals.

Aarong Maguyon leads the Rebels in points with 20 (9 goals and 11 assists). Zerban (10 goals and 9 assists) and Andrew Bellant (7 goals and 12 assists) each have nineteen points. Zerban has scored the most goals on the team with ten and game winning goals with three. Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 70 while Zerban and Diarmad DiMurro each have a team best +/- with a +8.

The Rebels have scored 85 goals in twenty-five games (third best in the league) while they have allowed 52 (second best in the league). The Rebels are best in the league on the power play and have converted on 30.7% of the chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 88.1% of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.04 goals against average and a .915 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Powerplay and second period propel Rebels to 7 – 2 victory over Northeast Generals

The visiting Philadelphia Rebels scored four, second period goals in a span of six minutes and sixteen seconds en route to a 7 – 2 win over the Northeast Generals. The victory moves the Rebels into sole possession of first place in the East Division over the idle Wilke-Barre/Scranton Knights.

With 5:53 left in the first period, Adam Peck’s sixth goal on the year would give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead. After an icing call on the Generals, Eric Olson would win the draw deep inside the Northeast zone. The puck would come directly back to Bryant Gunn at the near side point. Gunn passed it over to Jordin Holmes on his right. The Willow Grove, PA native took a wrist shot from the point that Peck redirected out front past the shoulder of Northeast’s goaltender David Fessenden to put the Rebels on the board.

The Rebels lead lasted all of thirty-seven seconds.

Northeast’s Matt Demelis would bring the puck up along the near side boards into and around the Rebels net. As Demelis skated towards the far side corner he was blocked off by Jensen Zerban but Demilis was able to pass the puck to Colin Bilek. Bilek would skate to the bottom of the faceoff circle and he sent a pass to Justin Jallen at the faceoff dot. Jallen took a one-timer that beat Rebels goalie Eli Billing glove side to tie the game at one.

Then with 7:38 remaining in the second period the Rebels completely changed the game’s outcome. As Holmes entered the offensive zone he took a shot that went high and wide of the Northeast net but the rebound was picked up by Alex Frye who immediately took a shot on net that was saved by Fessenden but the Northeast defensemen were unable to control the rebound-out front. As the Generals Shawn Montgomery went to clear the puck, Frye stripped him of it and the Rebels forward took a shot that beat the fallen Generals’ netminder to make it a 2 – 1 game. It was Frye’s third goal in two games.

Jallen was called for cross-checking with four minutes remaining in the second to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Friday night’s star Dusan Kmec then would give the Rebels a 3 – 1 lead. With the puck pinned in the Generals far side corner, Zerban would come out of the scrum and pass the puck to Andrew Bellant at the top of the circle. Bellant would pass it over to Kmec who took a one-timer that beat Fessenden long side with 3:07 left in the period.

A minute later Olson would make it a 4 – 1 game. Defenseman Diarmad DiMurro would intercept a Generals outlet pass at center ice and skate into the offensive zone. As he crossed the blueline he passed the puck over to his right to Auggie Moore. As Moore picked up the puck along the near side boards, he sent a backhand pass towards the net that was redirected by Olson passed Fessenden for this third goal on the season.

Aaron Maguyon would close out the second period scoring with 1:22 left in the middle stanza. Brandon Stanley picked up a loose rebound in the Generals far side corner and he passed the puck up along the boards to Bellant. Bellant sent a pass back to the point to Kmec who took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but the puck bounced off his stick directly to Stanley in the goal mouth. As Stanley was being pushed from behind he took a shot that Fessenden made with a right pad save but the rebound came out to Maguyon who tucked it home to give the Rebels a 5 – 1 lead.

After regrouping in between periods, the Generals looked to chip away at their four-goal deficit to the start of the final period. With 1:54 into the third Brady Gaudette would make it a 5 – 2 game.  Billing would make a save on a shot from the point and he redirected the puck towards the corner but Matt Wiesner picked up the loose puck to the left side of Billing. Wiesner and Mike Egan would exchange passes behind the Rebels net and then Wiesner looked up and saw Gaudette in the slot and the Northeast forward took a shot that beat Billing short side for this sixth goal on the season.

However, it was too little too late as Kolby Vegara and Zerban would score two more power play goals to complete the Rebels scoring and make it a 7 – 2 game.

The Rebels went 3 for 6 with the extra attacker. In the five games played between these two teams this season, the Rebels are an astounding 47% on the power play.

Billing would turn aside 24 of 26 shots while Fessenden stopped 29 of 36. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will conclude their three-game series today at noon.

Knights repel Rebels charge to win 5 – 3

The Philadelphia Rebels were unable to comeback from two, two-goal deficits and ended up losing to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 5 – 3 at the Revolution Ice Centre last night. The loss moves the Rebels back into a two-way tie for second place in the East Division with the Northeast Generals and a point out of first behind the Knights.

With 5:11 into the opening period, the Knights’ Tyrone Bronte would score his first of two goals on the evening. With a scrum in the Rebels nearside corner, WBS’ Mike Gelatt was able to kick the puck out free to Justin Engelkes. Engelkes would take a snap shot that was saved by Rebels goalie Eli Billing but the juicy rebound came right out to Bronte who put it past Billing to give the Knights a 1 – 0 lead.

Four minutes later the Knights would make it a 2 – 0 game. After a big right pad save by Billing the puck was kicked out to the far side boards where it was picked up by Michael Morrissey, who passed it down low to Reed Robinson in the corner. Robinson saw a wide-open Adrian Danchenko in the slot and Danchenko wristed the puck past Billing for his fifth goal on the season.

Adam Peck would get the Rebels on the board with 3:29 into the second period. With the play behind the Knights net, the puck would come up along the near side boards where Peck picked it up on his backhand. He turned and started to skate behind the net and drop passed the puck to Jensen Zerban. The speedy Rebels forward skated around the net and passed it to Peck who was to the right of Knights’ goalie David Tomeo. Peck flipped the puck and it beat Tomeo in close and up high to cut the Rebels deficit in half.

At the 6:15 mark of the second period WBS’ Luke Robinson was called for interference to put the Rebels on the power play.

Aaron Maguyon had the puck at the top of the far side faceoff circle. He over shot his pass to Zerban who was at the goal line. Zerban chased after the puck behind the Knights net and sent a bounce pass off the near side boards to Dusan Kmec at the point. Kmec took a shot that was saved by Tomeo but the rebound was picked up by Maguyon. As Maguyon was falling to the ice he had the wherewithal to pass the puck to Zerban in the slot and the Air Force Academy commit redirected the biscuit into an open net to tie that game at two at 7:08 into the second period.

The tie game didn’t last very long.

A minute and eight seconds after Zerban tied the game, Jack Olmstead would give the lead back to the Knights. Rebels forward Julian Makary dumped the puck deep inside the Knights zone for a line change where Knights’ defenseman Shay Donovan retrieved the puck and sent it up along the far side boards to Matt Kidney who at the at the Rebels blueline. Kidney send a shuttle pass up to Olmstead who took a wide angle shot that beat Billing down low to give the Knights a 3 – 2 lead.

With time winding down in the second, the Knights were able to reclaim their two-goal lead. Rebels’ defenseman Jordin Holmes had the puck at his far side blueline and went to pass the puck off the glass where it was knocked down by Brandon Stanley. However, the Knights’ Kidney picked up the loose puck and passed it up to Bronte. Bronte entered the Rebels zone on a two-on-one but cut across the goalmouth and put a backhander passed Billing with thirty-one seconds left in the period to give the Knights a 4 – 2 lead.

Andrew Bellant would cut the Knights lead in half with his seventh goal on the season. The Knights’ Danchenko entered the Rebels zone on a two-on-two with Michael Morrissey. As Danchenko went to drag the puck, it went off his skate directly towards Kmec. Kmec would headman the puck up to Bellant but the biscuit was juggled between Bellant and a Knights’ defenseman. Bellant was able to control the puck and skated towards the net and took a backhander that beat Tomeo to make it a 4 – 3 game.

It was too little too late as Gelatt would score an empty net goal with thirty-two seconds left to put the game out of reach for the Rebels.

Billing stopped 25 of 29 shots while Tomeo turned aside 35 of 38. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will finish their three-game series this afternoon at 2:00pm at the Revolution Ice Center.

Rebels win rubber match game against Titans 2 – 1

Playing their third straight game against each other during the past six days, the Rebels defeated the visiting New Jersey Titans 2 – 1 last night in the rubber match game of the series between the two teams.

It isn’t always the way you start but how you finish, and the Rebels got off to an extremely slow start and it cost them early on.

The Titans dumped the puck deep inside the offensive zone where Rebels defenseman Jordin Holmes went to retrieve it. He was hit hard against the boards by Andrew Husted who kicked the puck up along the near side boards to Nick Boyagian. Boyagian sent a pass to Wade Novak at the top of the slot. Novak went to take shot but fanned on it and the puck was picked up by the Rebels’ Diarmad DiMurro. Boyagian stripped DiMurro of the puck and he skated towards the Rebels net on a 2 on 1 with Novak. Boyagian sent a pass to Novak on his left and this time the Titans’ forward one-timer beat Rebels goalie Ryan Keane stick side to put the Titans up 1 – 0 with 7:19 remaining in the first.

After outshooting the Rebels 8 – 5 in the first, the Titans still controlled most of the play going into the second period. But as the period hit the midway point the tide started to change. Then with 3:16 left in the middle period New Jersey’s Holden Biebel was called for tripping to give the Rebels the extra attacker.

With time winding down on the power play, Rebels forward Andrew Bellant had the puck along the far side boards. He sent a pass back to Kolby Vegara at the point, who sent a return pass back to Bellant. Bellant passed the puck to Aaron Maguyon down low who started to skate up along the boards and sent a pass back to Vegara at the point. The Rebels defenseman took a wrist shot through traffic that was redirected by Konur Peterson in front of New Jersey’s net past goalie Matt Ladd to tie the game at one with 1:34 left in the period. It was Peterson’s first goal as a Rebel.

As the game entered the third period, the Rebels started to control the play. Auggie Moore’s hard work around the net demonstrated the grit. Off the faceoff inside the Titans zone, the puck went behind Ladd where Moore picked it up. Moore tried to skate towards the near side boards but was met by a New Jersey defender. Moore turned quickly and tried a wraparound but Ladd made the save and the puck came out to Andrew Frye at the far side circle.

Frye took a shot on net that was saved by Ladd but Moore battled for the puck and took a turnaround shot that was again saved by Ladd as the rebound came out to Titans’ defenseman Ryan Wheeler. Wheeler tried to skate across the goalmouth with the puck but Moore poke checked it and the puck went towards the Titans net where Adam Peck redirected it past Ladd to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead at the 5:08 mark of the third period.

The win gives the Rebels a 14 – 3 record for 28 points and moves them into a tie for second place, one point behind the division leading WBS Knights, although the Rebels have three games in hand.

Keane turned aside 24 of 25 shots he faced while Ladd stopped 25 of 27. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will leave early on Saturday morning to play two games against the Northeast Generals in Attleboro, MA.

Titans and Rebels play mid-week game tonight at the Class of ’23 Arena

The New Jersey Titans visit the Class of 1923 Arena tonight to take on the Philadelphia Rebels for their third consecutive game in six days. The puck drops at 7:05pm.

The history between the two teams has always been close. The first two games in the season is no different with each team winning a game and both scoring five goals.  The Titans won the first game this past Friday night by a score of 4 – 2 and the Rebels came back to win 3 – 1 in Sunday’s contest. So far, the Rebels are 0 for 9 on the power play while the Titans are 3 for 7 (43%). Defenseman Jordin Holmes has three points (1 goal and 2 assists) in both games and Jensen Zerban has two points (both goals). Nick Boyagian has three points against the Rebels so far (1 goal and 2 assists) and Todd Goehring has two points (1 goal and 1 assist). Each team has a 2.50 goals against average. The Rebels have a .924 save percentage while the Titans have a .910 save percentage.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter tonight’s game in fourth place in the East Division with a 10-6-1-1 record for 22 points, seven behind division leader Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, although the Titans have played two games less than WBS.  The Titans have a 3 – 2 record during their past five games. They are coming off of a 3 – 1 road loss to the Rebels this past Sunday night.

Hunter Alden leads the Titans in points with 19 (5 goals and 14 assists). He is followed by Nick Boyagian’s (7 goals and 7 assists) and Tate Singleton’s 14 points (4 goals and 10 assists) respectively. Boyagian leads New Jersey in goals scored with seven. Tyler Antonucci and Hunter Alden each have two game-winning goals. Singleton leads the team in penalty minutes with 43. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the team’s best +/- with a +11.

The Titans have scored 60 goals in 18 games (fourth best in the league) while they have allowed 45 (tenth in the league). New Jersey is fifteenth in the league on the power play having converted on 20% of their chances while they are twelfth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 78%.

Goaltenders Brandon Perrone and Matt Ladd have a combined 2.37 goals against average and a .924 save percentage with one shutout (Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels come into tonight’s game in third place in the East Division with a 13 – 3 record for 26 points, three behind the Knights but the Rebels have four games in hand. The Rebels are 2 – 3 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 1 home victory over the Titans this past Sunday.

Andrew Bellant’s twelve points (5 goals and 7 assists) leads the team. Diarmad DiMurro’s (3 goals and 8 assists) and Jensen Zerban’s (6 goals and 5 assists) each have eleven points respectively. Zerban leads the team in goals with six. He also has the most game winning goals on the team with three. Bellant leads the team in penalty minutes with 44 while DiMurro has the best +/- with a +9.

The Rebels have scored 52 goals in sixteen games (ninth best in the league) while they have allowed only 29 (least amount in the league). The Rebels are second in the league on the power play have converted on 27.3% of the chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked seventh in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 84.9% of the time.

Goalies Ryan Keane and Eli Billing have a combined 1.79 goals against average and a .924 save percentage with one shutout (Keane).