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Comeback falls short as Rebels now trail Knights two games to none in divisional final series.

Despite a valiant comeback, the Philadelphia Rebels were unable to overcome a three-goal deficit and ended up losing 5 – 4 to the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels now find themselves on the brink of elimination trailing two games to none in this best-of-five Robertson Cup divisional final series.

Rookie Jimmy Glynn scored his second goal of the playoffs to give the Rebels an early 1 – 0 lead.

While the Rebels were on a line change, forward Konur Peterson did an outstanding job to keep the puck moving behind the Knights net as he waited for help. After battling for the puck in the offensive zone’s far side corner, Peterson would skate around the Knights net and take a sharp angle shot that was saved by WBS goaltender Christian Stoever but the rebound came right out to Glynn who tucked in the rebound to give the Rebels the lead just 4:12 into the first period.

The Knights would even the score with 8:37 left in the period.

After the Knights won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone, the puck would go back to the near side point to Luke Robinson. The Knights defensemen took a shot that was saved by goaltender Eli Billing but the rebound went up high and bounced to the top of the faceoff circle to Billing’s right.  Blake Kryska would tap the puck up to Matt Kidney in the far side corner. Kidney sent a centering pass to Jake Olmstead who took a backhand shot that went wide of the net. Olmstead picked up his own rebound and started to skate around the Rebels with the puck on his backhand. Olmstead turned and took a shot on his forehand that beat Billing low, short side to tie the game at one.

Three minutes later the Knights would take the lead.

Defenseman Joseph Verkerke would bring the puck out of his own zone and make a centering pass to Lincoln Hatten. As soon as Hatten entered the offensive zone, he passed the puck over to Curtis Carlson on his left. As Carlson went to cut across the goalmouth, Billing went to poke check the puck. As soon as Billing’s stick touched the puck, the biscuit bounced backwards and hit the left post and went into the net to give the Knights a 2 – 1 lead with 5:41 left in the first period.

As time was winding down in the opening period, Brandon Stanley would score the first of his two goals on the night to tie the game at two.

After Alex Frye won the draw in the offensive zone, Stanley would send the puck back to Carson Moniz at the point. Moniz sent a bounce pass up along the near side boards and the puck went behind the Knights net where it was picked up by Stanley. As Stanley battled for the biscuit, he sent a short pass to Luke Radetic who tried to jam the puck past Stoever but the rebound came out to Frye. The Rebels forward swiped at it and Stoever made another save but he was unable to control the rebound and Stanley knocked it in to make it 2 – 2 with twenty-six seconds left in the first period.

The Knights then scored three, second period goals to take a commanding lead.

WBS defenseman Adrian Danchenko sent a clearing pass high off the glass that was picked up by Tyrone Bronte. The Knights forward would enter the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Jeffrey Bertrand. As Bronte gained the line, he passed the puck to Bertrand on his left. Bertrand took a wrist shot that went through Billing’s five hole to give the Knights a 3 – 2 lead with 10:04 to go in the period.

Two and a half minutes later the Knights would double their lead.

As Kryska went to clear the zone, the puck was intercepted by Kolby Vegara at the near side point. Vegara would turn to send the puck deeper into the Knights zone but it was picked off by Bronte. The WBS forward would enter the Rebels zone on a three-on-three. Bronte would take a shot that was blocked by Vegara but Bronte followed up on his own rebound and wristed the biscuit past Billing to give the Knights a 4 – 2 lead.

Shortly after the Knights scored their fourth goal Billing was replaced by Ryan Keane.

Olmstead would score his second goal of the night with one-minute left in the period to give the Knights a 5 – 2 lead.

Kidney would gain the line alone the far side blueline and take a shot that was blocked by Seth Bergeron as Moniz picked up the loose puck and send it up along the glass where it was knocked down by Michael Morrissey. The Knights forward passed the puck back to Kidney in the corner who immediately sent it to a breaking Olmstead who took a shot that beat Keane long side to give the Knights a three-goal lead going into the third.

Although the lead looked insurmountable going into the final period, the Rebels had other plans.

Bronte would clear the puck where it was picked up by Diarmad DiMurro as center ice. The Rebels defenseman would send it back to Stanley at his own blueline. Stanley then passed it up Radetic along the near side boards. Radetic would circle back and made a nice saucer pass to a breaking Stanley across center ice. As Stanley skated towards the top of the circle, he took a wrist shot that beat Stoever long side to cut the Knights lead to two with 4:05 into the third.

Aaron Maguyon would cut the Knights lead in half on a great individual effort.

After Kyrska picked up the puck in his own zone he went to clear the biscuit but it was intercepted by Ryan Patrick at the top of the near side faceoff circle. As the Rebels captain went to play it he was met by Luke Robinson. Patrick turned to shield the puck from Robinson and passed it down low to Maguyon. As Maguyon went to skate towards the goalmouth, he was inadvertently tripped by Stoever who stuck out his stick to prevent a pass out front. As Maguyon started to fall he turned to his left and slipped the puck through Stoever’s five hole to make it 5 – 4 with eight minutes left in the game.

Despite intense pressure for the remainder of the game, the Rebels were unable to tie it.

Billing and Keane combined to stop 24 of 29 shots while Stoever turned aside 30 of 34. Click here for the box score.

The series now shifts to the Revolution Ice Centre where the Rebels have to win two to bring the fifth and deciding game back to IceWorks on Friday, May 4.

Knights topple Rebels 4 – 1 to win game one of divisional finals

The visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defeated the Philadelphia Rebels 4 – 1 last night to win game one of this best-of-five Robertson Cup’s divisional final series. The Knights rode the coattails of goaltender’s Christian Stoever’s 25 save performance.

Last night’s win was the first time ever in three seasons that the Knights had defeated the Rebels in a playoff game.

The Knights scored two goals early in the first period and never looked back.

WBS’ Lincoln Hatten would win the battle along the far side boards and send the puck back to Joseph Verkerke at the point. Verkerke purposely took a wide shot that hit the end boards and the puck immediately came out to the slot where it was picked up by Curtis Carlson who went around a fallen Ryan Keane and Carlson slipped the puck past the Rebels netminder and into the open net to give the Knights a 1 – 0 lead just 3:59 into the opening period.

The Knights would double their margin four minutes later.

After Knights center Michael Morrissey won the draw inside the Rebels zone, he passed it over to Tyrone Bronte on his right. Bronte immediately passed the puck back to Thomas Farrell at the near side point. The Knights’ defenseman took a shot that found its way through traffic and Keane’s five hole for his second goal of the playoffs.

After completely dominating the Rebels after one period of play – with the lead and outshooting them 16 – 2, the Knights would take a commanding three goal lead with 7:34 left in the second period.

After Rebels defenseman Carson Moniz’s clearing pass was intercepted by Morrissey at the blueline, Morrissey sent a short shuttle pass to Jack Olmstead. The Knights forward sent a pass through the legs of Nico Appendino to Matt Kidney who went around Moniz and Kidney beat Keane blocker side for his second goal of the playoffs.

Eli Billing would replace Keane between the pipes.

Kolby Vegara would be call for boarding with four minutes remaining in the period to give the Knights the man advantage. As time was winding down with the extra attacker, the Knights took a 4 – 0 lead.

Luke Robinson would control the puck at the top of the near side blueline and passed it over to Blake Kryska at the top of the faceoff circle. Kryska took a shot that was blocked out front but Reed Robinson knocked in the rebound past Billing with 2:07 left in the second period.

Eric Olson would eliminate Stoever’s bid for a shutout with 9:26 left in the game.

After Olson picked up the loose puck in his own near side corner, he would skate through central ice. Having gained the line along the far side boards, Olson sent a pass that went around and behind the Knights net where it was picked up by Ryan Patrick. The Rebels captain sent a pass out to Olson in the slot and Olson one-timed it past Stoever for his third goal of the playoffs.

Keane and Billing would combine thirty of thirty-four shots while Stoever stopped 25 of 26. Click here for the box score.

The teams will play in game two of the series tomorrow night at 7:05pm at IceWorks.

Zerban’s goal in triple overtime gives Rebels 4 – 3 win and forces game five

Jensen Zerban scored 5:29 into triple overtime to give the visiting Philadelphia Rebels a 4 – 3 win over the Northeast Generals to force a fifth and deciding game in the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series.

The Generals took a 1 – 0 lead with 7:25 left in the first period on Louis Bourdon’s first goal of the series.

Colin Bilek would gain the line and dump the puck into the Rebels far side corner where Jeff Skinner picked it up at the faceoff dot. Skinner made a nice pass to an open Bourdon in the slot and he walked in all alone on Rebels goalie Ryan Keane and beat him through the five hole to make it 1 – 0.

With 3:15 left in the opening period, Rebels defenseman Bryant Gunn was called for interference to give Northeast the extra attacker. As time was winding down with the man advantage, the Generals would score their first powerplay goal of the series.

Matt Demelis started to set up the play when he sent a pass to Skinner in the near side corner. Skinner sent a return pass to Demelis back at the point. As Demelis started to skate towards his left, he circled and cut in the zone towards the Rebels net. As he started to cut across the slot, Demelis took a shot that beat Keane long side to give the Generals a 2 – 0 lead.

After trailing by two going into the second period, the Rebels scored three unanswered goals.

Kolby Vegara dumped the puck in the neutral zone where it was picked up by Northeast’s Michael Higgins.  The Generals defenseman went to put the puck back into the offensive zone but it was intercepted by Adam Peck who passed it up to Eric Olson along the near side boards. As Olson reached the top of the circle he took a shot that was tipped by Brandon Stanley in the slot past Northeast goalie David Fessenden to cut the Generals lead in half with 5:24 into the second.

The Rebels would even the score with 6:42 left in the middle period.

Stanley had the puck down low and took a sharp angle shot that Fessenden saved but the puck went up high into the air. As the biscuit hit the ice Stanley was able to circle around the net and pick up his own rebound. He skated towards the near side faceoff circle and took a wrister that was saved by Fessenden but Olson tucked in the rebound past the fallen Northeast netminder.

As the Generals went to set up in their own zone, the puck would go into the near side corner where Alex Frye won the battle for the loose puck and he sent it back to Diarmad DiMurro. The Rebels defenseman took a shot from the point that went wide but it hit the end boards and took a crazy bounce right out to Frye who was to the left of Fessenden and he poked in the rebound with 3:40 left in the second to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead.

The Generals would tie it with 3:07 remaining in regulation.

Skinner would win the battle for the puck in the near side corner. As he skated towards the faceoff dot, he took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Keane but Bilek would poke the puck past him to make it a 3 – 3 game.

After playing two overtime periods highlighted with several key saves by Fessenden and Keane, Zerban would become the hero in the third overtime period.

Aaron Maguyon would pick up the loose puck at the top of the near side faceoff circle and pass it up to Ryan Patrick. As Patrick gained the line in the offensive zone, he passed the puck over to Zerban on his left. As Zerban skated towards the net, he deked towards his right and beat Fessenden short side to win the game.

Both goalies played exceptionally well. Keane stopped 50 of 53 shots while Fessenden turned aside 54 of 58. Click here for the box score.

The fifth and deciding game will be played on Saturday, April 21 at 8:05pm at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA.

Peterson’s two goals lift Rebels to 5 – 1 rout of Generals to even series

Forward Konur Peterson scored two goals to help propel the Rebels to a 5 – 1 rout over the visiting Northeast Generals to even the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series at one game apiece.

In arguably their best game of the season, the Rebels dominated the game from the initial drop of the puck until the siren sounded to end the game.

After having to postpone Saturday night’s game due to poor ice conditions at the Class of 1923 Arena, the two teams played at the Rebels original home rink for two years at the IceWorks skating complex.

The Rebels would take an early 1 – 0 lead on Peterson’s first goal of the game.

Diarmad DiMurro would dump the puck deep in the offensive zone where was it picked up by Northeast defenseman Joseph Nagle behind his own net. As Nagle started to skate up along the end board he sent a return pass to Luke Perunovich who was to the left of Generals goalie David Fessenden.  Nagle went to make a cross-ice centering pass but it was intercepted by Alex Frey who immediately took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but the puck trickled through his legs and Peterson tapped it into an open net to make it a 1 – 0 game just 3:11 into the first period.

The Generals would tie it just 4:13 later.

Perunovich would bring the puck out of his own end through center ice. As he entered the Rebels zone he was taken off the puck by Bryant Gunn. As Gunn went to break up the ice he lost an edge and Matt Demelis would strip him of the puck. Demelis would deke around Rebels goalie Ryan Keane’s glove side and backhanded the biscuit into the back of the net to make it a 1 – 1 game.

After Frye was called for high sticking at the 9:14 mark, Northeast forward Alex Cohen was called for slashing a minute and a half later to make it 4 on 4 hockey. When Frye’s penalty expired, the Rebels had their first powerplay of the post season.

Jensen Zerban would take a shot from the top of the near side faceoff circle that was block by a Northeast defender and DiMurro would pick up the loose puck and send it back to Kolby Vegara at the point. Vegara took a snapshot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Zerban who was to the right of Fessenden and Zerban drilled it past the fallen Generals netminder to put the Rebels back on top with 7:26 left in the first period.

Thirty-one seconds later Peterson would give the Rebels a two-goal lead.

Peterson would dump the puck around the Generals end board where Fessenden came out to intercept it. Fessenden would send a bounce pass high off the boards but Carson Moniz gloved it down and passed it over to Nico Appendino on his left. Appendino took a clapper that was redirected by Peterson out front and passed Fessenden to make it a 3 – 1 game.

With 1:23 left in the opening period, Matthew Wiesner was called for tripping to put the Rebels back on the powerplay. Eric Olson would make it 4 – 1 Rebels with seventeen seconds remaining in the first.

After Frye won the draw deep inside the Generals zone, the puck would go back to Moniz at the point. Moniz would pass it over to Appendino who walked the line towards his right and passed to Ryan Patrick at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Patrick took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but Olson tapped in the rebound to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

Brandon Stanley would finish the scoring just twenty-six seconds into the second period.

As the Generals tried to bring the puck through the neutral zone, a Northeast defender was stripped of the puck by Stanley who raced down the near side boards. As Stanley skated towards the faceoff dot he took a wrist shot that beat Fessenden long side to make it a 5 – 1 game. Fessenden was pulled for Marko Sturma.

Keane, who was very sharp, stopped 24 of 25 shots while Fessenden and Sturma combined to turn aside 22 of 27. Click here for the box score.

The series now moves to the New England Sports Village where games three and four will be played on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

Generals stun Rebels 3 – 0 in game one

Playing in their first NAHL post season game, the visiting Northeast Generals stunned the East Division regular season champion Philadelphia Rebels by winning 3 – 0 in the first game of this best-of-five divisional semi-final series.

The opening period was a feeling out process between the teams, with an up and down game and limited shots (total of twelve).

After getting the butterflies out of their system, the Generals scored two goals a minute and a half apart from each other in the second period.

Jeff Skinner would score ultimately the game winner just 7:44 into the middle stanza.

After Northeast dumped the puck deep inside the offensive zone, Rebels netminder Ryan Keane retrieved the loose puck and went to send it up along the far side corner but it was intercepted by the Generals’ Colin Bilek. The West Point commit was checked off the puck by Bryant Gunn and the loose puck went back behind the net where Kolby Vegara went to pick it up. However, it was intercepted by Skinner who tried a wraparound shot that was saved by Keane but Skinner picked up his own rebound and lifted it up high past Keane to score the Generals first-ever playoff goal.

A minute and a half later the Generals would double their lead.

After Nico Appendino’s shot was saved by Northeast goalie David Fessenden, the rebound came out to Ryan Brogan who headmanned the puck to Brian Chambers who brought the puck up along the near side boards. Chambers would enter the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Michael Higgins. As Chamber skated to the top of the faceoff circle he sent a cross-ice pass to Higgins who wristed past Keane to mae it 2 – 0 Generals.

As the Rebels penalty killed just ended, the puck went into the Generals zone where it was picked up by Brady Gaudette and he passed it up to Colin McCabe. As McCabe gained the line, he took a wrist shot that bounced off Keane’s shoulder and trickled behind him and into the net with six minutes remaining to close out the score.

Keane stopped 17 of 20 shots while Fessenden turned aside all 24 shots for the shutout. Click here for the box score.

Game two of this best-of-five series begins at 7:05pm.

Frye and Peterson lead Rebels to 7 – 1 rout of Knights

Alex Frye and Konur Peterson each had two goals and an assist to lead the Rebels to a 7 – 1 rout over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. It was the Rebels last regular season home game.

This game was very different from all of the others. It was a continuation of the January 12 contest that was suspended due to fog. The game picked up at the 11:34 mark of the first period with the Rebels leading 2 – 0 on goals from Peterson and Frye.

Just 2:46 into the reconvened game Peterson would score his second goal of the contest. Auggie Moore gained the line at center ice and dumped the puck to the end boards where it was picked up by Frye who had beat out Knights netminder Christian Stoever for the loose puck. Frye would send the puck up along the near side boards where it was picked up by Noah Finstrom who immediately pass the puck to Peterson on his right. Peterson would skate towards the faceoff circle and took a wrist shot that beat Stoever glove side to make it a 3 – 0 game with 9:06 left in the first.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside his own zone, the puck would go into the far side corner where it was picked up by Knights forward Justin Engelkes who passed it back to Joseph Verkeke at the point. Verkeke took a snapshot that was redirected out front by Tryone Bronte past Ryan Keane to make it a 3 – 1 game with 7:57 left in the period.

Two minutes later Frye would score his second goal of the game. Finstrom would pick up the loose puck at center ice and send it towards the far side boards where Moore would battle Anthony Firriolo for the puck. Firriolo would send the biscuit behind his own net where it was intercepted by Frye. The Clakson, MI native would try a wrap around that was saved by Stoever but Frye picked up his own rebound and put it past Stoever to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

With 4:30 left in the first, Knights forward Gabe Temple was called for tripping to give the Rebels the man advantage.

Knights defenseman Curtis Carlson would bring the puck behind his own net to set up the play but Zerban stripped him off the puck and sent it back Aaron Maguyon at the top of the faceoff circle. Maguyon would pass it back to Kolby Vegara at the point. Vegara would start to walk the line towards his right and took a shot that was saved by Stoever but Zerban was there to pick up the rebound and put it into the open net to give the Rebels a 5 – 1 lead with 3:33 left in the first.

Finstrom would pick up his first NAHL goal of the season 2:53 into the second to make it a 6 – 1 game, and Carson Moniz would score his eleventh goal on the season to make it a 7 – 1 game.

Keane stopped 25 of 26 shots while Stoever turned aside 29 of 36. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will close out the regular season this weekend when they travel to Johnstown to play the Tomahawks for two games. The first game of the divisional semi-final series will be played on Friday, April 13 at 7:05pm.

Rebels announce 2017-18 year-end award winners

During last night’s billet/fan appreciation night the Rebels announce their year-end award winners for the 2017-18 season, which was selected by the coaching staff. The winners are:

Ryan Patrick - Most Valuable Player

Ryan Patrick - Most Valuable Player

Aaron Maguyon - Best Offensive Player

Aaron Maguyon - Best Offensive Player

Kolby Vegara - Best Defensive Player

Kolby Vegara - Best Defensive Player

Jimmy Glynn - Rookie of the Year

Jimmy Glynn - Rookie of the Year

Seth Bergeron - Most Improved Player

Seth Bergeron - Most Improved Player

Eric Olson - Hardest Working Player

Eric Olson - Hardest Working Player

Rebels lose 4 – 3 to Generals in shootout

The Northeast Generals defeated the Philadelphia Rebels 4 – 3 in a shootout last night which enabled the visitors from Massachusetts to take two out of three games this weekend between the two teams. It was the Rebels fourth loss in their last five games.

The Rebels would open the scoring on Ryan Patrick’s twentieth goal on the season.

Konur Peterson picked up the loose puck behind the Generals net and passed it back to Patrick along the far side boards. Patrick immediately sent a touch pass back to Diarmad DiMurro who in turn sent it over to Carson Moniz on his left. Moniz stepped up and took a snapshot the was saved by Generals netminder Marko Sturma but the rebound came right out to Patrick who put it past Sturma to give the Rebels the 1- 0 with 6:09 into the opening period.

Three minutes later Austin Martz would score his first goal of the season.

Aaron Maguyon would gain the line and send the puck into the Generals zone where it was picked up by Jimmy Glynn behind Northeast’s net. As Glynn started to skate towards the faceoff circle he passed the puck up to Martz. The Shaler, PA native turned and took a high wrister that beat Sturma short side to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 lead.

Sturma was replaced by David Fessenden after allowing two goals on four shots.

The Generals would cut the Rebels lead in half with 9:14 into the second period. Adam Cohen had the puck down low to the right side of Eli Billing. Cohen passed it out to Ryan Rowland in the slot and Rowland took a shot that was saved by Billing but the rebound went to the end boards. Sviatoslov Kuchynski would pick up the loose puck at the goal line and take a sharp angle shot that went off Billing’s blocker and into the back of the net to make it a 2 – 1 game.

Twenty-eight seconds later the Generals would tie the game.

After Martz picked up the puck in the neutral zone he went to dump the puck into the offensive zone for a line change but the puck bounced off a Northeast player onto Trent Harsma’s stick. Harsma skated in all along on a breakaway towards Billing. As Harsma got to the top of the crease he made a spin move and tucked the puck long side past Billing to make 2 – 2.

With 8:24 left in the middle period Northeast’s forward Brian Chambers was called for checking from behind to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Eight seconds later Brandon Stanley put the Rebels back in front.

After the ensuing faceoff was won by Jensen Zerban, the puck went back to DiMurro at the near side point. DiMurro would pass it over to Kolby Vegara on his left and Vegara took a slapshot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came loose and Stanley shot it past Fessenden for his eighteenth goal on the season.

As time was winding down in the third, Northeast forward Matt Demelis took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Billing. As the puck bounced off his pads, Vegara dove to push the puck towards the boards but it went back to the nearside blueline to Joseph Nagle. The Generals defenseman would pass it up to Demelis at the top of the faceoff circle and he looked to his right and found Brady Gaudette breaking towards the net. Gaudette took a wrist shot that beat Billing glove side to tie the game with 5:16 left in the third.

After regulation ended, the two teams played a scoreless overtime period to send the game to a shootout. Generals defenseman Ryan Bogan would score the only goal in the shootout to give Northeast the 4 – 3 win.

Billing would turn aside 25 of 28 shots while Sturma and Fessenden stopped 39 of 42. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will close out their last home game of the regular season on Wednesday at 3:05pm against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Rebels down Generals 6 – 2 to end three game skid

The Philadelphia Rebels scored four unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 6 – 2 victory over the visiting Northeast Generals to end the team’s first ever three-game losing streak.

Despite being outshot in the first period 11 – 7, the Generals got on the board first with twenty seconds left in the opening period on Matt Demelis’ sixteenth goal on the season.

As the period was winding down, Northeast’s defenseman Michael Higgins would pick up the loose puck in his own zone and bring it up along the near side boards. After gaining the line and entering the offensive zone, he would take the puck near the Rebels net. Higgins would try and center the puck out into the slot but it blocked by Nico Appendino. Higgins would pick it up and pass it out to the top of the far side circle to Demelis who took a shot that was deflected out in front passed Rebels netminder Ryan Keane to give the Generals a 1 – 0 lead going into intermission.

The Rebels would tie the game on Chase Hamstad’s second goal of the season.  As the puck went to the far side boards, Hamstad would pick up the biscuit and skate behind the Generals net and pass it back to Diarmad DiMurro at the point. DiMurro would take a sharp angle shot that was blocked out in front and Hamstad picked up the rebound and knocked it past Northeast’s goalie David Fessenden to knot the game at one with 2:25 into the second period.

The Rebels would take the lead with 3:04 left in the second. Northeast would dump the puck into the Rebels zone where it was picked up by DiMurro at his own blueline. DiMurro would pass it up to Hamstad at the red line and the White Bear Lake, MN native sent a nice touch-pass to a streaking Jensen Zerban. The Air Force Academy commit would enter the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Aaron Maguyon. As Zerban skated to the top of the circle he passed the puck to Maguyon on his right and Maguyon took a wrister that beat Fessenden glove side to make it a 2 – 1 game.

The Generals would tie it just forty-five seconds into the final period.

As the Generals dumped the puck into the Rebels zone, defenseman Seth Bergeron went into the corner to puck up the loose puck but fell awkwardly into the boards. The puck would start to roll behind the Rebels net where Northeast’s forward Jeff Skinner was able to fight off Eric Olson for the puck. Skinner would skate towards the far side circle and found a breaking Alex Cohen in the slot. Cohen one-timed it passed Keane for his tenth goal on the season to make it a 2 – 2 game.

Maguyon’s second goal of the game at 5:37 into the third would give the Rebels the lead for good.

Appendino would keep the puck in the offensive zone after Skinner attempted to clear the puck. Appendino would look to his right and pass it over to Kolby Vegara. The University of Massachusetts commit would pass it up to Ryan Patrick at the top of the slot. Patrick would make backhanded pass to Maguyon who wristed the puck by Fessenden to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead.

At the 8:41 mark the Rebels went on their fourth powerplay of the evening after Northeast’s forward Brendan White lost his helmet. Instead of immediately going to the bench, White continued to play and was called for illegal equipment.

As time was winding down with the extra attacker, Maguyon was at the top of the slot and took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Zerban. The speedy forward took a sharp angle shot that saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Brandon Stanley who put the puck past the fallen netminder to give the Rebels a 4 – 2 lead with 9:51 left in the game.

Alex Frye would give the Rebels a 5 – 2 lead on a beautiful setup from Bergeron and Carson Moniz.

Konur Peterson would close out the scoring with two minutes left on the game for the Rebels second powerplay goal of the game.

Keane stopped 13 of 15 shots while Fessenden turned aside 36 of 42. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will close out the three-game series tonight on Billet/Fan appreciation night. All fans who attend the game will receive a free deck of Rebels trading cards.

Titans comeback to down Rebels 5 – 3

The visiting New Jersey Titans scored four unanswered goals to comeback and defeat the Philadelphia Rebels 5 – 3 this afternoon. Tate Singleton and Zachary Faremouth each had a pair of goals for the Titans.

It was the final meeting between these two teams during the regular season in which the Rebels won nine of sixteen games but only outscored the Titans by one (43 – 42).

With 8:54 left in the first, Rebels forward Alex Frye was called for interference to give the Titans the man advantage. In a beautifully executed play, Tyler Antonucci had the puck at the top of the point. He passed it over to Singleton on his right who immediately sent a cross-ice pass over to Ryan Naumovski. Naumovski would pass it down low to Matthew Cameron who sent the puck through the goalmouth to Singleton who one-timed it past Rebels netminder Ryan Keane to give the Titans a 1 – 0 with 8:06 remaining in the opening period.

The Rebels would tie it on Eric Olson’s ninth goal on the season.

Kolby Vegara would retrieve the puck behind his own net and send it up to Chase Hamstad at the point. Hamstad would bring the puck into the neutral zone and pass it over to Auggie Moore on his right. Moore would bring the puck into the Titans zone and reverse at the near side faceoff dot. He waited and then found Olson skate towards the slot. Moore fed Olson with a crisp pass and Olson one-timed it past Titans goalie Matthew Ladd to make it a 1 – 1 game with 2:19 left in the opening period.

The Rebels would take the lead with 1:54 into the second period. Bryant Gunn would glove down the puck at center ice and rush into the offensive zone. Gunn would cut across the goalmouth and take a shot that Ladd saved but Moore picked up the rebound and hit the back of the net to make it 2 – 1 Rebels.

Philadelphia would take a two-goal lead with 7:27 into the middle stanza. The Titans would dump the puck deep inside the Rebels zone where it was retrieved by Nico Appendino behind the net. Appendino would pass it to Carson Moniz on his right. Moniz sent an oulet pass that went off of Jimmy Glynn’s stick and went directly to Luke Radetic skating up the near side boards. Radetic would cut across the slot and take a shot that was saved by Ladd but Radetic picked up his own rebound and put it past Ladd to make it 3 – 1 Rebels.

Two minutes later the Titans would begin their comeback.

Brandon Stanley was called for roughing at 7:46 into the second. With time winding down with the man advantage, Singleton would score his second goal of the game.

After the Titans won the draw in the Rebels zone, the puck would wrap around the end boards up to Antonucci who passed it down low to Cameron who sent an immediate return pass back to Antonucci. The Titans defenseman would skate towards the net and pass it down low back to Cameron who sent a  backdoor pass across the slot to Singleton who one-timed it past Keane to cut the Rebels lead in half.

With 6:36 remaining in the period Faremouth would knot the game at three.

Titans’ Hunter Alden would pick up the puck in his own zone and send a bounce pass off the far side boards up to Singleton who outraced Gunn for the puck which glided into the Rebels zone. Singleton would send a backdoor pass to Faremouth who redirected the puck past Keane to tie the game.

As the time passed the halfway point in the third, Radetic sent a stretch pass from his own blueline into the Titans zone where Stanley went to pick it up. Stanley would out hustle Antonucci for the puck and he cut across the goalmouth but Ladd made the save and the puck went into the corner where it was picked up by Singleton who would bring the puck all the way down into the Rebels zone. Singleton would pass it back to Faremouth along the far side boards and he then sent the puck back to Antonucci at the point. Antonucci would send it down low to Singleton who took a sharp angle shot the was blocked out in front but the rebound came out to Faremouth who buried it past Keane to give the Titans a 4 – 3 lead with 9:10 left in the game.

With 3:42 remaining in the third, the Rebels look to tie it when Aaron Maguyon intercepted the puck at the top of the Titans zone and walked in all alone on Ladd. Maguyon took a shot that Ladd saved with his blocker but the deep rebound came up the far side boards to Holden Biebel. The Titans defenseman sent a stretch pass to Naumovski who skated in on a breakaway and beat Keane glove side to close out the scoring.

Keane stopped 23 of 28 shots while Ladd turned aside 25 of 28. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels are off until Thursday, March 29 when they will begin a three-game series with the Northeast Generals at the bunker. The Rebels have six games remaining in the regular season.