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Maguyon and Patrick help Rebels rebound with 5 – 2 win over Generals

Forwards Aaron Maguyon and Ryan Patrick each had two goals to lead the visiting Rebels to a 5 – 2 victory over the Northeast Generals. The win enabled the two teams to split the weekend series and remain tied for second place in the East Division with 30 points each.

Patrick put the Rebels on the board first just 1:02 into the game. After the Generals dumped the puck into the neutral zone it was picked up by Rebels defenseman Mark Leech who sent a cross-ice pass to Maguyon. As Maguyon skated to the bottom of the far side faceoff circle he took a shot on net that was redirected by Patrick in the slot past Northeast’s goaltender David Fessenden for his fourth goal on the season.

After controlling most of the play in the opening period, the Rebels were able to close it out on Maguyon’s first goal of the game with thirty-one seconds remaining. Colin McCabe was called for cross-checking with 1:25 left in the first to put the visitors on the powerplay. With time winding down in the period, Brandon Stanley would come out of a scrum with the puck along the near side boards. As he skated towards the net the puck was poked into the slot by a Generals’ defenseman. Dusan Kmec would pick it up and backhand a pass to Maguyon in the slot and the Egg Harbor Township native took a wrist shot that beat Fessenden high glove side to make it a 2 – 0 game.

The Rebels took a 3 – 0 just ten seconds into the second period. After Mack Byers won the opening faceoff, the puck went back to Kmec at his own blueline. The Rebels defenseman would pass it up to Stanley along the boards. As Stanley was hit entering the Northeast zone Auggie Moore picked up the loose puck and passed it to Byers who was at the high slot. Byers would skate in all alone on Fessenden and beat him glove side for his second goal on the season.

Patrick’s second goal of the game would give the Rebels a 4 – 0 lead at 2:23 into the middle stanza. Jimmy Glynn would set up the play behind the Generals net. He passed it up to the top of the far side faceoff circle to Bryant Gunn who immediately passed it over to Jordin Holmes on his right. Holmes sent a pass down low to Maguyon who was to the left of Fessenden. Maguyon sent a touch pass to Patrick in the slot and Patrick took a one-timer that beat Fessenden far side.

Looking to jump start his team, Generals’ head coach Joe Lovell replaced Fessenden with Marko Sturma.

After Northeast’s Joseph Mancuso won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone, the puck came back to Ryan Bogan at the point. Bogan took a slapshot that Rebels goalie Eli Billing made the initial left pad save but the rebound came out to Justin Jallen who backhanded the puck past the fallen Billing to put the Generals on the board 5:44 into the second.

Leech was called for roughing with 5:35 left in the period to give the Generals the extra attacker. The Rebels would dump the puck deep into the Northeast zone where Patrick Harrington would retrieve the puck and sent it up along the far side boards to Mancuso who was at the blueline. Mancuso made a touch pass to Matt Demelis who broke into the zone and skated towards the net. Demelis made a nice move and put the puck between Billing’s legs to cut the deficit in half with 4:47 remaining in the second.

Maguyon would score his second goal (and his fourth point of the game) at 1:09 into the third period. After the Rebels won the defensive zone draw the puck would go deep inside the Generals near side corner where Maguyon would get to the puck first and send it back to Kolby Vegara. Vegara took a clapper that hit the goal post but Maguyon picked up the rebound and put it into the open net to close out the scoring.

Billing turned aside 17 of 19 shots while Fessenden and Sturma combined to stop 25 of 30 shots. Click here for the box score.

Ladd backstops Titans to 4 – 2 victory over Rebels

New Jersey goaltender Matt Ladd turned aside 27 of 29 shots he faced to help lead the visiting Titans to a 4 – 2 win over the Philadelphia Rebels.

Playing in their first game in eleven days, the Rebels looked sharp early on. After a Rebels powerplay had just expired, Mack Byers brought the puck into the Titans zone on a 3 on 2. As Byers moved into the offensive zone, he passed the puck to Auggie Moore on his right. Moore took a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circle that Ladd made a right pad save but the rebound came out to Peter Zhong in the crease. As Zhong was taking a shot he was pulled down from behind. Ladd made the save but the loose puck was picked up by Jordin Holmes in the slot who put it past Ladd to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead just 3:12 into the game. It was the Willow Grove, PA native’s first goal as a Rebel.

New Jersey would get on the board with 7:13 left in the first period. Hunter Alden would bring the puck out of his own zone and headmanned it up to Nick Boyagian at center ice. As Boyagian entered the Rebels zone on a 3 on 2, he was held up by defenseman Diarmad DiMurro. As Boyagian was being pushed aside to the outside he sent a pass to the center of slot where it was picked up by Tate MacDonald. MacDonald took a backhand shot that beat Rebels goalie Eli Billing high glove side to tie the game at one.

Andrew Bellant was called for slashing with 5:15 remaining in the opening period to put the Titans on the powerplay. Titan defenseman Ryan Wheeler took a shot from the near side point that was saved by Billing but the rebound came out high and was swatted to the boards by Kolby Vegara. Matthew Cameron would retrieve the puck in the corner and sent it back to Wheeler at the point. As Wheeler was walking the line he took a wrist shot the was deflected by Cameron and past Billing to give the Titans a 2 – 1 with 4:41 left in the period.

After no scoring in the second, the Titans would enter the third period with a 2 – 1 lead. Rebels newcomer Alex Frye was called for head contact with 10:12 left in final period to put New Jersey on the powerplay.

Titans forward Ryan Naumovski took a shot from the far side point that went wide and into the Rebels near side corner. The puck would come up along the boards to defenseman Eric Manoukian. The former Mercer Chief would send a cross-ice pass to Naumovski who took a shot that Billing made a spectacular wind mill glove save but the puck came out of his glove and Austin Husted tapped in the rebound right before the net had become dislodged to give the Titans a 3 – 1 lead with 9:08 remaining in the third.

The Rebels would cut the lead in half with thirty-three seconds remaining in the game.

After New Jersey iced the puck with 35 seconds left, Titans head coach Craig Doremus took a time out to talk to his troops. With Billing pulled for the extra attacker, the faceoff would take place to the left of Ladd. Brandon Stanley would win the draw and slightly tap the puck to his right where it was picked up by Jensen Zerban. Zerban would take a quick wrist shot that beat Ladd high short side to make a 3 – 2 game with 32 seconds remaining.

Unfortunately, it was too little too late as Todd Goehring would score an empty net goal to give the Titans a 4 – 2 win.

Billing stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will play their second of three straight games tomorrow at 6:20pm. It is Skate Night with the Rebels immediately following the game.

Rebels win 10th straight game with 5 – 1 victory over Tomahawks and sweep weekend series

Backed by two, third period goals from Brandon Stanley, the visiting Philadelphia Rebels defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks 5 – 1 to sweep the weekend series against their rival from Western Pennsylvania and run their record to 10 – 0 on the season. The Rebels are the only undefeated team in the North American Hockey League.

The Rebels took an early lead again in this game on Eric Olson’s first goal on the season at 2:23 into the opening period. After Olson won the draw deep inside the Tomahawks’ zone, the puck came out to Ryan Patrick on the right-hand side of the near side faceoff circle. Patrick sent a cross-ice pass back to Bryant Gunn. Gunn took a wrist shot that Johnstown’s goalie Britt League made the initial save but Olson picked up the rebound and tuck it in the net to put the Rebels out front 1 – 0.

The Tomahawks would even the score off of an Alex Singley goal.  After Andrew Andary won the scrum along the near side boards in the Rebels zone, he passed the puck back to Hunter Carrick at the point. Carrick took a slap shot that was redirected by Singley in the slot and passed Rebels goalie Ryan Keane with 5:17 left in the first period.

As the game entered the second, Carter Woolley would give the Rebels back the lead. After Johnstown dumped the puck deep inside the Rebels zone it was retrieved by Gunn in his near side corner. Gunn would pass it up to Mack Byers at his own blueline. Byers sent a pass to a streaking Woolley in the neutral zone and the Bloomfield Hills, MI native beat League blocker side for his second goal on the season.

The old adage in hockey is the best defender on a 5 on 3 is your goaltender, and that old adage was correct today. Diarmad DiMurro was called for hooking at 8:34 into the second period and then Byers was called for holding 45 seconds later to give the Tomahawks a 5 on 3. Keane had to make at least three-point blank saves to keep the Rebels on top.

It then was the Rebels turn to go on a 5 on 3 advantage. After former Rebel Carter Dwyer was called for roughing at 12:17 into the second, teammate Nic Azarovitz was called for slashing seventeen seconds later. Twelve seconds into the 5 on 3 Hugh Quinn would make it a 3 – 1 game.

After Andrew Bellant won the draw deep inside the Johnstown zone he passed the puck to his left to Aaron Maguyon, sent the puck back to DiMurro at the point. DiMurro skated deeper into the Tomahawks zone and passed to Maguyon on his left. Maguyon fed a pass back to Quinn at the top of the faceoff circle and beat League blocker side with 7:18 left in the second period.

Stanley would put the game out of reach with his first goal of the game the 9:54 mark of the third period. As Tomahawks forward Brendan White tried to bring the puck out of his own zone, he was checked hard into the boards by Maguyon and puck went back to Stanley at the point. Stanley lobbed a shot on net that League misplayed and the biscuit went past him and into the net to make it a 4 – 1 game.

With time winding down in the game the Rebels would go on the power play. After the puck went into the Johnstown far side corner, Maguyon would fight for the puck and send it back to Carson Moniz. Moniz would pass it over to his right to Quinn who took a one-timer that was deflected by Stanley in the slot to make it a 5 – 1 game with 3:44 left in regulation.

Keane, who allowed only one goal all weekend, stopped 22 of 23 shots while League turned aside 9 of 14. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will play the first-place Northeast Generals on Wednesday night at 7:00pm at the Class of 1923 Arena.

Rebels remain unbeaten with 5 – 2 win over Tomahawks

The Rebels used a balanced scoring attack to give them a 5 – 2 win over the visiting Johnstown Tomahawks last night. The victory gives the Rebels a perfect 6 – 0 record on the young season. They are the only undefeated team in the North American Hockey League.

Former Rebel Carter Dwyer helped his old team in the very beginning of the game when he took a slashing penalty at 4:41 into the opening period. The Rebels were having good puck movement on the powerplay but were unable to get any shots on net due to Johnstown’s defense. Then the puck went back to Diarmad DiMurro at the near side point. As he started to walk the blueline to his right he passed the puck back to Jensen Zerban, who promptly passed it downlow to Aaron Maguyon at the bottom of the faceoff circle. Maguyon found a wide open DiMurro at the top of the slot and he took a wrist shot that beat Tomahawks’ goalie Vinnie Purpurra blocker side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead at 5:43 into the opening period.

A little over four minutes later Adam Peck would give the Rebels a 2 – 0. After Rebels goalie Eli Billing made a nice back-door pass save to keep the Tomahawks off the board, the rebound came out to Julian Makary who skated up the far side boards. Makary sent a cross-ice pass to a streaking Jimmy Glynn along the near side boards. As Glynn skated to the faceoff dot he passed the puck to Makary in the slot. Makary took a shot the was saved by Purpurra but Peck picked up the loose puck and put it behind Purpurra for his first goal of the season.

Despite being outshot 12 – 7 after one period of play, the Rebels entered the second period with a two-goal lead. After a battle in the corner the puck skirted out to Carter Woolley who promptly passed it back to Justin Smith as the far side point. Smith crossed the puck over to DiMurro who took a shot that blocked in front of the net. Mack Byers picked up the rebound and passed the puck back to the slot to a breaking Smith who took a snapshot that beat Purpurra long side to give the Rebels a 3 – 0 lead at 6:33 into the middle period. It was Smith’s first-ever NAHL goal.

Jonathan Bendorf would make it a 4 – 0 game with 9:23 left in the second. Zerban would bring the puck up along the far side boards and cut across to center ice as he entered the offensive zone. He took a shot that was saved by Purpurra but Bendorf tapped in the rebound for his first goal as a Rebel.

Johnstown’s Chase Davidson was called for holding with 5:19 left in the second. Thirty-four seconds later Woolley would make it a 5 – 0 game. With Johnstown looking to clear the puck it was blocked by Peck and the puck went to Auggie Moore along the far side boards. Moore passed the puck back to DiMurro at the point. DiMurro started to move closer into the offensive zone where he saw an open Woolley at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Woolley stepped up and took a snipe of a shot that beat Johnstown’s Jake Faulkner short side for the Rebels second power play goal of the game.

The Tomahawks would make it 5 – 1 just 34 seconds later, and they added their second goal with three minutes remaining to finish the game’s scoring.

Billing would stop 25 of 27 shots while Purpurra and Faulkner would combine to stop 21 of 26 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will be home this upcoming weekend playing a total of three games, two against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and one against the New Jersey Titans.

Rebels beat Brahmas 4 – 3 and go 4 – 0 in NAHL Showcase

The outcome was different this time. In a rematch of last year’s Robertson Cup finals, the Philadelphia Rebels held on to defeat the Lone Star Brahmas 4 – 3 and go 4 – 0 in the NAHL’s 15th Annual Showcase.

In a game that had a total of 29 shots on goal, there were seven goals scored. Rebels forward Auggie Moore started it off just thirteen seconds into the game. Immediately after the opening faceoff won by Andrew Bellant, the puck came to Moore by the right side of the faceoff circle. Moore dumped the puck deep inside the Brahmas far side corner. Bellent picked up the puck and sent a pass back to Moore who was at the faceoff circle. Moore took a wrist shot that beat Lone Star’s goalie Ajay Fernandez high, short side to put the Rebels up 1 – 0.

Ryan Patrick was called for holding with 8:23 left in the first period to put the Brahmas on the power play. Lone Star’s forward Andy Willis would bring the puck up the ice along the far side boards into the Rebels zone by the faceoff circle. Willis took a shot on net that was saved by Jack Leavy but the puck came back out to the top of the crease. Jarid Domin tried to put the puck in the net but couldn’t control it and Willis picked it up and put it past a fallen Leavy to tie the game at one with 7:55 remaining in the period.

Seven seconds later Lone Star’s Julian Biondo was called for hooking to give the Rebels the extra attacker. With time winding down in the power play Aaron Maguyon would give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead. Reid Miller would dump the puck down low along the near side boards and it was retrieved by Julian Makary behind the net. Makary would pass it back to Miller who found a breaking Maguyon at the top of the circle. Maguyon took a wrist shot that beat Fernandez shot side for his first goal on the season.

Fernandez would be replaced by Phoenixville, PA native Mitchell Gibson.

Twenty-four seconds after Maguyon’s goal, Mack Byers made it a 3 – 1 game. After the puck was dumped into the Brahmas zone, Lone Star tried to bring the puck up along the far side board where it was intercepted by Noah Finstrom.  Finstrom would pass it to Makary who skated towards Lone Star’s net. Makary would pass the puck down low to Byers who skated across the goalmouth and he tucked the puck past Gibson short side with 5:24 remaining in the period.

The scoring in the opening period wasn’t done. Finstrom was called for slashing with 1:40 left in the first. With thirteen seconds remaining the Brahmas looked to set up in the Rebels zone. Biondo had the puck at the top of the far side faceoff circle. He passed it back to the point to Drew Lennon. Lennon passed it over to his right to Kyle Hallbaurer. Hallbaurer passed it back to Lennon who took a shot that found its way through a screen and beat Leavy to make it 3 – 2. It was Lone Star’s second power play goal of the game.

The first period had a total of five goals scored on thirteen shots.

Fernandez replaced Gibson to start the second period.

Hugh Quinn would double the Rebels lead at the 10:19 mark of the middle period. After Lone Star won the draw at the far side faceoff circle the puck went behind the net to the nearside corner. Maguyon would win the battle along the boards and center a pass to Quinn at the top of the goal crease. Quinn would tap the puck past Fernandez to make it a 4 – 2 game.

As time was winding down in the third Lone Star would make it interesting with 4:12 left in the game. As the Rebels tried to break out of their zone along the far side boards the puck was intercepted by Emack Bentley. Bentley skated to the near side boards and into the Rebels zone. He would skate to the top of the circle and drop pass the puck to a trailing Biondo who took a wrist shot that beat Leavy long side to make it a 4 – 3 game.

The Rebels held on to win go 4 – 0 in the Showcase, their first time in team history. The Rebels are now 4 – 0 on the season. Leavy stopped eight of 11 shots by Lone Star’s goaltenders turned aside 14 out of 18 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels next game will be next Saturday night when they play their home opener against the Johnstown Tomahawks. Flyers legend Bernie Parent will drop the ceremonial first puck.