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Rebels record second straight 3 – 0 win over Knights in historic night

It felt like a professional hockey game. The music and videos. The large portions of food and even larger sizes of drinks. Oh and the hockey. The crowd of almost 2,000 witnessed the first North American Hockey League game played at the venue of a National Hockey League team in over twenty years as the Philadelphia Rebels defeated the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 3 – 0 at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philly.

It was the second straight 3 – 0 win for the Rebels over the Knights to complete the weekend sweep. The Rebels are now four points away from clinching a tie for their third straight East Division championship and five points from sealing it.

In a game in which Knights goaltender David Tomeo was outstanding, it was the Rebels powerplay that propelled the win with two more man-advantage goals. Philadelphia leads the NAHL with an astounding 31% conversion ratio with the extra attacker and it contributed to the team’s first two goals.

Knights forward Jake Fuss was called for tripping at 4:56 into the first period to put the Rebels on their first man advantage of the night.

With time winding down in the penalty, Jensen Zerban would pick up the loose puck at the top of the far side faceoff circle. He would pass it back to Kolby Vegara at the top of the point. Vegara would send a return pass back to Zerban who immediately passed it down to Aaron Maguyon who was to the right of Tomeo. Maguyon would send a crisp pass across the goalmouth and Brandon Stanley one-timed it past Tomeo to give the Rebels an early 1 – 0 lead.

The Rebels entered the second period outshooting the Knights 9 – 1, and they could have had a significantly larger lead but Tomeo had to make some 10 bell saves to keep his team in the game.

With 8:33 left in the middle period, Knights defenseman Blake Kryska was called for tripping to give the Rebels their second man advantage of the night. Almost two minutes later Carson Moniz would score his seventh goal on the season.

As the powerplay was about to expire, Nico Appendino had the puck at the top of the point and passed it to Ryan Patrick at the head of the far side faceoff circle. The Rebels captain took a shot that was blocked out front. As Knights defenseman Shay Donovan went to clear the puck it was intercepted by Carson Moniz who buried the biscuit past Tomeo to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 with 6:37 left in the second.

Appendino would score his first NAHL 10:58 left in the game to make it a 3 – 0 game.

After Zerban won the draw deep inside the Knights zone, the puck would go back to Appendino at the point. He would pass it to Maguyon on his left and the Egg Harbor Twp. native took a shot on net that was blocked out front and the rebound went to the end boards where it was picked up by Zerben. The Air Force Academy commit started to skate up the side boards and found Appendino on his left streaking towards the net. Appendino took a wrist shot that beat Tomeo high stick side to close out the scoring.

As the siren sounded to end the game both teams gathered at center ice to have a photo taken together to conclude the festive night.

Ryan Keane turned aside all fourteen shots he faced while Tomeo turned aside 30 of 33. Click here for the box score.

It was Keane’s second straight shutout of the weekend and third on the season. He is the second goalie in team history to record back-to-back shutouts in the same weekend (Mareks Mitens recorded the feat against the Knights last season). It was the second time in Rebels history that it beaten an opposing team by the same score in a weekend (3 – 0 in each game against the Kenai River Brown Bears last year).

The Rebels and Knights will face each other two more times on Thursday and Friday of next week.

Rebels win 3 – 2 to spoil Hawks Home Owner

The Rebels traveled to Johnstown yesterday for a two game series at the venerable Cambria County War Memorial. While the calendar stated it was November 11 it was the Tomahawks home opener due to construction to the landmark venue. It was a marquee match up between the East Division’s two top teams, with both of them in the top five power play units in the league.

In the end, Jensen Zerban’s goal at the 11:12 mark of the third period gave the Rebels a 3 – 2 win and increased their point lead over Johnstown to seven.

It was an up and down game with Rebels goalie Mareks Mitens and his Tomahawks’ counterpart Drew Hotte making several key saves throughout to keep the game close.

The Rebels got on the board first at 8:24 into the first when Brendan Cherwalk brought the puck into the offensive zone and waited for his teammates to follow. Cherwalk passed the puck back to Martino Picariello at the point. Picariello took a wobbly shot that went off Hotte’s glove into the net for a 1 – 0 Rebels lead.

The Tomahawks would even the game at the start of the second period. Tiernan Seningen brought the puck into the Rebels zone and passed it to Adam Pilewicz. Pilewicz took a shot that was saved by Mitens but Joshua Biasillo picked up the rebound to tie the game at one only sixteen seconds into the middle period.

Four minutes into the second Christopher Trouba was called for holding. Thirty eight seconds later Seningen was called for high sticking putting the Rebels on a 5 on 3 advantage.

Just twenty seconds into the two-man advantage, Ryan Solomon and Aaron Maguyon set up Gianluca Esteves for his seventh goal of the season to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead at the 4:58 mark of the second.

After several key saves by Hotte in the third to keep the Tomahawks within one, Adam Peck had the puck down low at the far side faceoff circle. He took a shot that was redirected by Zerban who was screening Hotte and put it behind the Hawks netminder to give the Rebels a 3 – 1 lead. It was the first goal of the season for the Rebels speedy forward.

With less than three minutes left in the third Johnstown pulled within one when Mitchell Hale picked up the rebound off of a Pilewicz shot and put it past Mitens for the forward’s first goal on the year.

Mitens would stop 19 of 21 shots while Hotte turned aside 22 of 25 shots. Click here for the box score.

The two teams face each other tonight at 7pm at the War Memorial.