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Yakovlev’s goal in OT sends Rebels to Robertson Cup Finals

Evgeny Yakovlev scored with 2:43 left in overtime to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 win over the Aberdeen Wings and send the Rebels to the North American Hockey League’s Robertson Cup finals tomorrow against the Lone Star Brahmas. It will be the first time in the team’s young history that it has reached the National Championship game.

After a scoreless first period that produced a total of ten shots, the Wings got on the board first at the 2:52 mark of the second period. After a faceoff outside the Wings zone, an Aberdeen defenseman dumped the puck into the Rebels zone. The puck went around the net and up the far side boards where a battle ensued. Carson Dimoff would get the puck and pass it down to Kevin Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald would come behind the Rebels net on a wrap around and beat Mareks Mitens up high to give the Wings a 1 – 0 lead. It was Fitzgerald’s fifth goal of the playoffs.

Despite starting the third period down by one and their season on the line, the Rebels came out hungry. The Rebels would tie it just fifty-three seconds in the final period on Gianluca Esteves’ fifth goal of the playoffs. Brennan Kapcheck would dump the puck into the Wings zone where Esteves would retrieve it behind Aberdeen’s net. He passed it up to the near side faceoff circle to Aaron Maguyon who passed it back to Ryan Solomon.  Maguyon would make a cross-ice pass back to Michael Underwood. Underwood would take a shot that was redirected by Esteves past Wings goalie Forbes Ploszaj to make it a 1 to 1 game.

The Rebels would then start to control the flow of the game. They came close to adding a second goal but Ploszaj had to make several key saves to keep the game tied and send it into overtime for the second straight day.

While the Wings had some changes in the third that were thwarted by Mitens, the Rebels dominated the overtime. Then Kapcheck would start the play at his own goal line. He passed the puck up along the near side boards to Esteves who brought the puck into the Wings zone. Esteves made a drop pass back to Maguyon. The Galloway, NJ native passed it back to a trailing Yakovlev. Yakovlev would make a cross-ice pass back to Gvido Jansons at the point. Jansons would pass it over to Solomon. Solomon would take a shot that was saved by Ploszaj but the deep rebound came out to Yakovlev who put it into an open net to give the Rebels a two-games to one series win over the Wings.

Mitens turned aside 23 of 24 shots while Ploszaj stopped 33 of 35 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will now face the Lone Star Brahmas tomorrow at 2:00pm ET in a winner take all for the NAHL’s Robertson Cup.

Photo Credit: The Rebels would like to thank John Elftmann for providing photos of today’s game.

Rebels blank Tomahawks 2 – 0 to end regular season with 46 wins

The visiting Aston Rebels defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks last night 2 – 0 to conclude the 2016-17 regular season. The victory gave the Rebels 46 wins on the season, a 31% increase from the prior year for a team that went to the NAHL’s semi-finals.

The Rebels sat seven players plus their two regular goalies due to injuries. Head coach Joe Coombs rolled three lines and needed to play with two emergency goalies: Carter McPhail and Brooks DiMarino.

After a scoreless first period Aaron Maguyon put the Rebels on the board first with the eventual game winner. Michael Underwood dumped the puck deep inside the Tomahawks zone so the Rebels could make a line change. As a Johnstown defender retrieved the puck and sent a bounce pass off the boards it was intercepted right at the far side blueline by Carson Briere. Briere sent a feather pass up to Maguyon who went around a Tomahawks’ defenseman and took a shot that beat Vinnie Purpura short side to make it a 1 – 0 just 2:03 into the second period.

Briere, who had three points on the weekend, would play a prominent role in the Rebels second goal. After another block shot by a Rebels defenseman, the puck came out to Briere at his own nearside faceoff circle. Briere carried the puck all that way in the Johnstown zone and made a nifty pass from Purpura’s right to Adam Peck in the slot who redirected the puck passed Purpura for his sixth goal on the season with 5:03 remaining in the third period to make a 2 – 0 game.

The Rebels used stifling defense in front of McPhail to record the team’s seventeenth shutout on the season. McPhail turned aside all 19 shots he faced while Purpura stopped 23 of 25 shots. Click here for the box score.

The real season begins on Friday night when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knight visit IceWorks to begin a best of five, divisional semi-final series against the Rebels.

Photo Credit: The Rebels cannot thank Phil Andraychak enough for the great photos he has provided throughout the season while the Rebels are in Johnstown. Thank you Phil!

Second period dooms Rebels in 4 – 1 loss to Titans

The New Jersey Titans scored three goals in the second period to defeat the visiting Aston Rebels 4 – 1 at Middletown’s Ice World last night. The two teams split their home-and-home series over the weekend.

After a draw deep inside the Titans zone New Jersey wrapped the puck around the boards where defenseman Gvido Jansons tried to keep it in the zone. The puck skipped by him where it was picked up by the Titans’ Danny Eruzione at center ice. He entered the Rebels zone along the far side boards on a two-on-one with teammate Nick Boyagian. Eruzione took a planned low line shot that was saved by Rebels goalie Mareks Mitens. The goalie went down to make the save but the rebound came off of his right pad directly to Boyagian who put it passed him to give New Jersey a 1 – 0 lead 7:56 left in the first.

New Jersey would go up 2 – 0 on Boyagian’s second goal of the game. With three minutes into the second, Boyagian brought the puck up through the neutral zone on another two-on-one. As he entered along the near side boards, he dropped passed the puck to trailing Eruzione. Eruzione went around the Rebels defenseman and passed it back to Boyagian who was wide open in the slot and he redirected the puck passed Mitens for his sixteenth goal on the season.

The Rebels would cut the lead in half on Carter Woolley’s seventh goal on the season. New Jersey’s Anthony Cusanelli was called for cross checking at 4:40 into the second to put the Rebels on the power play. After the Titans dumped the puck into the Rebels zone, Ryan Solomon went behind his own net to set up the play. He passed the puck up the near side boards to Michael Underwood. Underwood then sent a bank pass off the boards to Woolley right before the blue line. Woolley entered the Titans zone along the boards and skated to the faceoff circle and he took a wrist shot that beat New Jersey’s goalie Ryan Ferland long side 5:25 into the middle stanza.

Two minutes later New Jersey would regain the two goal lead. Todd Goehring entered the Rebels zone along the far side boards. At the top of the faceoff circle he made a cut back move to let this line mates enter the zone. Goehring sent a pass back to the point to a trailing Jordan Kaplan. Kaplan brought the puck down along the far side boards and passed it back to Goehring. As Goehring started to go behind the net he passed it to Dylan Healey who was to the side of Mitens. Healey received the pass and took a wrist shot that beat the Rebels goalie long side to make it a 3 – 1.

Ryan Wheeler would score the Titans third goal of the second period with four minutes remaining. After the Titans won the draw deep inside their own zone, the puck came out to Wheeler. Wheeler would take it end to end untouched and take a wrist shot in the slot that went by Mitens to make it a 4 – 1 game.

Mitens would end up stopping fourteen of eighteen shots while Ferland turned aside 24 of 25. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels and Titans will play their remaining game of the regular season against each other on Wednesday night at 7:00pm at Middletown’s Ice World.

Rebels top Tomahawks 3 – 2 for team’s eighth straight victory

The Rebels used a balance attack to defeat the visiting Johnstown Tomahawks 3 – 2 for the team’s eighth straight victory. The win gives the Rebels a 40-9-1 record for 81 points with ten games remaining in the regular season. They are thirteen points ahead of second place Johnstown. The Rebels also possess the NAHL’s best record.

It was a typical tight checking game between the East Division’s two top teams. Unlike the previous night where the Rebels were held scoreless for almost two periods of play, they would get on the board with five minutes and six seconds into the opening period.

Dustin Manz brought the puck up the near side boards and head manned it to Peter Zhong. Zhong dumped the puck deep inside the Johnstown zone where it went behind the visitor’s net as a three-on-three scrum pursued. The puck came out to the near side corner where it was picked up by Manz who passed it back to the point to Justin Smith. The Rebels’ defenseman took a slapshot  that was redirected by Auggie Moore in the slot passed Tomahawks goalie Drew Hotte to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead. It was the fifth goal on the season for the Edina, MN native.

Ten minutes later the Rebels would double their lead. Upon the conclusion of the media time out, Drew Blackmun won the ensuing draw. The puck came out to Dom Garcia who passed it back to Michael Underwood at the point. Underwood passed it over to his left to Ryan Solomon. Solomon took a shot that was deflected belt high by Blackmun that went passed Hotte for his sixteenth goal on the season.

Down 2 – 0 with three minutes remaining in the second period, Johnstown would cut the Rebels lead in half. First, Aston defenseman Gvido Jansons went to the penalty box at the 15:42 mark for high sticking putting the Tomahawks on the power play. As time winding down with the extra attacker, Johnstown forward Hayden Rowan had the puck at the bottom of the far side faceoff circle inside the Rebels zone. He passed it across to Donovan Ott on the other side of the faceoff circle. Ott would send the puck back to Filips Buncis at the point. Buncis took a wrist shot that beat Rebels goalie Mareks Mitens glove side through a screen  to make it a 2 – 1 game.

Fourteen seconds later the Rebels would regain their two goal lead. After the faceoff the puck went back into the Rebels zone, Solomon would send a bounce pass off the far side boards up to Ryan Patrick. Patrick would carry the puck to the faceoff circle. He passed the puck back to a trailing Solomon who took a wrist shot that beat Hotte high glove side to make it a 3 – 1 game with 2:46 remaining in the middle period. It was the tenth goal on the season for the Northeastern University commit.

As time was winding down in the third period, Johnstown defenseman Andy Iehle had the puck behind his net. The former Jr. Flyer skated in front of his net and dumped the puck in the neutral zone. Justin Smith went to field the puck but it bounced off of his shin pad to Buncis. Buncis entered the Rebels zone along the far side boards. He took a wrist shot at the top of the faceoff circle that beat Mitens short side to make it 3 – 2 with 3:24 left in the game.

Hotte had 24 saves on 27 shots while Mitens turned aside 19 of 21 shots. Click here for the box score.

Despite having a thirteen point lead on the second place Tomahawks with ten games remaining in the season, the Rebels have a very tough schedule ahead of them. They will be on the road for eight of those games including four against Johnstown and three against New Jersey, who is only six points behind the Tomahawks. Johnstown and the Titans begin a three game series next weekend in New Jersey.

The Rebels will complete a five game home stand next Friday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Team Photo giveaway night. It will be the last meeting of the regular season between the two teams.

Bellant’s hat trick, power play lead Rebels to 6 – 4 victory over Ice Dogs

Andrew Bellant scored three goals and the power play units combined for three more to give the visiting Aston Rebels a 6 – 4 win over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in a penalty filled game.

After sweeping a three game series over the Northeast Generals the prior weekend, the Ice Dogs looked to continue the momentum against the East Division leading Rebels. Fairbanks got on the board first at the 10:24 mark of the opening period. Ice Dogs’ forward Ryan Kero won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone. As he went around a Rebels forward he backhanded a pass to a breaking Christian Sanda to the slot. Sanda took a wrist shot that went through the five hole of Rebels netminder Mareks Mitens.

The Rebels would tie the game just thirty nine seconds later. Ryan Solomon took a shot from the point that was blocked in front of the Ice Dogs net. The rebound came out to the far side boards to Michael Underwood. Underwood carried the puck down low and fed a pass to Carter Woolley in the slot. Woolley took a one timer that was saved by Ice Dogs goalie Josh Benson but the rebound came out to Evgeny Yakovlev who put it behind Benson for his ninth goal on the season.

With thirty nine seconds remaining in the first period, Ice Dogs defenseman Marc Sullivan was called for interference. Twenty six seconds later Andrew Bellant would score his first goal of the game. Drew Blackmun won the draw inside the Ice Dogs zone. He passed the puck back to the point to Solomon. As Solomon skated to his left he passed the puck back to his right to Gianluca Esteves. Esteves took a shot that was redirected by Bellant in front of the net and the puck trickled past Benson to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead.

Fairbanks defenseman Luke Orysiuk was called for roughing with 8:18 left in the second. With just forty one seconds remaining in the power play, Blackmun picked up the puck in front of the Rebels bench. He passed it back to the point back to Solomon. Solomon passed it over to his left to Underwood who took a one-timer that hit the post and went behind Benson to give the Rebels a 3 – 1 lead with 6:59 remaining in the middle stanza.

With 4:35 left in the period, Fairbanks was called for too many men on the ice. After a save by Benson the puck went to the Rebels nearside boards to Yakovlev. Yakovlev passed the puck back to the point to Gvido Jansons. Jansons passed the puck to his left to Brennan Kapcheck who took a blast from the point that hit the post and went past Benson with 2:46 remaining in the period to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead. It was fourteenth goal on the season which is the most by a defenseman in the North American Hockey League.

With time winding down in the second, Solomon was called for tripping. Then with 1:12 remaining Bellant was called for tripping as well putting the Ice Dogs on a 5 on 3.  As Solomon’s penalty expired there was a stoppage of play. Grayson Gavin won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone. The puck went back to Nolan Schaeffer. Schaeffer passed the puck to his right to Sullivan. Sullivan passed it back to Schaeffer who took a one-time that beat Mitens short-side to Rebels lead in half with fifteen second left in the period.

At the start of the third Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart tried to kick start a rally as he replaced Benson with Joshua Sarlo. It immediately sent a message to his team. Sanda had the puck down low inside the Rebels zone and he passed it to Gavin in the slot who took a wrist shot that beat Mitens glove side to cut the Rebels deficit to one only forty nine seconds into the final period.

Bellant would put the Rebels back up by two at with 11:02 remaining in the third with a beautiful end-to-end rush. Bellant picked up the loose puck at his own blueline and skated into the neutral zone with a burst of speed. As he entered the Ice Dogs zone he made a brilliant dangle move around a Fairbanks defender and walked in on Sarlo and beat him top shelf for his second goal of the game.

The Rebels would go back on the power play with two and twenty seven remaining when Hampus Eriksson was called for tripping. With 1:48 left in the game, Blackmun kept the puck in the offensive zone along the near side boards. He passed it down low to Bellant who took a hard wrist shot that beat Sarlo high glove hand for this third goal of the game giving him twenty two on the season. It also was the Rebels fourth goal on the power play.

Sam Ruffin scored for Fairbanks with a second left in the game to make it a 6 – 4 game.

Blackmun had three points in the game. Mitens stopped 17 of 21 shots while Benson turned aside 17 of 21 and Sarlo stopped 10 of 12 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will play the Ice Dogs again tonight at 11:30pm ET which will conclude their Alaskan trip.

 

Photo credit: The Rebels would like to thank the Fairbanks Ice Dogs for providing photos from last night’s game.

Rebels win 2 – 0 with shut down defense

The Aston Rebels traveled to Middletown’s Ice World last night and defeated the New Jersey Titans 2 – 0 incorporating shut down defense to give goaltender Mareks Mitens his league leading ninth shutout on the season.

The Rebels played aggressive defense to minimize any possible New Jersey attack while incorporating it to spur their two goals. They played “old time hockey” by limiting the turnovers, shutting down the neutral zone and backchecked and forechecked. The Rebels cleared the porch by limiting the Titans to only 16 shots on goal, many of them perimeter which allowed Mitens to set up and properly track the puck.

With New Jersey attempting to clear the puck for a line change, defenseman Brennan Kapcheck intercepted a neutral zone passed and moved towards his left as forward Andrew Bellant skated hard to the front of the net. Kapcheck took a shot from the point that Bellant redirected past Titans goalie Brandon Perrone to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 with nine minutes into the game. It was Bellant’s team high eighteenth goal on the season. It would be the eventual game winner.

The Rebels would go up 2 – 0 at the 7:15 mark of the second period. Evgeny Yakovlev intercepted a Titans pass at the far side boards in the neutral zone. He rushed into the Titans zone on a two-on-one with defenseman Michael Underwood as the trailer. Yakovlev made a beautiful saucer pass at the top of the faceoff circle to the Underwood in the slot who redirected the puck behind Perrone for his second goal of the season.

The Rebels only allowed the Titans to have three shots on goal in the second period and seven in the third. New Jersey played well but Perrone was outstanding in the pipes for the Titans. He made several key saves throughout and one in particular in the third with five minutes remaining with the Rebels pressuring to keep the Titans within two.

Mitens stopped all 16 shots while Perrone made 22 saves on 24 shots. Click here for the box score.

It was the Rebels fourth straight win. They have allowed only two goals in the past four games. The Kenai River Brown Bears visit IceWorks this weekend for two games before the Rebels embark on a two road trip to Alaska to play the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Brown Bears.

Rebels at the midway point: sitting atop the NAHL

The Rebels return to the ice on New Year’s Day to begin preparing for the second half of the season. The team will play a four game home stand against the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and Kenai River Brown Bears. And then the schedule works against them as they will play eighteen of their next 26 games on the road, including a two week trip to Alaska in mid-January. While the task will be daunting, the Rebels, at the moment, are sitting pretty after the first 30 games of the year: possessing the best record in the North American Hockey League.

This time last year at the break the Rebels had a 19-11 record for 38 eight points and were in second place. This year the Rebels have a 24-5-1 record for 49 points, which is tops in the NAHL. The team has scored 112 goals which are third most in the league while they have allowed the least: 51. They are currently in first place in the East Division five points ahead of the New Jersey Titans (although the Titans have played three more games).

Before the season began head coach Joe Coombs and new assistant coach Nick Peruzzi (Josh Brown left to become the head coach of Arizona State University’s ACHA team), felt confident in its returning players. After all, the team did have ten players (including Affiliate Player Jensen Zerban) returning from last year’s division championship team. They felt the leadership would be there with Dom Garcia and Drew Blackmun, and they felt returning blueliners Brennan Kapcheck, Gvido Jansons, Ryan Solomon and Michael Underwood would be the team’s anchor.

Coombs, Peruzzi and the scouting department took a calculated change in the makeup from last year’s team: it became younger and drastically faster. The team added Gianluca Esteves, Dustin Manz, Aaron Maguyon, Adam Peck, Brendan Cherwalk, Joey Abel, Peter Zhong, Shane McMahan, Andreas Maier, Ryan Patrick and others to the front line while it added Justin Smith, Kolby Vegara, Martino Picariello and Reid Miller (who is the youngest on the team) to the backend.

The question for the team, however, was between the pipes. Trevor Micucci was traded to the Minnesota Wilderness while Darion Hanson went to the United States Hockey League. As the team began the season sweeping the Northeast Generals, the picture in the nets became very clear at the league showcase in Blaine, MN: welcome Mareks Mitens.

Mitens, 18, from Ventspils, Latvia, probably has had one of the best starts as a goalie in the history of the NAHL. Currently playing for Lativa’s World Junior team (along with Jansons), Mitens leads almost every positive goalie statistic in the league: most wins (18), best goals against average (1.32), save percentage (.945) and most shutouts (8). He is tied for first with most games played (22) and second in minutes played (1,270). He has been the backbone of the team’s success. He was the league’s goaltender of the month for October and November and runner up in September.

The team had a very successful showcase going 3 – 1 with their lone loss against the Bismarck Bobcats (in which the team started poorly and were down 3 to 1 before ultimately losing 5 – 3). They beat current Midwest division leader Janesville Jets 4 – 0 (Mitens first shutout of the season) in the first game. Shane McMahan (the team’s first round draft pick) scored in overtime to beat the Minnesota Magicians, and then Miten’s earned his second shutout as the Rebels defeated the Wichita Falls Wildcast 3 – 0.

Since the Showcase, the Rebels, so far, have never looked back despite losing two key players: Shane McMahan (he went back to play in the USHL) and Andreas Maier (health reasons – two concussions). However, the team has added veteran defenseman Andrew Noel and forward Auggie Moore to the mix.

Andrew Bellant leads the team in points with 29 (16 goals and 13 assists). He is the team’s leading goal scorer as well. Garcia is second on the team with 28 points (9 goals and 19 assists) while Esteves has 27 points (9 goals and 18 assists). Kapcheck and Jansons each have 26 points and are tied for first in the league for most points by defensemen. Blackmun and Maguyon have 22 points while Evgeny Yakovlev has 20 points.

Bellant leads the team in penalty minutes with 97 while Solomon has the best +/- percentage of 25.  The Rebels are eighth in the league on the power play converting 22% of their chances into goals while they are second in the league on the penalty kill preventing their opponent from scoring 85.4% of the time.

Jack Leavy, Mitens goalie partner, has played well when called upon. He has appeared in seven games and has a 5-1-1 record with a 2.41 goals against average and .909 save percentage with one shutout.

After their four home games in the beginning of January, the team will travel to Alaska for four games, then return home but play away games divisional opponents. In fact, after their four games in the beginning of the month, the Rebels only play eight home games for the rest of the regular season. The Rebels have a 6 – 0 record against the Generals; they are 3 – 1 against the Johnstown Tomahawks, 8-2 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and 4 – 2 against the New Jersey Titans.

With very strong divisional opponents, the Rebels have their work cut out for them in order to repeat as East Division champions. However, Coombs is constantly stressing to the team one game at a time and don’t look back. Hopefully, the team will repeat last year’s team by advancing to the league’s final four but having a different outcome: winning the Robertson Cup.

Jansons and Kapcheck propel Rebels to 5 – 3 win over Knights

Defensemen Gvido Jansons and Brennan Kapcheck combined for seven points to lead the Rebels to a 5 -3 victory over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Andrew Bellant, Drew Blackmun and Aaron Maguyon helped the cause with two points each.

The Rebels played well throughout the game but penalties would hurt them, as it did for the Knights. With only a minute and fifty four seconds into the game, WBS’ Khristian Acosta was called for slashing putting the Rebels on the power play. Kapcheck brought the puck out of the Rebels zone and passed it up to Jensen Zerban. Zerban brought the puck into the Knights zone and passed it to his left to Maguyon. Maguyon turned around and banked a pass off the boards back to the point to Kapcheck. Kapcheck passed it over to his right to Jansons who took a one-timer and beat Knights goalie Grant Valentine to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead with 16:55 left in the opening period.

Despite outshooting the Knights 12 – 4 in the first period, the Rebels entered the middle stanza only leading by a goal. Blackmun would change that rather quickly. After Ryan Solomon dumped the puck behind the Knights net, Dom Garcia retrieved it and brought the puck out to the top of the near side faceoff circle. Garcia was tripped up but the puck was picked up by Bellant who brought it back down deep inside the Knights’ zone. He found Garcia at the top of the slot and he took a slapshot that was slightly redirected by Blackmun passed Valentine to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 only thirty seconds into the second period.

The Knights would cut the lead in half when Tim Gelatt would bring the puck up and dumped it into the Rebels zone. Defenseman Michael Underwood tried to glove the puck on the ice but quickly turned it over to Acosta. Acosta turned and found Mike Gelatt wide open in the slot and he buried a wrist shot passed Mareks Mitens with 9:48 left in the second.

A minute later Mike Gelatt would be called for interference. After Zerban won the faceoff at the nearside boards, the puck would wrap all the way around to the farside point to Kapcheck. Kapcheck passed it back down low to Zerban. Zerban would bring the puck back up to the top of the circle trying to open up space. Zerban passed it down low back to Maguyon who sent a pass across the slot and Jansons put it passed Valentine for his second goal of the game to give the Rebels a two goal lead with 8:22 left in the second.

The Rebels two goal lead would evaporate during the first half of the third period.  Bellant was called for high sticking with two minutes and six seconds into the final period.  Twelve seconds later Underwood was called for slashing. The Knights would cut the deficit in half again with 16:48 left in the game. Dorian Dawson would bring the puck up the far side boards and dumped the puck behind the net where it would wind around the boards where it was picked up by Mike Gelatt at the top of the near side boards. Gelatt looked to his left and passed it to Dawson who was open at the top of the slot and he beat Mitens on his blocker side to make it 3 – 2.

The Knights would tie the game at three with 10:08 left in the third. Bellant was called for his second penalty in the period for slashing putting the Knights back on the power play. Six seconds later Acosta would win the draw deep inside the Rebels nearside faceoff circle. The puck went to Paul Maust who passed the puck back to the point to Dawson. Dawson would pass it to his left to Curtis Carleson who took a one-timer and beat Mitens high, glove side to even the score.

Bellant would then score his fifteenth goal of the season with 7:52 left in the game. After working a great cycle between Garcia, Bellant and Blackmun, Blackmun passed the puck down low to Jansons. Jansons found Bellant at the top of the circle and he ripped a shot that beat Valentine long side to give the Rebels a 4 – 3 lead.

The Rebels would make it 5 -3 when Jansons would feed Kapcheck with a passed at the top of the point. Kapcheck took a slapshot the beat Valentine with a minute and three seconds left in the game. It was the Rebels seventh win out of eight games this year against the Knights.

Mitens would stop 24 of the 27 shots he faced while Valentine turned aside 26 of 31. Click here for the box score.