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Rebels pick up 3 points against WBS

Over the weekend, the Rebels had their first home games of 2019, hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights for the second-straight weekend. The Rebels came into this past weekend with an overall record of 20-10-2-1, good for second place in the East. The Knights on the other hand were on the outside looking in with an overall record of 12-19-1-1, putting them in fifth place. These two teams met for the fifth weekend series, the most either team has played against an opponent.

 

On Friday it was a battle between winless netminder Samuel Vyletelka and one of the top-five goalies in the league, Ryan Keane. The scoring came early for the Rebels as just 3:09 into the first, Antonio Venuto stick lifted a Knight and was able to walk right in for the 1-0 lead. While on the power play and with about :15 seconds left in the first, Colin Schmidt made a beautiful back-hand pass as he was falling to the ground to Alex Frye who was wide open at the top of the crease. Frye picked up his 52nd junior goal in what was his 200th junior game. The Rebels picked things up in the second where they left off in the first thanks to Noah Finstrom. He sniped one right past Vyleltelka for a power-play goal, making it a 3-0 Rebels lead. Neither team could find the back of the net for the remainder of the game, giving Keane his second shutout of the season (17SVS). Rebels increased their season-series lead over the Knights to 8-1 and with a little help from some top teams, the Rebels were tied for fourth place in the league at 46pts. With the win Keane now has 16 on the season which ranks him third among goalies.

 

Saturday marked the first time this season Keane has started four-straight games. He went up against Zach Stejskal who just barely cracked the top 15 for goalies overall. The game seemed to start out déjà vu like as Antonio Venuto notched the first goal of the game just before the halfway point of the period. Following in Venuto’s footsteps was Alex Frye as he put his team up by a pair with under three minutes left in the first. Unfortunately, that is where the déjà vu ended for the Rebels as they let up two goals in the middle period just :58 seconds apart. The Rebels applied a lot of pressure in the late stages of regulation, but it would not be enough as the horn sounded and with a 2-2 game we headed into extra hockey. In the 3-on-3 overtime the Rebels controlled most of the possession but with a lot of open ice and fresher legs, the Knights’ Forward Tyrone Bronte picked up the puck and went the other way. He was able to out muscle Frye who was the only man back for Jamestown and beat Keane for the win. The Knights won their first game here at the Northwest Arena. It was also Keane’s first overtime loss this season.

 

Jamestown still sits in second place with a record of 21-10-3-1 (46PTS), whereas the Knights, improve their record to 13-20-1-1(28PTS), but not their position as they sit in fifth place. The Rebels will travel to New Jersey this weekend to face the Titans. New Jersey got swept by the Generals this past weekend and they are ten points back on Jamestown. The Rebels will have to go up against a team that is looking for revenge after getting swept and they are also trying to close the gap. The Rebels are 1-2-1 against the Titans this season. It is crucial for the Rebels to come out firing on all cylinders during Friday’s game, so they can gain some confidence back and set the tone for the weekend. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.

First home games of 2019

When the Rebels touch the ice this Friday it will not only be their first home game of 2019 but also their first in 20 days. They host the Knights to cap off four-straight against them. The Rebels received their first lost to the Knights this past Saturday by a final of 4-2, which snapped their five-game win streak. The Rebels are looking for revenge and to get back in the win column. Whereas the Knights are hoping they have finally found their groove in the second half of the season. They have been in the bottom three in the East for most of the season. With the second half of the season in full swing, their mindset is to win at all costs, so they can secure the last playoff spot. As for the Rebels their mentality is to increase their distance on the Titans and while doing so close the gap on Johnstown.

 

Penalty Minutes:

The Rebels have the fewest PIMS in the East with 455. The Knights sit right in the middle with 644. Discipline is a big component of winning hockey games. The Rebels do a phenomenal job of drawing penalties and not retaliating. By them not taking penalties it allows all five guys to stay out on the ice to keep the pressure up on the opposition. While the power play has been struggling the Rebels are one of the best when down a man. Their penalty kill puts them at fourth place in the league at 84.6%. Right behind them though are the Knights at 83.7%. This past weekend the Rebels went 0/7 on the man advantage, whereas the Knights went 1/8. With the Knights being in the top ten for power play and penalty kill, the Rebels must stay out of the box and find ways to capitalize on the extra man. If they can do that, they will easily skate away from the weekend with the full four points.

 

Good to be Back:

The Rebels are 9-6 on home ice where they have put up 50 goals for and have only allowed 34. The Knights are worse on the road then they are at home, with a record of 4-6-1. The past six home games for the Rebels have resulted in a record of 5-1. The only loss coming at the hands of Johnstown by a final of 3-2. The Knights have only been to Jamestown once this season, which was back on Oct. 26-27. The Rebels swept them that weekend, scoring six goals and only allowing one each night. The last time the Knights won a road game was back on Dec. 8th when they shutout the Generals by a final of 4-0. Finally, both shutouts for Rebels goaltender Noah West have come while at the Northwest Arena by a final of 4-0 against the Black Bears.

 

Alex Frye:

This Friday will mark his 200th game played at the junior hockey level, between the USHL and NAHL. Through his 199 games played he has found the back of the net 51 times and assisted on 51 as well. In the NAHL alone he has played 144 games, recording 48 goals and 46 helpers. He leads the Rebels this season in goals (18) and assists (14) giving him 32 points, which puts him 17th overall in the league. Alex has already tied his most points in a season (2016-17 Topeka Roadrunners) and it took him 18 less games. During that season with the Roadrunners was also the most goals Frye has scored in a season (19). Frye is just one of five players for the Rebels to have played in every game thus far. With 27 games left to go for the Rebels this season there will surely be a lot of records set for #27 Alex Frye.

Rebels split weekend with the Knights

This past weekend the Rebels played their first two games of 2019 in Pittson, PA. This also marked the last time the Rebels would travel to Scranton during the regular season. They went into this past weekend leading the season series 6-0. The Rebels ended 2018 on a four-game win streak and the Knights came into the weekend on a four-game losing streak. The Rebels have been sitting comfortably in second place in the East for quite some time. Whereas the Knights were in sixth place and battling for a playoff spot.

Friday marked the first of four-straight games between the Rebels and Knights. Wilkes-Barre scored a short-handed goal early in the first period to give themselves the 1-0 lead. They held onto that lead for the remainder of the first frame. It was in the second period when things started to pickup for Jamestown. With just 8:27 left in the middle period, Nick Stuckless was able to fly right past the defense of the Knights and beat Zach Stejskal to ties things up. The score would remain 1-1 after 60 minutes of play forcing overtime. This was the first time this season the Rebels and Knights required extra hockey to decide a winner. Even though the Rebels put up four shots during the five minute 3-on-3 overtime, it would not be enough as Stejskal stood tall on every shot. Since 65 minutes was not enough time to declare a winner both coaches got ready to send out three players for the shootout. The Rebels SO record was 1-1, as for the Knights their SO record was 1-0. The first four shooters could not convert so it came down to the final round. Auggie Moore was the last to go for the Rebels and he would not make Joe Coombs regret it as Moore was able to wrist one right past Stejskal to put the Rebels up 1-0 in the SO. For the Rebels to win all they needed was Ryan Keane to stop Jacob Badal’s shot, and that he did. The Rebels won their fifth-straight game (longest of the season) and extend their perfect record against the Knights to 7-0, five of those wins coming in Scranton.

Less than 24 hours later these two teams laced them up again for a matinee game. Going into Saturday’s game the Knights desperately needed the two points if they wanted to stay in the race for a playoff spot. Both goalies stayed the same, but the outcome did not. It started off very well for the Rebels as Jackson Wille scored his first NAHL goal just 2:33 into the start of the game. Although just over a minute later the Knights would answer to tie the game at 1-1. With :45 seconds left in the first period the Knights found the back of the net for the second time, giving them the 2-1 lead to end the period. The second period is when the Knights started to get things going offensively. They put up 16 shots in the middle frame and one of those shots beat Keane to give Wilkes-Barre a 3-1. This marked the first time this season that the Knights scored more than two goals on the Rebels. The rookie Jake Felker was able to pull his team within one right before the end of the second period. Unfortunately, the Knights would add another to their tally in the third period putting them back up by a pair. The Rebels did everything they could to try and tie it, but the horn sounded ending the game and with it the Rebels five-game win streak. The Knights picked up their first win against the Rebels this season and snapped their five-game losing streak.

The Rebels now have an overall record of 20-10-2-1 (43PTS) and have now lost to every team in the East, but still reside in second place. With the Knights gaining three points over the weekend they improve to 12-19-1-1 (26PTS) but are on the outside looking in as Maryland currently holds the last playoff spot with 27PTS. This weekend, the Rebels and the Knights will square off again but this time it will be in Jamestown, NY. The Rebels sit six points ahead of the Titans but 15 points back of the Tomahawks. Regardless of the outcome from this weekend the Rebels will still be in second place, but they are looking to get back to their winning ways and try to close the gap on Johnstown. For ticket information call 716-484-2624

Rebels Tender Josh Adimey

Jamestown, New York – We are pleased to announce that we have used our second Tender of the season on Forward Josh Adimey, effective 2019-2020. Adimey will be coming back to his home state next season to be a Rebel.

Josh, who will be 18 in less than a month has played one game in the NAHL already, that was last season with the Springfield Jr. Blues. He is currently playing for the Honeybaked U18 team located in Detroit, MI where he has recorded seven points in ten games (5A).

The 6’2”, 215lb left-handed shooter had this to say about becoming a Tender for the Rebels. “I am excited to play in the NAHL next year and really look forward to playing with a great group of guys and for a great coaching staff”. Adimey also stated this about playing in his home state, “I think it will be cool to play close to home because my family and friends can come watch me play. Also, it’s great to have such a good organization close to home”.

Billy Pugliese, the Director of Scouting for the Rebels spoke very highly of Josh stating, “Josh is a power forward that can really skate and shoot the puck”. We are extremely excited to see what Josh has to offer next season.

Weekend Preview Jan. 4th

 

This weekend the Rebels will be on the road for their first set of games in 2019, as they take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights for the next four-straight games. The Knights are the only team in the East Division to have not beaten the Rebels. Jamestown is currently 6-0 against the Knights and are hoping to add two more to that total by the end of this weekend. If the Rebels can win tomorrow, they will set a record for the longest win streak this season at five. Wilkes-Barre is sitting dead last in the East with an overall record of 11-19-1(23PTS). Whereas the Rebels overall record is 19-9-2-1(41PTS) good for second place in the East. With a sweep over the Knights this weekend it could propel the Rebels into the top five in the league depending on how some other teams perform.

 

Streaks:

The Rebels are on a four-game win streak, two of those four wins came against the Knights. Wilkes-Barre is on a four-game streak as well but in the form of losses. The last time the Rebels went 6-0 against a team during the season was when they were in Aston in 2016-2017 and it was against the Northeast Generals. Aston would finish the season with a perfect record of 11-0 against the first-year Generals. The Rebels will look to go 8-0 against the Knights this weekend

Jim Glynn is two games away from tying the longest-point streak in the NAHL this season. Over the past 12 games Glynn has helped on 11 goals and has even scored four of his own. The last game of 2018 for the Rebels was one Glynn will not forget because it was the game where he set the record for the longest-point streak in franchise history. What made it even more special is that he got to do it in front of his family.

 

Home away from home:

With the Rebels making the four-and-a-half-hour bus ride to Pittson, PA tomorrow they must feel confident knowing it is the only arena they have not lost in this season. This will also be the last trip to the Revolution Ice Centre the Rebels will be making this regular season, so they are hoping to end it on a good note. Having played four games already there, the Rebels have recorded 12 goals and only allowed five.

 

Goaltending:

For the Rebels, deciding who to put between the pipes is becoming a difficult discussion for Head Coach Joe Coombs and Assistant Coach Josh Brown. They have two solid netminders that are both in the top 15 for goalies overall. Noah West recorded his second shutout of the season right before the team went on their holiday break. Also, Ryan Keane came in third for goalies in goals-against average for the month of December with 1.20. A main reason for that is he has won seven straight starts.

On the flip side, Wilkes-Barre has been struggling to find consistency in net. Samuel Vyletelka is winless this season (0-9) with a 3.55 GAA. His counterpart Zach Stejskal is 11-10-1 with a save percentage of .938%. The main reason he is second in SV% for goalies is that he has faced 864 shots, saving 810 of those, putting him also in second for saves in the league. To put that in perspective, Ryan Keane has seen 486 shots in just 20 games, two fewer than Stejskal has played.

 

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Rebels end 2018 on a high note

 

Right before the holiday break the Rebels hosted the Maryland Black Bears. Jamestown leads the season series at 4-0-1-1. The last time the Black Bears came to the Northwest Arena they gave the Rebels the most goals they have scored in a game (7) and the following night marked the first shutout of the season for Jamestown (4-0). This time, the Rebels were hoping for some early Christmas presents and to tie their longest win-streak at four.

Jamestown came into the weekend with a record of 17-9-2-1 putting them in second place in the East. As for their counterpart, the Black Bears are well below .500 but do hold the last playoff spot with a record of 10-16-3-2. With Wilkes-Barre not playing over the weekend, Maryland would not drop out of fourth place after their set of games against Jamestown, but they were hoping to separate themselves from the bottom two teams and gain ground on New Jersey.

Things started out very well for the Rebels in the first game of the weekend as they scored two goals not even 40 seconds apart. After a dominate first period, Jamestown went into the locker room with their two-goal lead thanks to Alex Frye and Nick Petruolo. They also were outshooting the Black Bears 13-3 after the first 20 minutes. The Rebels came out in the second period with guns blazing as they added two more goals to their total before four minutes had even passed in the middle frame. Jim Glynn made it 3-0 after redirecting Alex Roy’s slap pass on the power play. Then it was Antonio Venuto that picked up the loose puck in the slot and put it home. With a 4-0 lead going into the final period of regulation it seemed that Maryland was down and out. They came out strong in the third period by scoring just 61 seconds into it, ending their goose egg on the board. They followed that up by adding another one, now putting them within a pair of the Rebels. Venuto would score his second of the night on the power play to put his team back up by three. With almost five minutes left in regulation, the Black Bears found the back of the net to now make the score 5-3. The score would remain that way once the horn sounded, giving the Rebels a three-game win streak and snapping the Black Bears three-game win streak.

The next day marked the last game of 2018 for the Rebels and Black Bears. With everyone getting ready to go home in just 24 hours it was a matter of which team came ready to play and which team was already checked out for the holiday break. Both teams made changes to their goalies. In net for the Black Bears it was David Tomeo (8-11) and for the Rebels it was Noah West (4-3). West recorded the Rebels first shutout of the season by a final of 4-0 against this Black Bears team back on November 24th. With that in mind the Rebels came out firing on all cylinders as Nate Clark wristed one from the point right past Tomeo, giving him his first NAHL goal. With just five seconds left in regulation it seemed that the Rebels would go into the locker room with a 1-0 lead until, Colin Schmidt made a filthy dangle around a Black Bear and scored. Giving his team a 2-0 lead after the first. In the middle frame the Rebels were on the power play and Jim Glynn’s shot missed the net but picking it up on the far side was Nick Stuckless who scored putting the Rebels up by three. With Glynn getting the assist he set a new franchise record for a point streak at 12-straight games (4G,11A). The Rebels had another power-play goal to start the third period after Caleb Price’s shot deflected off the glove of Jake Felker now making it a 4-0 deficit for the Black Bears. Maryland threw everything they could at West, but he was a brick wall from start to finish stopping all 23 shots and giving him another shutout this season.

Rebels now tied their longest-win streak at four games and a lot of players got to take home some early presents right before the holiday. As for the Black Bears, they have not beat the Rebels in regulation this season and are 0-4 when coming to Jamestown. To start 2019 the Rebels will face the Knights four-straight times. The first set of games will be played at the Revolution Ice Centre and then the very next weekend the teams will battle at the Northwest Arena. The Rebels are currently getting the better of the fifth place Knights this season, having not lost to them yet (6-0). Jamestown started off this 2018-2019 season struggling but quickly found their groove as the season progressed. They currently sit in 2nd place in the East with an overall record of 19-9-2-1 (41PTS). They are five points ahead of 3rd place New Jersey but sit 13 points behind 1st place Johnstown. The only New Year’s resolution the Rebels are making is to keep winning. They have the chance to go on their longest-winning streak of the season on January 4th if they beat Wilkes-Barre. The second-half of the season will surely be one you will not want to miss as this Rebels team is poised to make a run at the top spot in the East to try to capture their fourth-straight East Division title.

Rebels sweep the Knights for the third time this season

Over the weekend, the Rebels visited the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in Pittston, PA. The team have not lost to the Knights yet this season. Wilkes-Barre had their five-game win streak snapped prior to this past weekend when they lost to the Generals 6–3. The Knights came into the weekend holding a playoff spot as they were in fourth place (11-16-1) in the East Division. The Rebels on the other hand are in second place (15-9-2-1) in the division and top ten in the league.

On Friday, there was a goal scored each period resulting in a 2–1 final. It started off in favor of the good guys with Alex Roy recording his second goal of the season after he scored on the power play. The Rebels went into the locker room after the first with a 1–0 lead. Almost seven minutes into the middle period, the Knights answered back with one of their own power-play goals, as they had a 5-on-3 man-advantage. The Rebels knew they had to come out aggressive once the puck was dropped to start the third and they did exactly that. Alex Frye scored just 3:32 into the period giving the Rebels the lead once again. The score would remain 2–1 Rebels when the horn sounded, giving them their fifth straight win over the Knights and the opportunity to sweep them for a third time the next day. Ryan Keane played phenomenal between the pipes, stopping 28 shots and recording his fifth-straight win. As for his counterpart Samuel Vyletelka, he is still searching for his first win in net (0–9).

The following day these two teams met for a matinee game. The Rebels started Keane again, as for the Knights they decided to go with the UMD commit Zach Stejskal (11-8-1). The Knights came out strong once the puck was dropped by scoring the first goal and giving them their first lead of the weekend. The score would remain 1–0 Knights until there was under a minute to go in the second period. Jake Felker redirected the puck in front and it went right past Stejskal, the score was tied 1–1 after 40 minutes of play. The third period was very back and forth as neither team could gain an edge. With 16:04 gone in the final period of regulation, Jim Glynn finally broke the tie to give the Rebels their first lead of the game. Also, with Glynn scoring he now has the longest point-streak this season at 10 and is one game away from tying the franchise record set by Ben Greiner back in 2013-2014 as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Greiner accumulated 14 points during his 11-game point streak, Glynn is currently sitting at 13.

With time winding down and their hopes of beating Jamestown for the first time this season fading, the Knights pulled Stejskal to give them an extra attacker. It would not pay off for them though as Alex Frye scored on the empty net giving the Rebels a 3–1 victory. The Knights are the only team in the East to have not beaten Jamestown. With the sweep, Keane is now on a six-game win streak and currently sits fifth in the league for GAA with a 1.89. Also, the Rebels are currently on a 10-game road point streak which started back on October 19th, making it the second longest in the league.

The Rebels are back on a winning streak and only have the Black Bears in their path before everyone can go home for the Holidays. This Friday marks the half-way point of the season for the Rebels and with a record of 17-9-2-1 (37PTS) they are sitting comfortable in second place. The Black Bears are coming to Jamestown with an overall record of 10-16-3-2 (25PTS) putting them in fourth place. The last time the Black Bears came to Jamestown it did not end well for them as they got swept and set two records for the Rebels this season. The first one was the most goals the Rebels have scored in a game after they won 7–1. The very next day they hit another milestone as Noah West recorded the team’s first shutout of the season by a final of 4–0. With Christmas right around the corner, the Rebels hope to deliver two gifts to the Black Bears this weekend in the form of losses.

Caleb Price commits to ASU

 

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Jamestown, New York – Jamestown Rebels are pleased to announce that Caleb Price has committed to Arizona State University (ASU), effective 2020-2021.

Caleb becomes the third player to commit to play at the collegiate level this season for the Rebels. The 18-year-old New Hampshire native will be traveling to the west coast in two years to become a Sun Devil. The 5’10” 165lb left-handed defenseman has played 19 games for the Rebels this season, recording one goal and nine assists. Price has played 152 games in his career, tallying 17 goals and 49 assists.

Just two years ago Price won the EJEPL 16U (Platinum) Championship while with the Northern Cyclones. Caleb was drafted #118 overall by the Rebels in the 2018 draft. This is his first season in the NAHL and is already proving himself in “the league of opportunity”. ASU has a long history of having Rebels players come through their program. They currently have three former Aston Rebels on their roster, along with one player from when the team was in Rio Grande Valley. In 2014 the Sun Devils won the National Championship for the ACHA Tournament. They are currently ranked 15th in the country with a 12-6 record.

Caleb had this to say about committing to ASU, “I am very excited to be committed to Arizona State. After my visit I knew it was the school I wanted to go to”. Price also added this, “I cannot thank the Rebels enough for everything they have done for me so far. I know they will help me improve my game to be ready for the D1 level”.

Head Coach Joe Coombs spoke very highly of the young defenseman by stating, “Caleb is an amazing young man with a very bright future. An elite skater with the ability to defend and break pucks out with the best recruitable players in the country”. Coombs also stated that “It has been a privilege to coach such an eager young man that’s passion for the game and life is second to none. ASU has gotten a good one”.

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Rebels snap Tomahawks win streak, but could not sweep

A few days ago, the Rebels hosted the Johnstown Tomahawks. It was a battle between first and second place in the East Division. Going into the weekend the Tomahawks were on a 17-game win streak trying to get to the record at 24 set last year by Fairbanks. Whereas the Rebels were looking to extend their point streak to seven. Also, the Rebels were just one point ahead of the Titans, so they needed to play their best hockey of the season if they wanted to stay in the top two.

On Friday, the Tomahawks started Carter McPhail. While he is Johnstown’s best net-minder posting the fourth best goals-against-average in the league with a 1.98. His only blemish on his record came from the Rebels back on Oct. 5th when they won 4–1. Since then he has won 12 straight starts and was looking to get revenge on the Rebels once the puck was dropped. Opposite of him was Ryan Keane who has been stellar for the Rebels lately riding three-straight wins. He is also two spots behind McPhail for goals-against-average with a 2.06. Not only do the Tomahawks have some great goaltending but they also are the best power-play team in the league, so staying out of the box over the weekend was key for the Rebels if they wanted to win. Friday marked the first ever Teddy Bear Toss for the Rebels and they did not expect it to come so early. As just 1:36 into the hockey game Alex Frye scored unleashing hundreds of stuffed animals in front of a record-setting attendance of 1,153. The Tomahawks would answer though a little later right after they got done killing a penalty. Towards the end of the first period Jake Felker scored to give his team the lead again and the score would remain 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play. Jake Felker wasted no time picking up where he left off in the first as he scored his second goal of the game just :32 seconds into the middle period. The Rebels held that lead until there was almost 13 minutes left in the third, then Sam Anzai scored to put the Rebels up by three. The Tomahawks were not able to put up any more goals as the final horn sounded, ending their remarkable win streak at 17. The Rebels extended their point-streak to seven games and evened the season series at 2–2. Ryan Keane also got his fourth straight win as a starter and what is even more impressive is that even though the Tomahawks had the best power play in the league, they went 0/5 on the man-advantage. That has not happened to them since they played New Jersey back on Nov. 16th when they went 0/6. With Alex Frye scoring on Friday he extended his point streak to nine games (9G, 6A).

The next night, the Rebels were riding a huge high as they looked to get their first sweep over the best team in the league. Both teams made changes to their goalies as it was Cooper Lukenda for the Tomahawks and Noah West for the Rebels. Lukenda came in with a record of 6–1 and on a five-game winning streak. Whereas Noah West had not lost in regulation since Oct. 13th, putting him in 13th overall for GAA with 2.47. Antonio Venuto got things going early for the Rebels as not even five minutes into the game he scored to put them up 1–0. It was not until past the half-way point in the first when Johnstown would find the back of the net to tie things up. The score would remain 1–1 until there was about 12 minutes left in the second when Alex Roy scored on a slap shot from the right point on the power play to give the Rebels the lead once again. That was also his first NAHL goal! In the late stages of the middle period the Tomahawks were able to tie the game again as they recorded their first power-play goal of the weekend. The score would remain tied 2–2 after 40 minutes of play. Although it did not stay tied for long as only a minute had passed in the third period when Johnstown scored to give them their first lead of the weekend. The Rebels tried everything they could to answer, even pulling West towards the end of the game to give them the extra attacker. Unfortunately, it would not be successful as the score read 3-2 Tomahawks after 60 minutes.

The Tomahawks were back in the win column and the Rebels received their first regulation loss since Nov. 10th. Johnstown improves to 25-5 (50PTS), whereas the Rebels are now 15-9-2-1 (33PTS). With the Rebels not gaining three or four points over the weekend they were in jeopardy of falling back down to third place had New Jersey swept Maryland. Luckily for the Rebels, the Black Bears won on Sunday by a final of 4–2. With New Jersey losing their record is now 16-12 (32PTS) and they still sit one point behind Jamestown. The Rebels are heading to Scranton, PA this weekend to face the Knights. The Rebels play Wilkes-Barre six out of their next eight games and they currently lead the season series 4–0, so there is a lot of confidence heading into this weekend to try and get a third sweep over the Knights. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.

First is the worst, Second is the best

Over the weekend the Rebels faced-off against the New Jersey Titans in Middletown, NJ. This was the first time this season that the Rebels made the trip there and just the second weekend these teams have played each other. The previous meeting between these two teams was the home opening weekend for the Rebels when the Titans spoiled it by sweeping them. Saturday’s game was the NAHL Game of the Week, so fans could enjoy some great hockey for free. Both the Titans and the Rebels had 28 points going into the weekend, so it was truly a battle for second place.

On Saturday, the game started out quiet as no one scored in the first 20 minutes of play. Although in the 2nd period it was the Titans who got on the board first after they scored on the power play. The score would remain 1-0 Titans until Alex Frye beat newly acquired Titans’ goalie Ryan Winter. With a 1-1 score we headed into overtime to decide a winner. While Noah West played phenomenal between the pipes on Saturday, stopping 28 shots, the Titans found a way to beat him in the 3-on-3 OT to give them the win and sole possession of 2nd place. The Rebels still managed to gain a point and still had a chance to capture 2nd place if they won the next day in regulation.

Less than 24 hours later these two teams went at it again for another 60 minutes. This time though it was all Rebels from the start as Lewis Crosby scored 4:07 into the first period, giving his team their first lead of the weekend. Alex Frye would add to that lead with under a minute to go in the first on a short-handed goal. The Rebels picked up in the 2nd period where they left off in the first. As not even :30 seconds into the middle period it was Colin Schmidt who scored on the power play to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead. With more penalties being called than there were shots combined it made for a lot of man-advantages. Rebels went 1/6 all game whereas the Titans went 0/8 on the power play. When the 3rd period started it was another early goal from a Rebel player and this time it was Jake Felker. Rebels just had to hold off the Titans for the next 18 minutes and they would jump into 2nd place bumping the Titans down to 3rd. Thanks to a stellar performance in net by Ryan Keane, the Rebels won the game by a final of 4-0. Keane got his first shutout of the season stopping all 31 shots the Titans threw at him. He had this to say about getting his first shutout this season “It was a good team win and I had a great group of guys in front of me that made it easy on me”. Keane also had this to say when asked if the Rebels can snap the Tomahawks long win streak “Absolutely, it is a good opportunity for our team to showcase our talent and get revenge on them”. The Rebels also extended their point-streak to six games and finally got their first win over New Jersey this season. With two goals and one assist over the weekend, Alex Frye is now on an eight-game point streak and is averaging a point-per-game.

This weekend though will be a lot tougher as the red-hot Johnstown Tomahawks come to the Northwest Arena. They are currently on a 17-game win streak and are not only the number one team in the East but also in the league (24-4). The Rebels have only played them once during their current streak and that game was back on November 7th and resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Rebels. One of the four blemishes on the Tomahawks record came at the hands of the Rebels way back on October 5th which was the home opener for Johnstown. The Rebels have always played the Tomahawks tight but with four players in the top five overall for points it is not surprising that the Tomahawks are on this remarkable run. The Rebels have their own streak that they do not want to end as do the Tomahawks, so these two games are going to be huge as first and second place in the East clash here in Jamestown, NY. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.