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Three Rebels selected in 2018 USHL Draft

Phase II of the 2018 United States Hockey League (USHL) draft was held yesterday and three current Rebels (plus one former Rebel) were selected.

Nicolas Appendino, Chase Hamstad and Eric Olson are the current Rebels that were selected while former Rebel Dustin Manz (2016-17) was chosen as well.

Appendino was taken in the fourth round (56 overall) by the Fargo Force. Appendino joined the Rebels in January. The skilled defenseman played in twenty-six games and had ten points (1 goal and 9 assists).

Hamstad, who is a Rebels tender and joined the team in early March, was taken in the ninth round (137 overall) by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Hamstad played in ten games and had four points (2 goals and 2 assists).

Olson, who was named the team’s 2017-18 hardest working player, was taken in the thirteenth round (199 overall) by the Madison Capitals. “Red” played in 56 games during the regular season and had twenty points (9 goals and 11 assists).

Manz, played in 56 games for the Rebels during the 2016-17 season and had sixteen points (4 goals and 12 assists). He was selected in the fifth round (83 overall) by the Lincoln Stars.

USHL member clubs were able to select any player born between the years 1998 and 2002 until each team had 45 players on their roster.

Rebels season comes to a close with 2 – 1 loss to Knights

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights defeated the visiting Philadelphia Rebels 2 – 1 to complete a three-game sweep of this best-of-five Robertson Cup divisional finals to end the East Division’s top seed’s season.

Despite being almost out shot two-to-one, the Knights were able to get timely goals and some ten bell saves from goaltender Christian Stoever to win a very close and well played game by both teams.

The Knight would take a 1 – 0 lead with 4:28 left in the first period on Tyrone Bronte’s third goal of the playoffs.

After Rebels center Alex Frye won the draw inside his own zone, the puck would go up along the end boards where it picked up by Jeffrey Bertrand in front of the visitor’s bench. The Knights forward would pass the puck to Adrian Danchenko in the corner. Danchenko would skate to the top of the near side faceoff circle with the puck on his backhand. He would turn and pass the biscuit to Bronte who was falling down and the Knights forwarded backhanded a shot up high and past goaltender Ryan Keane to give the Knights the lead.

The Rebels would tie it with 6:24 left in the second on Carson Moniz’s second goal of the playoffs.

Knights defensemen Joseph Verkerke sent the puck around the end boards where it was picked up by Brandon Stanley at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Stanley passed it down low to Nico Appendino who found Moniz skating towards the slot, and the Rebels defensemen took a wrist shot that beat Stoever through a screen to even the score.

With time running out in the middle period, Matt Kidney would score the ultimate game winner.

Verkerke would skate along the far side boards through the neutral zone and dump the puck into the near side corner where it was picked up Jack Olmstead. The Knights forward would skate up along the boards and towards the top of the slot. Olmstead took a backhanded shot that was blocked out front but the rebound came right out to Kidney who knocked in the loose puck past Keane to give the Knights a 2 – 1 lead with just fifteen second remaining in the second period.

Each team had chances in the third but Stoever and Keane made several tough saves to keep the score intact.  In the end, it wasn’t enough. Keane finished the game stopping 27 of 29 shots while Stoever turned aside 39 of 40. Click here for the box score.

This will be the first time in the Rebels three-year history that the team will not advance to the Robertson Cup tournament. Despite the loss, the Rebels had a great season, capturing their third straight regular season East Division championship and winning 41 regular season games, including a historic game at the Wells Fargo Center.

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.

Divisional Semi-Final games 3 and 4 preview: series moves to Attleboro tied at one game apiece

The Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series moves to Attleboro tied at one game apiece between the Philadelphia Rebels and Northeast Generals. Game three will be played tonight and game four will be played on Thursday with both games starting at 7:00pm.

The Generals won game one 3 – 0 on a 24 save performance by Northeast goaltender David Fessenden. It was the Generals first-ever playoff win. Excluding last year’s Robertson Cup finals since it was an elimination game, Friday night’s loss was only the second time in team history that the Rebels had lost an opening round game (the other game was a 2 – 1 loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the Robertson Cup semi-finals). It also was the second time the Rebels had been shutout in the playoffs (3 – 0 loss to Fairbanks) excluding the finals.

The Rebels came out and dominated game two winning 5 – 1 on the strength of four, first period goals, including two from Konur Peterson.

If history holds true, then a game five will be played on Saturday night at 7:05pm. The last nine games (including the playoffs) between these two teams the Rebels have won every other contest. Philadelphia did, however, win five of eight games at the New England Sports Village by a combined score of 34 – 20.

The Generals have received a goal from four different players: Jeff Skinner, Michael Higgins, Matthew Wiesner and Matt Demelis, and they have ten players who have tallied a point respectively in this series. Northeast is 0 for 9 on the powerplay so far.  Fessdenden had to be replaced by Marko Sturma just twenty-six seconds into the second period. Despite Friday night’s shutout, Fessenden has a 7.50 goals against average and a .871 save percentage. Sturma stopped all twelve shots he faced.

The Rebels have received goals from Peterson (two), Jensen Zerban, Eric Olson and Brandon Stanley. In all, a total of nine Rebels have a point respectively. Defensemen Nico Appendino and Carson Moniz each have two points (both assists). The Rebels so far are 2 for 4 (50%) on the powerplay. Ryan Keane has played in both games and he as a 2.00 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.

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.

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.

Four goal first leads Rebels to 7 – 3 win over Knights

The Rebels scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7 – 3 road win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. With the victory, the Rebels are now two points shy of clinching their third straight regular season East Division championship.

Aaron Maguyon and Carson Moniz each had two goals and Diarmad DiMurro had three points (all assists) in the contest.

Brandon Stanley got the Rebels on the board first just 1:13 into the game for his sixteenth goal on the season.

Knights defenseman Anthony Firriolo would dump the puck into the Rebels near side corner where it was retrieved by Seth Bergeron who wrapped it along the boards up to Jimmy Glynn. Glynn would enter the Knights zone along the far side boards and passed the puck to Stanley in the high slot. Stanley took a wrister that beat WBS goalie David Tomeo high stick side to make it a 1- 0 game.

Bergeron was called for tripping at the 5:28 mark of the opening period to give the Knights the extra attacker. Thirty-nine seconds later the Knights would tie the game.

Knights forward Michael Morrissey would bring the puck up along the far side boards into the Rebels zone. As he skated to the top of the circle he reversed and send the puck back to Thomas Ferrall at the point. Ferrall sent a return pass to Morrissey at the circle and the Bethlehem, PA native took a shot that was saved by Rebels goalie Ryan Keane but the rebound came right out to Blake Kryska who redirected it past Keane to even the score at one.

WBS forward Lincoln Hatten was called for slashing at 6:24 to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Entering today’s game, the Rebels led the league with the extra attacker converting 31% of their chances. Moniz would give the Rebels the lead and their first of three man-advantage goals.

Nico Appendino would set up the play at the top of the far side blue line. He would pass the puck to Moniz on his left. Moniz would send a cross-ice pass over to Ryan Patrick at the top of the circle. Patrick would pass it down low to Alex Frye who was to the left of Tomeo. Frye would start to skate forward, turned and took a shot that Tomeo saved with his blocker but a huge rebound came out to Moniz who took a snapshot that beat Tomeo short side to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead.

A little over two minutes later Maguyon would make it a 3 – 1 game with his first goal of the game.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside the Knights zone the puck would go back to Moniz at the far side point. Moniz would pass it up to Patrick at the top of the circle. The Rebels captain took a shot that Maguyon redirected out front passed Tomeo for his twenty-first goal on the season.

The Rebels would make it a 4 – 1 game with 8:31 in the first on Auggie Moore’s tenth goal on the season.

Eric Olson won the draw in the Knights and the puck went to the near side boards where it was picked up by Moore. The Edina, MN native looked up and shot the puck that found its way through a screen past Tomeo long side to give the Rebels a three-goal lead.

The Knights would cut the Rebels lead in half with 5:20 left in the opening period.

Curtis Carlson would intercept the puck at center ice and dump it towards the end boards where it was picked up by Lincoln Hatten. Hatten would bounce the puck off the end boards to Carlson who was to the left of Keane. Carlson took a sharp angle shot that was save by Keane but the rebound came right back to Carslon who lifted it past Keane short-side to make it a 4 – 2 game.

Although the Rebels entered the second period with a 4 – 2 lead, the Knight applied a full assault. They outshot the Rebels 19 – 8 in the middle period but two of the Rebels shots found their way to the back of the net.

Luke Robinson was called for holding with 6:03 into the second. Nineteen seconds later the Rebels would score their second powerplay goal on the evening.

As the Knights tried to clear the puck it was kept in the zone by DiMurro at the far side point. He would pass it up to Zerban at the top of the faceoff circle. Zerban would pass it down to Maguyon who at the bottom of the circle. Maguyon started to skate around the circle and as he cut to the faceoff dot he took a sharp angle shot that beat Tomeo to make it 5 – 2 Rebels for Maguyon’s second goal of the game.

Tomeo was then pulled in favor of Christian Stoever.

Affiliate player Chase Hamstad would score his first junior goal of his career to give the Rebels a 6 – 2 lead with 4:57 left in the second.

Bryant Gunn would send the puck into the Knights zone where Hamstad picked up the puck in the Knights zone along the far side boards. The rookie took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Stoever and the rebound bounced high off the end boards and came out to DiMurro at the near side circle. DiMurro took a snap shot the was redirected by Hamstad at the top of the crease past Stoever to give the Rebels a commanding four goal lead.

The Knights and Rebels would exchange goals in the third. Carlson would score his second goal of the game to make it 6 – 3 but Moniz scored with a one second left in the game to close out the scoring at 7 – 3.

Keane turned aside 42 of 45 shots while Tomeo and Stoever combined to save 28 of 35 shots they faced. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will be back at it tomorrow night at 7:30pm at the Revolution Ice Center. Should the Rebels win it will be the first time in team history that they clinched a regular season division championship on the road.

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.

Team effort leads Rebels to 3 – 0 win over WBS Knights

A complete team effort, particularly in the second and third periods, enabled the Rebels to defeat the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 3 – 0. Goaltender Ryan Keane stopped all twenty-four shots he faced to earn his second shutout on the season.

After a sluggish first period, the Rebels started the second strong and got the game’s ultimately game winning goal from an unlikely source: Peter Zhong.

Zhong, who is a great team player, scored his first goal on the season just 4:06 into the middle stanza. Alex Frye would battle along the boards and pass the puck out to Konur Peterson in slot. The Mount Horeb, WI native took a shot that was saved by Knights goaltender Christian Stoever but Zhong was out front to pick up the rebound and put it past Stoever to make it a 1 – 0 game.

The Rebels entered the game possessing the league’s best powerplay at almost 30% conversion ratio. It increased to 30.4% afterwards because their next two goals came with the man advantage.

Knights defenseman Luke Robinson was called for holding with 9:11 left in the second. Forty-one seconds later Aaron Maguyon would score his twentieth goal on the season. Kolby Vegara would set up the play from the point and passed it down low to Jensen Zerban. The Air Force Academy sent a pass to Maguyon in the slot who took a wrister that beat Stoever to double the Rebels lead.

After outshooting the Knights 31 – 19 going into the third, captain Ryan Patrick put the icing on the cake with his eighteenth goal on the season with 9:11 left in the game.

As time was winding down in Knights’ forward Mike Gelatt’s holding penalty, Nicolas Appendino would keep the puck in the zone and look to his right and found Patrick in slot and the Captain who beat Stoever to close out the scoring.

It was the Rebels sixth shutout on the season and fifth between Keane and Eli Billing. Stoever, who kept the Knights in the game, turned aside 39 of 42 shots. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will close out this weekend tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.