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Rebels split home-and-home with Johnstown

Last week the Rebels faced the Tomahawks for their first home-and-home series of the season. I was a battle of first versus second in the East Division and it surely did not disappoint. The Rebels went into the two games with a record of 26-11-3-3 (58pts) Whereas Johnstown has the best record in the league, 38-6-0-1 (77pts). Jamestown’s record against the ‘Hawks this season is 2-4-0-1.

 

It all started on Wednesday when the Rebels and Tomahawks took the ice at 11am in front of a record number of fans (1287). It was the first school day game the Rebels have done in their new arena and they sure did not disappoint thee students. The first period started out with the Tomahawks scoring with just under five minutes left in the period. After a scoreless middle frame, the Tomahawks were just 20 minutes away from picking up two points. While the Rebels were flexing their muscles throughout the first 40, they were having trouble getting anything past the number two goalie in the league, Carter McPhail. Almost five minutes into the find period of regulation, Alex Frye (25) scored to tie the game at 1-1. Less than two minutes later it was Eric Olson picking up his first goal of the season, giving the Rebels a 2-1 lead. They would hang on to the lead for a while until Cameron Hebert notched his second of the night, tying the game once more. With neither team unable to break the tie before the end of regulation we were forced to go into overtime to decide a winner. The Rebels were coming off their first overtime win against the Titans who have not lost in extra hockey all season and now they had to go into OT against a team that is 4-0 in 3-on-3 hockey. Luckily for the Rebels they have the number one ranked goalie, Ryan Keane, to back them up. On the Rebels fourth shot in extra hockey it was Auggie Moore that came away from the corner with the puck and let one rip from the top of the left circle that beat McPhail glove side. Giving the Tomahawks their first overtime loss of the season. Also, with their win it marked the third straight at home. The Rebels finished the game with 34 shots and only allowed 24. The Rebels were now just two days away from sweeping the ‘Hawks for the first time this season.

 

Friday night in Johnstown the Rebels were searching for their fourth-straight win. It was Keane versus McPhail once again. Cam Hebert was able to score the game’s first goal on his team’s first power play. Noah Finstrom (7) figured he should get in on the action by scoring on the Rebels first man-advantage. Late in the 1st period. Sam Anzai was pestering the ‘Hawks zone while the Rebels made changes. He eventually was able to strip a Tomahawk of the puck and passed it right over to Jake Felker (15) for the goal, giving the Rebels a 2-1 to end the 1st period. Early in the middle period Johnstown was able to score, tying the game at 2-2. With under five minutes left in the 2nd Johnstown converted on another shot, giving them the lead once more. Now with less than 60 seconds left in the period, Caleb Price (3) was able to stuff the puck through the five-hole of McPhail to make it a 3-3 game. The second-leading scorer for the Tomahawks, Carson Briere, did not want to go into the locker room tied so decided to beat Keane with just :32 seconds left on the clock. After 40 minutes of play and multiple lead changes, the Rebels were looking to battle back and still were within a goal when the 3rd period started. The Rebels made a goalie change when the 3rd period started as Noah West came in to replace Keane. The Tomahawks entered the final period of regulation the same way they ended the 2nd by scoring 1:33 into the period. Cam Hebert was the one to score early putting his team up by a pair, also giving him his fourth goal in these two games against the Rebels. While on the power play again, Antonio Venuto (13) was able to pick up the loose puck at the top of the crease and put it in the back of the net. Venuto’s goal surely did spark his team as Niki Jasko (7) was able to get on the scoring sheet, tying the game again, this time though it was 5-5. Jim Glynn scored his sixth goal of the season on the power play, 15:08 into the 3rd. With three-unanswered goals and time winding down in the game the Rebels were realizing that they were just moments away from sweeping the Tomahawks for the first time this season. Ending their hopes was Roman Kramer as he scored with :34 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 6-6. His goal also came on a 6-on-5 advantage after Head Coach Mike Letizia pulled McPhail. This put us into our third-straight overtime. With there only being six skaters on the ice as compared to the usual ten, there was a lot of open ice to work with for both teams. Using the open ice to their advantage and capitalizing on a broken play in the Rebels zone, Hunter Toale walked right in on West and was able to get it over his pad for the 7-6 win.

 

While the Rebels lost in OT, they did extend their point streak to four games. They host the Northeast Generals this weekend, who hold the last playoff spot in the East. The Rebels and Generals have only played each other four times and the season series is split 2-2. This will be the second and final time the Generals will visit the Northwest Arena. This weekend will also be our Pink the Rink weekend as the team will be wearing specialty breast cancer awareness jerseys, make sure if you come to either game to wear pink! For ticket information call 716-484-2624, also make sure to follow us on all our social media.

 

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Rebels sweep Titans for the first time this season

Over this past weekend the Rebels hosted the Titans for only the second time this season. The previous meeting was the Rebels home opening weekend which ended in two losses for the home team, in their first game in their new arena. Almost four months had passed since opening weekend for the Rebels and they entered this weekend with a record of 24-11-3-3 (54pts). Their opposition is right behind them in the standings with a record of 22-20 (44pts). The Titans were on a two-game losing streak going into this weekend and were looking for their second sweep at the Northwest Arena to put them only six points back of Jamestown. As for the Rebels, they were swept by Johnstown the weekend prior and were looking to turn things around with under 20 games left on the schedule.

 

On Friday the number one goalie in the league, Ryan Keane, went up against Brandon Perrone. Out of Keane’s three shutouts on the season, two have come against the Titans and the very last meeting between these two East Division rivals resulted in one of Keane’s shutouts (2-0). Nick Stuckless was able to score the game’s first goal after he used his speed to cut around the defense and tuck it right past Perrone for his eighth of the season. The Rebels took their 1-0 lead into the locker room after the first 20 minutes of play. When leading after the 1st period the Rebels are 16-3-2-2. When trailing after the first New Jersey is 5-13. Before the half-way point in the 2nd period Alex Frye got on the score sheet picking up his 23rd on the season, also putting him at seven goals against the Titans this season (team high). Later in the middle frame and while on a 4-on-3 power play, Gavin Gulash ended the goose egg on the board for his team. Gulash leads his team in power-play goals with nine. The 3rd period started out 2-1 and would remain that way until the horn sounded. While neither team was able to score in the 3rd, both teams had plenty of scoring chances, but it was the goalies that put on a show for the fans in attendance making highlight reel after highlight reel save. The loss marked the first one for Perrone against the Rebels. As for Keane, that was his fifth win in 2019 (5-2-1-1, 2SO) and his 19th on the season. The Rebels started out their three-straight home games on the right track, the only thing to do next was to sweep the Titans for the first time this season and get revenge from opening weekend.

 

The next night was surely one to remember for the boys in red, white, and blue. They came out with aggression and momentum to start the game which led them to scoring first, thanks to Hunter Johannes (8) finding the back of the net on the power play. Minutes later it was Jake Felker (14) scoring the Rebels third short-handed goal of the season (first player other than Frye). With under three minutes left to play in the 1st period and while on the man-advantage New Jersey turned the puck over at the top of the point in the Rebels zone which led to a 2-on-1 for Jamestown. Eric Olson made a great cross crease pass to Niki Jasko who was able to get a shot on Perrone. Luckily for Jasko the puck remained in the blue paint after Perrone got his stick on it and he jammed it home for another short-handed goal, his sixth of the season. The first period ended with Jamestown up 3-0 and looking eager to put up more on the board. When the 2nd period started it took a little over five minutes for a goal to be scored but this time it came off a deflection from a New Jersey stick, ending Noah West’s hopes at a shutout. Saturday’s game also marked the seventh-straight start for Perrone (3-3,17GA, 186SVS). Jamestown was up by two to start the final period of regulation and were just 20 minutes away from their first sweep over the Titans this season. The Titans were able to pull themselves within one after the half-way point in the 3rd as Gavin Gulash scored once again on the power play, making that ten power-play goals for the New Jersey native. Shortly after Gulash scored he was able to find the back of the net again for his third goal of the weekend. The score was now tied 3-3, with five of the total six goals coming from special teams. With their comeback New Jersey forced overtime, they are the only team in the league to have not lost in either overtime or a shootout. The Rebels have not won in 3-on-3 hockey yet this season. It only took 1:15 into OT to decide a winner. It came from none other than the leading scorer for Jamestown, Alex Frye (24). Jim Glynn was able to get around the defense and make a great pass across for Frye to slam it home. Earning the Rebels their first overtime win and giving the Titans their first overtime loss. West picked up his seventh win of the season and Perrone moved to 2-2 against the Rebels.

 

Jamestown has not lost in regulation to New Jersey since their home opening weekend. Also, the Titans have become the third team in the East to have been swept by Jamestown, the only two teams that have not are Johnstown and Northeast. During this past Saturday’s game there were two fights. The first one was between birthday boy Conner Linton and UCONN commit Mac Wiseman. The second fight was between Hunter Johannes and Mitch Machlitt. Both fights were won by the Rebels and sure did get the crowd on its feet. By the time the game was over on Saturday there were 11 infractions against the Rebels, making it their second most penalized game this season, behind their game on Dec. 2nd against the Titans where both teams ended up with 12 penalties.

 

The Rebels face Johnstown this Wednesday at 11 a.m. to cap off their third straight game on home ice and then will go play in Johnstown on Friday. The following weekend Northeast will come to the Northwest Arena, the Rebels and Generals have only played each other four times (2-2). The last meeting was here in Jamestown on Nov. 9th-10th. For ticket information call 716-484-2624. Finally, make sure to follow us on all our social media.

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Rebels extend point streak to six!

Over the weekend the Rebels hosted the Maryland Black Bears for the third time this season. The Black Bears have not won at the Northwest Arena yet this season (0-4). They came into this weekend in 5th place (13-21-3-2). The Rebels were trying to make it three-straight sweeps over the newest team in the league. Jamestown entered this weekend ranked 2nd in the East (22-10-3-2). The Rebels also were on a four-game point streak going into this past weekend (season high is 7).

Once the puck was dropped on Friday the Rebels did not let their foot off the gas, scoring 2:32 into the first, thanks to Caleb Price (2). The score would remain 1-0 after the first 20 minutes of play. Although, not even :30 seconds into the middle frame Nick Petruolo scored (2), putting the Rebels up by a pair. The Black Bears would answer but not until the start of the 3rd period. Shortly after Maryland cut their lead in half, it was Hunter Johannes that put the Rebels back up by two, scoring his first goal in a Rebels uniform. With time winding down in the game, the Black Bears pulled Anthony Del Tufo in hopes of using the 6-on-5 to their advantage. While they were unsuccessful on pulling their goalie, rookie Jake Felker was able to find the back of the empty net for his 13th NAHL goal. Ryan Keane picked up his second-straight win, making 23 saves on 24 shots. He currently is the 2nd best goalie overall in goals-against-average with a 1.83 and his save percentage improved to .927%. Keane also has the 3rd most wins this season for goalies with 18. The Rebels were now just one win away from going 6-0 against the Black Bears at the Northwest Arena.

The next night Jamestown came out riding a huge wave of momentum after their 4-1 victory the night before. However, Maryland was able to get the game’s first goal after a puck redirected in front of Noah West, allowing Bobby Batten to pick up the loose puck and put it in the back of the net. Jamestown trailed for the first time and while they were unable to convert before the horn sounded ending the 1st period, they came out red hot in the middle period. It all started with Nick Petruolo (3) tying the game at 1-1, just 1:24 into the 2nd. He followed that up by scoring on the Rebels first man-advantage of the night, putting him just one goal shy of a hat-trick. On the Rebels second power play they converted again, this time it was Colin Schmidt (6). With under five minutes left in the period, Sam Anzai (6) gave the Rebels a three-goal lead to head into the locker room after 40 minutes of play. The flood gates would remain open once the 3rd period started as Niki Jasko picked up his fifth goal as a Rebel. Later in the 3rd it was Hunter Johannes scoring his second goal as a Rebel in his second game with the team. With six-unanswered goals the Rebels were surely going to skate away with the win, all that would remain is what the final would read once the clock hit zeros. They were just one goal away from tying their season high in goals, which they set against Maryland the very first time they came to Jamestown back on Nov. 23rd. Also, right after Johannes scored his goal, Head Coach Clint Mylymok of Maryland sent on David Tomeo to replace Del Tufo. This was the first weekend Del Tufo has faced Jamestown and one he will surely want to forget, giving up ten goals in nearly two full games. The Black Bears would tally one more goal before the end of the game, making the final score 6-2 Jamestown.

Noah West recorded his first win since his 4-0 shutout over Maryland back on Dec. 22nd. Jamestown now leads the season series 8-0-1-1, with six of those wins coming on home ice. The next match up between these two teams will be in Maryland on Mar. 1st and 2nd. Who knows, by then Maryland’s season could be on line as they have lost ground on Northeast, who swept Johnstown over the weekend. Jamestown still retains 2nd place in the East and 5th overall in the league with a record of 24-10-3-2 (53pts). The Black Bears still sit in 5th place in the East with a record of 13-23-3-2 (31pts) and are just one point ahead of last place Wilkes-Barre. The Rebels are looking to eclipse their season high point streak (7) this weekend with two wins over the best team in the league, the Johnstown Tomahawks. If they pickup two wins in regulation, they will be within ten points of Johnstown for the 1st place spot in the East. A spot the Rebels have been in at the end of the regular season for three-straight years.

From shootout loss, to shutout win

Over the weekend the Rebels visited New Jersey for the second time this season. The Rebels were coming off a loss to the Knights in overtime. Whereas the home team had just gotten swept by Northeast, putting them only six-points ahead of the fourth-place team. The Rebels were going to remain in second place no matter the outcome from the weekend, but they were hoping for a sweep so they can try to separate themselves from the bottom of the pack.

 

They came close to a sweep but unfortunately lost in a shootout on Friday. The first game of the weekend started out well for the Rebels as they found the back of the net first, thanks to Alex Frye. Suddenly though, the Titans scored two goals in under two-minutes. When the horn sounded at the end of the first period the Rebels found themselves trailing 2-1. They came out for the middle period more aggressive as they put up a game high 18 shots on Brandon Perrone. Two of those shots beat Perrone, with the first one coming off the stick of Connor Linton on the power play (first NAHL goal). The other goal scorer for the Rebels in the second period was Niki Jasko. He gave his team their first lead of the game heading into the locker room with one period left in regulation. New Jersey would tie the game back up just after the half-way point in the third. Alex Frye would notch his second on the night, putting the Rebels back up by one. With time winding down in the game, New Jersey was able to beat Noah West one more time to tie things up at 4-4. This would then bring us into 3-on-3 hockey for five minutes. It marked the second-straight game the Rebels had to play extra hockey. Also, since we started the new year the Rebels have went into overtime at least once every weekend. Overtime would not be enough to decide a winner, so the teams prepared for a sudden death shootout. The Rebels won their last shootout back on January 4th against Wilkes-Barre and in that shootout Auggie Moore was the only player to score. That would not be the case this time around. Every player scored during the first two rounds, but then rounds three and four no one was able to find the back of the net. In round five Antonio Venuto could not beat Perrone, putting the game on the line for Mitch Machlitt of New Jersey. He was able to score on West giving his team the 5-4 win and along with it the full two points. That was the first loss for West since December 8th and the first SO loss for Jamestown since October 20th.

 

After putting up 50 shots the nights before, the Rebels were determined to skate away with the win. Saturday’s game was a battle between Ryan Keane and Ryan Winter. With under five minutes to go in the first, Alex Roy blasted a slapshot right past Winter for the 1-0 lead. New Jersey tried everything they could in the second period to get on the scoreboard, but Keane was a brick wall from start to finish. Neither team scored in the second, giving the Rebels only a 1-0 lead when the third period started. Ian Carpenter who just recently became a Tender for the Rebels was called upon this weekend in New Jersey and did not disappoint. He picked up his first NAHL goal just 6:55 into the third period. The Rebels would hang on to their 2-0 lead at the end of the 60 minutes giving them their first win since January 11th. The shutout was also Keane’s third of the season, tying his total from last season. While the Rebels sadly did not get the sweep, they managed to pick up three points and increase their lead over New jersey to 11PTS.

 

This weekend the Rebels will host the Maryland Black Bears. Jamestown has not lost to Maryland in regulation this season (6-0-1-1) or on home ice (4-0). Noah West also has both his shutouts this season against the newest team in the NAHL and both coming by a final of 4-0. Jamestown now has an overall record of 22-10-3-2 (49PTS). Their opponent this weekend is currently sitting in fifth place, but they are tied in points with Northeast at 31. Maryland has an overall record of 13-21-3-2 and they are coming off their first sweep in franchise history, which came against the Generals. You will not want to miss these games this weekend as the Rebels are looking for their third-straight sweep over the Black Bears. Also, after Saturday’s game strap on some skates because the Rebels are sticking around after the game to skate with fans. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.

Historic Weekend

This past weekend the Rebels hosted the Maryland Black Bears for the first time this regular season. Two days before the Rebels played them, the Black Bears were in Johnstown and lost 8-2. They trailed the Rebels by five points to start the weekend and the series was split going into this weekend 2-2 with neither team getting a sweep yet. During both games the Rebels looked sharp whereas the Black Bears seemed to have too much to eat for Thanksgiving.

On Black Friday, the Rebels started out hot as not even five minutes into the game they were already on the scoreboard thanks to Niki Jasko scoring his first goal as a Rebel. Just past the halfway point in the period Auggie Moore ripped a shot off the post and in to give the Rebels a 2-0 lead. After Jasko got called for slashing the Rebels went on the penalty kill but Alex Frye got the defense sleeping and was able to go on a breakaway. As he was one-on-one with Black Bears’ goalie David Tomeo, he sniped it top shelf knocking off his water bottle and gave his team the 3-0 lead. His goal was also the first shorthanded goal the Rebels have scored this season. With just eight seconds left in the first period the Rebels were not done as Antonio Venuto scored putting the Rebels up 4-0 after the first 20 minutes. When the 2nd period started the Black Bears tried to put up a fight by throwing the puck towards Ryan Keane every chance they got. It did not remain 4-0 for long as Nick Stuckless scored on the power play before the half-way point of the game giving the Rebels a five-goal lead and tying their season-high in goals. The Black Bears were able to get one past Keane though as their captain scored on the power play to pull his team within four. With 45 seconds left in the middle period it was Noah Finstrom that scored putting his team up by five again and making it the highest scoring game for the Rebels this season. Though they would not stop at six as Alex Frye scored top shelf again, although this time he knocked the cap off the water bottle spilling all the water onto the ice. With a dominant 7-1 win on Friday the Rebels were now on a three-game winning streak but still two points behind New Jersey for 2nd place. Friday’s win was also the eighth time this season the Rebels have won a game and only allowed one goal. Also, throughout the 60 minutes on Friday there was a plethora of penalties, scrums, and big hits. All of this resulted in a combined 86 penalty minutes, Rebels still had the fewest in the division whereas the Black Bears were now second in the league in PIMS.

On Saturday, the Black Bears decided to start Tomeo again after he let in seven goals on 35 shots. While he is their number one goalie it sure was surprising to not see backup netminder Kevin Lake get the nod for Saturday to try to split the weekend series for the third time this season. The Rebels have won all their games against the Black Bears on Friday but then have lost the next day in extra hockey. With them having home ice advantage and coming off their biggest game of the season they were determined to change the narrative. Rebels did change their goalies though as Noah West got the start. The Rebels were riding a huge wave of momentum when the puck was dropped on Saturday to start thee first period. They put up 16 shots through the first 20 minutes and only gave up six shots to Maryland. Two of those 16 shots found the back of the net thanks to Jake Felker (PP) and Jim Glynn. Their goals were scored less than a minute apart. With almost half of the game gone it was Antonio Venuto that scored on the power play to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead with just about 10 minutes left in the 2nd. A few minutes later Colin Schmidt scored to now give the Rebels a 4-0, his goal was also on the power play. The Rebels went 3/6 on the man-advantage on Saturday. The Black Bears tried their hardest to get one past West before time expired, but it was too little too late as the horn sounded giving the Rebels their first shutout this season along with putting them on a four-game winning streak, their longest this season.

Noah West had this to say about getting the first shutout for the Rebels this season “It felt really good, we have been playing some of our best hockey lately”. He also had this to say when asked about their match-up with New Jersey this weekend “It should be a playoff series and a battle for the next spot, it should be interesting”. When asked about this past weekend and how he felt about how the team played Head Coach Joe Coombs states “I thought it was the best 120 minutes of hockey we have played all season”. He also added this about the two big games against New Jersey this weekend “We are going to try to work our process and prepare like we do for any other weekend”. The Knights beat the Titans Saturday giving the Rebels a tie with New Jersey for second place in the East. This Saturday’s game between the Rebels and Titans will also be the NAHL Game of the Week as puck drop is scheduled for 7:30pm. Tune in on HockeyTv for the free coverage of the battle for second place. For any ticket information call 716-484-2624.