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The 2018-19 regular season is in the books

This past weekend the Rebels hosted the Johnstown Tomahawks for the final two regular season games. For both teams neither game had much meaning to it as they both were more focused on the post-season. The biggest rivalry in the East Division was coming to a close for the regular season but it could very well be a second-round matchup. The Rebels entered this weekend with a 3-4-2-1 record against the best team in the league. They had only won one of the last six meetings and the past three games between these two teams was decided in overtime. The last time the Rebels beat the ‘Hawks in regulation was on Dec. 7th which snapped Johnstown’s 17-game win streak.

 

The first game started off slow as there was no scoring in the 1st period. It took over 16 minutes in the middle frame for someone to get on the board and that someone was Niki Jasko (14). Jasko scored an amazing goal after protecting the puck around a defenseman and followed that up by beating netminder Carter McPhail. In the 3rd period, Johnstown came out aggressive by scoring 7:43 into the period. With a tie game and over half way through the final period of regulation, Johnstown added another one to their tally after scoring on the power play. They would go on to put another goal up on the board before the end of the game. With the Rebels down by a pair and time winding down they pulled Noah West to get the extra attacker out on the ice. There was just :08 seconds left in the game when the Tomahawks took a penalty giving Jamestown a 6-on-4 power play. After winning the offensive zone draw Hunter Johannes (15) found the puck and took a quick shot on net to score a power-play goal with one second left on the clock. The horn would then sound after they dropped the puck at center ice, giving the Tomahawks a 3-2 victory and their 7th-straight game with at least a point against the Rebels. That was the first regulation loss when leading after the second period the Rebels have received all season. Also, with their victory Johnstown secured their first ever regular season title with a record of 47-8-3-1 (98pts) and had their sights set on becoming just the 3rd team in the last 15 years to hit 100 points in a NAHL season.

 

The Rebels on the other hand were determined to not let that happen as less than 24 hours later they were back on the ice for their final regular season game. Johnstown swapped their goalies and started Cooper Lukenda whereas Jamestown kept West in between the pipes. This time around Jamestown came out with fire under their legs as they jumped out to an early lead thanks to Hunter Johannes (16) scoring 1:03 into the opening frame. They were able to keep that momentum going throughout the period which resulted in another goal. This time it came from the captain, Alex Frye (30), who was able to get some puck luck after his shot deflected off the skate of a Tomahawk player. Jamestown headed into the first intermission up 2-0. It took awhile for either team to score in the middle period, but it was the good guys that were able to get on the score sheet. Caleb Price scored his fourth goal of the season after him and James Crossman went up on the rush and connected for a goal, now making their lead 3-0. Unfortunately, Noah West’s hopes at his fourth shutout of the season was erased after the ‘Hawks scored with 0.1 left in the 2nd period. West would not let that one goal get to him as he made remarkable saves in the final period of regulation to end his team’s regular season with a 3-1 win.

Seth Bergeron played in his 100th NAHL regular season game this past Saturday. Also, three Rebels’ players became ironmen after playing in all 60 regular season games (Alex Roy, Noah Finstrom, Alex Frye). It was also West’s first win against Johnstown this season. That loss also put Lukenda on a three-game losing streak. It was very important that the Rebels win their final regular season game because they now have momentum and confidence heading into this weekend when they face the New Jersey Titans in the 1st round of playoffs. Both games will be held at the Northwest Arena and puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. For ticket information call 716-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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Back in the win column

Over this past weekend the Rebels visited the home of the Maryland Black Bears, Odenton, MD. The Rebels went into the weekend with a record of 27-13-4-3 (61pts). The Black Bears had an overall record of 14-30-3-2 (34pts). The Rebels were coming off two-straight losses to the Generals. The Black Bears were on a seven-game losing streak and in jeopardy of being eliminated from playoff contention.

 

On Friday, the Rebels started out strong by scoring the first goal of the weekend thanks to Sam Anzai (7) just 6:34 into the opening frame. In the late stages of the 1st period, Nick Stuckless (9) was able to beat Anthony Del Tufo to make it 2-0 Rebels heading into the locker room. The Rebels rode the wave of momentum into the 2nd period where they put two more up on the board, goals coming from Antonio Venuto (14) and Noah Finstrom (8). With 40 minutes gone out of 60 and a 4-0 lead, the Rebels were not done yet as the continued to pour on the shots and goals in the final period of regulation. Jim Glynn (7) was able to score 15:33 into the 3rd period on a 5-on-3 power play. Just :25 seconds later Seth Bergeron (2) scored a power-play goal as well but his was on a 5-on-4. It also marked his first goal in 35 games. With less than :30 seconds to go in the game Stuckless (10) converted the extra point for the Rebels by scoring his second goal of the game. The 7-0 victory tied a season-high goal record for the Rebels this season, which they set back on Nov. 23rd against Maryland. Noah West picked up his third shutout of the season (all against MYD) by stopping 17 shots. The Rebels put 44 shots on Del Tufo through 60 minutes, with 21 of those shots coming in the 3rd period.

 

The following night the Rebels started West again. As for the Black Bears they elected to go with their top goalie David Tomeo in hopes that he can help his team split the weekend with the Rebels, something that has not been done since Nov. 2-3. Maryland started out by scoring 6:12 into the 1st period on their first man-advantage opportunity of the game. The Rebels were unable to answer by the time the horn sounded ending the first 20 minutes of play. They did however come out more aggressive in the middle frame by scoring three-straight goals. It started with Jake Felker (16) scoring on the power play. Moments later Alex Frye (26) was able to wrist one short side past Tomeo to give the Rebels their first lead of the game. Not even :30 seconds later Auggie Moore (8) was able to put Jamestown up by a pair and it seemed like they were not looking to take their foot of the gas anytime soon. Logan Kons was able to disrupt the scoring surge by the Rebels by pulling his team within one, but it would only be temporarily. Alex Frye (27) scored with under two minutes left in the middle period putting the Rebels back up by a pair. In the 3rd period and with almost five minutes gone, Hunter Johannes redirected Crossman’s shot from the point for his 11th goal of the season. Conner Pooley pulled his team back within two after scoring just :14 seconds later. With the score now reading 5-3 and time winding down Tomeo was relieved of his duties for the night as the Black Bears sent out an extra man for the 6-on-5 advantage. It did not work out well for them as Stuckless (11) was able to score with ease into the empty net.

 

The 6-3 win was the eighth straight over the Black Bears. It was also the last regular season meeting between these two teams. The season series heavily favored the Rebels as they ended up with a record of 10-0-1-1 against the newest team in the NAHL. The Black Bears are the only team in the East to have not beaten the Rebels in regulation during the regular season. Also, West earned his first back-to-back win of the season and is now ranked as the 15th best goalie overall (9-4-3-1, 2.53GAA, .903SV%).

 

The Rebels travel to Johnstown tomorrow for a game and then will be home this weekend to host New Jersey. They have a chance to clinch this weekend as the magic number to do so is 68. As for the Black Bears they have now lost nine straight and sit 11 points out of a playoff spot with only eight games remaining. The final stretch of the 2018-2019 NAHL regular season is upon us and things will certainly become chaotic as we get closer to April 7th. For ticket information call 71-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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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 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.

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.

Another Sweep

A few days ago, the Rebels went to Pittson, PA to face the last place team in the East Division, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. These two teams have met twice already when WBS came to Jamestown, NY back on October 26th and 27th. That meeting went very well for the Rebels as they finally got their first weekend sweep of the season. While the Knights have been struggling early on this season, they swept the Rebels last season in the playoffs when they came to the Revolution Ice Centre. The Rebels last win at RIC came on March 15th by a final of 7-3. The tides have turned though as the Rebels are in hot pursuit of second place and the Knights are just trying to keep afloat.

The first of two games between these two teams was very lopsided. The Rebels peppered University of Minnesota-Duluth commit Zach Stejskal in the first period, putting up twenty shots and only allowing four. Two of those twenty shots the Rebels put up found the back of the net thanks to Alex Frye and Jake Felker. The pressure was relentless from the Rebels as they were winning a lot of board battles and not allowing the Knights to enter the slot for easy shots. Almost halfway through the 2nd period the Knights were finally able to beat Noah West as they scored on a 4-on-3 power play. The Knights came into this match-up with the second-best power play in the league but only managed to go 1/6 on Thursday. Frye recorded his second goal of the game after he got on a breakaway and wristed one right past Stejskal. With a 3-1 lead and the edge in shots 36-12 after 40 minutes of hockey, the Rebels were in the drivers’ seat to start the third. In the final period of regulation, the Knights tried to piece together a comeback as Sacha Guillemain scored his second goal of the game cutting the Rebels lead in half. The Knights seemed to gain some wind in their sail late in the game as they knew time was about to expire but it was soon deflated as they got called for having too many men on the ice. With the Knights down by one and on the penalty kill they pulled their goalie to make it 5-on-5 hockey. The Rebels were able to enter the Knights zone and Auggie Moore scored on the empty-net giving his team the 4-2 win. The Rebels were back to their winning ways and their sticks could not be hotter as they put up 53 shots, almost a shot per-minute. As for the Knights, they only managed to put up 21 shots and that loss put them on a two-game losing streak. Noah West also recorded his first win since September 30th when the Rebels beat Northeast 3-2.

The next day started out differently as the Knights outshot the Rebels 8-7 after the first period. Though the Rebels led where it mattered and that was on the scoreboard as Noah Finstrom scored five minutes into the period. The Knights went with Stejskal again as he is their go-to-man. Whereas the Rebels decided to switch out goalies and put in Ryan Keane. Keane played all three games last week, allowing eight goals and making 63 saves. With the much-needed rest he looked sharp between the pipes. While the second period was a scoreless one, the Rebels sure did have their fair share of chances. The Knights took five penalties in the middle period and the Rebels could not convert, even with one of those chances being a 5-on-3 power play. Not even five minutes into the 3rd period and the Knights scored to tie the game at 1-1. As time went on the Knights got called for holding just 8:01 into the 3rd. Just 45 seconds later Jim Glynn scored to make it 2-1 Rebels. Being down by a goal for the second straight night was not sitting well with the Knights as they pulled Stejskal giving them a 6-on-5 with less than a minute left. As the Knights were deep in the Rebels zone trying to tie it to force overtime, Caleb Price picked up the puck and turned to face the empty net 180 feet away. He put everything on it he could, and it slid right into the back of the cage. Giving him not only his first goal as a Rebel but also in the NAHL. The Rebels outshot the Knights for the second-straight night 45-22 and won by a pair again with both final goals coming in the form of an empty net. After the loss on Friday the Knights are now on a three-game losing streak and they have only had one win in the past 11 games. The Rebels on the other hand pickup a much-needed four points and got help from the Tomahawks over the weekend as they swept the Titans. With New Jersey not picking up a single point against Johnstown the Rebels find themselves just one win away from tying the Titans for second place.

This weekend though the Rebels will host the Maryland Black Bears, both games scheduled for 7:05pm puck drop. This will be the first trip to western New York that the Black Bears are making this season. The previous four meetings between these two teams have resulted in a split series and each time the Rebels have won the Friday game and have lost the next night in extra hockey. Three out of the four games have been decided by overtime or shootout. The Black Bears split the weekend with the Generals giving the Rebels a five-point edge over them going into this weekend. Make sure to come out to the Northwest Arena this weekend to cheer on your Rebels to victory. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.

SWEEP SWEEP

This past weekend the Rebels hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights for the second set of home games at the Northwest Arena. This match-up between two East Division rivals was surely not going to disappoint as they were tied for fourth place in the division. The Rebels came into this past weekend having went to a shootout both nights in Maryland the weekend before. As for the WBS Knights they came to Jamestown, New York riding a three-game losing streak with hopes of snapping it Friday night.
The first game of the weekend looked a little different for a few reasons. For starters, the power play for the Rebels got off to a great start thanks in part by a goal scored by Nick Stuckless just 2:09 into the first period. Another reason it looked different was because the Rebels brought in four new players leading up to this past weekend, three of them got the chance to play over the weekend and sure did turn a lot of heads. With under a minute to go in the first period it was the newly acquired Yuri Davis-Martel that gave the Rebels the 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. Prior to coming to Jamestown, Davis-Martel played four games for the Corpus Christi IceRays, he did not record a single point during his time there. With Yuri scoring that late goal it gave the Rebels a lot of momentum that carried over into the middle period as Auggie Moore scored almost four minutes into the period. Another newly acquired player to make his presence felt early was Colin Schmidt. The 18-year-old Minnesota commit was sent from the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL to the Rebels in hopes that he is the missing piece the Rebels needed. He ended up scoring and getting an assist in his first 40 minutes as a Rebel. With now a 4-1 lead heading into the final period of regulation it was just a matter of holding off the Knights for 20 minutes. The pressure for the Knights sure did increase as time was ticking away but they would not be able to cut the lead in half as the horn sounded giving the Rebels the first win of the weekend.
On Saturday the Knights were now on a four-game losing streak and in jeopardy of falling to fifth place. Whereas the Rebels had a chance at their first week end sweep of the season and jumping into third place, if the Black Bears lost to the Titans. The second game started out a lot better for the Knights than it did the day before as they scored just over halfway through the first period to give them their first lead of the weekend. They would hold that 1-0 lead until just about the 15-minute mark of the second, when Noah Finstrom would score to tie the game up. The remainder of the second period was very much a back and forth type game as neither team recorded double digit shots. In the third period though the Rebels found a sense of urgency as they wanted to give their fans a weekend to remember, so with just shy of seven minutes left to go in regulation it was Alex Frye who found the back of the net giving the Rebels their first weekend sweep. Ryan Keane also started both games and stopped a total of 36 shots giving him his third straight win. They also received some help from the Titans over the weekend as they swept the Black Bears allowing the Rebels to claim sole possession of third place. This weekend the Rebels go back to Odenton, Maryland in hopes to keep climbing up the East Division table.

Finstrom named East Division second star of the week; Fyre is honorable mention

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending April 8 and Rebels forward Noah Finstrom was named the East Division’s second star of the week while fellow forward Alex Frye was selected as honorable mention.

Finstrom had four points (1 goal and 3 assists) in three games this past week. The New Baltimore, MI native had three points (1 goal and 2 assists) in last Wednesday’s win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and he had an assist – along with Frye – on Ryan Patrick’s game winning goal at the buzzer in Friday night’s win against the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Despite being out most of the season to a freakish injury, Finstrom has played in fifteen games and has a total of five points (1 goal and 4 assists).

This is the first time Finstrom has received league honors during the season.

Frye had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) as well this past week. He had three points (2 goals and 1 assist) in the 7 – 1 win over the Knights and the assist on Patrick’s goal.

Frye is tied for sixth on the team in total points with thirty (11 goals and 19 assists. This is the third time this season the Clarkston, MI native has received league honors: December 3 – honorable mention, and January 14 – second star of the week.

Frye and Peterson lead Rebels to 7 – 1 rout of Knights

Alex Frye and Konur Peterson each had two goals and an assist to lead the Rebels to a 7 – 1 rout over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. It was the Rebels last regular season home game.

This game was very different from all of the others. It was a continuation of the January 12 contest that was suspended due to fog. The game picked up at the 11:34 mark of the first period with the Rebels leading 2 – 0 on goals from Peterson and Frye.

Just 2:46 into the reconvened game Peterson would score his second goal of the contest. Auggie Moore gained the line at center ice and dumped the puck to the end boards where it was picked up by Frye who had beat out Knights netminder Christian Stoever for the loose puck. Frye would send the puck up along the near side boards where it was picked up by Noah Finstrom who immediately pass the puck to Peterson on his right. Peterson would skate towards the faceoff circle and took a wrist shot that beat Stoever glove side to make it a 3 – 0 game with 9:06 left in the first.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside his own zone, the puck would go into the far side corner where it was picked up by Knights forward Justin Engelkes who passed it back to Joseph Verkeke at the point. Verkeke took a snapshot that was redirected out front by Tryone Bronte past Ryan Keane to make it a 3 – 1 game with 7:57 left in the period.

Two minutes later Frye would score his second goal of the game. Finstrom would pick up the loose puck at center ice and send it towards the far side boards where Moore would battle Anthony Firriolo for the puck. Firriolo would send the biscuit behind his own net where it was intercepted by Frye. The Clakson, MI native would try a wrap around that was saved by Stoever but Frye picked up his own rebound and put it past Stoever to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

With 4:30 left in the first, Knights forward Gabe Temple was called for tripping to give the Rebels the man advantage.

Knights defenseman Curtis Carlson would bring the puck behind his own net to set up the play but Zerban stripped him off the puck and sent it back Aaron Maguyon at the top of the faceoff circle. Maguyon would pass it back to Kolby Vegara at the point. Vegara would start to walk the line towards his right and took a shot that was saved by Stoever but Zerban was there to pick up the rebound and put it into the open net to give the Rebels a 5 – 1 lead with 3:33 left in the first.

Finstrom would pick up his first NAHL goal of the season 2:53 into the second to make it a 6 – 1 game, and Carson Moniz would score his eleventh goal on the season to make it a 7 – 1 game.

Keane stopped 25 of 26 shots while Stoever turned aside 29 of 36. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will close out the regular season this weekend when they travel to Johnstown to play the Tomahawks for two games. The first game of the divisional semi-final series will be played on Friday, April 13 at 7:05pm.

Knights win 4 – 2 and repel Rebels comeback

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights held off a Rebels third period rally to win 4 – 2 in the last regular season game between the two teams this year at the Revolution Ice Centre. The loss also prevented Philadelphia from clinching their third straight East Division championship.

The Rebels controlled the play for most of the first period having outshot the Knights 13 – 4. Then with 6:35 remaining WBS forward Mike Gelatt gave the Knights a 1 – 0 lead with only their fifth shot on goal in the period.

After a long line shift Michael Morrissey would dump the puck into the Rebels zone where goalie Eli Billing went to play the puck behind his own net despite being pressured. Billing would send a hurried pass behind him to Bryant Gunn who was fought off by Jack Olmstead. Olmstead looked up and found Morrissey wide open in the slot and he one-timed it passed Billing to make it a 1 – 0 game.

The Knights would take a 2 – 0 with forty-one seconds left in the period.

Nico Appendino would skate up the puck up the ice and tried to send a stretch pass to Eric Olson but it went too far and it was picked up by Knights defenseman Thomas Farrell at the near side boards. He passed it up to Tyrone Bronte who skated into the Rebels zone without being challenged. Bronte would skate around the Rebels net and he beat Billing with a wraparound goal for his eleventh on the season.

Just forty-one seconds into the second period Jensen Zerban was called for slashing to put the Rebels on the penalty kill. Fifteen seconds later Olson cut the Knights lead in half.

After the Knights won the ensuing draw inside the Rebels zone, Blake Kryska picked up the puck and started to skate down low to set up the play. He went to pass the puck back to Farrell at the point but it was intercepted by Olson. Olson would skate down the ice and enter the Knights zone on a two-on-one with Auggie Moore. Olson would move slightly towards his right and took a wrist shot that beat Christian Stoever down low to make it a 2 – 1 game. It was the Rebels fourth shorthanded goal on the season.

The Knights would take a two-goal lead again with 7:12 into the third.

With the teams battling behind the Knights net the puck would skirt out to WBS defenseman Shay Donovan who would passed it up along the near side boards to Lincoln Hatten. Hatten would send a bounce pass off the boards to himself and he entered the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Reed Robinson on his left. As Hatten skated to the top of the circle, he sent a cross-ice pass to Robinson who redirected the puck into a wide-open net for his nineteenth goal on the season.

Knights forward Gabe Temple was called for elbowing with 7:23 left in third to give the Rebels the man advantage. A minute later Zerban would cut the Knights lead in half.

With Aaron Maguyon battling for the puck along the near side boards it was picked up by Zerban who sent it back to Diarmad DiMurro at the point. DiMurro would pass it over to Carson Moniz who skated towards the net and took a shot that was saved by Stoever but the deep rebound came right back to Maguyon. The Egg Harbor Twp native took a shot that was blocked out in front but the puck came right out to Zerban who put it past the fallen Knights netminder to make it a 3 – 2 game with 6:24 remaining.

Fifteen seconds later the Rebels had a chance to tie it.

After Chase Hamstad won the draw deep inside the Knights zone, Ryan Patrick picked up the puck down low and started to skate around the far side faceoff circle. The Rebels captain found Noah Finstrom wide open in the slot and the rookie took a shot that hit the post and the visitors were denied from tying the game.

The Knights would add an empty net goal to close out the scoring.

Billing stopped 33 of 36 shots he faced while Stoever turned aside 37 of 39. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels and New Jersey Titans will play an afternoon game tomorrow at the Class of 1923 Arena with a 3:05pm puck drop. Should the Knights beat the Titans tonight or the Rebels beat the Titans tomorrow the Rebels will win their third straight regular season East Division championship.