Over the weekend the Rebels traveled to Middletown, NJ for what they were hoping would only be one night but sadly it turned into two nights. When the weekend started in New Jersey all the Rebels had to do was win one game and they would advance to the second round. Although, New Jersey showed early in Game 3 as to why they are in the playoffs.
On Friday, the Titans jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Kyle Jeffers scored nearly four minutes into the opening period on the power play. A back-and-forth game resulted in the shots being even at 20-20 after 40 minutes of play. Late in the final period of regulation New Jersey tacked on another goal. Putting them up 2-0 with little time to spare for Jamestown. With time winding down in the game the Rebels were unable to put one on the board resulting in a 2-0 loss. New Jersey’s goalie Brandon Perrone played phenomenal stopping all 37 shots that were thrown at him. Ryan Keane received his first loss since Mar. 15th and his first of the playoffs, snapping his three-game win streak. The Rebels were unable to convert on any of their six power plays. The 2-0 loss was also the first time since Oct. 13th that New Jersey beat Jamestown by more than one goal (6-3). Also, the last time the Rebels were shutout was back on Mar. 23rd (1-0 vs. NJT).
The following night was still the same scenario for both teams as the Rebels were leading the series 2-1. If the Rebels win, they will advance. As for the Titans, it was win or go home for them once again. Both teams started the same netminders as the night before. Throughout the first period the Rebels peppered Perrone with 16 shots, but he remained a brick wall. The Titans though ended the first period going 2/8. With their first goal coming from a power play. Late in the middle frame New Jersey added another to their tally, giving them their largest lead of the series, 3-0. The Rebels were able to come back in the final period although it would be too little too late. Sam Anzai (1) finally ended the scoring drought for Jamestown (110+ minutes w/o a goal), as he scored a power-play goal 8:42 into the 3rd. As the game was winding down Alex Roy (2) snapped a shot from the left point that found its way to the back of the net. Trailing by one and with little time left on the clock, Keane was pulled so the Rebels could put out an extra-attacker. Unfortunately, Jamestown would not be able to convert resulting in a winner-take-all Game 5 in Jamestown on Monday. Once again, they were able to put up 37 shots but fell short 3-2.
The winner of tonight’s game will go on the road this weekend to face the regular season champion, Johnstown Tomahawks, in the 2nd round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs. They just wrapped up their first-round matchup with Northeast this past Saturday that went the distance but resulted in the ‘Hawks winning 4-2 in the final game. As for the Rebels and Titans, neither team has been able to capture a road win during the postseason. There is a lot on the line tonight as one of these two teams will have their season come to an end tonight. Tonight, could very well be the last time a lot of these players lace them up for their junior careers. There will be a lot of emotions left of the ice and every inch will have to be earned as it all comes down to the final game in the first round in WNY. For ticket information call 716-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.
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