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2018 NAHL Draft Recap: Rebels target forward position

The North American Hockey League held its annual player draft today with the Rebels having the twenty-second out of twenty-fourth pick in the first round due to the team having the third best winning percentage during the 2017-18 regular season. Overall, the Rebels took ten players broken down by the following positions: one (1) goaltender; three (3) defensemen and six (6) forwards.

“We went into the draft selecting players by need” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese. We needed to fill gaps and wanted to establish a solid defensive corps and move on out. We felt we accomplished this” stated Pugliese.

“I thought our draft went very well” said Pugliese. “I’m happy with all of our picks, and I’m looking forward to bringing them all together and having them in camp” concluded Pugliese.

The following is a recap of the players selected by the Rebels.

Round 1 – 22nd Pick
Alexandre Roy, defenseman; Andre-Laurendeau; Shoots left; Born 9-21-1998. Hometown: St-Vallier, Que. Height: 5’8”; Weight: 130.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Andre-Laurendeau          36           6              18           24           20           2              0
’16-17 Season    Andre-Laurendeau          34           2              9              11           12           1              0

Round 2 – 35th Pick
Noah West, goaltender; Oakland Jr. Grizzlies 18U; Catches left; Born 11-25-2000. Hometown: Pittsboro, IN. Height: 6’0”; Weight: 190.

Season                 Team                                     GPI         Mins      GA          SO          W            L              T              SV%       AVG       OTL
’17-18 Season    Oakland Jr. Grizz. 18        11           457         19           2              6              4              0              0.884     2.12
’16-17 Season    Chi. Fury 18                         16           849         39           3              5              9                              0.913     2.48        1

Round 2 – 46th Pick
Joshua Tripp, forward; Swan Valley; Shoots left; Born 4-29-1998. Hometown: Swan River, MB. Height: 5’6”; Weight: 155.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Swan Valley        38           28           14           42           28           11           4
’17-18 Season    Corpus Christi    13           3              6              9              20           2              0

Round 3 – 54th Pick
Brayden Richards, defenseman; Whitecourt Wolverines; Shoots left; Born 8-12-1998. Hometown: Calgary, AB. Height: 6’0”; Weight: 180.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Drayton Valley  28           4              4              8              26           0              0
’17-18 Season    Whitecourt         27           1              5              6              2              1              0

Round 3 – 70th Pick
Antonio Venuto, forward; Detroit Compuware 18U; Shoots left; Born 2-26-2000; Hometown: Whitmore Lake, MI. Height: 6’1”. Weight: 195

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Det. Compuware 18        20           6              9              15           6              1              0
’17-18 Season    Minot                                    1              0              0              0              0              0              0

Round 5 – 118th Pick
Caleb Price, defenseman; Northern Cyclones; Shoots left; Born 4-4-2000. Hometown: Hooksett, NH. Height: 5’7”; Weight: 155.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    North. Cyclones                 50           6              12           18           27           1              0
18 Playoffs          North. Cyclones 3              0              0              0              0              0              0

Round 6 – 142nd Pick
Cannon Green, forward; Detroit Compuware 18U; Shoots left; Born 3-27-2000. Hometown: Birmingham, MI. Height: 5’11”; Weight: 184.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Det. Compuware 18        18           6              4              10           4              0              0
’16-17 Season    Oakland Jr. Grizz 18         45           17           30           47           2

Round 7 – 166th Pick
Campbell Balk, forward; Yarmouth Mariners; Shoots right; Born 4-5-1998. Hometown: West Olive, MI. Height: 5’11”. Weight: 176.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Yarmouth            43           2              18           20           48           0              0
18 Playoffs          Yarmouth            18           1              5              6              8              0              0

Round 8 – 190th Pick
Seth Benson, forward; Omaha AAA HC 18U; Shoots left; Born: 2-5-1999. Hometown: Moorhead, MN. Height: 6’3”. Weight: 170.

Season                 Team                                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Portage                                 2              0              0              0              4              0              0
’17-18 Season    Omaha AAA 18                  9              3              4              7              14           0              0

Round 9 – 214th Pick
Max Johnson, forward; Hearst Lumberjacks; Shoots left; Born: 4-7-1999. Hometown: Maple Grove, MN. Height: 5’11”. Weight: 165.

Season                 Team                     GP          G             A             Pts          PIM        PPG       SHG
’17-18 Season    Hearst                   46           20           30           50           76           3              1
18 Playoffs          Hearst                   3              2              1              3              0              1              0

The draft was available for any amateur player who will be less than 21 years of age on December 31, 2018 and was not listed on an NAHL team roster nor listed on an NAHL team roster but played less than (10) NAHL regular season and/or playoff games during the 2017-18 season and did not accept a tender from an NAHL team prior to the 2018 NAHL Entry Draft were eligible for the draft.

Rebels tender defenseman John Serafin

The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that the team has tendered Kirkland Lake Goldminers defenseman John Serafin for the 2018-19 season.

Serafin,18, had 14 points (2 goals and 14 assists) in forty-eight games for the Goldminers who play in the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League (NOJHL). The 6’5”, 207 lb. native of St. Louis, MO is a right-handed shot.

“I’m excited to be tendered by a successful team such as the Rebels” stated Serafin. “They have an excellent record of moving players onto the next level. It’s what attracted me to them” concluded Serafin.

“John brings size to our defensive group” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese.  “I think he can develop into a very difficult player for opponents to play against” said Pugliese.

Rebels captain Ryan Patrick makes NCAA Commitment to Stevenson University

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that team captain Ryan Patrick has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Stevenson University Mustangs, who play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference – West (ECAC – West). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.

Patrick, 21, was second on the team during the regular season with forty-eight points (22 goals and 26 assists) in fifty-nine games played. The 5’8”, 178 lb. forward was voted the team’s 2017-18 Most Valuable Player. Patrick also was a participant in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament back in February in which he had one point (an assist) in two games.

The Morgantown, WV native Patrick is third on the Rebels all-time point list with eighty (32 goals and 48 assists). He is tied for second on all-time games played with the franchise with 118.

“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to play college hockey at Stevenson University for the next four years” stated Patrick. “It’s an exciting time for my family and me. I would like to thank my family, coaches and friends for supporting me in my hockey endeavors” concluded Patrick.

“I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to coach Rypat” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He was a great captain and teammate. He will be a success in life no matter what he chooses. Dawes is getting an outstanding hockey player and person” stated Coombs.

Coached by Dominick Dawes, Stevenson University is located in Owings Mills, MD (Baltimore suburb). During their second season of play, the Mustangs finished with an overall 11-8-7 record.

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.

Billing makes NCAA commitment to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that goaltender Eli Billing has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point Pointers who play in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.

Billing, 20, appeared in twenty-seven games for the Rebels this past season. He had a 15-8-0-1-1 record. The 5’10”, 180lb native of Tecumseh, ON had a 2.44 goals against average and a .908 save percentage with three shutouts.

I’m excited to announce my commitment to play college hockey at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point” stated Billing. “I would like to thank everyone who helped me along the way”” concluded Billing.

“I am happy for Billy” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “Billy is a great person and teammate. The Pointers are getting a quality goalie and even better person” concluded Coombs.

Located in Stevens-Point, WI, the Pointers finished the season with a 21-6-3 record, their fifth straight season with twenty or more wins. UWSP advanced to the NCAA D3 National semi-finals.

Stanley makes D1 NCAA commitment to Niagara University

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Brandon Stanley has committed to play NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey for Niagara University. The Purple Eagles are members of Atlantic Hockey. His commitment begins in the fall of 2018.

Stanley, 20, was fifth on the team with thirty-two points (18 goals and 14 assists) during the regular season. He led the team with nine points (5 goals and 4 assists) in eight playoff games. He also led the team with five post-season goals.

The 6’1”, 200 lb. native of Sioux Lookout, ON also was a member of the NAHL’s Top Prospect Tournament this past February.

“I’m really excited to sign with Niagara University and move on to play hockey at the next level” stated Stanley. “I am extremely thankful to my parents and all of my coaches and teammates who have helped me get to where I am going” concluded Stanley.

“Brandon is a big, strong forward who can really skate” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “With more maturity and consistency, he should have the opportunity to play past college. Stan is a great teammate who is very fun to be around. We wish him nothing but the best in the future” concluded Coombs.

Niagara University is located in Niagara Falls, NY. The Purple Eagles are coached by Jason Lammers. They had an 11-22-3 record this past season.

Keane and Maguyon selected to NAHL’s All-East Division Team

The North American Hockey League today announced its All-Division teams and honors for the 2017-18 season.  The divisional teams and honors represent the four divisions in the NAHL as voted upon and selected by the league’s 23 head coaches.  The awards are based on performance during the 2017-18 regular season. Rebels goaltender Ryan Keane and forward Aaron Maguyon were named to the NAHL’s All-East Division team while Keane also was named the division’s goaltender of the year.

Keane, the 5’9”, 160lb native of Coppell, TX, played in thirty-three regular season games and had a 24-7-2 record posting a 1.90 goals against average and .924 save percentage with three shutouts. Keane had the second-best goals against average and save percentage in team history.

Keane posted a 2.09 goals against average and .922 save percentage in the playoffs.

This is the eighth time Keane received league honors during the season. He was goalie of the month for October; honorable mention for goalie of the month for the months of November, December and January. He was the East Division’s Star of the Week for weeks ending December 17 and March 11. He was honorable mention for Star of the week for week ending October 15.

Keane is the third straight Rebels goaltender to be selected as the East Division’s goaltender of the year following Darion Hanson (2016) and Mareks Mitens (2017).

Maguyon, the Rebels 2017-18 Best Offensive Player, lead the team with fifty points (24 goals and 26 assists). He also led the team with 24 goals. He had four points (2 goals and 2 assists) in the playoffs.

Maguyon also was a participant in the NAHL’s 2018 Top Prospects Tournament back in February. He had two points (1 goal and 1 assist) in two games.

This is the ninth time the Egg Harbor Twp., NJ native received league honors during the season. He was named honorable mention for forward of the month for the months of November, December, February and March. He was selected second star of the week for week ending November 5, and he was honorable mention for weeks ending November 19, February 4 and 11.

Maguyon has the second most points in team history with 88 (36 goals and 52 assists). He is the fifth Rebel to record 50 points in one season.

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.

Comeback falls short as Rebels now trail Knights two games to none in divisional final series.

Despite a valiant comeback, the Philadelphia Rebels were unable to overcome a three-goal deficit and ended up losing 5 – 4 to the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels now find themselves on the brink of elimination trailing two games to none in this best-of-five Robertson Cup divisional final series.

Rookie Jimmy Glynn scored his second goal of the playoffs to give the Rebels an early 1 – 0 lead.

While the Rebels were on a line change, forward Konur Peterson did an outstanding job to keep the puck moving behind the Knights net as he waited for help. After battling for the puck in the offensive zone’s far side corner, Peterson would skate around the Knights net and take a sharp angle shot that was saved by WBS goaltender Christian Stoever but the rebound came right out to Glynn who tucked in the rebound to give the Rebels the lead just 4:12 into the first period.

The Knights would even the score with 8:37 left in the period.

After the Knights won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone, the puck would go back to the near side point to Luke Robinson. The Knights defensemen took a shot that was saved by goaltender Eli Billing but the rebound went up high and bounced to the top of the faceoff circle to Billing’s right.  Blake Kryska would tap the puck up to Matt Kidney in the far side corner. Kidney sent a centering pass to Jake Olmstead who took a backhand shot that went wide of the net. Olmstead picked up his own rebound and started to skate around the Rebels with the puck on his backhand. Olmstead turned and took a shot on his forehand that beat Billing low, short side to tie the game at one.

Three minutes later the Knights would take the lead.

Defenseman Joseph Verkerke would bring the puck out of his own zone and make a centering pass to Lincoln Hatten. As soon as Hatten entered the offensive zone, he passed the puck over to Curtis Carlson on his left. As Carlson went to cut across the goalmouth, Billing went to poke check the puck. As soon as Billing’s stick touched the puck, the biscuit bounced backwards and hit the left post and went into the net to give the Knights a 2 – 1 lead with 5:41 left in the first period.

As time was winding down in the opening period, Brandon Stanley would score the first of his two goals on the night to tie the game at two.

After Alex Frye won the draw in the offensive zone, Stanley would send the puck back to Carson Moniz at the point. Moniz sent a bounce pass up along the near side boards and the puck went behind the Knights net where it was picked up by Stanley. As Stanley battled for the biscuit, he sent a short pass to Luke Radetic who tried to jam the puck past Stoever but the rebound came out to Frye. The Rebels forward swiped at it and Stoever made another save but he was unable to control the rebound and Stanley knocked it in to make it 2 – 2 with twenty-six seconds left in the first period.

The Knights then scored three, second period goals to take a commanding lead.

WBS defenseman Adrian Danchenko sent a clearing pass high off the glass that was picked up by Tyrone Bronte. The Knights forward would enter the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Jeffrey Bertrand. As Bronte gained the line, he passed the puck to Bertrand on his left. Bertrand took a wrist shot that went through Billing’s five hole to give the Knights a 3 – 2 lead with 10:04 to go in the period.

Two and a half minutes later the Knights would double their lead.

As Kryska went to clear the zone, the puck was intercepted by Kolby Vegara at the near side point. Vegara would turn to send the puck deeper into the Knights zone but it was picked off by Bronte. The WBS forward would enter the Rebels zone on a three-on-three. Bronte would take a shot that was blocked by Vegara but Bronte followed up on his own rebound and wristed the biscuit past Billing to give the Knights a 4 – 2 lead.

Shortly after the Knights scored their fourth goal Billing was replaced by Ryan Keane.

Olmstead would score his second goal of the night with one-minute left in the period to give the Knights a 5 – 2 lead.

Kidney would gain the line alone the far side blueline and take a shot that was blocked by Seth Bergeron as Moniz picked up the loose puck and send it up along the glass where it was knocked down by Michael Morrissey. The Knights forward passed the puck back to Kidney in the corner who immediately sent it to a breaking Olmstead who took a shot that beat Keane long side to give the Knights a three-goal lead going into the third.

Although the lead looked insurmountable going into the final period, the Rebels had other plans.

Bronte would clear the puck where it was picked up by Diarmad DiMurro as center ice. The Rebels defenseman would send it back to Stanley at his own blueline. Stanley then passed it up Radetic along the near side boards. Radetic would circle back and made a nice saucer pass to a breaking Stanley across center ice. As Stanley skated towards the top of the circle, he took a wrist shot that beat Stoever long side to cut the Knights lead to two with 4:05 into the third.

Aaron Maguyon would cut the Knights lead in half on a great individual effort.

After Kyrska picked up the puck in his own zone he went to clear the biscuit but it was intercepted by Ryan Patrick at the top of the near side faceoff circle. As the Rebels captain went to play it he was met by Luke Robinson. Patrick turned to shield the puck from Robinson and passed it down low to Maguyon. As Maguyon went to skate towards the goalmouth, he was inadvertently tripped by Stoever who stuck out his stick to prevent a pass out front. As Maguyon started to fall he turned to his left and slipped the puck through Stoever’s five hole to make it 5 – 4 with eight minutes left in the game.

Despite intense pressure for the remainder of the game, the Rebels were unable to tie it.

Billing and Keane combined to stop 24 of 29 shots while Stoever turned aside 30 of 34. Click here for the box score.

The series now shifts to the Revolution Ice Centre where the Rebels have to win two to bring the fifth and deciding game back to IceWorks on Friday, May 4.

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.