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Rebels sweep the Knights for the third time this season

Over the weekend, the Rebels visited the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in Pittston, PA. The team have not lost to the Knights yet this season. Wilkes-Barre had their five-game win streak snapped prior to this past weekend when they lost to the Generals 6–3. The Knights came into the weekend holding a playoff spot as they were in fourth place (11-16-1) in the East Division. The Rebels on the other hand are in second place (15-9-2-1) in the division and top ten in the league.

On Friday, there was a goal scored each period resulting in a 2–1 final. It started off in favor of the good guys with Alex Roy recording his second goal of the season after he scored on the power play. The Rebels went into the locker room after the first with a 1–0 lead. Almost seven minutes into the middle period, the Knights answered back with one of their own power-play goals, as they had a 5-on-3 man-advantage. The Rebels knew they had to come out aggressive once the puck was dropped to start the third and they did exactly that. Alex Frye scored just 3:32 into the period giving the Rebels the lead once again. The score would remain 2–1 Rebels when the horn sounded, giving them their fifth straight win over the Knights and the opportunity to sweep them for a third time the next day. Ryan Keane played phenomenal between the pipes, stopping 28 shots and recording his fifth-straight win. As for his counterpart Samuel Vyletelka, he is still searching for his first win in net (0–9).

The following day these two teams met for a matinee game. The Rebels started Keane again, as for the Knights they decided to go with the UMD commit Zach Stejskal (11-8-1). The Knights came out strong once the puck was dropped by scoring the first goal and giving them their first lead of the weekend. The score would remain 1–0 Knights until there was under a minute to go in the second period. Jake Felker redirected the puck in front and it went right past Stejskal, the score was tied 1–1 after 40 minutes of play. The third period was very back and forth as neither team could gain an edge. With 16:04 gone in the final period of regulation, Jim Glynn finally broke the tie to give the Rebels their first lead of the game. Also, with Glynn scoring he now has the longest point-streak this season at 10 and is one game away from tying the franchise record set by Ben Greiner back in 2013-2014 as a member of the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees. Greiner accumulated 14 points during his 11-game point streak, Glynn is currently sitting at 13.

With time winding down and their hopes of beating Jamestown for the first time this season fading, the Knights pulled Stejskal to give them an extra attacker. It would not pay off for them though as Alex Frye scored on the empty net giving the Rebels a 3–1 victory. The Knights are the only team in the East to have not beaten Jamestown. With the sweep, Keane is now on a six-game win streak and currently sits fifth in the league for GAA with a 1.89. Also, the Rebels are currently on a 10-game road point streak which started back on October 19th, making it the second longest in the league.

The Rebels are back on a winning streak and only have the Black Bears in their path before everyone can go home for the Holidays. This Friday marks the half-way point of the season for the Rebels and with a record of 17-9-2-1 (37PTS) they are sitting comfortable in second place. The Black Bears are coming to Jamestown with an overall record of 10-16-3-2 (25PTS) putting them in fourth place. The last time the Black Bears came to Jamestown it did not end well for them as they got swept and set two records for the Rebels this season. The first one was the most goals the Rebels have scored in a game after they won 7–1. The very next day they hit another milestone as Noah West recorded the team’s first shutout of the season by a final of 4–0. With Christmas right around the corner, the Rebels hope to deliver two gifts to the Black Bears this weekend in the form of losses.

Rebels snap Tomahawks win streak, but could not sweep

A few days ago, the Rebels hosted the Johnstown Tomahawks. It was a battle between first and second place in the East Division. Going into the weekend the Tomahawks were on a 17-game win streak trying to get to the record at 24 set last year by Fairbanks. Whereas the Rebels were looking to extend their point streak to seven. Also, the Rebels were just one point ahead of the Titans, so they needed to play their best hockey of the season if they wanted to stay in the top two.

On Friday, the Tomahawks started Carter McPhail. While he is Johnstown’s best net-minder posting the fourth best goals-against-average in the league with a 1.98. His only blemish on his record came from the Rebels back on Oct. 5th when they won 4–1. Since then he has won 12 straight starts and was looking to get revenge on the Rebels once the puck was dropped. Opposite of him was Ryan Keane who has been stellar for the Rebels lately riding three-straight wins. He is also two spots behind McPhail for goals-against-average with a 2.06. Not only do the Tomahawks have some great goaltending but they also are the best power-play team in the league, so staying out of the box over the weekend was key for the Rebels if they wanted to win. Friday marked the first ever Teddy Bear Toss for the Rebels and they did not expect it to come so early. As just 1:36 into the hockey game Alex Frye scored unleashing hundreds of stuffed animals in front of a record-setting attendance of 1,153. The Tomahawks would answer though a little later right after they got done killing a penalty. Towards the end of the first period Jake Felker scored to give his team the lead again and the score would remain 2-1 after the first 20 minutes of play. Jake Felker wasted no time picking up where he left off in the first as he scored his second goal of the game just :32 seconds into the middle period. The Rebels held that lead until there was almost 13 minutes left in the third, then Sam Anzai scored to put the Rebels up by three. The Tomahawks were not able to put up any more goals as the final horn sounded, ending their remarkable win streak at 17. The Rebels extended their point-streak to seven games and evened the season series at 2–2. Ryan Keane also got his fourth straight win as a starter and what is even more impressive is that even though the Tomahawks had the best power play in the league, they went 0/5 on the man-advantage. That has not happened to them since they played New Jersey back on Nov. 16th when they went 0/6. With Alex Frye scoring on Friday he extended his point streak to nine games (9G, 6A).

The next night, the Rebels were riding a huge high as they looked to get their first sweep over the best team in the league. Both teams made changes to their goalies as it was Cooper Lukenda for the Tomahawks and Noah West for the Rebels. Lukenda came in with a record of 6–1 and on a five-game winning streak. Whereas Noah West had not lost in regulation since Oct. 13th, putting him in 13th overall for GAA with 2.47. Antonio Venuto got things going early for the Rebels as not even five minutes into the game he scored to put them up 1–0. It was not until past the half-way point in the first when Johnstown would find the back of the net to tie things up. The score would remain 1–1 until there was about 12 minutes left in the second when Alex Roy scored on a slap shot from the right point on the power play to give the Rebels the lead once again. That was also his first NAHL goal! In the late stages of the middle period the Tomahawks were able to tie the game again as they recorded their first power-play goal of the weekend. The score would remain tied 2–2 after 40 minutes of play. Although it did not stay tied for long as only a minute had passed in the third period when Johnstown scored to give them their first lead of the weekend. The Rebels tried everything they could to answer, even pulling West towards the end of the game to give them the extra attacker. Unfortunately, it would not be successful as the score read 3-2 Tomahawks after 60 minutes.

The Tomahawks were back in the win column and the Rebels received their first regulation loss since Nov. 10th. Johnstown improves to 25-5 (50PTS), whereas the Rebels are now 15-9-2-1 (33PTS). With the Rebels not gaining three or four points over the weekend they were in jeopardy of falling back down to third place had New Jersey swept Maryland. Luckily for the Rebels, the Black Bears won on Sunday by a final of 4–2. With New Jersey losing their record is now 16-12 (32PTS) and they still sit one point behind Jamestown. The Rebels are heading to Scranton, PA this weekend to face the Knights. The Rebels play Wilkes-Barre six out of their next eight games and they currently lead the season series 4–0, so there is a lot of confidence heading into this weekend to try and get a third sweep over the Knights. For ticket information call 716-484-2624.

First is the worst, Second is the best

Over the weekend the Rebels faced-off against the New Jersey Titans in Middletown, NJ. This was the first time this season that the Rebels made the trip there and just the second weekend these teams have played each other. The previous meeting between these two teams was the home opening weekend for the Rebels when the Titans spoiled it by sweeping them. Saturday’s game was the NAHL Game of the Week, so fans could enjoy some great hockey for free. Both the Titans and the Rebels had 28 points going into the weekend, so it was truly a battle for second place.

On Saturday, the game started out quiet as no one scored in the first 20 minutes of play. Although in the 2nd period it was the Titans who got on the board first after they scored on the power play. The score would remain 1-0 Titans until Alex Frye beat newly acquired Titans’ goalie Ryan Winter. With a 1-1 score we headed into overtime to decide a winner. While Noah West played phenomenal between the pipes on Saturday, stopping 28 shots, the Titans found a way to beat him in the 3-on-3 OT to give them the win and sole possession of 2nd place. The Rebels still managed to gain a point and still had a chance to capture 2nd place if they won the next day in regulation.

Less than 24 hours later these two teams went at it again for another 60 minutes. This time though it was all Rebels from the start as Lewis Crosby scored 4:07 into the first period, giving his team their first lead of the weekend. Alex Frye would add to that lead with under a minute to go in the first on a short-handed goal. The Rebels picked up in the 2nd period where they left off in the first. As not even :30 seconds into the middle period it was Colin Schmidt who scored on the power play to give the Rebels a 3-0 lead. With more penalties being called than there were shots combined it made for a lot of man-advantages. Rebels went 1/6 all game whereas the Titans went 0/8 on the power play. When the 3rd period started it was another early goal from a Rebel player and this time it was Jake Felker. Rebels just had to hold off the Titans for the next 18 minutes and they would jump into 2nd place bumping the Titans down to 3rd. Thanks to a stellar performance in net by Ryan Keane, the Rebels won the game by a final of 4-0. Keane got his first shutout of the season stopping all 31 shots the Titans threw at him. He had this to say about getting his first shutout this season “It was a good team win and I had a great group of guys in front of me that made it easy on me”. Keane also had this to say when asked if the Rebels can snap the Tomahawks long win streak “Absolutely, it is a good opportunity for our team to showcase our talent and get revenge on them”. The Rebels also extended their point-streak to six games and finally got their first win over New Jersey this season. With two goals and one assist over the weekend, Alex Frye is now on an eight-game point streak and is averaging a point-per-game.

This weekend though will be a lot tougher as the red-hot Johnstown Tomahawks come to the Northwest Arena. They are currently on a 17-game win streak and are not only the number one team in the East but also in the league (24-4). The Rebels have only played them once during their current streak and that game was back on November 7th and resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Rebels. One of the four blemishes on the Tomahawks record came at the hands of the Rebels way back on October 5th which was the home opener for Johnstown. The Rebels have always played the Tomahawks tight but with four players in the top five overall for points it is not surprising that the Tomahawks are on this remarkable run. The Rebels have their own streak that they do not want to end as do the Tomahawks, so these two games are going to be huge as first and second place in the East clash here in Jamestown, NY. 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.

Still In Third Place

Last week the Rebels played three games within the span of four days. The first game took place on Wednesday against the first-place team in the league the Johnstown Tomahawks. The Rebels were able to get the game’s first goal about half-way through the first period, thanks to Antonio Venuto. In the second period it was all Tomahawks though as they scored three straight goals to put them up by a pair. The past series between these two teams was split and the Rebels won the first game which was opening night for Johnstown. The Rebels have shown that they can clearly hold their own against the veteran Johnstown team. After reflecting in the locker room on the past 40 minutes, the Rebels came out hungry for a goal. Just 38 seconds into the third period it was Noah Finstrom who scored to pull the Rebels within one. Throughout the third period it was a back and forth game, with both teams blocking a lot of shots along with hits being thrown left and right. As time dwindled down in the game the Rebels did everything they could to try to tie it even pulling Keane with just around 30 seconds to go. Unfortunately, it would not be enough as the final horn sounded, giving the Tomahawks their eighth win in a row. The loss put the Rebels on a two-game losing streak and in jeopardy of losing third place if they did not win against the Generals over the weekend and if the Black Bears ended up beating the Tomahawks.

On Friday the Rebels were facing a struggling Generals team as they came to Jamestown, NY on a four-game losing streak. Before the first game of the weekend the past four games for the Generals have resulted in them only scoring nine goals and allowing twenty-three. Whereas the Rebels previous four games before Friday was a lot closer as they too had scored nine goals but only allowed seven. Both net-minders for the Generals were on a losing streak going into Friday and the Rebels were hoping to not let that change. In the first period on Friday neither team could find the back of the net. The second period was a different story though as the Rebels scored three straight goals thanks to Lukas Uhler (PP), Sam Anzai, and Alex Frye. With a 3-0 lead and just 20 minutes left in regulation the only chance the Generals had at coming back in the game was to start get a goal early, and that they did. Just 20 seconds into the final period the Generals scored pulling them within a pair of the Rebels. Though they would not be able to put anymore past Keane, the Rebels added two more to their tally with goals coming from Frye and Uhler. The Rebels snapped their two-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over Northeast and put them on a five-game losing streak. The Rebels also peppered the Generals goalie during the entire 60-minute game on Friday as they put up 43 shots whereas Northeast only had 23.

The next day started out the same for both teams as they went into their locker rooms scoreless after the first period. Although in the second period it was the Generals that scored first giving them their first lead of the weekend. They would score one more time before the end of the middle period, giving them a 2-0 lead to start the third. The Rebels came out hot in the third period scoring two goals in less than seven minutes to tie the game (Antonio Venuto, Lewis Crosby (PP)). Although with exactly eight minutes left to go in regulation the Generals added another goal to regain the lead. They scored another goal just 1:39 later to put them back up by two. Even with Keane pulled it would not be enough to get their second weekend sweep as they fell to the Generals 4-2. These two teams won’t face each other again until the weekend of February 22nd and those two games will be played once again at the Northwest Arena.

In just two days the Rebels are going to Wilkes-Barre to face the Knights who are currently sitting in last place in the East division. The Rebels still hold third place and are three points ahead of the Black Bears, but they sit six points back from second place New Jersey. The last time these two teams met was the last weekend in October when the Rebels swept the Knights, scoring a total of six goals and only allowing two. If the Rebels can sweep the Knights this week, they could find themselves behind New Jersey by two points, if the Titans get swept by first place Johnstown this weekend. With a third of the season over the Rebels are sitting in a playoff spot with a chance to get closer to second place if they secure the full four points this week.

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.

Home Opening Weekend

This past weekend marked the first regular season home games for the Rebels. Their new home, the Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY is a gorgeous facility to house a Tier II North American Hockey League team. The Rebels came into this past weekend with a record of 4-4. They have split every set of games since the regular season started. Leading up to their opening weekend on their new ice, the Rebels knew the back-to-back games against the second place New Jersey Titans were not going to be easy.
When the Rebels were introduced for the first time on Friday, it was in front of an electrifying crowd 753 fans. Once the introductions concluded it was time for them to put their game faces on and get to work. The first period for the Rebels was very successful as they were able to score first thanks to an Alex Frye goal, assisted by Roy and Stuckless. Both teams put up seven shots after the first 20 minutes of play, but it was the Rebels who had the 1-0 lead to start the second period. The middle period saw another lone goal scorer but this time it was in favor of the visiting team. Cam Gendron for the Titans who had not scored since the Titans first regular season game back on September 14th, got the goal to tie the game. After forty minutes of back and forth hockey, the Titans scored two more goals in the third to give them a 3-1 lead with time ticking away in the third. Late in the third period the Titans took a penalty, giving the Rebels their third power play of the game. Going into this weekend the Rebels only had two power-play goals, both coming while they were at the NAHL Showcase. With Ryan Keane pulled at the time giving them a 6-on-4 power play, it was Sam Anzai that beat Matt Ladd pull his team within one, assisted by Roy and Price. Unfortunately, it would not be enough for the Rebels as time expired in the game, giving them their first loss on home ice and now putting their record at 4-5 on the season.
On Saturday, the Rebels looked to rebound after dropping their home opener. This time both teams made changes to their netminders. For the Rebels, it was Noah West and for the Titans it was Brandon Perrone. Saturday’s game was surely different than the game just 24 hours prior to it. As Cam Gendron scored on the power play to give his team the lead going into the locker room after the first period concluded. In the second period the physicality stepped up from both sides as not only hits were being thrown left and right, but so were fists. At the 7:25 mark in the second, there were two fights that broke out. The first one was between Augistine Moore (JMT) and Mac Wiseman (NJT). The other fight was between Lewis Crosby (JMT) and Kyler Head (NJT). Both were great fights and sure did get the crown on their feet. Prior to the fight though Auggie Moore scored, assisted by Crosby and Felker, to tie the game at 1-1. After things settled down, Alex Frye scored a rocket of a one-timer on the power play after the rebound came right to him at the right face-off dot. The Rebels had now doubled their power play goals in the span of just two games. Shortly after Frye’s goal though Craig McCabe and Kyle Jeffers scored just 21 seconds apart to give the Titans the one goal lead again. Once the third period began the Titans picked up where they left off in the second period scoring two more goals, one of them scored by Cam Gendron, his forth of the weekend. Lukas Uhler tried to give the Rebels some momentum as he scored with just under seven minutes left to play, Rebels now trailed by a pair. Kyle Jeffers scored with four minutes left in the game to seal the deal for the Titans and give them the weekend sweep over the Rebels.
While the Rebels may have lost both games on opening weekend, there are some positives to take away from the weekend. There are still 26 more home games to be played at the Northwest Arena, and hopefully the Rebels can add more to that by bringing playoff hockey to Jamestown. Another positive is that the power play has improved. The Rebels went 2/7 on the man advantage, as stated earlier they came into opening weekend with only two power-play goals. The power play is a key component to any hockey team as it can really change the outcome of a game, if a team has a strong power-play unit. One final note to take away from opening weekend is that it is still early in the season and there is a lot of hockey left to be play. This weekend the Rebels square off against the newest NAHL team, the Maryland Black Bears. The Black Bear are just three points ahead of the Rebels in the division and if the Rebels are hoping to gain their first weekend sweep it must come this weekend against the Black Bears. If the Rebels can sweep it will give them an even record once again and could possibly move them into forth or third place. The Rebels will be getting back Antonio Ventuo who did not play this past weekend because he was serving his twos game suspension for spearing, which he picked up in the second game against the Tomahawks two weeks ago. The Rebels also look forward to having back Seth Bergeron on defense who suffered a jaw injury weeks ago and is hoping to get cleared before the team departs for Maryland on Thursday. The next set of home games will be against the WBS/Knights on October 26th and 27th who are only three points ahead of the Rebels. These next two weeks are crucial for the Rebels, so look for them to set the tone early and not hold back.

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.