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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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Home-and-Home vs. Johnstown

Jamestown Rebels (26-11-3-3, 58pts) vs. Johnstown Tomahawks (38-6-0-1, 77pts)

at Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY/ at 1st Summit Arena in Johnstown, PA

Time: 11 a.m./ 7:30 p.m.

Broadcast: HockeyTV

 

 

What You Need to Know:

Season Series: 2-4-0-1

Leading Scorers:

JMT: 41pts, Frye (24g-17a)

NJT: 73pts, Solensky (24g-49a)

 

ONE vs. TWO:

Tomorrow marks the third-straight home game for the Rebels. It also starts their home-and-home series against the best team in the league, the Tomahawks. Tomorrow both teams will rise and shine for puck drop at 11 a.m. Then 1st place Johnstown will host 2nd place Jamestown this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Not only are both teams ranked one and two in the East Division but as are their star goalies. Ryan Keane (19-8-1-1, 3SO) enters these two games the number one goalie overall with a goals-against-average of 1.81 and a save percentage of .926%. The ‘Hawks netminder Carter McPhail (22-3,1SO) is the second-best goalie in the league with a 1.94GAA and a .937SV%. McPhail has the second most wins this season and right behind him is Keane.

 

LUCKY EIGHT:

This past weekend the Tomahawks had a three-game series against the Black Bears. The Tomahawks won every game but what stood out was how they were able to put up eight the first night which led them to an 8-2 victory. That was the third time this season Johnstown had put up eight goals in a game. During those three games, Johnstown had two players record eight points, Carson Briere (5g-3a) and Samuel Solensky (2g-6a). Tomorrow will also be the eighth game between these two cross state rivals and the Rebels are looking to go .500 against Johnstown after the conclusion of Friday’s game.

 

LEADING AFTER 40:

The first 40 minutes of play has been a big reason to both teams’ success this season. Neither team has lost in regulation when leading after two periods, Johnstown is 24-0-0-1 and Jamestown is 20-0-1-3. Three out of the seven games already played between these two teams have been decided by one goal. Also, the highest amount of goals scored in a game was four and that has happened three times. Being up with only 20 minutes left in regulation is key for any team to have continued success in the NAHL and that is exactly why both the Rebels and Tomahawks are in the top five overall in the league.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

REBELS (F: #10 – Jake Felker)

Felker is having an incredible rookie season putting up the second-most goals for the Rebels this season (14). The Omaha, NE native is tied for second-most game-winning-goals by a rookie with four. In his six games played against Johnstown he has scored three goals (2nd most on team). Over this past weekend Felker scored the Rebels third short-handed goal of the season, in their 4-3 OTW.

 

TOMAHAWKS (F: #14 – Carson Briere)

Briere leads his team in goals with (33) and power-play goals (22). He is second on the team in points (70). Briere has a long history with the Rebels organization, he played three games for them when they were in Aston (3a) and just one game last season in Philadelphia (1g). He is now in his second season with the Tomahawks, totaling 84 games played (43g-49a). Carson will also be going to the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament next week to represent the Selects Blue.

Rebels sweep Titans for the first time this season

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Rebels tie season high point streak at 7

The Rebels visited the Johnstown Tomahawks this past weekend for only the second time this season. The Rebels went into the weekend riding a six-game point streak, just one shy of tying their season high. The Tomahawks had just gotten swept for the first time this season and were looking to turn things around against the second-best team in the East. The Rebels trailed in the season series 3-2 and were looking to be ahead after the conclusion of game two.

 

The first game of the weekend the Rebels got on the board first, thanks to a power-play goal by Antonio Venuto (11). The score would remain 1-0 Rebels after the first period. In the second period both Ryan Keane and Carter McPhail made some remarkable saves to result in a scoreless middle frame. The Rebels were just 20 minutes away from their third win against Johnstown and a chance to even the series. Unfortunately, Cameron Hebert was able to beat Keane for his 19th goal of the season. The score would remain 1-1 after 60 minutes of play so both sides got ready for 3-on-3 overtime. The Tomahawks are the second-best team in the league in extra hockey and have not lost when a game has been decided by overtime (4-0). Jamestown on the other hand is 0-for-3 when it comes to 3-on-3 hockey. With a lot of open ice for five minutes both teams had many scoring chances but were unable to beat the goalies, sending the game into a shootout. The Tomahawks were 2-1 in sudden death hockey this season and the Rebels were 2-2. In the first round both shooters were unsuccessful. To start the second round, it was Jim Glynn for the Rebels, he has not missed in a shootout attempt this season (2-2). He started out slow then tried to cut right in, but McPhail was able to stay with him the whole time. Next up for the Tomahawks it was Joe Kile, he has never been selected for a shootout once this season. He went down and was able to get Keane moving then put it up high. It was all up to the leading scorer Alex Frye to keep his team in contention for the win. He also started off slow then picked up his pace and he progressed down the ice. He tried to fake out McPhail, but it was to no avail. Johnstown skated away with the two points and now led the season series 4-2. With the game going into extra hockey the Rebels were able to get a point out of it, tying their season high point streak at seven. With the performance Keane put on during the game he was able to capture the number one spot for goalies overall in the league, posting a 1.79 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .928%.

 

Less than 24 hours later these cross-state rivals were back on the ice for game two of the weekend. In game two we saw the same netminders as the night before. The scoring did not start off the same though as it was Carson Briere finding the back of the net on the power play, giving him a league high in power-play goals at 20. Two minutes later though, it was Antonio Venuto that tied the game up after his team won the offensive zone draw and he was able to snap one right past McPhail. It would remain 1-1 until there was 10:12 left in the middle period when Roman Kramer was able to find the back of the net, giving his team the lead once more. The Tomahawks added one more to their total early in the third, putting them now up by a pair. Head Coach Joe Coombs pulled Keane in the late stages of regulation in hopes that the 6-on-5 advantage would pay off for his team. Sadly, it would not as the horn sounded giving the Rebels a 3-1 loss. It was only their second regulation loss in 14 games.

 

With their win, Johnstown became the first team to clinch a playoff spot with an overall record of 35-6-1 (71pts). The Rebels were swept for the first time since their home opening weekend. They have an overall record of 24-11-3-3 (54pts). Keane still sits atop the league for goalies overall and his looking to remain there after this weekend when the Rebels host New Jersey. The Rebels are only ten points ahead of the third place Titans so this weekend will be huge for Jamestown so they can keep their hopes alive of having home ice advantage when the playoffs commence.

 

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Rebels vs. Tomahawks

This weekend the Rebels will make their second trip to Johnstown, PA. The previous meeting was the Tomahawks home opener weekend in which the Rebels spoiled the fun by winning the first game. It will be the best team in the league (Johnstown) versus the fifth best team in the league (Jamestown). The Rebels are coming off a sweep against the Maryland Black Bears and are also on a six-game point streak (one shy of season high), they have an overall record of 24-10-3-2 (53pts). As for the Tomahawks they were swept for the first time this season and lost their first back-to-back games since Sep. 20th-21st. They go into this weekend with an overall record of 33-6-0-1 (67pts). Johnstown leads the season series 3-2. Both of their losses came by a final of 4-1.

 

Blood In The Water:

It is shocking to say this but, Johnstown has been struggling these past two weeks. It started out with a weekend series versus last place Wilkes-Barre, in which both games the Tomahawks won in overtime. Then there was this past weekend which had the entire league stunned. The Northeast Generals swept the best team in the league. The Tomahawks lost the first game 2-1, then lost in a shootout the next night 5-4. While Johnstown was able to get a point out of the weekend, if they are finally starting to cool off now is the time for Jamestown to strike! Jamestown will face Johnstown a total of four times in the month of February. Each game will be crucial if the Rebels want to have a shot at winning the East when the regular season ends Apr. 6th. If the Rebels sweep Johnstown this weekend in regulation, they will only be five games back.

 

Special Teams:

The Johnstown Tomahawks have the third best power-play percentage in the league at 27.8%, as well as the third best penalty-kill percentage with an 85.5%. The Rebels rose in the power play rankings after this past weekend going 2/5, putting them in 15th with a 17.9% power-play unit. They are the second-best team in the league at killing penalties with a success rate of 85.8%. For the Rebels to have success this weekend on the road they must stay out of the box and if given a power play, they must capitalize on it.

 

Goaltending:

A main reason why these two teams have had consistent success throughout the season is their last line of defense. Goalies are the back bone of a hockey team and both teams are reaping the rewards for having such great goalies. Ryan Keane is 4-1-1 since the beginning of 2019 and has recorded two shutouts. In his final season of junior hockey, Keane is putting up better numbers than he did while in Philadelphia last season. His goals-against-average is a 1.83 which puts him in second overall for goalies and his save percentage is at .927%. If Noah West had enough minutes to be ranked for goalies, he would be somewhere near the top ten as he currently has a GAA of 2.38 with a SV% of .913%. Combined, West and Keane are 24-10-3-1 and have five shutouts this season. Johnstown has had plenty of success in between the pipes as well. Carter McPhail is ranked sixth overall for goalies, he has a 2.02 GAA and a .935 SV%. He is 19-3 on the season and two of his losses have come at the hands of the Rebels. His counterpart Cooper Lukenda has an overall record of 11-1-0-1, giving him a 2.73 GAA and a .907 SV%.

 

Players To Watch:

Rebels (F: #27- Alex Frye)

Frye has without a doubt been the biggest asset for the Rebels this season. He leads the team in goals (22), assists (17), and points (39). He is ranked 17th in the league for points. Alex has also just committed to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) to play NCAA Division 1 hockey. This is his final season of junior hockey and is making it one heck of a last ride. With 21 games left in the regular season for Jamestown, Frye will surely keep adding to his record setting season.

 

Tomahawks (F: #24 Samuel Solensky)

Solensky currently leads the league in points (64) and assists (42). Samuel is on an eight-game point streak (7g-13a) and holds the longest point streak of the season at 14, dating from Oct.27th-Dec.2nd.  He is committed to Bemidji State University, which is in the same conference Frye will be playing in (WCHA). Out of the five games against Jamestown, Solensky has three points (2g).

Rebels extend point streak to six!

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

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

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

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

Rebels seek third-straight sweep over Maryland

The 2nd place Rebels (22-10-3-2) are set to face the 5th place Black Bears (13-21-3-2) this weekend at the Northwest Arena in Jamestown, NY. Maryland has made two trips this season to the Empire State and they have not fared well. In the four games the Rebels have hosted the Black Bears, they have put up 20 goals and have only allowed four. Jamestown has not lost in regulation since January 5th, picking up at least a point in their past four games. Whereas Maryland is coming off their first home sweep in team history and are currently tied in points with Northeast at 31. The Rebels lead the season series at 6-0-1-1.

Home Ice Advantage:
The Rebels are 10-6-1 when playing in front of their home crowd. Maryland on the other hand is well below .500 when it comes to playing on the road with a record of 6-13-1-1. Three out of the four games played between these two teams in Jamestown have resulted in memorable outcomes. The first game the Rebels put a beating on the Black Bears, scoring seven goals (season high). The following night marked the first shutout for Jamestown this season and it came by a final of 4-0. The very last game of 2018 for both teams was played at the Northwest Arena, where Noah West did it again, securing his second shutout of the season by a final of 4-0.

Penalty Kill:
The Rebels enter this weekend with the second-best penalty kill in the league (85.7%). Maryland is 21st in the league (75.7%). The Rebels have not allowed a power-play goal since January 5th, killing off 25 straight penalties. This is just one reason why they find themselves in 2nd place. They have been short handed 154 times this season and have only allowed 22 power-play goals. The Black Bears have been short handed 185 times and have let in a goal 45 times while trying to kill off a penalty. Maryland is also tied with Minot for most short-handed goals against in the league at seven. Another key reason as to why the PK has been so successful for the Rebels all season is that they are fearless. Constantly blocking shots and keeping the opposition to the perimeter are two things the Rebels do extremely well.

Ryan Keane:
Keane is coming off his third shutout of the season. Since the new year began, he has played in all but one game for the Rebels (3-1-1, 2 SO). With his recent success he now sits in 2nd place for goalies overall (finished 2nd last year). He has an overall record of 17-7-1 with a goals-against-average of 1.86 and a save percentage of .925%. The Dallas, TX native is in his final season of junior hockey and is looking to make it one for the books.

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From shootout loss, to shutout win

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Rebels travel to Middletown, NJ

This weekend the Rebels will be making the almost seven-hour drive to visit third place New Jersey. This will be the second trip to Middletown Ice World for the Rebels this season. The previous trip started out with a 2-1 overtime loss for the Rebels but finished on a positive note as Keane picked up his first shutout of the season (4-0). Rebels have an overall record of 21-10-3-1 (46PTS), putting them in second place where they have been for quite some time. The Titans are ten points back on the Rebels and have an overall record of 18-17.

 

Slow Start:

The Rebels ended 2018 on a four-game win streak. The first four games of 2019 though have not been kind to them as they are 2-1-1 (all four games against WBS). Keane has played in all four games to start this calendar year (the most a Rebels’ goalie has started all season) putting him in third place for goalies overall with a goals-against-average of 1.94. The Titans are also finding 2019 to be difficult as their first two games of the year resulted in losses. New Jersey has also had an extended break with them not playing the first weekend of January some of their players have to get back into the swing of things before it’s too late.

 

Someone New:

Both teams are coming off long stretches of playing the same opponent for four-straight games. The Rebels have now played the Knights ten times this season (most of any team). The Titans ended 2018 against the Generals where they split the weekend, then played this past weekend for the first time in 2019 and allowed seven goals while only scoring four. With the Titans in a slump right now it has allowed the Generals to pull within six points of them. New Jersey must get something going here in the second half of the season or they will soon see the post season slip away from their grasp. On the flip side, the Rebels are looking to bounce back from two consecutive split weekends versus Wilkes-Barre. The Rebels blanked the Knights the first game of this past weekend by a final of 3-0. The following night though Wilkes-Barre was able to beat Keane twice in :58 seconds to tie the game and eventually win it in overtime with the final score reading 3-2.

 

No Rest for the Weary:

With the NAHL season being 60 games long it is a no-brainer that teams will get tired from time to time and staying healthy becomes tougher each game. The main factor is how the team comes together when facing such problems. The Rebels will look to put the start of 2019 behind them with two big wins in New Jersey this weekend. Every single player for Jamestown will have to play top notch hockey, since the season now looks like it might be on the line for New Jersey. The Titans will look to start hot and not look back. The Rebels though are hoping to silence the home town crowd early and maintain the momentum throughout the weekend.

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.