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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.

Weekend preview: 4/26 – 4/28; Divisional finals begin at home against Knights

The North American Hockey League’s Divisional Final series begins this weekend pitting the East Division’s number one seed Philadelphia Rebels against the number three seed Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The winner of this best-of-five series will advance to the League’s Robertson Cup tournament which will be held at the Fogerty Ice Arena in Blaine, Minnesota from May 11-14, 2018.

Game one will be played tonight and game two will be played on Saturday, April 28. Both have a start time of 7:05pm and will be played at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA. Game three will be played on Monday, April 30 at 5:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game four, if necessary, will be played on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. Game five, if necessary, will be play at IceWorks on Friday, May 4 at 7:05pm.

Both teams won their respective divisional semi-final series three games to two. The Rebels beat the Northeast Generals while the Knights defeated the New Jersey Titans.

While this will be the third straight year that the Rebels have advanced to the divisional finals, this will be the first time for the Knights. The teams have faced each other in the divisional semi-finals the past two years with the Rebels sweeping the Knights both series.

Rebels vs. Knights regular season overview
The two teams played each other twelve times during the regular season with the Rebels winning eight of them, and they outscored the Knights by a combined score of 46 to 27. All four of the Rebels losses were away games. The last time these two teams met was back on Wednesday, April 4 at the Class of 1923 Arena with the Rebels winning 7 – 1.

Tyrone Bronte (5 goals and 4 assists) and Matt Kidney (2 goals and 7 assists) each had nine points against the Rebels during the regular season. Bronte and Mike Gelatt scored five goals respectively against Philadelphia. The Knights were 5 for 39 (13%) on the powerplay. WBS netminders Christian Stoever and David Tomeo had a combined 3.83 goals against average and .894 save percentage with no shutouts against the Rebels.

Jensen Zerban led all Rebels with fifteen points (6 goals and 9 assists) against the Knights. He was followed by Ryan Patricks’ thirteen points (5 goals and 8 assists) and Alex Frye’s ten points (3 goals and 7 assists). Zerban scored the most goals against the Knights with six. The Rebels went 15 for 43 (35%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane had a combined 2.08 goals against average and .923 save percentage with two shutouts (both Keane). The two shutouts took place consecutively on March 9 and 10. Keane played in nine of the twelve games and possessed a 1.55 goals against average and .941 save percentage against the Knights.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
Down 2 – 1 in the series against the Titans, the Knights rallied to win game four 1 – 0 on home ice and then game five 5 – 2 at Middletown’s Ice World to oust New Jersey. During the series WBS was led by Jack Olmstead’s five points (all assists). Gabe Temple had four points (3 goals and one assist). Temple led all Knights’ goal scorers with three. WBS had six players with three points respectively. Forward Adrian Danchenko has the most penalty minutes on the team in five playoff games with twelve.  Tomas Koblizek has the best +/- on the team with a +5.

The Knights have scored the most goals among all NAHL playoff teams with sixteen. They also have allowed twelve goals. The Knights are ranked eleventh in the league during the playoffs on the powerplay having converted on 11.1% of their chances while they are ranked twelfth among playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 81.8% of the time.

Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 2.41 goals against average and .943 save percentage with one shutout (Stoever). Stoever has a 3 – 1 record with a 1.76 goals against average and .958 save percentage.

Rebels Overview
Similar to the Knights, the Rebels rallied from a two game to one deficit to win game four on Zerban’s goal in triple overtime in Attleboro and then won game five 5 – 0 at IceWorks to advance to the divisional finals.

Brandon Stanley leads the Rebels with six points (3 goals and 3 assists) in five playoff games. He is followed by Zerban’s five points (3 goals and 2 assists). Carson Moniz (1 goal and 3 assists) and Adam Peck (all assists) each have four points. Stanley and Zerban lead the Rebels with three goals apiece. Two of Zerban’s tallies were game winning goals. Stanley also leads the team with ten penalty minutes. Peck has the best +/- with a +5.

The Rebels scored fifteen goals in five games during the first round of the playoffs (only one behind the Knights), and they allowed ten (eight of sixteen teams). Like they did during the regular season, the Rebels lead all playoff teams on the powerplay having converted on 27.3% of their chances. They are seventh among all playoff teams on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 88.2% of the time.

Keane has played in every minute of the playoffs. He has a 1.74 goals against average and .932 save percentage with one shutout.

Rebels blank Generals 5 – 0 and advance to division final series

The Philadelphia Rebels used a balanced scoring attack and relentless backchecking and forechecking en route to a 5 – 0 win over the visiting Northeast Generals in the fifth and deciding game of the Robertson Cup’s divisional semi-final series.

The Rebels now advance to the divisional final series against the winner of the New Jersey Titans and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights series that will be decided later today.

Brandon Stanley would give the Rebels an early 1 – 0 lead just 6:12 into the opening period. It ultimately would be the game winning goal.

After Northeast’s goalie David Fessenden stopped a backhanded shot from Eric Olson, the Generals’ Jeff Skinner picked up the rebound and went to clear the puck around the near side boards but it was intercepted by Bryant Gunn at the point. The Rebels defenseman took a wrist shot that Fessenden was unable to catch and Adam Peck tried to poke in the rebound but Fessenden made another pad save. The rebound, however, came right out to Stanley, who was positioned at the top of the crease, and he tapped in the loose puck behind Fessenden for his third goal of the playoffs.

The Rebels second goal was arguably one of the prettiest on the season.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside his own zone, the puck would come out to Aaron Maguyon who skated through center ice. As Maguyon got to the top of the far side faceoff circle, he stopped and made a drop pass to Zerban. The Air Force Academy commit sent a sensational cross-ice pass to a wide-open Carson Moniz in the slot and Moniz redirected the puck into open net to double the Rebels lead at 8:33 of the second period.

With Northeast pressuring in the Rebels zone, Peck would clear the puck into center ice where it was picked up by the Generals’ Colin Bilek. As the West Point commit went to pass the puck over to his defensive partner Ryan Rowland on this right, it was intercepted by Stanley who carried the puck into the near side corner. After battling for the biscuit, Stanley would send a short pass up to Peck along the boards. Peck would look to his left and he found an open Jimmy Glynn in the slot. Glynn would move to his left and backhanded the puck up high and past Fessenden into the net to give the Rebels a 3 – 0 lead with 7:55 remaining in the game.

Eighteen seconds later, the Generals’ Matthew Wiesner was called for head contact and received a game misconduct which resulted in a five-minute powerplay for the Rebels.

Slightly less then two minutes later, Zerban would score his third goal of the playoffs.

Moniz was behind his own red line and he sent a long outlet pass to Stanley along the near side boards. As Stanley gained the offensive zone line, he skated towards the net on a two-on-one with Maguyon. Stanley went to pass it over to Maguyon but Rowland blocked it with his stick. The puck would bounce off Rowland’s blade and came right out to a trailing Zerban who wristed it by Fessenden to give the Rebels a 4 – 0 lead.

Gunn would score an empty netter with twenty-four seconds remaining to make it a 5 – 0 game.

Rebels goalie Ryan Keane, who stood tall throughout the game, stopped all nineteen shots he faced while Fessenden turned aside 28 of 32. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels now will face the game five winner between the Titans and the Knights, which will be played later today at 5:00pm at Middletown’s Ice World. The Rebels will be the home team for the divisional final series which will begin either Thursday, April 26 or Friday, April 27.

Zerban’s goal in triple overtime gives Rebels 4 – 3 win and forces game five

Jensen Zerban scored 5:29 into triple overtime to give the visiting Philadelphia Rebels a 4 – 3 win over the Northeast Generals to force a fifth and deciding game in the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series.

The Generals took a 1 – 0 lead with 7:25 left in the first period on Louis Bourdon’s first goal of the series.

Colin Bilek would gain the line and dump the puck into the Rebels far side corner where Jeff Skinner picked it up at the faceoff dot. Skinner made a nice pass to an open Bourdon in the slot and he walked in all alone on Rebels goalie Ryan Keane and beat him through the five hole to make it 1 – 0.

With 3:15 left in the opening period, Rebels defenseman Bryant Gunn was called for interference to give Northeast the extra attacker. As time was winding down with the man advantage, the Generals would score their first powerplay goal of the series.

Matt Demelis started to set up the play when he sent a pass to Skinner in the near side corner. Skinner sent a return pass to Demelis back at the point. As Demelis started to skate towards his left, he circled and cut in the zone towards the Rebels net. As he started to cut across the slot, Demelis took a shot that beat Keane long side to give the Generals a 2 – 0 lead.

After trailing by two going into the second period, the Rebels scored three unanswered goals.

Kolby Vegara dumped the puck in the neutral zone where it was picked up by Northeast’s Michael Higgins.  The Generals defenseman went to put the puck back into the offensive zone but it was intercepted by Adam Peck who passed it up to Eric Olson along the near side boards. As Olson reached the top of the circle he took a shot that was tipped by Brandon Stanley in the slot past Northeast goalie David Fessenden to cut the Generals lead in half with 5:24 into the second.

The Rebels would even the score with 6:42 left in the middle period.

Stanley had the puck down low and took a sharp angle shot that Fessenden saved but the puck went up high into the air. As the biscuit hit the ice Stanley was able to circle around the net and pick up his own rebound. He skated towards the near side faceoff circle and took a wrister that was saved by Fessenden but Olson tucked in the rebound past the fallen Northeast netminder.

As the Generals went to set up in their own zone, the puck would go into the near side corner where Alex Frye won the battle for the loose puck and he sent it back to Diarmad DiMurro. The Rebels defenseman took a shot from the point that went wide but it hit the end boards and took a crazy bounce right out to Frye who was to the left of Fessenden and he poked in the rebound with 3:40 left in the second to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead.

The Generals would tie it with 3:07 remaining in regulation.

Skinner would win the battle for the puck in the near side corner. As he skated towards the faceoff dot, he took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Keane but Bilek would poke the puck past him to make it a 3 – 3 game.

After playing two overtime periods highlighted with several key saves by Fessenden and Keane, Zerban would become the hero in the third overtime period.

Aaron Maguyon would pick up the loose puck at the top of the near side faceoff circle and pass it up to Ryan Patrick. As Patrick gained the line in the offensive zone, he passed the puck over to Zerban on his left. As Zerban skated towards the net, he deked towards his right and beat Fessenden short side to win the game.

Both goalies played exceptionally well. Keane stopped 50 of 53 shots while Fessenden turned aside 54 of 58. Click here for the box score.

The fifth and deciding game will be played on Saturday, April 21 at 8:05pm at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, PA.

Generals down Rebels 3 – 1 to take series lead

The Northeast Generals defeated the visiting Philadelphia Rebels 3 – 1 to take a two games to one lead in this best-of-five Robertson Cup Divisional semi-final series.

The Generals scored two, first period goals and road the coattails of a thirty-five save performance by goaltender David Fessenden, who made several grade A saves to keep the Generals in the game.

Northeast got on the board first just 3:55 into the opening period on Brady Gaudette’s first goal of the playoffs.

After Rebels goalie Ryan Keane made a tough, left-pad save the rebound went into the far side corner where it was picked up by Gaudette. The Braintree, MA native would send the puck to Mike Egan in the slot, who in turn passed the biscuit back to Luke Perunovich at the point. Perunovich would circle towards the center of the blue line and take a shot that was saved by Keane but Gaudette was to goalie’s right and he tucked in the rebound to make it a 1 – 0 game.

The Generals would make it 2 – 0 with 5:09 remaining in the first period.

Just prior to the Generals taking a two-goal lead, Rebels forward Brandon Stanley had a chance to tie the game but couldn’t control a rolling puck and the shot went wide of the net.

Colin McCabe would pick up the loose puck along the far side boards and skate back into his own zone and then head up along the near side boards. After gaining the line, he sent a seem pass over to Brendan White on his left, and McCabe took a wrist shot that beat Keane blocker side to double the Generals lead.

The Rebels would cut the Generals lead in half just 2:08 into the second period.

Ryan Patrick would pick up the loose puck along the far side boards and backhand it over to Jensen Zerban on his left. As Zerban entered the Generals zone, he took a low, far-side shot that Fessenden had to make a pad save but the rebound came right out to Aaron Maguyon who tucked the loose puck into the back of the net for his first goal in the series.

With 7:11 left in the game, Stanley was called for high-sticking to give the Generals the extra attacker. Twenty-two seconds later the Generals would double their lead again.

After receiving a return pass from Justin Jallen, Matt Demelis would take a long side shot that was saved by Keane but the rebound came right out to McCabe who tucked in the rebound to make it a 3 – 1 one game.

Keane, who played very well, stopped 26 of 29 shots while Fessenden stopped 35 of 36. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will met again tomorrow night at 7:00pm.One more loss and the Rebels season will be over.

Divisional Semi-Final games 3 and 4 preview: series moves to Attleboro tied at one game apiece

The Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series moves to Attleboro tied at one game apiece between the Philadelphia Rebels and Northeast Generals. Game three will be played tonight and game four will be played on Thursday with both games starting at 7:00pm.

The Generals won game one 3 – 0 on a 24 save performance by Northeast goaltender David Fessenden. It was the Generals first-ever playoff win. Excluding last year’s Robertson Cup finals since it was an elimination game, Friday night’s loss was only the second time in team history that the Rebels had lost an opening round game (the other game was a 2 – 1 loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the Robertson Cup semi-finals). It also was the second time the Rebels had been shutout in the playoffs (3 – 0 loss to Fairbanks) excluding the finals.

The Rebels came out and dominated game two winning 5 – 1 on the strength of four, first period goals, including two from Konur Peterson.

If history holds true, then a game five will be played on Saturday night at 7:05pm. The last nine games (including the playoffs) between these two teams the Rebels have won every other contest. Philadelphia did, however, win five of eight games at the New England Sports Village by a combined score of 34 – 20.

The Generals have received a goal from four different players: Jeff Skinner, Michael Higgins, Matthew Wiesner and Matt Demelis, and they have ten players who have tallied a point respectively in this series. Northeast is 0 for 9 on the powerplay so far.  Fessdenden had to be replaced by Marko Sturma just twenty-six seconds into the second period. Despite Friday night’s shutout, Fessenden has a 7.50 goals against average and a .871 save percentage. Sturma stopped all twelve shots he faced.

The Rebels have received goals from Peterson (two), Jensen Zerban, Eric Olson and Brandon Stanley. In all, a total of nine Rebels have a point respectively. Defensemen Nico Appendino and Carson Moniz each have two points (both assists). The Rebels so far are 2 for 4 (50%) on the powerplay. Ryan Keane has played in both games and he as a 2.00 goals against average and a .911 save percentage.

Peterson’s two goals lift Rebels to 5 – 1 rout of Generals to even series

Forward Konur Peterson scored two goals to help propel the Rebels to a 5 – 1 rout over the visiting Northeast Generals to even the Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series at one game apiece.

In arguably their best game of the season, the Rebels dominated the game from the initial drop of the puck until the siren sounded to end the game.

After having to postpone Saturday night’s game due to poor ice conditions at the Class of 1923 Arena, the two teams played at the Rebels original home rink for two years at the IceWorks skating complex.

The Rebels would take an early 1 – 0 lead on Peterson’s first goal of the game.

Diarmad DiMurro would dump the puck deep in the offensive zone where was it picked up by Northeast defenseman Joseph Nagle behind his own net. As Nagle started to skate up along the end board he sent a return pass to Luke Perunovich who was to the left of Generals goalie David Fessenden.  Nagle went to make a cross-ice centering pass but it was intercepted by Alex Frey who immediately took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but the puck trickled through his legs and Peterson tapped it into an open net to make it a 1 – 0 game just 3:11 into the first period.

The Generals would tie it just 4:13 later.

Perunovich would bring the puck out of his own end through center ice. As he entered the Rebels zone he was taken off the puck by Bryant Gunn. As Gunn went to break up the ice he lost an edge and Matt Demelis would strip him of the puck. Demelis would deke around Rebels goalie Ryan Keane’s glove side and backhanded the biscuit into the back of the net to make it a 1 – 1 game.

After Frye was called for high sticking at the 9:14 mark, Northeast forward Alex Cohen was called for slashing a minute and a half later to make it 4 on 4 hockey. When Frye’s penalty expired, the Rebels had their first powerplay of the post season.

Jensen Zerban would take a shot from the top of the near side faceoff circle that was block by a Northeast defender and DiMurro would pick up the loose puck and send it back to Kolby Vegara at the point. Vegara took a snapshot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Zerban who was to the right of Fessenden and Zerban drilled it past the fallen Generals netminder to put the Rebels back on top with 7:26 left in the first period.

Thirty-one seconds later Peterson would give the Rebels a two-goal lead.

Peterson would dump the puck around the Generals end board where Fessenden came out to intercept it. Fessenden would send a bounce pass high off the boards but Carson Moniz gloved it down and passed it over to Nico Appendino on his left. Appendino took a clapper that was redirected by Peterson out front and passed Fessenden to make it a 3 – 1 game.

With 1:23 left in the opening period, Matthew Wiesner was called for tripping to put the Rebels back on the powerplay. Eric Olson would make it 4 – 1 Rebels with seventeen seconds remaining in the first.

After Frye won the draw deep inside the Generals zone, the puck would go back to Moniz at the point. Moniz would pass it over to Appendino who walked the line towards his right and passed to Ryan Patrick at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Patrick took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but Olson tapped in the rebound to give the Rebels a 4 – 1 lead.

Brandon Stanley would finish the scoring just twenty-six seconds into the second period.

As the Generals tried to bring the puck through the neutral zone, a Northeast defender was stripped of the puck by Stanley who raced down the near side boards. As Stanley skated towards the faceoff dot he took a wrist shot that beat Fessenden long side to make it a 5 – 1 game. Fessenden was pulled for Marko Sturma.

Keane, who was very sharp, stopped 24 of 25 shots while Fessenden and Sturma combined to turn aside 22 of 27. Click here for the box score.

The series now moves to the New England Sports Village where games three and four will be played on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.