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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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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 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.

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.

Weekend Review 11/2/18

A few days ago, the Rebels went to Odenton, MD to square off against the Maryland Black Bears. The previous two meetings between these teams resulted in a shootout with each team winning one of them. The Rebels were coming off their first weekend sweep and their first win on home ice. Whereas the Black Bears had just gotten swept by the Titans and dropped to fourth place in the division. This time at Piney Orchard Ice Arena it was a different result by the end of the first game.

On Friday the Rebels came out with a lot of momentum and urgency as it was the birthday boy Sam Anzai that scored the weekend’s first goal exactly half through the first period. The score would remain 1-0 until Jake Felker scored almost five minutes into the 3rd period. Shortly after his goal the Black Bears got on the board, unfortunately they would not be able to put up any more. The Rebels added two more to their tally thanks to Antonio Venuto and Alex Frye giving them a 4-1 win. This also gave them their third straight win and hopes of picking up their second weekend sweep the next night.

Saturday’s game started out very similar to Friday’s as the Rebels jumped out to an early 1-0 lead just 1:23 into the opening frame after Colin Schmidt scored. There would not be another goal until Maryland scored with 8:17 to go in the final period of regulation. With no more goals the game went into overtime. Saturday marked the fourth meeting of the season between these two teams and the third time a game has required extra hockey to determine a winner. With 1:19 left in overtime it was Luke Posner that scored giving his team the full two points and snapping their three-game losing streak. The Rebels managed to gain three points out of a possible four and still hold possession of third place. Tomorrow they will face not only the first-place team in the East Division but also in the NAHL. It will surely be a hard-fought hockey game as soon as puck drops at 7:05p.m.

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.