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The 2018-19 regular season is in the books

This past weekend the Rebels hosted the Johnstown Tomahawks for the final two regular season games. For both teams neither game had much meaning to it as they both were more focused on the post-season. The biggest rivalry in the East Division was coming to a close for the regular season but it could very well be a second-round matchup. The Rebels entered this weekend with a 3-4-2-1 record against the best team in the league. They had only won one of the last six meetings and the past three games between these two teams was decided in overtime. The last time the Rebels beat the ‘Hawks in regulation was on Dec. 7th which snapped Johnstown’s 17-game win streak.

 

The first game started off slow as there was no scoring in the 1st period. It took over 16 minutes in the middle frame for someone to get on the board and that someone was Niki Jasko (14). Jasko scored an amazing goal after protecting the puck around a defenseman and followed that up by beating netminder Carter McPhail. In the 3rd period, Johnstown came out aggressive by scoring 7:43 into the period. With a tie game and over half way through the final period of regulation, Johnstown added another one to their tally after scoring on the power play. They would go on to put another goal up on the board before the end of the game. With the Rebels down by a pair and time winding down they pulled Noah West to get the extra attacker out on the ice. There was just :08 seconds left in the game when the Tomahawks took a penalty giving Jamestown a 6-on-4 power play. After winning the offensive zone draw Hunter Johannes (15) found the puck and took a quick shot on net to score a power-play goal with one second left on the clock. The horn would then sound after they dropped the puck at center ice, giving the Tomahawks a 3-2 victory and their 7th-straight game with at least a point against the Rebels. That was the first regulation loss when leading after the second period the Rebels have received all season. Also, with their victory Johnstown secured their first ever regular season title with a record of 47-8-3-1 (98pts) and had their sights set on becoming just the 3rd team in the last 15 years to hit 100 points in a NAHL season.

 

The Rebels on the other hand were determined to not let that happen as less than 24 hours later they were back on the ice for their final regular season game. Johnstown swapped their goalies and started Cooper Lukenda whereas Jamestown kept West in between the pipes. This time around Jamestown came out with fire under their legs as they jumped out to an early lead thanks to Hunter Johannes (16) scoring 1:03 into the opening frame. They were able to keep that momentum going throughout the period which resulted in another goal. This time it came from the captain, Alex Frye (30), who was able to get some puck luck after his shot deflected off the skate of a Tomahawk player. Jamestown headed into the first intermission up 2-0. It took awhile for either team to score in the middle period, but it was the good guys that were able to get on the score sheet. Caleb Price scored his fourth goal of the season after him and James Crossman went up on the rush and connected for a goal, now making their lead 3-0. Unfortunately, Noah West’s hopes at his fourth shutout of the season was erased after the ‘Hawks scored with 0.1 left in the 2nd period. West would not let that one goal get to him as he made remarkable saves in the final period of regulation to end his team’s regular season with a 3-1 win.

Seth Bergeron played in his 100th NAHL regular season game this past Saturday. Also, three Rebels’ players became ironmen after playing in all 60 regular season games (Alex Roy, Noah Finstrom, Alex Frye). It was also West’s first win against Johnstown this season. That loss also put Lukenda on a three-game losing streak. It was very important that the Rebels win their final regular season game because they now have momentum and confidence heading into this weekend when they face the New Jersey Titans in the 1st round of playoffs. Both games will be held at the Northwest Arena and puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. For ticket information call 716-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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Back in the win column

Over this past weekend the Rebels visited the home of the Maryland Black Bears, Odenton, MD. The Rebels went into the weekend with a record of 27-13-4-3 (61pts). The Black Bears had an overall record of 14-30-3-2 (34pts). The Rebels were coming off two-straight losses to the Generals. The Black Bears were on a seven-game losing streak and in jeopardy of being eliminated from playoff contention.

 

On Friday, the Rebels started out strong by scoring the first goal of the weekend thanks to Sam Anzai (7) just 6:34 into the opening frame. In the late stages of the 1st period, Nick Stuckless (9) was able to beat Anthony Del Tufo to make it 2-0 Rebels heading into the locker room. The Rebels rode the wave of momentum into the 2nd period where they put two more up on the board, goals coming from Antonio Venuto (14) and Noah Finstrom (8). With 40 minutes gone out of 60 and a 4-0 lead, the Rebels were not done yet as the continued to pour on the shots and goals in the final period of regulation. Jim Glynn (7) was able to score 15:33 into the 3rd period on a 5-on-3 power play. Just :25 seconds later Seth Bergeron (2) scored a power-play goal as well but his was on a 5-on-4. It also marked his first goal in 35 games. With less than :30 seconds to go in the game Stuckless (10) converted the extra point for the Rebels by scoring his second goal of the game. The 7-0 victory tied a season-high goal record for the Rebels this season, which they set back on Nov. 23rd against Maryland. Noah West picked up his third shutout of the season (all against MYD) by stopping 17 shots. The Rebels put 44 shots on Del Tufo through 60 minutes, with 21 of those shots coming in the 3rd period.

 

The following night the Rebels started West again. As for the Black Bears they elected to go with their top goalie David Tomeo in hopes that he can help his team split the weekend with the Rebels, something that has not been done since Nov. 2-3. Maryland started out by scoring 6:12 into the 1st period on their first man-advantage opportunity of the game. The Rebels were unable to answer by the time the horn sounded ending the first 20 minutes of play. They did however come out more aggressive in the middle frame by scoring three-straight goals. It started with Jake Felker (16) scoring on the power play. Moments later Alex Frye (26) was able to wrist one short side past Tomeo to give the Rebels their first lead of the game. Not even :30 seconds later Auggie Moore (8) was able to put Jamestown up by a pair and it seemed like they were not looking to take their foot of the gas anytime soon. Logan Kons was able to disrupt the scoring surge by the Rebels by pulling his team within one, but it would only be temporarily. Alex Frye (27) scored with under two minutes left in the middle period putting the Rebels back up by a pair. In the 3rd period and with almost five minutes gone, Hunter Johannes redirected Crossman’s shot from the point for his 11th goal of the season. Conner Pooley pulled his team back within two after scoring just :14 seconds later. With the score now reading 5-3 and time winding down Tomeo was relieved of his duties for the night as the Black Bears sent out an extra man for the 6-on-5 advantage. It did not work out well for them as Stuckless (11) was able to score with ease into the empty net.

 

The 6-3 win was the eighth straight over the Black Bears. It was also the last regular season meeting between these two teams. The season series heavily favored the Rebels as they ended up with a record of 10-0-1-1 against the newest team in the NAHL. The Black Bears are the only team in the East to have not beaten the Rebels in regulation during the regular season. Also, West earned his first back-to-back win of the season and is now ranked as the 15th best goalie overall (9-4-3-1, 2.53GAA, .903SV%).

 

The Rebels travel to Johnstown tomorrow for a game and then will be home this weekend to host New Jersey. They have a chance to clinch this weekend as the magic number to do so is 68. As for the Black Bears they have now lost nine straight and sit 11 points out of a playoff spot with only eight games remaining. The final stretch of the 2018-2019 NAHL regular season is upon us and things will certainly become chaotic as we get closer to April 7th. For ticket information call 71-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.

 

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Weekend Preview 10/19/18

This weekend the Rebels make their way to Odenton, Maryland for the first time. They will go up against the new East Division team, the Maryland Black Bears. The Black Bears are brand new to the North American Hockey League and are currently tied with the WBS/Knights for third place in the division. Whereas the Rebels (4-6-0-0) are tied with the Northeast Generals for fifth place in the division. This is a crucial set of games for the Rebels as they are looking to snap their three-game losing streak. While the Black Bears are looking to have a positive record after this weekend concludes, currently (4-5-3-0).
On paper the Black Bears are starting their inaugural season in the NAHL on a good note. Multiple players are putting up numbers for them, especially #17 Connor Pooley who is now in his second year in the NAHL. He currently leads his team in points with 13. Last season when he was with the Lone Star Brahmas, he played 42 games and only recorded 12 points. While their offense has been clicking, it is their goaltenders that are not holding their own. Just like the Rebels, the Black Bears have not swept an opponent yet this season. While they do have three goalies on their roster, they tend to lean more towards NAHL veteran David Tomeo. He has now been in the NAHL for three seasons, starting out with the Generals and then the year after that with WBS/Knights. Now he has played 9 out of 12 games for the Black Bears and will surely get the nod for one of the games this weekend, if not both. His record is (4-4-0-1) and his GAA is 3.03, with a SV% of .910%. Having a consistent netminder is key to any team winning a weekend series of games.
For the Rebels what they must focus on is getting what happened this past weekend out of their head. This is a young team with only five returning players. They will find their groove as the season picks up. What sticks out the most for the Rebels is that they get back Seth Bergeron and Antonio Venuto. Seth Bergeron has not played a regular season game yet and was finally cleared by his doctor on Monday. This is what he had to say about getting the chance to finally play “I am really excited, getting hit in the face in preseason and being out for a month was pretty disappointing. I stayed in shape and I am ready to go help the team win some games”. Venuto is coming off his two-game suspension that he picked up in the second game against Johnstown, for spearing one of their players. He missed opening weekend here in Jamestown and is looking to keep himself out of trouble to help his team secure a much-needed sweep. The Rebels also have added a new player to their roster; Sam Hanson, from Eau Claire, Wisconsin is 6’1” 194lbs., a left-handed forward who has played for the NAHL Minot Minotauros and the NA3HL Wisconsin Whalers. In his 36 games played in his career he has recorded 50 points, 34 of those points coming from assists. To say the least, this Rebels team this weekend will look a lot different and hopefully with these three players they are able to piece together a win streak.
While these two teams have not faced each other during the regular season, they did play a pre-season game against one another in Jamestown on September 8th. The Rebels ended up winning the game 4-1 and even though it was only a month ago, both of their rosters have changed significantly. It will without a doubt be a must-win set of games for the Rebels this weekend as they have a chance to climb into third place, depending on how WBS/Knights and Northeast Generals play this weekend.

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.

Rebels close out regular season with 3 – 1 win over Tomahawks

The visiting Philadelphia Rebels defeated Johnstown last night 3 – 1 to complete a weekend sweep over the Tomahawks and close out the regular season for both teams. The win was the Rebels 41st on the season, tied for second most in the North American Hockey League.

The Rebels finished the regular season winning three straight games and four out of their last five.

Before the game started, both teams joined in unison on the blueline to pay tribute to the fifteen people who died and more than fourteen injured Friday night in a bus crash carrying the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

After the emotional ceremonies had ended, the Tomahawks took an early lead just 4:17 into the first period on Ben Schmidling’s sixteenth goal on the season.

Johnstown’s defenseman Andrew Quetell would intercept an errant Rebels pass out in front of his own net and skate the puck towards center ice and pass it over to Carson Briere on his left. Briere made a cross-ice pass to Schmidling who circled down low and took a sharp angle shot that beat Rebels goalie Eli Billing long side to give the Tomahawks the 1 – 0 lead.

Despite being outshot 13 – 3 and only down by one goal after the first period, the Rebels tied the game just forty-seven seconds into the second period.

Seth Bergeron would win the battle for the puck along the near side boards and send a touch pass to Eric Olson to his right. Olson passed it up to Adam Peck who raced through center ice. As Peck gained the line, he skated towards his right and wristed a shot on goal that went through the five hole of Tomahawks goalie Jack Leavy to tie the game at one. It was Peck’s fourteenth goal on the season.

Schmidling was called for cross checking at 7:20 of the middle stanza to give the Rebels the man advantage.

After Alex Frye took a shot on net that went wide of the net, the puck came up along the near side boards where it was picked up by Auggie Moore. The Edina, MN native would pass it over to Frye at the top of the far side faceoff circle. Frye sent the puck down low to Ryan Patrick who was to the left of Leavy. Patrick passed it out front to Moore who beat a fallen Leavy glove side to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead.

Patrick would score an empty net goal with two seconds remaining in the game to give the Rebels the 3 – 1 win.

Billing turned aside 34 of 35 shots while Leavy stopped 18 of 20. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels now will turn their attention to the post season which begins next weekend when the Northeast Generals visit for games one and two of the best of five Robertson Cup divisional semi-final series.

Rebels announce 2017-18 year-end award winners

During last night’s billet/fan appreciation night the Rebels announce their year-end award winners for the 2017-18 season, which was selected by the coaching staff. The winners are:

Ryan Patrick - Most Valuable Player

Ryan Patrick - Most Valuable Player

Aaron Maguyon - Best Offensive Player

Aaron Maguyon - Best Offensive Player

Kolby Vegara - Best Defensive Player

Kolby Vegara - Best Defensive Player

Jimmy Glynn - Rookie of the Year

Jimmy Glynn - Rookie of the Year

Seth Bergeron - Most Improved Player

Seth Bergeron - Most Improved Player

Eric Olson - Hardest Working Player

Eric Olson - Hardest Working Player

Rebels down Generals 6 – 2 to end three game skid

The Philadelphia Rebels scored four unanswered goals in the third period en route to a 6 – 2 victory over the visiting Northeast Generals to end the team’s first ever three-game losing streak.

Despite being outshot in the first period 11 – 7, the Generals got on the board first with twenty seconds left in the opening period on Matt Demelis’ sixteenth goal on the season.

As the period was winding down, Northeast’s defenseman Michael Higgins would pick up the loose puck in his own zone and bring it up along the near side boards. After gaining the line and entering the offensive zone, he would take the puck near the Rebels net. Higgins would try and center the puck out into the slot but it blocked by Nico Appendino. Higgins would pick it up and pass it out to the top of the far side circle to Demelis who took a shot that was deflected out in front passed Rebels netminder Ryan Keane to give the Generals a 1 – 0 lead going into intermission.

The Rebels would tie the game on Chase Hamstad’s second goal of the season.  As the puck went to the far side boards, Hamstad would pick up the biscuit and skate behind the Generals net and pass it back to Diarmad DiMurro at the point. DiMurro would take a sharp angle shot that was blocked out in front and Hamstad picked up the rebound and knocked it past Northeast’s goalie David Fessenden to knot the game at one with 2:25 into the second period.

The Rebels would take the lead with 3:04 left in the second. Northeast would dump the puck into the Rebels zone where it was picked up by DiMurro at his own blueline. DiMurro would pass it up to Hamstad at the red line and the White Bear Lake, MN native sent a nice touch-pass to a streaking Jensen Zerban. The Air Force Academy commit would enter the offensive zone on a two-on-one with Aaron Maguyon. As Zerban skated to the top of the circle he passed the puck to Maguyon on his right and Maguyon took a wrister that beat Fessenden glove side to make it a 2 – 1 game.

The Generals would tie it just forty-five seconds into the final period.

As the Generals dumped the puck into the Rebels zone, defenseman Seth Bergeron went into the corner to puck up the loose puck but fell awkwardly into the boards. The puck would start to roll behind the Rebels net where Northeast’s forward Jeff Skinner was able to fight off Eric Olson for the puck. Skinner would skate towards the far side circle and found a breaking Alex Cohen in the slot. Cohen one-timed it passed Keane for his tenth goal on the season to make it a 2 – 2 game.

Maguyon’s second goal of the game at 5:37 into the third would give the Rebels the lead for good.

Appendino would keep the puck in the offensive zone after Skinner attempted to clear the puck. Appendino would look to his right and pass it over to Kolby Vegara. The University of Massachusetts commit would pass it up to Ryan Patrick at the top of the slot. Patrick would make backhanded pass to Maguyon who wristed the puck by Fessenden to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead.

At the 8:41 mark the Rebels went on their fourth powerplay of the evening after Northeast’s forward Brendan White lost his helmet. Instead of immediately going to the bench, White continued to play and was called for illegal equipment.

As time was winding down with the extra attacker, Maguyon was at the top of the slot and took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Zerban. The speedy forward took a sharp angle shot that saved by Fessenden but the rebound came out to Brandon Stanley who put the puck past the fallen netminder to give the Rebels a 4 – 2 lead with 9:51 left in the game.

Alex Frye would give the Rebels a 5 – 2 lead on a beautiful setup from Bergeron and Carson Moniz.

Konur Peterson would close out the scoring with two minutes left on the game for the Rebels second powerplay goal of the game.

Keane stopped 13 of 15 shots while Fessenden turned aside 36 of 42. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will close out the three-game series tonight on Billet/Fan appreciation night. All fans who attend the game will receive a free deck of Rebels trading cards.

Four goal first leads Rebels to 7 – 3 win over Knights

The Rebels scored four goals in the first period en route to a 7 – 3 road win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. With the victory, the Rebels are now two points shy of clinching their third straight regular season East Division championship.

Aaron Maguyon and Carson Moniz each had two goals and Diarmad DiMurro had three points (all assists) in the contest.

Brandon Stanley got the Rebels on the board first just 1:13 into the game for his sixteenth goal on the season.

Knights defenseman Anthony Firriolo would dump the puck into the Rebels near side corner where it was retrieved by Seth Bergeron who wrapped it along the boards up to Jimmy Glynn. Glynn would enter the Knights zone along the far side boards and passed the puck to Stanley in the high slot. Stanley took a wrister that beat WBS goalie David Tomeo high stick side to make it a 1- 0 game.

Bergeron was called for tripping at the 5:28 mark of the opening period to give the Knights the extra attacker. Thirty-nine seconds later the Knights would tie the game.

Knights forward Michael Morrissey would bring the puck up along the far side boards into the Rebels zone. As he skated to the top of the circle he reversed and send the puck back to Thomas Ferrall at the point. Ferrall sent a return pass to Morrissey at the circle and the Bethlehem, PA native took a shot that was saved by Rebels goalie Ryan Keane but the rebound came right out to Blake Kryska who redirected it past Keane to even the score at one.

WBS forward Lincoln Hatten was called for slashing at 6:24 to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Entering today’s game, the Rebels led the league with the extra attacker converting 31% of their chances. Moniz would give the Rebels the lead and their first of three man-advantage goals.

Nico Appendino would set up the play at the top of the far side blue line. He would pass the puck to Moniz on his left. Moniz would send a cross-ice pass over to Ryan Patrick at the top of the circle. Patrick would pass it down low to Alex Frye who was to the left of Tomeo. Frye would start to skate forward, turned and took a shot that Tomeo saved with his blocker but a huge rebound came out to Moniz who took a snapshot that beat Tomeo short side to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead.

A little over two minutes later Maguyon would make it a 3 – 1 game with his first goal of the game.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside the Knights zone the puck would go back to Moniz at the far side point. Moniz would pass it up to Patrick at the top of the circle. The Rebels captain took a shot that Maguyon redirected out front passed Tomeo for his twenty-first goal on the season.

The Rebels would make it a 4 – 1 game with 8:31 in the first on Auggie Moore’s tenth goal on the season.

Eric Olson won the draw in the Knights and the puck went to the near side boards where it was picked up by Moore. The Edina, MN native looked up and shot the puck that found its way through a screen past Tomeo long side to give the Rebels a three-goal lead.

The Knights would cut the Rebels lead in half with 5:20 left in the opening period.

Curtis Carlson would intercept the puck at center ice and dump it towards the end boards where it was picked up by Lincoln Hatten. Hatten would bounce the puck off the end boards to Carlson who was to the left of Keane. Carlson took a sharp angle shot that was save by Keane but the rebound came right back to Carslon who lifted it past Keane short-side to make it a 4 – 2 game.

Although the Rebels entered the second period with a 4 – 2 lead, the Knight applied a full assault. They outshot the Rebels 19 – 8 in the middle period but two of the Rebels shots found their way to the back of the net.

Luke Robinson was called for holding with 6:03 into the second. Nineteen seconds later the Rebels would score their second powerplay goal on the evening.

As the Knights tried to clear the puck it was kept in the zone by DiMurro at the far side point. He would pass it up to Zerban at the top of the faceoff circle. Zerban would pass it down to Maguyon who at the bottom of the circle. Maguyon started to skate around the circle and as he cut to the faceoff dot he took a sharp angle shot that beat Tomeo to make it 5 – 2 Rebels for Maguyon’s second goal of the game.

Tomeo was then pulled in favor of Christian Stoever.

Affiliate player Chase Hamstad would score his first junior goal of his career to give the Rebels a 6 – 2 lead with 4:57 left in the second.

Bryant Gunn would send the puck into the Knights zone where Hamstad picked up the puck in the Knights zone along the far side boards. The rookie took a sharp angle shot that was saved by Stoever and the rebound bounced high off the end boards and came out to DiMurro at the near side circle. DiMurro took a snap shot the was redirected by Hamstad at the top of the crease past Stoever to give the Rebels a commanding four goal lead.

The Knights and Rebels would exchange goals in the third. Carlson would score his second goal of the game to make it 6 – 3 but Moniz scored with a one second left in the game to close out the scoring at 7 – 3.

Keane turned aside 42 of 45 shots while Tomeo and Stoever combined to save 28 of 35 shots they faced. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will be back at it tomorrow night at 7:30pm at the Revolution Ice Center. Should the Rebels win it will be the first time in team history that they clinched a regular season division championship on the road.

Rebels defeat Titans 2 – 1 on Peck’s overtime goal

Adam Peck scored twenty-two seconds into overtime to give the visiting Philadelphia Rebels a 2 – 1 win over the New Jersey Titans last night. It was Peck’s fifth game winning goal on the season.

Despite arriving later than expected to Middletown’s Ice World due to the icy road conditions from Philadelphia, the Rebels had some spark in them having taken the first six shots on goal of the game but it was the Titans who scored first on Tyler Antonucci’s eight’s goal on the season at 6:31 into the opening period.

Antonucci would win the battle at the Rebels far side blue line and pass the puck up to Chris Garbe at the top of the slot. Garbe would take a wrist shot that was saved by Eli Billing who was making his sixth straight game in the nets for the Rebels. The rebound would bounce off defenseman Seth Bergeron and up along the near side boards. Zachary Faremouth would pick up the loose puck and pass it over to Antonucci at the top of slot and Antonucci would bury a wrister pass Billing high glove side to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead. It was Antonucci’s ninth point (second goal) against the Rebels this season.

After a back and forth second period and the Titans clinging onto a one goal lead due in large part to another strong performance in the nets by Brandon Perrone, the Rebels would tie it on a strange goal with 8:25 remaining in the game.

Rebels captain Ryan Patrick would bring the puck deep inside the Titans zone at the end of his shift and slowly move the puck in the corner to allow his teammates to make the line change. While in the corner, Aaron Maguyon would replace Patrick and pick up the puck and send it back to Nico Appendino at the point. Appendino would pass it over to Carson Moniz on his left. Moniz would take a long shot on net that was deflected by Maguyon and the puck would trickle very slowly past Perrone and into the far side of the net to make it a 1 – 1 game.

As the siren sounded to end regulation, this would be the third game out of the last six meetings between these two teams that a game would go into overtime.

In didn’t last long.

After winning the opening draw, the puck would go back to Titans defenseman Eric Manoukian. The former Mercer Chiefs product would bring the puck up along the near side boards where he was stripped off of it by Eric Olson at center ice. Olson would enter the Titans on a 3 on 1 and passed the puck back to a trailing Moniz.  Moniz would look to his right and found Peck down low who buried a one-timer pass Perrone to give the Rebels the 2 – 1 win.

Billing turned aside 28 of the 29 shots he faced while Perrone stopped 29 of 31. Click here for the box score.

These two teams will conclude their five-game series, and their seventh out of their last eight games, tonight at 7:00pm at Ice World.

Perrone steals game for Titans in 4 – 2 win over Rebels

Sometimes a goalie is called upon to steal a game for his team during the season. And last night Brandon Perrone did just that. Having to make several key saves throughout, Perrone stopped 20 of 22 shots he faced to backstop the visiting New Jersey Titans to a 4 – 2 win over the Rebels.

Perrone entered last night’s game possessing a 2.66 goals against average and .923 save percentage in seven contests against the Rebels this season.  The first period alone Perrone made the difference.

The Rebels outplayed the Titans in the first period outshooting them 10 – 4 but Perrone had to make several point blank saves to keep the game scoreless entering the second period.

The Titans would get on the board first with 5:29 in the middle stanza on Kyler Head’s fifth goal on the season. Hunter Alden would bring the puck out of his own zone and through center ice into the Rebels zone. As he crossed the blueline he was knocked off the puck by Alex Frye. While falling, Alden sent a short touch pass to Kyle Jeffers, who spun around and left a drop pass to Head. As Head skated to the top of the slot he rifled a wrist shot that beat Rebels goalie Eli Billing high glove side to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

It was the first time in over 85 minutes that Billing had allowed a goal.

Exactly one minute after the Titans had broken the ice they would double their lead. Billing would make a point blank save off of Spencer Stanley but Stanley picked up his own rebound and went behind the Rebels net. As he tried to pass the puck around the far side boards it hit the referee and bounced onto the stick of Nick Boyagian. Boyagain would make a quick turnaround move at the top of the faceoff circle and took a shot that hit the far post and bounced into the net past Billing to make it 2 – 0 Titans.

The Titans would make it 3 – 0 with 9:17 left in the second. Andrew Husted would pick up the puck deep inside his zone and pass it up to Justin Bofshever on his right. As Bofshever entered the neutral zone he sent a cross-ice pass to Chris Garbe. The Titans forward took a long, low shot that Billing had to make a left pad save but the rebound came out directly to Bofshever who put it past the Rebels fallen netminder for his second goal on the season.

Tate Singleton took down Rebels defenseman Seth Bergeron to give the Rebels their second man advantage of the game. Diarmad DiMurro would set up the play with the puck at the top of the far side point. DiMurro passed it up to Auggie Moore at the top of the faceoff circle and passed it down low to Jimmy Glynn who was to the right of Perrone. Glynn took a sharp angle shot that hit the far side post and bounce in the net to make it a 3 – 1 game with 7:19 left in the period.

The Rebels would start the third period on the powerplay after Singleton was assessed a holding penalty as time ran out in the second.

It was Glynn again who would cut the Titans lead in half. Glynn would bring the puck into the Titans zone along the near side boards. He sent a saucer pass over to Frye who took a wrister that Perrone had to make a right-pad save but the rebound came directly out to Glynn who put the puck into the back of the net just 1:04 into the final period for his sixth goal on the season.

The Rebels valiant comeback would fall short as Gavin Gulash scored an empty net goal with twenty-six seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Billing, who made a critical glove save which prevented the Rebels from going down 4 – 0, stopped 21 of the 24 shots he faced. Click here for the box score.

These two teams will be back at it tonight for the second game of the home-and-home series at Middletown’s Ice World.