When the Rebels touch the ice this Friday it will not only be their first home game of 2019 but also their first in 20 days. They host the Knights to cap off four-straight against them. The Rebels received their first lost to the Knights this past Saturday by a final of 4-2, which snapped their five-game win streak. The Rebels are looking for revenge and to get back in the win column. Whereas the Knights are hoping they have finally found their groove in the second half of the season. They have been in the bottom three in the East for most of the season. With the second half of the season in full swing, their mindset is to win at all costs, so they can secure the last playoff spot. As for the Rebels their mentality is to increase their distance on the Titans and while doing so close the gap on Johnstown.
The Rebels have the fewest PIMS in the East with 455. The Knights sit right in the middle with 644. Discipline is a big component of winning hockey games. The Rebels do a phenomenal job of drawing penalties and not retaliating. By them not taking penalties it allows all five guys to stay out on the ice to keep the pressure up on the opposition. While the power play has been struggling the Rebels are one of the best when down a man. Their penalty kill puts them at fourth place in the league at 84.6%. Right behind them though are the Knights at 83.7%. This past weekend the Rebels went 0/7 on the man advantage, whereas the Knights went 1/8. With the Knights being in the top ten for power play and penalty kill, the Rebels must stay out of the box and find ways to capitalize on the extra man. If they can do that, they will easily skate away from the weekend with the full four points.
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The Rebels are 9-6 on home ice where they have put up 50 goals for and have only allowed 34. The Knights are worse on the road then they are at home, with a record of 4-6-1. The past six home games for the Rebels have resulted in a record of 5-1. The only loss coming at the hands of Johnstown by a final of 3-2. The Knights have only been to Jamestown once this season, which was back on Oct. 26-27. The Rebels swept them that weekend, scoring six goals and only allowing one each night. The last time the Knights won a road game was back on Dec. 8th when they shutout the Generals by a final of 4-0. Finally, both shutouts for Rebels goaltender Noah West have come while at the Northwest Arena by a final of 4-0 against the Black Bears.
This Friday will mark his 200th game played at the junior hockey level, between the USHL and NAHL. Through his 199 games played he has found the back of the net 51 times and assisted on 51 as well. In the NAHL alone he has played 144 games, recording 48 goals and 46 helpers. He leads the Rebels this season in goals (18) and assists (14) giving him 32 points, which puts him 17th overall in the league. Alex has already tied his most points in a season (2016-17 Topeka Roadrunners) and it took him 18 less games. During that season with the Roadrunners was also the most goals Frye has scored in a season (19). Frye is just one of five players for the Rebels to have played in every game thus far. With 27 games left to go for the Rebels this season there will surely be a lot of records set for #27 Alex Frye.
This past weekend the Rebels hosted the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights for the second set of home games at the Northwest Arena. This match-up between two East Division rivals was surely not going to disappoint as they were tied for fourth place in the division. The Rebels came into this past weekend having went to a shootout both nights in Maryland the weekend before. As for the WBS Knights they came to Jamestown, New York riding a three-game losing streak with hopes of snapping it Friday night.
The first game of the weekend looked a little different for a few reasons. For starters, the power play for the Rebels got off to a great start thanks in part by a goal scored by Nick Stuckless just 2:09 into the first period. Another reason it looked different was because the Rebels brought in four new players leading up to this past weekend, three of them got the chance to play over the weekend and sure did turn a lot of heads. With under a minute to go in the first period it was the newly acquired Yuri Davis-Martel that gave the Rebels the 2-1 lead going into the first intermission. Prior to coming to Jamestown, Davis-Martel played four games for the Corpus Christi IceRays, he did not record a single point during his time there. With Yuri scoring that late goal it gave the Rebels a lot of momentum that carried over into the middle period as Auggie Moore scored almost four minutes into the period. Another newly acquired player to make his presence felt early was Colin Schmidt. The 18-year-old Minnesota commit was sent from the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL to the Rebels in hopes that he is the missing piece the Rebels needed. He ended up scoring and getting an assist in his first 40 minutes as a Rebel. With now a 4-1 lead heading into the final period of regulation it was just a matter of holding off the Knights for 20 minutes. The pressure for the Knights sure did increase as time was ticking away but they would not be able to cut the lead in half as the horn sounded giving the Rebels the first win of the weekend.
On Saturday the Knights were now on a four-game losing streak and in jeopardy of falling to fifth place. Whereas the Rebels had a chance at their first week end sweep of the season and jumping into third place, if the Black Bears lost to the Titans. The second game started out a lot better for the Knights than it did the day before as they scored just over halfway through the first period to give them their first lead of the weekend. They would hold that 1-0 lead until just about the 15-minute mark of the second, when Noah Finstrom would score to tie the game up. The remainder of the second period was very much a back and forth type game as neither team recorded double digit shots. In the third period though the Rebels found a sense of urgency as they wanted to give their fans a weekend to remember, so with just shy of seven minutes left to go in regulation it was Alex Frye who found the back of the net giving the Rebels their first weekend sweep. Ryan Keane also started both games and stopped a total of 36 shots giving him his third straight win. They also received some help from the Titans over the weekend as they swept the Black Bears allowing the Rebels to claim sole possession of third place. This weekend the Rebels go back to Odenton, Maryland in hopes to keep climbing up the East Division table.
Phase II of the 2018 United States Hockey League (USHL) draft was held yesterday and three current Rebels (plus one former Rebel) were selected.
Nicolas Appendino, Chase Hamstad and Eric Olson are the current Rebels that were selected while former Rebel Dustin Manz (2016-17) was chosen as well.
Appendino was taken in the fourth round (56 overall) by the Fargo Force. Appendino joined the Rebels in January. The skilled defenseman played in twenty-six games and had ten points (1 goal and 9 assists).
Hamstad, who is a Rebels tender and joined the team in early March, was taken in the ninth round (137 overall) by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Hamstad played in ten games and had four points (2 goals and 2 assists).
Olson, who was named the team’s 2017-18 hardest working player, was taken in the thirteenth round (199 overall) by the Madison Capitals. “Red” played in 56 games during the regular season and had twenty points (9 goals and 11 assists).
Manz, played in 56 games for the Rebels during the 2016-17 season and had sixteen points (4 goals and 12 assists). He was selected in the fifth round (83 overall) by the Lincoln Stars.
USHL member clubs were able to select any player born between the years 1998 and 2002 until each team had 45 players on their roster.