The Rebels will begin the second half of the season playing three straight home games against the Northeast Generals. It will be three of six straight home games for the Rebels before they embark on nine game road trip beginning on January 19 in Johnstown.
The first game of the series will begin tonight at 7:30pm (weather permitting). Friday night’s game is slated to start at 7:10pm and Saturday night’s game is set to begin at 7:35pm.
Rebels vs. Generals Overview
This will be meetings seven, eight and nine out of sixteen games between the two teams. All but one of the games have been played in Attleboro, MA. The Rebels have won five of the past six previous games outscoring the Generals by the score of 26 – 15.
The last time these two teams met was back on Sunday, December 3 when Eli Billing recorded his first shutout of the season when the Rebels won 3 – 0.
During the six games played so far, Justin Jallen has the most points for the Generals against the Rebels with seven (4 goals and 3 assists). He also has scored the most goals against them. Matt Demelis has six points (1 goal and 5 assists) while Mike Egan and Brady Gaudette each have five points against Philadelphia (3 goals and 2 assists by each). The Generals are only 1 for 25 (4%) on the powerplay against the Rebels. Goaltenders David Fessenden and Marko Sturma have a combined 4.33 goals against average and a .882 save percentage against the Rebels.
The Rebels’ Aaron Maguyon has the most points against the Generals with ten (4 goals and 6 assists). Maguyon also has scored the most goals against Northeast with four. Andrew Bellant and Ryan Patrick each have six points against Northeast (2 goals and 4 assists). The Rebels are 9 for 22 (41%) on the powerplay. Netminders Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.50 goals against average and a .888 save percentage with one shutout against the Generals.
Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals enter this weekend series in third place in the East Division with a 17-14-1 record for 35 points. They are eight points behind division leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and seven points behind the Rebels. Northeast has won one out of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 3 home win against the New Jersey Titans. Egan leads the team in total points with thirty-four (15 goals and 19 assists) while Colin Bilek has thirty points (10 goals and 20 assists). Matthew Wiesner has twenty-nine points (13 goals and 16 assists). Jallen leads the team with sixteen goals. Egan and Wiesner each have four game winning goals. Wisener leads the team in penalty minutes with 67 while defenseman Joseph Nagle has the team’s best +/- with a +15.
The Generals have scored 107 games in thirty-two games (third most in the NAHL). They also have allowed 108 goals (nineteenth most in the league). The Generals are ranked eleventh in the league on the powerplay having scored on 20.8% of their chances while they are ranked twenty-first in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 71.9% of the time.
Fessenden and Sturma have a combined 3.27 goals against average and a .909 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).
The Rebels enter this weekend’s series in second place in the East Division. They are one point behind the Knights although the Rebels have one game in hand. They have a 21 – 8 record for 42 points. They are 3 – 2 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 1 road loss against the Titans.
Maguyon leads the Rebels in points with 23 (9 goals and 14 assists). Jensen Zerban (11 goals and 9 assists) and Bellant (8 goals and 12 assists) each have twenty points. Zerban has scored the most goals on the team with eleven. Both Zerban and Bellant have three game winning goals. Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 78 while Carson Moniz has a team best +/- with a +9.
The Rebels have scored 95 goals on the season (tenth best in the league) while they have allowed 63 (second least allowed in the league). The Rebels have the league’s best powerplay converting on 31.7% of their chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked fourth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 84.5% of the time.
Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.14 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).