Rebels play home for only one game this weekend against WBS Knights
The Rebels will play only one game this weekend. It will take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Friday, October 21 at 7:00pm at IceWorks. The teams played two games last weekend with the Rebels winning both (5 -1 and 4 – 1).
This will be the fifth game between the teams with the Rebels possessing a 3 – 1 record. The Knights’ Curtis Carlson (2 goals and 3 assists) and Matt Kidney (5 assists) each have five points against the Rebels while Carlson, Sam Antonitsch and Khristian Acosta each have two goals. The Knights are 1 – 10 on the power play against the Rebels. The goaltending tandem of Colt Hanks and Grant Valentine has a combined .866 save percentage and 4.00 goals against average, despite both goalies playing well against their opponent.
Gvido Jansons (2 goals and 3 assists), Dom Garcia (5 assists), Ryan Solomon (2 goals and 3 assists) and Drew Blackmun (2 goals and 3 assists) each have five points against the Knights. Gianluca Esteves has scored the most goals against the Knights with three. The Rebels are 3 for 12 on the power play. Mareks Mitens has a 2 – 1 record against the Knights with a .929 save percentage and 1.66 goals against average.
The Knights have a 6 – 8 record (12 points) and sit in fourth place in the East Division. They are twelve points behind the Rebels. They are coming off an impressive 6 – 2 win over the New Jersey Titans. Goaltender Grant Valentine turned aside 48 of the 50 shots he faced. Matt Kidney had a goal and two assists. Kidney leads the team in points with 14 (4 goals and 10 assists). Vince Marino leads the team in goals with five. Reed Robinson leads the team with a +6 +/- percentage. WBS is nineteenth in the league on the power play with a 14% conversion. Conversely the team is ranked 11th in the league on the penalty kill with 81% stoppage. Hanks and Valentine have a combined 3.10 goals against average and .914 save percentage. The Knights will travel to play the Titans on Saturday night.
The Rebels have a 12 – 2 record (24 points) which is best in the North American Hockey League. They are coming off of a 4 – 1 win against the Knights. Andrew Bellant leads the league with 18 points. He also leads the league with 10 goals. Garcia is third in the league with 16 points (4 goals and 12 assists). Esteves has 14 points (4 goals and 10 assists). Solomon leads the league with a +15 +/- ratio. The Rebels are fourth best in the league with a 31.3% on the power play. The team also has the fourth best penalty kill unit in the league with 85.4%. Mitens leads the league with a 1.20 goals against average and four shutouts. He is second in the league with a .948 save percentage. The Rebels have given up only 25 goals in 14 games, which is third best in the league.
Concussion Awareness Night
Friday night’s game is concussion awareness night sponsored by Main Line Health. There will be an open forum between 5:30pm and 7pm and will be held in the banquet room of IceWorks Pub and Grill. It is also $1 Hot Dog night and a Buffalo Wild Wings wing eating contest.