The Rebels will play three home games this weekend: two against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and one with the New Jersey Titans. Friday night’s game against the Knights is slated to begin at 7:10pm and then again on Saturday at 6:50pm. The game on Sunday against the Titans will start at 6:20pm.
Rebels vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Last season the Rebels took nine out of twelve games against the Knights and then swept them in the divisional semi-finals three games to none. During the regular season the Rebels outscored the Knights by 24 (48 to 24). The Rebels converted 20% on the power play while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored 16% of the time. Current Rebels Aaron Maguyon and Jenson Zerban each had 10 points against the Knights while current Knight Matt Kidney had six points against the Rebels.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 5 – 1 record for ten points, four points behind division leader Northeast Generals, although the Knights have three games in hand. WBS has scored 19 goals (eighth best in the league) and have allowed 14 (sixth best in the league). The Knights are led by Jack Olmstead who has seven points (3 goals and 4 assists). Tyrone Bronte (3 goals and 3 assists) and Matt Kidney (3 goals and 3 assists) each have six points. Thomas Farrell leads the defensive unit with four points (all assists). He also leads the team in +/- with +8. Netminder David Tomeo leads the team in penalty minutes with twelve. WBS is ranked twentieth in the league on the power play having scored 10% of the time while they are ranked eleventh on the penalty kill, having prevented the opposition from scoring 83.3% of the time.
Tomeo along with Christian Stoever and Kevin Lake have a combined 2.30 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.
Rebels vs. New Jersey Titans
The Titans were the biggest challenge to the Rebels during the regular season and playoffs. The Rebels defeated New Jersey seven out the twelve regular season games having outscored them 35 to 23. Five of the Rebels seven wins against the Titans were on home ice. This trend continued into the playoffs where the two teams had a very hard-fought give game divisional final series with the Rebels winning three games to two, with all three Rebels’ wins on home ice. The Rebels scored 22% of the time on the power play while the Titans converted on 16% of the time. Current Rebels Andrew Bellant and Maguyon each had nine points against New Jersey.
The Titans are currently in fourth place in the East Division with a 4-3-1 record with nine points, five behind the first place Generals, although the Titans have a game in hand. The Titans have scored 28 goals on the season (second best in the league) and have allowed 19 (fourteenth in the league). The Titans are led by Hunter Alden’s nine points (4 goals and 5 assists). Alden also leads the team in goals with four. Ryan Wheeler leads the blueliners with six points (all assists). Alden has the best +/- with +8. Tyler Barrow has the most penalty minutes on the team with 26. The Titans are sixteenth in the league on the power play having converted 17.2% of the time while they are ranked thirteenth in the league on the penalty kill having the prevented the opposition from scoring 80.6% of the time.
Titans netminders Brandon Perrone and Matt Ladd have a combined 2.10 goals against average and a .927 save percentage with one shutout (Perrone).
Despite being the only undefeated team in the league with a 6 – 0 record, the Rebels are second in the division with twelve points, two behind the Generals although the Rebels have three games in hand. The Rebels have scored eighteen goals on the season (tenth best) and have allowed eight (least amount in the league). The team is led by Jensen Zerban’s six points (3 goals and 3 assists). Zerban and Bellant lead the team in goals with three each. Diarmad DiMurro has the most points among the defensemen with four (1 goal and 3 assists). Zerban and DiMurro lead the team with the best +/- with both having a +4. Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 28. The Rebels are sixth in the league on the power play having converted 25% of the time while they are fifth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposing from scoring 87% of the time.
The Rebels netminders Eli Billing, Ryan Keane and Jack Leavy have a combined 1.33 goals against average and a .943 save percentage with one shutout (Leavy).