The Rebels travel to Alaska for a four game trip which begins with the first two being played this weekend against the Kenai River Brown Bears. Kenai was at IceWorks last weekend and lost both games by the score of 3 – 0. The first game featured a natural hat trick by Gvido Jansons as well as a 20 save performance by Mareks Mitens. It was Mitens tenth shutout on the season, which is one less than the North American Hockey League’s record of eleven. Kolby Vegara scored his first goal on the season in the second game which turned out to be the game winner. Jack Leavy turned aside 17 shots for his third shutout of the year. Mitens and Leavy have a total of thirteen shutouts, one less than the NAHL team record of 14. The Rebels were two – for – six on the power play.
Kenai River Overview
The Brown Bears possess an 8-25-2 record for 18 points which is last in the Midwest Division. Kenai has scored 71 goals on the season (23rd in the league) and they have allowed 126 (19th most in the league). The Brown Bears have a 3 – 7 record during their last ten games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 0 road loss to the Rebels.
Kenai is led by Jonathan Marzec’s 23 points (6 goals and 17 assists). Luke Radetic has 21 points (12 goals and 9 assists) while Anthony Tzveyn has 16 points (10 goals and 6 assists). Radetic leads the team with twelve goals. Marzec has two game winning goals while Connor Fedorek has the best plus/minus ratio with a +1. Carter Wade leads the team with 125 penalty minutes.
The Brown Bears are thirteenth in the league on the power play scoring on 18.6% of their chances while they rank 21th in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 77.5% of the time.
Kenai’s goalies Robbie Goor (who played extremely well against the Rebels last weekend in both games) and Bailey Seagraves have a combined 3.51 goals against average and .905 save percentage.
Aston Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter the weekend with a 29-5-1 record for 59 points. They are the only team in the league to already clinch a playoff spot. They lead the East Division by nine points over second place New Jersey. They have won eight of their last 10 games, and they have won six games in a row, winning their last game 3 – 0 over Kenai River last week at home. The Rebels have scored 129 goals on the season (third highest in the league) and they have allowed 53 (least amount allowed in the league).
Andrew Bellant is the team’s top point producer with 35 (19 goals and 16 assists). He is followed by Dom Garica’s 33 points (9 goals and 24 assists) and Brennan Kapcheck’s (12 goals and 20 assists) 32 points. Bellant leads the team with 19 goals and penalty minutes (105). Bellant, Kapcheck and Evgeny Yakovlev each have four game winning goals. Kapcheck and fellow blueliner Ryan Solomon each have a plus/minus percentage of +29.
The Rebels are eighth in league on the power play scoring 21.5% of the time while they are second in the league on the penalty kill preventing their opponents from scoring 87.2%.
The goaltending tandem of Mitens and Leavy has a combined 1.40 goals against average and .942 save percentage with thirteen shutouts.