Aston Rebels vs. Northeast Generals Overview
The Rebels travel to Attleboro, MA to play two games this weekend against the Northeast Generals. If the Rebels win both games they will clinch their second straight regular season East Division championship. Or, if the Rebels should win on Friday night and the Johnstown Tomahawks lose to the New Jersey Titans, the Rebels will clinch the title. By clinching the title this weekend, the Rebels assure themselves of home ice advantage throughout the divisional semi-final and divisional final playoff series.
This will be the last time these two teams meet this season (Northeast will not make the playoffs). The Rebels currently have a 10 – 0 record against the Generals, and they have outscored them 46 – 10. The last time these two teams met was exactly a month ago when the Rebels won the first game 3 – 2 and the second game 3 – 0. Both games were played at IceWorks. There are three Generals’ players who have three points each against the Rebels: Artision Anosau (1 goal and 2 assists), Justin Jallen (3 goals) and Kohei Sato (3 assists). Jallen has scored the most goals against the Rebels. The Generals have a 14% conversion ratio on the power play (4 for 28) against the Rebels while their goaltending has a 4.60 goals against average and .896 save percentage against the Rebels.
The Rebels are led by Andrew Bellant’s 18 points (9 goals and 9 assists), Gvido Jansons’ eleven points (5 goals and 6 assists) and Evgeny Yakovlev’s ten points (1 goal and 9 assists) against the Generals. Yakovlev will not be traveling with the team due to an indefinite suspension he received for spearing in last Friday night’s game against Johnstown. Bellant has scored the most goals against Northeast with nine. The Rebels have a 31% conversion ratio on the power play (15 for 48). The Rebels goaltenders have a 1.00 goals against average and a .948 save percentage against the Generals with four shutouts (two by Mareks Mitens and two by Jack Leavy).
Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals have a 3-48-3 record with nine points through fifty four games. They are in last place in the East Division, seventy six points behind the Rebels. The Generals have lost ten consecutive games and they are coming off of a 7-0 loss against the Titans. Northeast has scored 102 goals on the season (the least amount in the league) while they have allowed 264 (which is most in the NAHL).
Colin Bilek leads the Generals in scoring with 34 points (15 goals and 19 assists). He is followed by Sato‘s 32 points (12 goals and 21 assists) and Mike Eagan (7 goals and 14 assists) and Matt Weisner’s (6 goals and 15 assists) 21 points respectively. Bilek has scored the most goals on the team with fifteen. Luke Perunovich leads the defensemen in points with 16 (all assists). The Generals are last in the league on the power play (13.8%) and last in the league on the penalty kill with preventing the opposition from scoring 73.5% of the time. Anthony Mangano leads the team in penalty minutes (285 – which is also most in the league).
Northeast’s goaltenders through the season have a 4.72 goals against average and a .887 save percentage with no shutouts.
Aston Rebels Overview
The Rebels lead the East Division with a record of 41-9-2-1 for 85 points. They are coming off of a 3 – 2 win over the Tomahawks. The Rebels have won eight out of their last ten games. They have scored 183 goals (fourth best in the league) and have allowed only 95 goals (least amount in the NAHL) through 53 games.
The Rebels are led by Bellant’s 47 points (25 goals and 22 assists). He is followed by Dom Garcia’s 41 points (13 goals and 29 assists) and Jansons’ 41 points (18 goals and 23 assists). Bellant also leads the team in goals with 25 and game winning goals with six. Jansons also leads the team’s defensemen with 41 points.
The Rebels are ranked fourth in the league on the power play with a 21.7% conversion ratio while they are ranked second in the league on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 85.9% of the time. Bellant leads the team with 150 penalty minutes. Brennan Kapcheck leads the team with a +35 +/- ratio.
The goaltending tandem of Mitens (1.54 GAA and .931 SV%) and Leavy (1.93 GAA and .915 SV%) has a combined 1.67 goals against average and a .926 save percentage with sixteen shutouts.