This past weekend the Rebels visited the Northeast Generals for their final regular season games. Jamestown has had 2nd place locked up for awhile but 3rd place has been a mystery until this past weekend, more on that later. The Generals were fighting for a playoff spot and needed to win both games or have Wilkes-Barre lose both games in order to make it to the post-season, neither of which happened.
The teams kicked off their seventh meeting of the season on Saturday. The Rebels seemed to be clicking very well on offense as they put up 13 shots on David Fessenden in the 1st period. One of those 13 shots managed to find the back of the net after Alex Frye used his 6’0” 185lb frame to gain possession of the puck and score his 29th of the season. After no scoring in the middle period, the Rebels started the final period up 1-0. Hunter Johannes (14) made it 2-0 Jamestown just 5:19 into the 3rd period. The Generals were able to end Ryan Keane’s chance at a shutout after scoring with nearly 8:00 minutes left in the game. Now with just about over a minute to go in regulation, the Generals pulled their goalie to give them an extra-attacker in hopes to tie the game and force overtime. Auggie Moore had other ideas as he was able to score his ninth goal of the season in his 145th game NAHL regular season game (most in a Rebels jersey). Down 3-1 and with little time to spare Northeast pulled Fessenden once again and again they gave up an empty-net goal. This time though it was Sam Anzai (8), giving the Rebels a 4-1 victory. It was also the fourth time this season that the Rebels had won after being held off the score sheet the game before.
The final regular season game between these two teams was played at 4:30 p.m. the following day. The Knights had split the weekend with Johnstown, so they sat only one point back of Northeast for the final playoff spot in the East. Making Sunday’s match-up even more crucial to win for the home team. Northeast went with David Fessenden again, while Jamestown put Noah West between the pipes. The Generals showed early on that they were here to play as they put up 14 shots through the first 20 minutes of play. One of those shots beat Noah West while Jamestown was on the penalty kill. When the 2nd period started the Rebels were down by one, but it did not take them long to erase that deficit. Ian Carpenter threw a shot on net which ended up getting deflected by Jake Felker (18) and wound up in the back of the net, tying the game not even 2:00 minutes into the period. Sadly, that would be the only goal scored by a Rebels player. With over 5:00 minutes gone in the 2nd period the Generals regained the lead. It was a close game all around and shortly after the Rebels pulled West late in the 3rd period, the Generals scored to give themselves a 3-1 win.
Having split the weekend with the Rebels, the Generals are now only three points ahead of Wilkes-Barre. Northeast ends their regular season against the New Jersey Titans and Wilkes-Barre end theirs versus Maryland. As for the Rebels they will host the Johnstown Tomahawks at the Northwest Arena, both games at 7:05 p.m. It should be an action-packed weekend to close out the 2018-2019 NAHL regular season. Also, with New Jersey sweeping Maryland this past weekend they have secured 3rd place and will be the Rebels opponent for the 1st round of the Robertson Cup Playoffs. For ticket information call 716-484-2624 and make sure to follow us on social media.
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