Game preview: Rebels travel to New Jersey for last game before break

Game preview: Rebels travel to New Jersey for last game before break

The Rebels will travel to Middletown’s Ice World tonight to play the New Jersey Titans for a 7:00pm faceoff. This will be the last game before the holiday break for both teams.

Rebels vs. Titans Overview
This will be the fifth meeting between these two teams this season, with each team winning two games apiece although the Titans have outscored the Rebels 11 – 10. All previous games have been played at the Class of 1923 Arena. The last time these two teams played was on December 7 when the Titans defeated the Rebels 5 – 3.

New Jersey’s Nick Boyagian leads the Titans with four points (1 goal and 3 assists) against the Rebels; Wade Novak has three points (1 goal and 2 assists) while seven different players have two points against Philadelphia. Tate MacDonald has the most goals against the Rebels with two. The Titans are a 5 for 16 (31%) on the powerplay. New Jersey’s goaltenders have a combined 2.50 goals against average and a .912 save percentage.

Rebels defenseman Jordin Holmes leads the Rebels with three points (1 goal and 2 assists) against the Titans while seven different players have two points against New Jersey. Jensen Zerban has scored two goals against the Titans. The Rebels are 3 for 15 (20%) with the extra attacker. Goalies Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.75 goals against average and .901 save percentage.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter tonight’s game with a 14-12-1-1 record with 30 points. They currently reside in fourth place in the East Division, twelve points behind division leading Philadelphia. The Titans have won two of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 3 road loss against the Northeast Generals. Boyagian leads the team in total points with 24 (11 goals and 13 assists). He also leads the team in goals with 11. Four players each have scored two game winning goals. Rookie Holden Biebel leads the team in penalty minutes with 75. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a +15.

New Jersey has scored 93 goals (fifth best in the NAHL) in twenty-eight games. They also have allowed 81 (eleventh best in the league).  The Titans are eighth in the league on the powerplay (21.7%) while they are twenty first in the league on the penalty kill with at 72.2%.

New Jersey’s netminders have a combined 2.71 goals against average and a .915 save percentage with one shutout (Brandon Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter tonight’s game with a 21 – 7 record for 42 points. They lead the East Division by three points over second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels are 4 – 1 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 2 – 1 home overtime victory against the Johnstown Tomahawks.

Aaron Maguyon leads the Rebels in points with 22 (9 goals and 13 assists). Andrew Bellant (8 goals and 12 assists) and Zerban (11 goals and 9 assists) each have twenty points. Zerban has scored the most goals on the team with eleven. Bellant and Zerban lead the team with three game winning goals each.  Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 78 while Carson Moniz has a team best +/- with a +9.

The Rebels have scored 94 goals on the season (fourth best in the league) while they have allowed 59 (tied for first for least allowed in the league). The Rebels have the league’s best powerplay converting on 31% of their chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked fourth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.6% of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.07 goals against average and a .912 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).