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Weekend preview: 12/15 – 16. Tomahawks visit Rebels for last home games before break

The Johnstown Tomahawks will visit the Class of 1923 Arena for two games this weekend. Friday night’s game starts at 7:10pm while Saturday’s begins at 7:35pm. These two games will be the last two home games before the holiday break for the Rebels. They will play one final game before the break which will take place on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00pm at Middletown’s Ice World against the New Jersey Titans.

Rebels vs. Tomahawks Overview
This will be games seven and eight between these two team out of a total of twelve during the season. The Rebels have won five of the six by a combined score of 24 to 8. This weekend’s games will be the last played at the Class of 1923 Arena between these two teams this season. The remaining four games will be played at the 1st Summit Cambria County War Memorial.

The last time the Tomahawks and Rebels met was back on Monday, October 30 when the Rebels were led by Aaron Maguyon’s four goals en route to a 6 – 1 victory.

Ben Schmidling leads the Tomahawks in points against the Rebels with five (1 goal and 4 assists). Cade Groton has three points but two of them are goals against Philadelphia, which leads his team against his rival from the Eastern part of Pennsylvania. Believe it or not, Johnstown is 0 for 23 on the powerplay in six games against the Rebels. Johnstown’s goalies have a combined 3.83 goals against average and .867 save percentage against the Rebels.

The Rebels have three players who have five points respectively against the Tomahawks: Andrew Bellant (2 goals and 3 assists), Diarmad DiMurro (2 goals and 3 assists) and Maguyon (4 goals and 1 assist). Maguyon has scored the most goals against Johnstown with four. The Rebels are 7 for 26 (27%) on the powerplay against them. Rebels’ goalies Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 1.33 goals against average and .938 save percentage and one shutout (Keane) against the Tomahawks.

Johnstown Tomahawks Overview
The Tomahawks enter this weekend with a 9-19-1-1 record for twenty points. They are in last place in the East Division, nineteen points behind division leader Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Tomahawks have won three out of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 2 – 0 home win against the Knights. Forward Samuel Solensky leads the team in total points with 23 (9 goals and 14 assists). Schmidling has fifteen points (7 goals and 8 assists) while Joe Kile (9 goals and 5 assists) and Donovan Ott (7 goals and 7 assists) each have fourteen points. Solensky and Kile share the team lead in goals with nine. Solensky also has two game winning goals. Forward Mitchell Hale leads the team in penalty minutes with 94 (third most in the league).

Johnstown has scored 71 goals (second least in the league) in 30 games while they have allowed 109 (third most in the league). The Tomahawks are sixteenth in the league on the powerplay converting on 19.4% of their chances with the extra attacker while they are nineteenth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 74.2% of the time.

Tomahawks’ goaltenders have a combined 3.47 goals against average and .895 save percentage with two shutouts.

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend’s games with a 19 – 7 record for 38 points in 26 games. They are in second place in the East Division behind division leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by a single point. The Rebels are 3 – 2 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 3 home loss against the Titans.

Maguyon leads the Rebels in points with 20 (9 goals and 11 assists). Jensen Zerban (10 goals and 9 assists) and Bellant (7 goals and 12 assists) each have nineteen points. Zerban has scored the most goals on the team with ten and game winning goals with three. Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 70 while Zerban has a team best +/- with a +8.

The Rebels have scored 88 goals in twenty-six games (fifth best in the league) while they have allowed 57 (second least in the league). The Rebels have the league’s best powerplay converting on 32.2% of their chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 86.5% of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.16 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Valiant comeback falls short as Rebels lose to Titans 5 – 3

Despite being down 4 – 0 with five minutes remaining in the second period, the Philadelphia Rebels were able to cut their deficit to one but were not able to tie it and ultimately ended up losing to the visiting New Jersey Titans 5 – 3.

The powerplay was key for both teams last night with the Titans going 2 for 5 and the Rebels going 2 for 2.

With forward Eric Olson off for hooking at the 14:43 mark of the first period defenseman Carson Moniz was called for a two and ten for checking from behind to give the Titans a 5 on 3 advantage with 4:40 remaining in the first period.

Former Mercer Chief Eric Manoukian made a diving lunge to keep the puck in the Rebels zone as it went off the boards to Hunter Alden who was at the bottom of the near side faceoff circle. Alden passed it out to Tate Singleton in the slot who took a shot that was saved by Rebels goalie Eli Billing but the rebound came out to Alden who lifted the puck passed the fallen goalie to give the Titans a 1 – 0 lead.

The Titans would make it a 2 – 0 game with 2:31 left in the period.

As Alex Frye’s penalty had just expired to make it even strength, he raced to enter the action as Wade Novak had the puck down low to the right of Billing. Novak threw the puck out front where it was redirected by Ryan Wheeler with Billing making the save but Kyle Jeffers picked up the deep rebound and put it past the Rebels netminder for his seventh goal on the season.

Matt Cameron would make it 3 – 0 Titans just 1:43 into the second period.  Tyler Antonucci would bring the puck into the Rebels zone on a 3 on 3. As the Titans defenseman got to the top of the far side faceoff circle he sent a cross-ice pass the was briefly touched by Tate Singleton in the slot. Singleton then passed the puck to Cameron on his left. Cameron would take a backhand shot that went top shelf over Billing for his sixth goal on the season.

Head coach Joe Coombs looked to jump start his team and replaced Billing with Ryan Keane.

Brandon Stanley was called for roughing with 5:19 into the second to put the Titans back on the powerplay for the third time in the game. With time winding down with the extra attacker and the Titans cycling the puck, Manoukian had the puck at the top of the far side faceoff circle and he passed it down low to Antonucci who was to the left of Keane. Antonucci sent a pass across the goalmouth that was inadvertently deflected by a Rebels defenseman past Keane to make it a 4 – 0 with 7:50 in the second.

Titans forward Oliver MacDonald was called for holding with six minutes remaining in the second to put the Rebels on their first powerplay of the evening. Ryan Patrick had the puck down low at the near side faceoff circle. He passed the puck back to Diarmad DiMurro at the point. DiMurro would walk the line to his left and then take a wrist shot that found its way through Stanley’s screen past New Jersey goalie Brandon Perrone to put the Rebels on the board with 4:57 left in the period.

A minute and a half later the Rebels would cut the Titans lead in half.

Hunter Alden was called for tripping to put the Rebels back on the powerplay just thirty-three seconds after the Rebels had scored their first goal.

Aaron Maguyon would cut across the slot with the puck and was met by a Titans’ defender. As Maguyon was falling he past the puck to Dusan Kmec at the top of far side faceoff circle. Kmec passed the puck downlow to Jimmy Glynn who was to the right of Perrone. Glynn threw the puck in the slot that was redirected by Stanley and the puck dribbled past Perrone for Stanley’s seventh goal on the season.

Julian Makary would pull the Rebels within one with 8:28 left in the game.  Makary entered the Titans zone on a 2 on 2 with Adam Peck. Makary skated down low to the right of Perrone. As the Rebels forward skated around the net Makary bounced a shot off Perrone that went between the Titans’ goalie’s legs to make it a 4 – 3 game.

The Titans would then make it a 5 – 3 game. Todd Goehring had the puck at the point and passed it down low Tate MacDonald who tipped the puck on net where Keane redirected to the back of the net. As MacDonald and Moniz went towards the puck, Frye went to pick it up but was he was stripped of it by MacDonald and the Titans forward tucked it in short side to close out the scoring.

Billing and Keane combined to stop 19 of 24 shots while Perrone turned aside 28 of 31. Click here for the box score.

Game preview: Titans visit Rebels to play rare Thursday night home game

The New Jersey Titans and Rebels will be playing a rare Thursday night game when the Titans visit the Class of 1923 Arena tonight for a 7:35pm start. Despite the Rebels returning from an eight-game road swing, this will be the third straight home game for the Rebels against New Jersey.

Rebels vs. Titans Overview
The Rebels and Titans have played each other three times this season, with all of them being played at the Class of 1923 Arena. The Rebels have won two of the three games, outscoring the Titans by a combined score of 7 – 6. The last time these two teams met was on Sunday, November 15 when the Rebels defeated New Jersey 2 – 1.

New Jersey’s Nick Boyagian leads the Titans with four points (1 goal and 3 assists) against the Rebels. Three other players each have two points against Philadelphia: Andrew Husted (1 goal and 1 assist), Todd Goehring (1 goal and 1 assist) and Wade Novak (1 goal and 1 assist). The Titans are a 3 for 11 (27%) on the powerplay. New Jersey’s goaltenders Matt Ladd and Brandon Perrone have a combined 2.33 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.

Rebels defenseman Jordin Holmes leads the Rebels with three points (1 goal and 2 assists) against the Titans. Jensen Zerban has scored two goals against New Jersey. The Rebels are 1 for 13 (8%) with the extra attacker against them while goalies Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.00 goals against average and .935 save percentage.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter the game with a 12-10-1-1 record in 24 games with 26 points. They currently reside in fourth place in the East Division, twelve points behind division leading Philadelphia. The Titans have played the least amount of games in the division. The Titans have won two of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 1 road loss against the Johnstown Tomahawks. Boyagian leads the team in total points with 23 (11 goals and 12 assists). He also leads the team in goals with 11. Husted, Novak and Tyler Antonucci each have two game-winning goals. Rookie Holden Biebel leads the team in penalty minutes with 58. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a +12.

New Jersey has scored 82 goals (fifth best in the NAHL) in twenty-four games. They also have allowed 70 (twelfth best in the league).  The Titans are fifteenth in the league on the powerplay (18.3%) while they are eightteenth in the league on the penalty kill with at 75.5%.

Netminders Ladd and Perrone have a combined 2.45 goals against average and a .921 save percentage with one shutout (Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter tonight’s game with a 19 – 6 record for 38 points in 25 games. They lead the East Division by three points over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels are 3 – 2 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 0 road win against the Northeast Generals.

Aarong Maguyon leads the Rebels in points with 20 (9 goals and 11 assists). Zerban (10 goals and 9 assists) and Andrew Bellant (7 goals and 12 assists) each have nineteen points. Zerban has scored the most goals on the team with ten and game winning goals with three. Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 70 while Zerban and Diarmad DiMurro each have a team best +/- with a +8.

The Rebels have scored 85 goals in twenty-five games (third best in the league) while they have allowed 52 (second best in the league). The Rebels are best in the league on the power play and have converted on 30.7% of the chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked second in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 88.1% of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.04 goals against average and a .915 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Maguyon, Kmec & Keane recognized for NAHL November Honors

The North American Hockey League announced today its monthly player awards for the month of November. Rebels forward Aaron Maguyon, defenseman Dusan Kmec and goaltender Ryan Keane were selected as honorable mention for their respective position.

Maguyon had five points (2 goals and 3 assists) in eight games. To date, the Egg Harbor Twp., NJ native leads the team in total points with 20 (9 goals and 11 assists). He was named honorable mention for the East Division for week ending November 19 and second star of the week for week ending November 5.

Kmec, who was brought over in a trade with the Aberdeen Wings halfway through November, had three points (all assists) in seven games. He is currently third on the team for points by a defenseman with six (2 goals and 4 assists).

Keane, who was the league’s goalie of the month for October, went 3 – 2 in the month posting a 2.40 goal against average and a .908 save percentage. He has a 1.74 goal against average and .927 save percentage and one shutout on the season.

Billing and Rebels blank Generals 3 – 0 to sweep weekend series

Eli Billing recorded his first North American Hockey League shutout by turning aside all 25 shots he faced as Brandon Stanley and Aaron Maguyon each had two points as the visiting Philadelphia Rebels won 3 – 0 to complete the weekend sweep over the Northeast Generals. The victory puts the Rebels three points ahead of the second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Having entered the game converting on 47% of their powerplay chances, the Rebels would score the only goal they needed on … the powerplay. With offsetting penalties to Andrew Bellant and Joe Nagle, Matt Wiesner was called for roughing to give the Rebels the extra attacker. After Stanley won the draw deep inside the Generals zone the puck went back to Dusan Kemc who then skated near the far side boards. Kemc sent a pass back to the point to Carson Moniz. Moniz would pass it downlow to his left to Aaron Maguyon who took a one-timer that was deflected by Stanley in the slot past Generals goalie Marko Sturma to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead with 4:25 left in the first period.

In a very good back and forth physical second period, the Rebels would take a 2 – 0 lead on Adam Peck’s seventh goal on the season. As the Generals tried to clear the zone Peck intercepted the puck at the far side blueline and passed it over to Auggie Moore on his right. As Moore skated to the slot he took a low shot that Sturma made a right-pad save but the rebound came out directly to Peck who tucked in the rebound into the open net with 7:06 left in the second period.

After outshooting the Generals 28 – 18 after two periods of play, the Rebels looked to put the nail in the coffin. After Jensen Zerban won the draw deep inside the Generals zone the puck went back to Kmec at the near side point. Kmec took a clapper that went way wide and into the far side corner. After Stanley brought the puck out a scrum he passed it to Zerban to the left of Sturma. Zerban would skate around the net and pass it to a wide open Maguyon in the slot and the Egg Harbor Township, NJ native redirected the puck past Sturma to make it a 3 – 0 game. It was Maguyon’s ninth goal on the season.

Sturma would stop 47 of 50 shots. Click here for the box score.

The win concluded an eight-game road swing for the Rebels in which the team went 5 – 3 and moved them into first place with a three-point lead in the East Division.

The Rebels next game will be played on Thursday, December 7 at 7:30pm at the Class of 1923 Arena against the New Jersey Titans.

Powerplay and second period propel Rebels to 7 – 2 victory over Northeast Generals

The visiting Philadelphia Rebels scored four, second period goals in a span of six minutes and sixteen seconds en route to a 7 – 2 win over the Northeast Generals. The victory moves the Rebels into sole possession of first place in the East Division over the idle Wilke-Barre/Scranton Knights.

With 5:53 left in the first period, Adam Peck’s sixth goal on the year would give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead. After an icing call on the Generals, Eric Olson would win the draw deep inside the Northeast zone. The puck would come directly back to Bryant Gunn at the near side point. Gunn passed it over to Jordin Holmes on his right. The Willow Grove, PA native took a wrist shot from the point that Peck redirected out front past the shoulder of Northeast’s goaltender David Fessenden to put the Rebels on the board.

The Rebels lead lasted all of thirty-seven seconds.

Northeast’s Matt Demelis would bring the puck up along the near side boards into and around the Rebels net. As Demelis skated towards the far side corner he was blocked off by Jensen Zerban but Demilis was able to pass the puck to Colin Bilek. Bilek would skate to the bottom of the faceoff circle and he sent a pass to Justin Jallen at the faceoff dot. Jallen took a one-timer that beat Rebels goalie Eli Billing glove side to tie the game at one.

Then with 7:38 remaining in the second period the Rebels completely changed the game’s outcome. As Holmes entered the offensive zone he took a shot that went high and wide of the Northeast net but the rebound was picked up by Alex Frye who immediately took a shot on net that was saved by Fessenden but the Northeast defensemen were unable to control the rebound-out front. As the Generals Shawn Montgomery went to clear the puck, Frye stripped him of it and the Rebels forward took a shot that beat the fallen Generals’ netminder to make it a 2 – 1 game. It was Frye’s third goal in two games.

Jallen was called for cross-checking with four minutes remaining in the second to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Friday night’s star Dusan Kmec then would give the Rebels a 3 – 1 lead. With the puck pinned in the Generals far side corner, Zerban would come out of the scrum and pass the puck to Andrew Bellant at the top of the circle. Bellant would pass it over to Kmec who took a one-timer that beat Fessenden long side with 3:07 left in the period.

A minute later Olson would make it a 4 – 1 game. Defenseman Diarmad DiMurro would intercept a Generals outlet pass at center ice and skate into the offensive zone. As he crossed the blueline he passed the puck over to his right to Auggie Moore. As Moore picked up the puck along the near side boards, he sent a backhand pass towards the net that was redirected by Olson passed Fessenden for this third goal on the season.

Aaron Maguyon would close out the second period scoring with 1:22 left in the middle stanza. Brandon Stanley picked up a loose rebound in the Generals far side corner and he passed the puck up along the boards to Bellant. Bellant sent a pass back to the point to Kmec who took a shot that was saved by Fessenden but the puck bounced off his stick directly to Stanley in the goal mouth. As Stanley was being pushed from behind he took a shot that Fessenden made with a right pad save but the rebound came out to Maguyon who tucked it home to give the Rebels a 5 – 1 lead.

After regrouping in between periods, the Generals looked to chip away at their four-goal deficit to the start of the final period. With 1:54 into the third Brady Gaudette would make it a 5 – 2 game.  Billing would make a save on a shot from the point and he redirected the puck towards the corner but Matt Wiesner picked up the loose puck to the left side of Billing. Wiesner and Mike Egan would exchange passes behind the Rebels net and then Wiesner looked up and saw Gaudette in the slot and the Northeast forward took a shot that beat Billing short side for this sixth goal on the season.

However, it was too little too late as Kolby Vegara and Zerban would score two more power play goals to complete the Rebels scoring and make it a 7 – 2 game.

The Rebels went 3 for 6 with the extra attacker. In the five games played between these two teams this season, the Rebels are an astounding 47% on the power play.

Billing would turn aside 24 of 26 shots while Fessenden stopped 29 of 36. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will conclude their three-game series today at noon.

Kmec’s goal in OT gives Rebels 4 – 3 win over Generals

Defenseman Dusan Kemec’s powerplay goal fifty seconds into overtime gave the visiting Philadelphia Rebels a 4 – 3 win over the Northeast Generals last night. The victory moved the Rebels into sole possession of second place in the East Division and a point behind the division leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

The Rebels would score the only tally of the first period on Brandon Stanley’s fifth goal on the season. After Diarmad DiMurro dumped the puck behind the Generals net, Stanley picked it up and was immediately met by a Northeast defender. Stanley passed the puck up along the corner to Aaron Maguyon who sent a pass back to DiMurro at the point and the Dartmouth commit took a shot through a screen that was initially saved by Northeast goalie Marko Sturma but Stanley tucked in the rebound and put it past Sturma with 8:38 left in the period.

The Generals would tie it at 3:56 into the second. Eric Olson went to clear the puck out of the zone but it was deflected along the far side boards by Alex Cohen. The puck would bounce high into the air and then was picked up at the top of the slot by Kmec. Kmec went to pass the biscuit behind his own net to Carson Moniz but it was intercepted by Justin Kelly who immediately passed the puck to Cohen in the slot and he one-timed it passed Rebels goalie Ryan Keane for his fourth goal on the season.

Northeast would score their second consecutive goal with 6:16 remaining in the period. After Sturma made a save the rebound went out to teammate Brady Gaudette to his left. Gaudette would lob the puck up high and it bounced into the Rebels zone where it was picked up by Mike Egan in the far side corner. Egan would send a pass back to the point to Joe Nagle who took a shot that was deflected by a Rebels defenseman towards the left side of Keane. Egan would pick up the loose puck and circle around the Rebels net and passed it to Gaudette in the slot. Gaudette took a wrister that was saved by Keane but the rebound came out to Egan who was to Keane’s right and he put the rebound past the Rebels goalie to give Northeast a 2 – 1 lead.

A little over a minute and a half later Alex Frye would score his first of two straight goals to even the score. Frye would intercept a Generals pass at the top of goal mouth in his own zone and then passed the puck to Ryan Patrick up along the far side blueline. Patrick would enter the offensive zone and take a shot that was saved by Sturma but he juggled it and the rebound came directly out to Frye who put it past the fallen Generals’ netminder to make 2 – 2 with 4:39 left in the second.

Having scored on 38% of their chances on the powerplay against the Generals going into this series, the Rebels would take advantage of the extra attacker when the Generals were called for too many men on the ice with 2:39 remaining in the middle stanza.

Andrew Bellant picked up the puck at center ice and sent a pass up to Frye who would enter the offensive zone along the far side boards and then cut towards the goal mouth. As he got to the top of the crease, Frye made a great drag around defenseman Ryan Rowland and put the puck top shelf past Sturma to give the Rebels back the lead at 3 – 2 with 1:47 left in the period.

The Generals would tie the score on Gaudette’s second goal of the game. Matt Wiesner would take a shot that was saved by Keane but the bouncy rebound came directly out to Gaudette and he tucked in the rebound to make it 3 – 3 at 5:30 into the third.

As time was winding down in regulation, Egan would be called for slashing with twelve seconds left to give the Rebels the extra attacker heading into overtime.

With the game now into overtime, the Rebels would cycle the puck through the offensive zone. Kmec would receive a pass from Kolby Vegara who was to the left of Kmec. Kmec would pass it down low to Bellant who sent a quick return pass to the Kocise, Slovakia native. Kmec took a shot from the top of the far side faceoff circle that beat Sturma high glove side to give the Rebels the 4 – 3 victory.

Keane stopped 13 of 16 shots while Sturma turned aside 40 of 44 shots. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will meet for their second of this weekend’s three game series tonight at 5:30pm.

Weekend preview: 12/1 – 12/3. Rebels travel to Attleboro for first ever three game series

The Rebels will travel to Attleboro, MA today to play the Northeast Generals for three consecutive away games this weekend. It will be the first time in team history that it will be playing in three straight games (non-NAHL Showcase).  Friday night’s game begins at 7:30pm, Saturday night’s game starts at 5:30pm and Sunday’s game begins at noon.

Rebels vs. Generals Overview
This will be games four, five and six between the two teams. The Rebels have won two of the three games by a combined score of 12 to 10. The last time these teams met was two weeks ago in Attleboro when they split the series. The Rebels won the last game played between them by a score of 5 – 2 back on November 19.

Justin Jallen leads the Generals with six points (3 goals and 3 assists) against the Rebels. He also has scored the most goals against them with three while Matt Demelis has five points against the Rebels (1 goal and 4 assists). Northeast is 1 for 12 (8%) on the powerplay against the Rebels. Goaltenders David Fessenden and Marko Sturma have a combined 4.00 goals against average and a .869 save percentage against the Rebels.

Aaron Maguyon leads the Rebels with 5 points (2 goals and 3 assists) against the Generals while Ryan Patrick has four points (2 goals and 2 assists). The Rebels are 3 for 8 (38%) on the powerplay against Northeast. Netminders Eli Biling and Ryan Keane have a combined 3.33 goals against average and a .852 save percentage against the Generals.

Northeast Generals Overview
Northeast has a 16 – 11 record in 27 games with 32 points, and they are tied with the Rebels for second place in the East Division. The Generals have won two of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 4 road victory against the New Jersey Titans. Forwards Mike Egan (14 goals and 14 assists) and Colin Bilek (10 goals and 18 assists) each have 28 points to lead the Generals in points. Egan and Jallen each have fourteen goals. Egan and Matt Weisner have four game winning goals respectively. Weisner also leads the team in penalty minutes with 61.  Louis Boudon has the best +/- percentage on the team with a +14.

Northeast has scored 96 goals (most in the NAHL). They also have allowed 89 (third most in the league).    The Generals are ninth in the league on the powerplay (21.5%) while they are seventeenth in the league on the penalty kill with at 76.80%

Netminders Fessenden and Sturma have a combined 3.18 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Rebels Overview
Despite being tied with the Generals for second place in the division, the Rebels possess a 16 – 6 record but they have played five games less than Northeast. The Rebels are 2 – 3 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 2 – 1 road loss against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights.

Jensen Zerban leads the Rebels in points with 17 (9 goals and 8 assists). Andrew Bellant and Maguyon each have 15 points (both have 7 goals and 8 assists). Zerban leads the team in goals (9), game winning goals (three) and best +/- with a +9. Bellant also has the most penalty minutes on the team with 52.

The Rebels have scored 71 goals in twenty two games (seventh best in the league) while they have allowed 47 (second best in the league). The Rebels are second in the league on the power play and have converted on 28.4% of the chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked fourth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.9 of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.10 goals against average and a .914 save percentage with one shutout (Keane).

Knights repel Rebels charge to win 5 – 3

The Philadelphia Rebels were unable to comeback from two, two-goal deficits and ended up losing to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 5 – 3 at the Revolution Ice Centre last night. The loss moves the Rebels back into a two-way tie for second place in the East Division with the Northeast Generals and a point out of first behind the Knights.

With 5:11 into the opening period, the Knights’ Tyrone Bronte would score his first of two goals on the evening. With a scrum in the Rebels nearside corner, WBS’ Mike Gelatt was able to kick the puck out free to Justin Engelkes. Engelkes would take a snap shot that was saved by Rebels goalie Eli Billing but the juicy rebound came right out to Bronte who put it past Billing to give the Knights a 1 – 0 lead.

Four minutes later the Knights would make it a 2 – 0 game. After a big right pad save by Billing the puck was kicked out to the far side boards where it was picked up by Michael Morrissey, who passed it down low to Reed Robinson in the corner. Robinson saw a wide-open Adrian Danchenko in the slot and Danchenko wristed the puck past Billing for his fifth goal on the season.

Adam Peck would get the Rebels on the board with 3:29 into the second period. With the play behind the Knights net, the puck would come up along the near side boards where Peck picked it up on his backhand. He turned and started to skate behind the net and drop passed the puck to Jensen Zerban. The speedy Rebels forward skated around the net and passed it to Peck who was to the right of Knights’ goalie David Tomeo. Peck flipped the puck and it beat Tomeo in close and up high to cut the Rebels deficit in half.

At the 6:15 mark of the second period WBS’ Luke Robinson was called for interference to put the Rebels on the power play.

Aaron Maguyon had the puck at the top of the far side faceoff circle. He over shot his pass to Zerban who was at the goal line. Zerban chased after the puck behind the Knights net and sent a bounce pass off the near side boards to Dusan Kmec at the point. Kmec took a shot that was saved by Tomeo but the rebound was picked up by Maguyon. As Maguyon was falling to the ice he had the wherewithal to pass the puck to Zerban in the slot and the Air Force Academy commit redirected the biscuit into an open net to tie that game at two at 7:08 into the second period.

The tie game didn’t last very long.

A minute and eight seconds after Zerban tied the game, Jack Olmstead would give the lead back to the Knights. Rebels forward Julian Makary dumped the puck deep inside the Knights zone for a line change where Knights’ defenseman Shay Donovan retrieved the puck and sent it up along the far side boards to Matt Kidney who at the at the Rebels blueline. Kidney send a shuttle pass up to Olmstead who took a wide angle shot that beat Billing down low to give the Knights a 3 – 2 lead.

With time winding down in the second, the Knights were able to reclaim their two-goal lead. Rebels’ defenseman Jordin Holmes had the puck at his far side blueline and went to pass the puck off the glass where it was knocked down by Brandon Stanley. However, the Knights’ Kidney picked up the loose puck and passed it up to Bronte. Bronte entered the Rebels zone on a two-on-one but cut across the goalmouth and put a backhander passed Billing with thirty-one seconds left in the period to give the Knights a 4 – 2 lead.

Andrew Bellant would cut the Knights lead in half with his seventh goal on the season. The Knights’ Danchenko entered the Rebels zone on a two-on-two with Michael Morrissey. As Danchenko went to drag the puck, it went off his skate directly towards Kmec. Kmec would headman the puck up to Bellant but the biscuit was juggled between Bellant and a Knights’ defenseman. Bellant was able to control the puck and skated towards the net and took a backhander that beat Tomeo to make it a 4 – 3 game.

It was too little too late as Gelatt would score an empty net goal with thirty-two seconds left to put the game out of reach for the Rebels.

Billing stopped 25 of 29 shots while Tomeo turned aside 35 of 38. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will finish their three-game series this afternoon at 2:00pm at the Revolution Ice Center.

Weekend preview: 11/25 – 11/26. Rebels visit Knights for two games to finish three game series

The Rebels will travel back up to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to play the Knights for two games to complete a three-game series that started on Wednesday between these two teams at the Revolution Ice Centre. Saturday night’s game will begin at 7:30pm and Sunday’s game will commence at 2:00pm. This will be the fourth and fifth games of an eight-game road swing for the Rebels.

Rebels vs. Knights Overview
This will be the fifth and sixth games between the two teams. The Rebels have won three of the four by a combined score of 14 – 11. The Rebels won this past Wednesday’s matinee 6 – 3 with Jensen Zerban scoring two goals.

Justin Engelkes leads the Knights with six points (2 goals and 4 assists) against the Rebels. Three players have four points respectively against Philadelphia: Matt Kidney (all assists), Tyrone Bronte (1 goal and 3 assists) and Mike Gelatt (3 goals and 1 assist). Gelatt also has scored the most goals against the Rebels with three.  WBS is 3 for 18 (17%) on the powerplay in four games. Goaltenders David Tomeo and Christian Stoever have a combined 3.50 goals against average and .889 save percentage.

Four Rebels’ players have four points against the Knights: Auggie Moore (2 goals and 2 assists), Diarmad DiMurro (1 goal and 3 assists), Ryan Patrick (3 goals and 1 assist) and Andrew Bellant (all assists). Patrick has scored the most goals with three. The Rebels are 3 for 14 (21%) on the powerplay. Netminders Ryan Keane and Eli Billing have a combined 2.75 goals against average and a .904 save percentage against WBS.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in second place in the East Division with a 14-6-3 record for 31 points. The Knights have won two of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 6 – 3 home loss to the Rebels. Forward Jack Olmstead leads the team in points with 24 (12 goals and 12 assists), goals (12), game winning goals (three) and best +/- with +11. Reed Robinson has 22 points (10 goals and 12 assists) and Kidney has 21 points (9 goals and 12 assists).  Kiryll Ulanov has the most penalty minutes on the team 35.

The Knights have scored 78 goals in 23 games so far (second best in the league) and they have allowed 72 (18th most). The Knights are fifteenth in the league on the powerplay (19%) while they are fifth in the league on the penalty kill with a 85.8%.

Netminders Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 2.93 goals against average and a .906 save percentage with no shutouts.

Rebels Overview
The Rebels lead the East Division with a 16 – 4 record for 32 points. They also have the best winning percentage in the league with a .800. The Rebels are 4 – 1 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 6 – 3 road win against the Knights.

The Rebels have three players tied with fourteen points: Zerban (8 goals and 6 assists), Aaron Maguyon (7 goals and 7 assists) and Bellant (6 goals and 8 assists). Zerban leads the team in goals (8) and game winning goals (three). Bellant also has the most penalty minutes on the team with 52 while DiMurro has the best +/- with a +8.

The Rebels have scored 67 goals in twenty games (fourth best in the league) while they have allowed only 40 (second best in the league). The Rebels are fourth in the league on the power play and have converted on 28.8% of the chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked fourth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.1 of the time.

Goalies Billing and Keane have a combined 2.00 goals against average and a .919 save percentage with one shutout (Keane).