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Rebels win 10th straight game with 5 – 1 victory over Tomahawks and sweep weekend series

Backed by two, third period goals from Brandon Stanley, the visiting Philadelphia Rebels defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks 5 – 1 to sweep the weekend series against their rival from Western Pennsylvania and run their record to 10 – 0 on the season. The Rebels are the only undefeated team in the North American Hockey League.

The Rebels took an early lead again in this game on Eric Olson’s first goal on the season at 2:23 into the opening period. After Olson won the draw deep inside the Tomahawks’ zone, the puck came out to Ryan Patrick on the right-hand side of the near side faceoff circle. Patrick sent a cross-ice pass back to Bryant Gunn. Gunn took a wrist shot that Johnstown’s goalie Britt League made the initial save but Olson picked up the rebound and tuck it in the net to put the Rebels out front 1 – 0.

The Tomahawks would even the score off of an Alex Singley goal.  After Andrew Andary won the scrum along the near side boards in the Rebels zone, he passed the puck back to Hunter Carrick at the point. Carrick took a slap shot that was redirected by Singley in the slot and passed Rebels goalie Ryan Keane with 5:17 left in the first period.

As the game entered the second, Carter Woolley would give the Rebels back the lead. After Johnstown dumped the puck deep inside the Rebels zone it was retrieved by Gunn in his near side corner. Gunn would pass it up to Mack Byers at his own blueline. Byers sent a pass to a streaking Woolley in the neutral zone and the Bloomfield Hills, MI native beat League blocker side for his second goal on the season.

The old adage in hockey is the best defender on a 5 on 3 is your goaltender, and that old adage was correct today. Diarmad DiMurro was called for hooking at 8:34 into the second period and then Byers was called for holding 45 seconds later to give the Tomahawks a 5 on 3. Keane had to make at least three-point blank saves to keep the Rebels on top.

It then was the Rebels turn to go on a 5 on 3 advantage. After former Rebel Carter Dwyer was called for roughing at 12:17 into the second, teammate Nic Azarovitz was called for slashing seventeen seconds later. Twelve seconds into the 5 on 3 Hugh Quinn would make it a 3 – 1 game.

After Andrew Bellant won the draw deep inside the Johnstown zone he passed the puck to his left to Aaron Maguyon, sent the puck back to DiMurro at the point. DiMurro skated deeper into the Tomahawks zone and passed to Maguyon on his left. Maguyon fed a pass back to Quinn at the top of the faceoff circle and beat League blocker side with 7:18 left in the second period.

Stanley would put the game out of reach with his first goal of the game the 9:54 mark of the third period. As Tomahawks forward Brendan White tried to bring the puck out of his own zone, he was checked hard into the boards by Maguyon and puck went back to Stanley at the point. Stanley lobbed a shot on net that League misplayed and the biscuit went past him and into the net to make it a 4 – 1 game.

With time winding down in the game the Rebels would go on the power play. After the puck went into the Johnstown far side corner, Maguyon would fight for the puck and send it back to Carson Moniz. Moniz would pass it over to his right to Quinn who took a one-timer that was deflected by Stanley in the slot to make it a 5 – 1 game with 3:44 left in regulation.

Keane, who allowed only one goal all weekend, stopped 22 of 23 shots while League turned aside 9 of 14. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will play the first-place Northeast Generals on Wednesday night at 7:00pm at the Class of 1923 Arena.

Rebels win 4 – 0 to spoil Johnstown’s home opener

Forward Andrew Bellant had three points and goaltender Ryan Keane turned aside all 21 shots he faced to lead the visiting Philadelphia Rebels to a 4 – 0 victory the Johnstown Tomahawks. The win keeps the Rebels undefeated on the season with a 9 – 0 record.

It was the Tomahawks home opener and the team did it right with a spectacular indoor light show and then had National Hockey League Hall of Famer Paul Coffey drop the ceremonial first puck. It was a very festive atmosphere but Bellant quickly changed the good mood just 3:07 into the first period.

With the puck in their own zone, a Rebels defenseman dumped the puck up high into the neutral zone where it was picked up along the near side blueline by Johnstown’s defenseman Reagan Wortz. As Wortz started to skate towards center ice he sent an errant pass that was picked off by Bellant and the crafty forward skated in on a breakaway and beat Tomahawks’ goalie Vinnie Purpura left, glove side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead. It was Bellant’s fourth goal on the season.

The Rebels started the second period on the power play. As time was expiring with the extra attacker, Auggie Moore had the puck at the top of the near side faceoff circle. He sent a pass downlow to Bellant who skated up the boards and sent a pass back to Diarmad DiMurro back to the point. DiMurro send a seamless, cross-ice pass down low to Brandon Stanley who took a one-timer and beat Purpura short-side to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 lead just 2:25 into the second period.

With less than five minutes remaining in the third period, Purpura made a nice toe save on Aaron Maguyon but the rebound went off a Johnstown defender’s skate and the puck went behind the net where it was picked up by Ryan Patrick. After battling for the puck, Patrick kicked the puck free to Bellant who was at the side of the net. Bellant looked up and found Julian Makary all alone in the slot and Makary took a one-timer that beat Purpura to give the Rebels a 3 – 0 lead with 3:15 left in the game. It was Makary’s first goal on the season.

With time winding down in regulation and on their sixth power play, Moore sent a pass down low to Bellant who positioned himself to the right of Purpura. Bellant sent a pass through the goalmouth to Seth Bergeron who took a one-timer but Purpura made a nice save but the rebound came right back to Moore who put the puck in the net to finish the scoring.

It was Keane’s first shutout of the season. Purpura, who played extremely well, stopped 24 of 28 shots. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will be back at it today at 1:00pm at the Cambria County War Memorial.

Weekend preview: 10/6 – 10/8. Knights and Titans invade the Class of 1923 Arena

The Rebels will play three home games this weekend: two against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and one with the New Jersey Titans. Friday night’s game against the Knights is slated to begin at 7:10pm and then again on Saturday at 6:50pm. The game on Sunday against the Titans will start at 6:20pm.

Rebels vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights
Last season the Rebels took nine out of twelve games against the Knights and then swept them in the divisional semi-finals three games to none. During the regular season the Rebels outscored the Knights by 24 (48 to 24). The Rebels converted 20% on the power play while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scored 16% of the time. Current Rebels Aaron Maguyon and Jenson Zerban each had 10 points against the Knights while current Knight Matt Kidney had six points against the Rebels.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
The Knights are currently in third place in the East Division with a 5 – 1 record for ten points, four points behind division leader Northeast Generals, although the Knights have three games in hand. WBS has scored 19 goals (eighth best in the league) and have allowed 14 (sixth best in the league). The Knights are led by Jack Olmstead who has seven points (3 goals and 4 assists). Tyrone Bronte (3 goals and 3 assists) and Matt Kidney (3 goals and 3 assists) each have six points. Thomas Farrell leads the defensive unit with four points (all assists). He also leads the team in +/- with +8. Netminder David Tomeo leads the team in penalty minutes with twelve. WBS is ranked twentieth in the league on the power play having scored 10% of the time while they are ranked eleventh on the penalty kill, having prevented the opposition from scoring 83.3% of the time.

Tomeo along with Christian Stoever and Kevin Lake have a combined 2.30 goals against average and a .930 save percentage.

Rebels vs. New Jersey Titans
The Titans were the biggest challenge to the Rebels during the regular season and playoffs. The Rebels defeated New Jersey seven out the twelve regular season games having outscored them 35 to 23. Five of the Rebels seven wins against the Titans were on home ice. This trend continued into the playoffs where the two teams had a very hard-fought give game divisional final series with the Rebels winning three games to two, with all three Rebels’ wins on home ice. The Rebels scored 22% of the time on the power play while the Titans converted on 16% of the time. Current Rebels Andrew Bellant and Maguyon each had nine points against New Jersey.

Titans Overview
The Titans are currently in fourth place in the East Division with a 4-3-1 record with nine points, five behind the first place Generals, although the Titans have a game in hand. The Titans have scored 28 goals on the season (second best in the league) and have allowed 19 (fourteenth in the league). The Titans are led by Hunter Alden’s nine points (4 goals and 5 assists). Alden also leads the team in goals with four. Ryan Wheeler leads the blueliners with six points (all assists). Alden has the best +/- with +8. Tyler Barrow has the most penalty minutes on the team with 26. The Titans are sixteenth in the league on the power play having converted 17.2% of the time while they are ranked thirteenth in the league on the penalty kill having the prevented the opposition from scoring 80.6% of the time.

Titans netminders Brandon Perrone and Matt Ladd have a combined 2.10 goals against average and a .927 save percentage with one shutout (Perrone).

Rebels Overview
Despite being the only undefeated team in the league with a 6 – 0 record, the Rebels are second in the division with twelve points, two behind the Generals although the Rebels have three games in hand. The Rebels have scored eighteen goals on the season (tenth best) and have allowed eight (least amount in the league). The team is led by Jensen Zerban’s six points (3 goals and 3 assists). Zerban and Bellant lead the team in goals with three each. Diarmad DiMurro has the most points among the defensemen with four (1 goal and 3 assists). Zerban and DiMurro lead the team with the best +/- with both having a +4. Bellant has the most penalty minutes on the team with 28. The Rebels are sixth in the league on the power play having converted 25% of the time while they are fifth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposing from scoring 87% of the time.

The Rebels netminders Eli Billing, Ryan Keane and Jack Leavy have a combined 1.33 goals against average and a .943 save percentage with one shutout (Leavy).

Rebels remain unbeaten with 5 – 2 win over Tomahawks

The Rebels used a balanced scoring attack to give them a 5 – 2 win over the visiting Johnstown Tomahawks last night. The victory gives the Rebels a perfect 6 – 0 record on the young season. They are the only undefeated team in the North American Hockey League.

Former Rebel Carter Dwyer helped his old team in the very beginning of the game when he took a slashing penalty at 4:41 into the opening period. The Rebels were having good puck movement on the powerplay but were unable to get any shots on net due to Johnstown’s defense. Then the puck went back to Diarmad DiMurro at the near side point. As he started to walk the blueline to his right he passed the puck back to Jensen Zerban, who promptly passed it downlow to Aaron Maguyon at the bottom of the faceoff circle. Maguyon found a wide open DiMurro at the top of the slot and he took a wrist shot that beat Tomahawks’ goalie Vinnie Purpurra blocker side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead at 5:43 into the opening period.

A little over four minutes later Adam Peck would give the Rebels a 2 – 0. After Rebels goalie Eli Billing made a nice back-door pass save to keep the Tomahawks off the board, the rebound came out to Julian Makary who skated up the far side boards. Makary sent a cross-ice pass to a streaking Jimmy Glynn along the near side boards. As Glynn skated to the faceoff dot he passed the puck to Makary in the slot. Makary took a shot the was saved by Purpurra but Peck picked up the loose puck and put it behind Purpurra for his first goal of the season.

Despite being outshot 12 – 7 after one period of play, the Rebels entered the second period with a two-goal lead. After a battle in the corner the puck skirted out to Carter Woolley who promptly passed it back to Justin Smith as the far side point. Smith crossed the puck over to DiMurro who took a shot that blocked in front of the net. Mack Byers picked up the rebound and passed the puck back to the slot to a breaking Smith who took a snapshot that beat Purpurra long side to give the Rebels a 3 – 0 lead at 6:33 into the middle period. It was Smith’s first-ever NAHL goal.

Jonathan Bendorf would make it a 4 – 0 game with 9:23 left in the second. Zerban would bring the puck up along the far side boards and cut across to center ice as he entered the offensive zone. He took a shot that was saved by Purpurra but Bendorf tapped in the rebound for his first goal as a Rebel.

Johnstown’s Chase Davidson was called for holding with 5:19 left in the second. Thirty-four seconds later Woolley would make it a 5 – 0 game. With Johnstown looking to clear the puck it was blocked by Peck and the puck went to Auggie Moore along the far side boards. Moore passed the puck back to DiMurro at the point. DiMurro started to move closer into the offensive zone where he saw an open Woolley at the top of the near side faceoff circle. Woolley stepped up and took a snipe of a shot that beat Johnstown’s Jake Faulkner short side for the Rebels second power play goal of the game.

The Tomahawks would make it 5 – 1 just 34 seconds later, and they added their second goal with three minutes remaining to finish the game’s scoring.

Billing would stop 25 of 27 shots while Purpurra and Faulkner would combine to stop 21 of 26 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will be home this upcoming weekend playing a total of three games, two against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and one against the New Jersey Titans.

Weekend Preview: 9/30 – 10/1; Rebels host Tomahawks in home opening weekend

The Rebels long awaited home opener at the venerable Class of 1923 Arena at the University of Pennsylvania is finally here. The two teams will meet on Saturday night at 7:35pm and on Sunday at 6:20pm. Saturday night’s will feature a festive mood before the game with outdoor music and a beer garden. Philadelphia Flyers legend Bernie Parent will drop the ceremonial first puck and sign autographs through the first period.

Tomahawks vs. Rebels: 2016-17
Despite defeating the Tomahawks nine out of twelve games last season, the series was extremely close. The Rebels outscored Johnstown by only five goals (27 to 22). In fact, the fate of nine games was decided by one goal between them. The Rebels were 10% on the powerplay while the Tomahawks were 11%. Returning Rebel Aaron Maguyon along with former captain Dom Garcia each had seven points against Johnstown while former Tomahawk standout Donovan Ott had eleven points against the Rebels.

Tomahawks Overview
Last season the Tomahawks finished second in the East Division with a 40-16-4 record for 84 points, the best in team history. This season, however, has not started well for the Rebels rival from Western Pennsylvania. They currently have a 2 – 5 record for four points. The Tomahawks went 1 – 3 at the recently concluded NAHL Showcase. They are currently in last place and eight points behind division leader Northeast Generals.

The Tomahawks have scored 14 goals on the young season (eighth best in the league) and they have allowed 26 (most in the league). Forward Joe Kile leads the Tomahawks in total points with five (all goals) while Karim DelPonte leads the defensemen with three points (1 goal and 2 assists). Chris Trouba has the most penalty minutes with 24, and Samuel Solensky has the best +/- with +1. Johnstown is fifth in the league on the powerplay having scored 25% of the time while they are seventeenth on the penalty kill preventing the opposition from scoring 79.3% of the time.

Tomahawks goaltending tandem of Vinnie Purpura and Jack Faulkner have a combined 3.58 goals against average and .897 save percentage with no shutouts.

Rebels Overview
The 2016-17 season was special one for the Rebels. They had a league best 46-11-3 record for 95 points and made it to the Robertson Cup finals. This season the Rebels have started strong going 4 – 0 in the NAHL Showcase, and the Rebels are currently the only undefeated team in the league.

Despite having a 4 – 0 record, the Rebels are in third place in the East Division with eight points, four behind the Northeast Generals (although the Generals have played three more games).

The Rebels have scored ten goals (15th best in the league) and have allowed five (tied for first with two other teams). Jensen Zerban is the Rebels top goal scorer and point leader with five (3 goals and 2 assists). Zerban’s three goals were all game winners. Diarmad DiMurro leads the defensemen with two points (both assists). Andrew Bellant leads the team with ten penalty minutes while Zerban has the best +/- with +3. The Rebels are sixth in the league on the powerplay having converted 23.1% of their chances, and they are fourteenth in the league on the penalty kill having prevent the opposition from scoring 81.3% of the time.

Rebels goaltenders Eli Billing, Ryan Keane and Jack Leavy have a combined 1.25 goals against average and a .949 save percentage with one shutout.

Rebels beat Brahmas 4 – 3 and go 4 – 0 in NAHL Showcase

The outcome was different this time. In a rematch of last year’s Robertson Cup finals, the Philadelphia Rebels held on to defeat the Lone Star Brahmas 4 – 3 and go 4 – 0 in the NAHL’s 15th Annual Showcase.

In a game that had a total of 29 shots on goal, there were seven goals scored. Rebels forward Auggie Moore started it off just thirteen seconds into the game. Immediately after the opening faceoff won by Andrew Bellant, the puck came to Moore by the right side of the faceoff circle. Moore dumped the puck deep inside the Brahmas far side corner. Bellent picked up the puck and sent a pass back to Moore who was at the faceoff circle. Moore took a wrist shot that beat Lone Star’s goalie Ajay Fernandez high, short side to put the Rebels up 1 – 0.

Ryan Patrick was called for holding with 8:23 left in the first period to put the Brahmas on the power play. Lone Star’s forward Andy Willis would bring the puck up the ice along the far side boards into the Rebels zone by the faceoff circle. Willis took a shot on net that was saved by Jack Leavy but the puck came back out to the top of the crease. Jarid Domin tried to put the puck in the net but couldn’t control it and Willis picked it up and put it past a fallen Leavy to tie the game at one with 7:55 remaining in the period.

Seven seconds later Lone Star’s Julian Biondo was called for hooking to give the Rebels the extra attacker. With time winding down in the power play Aaron Maguyon would give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead. Reid Miller would dump the puck down low along the near side boards and it was retrieved by Julian Makary behind the net. Makary would pass it back to Miller who found a breaking Maguyon at the top of the circle. Maguyon took a wrist shot that beat Fernandez shot side for his first goal on the season.

Fernandez would be replaced by Phoenixville, PA native Mitchell Gibson.

Twenty-four seconds after Maguyon’s goal, Mack Byers made it a 3 – 1 game. After the puck was dumped into the Brahmas zone, Lone Star tried to bring the puck up along the far side board where it was intercepted by Noah Finstrom.  Finstrom would pass it to Makary who skated towards Lone Star’s net. Makary would pass the puck down low to Byers who skated across the goalmouth and he tucked the puck past Gibson short side with 5:24 remaining in the period.

The scoring in the opening period wasn’t done. Finstrom was called for slashing with 1:40 left in the first. With thirteen seconds remaining the Brahmas looked to set up in the Rebels zone. Biondo had the puck at the top of the far side faceoff circle. He passed it back to the point to Drew Lennon. Lennon passed it over to his right to Kyle Hallbaurer. Hallbaurer passed it back to Lennon who took a shot that found its way through a screen and beat Leavy to make it 3 – 2. It was Lone Star’s second power play goal of the game.

The first period had a total of five goals scored on thirteen shots.

Fernandez replaced Gibson to start the second period.

Hugh Quinn would double the Rebels lead at the 10:19 mark of the middle period. After Lone Star won the draw at the far side faceoff circle the puck went behind the net to the nearside corner. Maguyon would win the battle along the boards and center a pass to Quinn at the top of the goal crease. Quinn would tap the puck past Fernandez to make it a 4 – 2 game.

As time was winding down in the third Lone Star would make it interesting with 4:12 left in the game. As the Rebels tried to break out of their zone along the far side boards the puck was intercepted by Emack Bentley. Bentley skated to the near side boards and into the Rebels zone. He would skate to the top of the circle and drop pass the puck to a trailing Biondo who took a wrist shot that beat Leavy long side to make it a 4 – 3 game.

The Rebels held on to win go 4 – 0 in the Showcase, their first time in team history. The Rebels are now 4 – 0 on the season. Leavy stopped eight of 11 shots by Lone Star’s goaltenders turned aside 14 out of 18 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels next game will be next Saturday night when they play their home opener against the Johnstown Tomahawks. Flyers legend Bernie Parent will drop the ceremonial first puck.

Zerban’s 3rd straight game winning goal gives Rebels 3 – 1 victory over IceRays

Jensen Zerban scored with 4:55 remaining in the third period to break a 1 – 1 tie and give the Philadelphia Rebels a 3 – 1 win over the Corpus Christi IceRays. It was Zerban’s third straight game winning goal in the North American Hockey League’s 15th Annual Showcase.

The first period was very fast, in terms of pace and scoring. Andrew Bellant put the Rebels up just eighty-five seconds into the game. Bellant picked up a loose puck at his own far side blueline and skated down the ice. As he got to the top of the faceoff circle deep inside the offensive zone he took a wrist shot that beat Corpus Christi’s goaltender Camden Burggrabe high glove side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead. It was Bellant’s 41st career goal as a Rebel.

It was another game in which a Rebels goaltender kept them in the game. Tecumseh, ON native Eli Billing had to make two sets of back-to-back saves and then he made a great point blank save with 5:31 left in the opening period to keep the IceRays off the board.

After outshooting the Rebels 8 – 6 after one period of play, the IceRays started to control most of the penalty filled second period. However, Billing turned aside all nine shots he faced and his blueliners blocked at least five shots, including two by Carson Moniz.

Hanging onto a 1 – 0 lead going into the third period, the Rebels were unable to take advantage of a five minutes power play. Then at the 7:57 mark forward Julian Makary was called for a double high-sticking to put the IceRays on the powerplay. Corpus Christi’s Connor Yawney had the puck back at the Rebels near side blueline and took a shot that was initially saved by Billing but Larry Jungwirth picked up the rebound and put it past Billing to tie the game at one with 10:52 remaining in regulation.

IceRays defenseman Trevor Wilhelm was called for high sticking with 5:21 left in the game to put the Rebels on the power play. Twenty-six seconds later Zerban picked up a loose rebound off of an Aaron Maguyon shot and tucked in the rebound pass Burggrabe to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 lead with 4:55 left in regulation. It was Zerban’s fourth point in the Showcase, three of them goals – all game winners.

With twenty-six second left in the game Ryan Patrick received a pass from Makary and put the puck into the empty net to give the Rebels 3 – 1 lead and seal the game.

Billing stopped 23 of 24 shots while Burggrabe turned aside 19 of 21 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will play their fourth and final game of the Showcase tomorrow at 10:45am ET in a rematch of last year’s Robertson Cup final against the Lone Star Brahmas.

Keane sparkles in Rebels 2 – 1 win over Wings in OT

Ryan Keane stopped 38 shots and Jensen Zerban scored the game winning goal thirty seconds into overtime to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 victory over the Aberdeen Wings in the Rebels second game of the North American Hockey League’s Showcase.

It was another intense game between these two teams who faced each other back in May during the league’s semi-final series. It took just twenty-eight seconds for the festivities to begin when Andrew Bellant was called for roughing. It was the first of the Rebels seven penalties during the game.

With 7:35 into the opening period, Aberdeen’s Riley Murphy was called for holding to put the Rebels on their second straight powerplay. With time winding down with the extra attacker, Ryan Patrick set up the play behind the Wings goal line. He passed the puck up to Aaron Maguyon along the far size faceoff circle. As Maguyon went to the net, he made a drop pass to Zerban who passed the puck back to defenseman Carson Moniz at the point. Moniz took a shot that found its way through a screen that beat Wings goalie Daniel Pavlicko to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead 9:26 into the first.

Although the Wings outshot the Rebels 13-9 in the first their onslaught began in the second. Defenseman Reid Miller was called for cross-checking 8:49 into the second to put Aberdeen on the powerplay. As time was running out with the extra attacker, Wings forward Colton Fletcher chipped the puck into the Rebels zone along the farside boards where it was picked up by John Sladic. Sladic cut across the goalmouth and took a shot that was saved by Keane but Joe Strada picked up the rebound and put it past Keane to tie the game at one with 9:12 remaining in the middle stanza. Prior to the goal, Keane had to make several key saves to keep the Wings scoreless.

Keane kept the Rebels in the game with a very strong middle period turning aside 18 shots, several of them which were point-blank saves. He had too. The Rebels were held to just two shots on goal.

The play evened out in the third with both teams applying pressure but Keane and Pavlicko kept the game tied at one. The siren sounded to end regulation and send it into overtime, the third straight game the Rebels and Wings went into a fourth period.

Overtime rules have changed in the NAHL this season. Each team now will play 3 on 3 hockey. After the Wings turned it over at the Rebels blueline it was picked up by Zerban. Similar to yesterday’s game, he brought the puck down along the far side boards. As he skated to the faceoff circle he took a wrist shot that beat Pavlicko short side to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 win.

It was Zerban’s second point of the game and third in two games. Keane stopped 38 of 39 shots while Pavlicko turned aside 16 of 18 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will play game three tomorrow against the Corpus Christi IceRays at 2:00pm ET.

Comeback falls short as Rebels fall to Titans 6 – 4 in preseason finale

Trailing by a score of 4 – 0 entering the third period, the Rebels came back to make the game close but ended up losing 6 – 4 to the New Jersey Titans in the preseason finale for both teams last night. It was the one and only preseason home game for the two-time defending East Division Champions.

New Jersey would get on the board first with a powerplay goal with 5:13 into the opening period. The visitors would take a 2 – 0 lead just 3:03 minutes into the second on their second. Then just seventeen seconds later the Titans made it 3 – 0 on their third powerplay goal of the evening. After a few fights, the Titans would make it a 4 – 0 with 4:50 into the middle stanza.

Peter Zhong would score the Rebels first goal in the new arena picking up a Jensen Zerban rebound to make a 4 – 1 game at the 13:35 mark of the third period. Zerban would cut the Titans lead in half at 11:38. Then New Jersey would make it 5 – 2 just five seconds later.

Aaron Maguyon would make it a 5 – 3 with 10:21 left in the third. Diarmad DiMurro scored the home team’s fourth goal with nice pass from Zhong with 7:51 remaining. New Jersey would finish the scoring with five minutes left in the game.

The regular season begins on Wednesday, September 20 against the Minnesota Wilderness at the NAHL’s Showcase in Blaine, MN.

Yakovlev’s goal in OT sends Rebels to Robertson Cup Finals

Evgeny Yakovlev scored with 2:43 left in overtime to give the Rebels a 2 – 1 win over the Aberdeen Wings and send the Rebels to the North American Hockey League’s Robertson Cup finals tomorrow against the Lone Star Brahmas. It will be the first time in the team’s young history that it has reached the National Championship game.

After a scoreless first period that produced a total of ten shots, the Wings got on the board first at the 2:52 mark of the second period. After a faceoff outside the Wings zone, an Aberdeen defenseman dumped the puck into the Rebels zone. The puck went around the net and up the far side boards where a battle ensued. Carson Dimoff would get the puck and pass it down to Kevin Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald would come behind the Rebels net on a wrap around and beat Mareks Mitens up high to give the Wings a 1 – 0 lead. It was Fitzgerald’s fifth goal of the playoffs.

Despite starting the third period down by one and their season on the line, the Rebels came out hungry. The Rebels would tie it just fifty-three seconds in the final period on Gianluca Esteves’ fifth goal of the playoffs. Brennan Kapcheck would dump the puck into the Wings zone where Esteves would retrieve it behind Aberdeen’s net. He passed it up to the near side faceoff circle to Aaron Maguyon who passed it back to Ryan Solomon.  Maguyon would make a cross-ice pass back to Michael Underwood. Underwood would take a shot that was redirected by Esteves past Wings goalie Forbes Ploszaj to make it a 1 to 1 game.

The Rebels would then start to control the flow of the game. They came close to adding a second goal but Ploszaj had to make several key saves to keep the game tied and send it into overtime for the second straight day.

While the Wings had some changes in the third that were thwarted by Mitens, the Rebels dominated the overtime. Then Kapcheck would start the play at his own goal line. He passed the puck up along the near side boards to Esteves who brought the puck into the Wings zone. Esteves made a drop pass back to Maguyon. The Galloway, NJ native passed it back to a trailing Yakovlev. Yakovlev would make a cross-ice pass back to Gvido Jansons at the point. Jansons would pass it over to Solomon. Solomon would take a shot that was saved by Ploszaj but the deep rebound came out to Yakovlev who put it into an open net to give the Rebels a two-games to one series win over the Wings.

Mitens turned aside 23 of 24 shots while Ploszaj stopped 33 of 35 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels will now face the Lone Star Brahmas tomorrow at 2:00pm ET in a winner take all for the NAHL’s Robertson Cup.

Photo Credit: The Rebels would like to thank John Elftmann for providing photos of today’s game.