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Rebels’ Hart Makes NCAA Commitment to SUNY Geneseo

The  Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that forward Andrew Hart has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the SUNY Geneseo Knights, who play in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC). His commitment begins in the fall of 2017.

Hart, 21, came to the Rebels at the trade deadline in February. The Sellersville, PA native had 10 points in 14 games with Aston (6 goals and 4 assists). He and his linemates played an instrumental role in containing the oppositions’ top line during the playoffs He had four points (1 goal and 3 assists) in twelve playoff games.

“I’m excited to start my college career” stated Hart. “I would like to thank my family, coaches and teammates for all of their support” concluded Hart.

“We were fortunate to acquire Andrew for the playoff run” said Rebels Head Coach Joe Coombs. “He played with an edge and he gave it everything he had. I’m very happy for Andrew. I wish him nothing but the best” stated Coombs.

SUNY Geneseo is located in Geneseo, NY. The team finished the regular season with a 17-7-3 and were ranked in the top fifteen national polls.

Rebels win game five 6 – 2 to advance to NAHL’s semi-finals in Duluth

Evgeny Yakovlev scored two goals to lead the Aston Rebels to a 6 – 2 victory over the visiting New Jersey Titans. The win enabled the Rebels to win their second straight East Division playoff championship three games to two and advance to the NAHL’s semi-finals in Duluth, MN as the league’s number one seed.

The Rebels will play the winner of tonight’s fifth and deciding game between the Aberdeen Wings and Minnesota Wilderness.

This was a very good series with both teams displaying grit, determination, speed and physicality. It was a shame one of them had to lose. Each team pushed the other and helped the other prepare for the semi-finals.

New Jersey’s Hunter Alden was called for cross-checking at the 11:39 mark of the first period putting the Rebels on the power play. With time winding down with the extra attacker, Ryan Solomon brought the puck out of his own zone and passed it up to Drew Blackmun. Blackmun would take a wrist shot that was kicked aside by Titans goalie Ryan Ferland into the far corner. Blackmun would pick up his own rebound and passed it back slightly to Gianluca Esteves. Esteves passed it back to Solomon at the top of the point and he took shot that beat Ferland long side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead with 6:35 remaining in the opening period.

After outshooting the Titans 12 – 4 after one period, the Rebels looked to grow their lead. And they did by scoring two goals 1:17 apart from each other early in the second.

After Dustin Manz won the draw deep inside the Titans zone the puck would go into the near side corner where it was picked up by Adam Peck. Peck would battle for the puck and passed it up slightly along the boards to Andrew Hart. Hart would charge towards the net and take a shot that was saved by Ferland but Peck picked up the rebound and put it past Ferland to make it a 2 – 0 Rebels lead just 2:16 into the second.

Yakovlev then would score his first goal of the night to give the Rebels a 3 – 0 lead. New Jersey’s Anthony Cusanelli hustled into the Rebels zone to prevent an icing call. As he picked up the puck he went to pass it back to a teammate but it was intercepted by Aaron Maguyon. Maguyon would bring the puck up along the far side boards and into the Titans zone. As he reached the faceoff dot he found a trailing Yakovlev in the slot and the big Russian buried Maguyon’s pass by Ferland at the 3:33 mark of the middle stanza.

New Jersey, however, never quit. Gordie Helmuth would put the Titans on the board just 2:17 later. After time had just expired on Gvido Jansons cross-checking penalty there was a faceoff deep inside the Rebels near side zone. Alden would win the draw and the puck came out to Helmuth who immediately took a shot that beat Rebels goalie Jack Leavy short side to make it a 3 – 1 game.

The Rebels would regain the three-goal lead with 5:45 left in the second. Maguyon would bring the puck into the Titans zone and immediately passed it over to Esteves on his right. Esteves would take a shot that was saved by Ferland but Maguyon picked up the rebound and passed the puck back to Jansons at the top of the point. Jansons would slightly skate further into the zone and took a wrist shot that beat Ferland high to make it a 4 – 1 game. Ferland was then replaced by Brandon Perrone.

A minute and twenty-eight seconds later Helmuth cut the Rebels lead in two again. After Dom Garcia dumped the puck into the Titans zone for a line change it was picked up by Helmuth in the high slot. Helmuth saw daylight and skated untouched into the Rebels zone. As he crossed the blueline he took a wrist shot the beat Leavy glove side to make a 4 – 2 game with 4:17 remaining in the period.

Yakovlev would score his second goal of the game a minute and nine seconds later. Maguyon, who had three assists on the evening, won the draw deep inside the Titans far side corner. The puck went back to Yakovlev at the top of the circle and he took a shot that beat Perrone 3:08 left in the second. It was Yakovlev’s fourth goal of the playoffs.

The Rebels continued to play shutdown defense in the third. With time winding down in the game and Perrone pulled for the extra attacker, Blackmun would score his fourth goal of the playoffs – an empty netter –  with thirty-seven seconds left to make it a 6 – 2 game.

Leavy stopped 14 of 16 shots with Ferland/Perrone turned aside 34 of 39 shots. Click here for the box score.

After finding out who they will play later tonight, the Rebels will have a practice on Tuesday and then take a 8:30am flight out to Minneapolis on Wednesday morning. The team will have a brief practice at 8:00pm ET and their first game will be played on Thursday at 5:30pm ET.

Weekend Preview: 4/28 – 4/29. Divisional Finals begin at home against Titans

The North American Hockey League’s Divisional Final series begins this weekend pitting the East Division’s number one seed Aston Rebels against the number three seed New Jersey Titans. The winner of this best-of-five series will advance to the League’s Robertson Cup semi-finals which begins on Thursday, May 11 in Duluth, MN. Each game this weekend will be played at IceWorks.

Both teams swept their respective series three games to none to advance to this round: the Rebels defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights while the Titans defeated the number two seed Johnstown Tomahawks.

Rebels vs. Titans regular season overview
The Rebels defeated the Titans seven out of twelve times this season, with five of the wins coming on home ice while four of the Rebels’ wins were shutouts (2 home and 2 away). The last time these two teams played each other was on April 5 at Middletown’s Ice World when the Rebels blanked the Titans 5 – 0. Jack Leavy turned aside all 27 shots he faced for his sixth shutout on the season. Andrew Hart had two goals.

The Rebels outscored the Titans by the score of 35 to 23 during the twelve games. Aston went 10 for 45 (22%) on the power play during the season against New Jersey while the Titans went 7 for 43 (16%). The Titans were led by Dylan Healy’s seven points (4 goals and 3 assists) while Danny Eruzione (1 goal and 5 assists) and Jordan Kaplan (3 goals and 3 assists) each had six points. Healy scored the most goals against the Rebels with six. New Jersey’s goaltenders have a combined 2.92 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. Brandon Perrone has played in six of the twelve games carrying a 2.33 goals against average and a .907 save percentage against the Rebels. Ryan Ferland has played in the three most recent games against Aston. He has a 2.67 goals against average and a .897 save percentage.

Andrew Bellant (4 goals and 5 assists), Gianluca Esteves (3 goals and 6 assists) and Aaron Maguyon (2 goals and 7 assists) each had nine goals against the Titans. Bellant and Brennan Kapcheck had four goals against New Jersey respectively. Mareks Mitens and Leavy had a combined 1.92 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. Each had two shutouts. Mitens has appeared in eight of the games posting a 1,85 goals against average and a .919 save percentage.

Titans Playoff Overview
The Titans have scored seven goals (tied for eleventh in the post season) and have allowed three (least amount in the league) during the playoffs. Todd Goehring leads the team in points with three (2 goals and 1 assist). He is followed by Nick Boyagian (2 goals and 0 assists), Jordan Kaplan (2 goals and 0 assists) and Anthony Cusanelli (1 goal and 1 assist) two points respectively. Goehring, Boyagian and Kaplan have six out of the seven Titans goals in the playoffs.

Boyagian has two of the Titans game winning goals while Goehring leads the team in penalty minutes with 25. Three players have a +3+/- ratio. New Jersey is ranked twelfth on the power play (8.3%) and tied for first for the least amount of goals allowed shorthanded. They have not given up a power play goal during the playoffs.

Ferland leads all NAHL goalies in the playoffs with a .99 goals against average. He is second in the league with a .962 save percentage. He has one shutout.

Rebels Playoff Overview
The Rebels have scored twelve goals (fifth best in the playoffs) and have allowed seven (tied for fifth) in three playoff games. Jensen Zerban leads the team in total points with five (2 goals and 3 assists). Five different players have three points each. Zerban, Drew Blackmun and Gvido Jansons each have two goals.

Esteves, Jansons and Zerban each have a game winning goal. Dustin Manz and Auggie Moore lead the team in penalty minutes with four respectively. Zerban has a +5 +/- ratio. The Rebels are ranked third on the power play with a 33% conversion ratio while they are thirteenth in which they have prevented the opposition from scoring 69.2% of the time.

Mitens and Leavy have a combined 2.33 goals against average and a .891 save percentage.

Divisional Final Series Schedule
Game 1: Friday, April 28 at 7:00pm at IceWorks
Game 2: Saturday, April 29 at 7:00pm at IceWorks
Game 3: Friday, May 5 at 7:30pm at Middletown’s Ice World
Game 4: Saturday, May 6 at 7:30pm at Middletown’s Ice World (if necessary)
Game 5: Sunday, May 7 at 7:00pm at IceWorks (if necessary)

Weekend Preview: 4/21 – 4/22. Divisional Semi-Finals shift to WBS. Rebels need one win to advance

The scene shifts this weekend for the North American Hockey League’s East Division semi-final series between the Aston Rebels and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Rebels, who have a 2 – 0 lead in the best of five series, will travel to play the Knights Friday at 7:30pm and possibly on Saturday at 7:30pm. If the Rebels win Friday night the series will be over. If they lose, the series will go to a game four on Saturday. Should the Rebels lose both games in Wilkes-Barre the deciding game in the series will be played on Monday, April 24 at 7:00pm at IceWorks. The winner of this series will advance to the divisional finals against the winner of the Johnstown Tomahawks and New Jersey Titans, which the Titans have a 2 – 0 lead as well.

Both games have been extremely close, in terms of scoring (the Rebels have outscored the Knights 5 – 2) and play. They have been up and down games while the Rebels’ Mareks Mitens and the Knights’ Grant Valentine have played exceptionally well in the nets to keep their respective team competitive.

The Rebels won the first game in the series by the score of 3 – 1 and then won game two 2 – 1. “The Knights have played very well” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “WBS’ compete level has been outstanding! We’ve played okay in this series. We played well in the first game but not in the second. We were outplayed in the second game but we were fortunate enough to win it. We cannot afford any mistakes up there or they will make us pay for it. WBS is a very good team and have an excellent coaching staff. We are fighting for our lives” concluded Coombs.

The Knights’ goals have been scored by Curtis Carlson and Joe Schuler. Six different Knights (including Carlson and Schuler) have one point. WBS is 0 – 8 on the power play. Mike Gelatt leads the team in penalty minutes with four while five different players have a +1 +/- ratio. Valentine has a 2.50 goals against average and a .903 save percentage.

Aston’s goals have been scored by Jensen Zerban (2), Drew Blackmun, Gianluca Esteves and Andrew Hart. Blackmun, Hart and Zerban each have two points. The Rebels are 2 for 7 (29%) on the power play. Auggie Moore has the most penalty minutes on the team with four. Carter Woolley, Hart and Zerban each have a +3 +/- ratio. Mitens has a 1.00 goals against average and a .953 save percentage.

If the Rebels advance to the divisional finals, the series will begin on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th – both games at IceWorks. The Rebels have home ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

Rebels defeat Knights to take 2 – 0 lead in divisional semi-final series

The Aston Rebels defeated the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knight last night 2 – 1 to give them a 2 – 0 lead in this best-of-five divisional semi-final series.

The first period was very similar to the previous night where it was tight checking and up and down hockey with limited shots. With no scoring in the opening period, the Rebels started to control the tempo at the outset of the second.

Sellersville, PA native Andrew Hart would get the Rebels on the board first. After Jensen Zerban won the draw at the Knights far side faceoff circle, the puck went to the boards where both teams scrambled for it. Zerban would come away with the puck and pass it back to the point to Andrew Noel. The Rebels defenseman took a shot on net that was saved by WBS goaltender Grant Valentine but the rebound came out to Hart who tucked it into the net to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead 4:44 into the second.

With the Knights on the power play due to a Gianluca Esteves cross-checking penalty with four minutes remaining in the period, WBS would negate themselves the extra attacker when Michael Morrissey was called for boarding forty-nine seconds later. As time ran out on Esteves’ penalty, the Rebels’ forward picked up the puck inside the Knights zone and took a shot that was redirected into the far side corner and it came out all the way back into the Rebels zone where it was picked up by Gvido Jansons at the top of the far side faceoff circle.

Jansons would pass the puck to Esteves on his left. Esteves would take the puck up the near side boards. As he entered the Knights zone, Esteves went around WBS defenseman Elijah Latimer and drove hard to the net. As Esteves was cutting across the goalmouth he lost an edge and crashed into Valentine but the puck went behind the Knights’ netminder to give the Rebels a 2 – 0 with 1:22 left in the second.

After Esteves’ goal, a scrum encountered which set the tone for the third period. The Knights would then start to control the third period and crash the net. With time winding down in the game, the Knights would cut the Rebels lead in half. After the puck went out of play on a Brennan Kapcheck blocked a shot, Esteves would win the ensuing draw deep inside the Rebels near side faceoff circle. The puck was picked up by Mike Gelatt behind the Rebels net. He passed it out to the side of the net to Dorian Dawson. Dawson would pass it to his left to Joe Schuler who was at the top of the crease and he one-timed it past Mareks Mitens to make it a 2 – 1 with 2:04 remaining in the game.

Mitens stopped nineteen of 20 shots while Valentine turned aside 24 of 26. Click here for the box score.

The series now moves to the Revolution Ice Centre. Game three is scheduled for Friday night at 7:35pm. Game four would be played on Saturday night at 7:35pm if necessary. The Rebels would advance to the divisional final series should they win one of next weekend’s games.

Rebels take game one of divisional semi-finals as Zerban scores two goals

The Aston Rebels took game one of the best-of-five divisional semi-final series by a score of 3 – 1 over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights behind two goals from Air Force Academy commit Jensen Zerban.

The first period was going very fast with each team playing tight checking and forcing the other to take perimeter shots. Then with 2:55 remaining Elijah Latimer was called for interference putting the Rebels on the power play. With time running down with the extra attacker, Ryan Solomon brought the puck out from deep inside his own zone. He passed it up to his right to Drew Blackmun. As Blackmun skated through the neutral zone he passed to it Gianluca Esteves along the far side boards. As Esteves entered the zone, he made a cut-back move at the top of the faceoff circle and passed the puck down low to Blackmun in the corner. Blackmun brought the puck slightly up the boards and cut across the faceoff circle and took a wrist shot that beat Knights’ goalie Grant Valentine high, short side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead with 1:22 remaining in the opening period.

The Knights would tie the game at 7:17 into the second period. With the Rebels applying pressure in the Knights Zone, Andrew Bellant had the puck in the far side corner and passed it back to the point to Gvido Jansons. Jansons went to take a shot but essentially whiffed on it and the puck went to Matt Kidney who passed it up to Curtis Carleson. Carleson skated with a burst of speed through center ice and into the Rebels zone. He skated to his right to the top of the far side faceoff circle and took a shot that beat Mareks Mitens high, short side to make it a 1 – 1 game.

Zerban then would score his first of two goals.

Andrew Hart and Carter Woolley were battling for the puck with two Knights in the far side corner. Woolley would come out with it and then he passed it back to Hart. As Woolley skated towards the slot, Hart passed the puck up the boards to Zerban. Zerban then passed it to Woolley who made a nice touch-pass back to Zerban at the top of the crease and Zerban beat Valentine to make it a 2 – 1 game 5:51 remaining in the middle stanza.

The third period was extremely tight with limited shots but Mitens and Valentine had to make key saves to keep the other team from scoring. With a minute left in the game the Knights set up behind their own goal. As the Knights’ defender brought the puck into the neutral zone he was stripped of the puck by Zerban. Zerban raced into the Knights zone with a defender on him. As he got to the top of the crease Valentine attempted to poke check the puck. Before he could, Zerban put the puck behind him to make it a 3 – 1 game.

Both goaltenders played well. Mitens turned aside 22 of 23 shots by Valentine stopped 23 of 26. Click here for the box score.

The second game of the divisional semi-final series between these two teams will be at tonight at 7pm at IceWorks.

Tomahawks upend Rebels 4 – 2 with one game left in the regular season.

Daniil Bokun’s three-point game help lead the Johnstown Tomahawks to a 4 – 2 win over the visiting Aston Rebels. It was only the second game out of eleven between the two teams this season that the game wasn’t decided by a goal.

Having clinched the division and wanting to prepare for next weekend’s first round of the playoffs, head coach Joe Coombs rightly decided to give extra playing time to some players while resting others – including five who had a combined 218 points on the season.

Bokun would get his first point of the evening just 3:40 into the game when he setup Nick Bruce for his twenty seventh goal of the season. After Johnstown won the draw deep inside the Rebels nearside faceoff circle, the puck went back to the point to Bokun. Bokun then passed it over to Donovan Ott who in turn passed it back to Bokun. The Johnstown defender took a shot from the point that was redirected by Bruce past Rebels goaltender Mareks Mitens to give the Tomahawks a 1 – 0 lead. It was the first shot on goal of the game for either team.

After Dustin Manz dumped the puck into the Johnstown zone for a line change the puck was retrieved by Brandon Young who passed it over to Bokun on his right. Bokun passed it up to Cade Groton. Groton entered the Rebels zone and took a shot at the top of the far side faceoff circle that beat Mitens long side to give the Tomahawks a 2 – 0 lead at the 9:06 mark of the first period. It was Groton’s first NAHL goal.

The Rebels didn’t cave in after being down early in the open period. Carter Woolley picked off a Johnstown outlet pass inside the Tomahawks’ zone and he passed it to Jensen Zerban at the far side boards. Zerban passed it downlow to Andrew Hart who went behind the net and passed it back to Zerban in the corner. Zerban skated to the bottom of the far side faceoff circle and passed the puck back to Andrew Noel at the point. Noel took a clapper that was redirected by Hart in the slot past Johnstown’s netminder Vinnie Purpura to cut the deficit in half with 7:09 remaining in the first. It was Hart’s eleventh goal on the season.

Johnstown would regain the two-goal lead at 2:18 into the second period. Auggie Moore was called for boarding at 1:55 into the middle stanza to put the Tomahawks on the power play. Thomas Horn would bring the puck into the Rebels and skated towards Aston’s far side faceoff circle. He passed the puck back to the point to Filips Buncis, who passed it over to his right to Adam Pilewicz. Pilewicz passed up to Hayden Rowan who passed to his to Bokun on his left. Bokun sent a pass back to Buncis at the far side blueline and he took a slapshot that beat Mitens long side for his eleventh goal on the season.

The Rebels would cut the lead in half again midway through the second period. Johnstown dumped the puck into the Aston zone where it was picked up by Justin Smith. Smith skated to the top of the far side faceoff circle and sent a bounce pass off the boards to Carson Briere at the Johnstown blueline. Briere sent a soft touch pass to Gianluca Esteves who was entering the Tomahawks’ zone. Esteves walked in all alone and beat Purpura short side for his seventeenth goal on the season.

Johnstown would make it a 4 -2 game at 2:03 into the final period on Ott’s thirty second goal on the season with assists from Dalton Hunter and Rowan.

Mitens would finish the evening stopping fourteen of eighteen shots while Purpura turned aside nineteen of twenty-one shots. Click here for the box score.

These two teams will conclude the regular season tonight when they meet at 7pm.

Photo credit: The Aston Rebels again would like to thank photographer extraordinaire Phil Andraychak for providing photos from last night’s game.

Rebels defeat Titans 5 – 0 to clinch NAHL’s regular season championship

Andrew Hart scored two goals and Jack Leavy recorded his sixth shutout as the visiting Aston Rebels defeated the New Jersey Titans last night 5 – 0. The win gave the Rebels their 45th victory on the season and they clinched the North American Hockey League’s regular season championship.

The game, unfortunately, started out as an omen for the Titans. Fifty-three seconds into it a Titans’ defender inadvertently checked Rebels forward Andrew Bellant into his own goalie Brandon Perrone and knocked him down. Perrone was attended to by trainers from both teams and needed to be removed from the game and never returned to the bench. He was replaced by Ryan Ferland.

Bellant would score the ultimate game winning goal at the 5:37 mark of the first period. Titans forward Danny Eruzione was called for cross-checking at 3:48 into the game putting the Rebels on the power play. With time winding down with the extra attacker, New Jersey dumped the puck deep inside the Rebels zone where it was picked up by Michael Underwood. Underwood sent an outlet pass up to Bellant. As Bellant skated into the neutral he passed the puck to his left to Aaron Maguyon. Maguyon brought the puck into the Titans zone along the far side boards and cut across the goal mouth. He took a shot that was saved by Ferland but the deep rebound came out to Bellant who wristed the puck past the Titans netminder for his twenty seventh goal on the season.

The Rebels would take at 2 – 0 with 5:22 remaining in the first period. Kolby Vergara was at the top of his own near side faceoff circle and sent a soft clearing pass into the Titans zone. The puck was retrieved by a Titans defender but he was pressured by Evgeny Yakovlev. Yakovlev stripped the defender of the puck and passed it to Auggie Moore in the slot who took a shot that beat Ferland for his seventh goal on the season.

A minute and eleven seconds later Hart would score his first goal of the game. New Jersey dumped the puck into the Rebels zone for a line change and it was picked up by Underwood. Underwood would then pass the puck to Ryan Solomon who brought it up the far side boards. As Solomon entered the Titans zone he passed the puck to his right to Jensen Zerban. Zerban took a wrist shot in the slot that was saved by Ferland but the rebound came out to Hart who put it into the Titans net to make it a 3 – 0 game with 4:41 remaining in the opening period.

After a scoreless second period Rebels’ Rookie of the Year award winner Maguyon would make it a 4 – 0 game at 6:52 into the final period.  Zach Parrott brought the puck out of his own zone but was pressured at center ice by birthday boy Ryan Patrick. Patrick knocked the puck off of Parrott’s stick and it went to Solomon. Solomon sent the puck into the Titans zone where Ferland went to play it but Maguyon reach the puck first and skated around the out-of-position Titans goaltender and he tucked it into an open net for his eleventh goal on the season.

Hart would finish the scoring less than a minute later. Titans defender Ryan Wheeler brought the puck into the neutral zone but he was hit by Hart. Hart brought the puck into the New Jersey zone and passed to his left to a breaking Carter Woolley down the far side boards. As Woolley got to the middle of the faceoff circle he passed the puck to Hart in the slot and redirected it by Ferland to make it 5 – 0 with 12:11 remaining for his tenth goal on the season.

Leavy turned aside all 27 shots he faced. Leavy and goalie partner Mareks Mitens have a combined seventeen shutouts on the season. The Titans goalies stopped 22 of 27 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels have two games remaining in the regular season. They will travel to Johnstown to play the Titans and then return home to open the Robertson Cup’s divisional semi-final series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Friday, April 14.

Rebels thrash Generals 10 – 1; Clinch tie for East Division Crown

The visiting Aston Rebels used four players who had two goals apiece to propel them to a 10 – 1 rout of the Northeast Generals. The win enabled the Rebels to clinch a tie for the East Division championship. A win tonight will give them their second straight regular season division crown.

This game was over in a hurry.

Drew Blackmun would get the Rebels on the board first. After battling for the puck in the Generals far side corner Andrew Bellant came out with it and took a shot that was saved by Northeast’s goalie Peter Ciccarelli. The deep rebound came back out to the point to Ryan Solomon. Solomon passed the puck down low to Bellant who had skated behind the Generals net. Bellant brought the puck up along the near side boards and he found an open Blackmun in the slot who beat Ciccarelli far side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 at the 6:46 mark of the first period.

Two minutes and nineteen seconds later the Rebels took a 2 – 0 lead.  Carson Briere picked up the puck in the Generals far side corner after Ginaluca Esteves had just won a faceoff. The Haddonfield native passed it behind the Generals net to Auggie Moore. Moore tried a wraparound that was saved by Ciccarelli but the rebound came out to Esteves who tucked in the rebound for his fourteenth goal on the season.

Esteves would give the Rebels a 3 – 0 with 7:46 remaining in the first period. The Generals had dumped the puck into the Rebels zone where Gvido Jansons gloved it, dropped it to the ice and passed it over to his left to Brennan Kapcheck. Kapcheck passed the puck up to Esteves who gained a burst of speed in the neutral zone. Esteves brought the puck up along the Generals far side boards and he then cut across the goal mouth and slid the puck behind Ciccarelli for his second goal of the game.

After the Generals’ Kyle Martin was called for roughing with 6:21 left in the period to put the Rebels on the power play, Kapcheck would make it a 4 – 0 game. Jansons would take a shot from the point that went just wide of Ciccarelli’s stick side. Kapcheck picked up the puck in the near side corner and passed it behind the net to Ryan Patrick. Patrick would skate the puck up around the far side circle and take a shot that was saved by Ciccarelli but Kapcheck entered the play and picked up the rebound and put it though Ciccarelli’s five hole for his fifteenth goal of the season with 5:12 remaining in the opening period.

As the Rebels dumped the puck deep inside the Generals zone, Bellant gave an extraordinary effort to prevent it from being an icing. He picked up the puck before it crossed the goalline and went behind the Northeast net. As he circled out he found Andrew Hart in the slot who beat Ciccarelli to make it a 5 – 0 game with 3:04 left in the period.

Blackmun, Esteves, Hart and Patrick had two goals apiece. In all, Patrick had four points on the night (2 goals and 2 assists), Bellant (3 assists), Blackmun (2 goals and 1 assist), and Moore (3 assists) had three points respectively.

The ten goals tied a team record for most goals in a game. The last time the Rebels did it was back on January 30, 2016 when they defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights 10 – 2.

Mareks Mitens stopped ten of eleven shots whild Ciccarelli turned aside 35 of 45 shots. Click here for the box score.

If the Rebels win tonight or Johnstown loses the Rebels will clinch the regular season East Division championship.

Rebels lose 3 – 2 in shootout to WBS Knights

The Rebels concluded their five game home stand with a 3 – 2 loss in a shootout to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. It was the Rebels first defeat in seven games.

The Rebels would take the lead early in the game.  Evgeny Yakovlev had the puck down low in the Knights far corner. He passed it up the boards to Jensen Zerban who went to play the puck. Zerban passed it back to the point to Ryan Solomon. As soon as Solomon took a wrist shot, Yakovlev skated in front of the Knights net and redirected the shot past Knights goalie Grant Valentine to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead at 6:19 into the first period.  It was Yakovlev’s eleventh goal on the season.

With time winding down in the opening period, the Knights would tie the game.  Dorian Dawson brought the puck out of the Knights zone and passed it up to Reed Robinson who was skating along the far side boards. Robinson would pass the puck to Mike Gelatt who was skating towards the high slot. Gelatt would veer towards the Rebels far side corner with Michael Underwood on him. Gelatt took a blind shot that beat Jack Leavy short side to make it 1 – 1 with 1:24 left in the first period.

The Knights would take the lead on Curtis Carlson’s fourteenth goal on the season.  Aaron Maguyon was called for interference with 5:14 left in the second period to put WBS on the power play. Elijah Latimer intercepted a Rebels clearing pass at the point. He passed the puck down low to Matt Kidney. Kidney would pass it back to Latimer who took a shot that was initially saved by Leavy but the rebound came back to Carlson who put the puck in the back of the net to make a 2 – 1 game.

The Rebels would tie the game six minutes and six seconds into the final period.  Andrew Noel took a slapshot from the near side point that went off of Valentine’s glove and into the far side corner. Brennan Kapcheck entered the zone and picked up the rebound and went behind the Knights net. He sent a passed back to Dom Garcia who was on the goal line adjacent to the net. Garcia took a shot that redirected off Valentine’s stick and slid underneath his pads for the Rebels captains’ twelfth goal on the season.

With regulation ending in a 2 -2 tie, the two teams would play a scoreless five minutes in overtime, resulting in a shootout.

WBS’ Sam Antonitsch was first denied by Leavy. Carter Woolley would score on a blazing wrist shot that beat Valentine glove side. Paul Maust would tie it when he beat Leavy short side.  Andrew Hart was stopped by Valentine then Robinson was stopped by Leavy. Jensen Zerban was denied by Valentine to bring it to Adrain Danchenko. As Danchencko touched the puck at center ice, Leavy went to skate out of the crease but fell down. He wasn’t able to recover and Danchencko put the puck into an open net. Kapcheck tried to tie it but he was stopped by Valentine to end the game.

Leavy turned aside 17 of 19 shots while Valentine stopped 25 of 27 shots. Click here for the box score.

The Rebels have nine games remaining with eight of them having to be played on the road. The team’s magic number to clinch the East Division is five.  They will travel to play two games at Johnstown and then two at Attleboro before returning for their final regular season home game on March 31st against the New Jersey Titans.