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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).

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).

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.

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).

Rebels move into first place with 6 – 3 win over WBS Knights

The Philadelphia Rebels now sit atop the North American Hockey League’s East Division after defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights this afternoon 6 – 3 at the Revolution Ice Centre. Jensen Zerban scored two goals and goalie Ryan Keane had to make several key saves to hold off the Knights.

With the blueline depleted with injuries and sickness, the Rebels played with three new defensemen – one of them being Nick Peck. The Boothwyn, PA native made an immediate impact by scoring his first NAHL goal at 4:58 into the opening period.

With the Knights trying to breakout of their own zone, Peter Zhong intercepted an outlet pass at the top of the blueline. Zhong passed it up to Auggie Moore who skated towards the near side boards. Moore passed the puck back to Peck at the point who took a wrist shot that beat Knights goalie Christian Stover long side to give the Rebels an early 1 – 0 lead.

WBS’ Joseph Verkerke was called for slashing with 7:02 remaining in the period to put the Rebels on the powerplay. Eighteen seconds later Ryan Patrick made it 2 – 0 Rebels.

After Jensen Zerban won the draw at the Knights near side faceoff circle, the puck went back to Andrew Bellant at the point. Bellant sent a pass across to Patrick at the top of the slot and Patrick took a one-timer that beat Stover short side with 6:44 left in the first.

The Rebels weren’t finished scoring in the opening period.

A minute and a half later Zerban would score his first goal of the game. Zerban had the puck down low in the Knights’ far side corner. He passed the puck back to Bellant at the faceoff circle who in turn sent a pass back to Seth Bergeron at the near side point. The rookie from Las Vegas, NV took a shot on net that was saved by Stoever but Patrick picked up the rebound and put a backhander past the Knights fallen goalie to make at a 3 – 0 game with 5:17 left in first.

The Knights then made a goalie change by replacing Stoever with David Tomeo.

After Eric Olson won the draw in the Knights zone, the puck went back to Bergeron at the point. Bergeron sent a pass down to Moore who was at the glove side of Tomeo. The Rebels’ forward skated out and sent a cross-ice pass to another new defenseman Tyler Pohlig. Pohlig took a shot that found its way through a screen and beat Tomeo to give the Rebels a 4 – 0 lead.

Outshooting the Knights 13 – 7 after the first, the Rebels looked to add to their advantage. Jimmy Glynn intercepted a Knights outlet pass in the neutral zone and passed the puck to Aaron Maguyon at the far side blueline. Maguyon entered the offensive zone and sent a drop pass to Glynn. As Glynn skated towards the net he dropped passed the puck to Brandon Stanley who lifted it passed Tomeo into the cage to give the Rebels a 5 – 0 lead just 7:05 into the second.

Then all of a sudden, the momentum of the game dramatically changed.

Rebels defenseman Mark Leach was called for cross-checking at 7:58 to give the Knights the extra attacker. Eleven seconds later the Knights were able to get on the board.

After Keane made a blocker save, the deep rebound came out to Curtis Carlson along the near side boards. Carlson passed the puck down low to Anthony Firriolo. Firriolo immediately passed it out to Justin Engelkes. The puck bounced off of Engelkes skate and went directly to Jake Olmstead who was left all alone in the slot and he put the biscuit behind Keane to make it a 5 – 1 game.

Three and a half minutes later the Knights made it 5 – 2.

Engelkes took a wrister from the far side faceoff dot that was saved by Keane but the puck bounced out of his glove directly to Tyrone Bronte. Bronte passed the puck to Mike Gelatt who was in the goal mouth and he redirected the puck passed Keane for his eighth goal on the season.

The Knights looked to continue to dominate the game going into the third. After Bronte won the draw deep inside the Rebels zone, the puck went back to the top of the near side faceoff circle to Engelkes. Engelkes would take a wrist shot that snuck by Keane short side to make it a 5 – 3 Rebels lead with 11:39 left in the period.

With the Knights continuing the pressure the Rebels, Keane had to keep the Rebels in the game by making several in-close saves.

Zerban would then put the nail in the coffin with his second goal of the game. Pohlig sent an outlet pass up to Bellant at center ice. Bellant skated into the Knights zone on a 2 on 1 with Zerban. Bellant passed the puck to Zerban on his right and Zerban put the puck through Tomeo’s five hole to finish the scoring with 3:38 remaining in regulation.

Zerban had three points in the game. Keane stopped 33 of 36 shots while Stoever and Tomeo combined to turn aside 25 of the 31 shots they faced. Click here for the box score.

The two teams will play each other for two games this upcoming Saturday and Sunday at the Revolution Ice Centre.

Rebels travel to WBS today to play Knights in matinee

On one of the busiest travel days in the year, the Rebels will make the trek up the Northeast Extension to play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in a matinee game that starts at 2:30pm at the Revolution Ice Centre. It will be the first of three straight games between these teams. It will be the Rebels third of eight straight road games.

Rebels vs. Knights Overview
This will be the fourth of twelve games between the Rebels and Knights. The Rebels have won two of the three but each team has scored eight goals. The last time these two met was on Wednesday, October 25 (playing in another afternoon game) when the Knights defeated the Rebels 3 – 1. Each team has won their respective home games.

The Knights’ Matt Kidney has four points (all assists) against the Rebels so far. Mike Gelatt and Reed Robinson each have two goals. The Knights are 2 for 12 on the powerplay (17%). Knights netminder David Tomeo has played in two of the games posting a 3.00 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.

Rebels’ defenseman Diarmad DiMurro has four points (all assists) against the Knights. Auggie Moore and Ryan Patrick each have scored two goals.  The Rebels are 2 for 11 (18%) on the powerplay. Ryan Keane has played in two games against WBS. He has a 2.00 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights Overview
The Knights currently sit atop the East Division with a 14-5-3 record for 31 points. The Knights have won three of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 1 home loss to the Johnstown Tomahawks. Forward Jack Olmstead leads the team in points with 23 (11 goals and 12 assists), goals (11), game winning goals (three) and best +/- with +12. 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 75 goals in 22 games so far (second best in the league) and they have allowed 66 (15th most). The Knights are fourteenth in the league on the powerplay (19.2%) while they are fifth in the league on the penalty kill with a 85.4%.

Netminders Christian Stoever and Tomeo have a combined 2.78 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with no shutouts.

Rebels Overview
The Rebels have a 15 – 4 record for 30 points coming into today’s game which ties them for second with the Generals, although they have six games in hand on them and three games on hand against the Knights. The Rebels are 3 – 2 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 2 road win against the Generals.

Aaron Maguyon leads the team with 14 points (7 goals and 7 assists) and goals (7). Andrew Bellant has thirteen points (6 goals and 7 assists) and Jensen Zerban and DiMurro each have eleven points. Zerban also has three game winning goals. Bellant also has the most penalty minutes on the team with 50 while DiMurro has the best +/- with a +8.

The Rebels have scored 61 goals in nineteen games (eighth best in the league) while they have allowed only 37 (least amount in the league). The Rebels are fourth in the league on the power play and have converted on 28.6% of the chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked sixth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 85.2 of the time.

Goalies Eli Billing and Keane have a combined 1.94 goals against average and a .919 save percentage with one shutout (Keane).

Weekend preview: 11/18 – 11/19. Rebels travel to Attleboro for two games to begin eight game road swing

This weekend the Rebels travel to Attleboro, MA to play two games against the Northeast Generals. The first game will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 5:30pm and then on Sunday, November 19 at 3:30pm. These two games will be the beginning of an eight-game road trip for the Rebels.

The Rebels and Generals only have played once against each other this season. It was a 5 – 3 Rebels victory back on October 18 when the Generals entered the game in first place and the Rebels were undefeated. The Rebels scored four goals in the first ten minutes of the game and then held on for the victory.

Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals enter this weekend’s games with a 14 – 9 record with 28 points, which ties them with the Rebels for second place in the East Division and one point behind division leader Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The Generals are 2 – 3 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 1 home loss to the Knights back on November 5.

Northeast has three players who have 24 points respectively: Matthew Wiesner (11 goals and 13 assists), Colin Bilek (10 goals and 14 assists) and Mike Egan (10 goals and 14 assists). Wiesner also has scored the most goals on the team (11) and game winning goals (4). Ryan Rowland leads the team in penalty minutes with 46 while Louis Boudon has a team best +14.

The Generals have scored the most goals in the league so far with 83. However, they have given up 74 goals in twenty-three games (third most in the league). Northeast is eleventh in the league on the powerplay having converted on 20.7% of their chances while they are ranked thirteenth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 77.5% of the time.

The goaltending tandem of David Fessenden and Marko Sturma have a combined 3.08 goals against and a .914 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels have a 14 – 3 record for 28 points coming into this weekend which ties them for second with the Generals, although they have six games in hand on them and three games on hand against division leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.The Rebels are 3 – 2 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 2 – 1 home victory over the New Jersey Titans this past Wednesday.

Andrew Bellant’s twelve points (5 goals and 7 assists) leads the team. Diarmad DiMurro’s (3 goals and 8 assists) and Jensen Zerban’s (6 goals and 5 assists) each have eleven points respectively. Zerban and Auggie Moore each have scored six goals. Zerban also has three game winning goals. Bellant leads the team in penalty minutes with 46 while DiMurro has the best +/- with a +9.

The Rebels have scored 54 goals in seventeen games (seventh best in the league) while they have allowed only 30 (least amount in the league). The Rebels are second in the league on the power play have converted on 27.1% of the chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked sixth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 86% of the time.

Goalies Ryan Keane and Eli Billing have a combined 1.73 goals against average and a .927 save percentage with one shutout (Keane).

Titans and Rebels play mid-week game tonight at the Class of ’23 Arena

The New Jersey Titans visit the Class of 1923 Arena tonight to take on the Philadelphia Rebels for their third consecutive game in six days. The puck drops at 7:05pm.

The history between the two teams has always been close. The first two games in the season is no different with each team winning a game and both scoring five goals.  The Titans won the first game this past Friday night by a score of 4 – 2 and the Rebels came back to win 3 – 1 in Sunday’s contest. So far, the Rebels are 0 for 9 on the power play while the Titans are 3 for 7 (43%). Defenseman Jordin Holmes has three points (1 goal and 2 assists) in both games and Jensen Zerban has two points (both goals). Nick Boyagian has three points against the Rebels so far (1 goal and 2 assists) and Todd Goehring has two points (1 goal and 1 assist). Each team has a 2.50 goals against average. The Rebels have a .924 save percentage while the Titans have a .910 save percentage.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter tonight’s game in fourth place in the East Division with a 10-6-1-1 record for 22 points, seven behind division leader Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, although the Titans have played two games less than WBS.  The Titans have a 3 – 2 record during their past five games. They are coming off of a 3 – 1 road loss to the Rebels this past Sunday night.

Hunter Alden leads the Titans in points with 19 (5 goals and 14 assists). He is followed by Nick Boyagian’s (7 goals and 7 assists) and Tate Singleton’s 14 points (4 goals and 10 assists) respectively. Boyagian leads New Jersey in goals scored with seven. Tyler Antonucci and Hunter Alden each have two game-winning goals. Singleton leads the team in penalty minutes with 43. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the team’s best +/- with a +11.

The Titans have scored 60 goals in 18 games (fourth best in the league) while they have allowed 45 (tenth in the league). New Jersey is fifteenth in the league on the power play having converted on 20% of their chances while they are twelfth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 78%.

Goaltenders Brandon Perrone and Matt Ladd have a combined 2.37 goals against average and a .924 save percentage with one shutout (Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels come into tonight’s game in third place in the East Division with a 13 – 3 record for 26 points, three behind the Knights but the Rebels have four games in hand. The Rebels are 2 – 3 during their past five games, and they are coming off of a 3 – 1 home victory over the Titans this past Sunday.

Andrew Bellant’s twelve points (5 goals and 7 assists) leads the team. Diarmad DiMurro’s (3 goals and 8 assists) and Jensen Zerban’s (6 goals and 5 assists) each have eleven points respectively. Zerban leads the team in goals with six. He also has the most game winning goals on the team with three. Bellant leads the team in penalty minutes with 44 while DiMurro has the best +/- with a +9.

The Rebels have scored 52 goals in sixteen games (ninth best in the league) while they have allowed only 29 (least amount in the league). The Rebels are second in the league on the power play have converted on 27.3% of the chances with the extra attacker while they are ranked seventh in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 84.9% of the time.

Goalies Ryan Keane and Eli Billing have a combined 1.79 goals against average and a .924 save percentage with one shutout (Keane).