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Keane named East Division Star of the Week; Zerban is honorable mention

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending March 11 and Rebels goaltender Ryan Keane was named the East Division’s star of the week while forward Jensen Zerban was named honorable mention.

Keane had a 2 – 0 record with both wins as a 3 – 0 shutout over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. He faced a total of 38 shots. They were Keane’s second and third shutouts on the season. “Ryan had not played in the last six games and for him to play the way he did was fantastic” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He made some big stops against Grade A opportunities early in the game on Friday night when we really needed it,” conclude Coombs.

It was the second time in team history that a Rebels goaltender recorded consecutive shutouts in the same weekend.

Keane is second in the league in goals against average with 1.74% and fourth in the league in save percentage with .930. This is the second time Keane was named East Division player of week. He earned the same award back on December 17. He also was the NAHL’s goalie of the month for October and was named honorable mention for November, December and January.

Zerban had three points (all assists) this past weekend. He had a point in Friday night’s game in two in Saturday night’s contest. The Air Force Academy commit is fourth on the team in total points with 35 (16 goals and 19 assists). This is the first time this season Zerban has received league recognition for a weekly award. He was honorable mention for his position for September and October.

Rebels’ Defenseman Bryant Gunn Makes NCAA Commitment to Amherst College

The Philadelphia Rebels, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that defenseman Bryant Gunn has committed to play NCAA Division III Ice Hockey for the Amherst College Mammoths, who play in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). His commitment begins in the fall of September 2018.

Gunn, 19, has six points (1 goal and 5 assists) in thirty-four games this season. The Carmel, IN native a +4 plus/minus ratio. He is a graduate of independent AAA hockey powerhouse Culver Military Academy.

“I’m very honored and excited to announce that I’ll be attending Amherst College next fall for hockey” stated Gunn. “I would like to thank my family, teammates, coaches and everyone else who has helped me along this journey” concluded Gunn.

“I am glad for Gunner” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He is an integral component of our blueline, I know he will do well at Amherst” stated Coombs.

Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the Mammoths are coached by Jack Arena. This season the team had an 11-9-5 record. Amherst College has appeared in four NCAA Championships and have won three NESCAC titles.

Vegara makes D1 NCAA commitment to UMass Minutemen

The Philadelphia Rebels are pleased to announce that defenseman Kolby Vegara has committed to play NCAA Division 1 Ice Hockey for the University of Massachusetts. The Minutemen are members of Hockey East. His commitment begins in the fall of 2018.

Vegara, 20, is currently tied for second among Rebels defenseman with 17 points (5 goals and 12 assists) in 45 games. During his two years with Philadelphia, Vegara has a total of twenty-four points (7 goals and 17 assists) in 94 games. The Malden, MA native was selected to the 2017 NAHL Robertson Cup All-Tournament Team. He was a member of the recently concluded Top Prospects Tournament’s East team.

“I feel honored to be given such a great opportunity to play for and attend such a prestigious university” stated Vegara. “I would like to thank my parents for all the support throughout the years. I also would like to thank Coach Coombs and the Rebels organization for turning me into the player I am today, along with the help from my teammates. I am excited to be joining the Minutemen in the fall, but I am looking forward to the remainder of this season and trying to bring a Robertson Cup back to Philly” concluded Vegara.

“I am happy for Kolby” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “I’m glad to see his hard work payoff. UMass is getting a quality person and player” stated Coombs.

The University of Massachusetts is located in Amherst, MA. The Minutemen are coached by Greg Carvel, and possess a 15-17-2 record this season.

Six Rebels selected to NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament; Coombs to coach East Division

The North American Hockey League (NAHL) announced today the rosters for its Top Prospects Tournament which will be held February 27 – 28 at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. Six Philadelphia Rebels have been selected to play in this tournament: Aaron Maguyon, Eric Olson, Ryan Patrick, Luke Radetic, Brandon Stanley and Kolby Vegara.  Joe Coombs will the head coach for the East Division.

Maguyon, Patrick, Radetic, Stanley and Vegara will play for the East Division while Olson will play for the Selects White team.

Including his stats from Kenai River, Radetic is the Rebels leader scorer with forty-one points (22 goals and 19 assists). Maguyon is second on the team with thirty-eight points (17 goals and 21 assists) whereas Patrick is fourth on the team with points with twenty-eight (14 goals and 14 assists). Stanley has twenty points (10 goals and 10 assists), Vegara has sixteen points (4 goals and 12 assists) and Olson has eleven points (6 goals and 5 assists).

120 total players from the NAHL will be spread amongst six teams, who will play in two games each during the event. The event will feature teams that represent the four divisions in the NAHL: Central, East, Midwest and South, along with two NAHL Select teams (Red and White). Only those NAHL players without an NCAA commitment are eligible to participate in the 2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, with the exception of those who will be playing on the NAHL Selects team. Each of the teams will consist of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goaltenders). Each team will play two games at the event.

This will be the second straight year that Coombs will be the East Division’s head coach. He guided last year’s East Team to a 2 – 0 record.

2018 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament Schedule (subject to change, all times eastern)

Tuesday, February 27th
1:00pm: Midwest Division vs. NAHL Selects Red
4:00pm: South Division vs. East Division
7:00pm: Central Division vs. NAHL Selects White

Wednesday, February 28th
11:00am: NAHL Selects Red vs. South Division
2:00pm: Central Division vs. Midwest Division
5:00pm: NAHL Selects White vs. East Division

Rebels trade Bellant and land Radetic in three-team deal

The Philadelphia Rebels have announced today that it has traded forward Andrew Bellant as part of a three-team trade which included the Bismarck Bobcats and Kenai River Brown Bears.

Bellant was sent to the Bismarck Bobcats who in turned sent Luke Millen to Kenai and the Brown Bears sent  Luke Radetic to the Rebels.

The North American Hockey League’s trade deadline is tonight.

Radetic is tenth in the NAHL this season in total points with forty (22 goals and 18 assists). He is fourth in the league in goals scored with twenty-two. In two seasons with the Brown Bears, Radetic has 73 points (38 goals and 35 assists) in 93 games. The Chesterfield, MO native is a 1997 birth year.

Bellant was fourth on the team this year in total points with twenty-seven (11 goals and 16 assists). The Linden, MI native is the franchise leader in seven categories: points, goals, assists, penalty minutes, games played, points-per-season and goals-per-season. He is committed to Michigan Tech.

“I would like to thank Andrew for his service and commitment to the Rebels organization” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “I wish him much success in Bismarck. I know he will do well” concluded Coombs.

Radetic could be in the Rebesl lineup tomorrow went the team plays the New Jersey Titans.

Coach’s Corner slated to begin on January 17

The Rebels have announced today that its Coach’s Corner will be resurrected and slated to begin on Wednesday, January 17. It will be hosted by the team’s outstanding play-by-player announcer Tom Willms and feature head coach Joe Coombs and other guest speakers.

The Rebels had the Coach’s Corner during the team’s first year and it was very successful in terms of viewers. Unlike the first year, however, where the Coach’s Corner was filmed live, this edition will be filmed and then uploaded onto the Rebels social media channels. The Coach’s Corner will occur every Wednesday unless the team has a game on that day. Otherwise it will be filmed on Tuesdays.

The Coach’s Corner will give you all the insight you need on the Rebels … Who’s hot, who’s not … what to expect from the upcoming games and more!

You will be able to view the Coach’s Corner on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.

Moniz named NAHL’s East Division Star of the Week; Patrick honorable mention

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending January 7 and Rebels defenseman Carson Moniz was selected the East Division’s Stars of the Week while forward Ryan Patrick was named honorable mention.

Moniz was instrumental in the Rebels earning five points out of six this past weekend against the Northeast Generals. He had a total of four points (2 goals and 2 assists). His two goals came in Saturday night’s 4 – 3 win including the game winner with 2:03 left in overtime.

“Carson fought the injury bug in the first half of the season” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “He has played very well of late and we are expecting even more from him in the second half of the season” concluded Coombs.

Moniz has nine points on the season (4 goals and 5 assists). He is tied for the best +/- percentage on the team with a +10.

This is the first time Moniz has received any weekly and/or monthly recognition from the league.

Like Moniz, Patrick had four points this past weekend (3 goals and 1 assist). The team captain had a goal in Thursday night’s loss but his two goals in Friday night’s game helped lead the Rebels to a 5 – 1 victory.

Although Patrick is fifth on the team in total points with seventeen (10 goals and 7 assists), he is second on the team with ten goals.

Patrick was named honorable mention for East Division Star of the Week for week ending November 19.

Moniz’s goal in overtime gives Rebels 4 – 3 win over Generals

Defenseman Carson Moniz’s scored with 2:03 left in overtime to give the Rebels a 4 – 3 win over the visiting Northeast Generals. It was Moniz’s second goal of the game. The victory gave the Rebels five points out of a possible six during this weekend’s three game series between the two teams.

With 4:13 into the opening period Northeast’s defenseman Colin McCabe was called for tripping to put the Rebels on the powerplay. As time was about to expire with the extra attacker, Diarmad DiMurro was bringing the puck up out of his zone and left a drop pass for Moniz at his own blue line. Moniz immediately sent a pass to Friday night’s star Ryan Patrick along the far side boards. As Patrick skated into the zone he immediately stopped at the top of the faceoff circle and passed it back to moving Moniz who took a one-timer that beat Northeast goalie David Fessenden short side to give the Rebels a 1 – 0 lead at 6:11 into the first period.

After Fessenden fanned on a clearing pass behind his own net defenseman Sviatoslov Kuchynski would pick up the puck and send a pass up to Matthew Rutigliano at center ice. Rutigliano would enter the Rebels zone on a two on one. As Rutigliano skated to the far side faceoff circle he took a shot that was saved by Eli Billing but the deep rebound came back to Kuchynski who was following up on the play and he took a wrist shot that beat Billing to tie the game with 10:18 left in the first.

With Jordin Holmes’ penalty expiring, Northeast forward Brady Gaudette had the puck at the top of the near side faceoff circle. He sent a high cross-ice pass to Louis Boudon. Boudon would catch and drop the puck to the ice and skate to the bottom of the far side faceoff circle. Boudon sent a pass back to Justin Jallen. Jallen took a slapshot that was saved by Billing but the rebound came out to Boudon who was to the left of Billing and he knocked in to give the Generals a 2 – 1 lead with 6:30 left in the second.

With two seconds remaining in the middle period and the faceoff in the Generals zone, head coach Joe Coombs pulled Billing for the extra attacker. Adam Peck would take the draw at the far side dot. Peck won the draw as the puck immediately went to Auggie Moore on his right. Moore guided the puck back to Eric Olson who took a one-timer that beat Fessenden glove side to tie the game at two.

With the game tied going into the third period, Jensen Zerban would with the draw at his own far side faceoff circle. The puck would go back to Bryant Gunn who sent a pass back to Kolby Vegara behind his own net. Vegara looked to set up the play and brought the puck out of his own zone along the near side boards. Vegara took it end to end. As Vegara started to cut across the goal mouth he snuck the puck between Fessenden’s legs and into the net to give the Rebels a 3 – 2 lead with 14:08 left in the period.

With 1:59 left in the game, Northeast head coach Bryan Erickson called a time out. Colin Bilek would win the draw deep inside the Rebels zone. The puck would go back Jallen who was at the top of the near side circle. Jallen took a shot that was tipped up in the air in front of the Rebels net. The puck would go over a fallen Billing and Kuchynski jammed in the loose puck to tie the game at three with 1:57 remaining.

Like the first game of this series, this game was going to overtime and the Rebels wanted a different outcome. With 2:25 left in the extra period, Andrew Bellant would bring the puck up along the near side boards and into the Generals zone. Bellant went to pass the puck to Olson at the top of the slot but the puck was touched by a Northeast defender. As the puck was going out of the zone, Moniz kept it in at the far side blueline and passed the puck down low to Olson. Olson went to make a pass out front to Peck but it was blocked and the puck came out to Moniz in the slot and he took a shot that beat Fessenden high glove side to win the game.

Fessenden turned aside 25 of 29 shots while Billing stopped 24 of 27. Click here for the box score.

By earning give points this weekend and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights being swept by the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, the Rebels now lead the East Division by four points over the Knights. The two teams will meet next Friday and Saturday at the Class of 1923 Arena.

Rebels at the break: Leading the East Division

The Rebels return to the ice on Thursday, January 4 to start a three game homestand against the Northeast Generals. It will be the first time in team history that it will be playing three consecutive home games.

For the second straight year, the Rebels are sitting atop the North American Hockey League’s East Division at the midway point. They possess a 21 – 8 record for 42 points. They are three points ahead of second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, although the Knights have a game in hand. Although the Rebels have the third best record in the league behind the Shreveport Mudbugs and perennial league powerhouse Fairbanks Ice Dogs, technically, they have the best winning percentage in the league with .724 (21/29).

Despite coming off a trip to the Robertson Cup finals, player turnover and moving to a new arena, the Rebels got off to a torrid start. The Rebels went 11 – 0 to begin the season, including a 4 – 0 record at the NAHL’s Showcase in Blaine, MN. It was the first time in team history that it went undefeated during the tournament. Air Force Academy commit Jensen Zerban was the star having scored three straight game winning goals, including an overtime goal against last season’s Robertson Cup semi-finalist foe Aberdeen Wings.

In addition to Zerban’s overtime goal, the team has won three more games during the extra period: Auggie Moore scored the game winner against the Knights, defenseman Dusan Kmec’s goal against the Generals and Andrew Bellant scored against the Johnstown Tomahawks. The team’s four overtime goals are the most in the league to date.

The Rebels are 7 – 1 against the Tomahawks outscoring them 30 – 10. They also possess a 5 – 1 record against the Generals outscoring them 26 – 15. They also have won 10 of 13 home games (77%).

The Rebels also will be the only team in the history of the NAHL to host a home game at the site of a National Hockey League team, the Wells Fargo Center and home of the Philadelphia Flyers.

However, not everything has been perfect in Rebel Nation since the return from the league showcase. The team had to cancel a game against New Jersey due to the fog at the Class of 1923 Arena (in which the Titans were winning the game 1 – 0); they have a 3 – 3 record against the Knights (each scoring 18 goals against each other), and they have lost four out of six games against the Titans having been outscored 15 – 11. The team also has been decimated with injuries, particularly on the blueline.

Although there have been some hiccups, the Rebels are still one of the top teams in the league and are looking to make it three straight East Division championships and another trip to the Robertson Cup tournament.

The Rebels have scored 95 goals in 29 games (which is fifth best in the league) and have allowed only 63 (third least allowed in the league).  They have the league’s best powerplay unit having scored 31.7% of the time and are fourth in the league shorthanded having preventing the opposition from scoring 84.5% of the time.

Aaron Maguyon leads the team in total points with twenty-three (9 goals and 14 assists). Zerban (11 goals and 9 assists) and Bellant (8 goals and 12 assists) each have twenty points. Zerban leads the team in goals scored with eleven. The duo also has three game winning goals respectively. Bellant leads the team in penalty minutes with 78 while Carson Moniz has the best +9 +/- ratio.

Goaltenders Ryan Keane and Eli Billing have a combined 2.14 goals against average and .910 save percentage, with two shutouts (one by each). Keane has the fourth best GAA in the league with a 1.85.

The premise of the team, and the league itself, is to help aspiring 16 – 20 year olds in their quest to achieve their goal of a better education through collegiate hockey. Bellant committed to Michigan Tech at the end of November. With at least five months remaining in the season the Rebels could have more. Age outs Billing, Jordin Holmes, Ryan Patrick, Brandon Stanley and Kolby Vegara are looking to announce their commitment sometime in the near future along with some of the younger players.

The Rebels have thirty-one games remaining in the season, 15 of them are home, including the one at the Wells Fargo Center on March 10 against the Knights.

The Rebels will begin the second half with six straight home games. They then will play nine straight away games through and including February 14. They will close out the regular season on the road against the Tomahawks like they did last year.

Last year. It was a magical season but it’s over. This year’s team is really, really good, and head coach Joe Coombs is starting to see his team jell. Once they start firing on all cylinders, they want to write their own history by ending the playoffs with a win.

Keane named NAHL’s East Division Star of the Week. Bellant honorable mention

The North American Hockey League announced its Bauer Divisional Stars of the Week for week ending December 17th and Rebels netminder Ryan Keane was named the East Division’s star of the week while teammate Andrew Bellant was selected as honorable mention.

Keane played in both games in the Rebels weekend sweep over the Johnstown Tomahawks. He had a 1.00 goals against average and a .945 save percentage. “Ryan has played well all year” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “This weekend he made some big stops at key times” concluded Coombs.

Keane is ranked fourth in the league on the season with a 1.72 goals against average and ninth in save percentage with .926. He has one shutout.

This is the fourth time this season the native from Coppell, TX received recognition from the league. He was the second star of the week for week ending October 15; he was goalie of the month for October, and he was honorable mention for goalie of the month in November.

Bellant had one point over the weekend in the low scoring contests, but it was a big one: the game winning goal in overtime in Saturday night’s win.

The recently announced Michigan Tech commit is tied for second on the team in total points with twenty (8 goals and 12 assists). He also has three game winning goals.

This is the second time this season the Linden, MI native has received recognition from the league this season. He was honorable mention for week ending October 8.