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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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