Weekend preview: 1/26 – 1/27; Rebels visit Titans for two games

Weekend preview: 1/26 – 1/27; Rebels visit Titans for two games

The Rebels will continue their nine-game road swing with playing two games against the New Jersey Titans this weekend at Middletown’s Ice World. Both games are slated to begin at 7:45pm. After five of the first six games were played at the Class of 1923 Arena, the next four games between these teams will be played at Ice World (including this weekend).

Rebels vs. Titians Overview
This will be games seven and eight of a sixteen game schedule between the two teams. The Titans have won four of the six, and they have outscored the Rebels 20 – 15 in the six games. The last time these two teams met was back on January 15 and the Titans won in dramatic fashion. After the Rebels came back from a 3 – 1 deficit to take a 4 – 3 lead with 10:29 left in the game, Kyle Head scored his second goal of the game with 2.8 seconds remaining in regulation to tie at four. Todd Goehring would score his fifth goal on the season with 2:10 into overtime to give the Titans a 5 – 4 victory.

The Titans are the only team in the East Division who have a winning record against the Rebels.

During this six-game series between the two teams, Goehring leads the Titans in total points with six (3 goals and 3 assists). Tyler Antonucci (1 goal and 4 assists) and Eric Manoukian (all assists) each have five points against the Rebels. Matthew Cameron has scored the most goals against Philadelphia with four. The Titans are 6 for 21 (29%) on the powerplay. New Jersey’s goaltenders have a combined 2.50 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. Brandon Perrone has appeared in four of the games and he possesses a 1.83 goals against average and .905 save percentage with no shutouts.

Defenseman Kolby Vegara has the most points against New Jersey with four (all assists). Four players (Andrew Bellant, Jordin Holmes, Adam Peck and Brandon Stanley) each have three points against the Titans. Auggie Moore, Eric Olson, Konur Peterson and Jensen Zerban each have scored two goals. The Rebels are 4 for 20 (20%) on the powerplay while goaltenders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 3.17 goals against average and .878 save percentage with no shutouts.

New Jersey Titans Overview
The Titans enter this weekend’s series with a 17-13-1-1 record with 32 points in 32 games – the least amount played of any East Division team. They currently reside in fourth place, sixteen points behind division leading Philadelphia. The Titans have won three of their last five games, and they are coming off of a 6 – 3 home win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Tate Singleton leads the team in total points with twenty-five (9 goals and 16 assists). Nick Boyagian (11 goals and 13 assists) and Hunter Alden (7 goals and 17 assists) each have twenty-four points. Boyagian has the most goals on the team with eleven. Wade Novak has the most game-winning goals on the team with three. Rookie Holden Biebel leads the team in penalty minutes with 75. Defenseman Spencer Stanley has the best +/- ratio with a +19.

New Jersey has scored 111 goals (eighth best in the NAHL) in thirty-two games. They also have allowed 94 (sixth best in the league).  The Titans are sixth in the league on the powerplay (22%) while they are nineteenth in the league on the penalty kill with at 74.4%.

New Jersey’s netminders have a combined 2.74 goals against average and a .914 save percentage with one shutout (Perrone).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend with a 25-9-2 record for 52 points. They are in first place in the division, and they are seven points ahead of second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The Rebels are 3 – 2 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 1 road win against the Johnstown Tomahawks.

The Rebels are led by Aaron Maguyon’s twenty-eight points (12 goals and 16 assists). He is followed by Zerban’s twenty-six points (13 goals and 13 assists) and Bellant’s twenty-five points (10 goals and 15 assists). Zerban leads the team with thirteen goals scored. Bellant has the most game-winning goals on the team with four, and he has the most penalty minutes with 105. Maguyon also has the team’s best +/- with a +12.

Philadelphia has scored 124 goals in thirty-six games (fifth most in the league), and they have allowed 80 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league on the powerplay having converted on 28.5% of their chances, and they are ranked third in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 86.5% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.19 goals against average and a .907 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).