Weekend preview: March 29 – 31; Generals visit Rebels for three game series

Weekend preview: March 29 – 31; Generals visit Rebels for three game series

The Northeast Generals will travel to Philadelphia to play a three-game series beginning tonight which will close out the Rebels regular season home weekend games. Tonight’s game begins at 7:30pm while tomorrow starts at 7:10pm and Saturday night’s game begins at 7:35pm. Saturday night’s game will be billet/fan appreciation night. The Rebels will be honoring their billets and presenting six-year end awards to players. All fans also will receive a free 2017-18 Rebels trading card set.

Rebels vs. Generals Overview
This will be the last three games these two teams will face each other during the regular season. If the season were to end today, Northeast would be the Rebels opening round opponent.

The Rebels have won nine of the thirteen contests having outscored the Generals by a total score of 53 – 32. The last time these two teams met was back on February 16 when Philadelphia won 3 – 2.  Justin Jallen has the most points against the Rebels this season with thirteen (6 goals and 7 assists). He is followed by Matt Demelis’ (3 goals and 8 assits)) and Mike Egan’s (4 goals and 7 assists) eleven points respectively. Northeast is 8 for 51 (16%) on the powerplay. Goaltenders David Fessenden and Marko Sturma have a combined 4.00 goals against average and a .890 save percentage with no shutouts.

Aaron Maguyon has the most points against the Generals with sixteen (7 goals and 9 assists). He is followed by Patrick Ryan’s fourteen points (7 goals and 7 assists). The Rebels are 17 of 47 (36%) on the powerplay. Netminders Eli Billing and Ryan Keane have a combined 2.46 goals against average and a .898 save percentage with one shutout (Billing).

Northeast Generals Overview
The Generals enter this weekend’s series in fourth place in the East Division with a 26-24-4-1 record for 57 points. They have clinched a playoff spot. They are twenty points behind the Rebels. Northeast has won two out of its last five games, and they are coming off of a 4 – 2 home loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. Egan leads the team in total points with fifty (19 goals and 31 assists) while Colin Bilek has forty-seven points (17 goals and 30 assists). He is followed by Jallen’s forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Jallen also leads the team in goals with twenty-three. Matthew Wiesner leads the team with five game winning goals. He also has the most penalty minutes with 148 while Louis Boudon and Bilek have a team best +17.

The Generals have scored 168 goals in fifty-five games (ninth most in the NAHL). They also have allowed 188 goals (seventeenth most in the league). The Generals are ranked twelfth in the league on the powerplay having scored on 20.4% of their chances while they are ranked twentieth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 71.8% of the time.

Fessenden and Sturma have a combined 3.27 goals against average and a .910 save percentage with two shutouts (one each).

Rebels Overview
The Rebels enter this weekend with a 37-14-3 record for 77 points. They clinched their third straight East Division regular season championship back on March 17. This will be the Rebels first game since March 18. They are 3 – 2 in their last five games, and they are coming off of a 5 – 3 home loss to the New Jersey Titans.

Maguyon leads the Rebels in total points with forty-six (22 goals and 24 assists). Luke Radetic is second on the team with forty-four points (23 goals and 21 assists). Patrick (18 goals and 22 assists) has forty points. Radetic leads the team in goals with twenty-three. Adam Peck has the most game winning goals on the team with five. Eric Olson has the most penalty minutes on the team with 117. Carson Moniz has the team’s best +/- with a +15.

Philadelphia has scored 183 goals in fifty-four games (fourth most in the league), and they have allowed 119 (fourth best in the league). The Rebels lead the league on the powerplay having converted on 31.7% of their chances, and they are ranked fourth in the league on the penalty kill having prevented the opposition from scoring 84.8% of the time.

Billing and Keane have a combined 2.13 goals against average and a .918 save percentage with six shutouts (each have three).