The Aston Rebels will be travelling to New Jersey tonight to face off against the Titans at Middletown’s Ice World beginning at 7:45pm.
Rebels vs. Titans Overview
Despite having played six times against each other this will be only the second time the Rebels will be visiting the Titans. The last time these two teams met at Ice World was back on December 3 when the Titans defeated the Rebels 3 – 1. The last game the Titans played was against the Rebels where they fell 2 – 1 back on December 18.
The Rebels have won four of the six games these two teams have played. The Rebels have outscored the Titans 20 – 10. Two of the Rebels wins have been shutouts (one by Mareks Mitens and the other by Jack Leavy). The Rebels have been led by Gvido Jansons’ seven points (2 goals and 4 assists), Brennan Kapcheck’s six points (4 goals and 2 assists) and Dom Garcia (2 goals and 3 assists), Aaron Maguyon (1 goal and 4 assists) and Gianluca Esteves (2 goals and 3 assists) five points respectively. The Rebels are 5 for 31 on the powerplay (16%). Leavy and Mitens have a combined 1.66 goals against average and a .935 save percentage.
Against the Rebels the Titans have been led by Anthony Cusanelli’s three points (2 goals and 1 assist). Gordie Helmuth (1 goal and 1 assist), Maxim Andreev (2 assists) and Dylan Healey (2 goals) each have two points. The Titans are 4 for 10 on the powerplay (40%). Titans’ goalies Brandon Bussi, Harrison Feeney and Brandon Perrone have a combined 3.33 goals against average and .88 save percentage.
New Jersey currently is in third place in the East Division with a 21-10-1-1 record for 44 points. They are nine points behind division leading Aston and four points behind second place Johnstown. The last time the Titans played was a 2 – 1 loss to the Rebels back on December 18. The Titans are 6-3-0-1 in their last ten games. The Titans have scored 121 goals (tied with the Rebels for second most in the NAHL). They have allowed 100 goals (10th best in the league). They are fifth in the league for the power play having scored 23.4% of the time while having the fifth best penalty kill at 85%.
The Titans are led by three players each with 28 points: Helmuth (9 goals and 19 assists), Danny Eruzione (8 goals and 20 assists) and Andreev (8 goals and 20 assists). Cusanelli leads the team with 12 goals. Eruzione and William Riedell both have a +9 +/- ratio. Healey leads the team in penalty minutes with 58.
New Jersey collectively has a 3.13 goals against average and a .903 save percentage with two shutouts (Bussi).
The Rebels lead the East Division with a 26-5-1 record for 53 points. Aston is 7-2-1 in their last ten games and are coming off of a 5 – 2 victory over the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. The Rebels are tied with New Jersey for second most goals in the league (121) and they have allowed the least amount of goals with 53. The Rebels are eighth in the league on the power play (21.3%) and are second in the league on the penalty kill of 86%.
Aston is led by Andrew Bellant’s 32 points (17 goals and 15 assists). He also has the most goals on the team. He is followed by Esteves’ 30 points (11 goals and 19 assists) and Garcia’s 29 points (9 goals and 20 assists). Kapcheck has the best +/- percentage of +26. Bellant has the most penalty minutes with 101.
The Rebels goaltending has a combined 1.54 goals against average and a .938 save percentage with 10 shutouts (8 for Mitens and 2 for Leavy).