Weekend Preview: 3/4 & 3/5 – Titans host Rebels for two game series

Weekend Preview: 3/4 & 3/5 – Titans host Rebels for two game series

The Titans will be hosting the Jamestown Rebels this Friday and Saturday night at the Middletown Sports Complex. Friday’s contest will be begin at 7:30PM while Saturday’s will start at 7:00PM.

Rebels vs. Titans Overview
This will be the seventh and eighth meeting between the Rebels and Titans this season. It will be the last time they play each other during the regular season. If the season ended today, these teams would be facing each other in the first round of the playoffs, and they are evenly matched.

Despite having won four of the previous six games (including a victory via shootout), the Titans only have outscored the Rebels by three goals (19 to 16). The last time they met was December 3 and 4 when the teams split at MSC. The Rebels won the first game 5 – 2, and the Titans won the second contest 4- 2.

Jak Vaarwerk leads the Rebels with six total points (1 goal and 5 assists) against the Titans while Noah Szretter has scored the most goals (3) against his old team. Jamestown is 3 for 24 (13%) on the powerplay. The Rebels netminders have 2.64 goals against average and .910 save percentage.

Anthony Calafiore leads the Titans with seven total points (3 goals and 4 assists) against the Rebels. Tommy Bannister and Calafiore each have three goals against Jamestown. The Titans are 3 for 23 (13%) on the powerplay while New Jersey’s goaltenders have a combined 2.45 goals against average and .906 save percentage.

Rebels Overview
Jamestown is currently in fourth place in the East Division with a 25-19-2-1 record for 53 points. They are coming off a 6 – 2 home win over the Danbury Jr. Hat Tricks (the Rebels swept the Tricks last weekend). The Rebels have won two in a row and six out of their last ten games.  The Rebels have scored 139 goals on the season (21st in the league) while they have allowed 134 (10th in the league). Jamestown is 23 for 154 (14.9%) on the powerplay (24th in the league), and they have allowed five goals while on the man advantage. The Rebels are 83.2% efficient on the penalty kill (10th in the league), and they have scored five shorthanded goals.

Jon Lundy leads the Rebels with 43 total points (25 goals and 18 assists) and goals (25). Vaarwerk has the most game winning goals with five. Lundy has a team high +16 while Mitch Lafay has the most penalty minutes on the team with 103.

Jamestown’s goaltenders have a combined 2.69 goals against average and .913 save percentage with three shutouts.

Titans Overview
The Titans currently lead the East Division with a 31-12-2-0 record for 64 points. They are coming off a 2 – 0 road loss to the Maine Nordiques (the teams split last weekend), and they have won seven out of their last 10 games. New Jersey has scored 174 goals on the season (third in the league) while they have allowed 125 (6th in the league). The Titans have converted on 17.5% (28 for 160) of their chances on the powerplay (17th in the league), and they have allowed five goals while on the man advantage. The Red Buckets are 83.1% efficient on the penalty kill (10th in the league). The Titans have scored eight shorthand goals.

Bannister leads the team with 51 total points (18 goals and 33 assists) while Calafiore has a team high 19 goals. Calafiore also has a team best six game winning goals. David Posma has a team (and league) best +33. Blake Farrell has a team high 129 penalty minutes.

The Titans goaltenders have a combined 2.69 goals against average and .910 save percentage with two shutouts (Andrew Takacs).