Overtime Win

Rebels Knock Off New Jersey At Northwest Arena

Jamestown’s Alex Frye (17) skates around New Jersey’s Evan Shoemaker during Saturday’s North American Hockey League game at Northwest Arena. P-J photo by Chad Ecklof

Fans inside Northwest Arena were treated to something they had yet to experience during the North American Hockey League season on Saturday night–an overtime victory by the Jamestown Rebels.

Just over a minute into the extra period, Jim Glynn took a pass from defenseman Alex Roy, curled around to the left side of his defender and feed Alex Frye in the slot with a pass that was buried for a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Titans.

That shot from Frye, his team-leading 24th goal of the year, sealed back-to-back wins against New Jersey (22-21-1) as the Rebels moved to 26-11-3-3 on the year.

The win included some symptoms of a burgeoning rivalry, as the two teams combined for more than 100 penalty minutes. The second period featured a scrap between New Jersey’s Mac Wiseman and Jamestown’s Connor Linton.

“I don’t like the way they play and I never have,” said Jamestown coach Joe Coombs of the Titans after the win. “We’re not here to make friends.”

The Rebels picked up a 3-0 lead after three goals in the first period, with recently acquired Hunter Johannes opening things up on the power play before Jake Felker and Niki Jasko both picked up shorthanded tallies in the opener as well.

“We did a really good job of killing and putting a lot of pressure on the points,” said Coombs. “They want to handle the puck and they turned it over, our guys jumped and we got really nice plays on both of them. The first period was very well played. Then we got out of sorts with penalties.”

Mitch Machlitt tallied the only goal of the second period for New Jersey, while Shane Haviland and Gavin Gulash picked up third-period goals off of clean cross-ice finishes to tie things up.

Noah West made 25 saves in the win for Jamestown while Brandon Perrone stopped 26-of-30 pucks for New Jersey. Glynn finished with a pair of assists for the hosts.