Rebels Fall, 2-0

New Jersey Staves Off Playoff Elimination; Game 4 Is Tonight

In this file photo from earlier in the season, Jamestown goalies Ryan Keane (1) and Noah West congratulate each other following a victory over New Jersey in a North American Hockey League game at Northwest Arena. The Titans turned the tables with a 2-0 playoff win Friday night in Middletown, New Jersey. P-J file photo

MIDDLETOWN, N.J.–New Jersey claimed its first win in a best-of-five series against the Jamestown Rebels in North American Hockey League playoff action on Friday night.

A 2-0 shutout favored the Titans, who dropped a pair of games at Northwest Arena last weekend and will now host Game 4 tonight as Jamestown has another opportunity to punch its ticket to the East Division finals.

“They had a big push in the first eight minutes of the first. I thought they pushed pretty hard,” head coach Joe Coombs said of the Titans. “I thought our guys battled really hard. We just have to be better. We weren’t bad, but we just have to be better.”

The Rebels were held off the board despite six chances with the man advantage, while the Titans posted their first goal on the power play at 3:52 of the first period.

Kyle Jeffers got the hosts on the board following feeds by Josef Glamos and Brody Medeiros after Jamestown’s Nick Stuckless was booked for kneeing.

Jamestown’s Hunter Johannes, left, and the rest of the Rebels would like to close out the series with New Jersey tonight. P-J file photo

“After that power-play goal I thought for most of the game we outplayed them. We didn’t do enough to get to those second and third chances at the net front.”

New Jersey picked up its insurance tally at 12:41 of the third as Chris Garbe scored his second of the postseason following a deflection. Glamos earned his third assist of the playoffs on that goal while Eric Manoukian provided the other assist.

The Rebels did have the benefit of No. 1 goaltender Ryan Keane, who returned to the lineup after Noah West got the start in Game 2. Keane stopped 26 of 28 shots in the loss while Brandon Perrone put together a big effort for the winners with 37 saves in the shutout.

While the Rebels were able to get plenty of rubber on Perrone, they would like to do a better job on rebounds and screens.

“There were a lot of shots that I think he saw and he did a good job of swallowing them up,” Coombs said of Perrone. “I didn’t think we did a great job with the second and third chances.”

Jamestown will hope to advance to face the winner of No. 1 Johnstown and No. 4 Northeast. The Generals will shoot for the upset on the road tonight at 7after handing the top-seeded Tomahawks a 4-2 loss on Thursday.