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Rebels Split With Titans

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. — For the fifth time this season, the Jamestown Rebels split a weekend series in the North American Hockey League’s East Division on Friday and Saturday.

The Rebels beat the New Jersey Titans 5-2 on Friday before losing to the Titans 4-2 on Saturday at Middletown Ice Arena.

On Friday, Jamestown took a 3-2 lead into the third period before shutting the door on a 5-2 victory.

The Rebels’ Marcus Kivela Carlzon opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game with his fifth goal of the season from Noah Szretter before New Jersey (18-9-1-0) tied the game on Nick Ring’s fifth of the season a little more than two minutes later.

Jamestown (11-11-2-1) struck again early in the second period as Joseph Calvarino tallied his second goal of the season from Carter Casper and Mitch Lafay, but again the Titans answered on Tyler Sanborn’s first goal of the season just over two minutes later. The Rebels took the lead for good with just over nine minutes left in the second period as Max Hamstad scored his fifth of the season from Casper and Lafay.

Nathan Jurrens gave Jamestown a 4-2 lead 8:36 into the third period with his second of the season from Lafay before Casper scored with 16 seconds left from Jak Vaarwerk and Owen West.

Nolan Suggs made 29 saves in net for the Rebels while Andrew Takacs made 26 saves for New Jersey.

On Saturday, the teams were tied 2-2 at the end of one period, but the Titans scored a goal in the second period and another in the third period.

Kolby Amici’s fourth goal of the season just over a minute into the game from Vaarwerk gave the Rebels a 1-0 lead, but New Jersey answered less than three minutes later on Brandon Avezov’s ninth goal of the season. Nolan Grier scored his first goal of the season 12:25 into the opening period to give Jamestown a 2-1 lead, but Anthony Calafiore’s 10th of the season tied the game with 1:49 left in the period.

David Posma’s sixth of the season gave the Titans a 3-2 lead midway through the third period and an empty-net goal from Calafiore with 12 seconds remaining put the game away.

Jon Howe made 43 saves in net for the Rebels and Takacs stopped 23 shots for New Jersey.

The teams combined for 17 penalties totaling 64 minutes in the penalty box.

Jamestown will be on the road again this weekend with a pair of games against the Maine Nordiques at The Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.

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