The love affair between the Jtown rivals will be on full display over Vday at 1ST SUMMIT Arena this weekend with the home team battling for 1st place while the visiting team is battling for the last playoff spot in the East Division. With a combined 1500 in penalty minutes, fans can expect a physical, high pace series.
The Hawks enter Valentine’s Day on a hot streak coming off a weekend sweep of Northeast Generals (8-3 and 2-1).
Johnstown is sitting comfortably in second place of the East division with 60 points behind the first-place New Jersey Titans (65) points and in front of third place WB Knights (45 points). The Red, White and Navy Blue are 8-2 in their last 10 home games at 1ST SUMMIT Arena and have outscored their competition 38-24 during that time.
The Rebels seem to be peaking at the right time also coming off a weekend sweep of 3rd place Wilkes Barre by the score of 3-0 and 6-1, allowing only 1 goal on 67 shots. Similar to the Hawks, the Rebels are on a 7-3 run in their last 10 games and making a push for the 4th and last playoffs spot in the East division only 2 points behind Maryland and 21 points behind the Hawks.
Hawks record VS Rebels:
@ 1st SUMMIT Arena
Nov 7 — 2-1 win
Nov 8 — 6-1 win
Nov 9 — 5-6 SO loss
Dec 18 — 2-0 win
@ Northwest Arena
Nov 29 — 1-3 loss
Nov 30 — 3-1 win
Jan 10 — 7-0 win
Jan 11 — 1-6 loss
Players to watch:
33% of #17 Noah Basarab’s point total this season came against the Rebels (9 of his 27 points). While #91 Max Kouznetsov leads the charge with 11 points in 8 games against the Rebels, including both goals in the 2-0 Hawks win on Dec 18.
Rebels goalie and Robert Morris commit #30 Noah West has a stellar 2.35 goals against average in 6 games played against the Hawks. In contrast, the Hawks goals for season average is 3.64 per game. (6th best in the entire league)
Friday February 14 @ 7:30pm – Red Out Night sponsored by HealthCare First Credit Union
Saturday February 15 @ 7:00pm – Coach Mike Letizia Bobblehead Giveaway