Rebels honour Remembrance Day and come out with a point this weekend

The Rebels came out of the weekend with their first point as they lost an overtime thriller against the Picton Pirates at home on Sunday. The Rebels struck first with a high glove side goal from Captain Aiden Treverton, assisted by Ben Hansen, on an odd man rush. But Picton responded with two goals late in the first period.

The Rebels tied it up in the second period with scoring from Kaleb Gilham assisted by Keegan Anderson, and Ben Hansen from Carden Guerin. Gilham’s goal was a second effort at the net, poking the puck from under the Picton’s net-minder’s pads just before the referee blew the whistle. Despite vigorous objections from Picton’s goalie, Ethan Beattie, and Picton’s coaching staff, the goal stood. Campbellford fans were delighted to see a call go their way. The second period ended in a 3-3 tie.

Picton’s Jack Dow, scored his second of the night early in the third period to take a 4-3 lead. But Campbellford pressed late in the game and Ben Hansen got his second goal of the night, unassisted, with less than a minute to go to tie the game at 4-4. Picton responded with a couple of good shots in the last minute but Rebel’s goaltender Brayden Friedrich made a key pad save with only seconds left. The third period ended with a tie and the Rebels secured their first point of the season.

The score keeping staff were so excited that they decided to announce the three stars early to lock in Ben Hansen as the first star despite the overtime period still yet to be played. Hansen was certainly deserving with 2 goals, including the tying goal, an assist, and no penalties.

However, Picton’s Jack Dow scored in overtime, for a hat trick, to end the game. Brayden Freidrich played a solid game in net for the Rebels facing 30 shots (although this reporter counted 40). The Rebels did a good job of avoiding needless penalties. The Rebel’s play Picton again on Thursday in Picton. This year, The Rebels beat Picton 3-1 in preseason but lost to them early in the regular season. Follow along on Thursday on social media for game updates.

On Saturday, prior to the Rebels vs. Napanee home game, the Rebels honoured Remembrance Day with a ceremonial puck drop and a moment of silence with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 103 members Gorden Andress, Steve Moulton, and Brian & Theresa Swelin. Rebel’s captain Aiden Treverton and Napanee’s captain Soren Zamuner lined up at centre for the puck drop and photos. For the past two previous Sundays, Rebels players and coaching staff volunteered their time, collecting donations and handing out poppy’s around town.

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 103 members Gorden Andress, Steve Moulton, and Brian and Theresa Swelin drop the ceremonial puck.

The Rebels went on to lose 8-0, which was an improvement from our previous game where the score went into double digits. Rebel’s goaltender, Ethan Koren played a solid game facing at least 48 shots. Earlier in the season, Rebels held them to 7-2. Teams are going to have to find a new strategy to play against the powerhouse Napanee Raiders who are now undefeated after 16 games.