MIDDLETOWN — Aaron Maguyon, Ryan Patrick and Adam Peck each tallied a goal and an assist as the Philadelphia Rebels skated past the New Jersey Titans, 5-2, in NAHL action at Middletown Ice World Saturday night.
A total of 57 penalty minutes were handed out in the opening period, marked by an Austin Martz-Kyler Head fighting major, as both teams accounted for six minors, two instigators, two 10-minute misconducts and a game misconduct through a memorable first 20.
Scoreless through one, Ryan Naumovski set up Nick Boyagian for a shorthanded goal 1:23 into the second period as the Titans drew first blood and staked claim to a 1-0 lead.
Controlling the puck off the draw, Naumovski took possession up ice before letting go a shot Boyagian deflected past Rebels’ goalie Ryan Keane.
It would be a long time before the Titans would solve Keane again, however, as Philadelphia scored twice in a span if 1:33 as Peck notched his 11th of the season with 3:11 left in the second period before Patrick put the Rebels in front with 1:38 remaining in the frame.
Bryant Gunn recovered a loose puck in the corner before finding Peck all alone in front. Peck lifted it up and over Titans’ goalie Matt Ladd’s glove hand to tie it at one.
Patrick and Maguyon played give-and-go on a 2-on-1 break before Patrick finished it to give Philadelphia a lead it would not relinquish.
Carrying a 2-1 lead into the second intermission, the Rebels went back to work in the third and just 53 seconds in Konur Peterson finished the play started by Brandon Stanley and Carson Moniz to make it a 3-1 game.
Philadelphia (27-9-2) continued the wave of odd-man rushes and crashed the net as Peck and Gunn helped set up Jimmy Glynn for his second goal of the season at 6:37 to extend the Rebels’ lead to 4-1.
After another Austin Moore-Ryan Wheeler bout, Maguyon, a New Jersey native and former Bishop Eustace standout, got some revenge on a few of his old mates as the Galloway native buried another puck with 5:39 remaining in regulation to put Philadelphia up by four at 5-1.
With 2:59 left, New Jersey (17-15-1) was able to sneak another puck past Keane as Justin Bofshever was able to find a hole, short-side, but it was too little too late for the Titans.
Keane stood tall with 32 saves on 34 shots for Philadelphia, while Ladd turned aside 27 of the 32 biscuits he saw in between the pipes for New Jersey.
The Titans will look to get back on track when they travel to Revolution Ice Centre for a game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Feb. 1 at 2:30 p.m.
Philadelphia is aiming to keep the ball rolling as it travels to New England Sports Village for a three-game stint, Feb. 1-3, against the Northeast Generals.
New Jersey and Philadelphia will lock back up again on Feb. 7 at Middletown Ice World for an 11 a.m. bout that should continue to provide no shortage of fisticuffs.
Main Image: Philadelphia Rebels’ goaltender Ryan Keane makes one of his 32 saves with a quick glove en route to a 5-2 victory over the Titans at Middletown Ice World on January 27, 2018. (Tom Smith/TSPImages)
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