Philadelphia Rebels

Hamstad Plays Hero as Rebels Drop Hawks in Overtime

April 6, 2023 - North American Hockey League (NAHL)
Philadelphia Rebels News Release

SEWELL, NJ- The Philadelphia Rebels (24-29-2-1, 51 pts) and the Johnstown Tomahawks (28-23-4-1, 60 pts) kicked off a three-game weekend set on Thursday night with a 2-1 Philadelphia overtime win.

Halfway through the overtime period Max Hamstad, on a 2-on-1 with Dom Foglia, muffed a pass toward Foglia. However, Hamstad recovered the pass and launched a shot that beat Johnstown goaltender Alec Rajalin-Scharp for his 14th goal of the season. The Rebels win ended a seven-game losing streak.

The contest was the start of the Rebels' last homestand of the season. The two teams met two weeks ago in Johnstown where the Tomahawks were able to come away with all three wins in the series.

Still scoreless with under two minutes to go in the period, Connor Sedlak (22) was in the right spot at the right time to bury a rebound for a power-play goal. In his 100th career NAHL game, Sedlak broke the scoreless tie and gave the Rebels the lead heading into the final frame. Tyler Stern and Greg Spitznagel recorded assists on the goal.

Johnstown tied the game early in the third period off of a power-play goal from Will Lawrence. The rest of the third was chock-full of chances for both teams, but the goaltenders stood strong and the game went to overtime.

Jakub Krbecek was stellar in net for Philadelphia, fresh off being named an honorable mention for NAHL March Stars of the Month. Krbecek finished with 31 saves on 32 shots and made a few miraculous saves to keep the game tied late.

The Rebels will look to continue to play spoiler to Johnstown's playoff hopes as the two teams meet again on Friday night at 8 p.m. in Hollydell Ice Arena.

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