Rebel Game Notes
REBEL FALLS SHORT IN ROCHESTER
The Ottawa Rebel dropped a 13-7 decision to the Rochester Knighthawks at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y. on Friday, February 28. Ottawa led 4-3 at halftime, but the Knighthawks defence clamped down on the Rebel attack in the second half, while the Rochester offence blitzed Ottawa during the final 30 minutes, outscoring the Rebel 10-3 (7-2 in the final quarter).
Mat Giles and Kevin Dostie both scored twice for the Rebel while Scott Self and John Veltman both tallied their first goals of the season. Jamie Roy scored Ottawas other goal. Matt Disher faced 55 shots in the Ottawa net. The Rebel was outshot 55-46.
EAST MEETS WEST
Tonights game marks the third all-time meeting between the Rebel and Ravens. Ottawa looks to improve its home record against Vancouver to 2-0. In the only other meeting between the clubs in Ottawa, the Rebel scored a 13-10 victory in the teams 2001-2002 season opener on Nov. 18, 2001 at the Corel Centre.
The Ravens exacted revenge on Feb. 2, 2002 in Vancouver with a 21-10 drubbing of the Rebel. The 11-goal differential equalled an Ottawa Rebel worst for margin of defeat (Feb. 3, 2001; 25-14 @ Buffalo).
HOWARDS GOAL STREAK ENDS
Rebel forward Kevin Howard, the club leader with 20 goals and 33 points, did not score during Ottawas game Feb. 28 @ ROC, the first time he had not scored for Ottawa in nine games this season.
Howard, however, continued an assist streak and has recorded at least one assist in each of the nine Rebel games of 2002-2003.
ALIVE FOR FIVE
A win tonight would give Ottawa its fifth win which, incredibly, would set a franchise record for most victories in a season. No team in the history of the Syracuse Smash / Ottawa Rebel franchise has ever won five games.
Here are the records:
1998 Syracuse 2-10
1999 Syracuse 3-9
2000 Syracuse 1-11
2001 Ottawa 1-13
2002 Ottawa 4-12
2003 Ottawa 4-5*
* with seven games remaining. REBEL RUMBLINGS
Ottawa lost a game for the first time in three games when leading at halftime this season during the 13-7 setback Feb. 28 @ ROC ... The Rebel acquired defensive specialist Doug Noganosh from the New Jersey Storm on Feb. 21 for an eighth-round draft choice in the 2003 NLL entry draft. Noganosh played for the Rebel during the 2001-2002 season in which he scored five goals and nine points. Veteran defender Steve Fannell (torn ACL) was added to the injured list to make room for Noganosh on the Rebel 23-player roster ... Ottawa is 2-5 all-time in games decided by one goal. This season, Ottawa is 0-1 in the only game decided by one goal (13-14 loss to Columbus on Jan. 3 ... NLL rookie Kevin Dostie scored for the first time since Feb. 7 with a two-goal game in Rochester. Dostie, an Orleans resident, has five two-goal games this season ... The longest losing skid of the season for Ottawa is two games when the Rebel dropped the season opener against Calgary (Dec. 28) and the second game Jan. 3 @ Columbus ... Rebel forward Jason Clark has at least one assist in each of Ottawas nine games ... Forward Stephen Evans is scoreless since Jan. 11.
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