Rebels suffer first taste of defeat

SIX NATIONS – The Rebels kept the peddle to the metal this week by embarrassing the Welland Generals 20-5 in front of their hometown fans. Seventeen Rebels earned points against the Generals with Wes Whitlow leading the way with four goals and four assists followed by Rickey Smith (3G,3A), Josh Miller (1G,6A), Layne Smith (2G,2A), Gates Abrams (2G,2A), Kahn General (2G,1A), and Bo Peltier (1G,2A).

It wasn’t as if Daniel Hill was sitting in a lawn chair with a good book. He faced 42 shots giving up five. At the other end, the Rebels burned through two goalies with 64 shots on the Welland goal.

Rebels’ Layne Smith continues his torrid pace towards crushing the OLA Jr. B league record book for points and goals in a season, and the season is far from over. Friday night at the ILA, Smith contributed 10-points by way of five goals and five assists in leading his Rebels past the Windsor Clippers 21-8.

Smith now has 65 goals and 29 assists in 16 games played, that is a 5.875 points-per-game average. Josh Miller is next with 60 points, and after a huge eight-point game Sunday, Wes Whitlow is now third in Rebels scoring with 49 points in 12 games played.

It was 6-4 after 20 minutes and 13-8 after 40 minutes with the Rebels pretty well scoring at will.

Assistant coaches Terry Hill and Nick Skye handed the bench duties in Welland as head coach Miles General had to take the game off, but the results were the same. The Rebels have found great success under their rookie coach so far this season with a record of 15-1 for 30-points, winning most by wide margins.

This week’s games include a Thursday night tiff with the Hamilton Bengals at the Mountain Arena, in Hamilton before hosting the Elora Mohawks at the ILA Friday night at 8 p.m.

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