What started out as a promisingly exciting playoff bout versus the St. Catharines Spartans turned into a quick success for the Rebels, who finished the bout with three game wins after their home victory 12-10 on Friday, July 1.
In the first period, the Rebels let St. Catharines dictate the pace of the game, as in the course of six minutes the Spartans had a three point lead. But, Jeremy Bomberry, Travis Longboat and Danton Miller were able to connect with the back of the net on Spartan Goalie David Herkimer, reaching a tie game. For the remaining minutes the Rebels let the Spartans take the lead once again, even allowing an unassisted goal to trickle in for the Spartans.
The Rebels kicked it into high gear for the second period; however, as Longboat buried his second, and Miller buried two more for a hat trick. Wild card Lyle Hill took advantage of a shot opportunity for a picked corner, just before Brandon Peter scored unassisted with a break away. This ended the second period with the Rebels in the lead 9-6.
For the third period, the Spartans came out with a lot of energy on offence, likely looking to tie the game up. But they left holes in their defence and three minutes in, Chayton King scored with a far-out shot down the pipe. But, still seeming determined the Spartans returned the goal and then another making the game 10-8 in a quick sweep.
Over the course of the last 10 minutes, penalties racked up on both sides and allowed the Spartans a power play goal. However, the Rebels Kevin Owen Hill and Daylen Hill scored one a piece, just as the Spartans scored one more lucky goal.
This ended the game 12-10 and knocked the Spartans out of the series with the Rebels on top.