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Rebels win physical match with Ely, 3-2

In their most physical hockey game of the year, the Moose Lake Area Rebels were able to stave off the Ely Timberwolves and take a hard-earned 3-2 win on Saturday night.

In their most physical hockey game of the year, the Moose Lake Area Rebels were able to stave off the Ely Timberwolves and take a hard-earned 3-2 win on Saturday night.

"We were able to overcome everything they came at us with in the first and third periods, but in the second they really took it to us," recalled Rebel coach Sherm Liimatainen.

After gaining a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal by Jake Granfors from Hayden Hoffman at 10:26 of the first period, the Rebels faced a tenacious Timberwolves attack in the second period.

"They took it to us and beat us in every aspect of the game," explained Liimatainen. "They beat us in loose pucks [and] face offs. We were on our heels with Ely scoring two unanswered goals and taking a 2-1 lead."

Cam Negley scored at 8:27 and 15:16 of the second period to give Ely the lead.

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"Our goalie, Logan McAllister, kept the score close by stopping 18 of 20 shots in that second period," mentioned Liimatainen. "He gave us the opportunity to win the game with his excellent performance."

After McAllister's heroics in the second, the Rebels came out with a quick start in the third period by striking for a goal just 38 seconds into the period. Hoffman took a feed from Dan Anderson and Hoffman beat Ely goalie Ryan Puzel to tie the score.

It took nearly another 10 minutes, but in the end the Rebels took the lead for good at the 10:31 mark when Rejean Carlson, off assists from Dylan Holt and Adam Ryan, beat Puzel for a third Rebels goal.

"Hoffman and Holt had outstanding games for us. Game after game McAllister is giving us solid performances in the nets," Liimatainen said.

McAllister finished with 40 saves for the game while Puzel made 26 for the Timberwolves. The Rebels record now stands even at 10-10-1.

"Of the 10 losses, five were by a goal and three [were] overtime games," said Liimatainen. "We are pleased with our play, but we are giving up more shots than what we want."

Liimatainen said the Rebels will be working hard on their specialty teams in the next few days in preparation for the playoffs.

"We have to strengthen our defensive zone coverage and one area where we struggle is our play without the puck," suggested Liimatainen. "We have to get to open ice quicker and create opportunities for advancing the puck both in the opponent's and neutral ice zones."

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