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REB ALERT

SAN DIEGO - When the New Orleans Rebels won Game 1 of their 2015 XHL Cup Playoffs series with the San Diego Toros, some thought it was a fluke and that the Toros would strike back with a vengeance in Game 2 to even the series.

Instead, the Rebels got another great effort from Karri Ramo and now the conference-leading Toros face a monumental task of evening the series as it shifts to New Orleans.

Ramo was brilliant once again in shutting down one of the top offenses in the league with 28 saves on 29 shots as the Rebels took a shocking 2-0 series lead with a 4-1 dispatching of the Toros in San Diego.

"Nobody on this team is intimidated, nobody is afraid of anyone," said Ramo. "I think that's evident once we take the ice. This is when the best teams in the league earn their money and now we just have to keep it going back home."

New Orleans, who led 2-0 after starting their series as an underdog in Philadelphia last year, now holds another lead returning back home. Meanwhile for the Toros, the story is looking similar to last year's first round collapse.

"None of us have been able to come through so far," said Toros' C Tomas Plekanec. "We need to be better than we have. We need to be able to break through on the road now or else we'll be home for the summer before we know it."

San Diego came into the game full of energy and hoping to even the series, but thanks to some undisciplined play, it was the Rebels taking the early lead. Tomas Zizka of San Diego was called for cross-checking 1:02 into the first, and that led to a power play goal from Ryan Shannon at 1:49 to open the scoring.

New Orleans added onto their lead at 3:52 as James Neal scored his first of the playoffs, and they ended the opening frame with a 13-6 shots edge and a 2-0 lead.

The Toros took a 13-11 shots advantage in the second, but Ramo was excellent again in keeping the score at 2-0 while keeping San Diego off the scoreboard.

Then in the third, New Orleans added onto their lead even further. Steven Kampfer scored his first playoff goal at 1:10, and then nine seconds later, Plekanec was called for slashing and that led to a power play goal from Konstantin Glazachev - his second of the playoffs - at 1:30 as the Rebels went up 4-0.

San Diego finally snapped Ramo's shutout bid at 17:36 as Michael Ryder scored his first of the playoffs, but it was far too little, far too late as the Rebels took a shocking 2-0 lead returning to New Orleans.

BACK IN THE NEW YORK GROOVE - Jarome Iginla and Derick Brassard each notched two points as the New York Empire evened their series with the Whalers at 1 thanks to a 4-3 win in New England.

WIN-DY CITY - Marian Hossa and Jason Spezza each had two goals for the Chicago Blue Demons as they took a 2-0 series lead with a 6-2 thrashing at home of the Montreal Moose.

BIEKSA-LLENT! - Kevin Bieksa scored one of the fastest overtime goals in XHL playoff history as his game-winner eight seconds into OT gave the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 home win over the Edmonton Oilers to even their series at 1.

2015 XHL CUP PLAYOFFS

Saturday, July 4 - GAME 2 - All times Eastern - Simming at approx. 11:46 PM.

Philadelphia (white) at Greensboro (maroon) - 12:30 PM - NBC, Sportsnet (1-0 GBO)

Calgary (red) at Ottawa (alternate) - 6 PM - NBCSN, CBC, TVA (1-0 CGY)

Winnipeg (white) at St. Louis (blue) - 9 PM - NBCSN, CBC (1-0 WPG)

Las Vegas (teal) at Los Angeles (alternate) - 3 PM - NBC, Sportsnet (1-0 LV)
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