TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Set Up to “Stick It to Cancer” Tonight
Gladiators come to Greenville for annual fundraising night to begin 3-in-3 rivalry weekend.
BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-17-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, pick up play after a five-day break for the 2018 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic. Tonight, begins a set of three games in three days, all against the Atlanta Gladiators (18-20-1-2). The Swamp Rabbits and Gladiators have taken the ice together three times this month and five total times this season. Atlanta has taken the last two games in the 11-game season series to pull into a three-way tie for third place in the South Division standings. Atlanta is led by the fifth-year pro, Lindsay Sparks, with 37 points (9G, 28A) while Greenville’s top two scorers, Branden Troock and Caleb Herbert, have each earned 37 points (16G, 21A) also.
STICKING IT TO CANCER
The last three seasons, Greenville has Stuck it to Cancer by earning three straight wins during the fundraising night. The club has gone a perfect 3-0 since 2015 on Stick it to Cancer night, outscoring their opponents 14-5 at the Well. Greenville has also welcomed over 13,000 fans to help raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Tonight’s fundraising efforts will go toward a three-year $50,000 donation pledge made by the team in 2015 to the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance.
DEFINITE HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
The next five meetings between Greenville and Atlanta will be played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, ranging from tonight to February 20th. The Swamp Rabbits split the first two games against the Gladiators in Greenville this season, dropping their first regulation contest at the Well to Atlanta since Jan. 19, 2016. The Swamp Rabbits are 7-1-2-0 against Atlanta in their last 10 meetings in the state of South Carolina.
Forward Evan Jasper has had a successful rookie season with the Swamp Rabbits, earning 27 points (11G, 16A) in 33 games this year. The winger from Whitby, Ontario has recorded nine points in only five games against the Gladiators, which includes four goals. Jasper scored his first career goal against the Glad’s last season and leads the Swamp Rabbits in scoring against the I-85 rival. The 5-foot-10 Sacred Heart University alum is tenth among all first-year scorers in the ECHL this season.
WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER
Defenseman Joe Houk leads all ECHL defenseman in game-winning goals this season as three of his nine tallies have helped his team to victory. Houk is second among active defensemen in goals this season and ranks sixth in the league with 27 points (9G, 18A). Since coming to Greenville on Jan. 18, 2016, the Richboro, Pennsylvania has recorded more points than any other Swamp Rabbits skater. The blue liner’s 85 points (28G, 57A) are the most ever by a Greenville defenseman and is one point from tying Vinny Saponari for tenth in club history. Houk’s next point will also be the 100th of his career.
BACK IN BLACK (AND GOLD)
Forward Phil Lane returned to the Gladiators lineup on Tuesday after an AHL call-up to the Binghamton Devils. Lane is the top goal scorer for the Gladiators this season, scoring 19 goals and adding 12 more assists. The Rochester, New York native has played six AHL games this season and scored a goal while skating with the Milwaukee Admirals. The Arizona Coyotes’ 2010 draft pick has logged 224 AHL games (49 points) and 59 ECHL contests (47 points).
- Forward Jack Nevins will play his 100th career ECHL game tonight.
- Defenseman Matt Prapavessis is three games away from his 100th career game played for Greenville. Only 23 other skaters have reached 100 games with the club.
- Captain Bretton Cameron tallied his last hat-trick on Stick it to Cancer night last season, the second three-goal night of his career. Tonight is also Cameron’s 400th career ECHL game.
- Defenseman Joe Houk helped the South Division to a second-place finish at the All-Star Classic with a pair of assists.
STICK IT TO CANCER NIGHT presented by Bon Secours | TONIGHT, January 19 | 7:00 p.m.
Join the Swamp Rabbits and Bon Secours in the fight against cancer at the annual Stick it to Cancer Night. The Swamp Rabbits will wear specialty Stick it to Cancer jerseys that will be available in a live auction following the game. Before the game, donate $1 to take a swing at a special Smash Car, painted by the Swamp Rabbits official painter Joe Everson. Proceeds from the auction, ticket sales, chuck-a-carrot, and the smash car will benefit the fundraising efforts to the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance. For more information, visit SwampRabbits.com.
CONNECTING OUR FUTURE NIGHT presented by Ten at the Top | TOMORROW, January 20 | 7:00 p.m.
Ten at the Top has launched a mobility and connectivity initiative toward “Connecting our Future” and build an economically strong region now and in years down the road. Don’t forget to arrive early to take advantage of Hoppy Hour food and drink specials available on the patio and throughout the concourse from 5-7 p.m. Take advantage of the GSP Airport Fun Zone for up to four complimentary kids tickets.
MARVEL SUPER HERO™ NIGHT / STOMPER’S BIRTHDAY / POST GAME SKATE | Sunday, January 21 | 3:00 p.m.
It’s Marvel Super Hero™ Night and Stomper’s Birthday! Join the Swamp Rabbits, who will wear special Marvel Super Hero™ Jerseys and welcome all of Stomper’s friends to the birthday celebration. Ticket specials include the Bon Secours Family Fun Pack and Stomper’s Family Zone. Skate with your favorite players after the game for free when you bring your skates to the game ($3 skate rentals available).