TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY – Edition 16

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 16

Greenville takes six points against South Division opponents and prepares for a three-game week versus Manchester and Florida.

BY: Briant Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Sunken Ships and Tamed Bears

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (26-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, brought the brooms to a three-game party, sweeping through the Norfolk Admirals and Orlando Solar Bears. Mackenzie Skapski helped headline the wins making over 100 saves in three consecutive starts. Wednesday in Norfolk, Greenville earned two-goal nights from Michael Joly and Nick Betz in route to a 6-2 victory. The Swamp Rabbits scored a season-high five goals in the third period to overcome the 2-1 deficit they were facing at the start of the final period. Friday night’s 5-3 win over Orlando on the 4th annual Stick-It-To-Cancer Night presented by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System was highlighted by Bretton Cameron’s hat trick, helping him to score his team-leading 16th goal of the season. Thanks to the fans and partners, more than $13,000 will be donated to local cancer-related non-profit organizations! The intensity was high on Saturday night. Greenville prevailed 5-2 on the strength of another two-goal performance by Michael Joly. The rookie has scored 14 goals in 19 games. In total, 14 different skaters earned a point as the Swamp Rabbits captured sole possession of second place in the South Division.

Hot Hare – Brandon Alderson (3 GP – 6 PTS – 1G, 5A)

A fourth-year pro, Brandon Alderson is continuing to improve on a career season with the Swamp Rabbits. After returning to Greenville from the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch, the winger totaled six points (1G, 5A) in three games including a career-best three assist night on Friday against Orlando. The Oakville, ON native has netted three goals on the power play including one on Saturday night. Alderson is fourth on the team with 28 points (12G, 16A) despite playing in only 23 games. His average of 1.22 points per game leads the Swamp Rabbits this season.

Rabbit Tails

Deadly Sniper: Michael Joly netted the first penalty shot opportunity this season for Greenville. The rookie joins six other skaters this year to score on a penalty shot and is third in the league in shooting percentage (25%).

A Trio of Tallies: Bretton Cameron’s hat trick was the second of his career. The first was recorded on January 17, 2013, in Greenville against the Gwinnett Gladiators. Cameron’s 16 goals tie a career best earned with Stockton in 2010-11.

The Leader of the Pack: Leading scorer Angelo Miceli is on a five-game point streak, earning six points (3G, 3A) in those contests. He leads the Swamp Rabbits with 44 points (10G, 34A) in 45 games and 10 multi-point performances.

This Team is Special: The Swamp Rabbits scored a power play goal in each game last week, going 3-for-15 (20.0%). The team also has the best penalty kill in the ECHL, stopping 86.0% of opposition power plays.

Scoring Surge: Greenville has averaged 4.17 goals per game during the month of February; the team’s best monthly scoring production this season. The team will play seven more games in February, which includes a stretch of four games in five days on the road to end the month.

Upcoming Games:

Thursday, February 16 | BUSINESS POWER PLAY NIGHT/THIRSTY THURSDAY | 7:00 p.m.

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Greenville Swamp Rabbits (26-18-4-1) vs. Manchester Monarchs (29-12-4-4)

South State Bank presents Business Power Play night along with Thirsty Thursday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The night includes $2 beer from 6 to 8 p.m., and $2 dollar concessions all night long. Make sure to take advantage of our $5 special ticket offer. Join Upstate businesses and professionals for Business Power Play Night presented by South State Bank! Network and meet new people while enjoying Hockey Happy Hour from 6-8 p.m. and an exciting game during Manchester’s only visit to the Well! Head to SwampRabbits.com to buy tickets or get more information.

Saturday, February 18 | PUCKS, AND PAWS | 7:00 p.m.

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Greenville Swamp Rabbits (26-18-4-1) vs. Florida Everblades (32-9-2-3)

Pucks and paws is a night your whole family can enjoy. With one ticket to the game, your dogs and kids could get in free. Buy one adult ticket in the GSP Fun Zone and you can get up to 4 kids tickets for free while supplies last. All dogs get into the game free. See if your dog qualifies for the annual “Small Dog Race” out on the ice when you get to the game. Don’t miss this chance to visit with local rescue and animal advocacy groups as well as support Greenville County Animal Care! Head to SwampRabbits.com to buy tickets or get more information.

Sunday, February 19 | POST-GAME SKATE | 3:00 p.m.

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Greenville Swamp Rabbits (26-18-4-1) vs. Florida Everblades (32-9-2-3)

Join the Swamp Rabbits on the ice after Sunday afternoon’s game for a post-game skate! Don’t miss your chance to hit the ice and get autographs from your favorite players. Bring your skates down or rent a pair to join the team on the Sandlapper Securities Rink. Save money with the Bon Secours Family Fun Pack. Score four tickets, hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and two Swamp Rabbits lunch bags for only $60 at SwampRabbits.com.

South Division Standings:

1. Florida Everblades (32-9-2-3) = 69 points
2. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (26-18-4-1) = 57 points
3. South Carolina Stingrays (26-20-2-1) = 55 points
4. Orlando Solar Bears (24-18-5-2) = 55 points
5. Cincinnati Cyclones (23-22-4-0) = 50 points
6. Atlanta Gladiators (18-23-6-1) = 43 points
7. Norfolk Admirals (18-26-4-0) = 40 points

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Download the Swamp Rabbits app from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store for up to date information right in the palm of your hand.

Ticket packages and group rates for the 2016-17 season are available now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

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