GAME 4: SWAMP Rabbits Look to Respond on the Road
Greenville’s 2-1 series lead on the line in North Charleston tonight as the puck drops for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal
BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
|Tues, Apr. 18||7:05 p.m. (EDT)||Game 4: at South Carolina Stingrays||Listen – Watch – Twitter|
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are back in action tonight for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal in North Charleston, SC. After Greenville took a 2-0 advantage in the series, South Carolina responded on home ice to earn a 6-0 win last night. Parker Milner earned a shutout in the game and Rob Flick led the scoring charge with two goals. After last night’s contest, the teams are even with 10 goals each in the series. Greenville and South Carolina will see each other for the 18th time this season and the tenth time in the Low Country. The Swamp Rabbits completed the regular season with a 3-4-1-0 record in North Charleston and 5-7-1-1 overall mark against their intra-state rival. Greenville has only lost back-to-back playoff games seven times in franchise history and is 9-6-1 following a postseason loss.
A TOUCH OF SCORING
Greenville forward Allan McPherson leads the ECHL in postseason scoring with six points (2G, 4A) in three games. The center was held off the board for the first time last night but did fire three shots on net in the game. McPherson tallied 17 points (7G, 10A) during 15 road games in the regular season.
Last night the Swamp Rabbits were on the power play nine times against the Stingrays but came up empty for the first time in the playoffs. Greenville is 2-for-15 on the power play in the playoffs (13.3%) but leads the ECHL in power play goals. Brandon Alderson has tallied both goals on the man advantage for the Swamp Rabbits, leading the league with two power play goals. Greenville’s fourth-year pro is tied for the league lead with three goals in three games. Alderson led the Swamp Rabbits with four shots on net in the game last night.
HOME SWEET HOME
Home teams have ruled the series. In front of home crowds, the Swamp Rabbits and Stingrays have thrived, as the home team has outscored the visiting team 16-4 in the first three games. Overall in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs, home teams have earned 12 wins during the 17 games played. In franchise history, Greenville is 10-8-3 on home ice and 7-21-4 on the road in the playoffs.
FLICK OF THE WRIST
After tallying two goals last night, South Carolina’s Rob Flick leads the Stingrays in scoring. The winger has four points (3G, 1A) in three games. Flick was relied upon for the Stingrays scoring during the regular season. The sixth-year pro tallied 63 points (31G, 32A) to lead the ‘Rays in goals and points. After playing a majority of his career in the AHL, Flick returned to the ECHL for the first time since 2012 when he played 17 games for Toledo. The 6-foot-2 forward is in his first Kelly Cup Playoff series. During the last two seasons, Flick collected two points (1G, 1A) in 10 Calder Cup Playoff games.
- Greenville last won a playoff road game on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in an 8-4 victory against Cincinnati. The win followed a road loss the previous night in the Eastern Conference Final.
- Parker Milner’s first career playoff shutout came last night by making 25 saves.
- Greenville and South Carolina are two of the most penalized teams in the playoffs combining for 128 penalties in three games. Greenville averaged less than 13 penalty minutes per game during the regular season.
- Ahti Oksanen leads all ECHL rookies with five points (2G, 3A) in three games.
New York Rangers: Stanley Cup Playoffs: 1-2 L
- Game 3: Sunday, 4/16/17 vs. Montreal – 1-3 L
- Game 4: Tonight, 4/18/17 vs. Montreal – 7:00 p.m.
Hartford Wolf Pack (24-46-4-2): 7th – Atlantic Division
- Last Game: Saturday, 4/15/17 @ Springfield – 1-5 L
ROUND 1 | GAME 5 | FRIDAY, APRIL 21 | 7:00 PM
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