Category Archives: ECHL

TOSTI: PACK RECALL SKAPSKI

Mackenzie Skapski Receives Call Up to Hartford

Swamp Rabbits goaltender headed to AHL to join Wolf Pack before three-game weekend series

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced that goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has been reassigned by the New York Rangers from Greenville to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The netminder has earned eight wins this season and is coming off a 27-save victory on Sunday over Cincinnati. Hartford begins a three-in-three on Friday night, opening the weekend against the Toronto Marlies.

The Abbotsford, BC native has played in 17 ECHL games with the Swamp Rabbits this season. Skapski owns an 8-7-0-0 record and made 28 saves against the South Carolina Stingrays for his second career shutout earlier in December. In 17 appearances, he has attained a 3.06 goals against average and .902 save percentage. The 6-foot-3 goaltender achieved the longest win streak of his career, winning five consecutive games in net from December 8th through December 16th. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 12

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 12

Swamp Rabbits split the week, topping a pair of South Division opponents ahead of All-Star Classic

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

TAKE A BREAK

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (19-16-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finished a four-game week with a pair of wins. The Swamp Rabbits bookended the 4-in-5 set with a 6-3 win on Wednesday over the Atlanta Gladiators and a 3-2 victory versus the Cincinnati Cyclones. The set of South Division contests pushed Greenville to 41 points and a three-point advantage over the Cyclones for fourth place in the standings. Tyler Brown and Brandon Alderson opened the week with two multi-point efforts on Wednesday and Trevor Gerling finished on Sunday with a goal and an assist. The Swamp Rabbits are now 2-4-0-1 in the month of January with five more games to play. The ECHL teams break for the 2017 CCM /ECHL All-Star Classic presented by I LOVE NY this week and resume play on Friday. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL BUSINESS POWER PLAY

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits host 2nd Annual Business Power Play Presented by South State Bank

A night of hockey and networking for Upstate businesses

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits are excited to host the second annual Business Power Play event, presented by South State Bank. The event will be held on Thursday, February 16th at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Business Power Play is a night that will bring together the business community, highlighting the important role local professionals’ play not only in economic development but in the success of the Upstate. Part of that future success includes the involvement of Pulse Young Professionals a program of the Greenville Chamber’s Leadership Development. The program provides various networking opportunities throughout the year for YP’s to connect with peers and local business leaders. The Greenville Chamber’s Young Professionals will kick-off the year with a reception alongside business leaders before the game starts.

Local businesses provided tremendous support for last season’s event by participating as “Puck Promoters.” Similarly, as a part of their participation in the event, businesses receive a block of lower level tickets for the game, recognition throughout the evening and the opportunity to network among other Greenville businesses.

“We were thrilled with the support of last season’s Business Power Play, and we are excited to build on that success and have a great turnout this season,” said Chris Lewis, President and General Manager of the Swamp Rabbits. “This night provides a fun way for local companies to come together, network, share ideas and potentially create their own partnerships in a fun, exciting setting that provides a unique opportunity for business development.”

“We are excited to return as the presenting sponsor for Business Power Play and look forward to another successful event with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits,” said Mike Coggin, the Upstate regional president of South State Bank. “Business Power Play is a great way to celebrate the Greenville business community.”

For more information on Business Power Play and opportunities for involvement, please contact Emily Peck at emily@smoakpr.com or 864-235-8330.

TOSTI: RABBITS SPIN PAST CYCLONES

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  Swamp Rabbits Spin Past Cyclones

Greenville picks up second win of the week against South Division opponent on third-period goal from Tommy Thompson

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (19-16-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, rode past the Cincinnati Cyclones (17-15-4-0) this afternoon 3-2. Rookie forward Tommy Thompson netted the eventual game-winning goal in the third period.  Greenville will not face Cincinnati again until the Swamp Rabbits final home game of the regular season.

Trevor Gerling earned two points in the game, tallying an assist on the game’s opening goal. After 18 minutes of scoreless hockey, the Swamp Rabbits were winding down on the power play. Gerling shot the puck from the blue line and was blocked right to Desmond Bergin. The rookie made no mistake, putting the puck into the top corner for his fifth goal of the season. Greenville finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play. Continue reading

TOSTI: (SAT) RABBITS SHUT OUT AGAIN BY ADMIRALS

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Swamp Rabbits Offense Halted by Admirals

Greenville falls at home to Norfolk tonight as red-hot goaltender continues shutout streak

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-15-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, fell 3-0 in a physical affair with the Norfolk Admirals (11-20-4-0) tonight. The season series now rests at 2-2-0-0 against Norfolk. Greenville will play one more contest tomorrow to end a four-game week. Norfolk has now won its last five games.

Greenville’s offense was stymied by goaltender Brandon Anderson, who has been the hottest goaltender in the ECHL. The netminder stopped all 27 shots he faced and earned his third consecutive shutout. His personal shutout streak has reached 11 periods and over 90 saves. The fourth-year pro has come on this season in nine games with the Admirals, going 7-1-0-0 in his return to the ECHL.

After the Swamp Rabbits controlled the play and earned a pair of early power plays, the Admirals broke down the ice to score their first goal. Joey Benik netted a goal on a 2-on-1 up the ice. The recent addition by the Admirals from Bakersfield (AHL) ended the game with the empty net goal in the third period, capping a two-goal night. In his first two games in the ECHL, Benik has scored three goals and added two helpers. Continue reading

TOSTI: ADMIRALS SHUT OUT RABBITS

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Swamp Rabbits Shut Out by Streaking Admirals

Greenville halted at home by Admirals, hold a one-point lead over Cyclones for fourth in South Division.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-15-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, fell 5-0 to the Norfolk Admirals (10-20-4-0) tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville opened a three-game weekend continuing a seven-game home stand. Tonight was the first defeat at the hands of the Admirals since April 6, 2016. Norfolk extends their win streak to four games.

An early goal put the Swamp Rabbits behind to start the night. Zach Pochiro caught a pass from Joe Benick in the right circle before scoring his third tally of the season. The goal came only nine seconds into the game and was Benick’s first point in the ECHL after being loaned from Bakersfield (AHL). Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS HOPE THE FORCE IS WITH THEM TONIGHT

GAME PREVIEW: Swamp Rabbits Duel Admirals on Star Wars Night

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-14-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, drop the puck against the Norfolk Admirals (9-20-4-0) tonight at 7 p.m. to open a three-in-three weekend at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The contest will be the third between the South Division opponents this season and the second in Greenville, SC. The Swamp Rabbits won their first game in 2017 on Wednesday, dropping the Atlanta Gladiators 6-3. The Admirals have come out sailing, going 3-0-0-0 to start the New Year. Angelo Miceli leads the way for Greenville with 31 points (5G, 26A), while Brodie Dupont is the top Norfolk scorer with 21 points (7G, 14A). Dupont was named ECHL Player of the Week after scoring eight of his points during the last three games (3G, 5A). Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: HARTFORD’S BAGS ARE PACKED

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack are hitting the road for four games and going to travel quite a few miles before they return home on January 20th when they will play host to the Toronto Marlies.

The Pack made one transaction move prior to leaving. The team released right wing Brandon Alderson from his PTO deal. Alderson returns to the team’s ECHL) affiliates, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. In three games, Alderson had one assist.

Center Boo Nieves returned to play on Wednesday night against the Rochester Americans in a 3-1 win by the Wolf Pack.

The Wolf Pack got some puck luck early gaining a lead on a Nicklas Jensen goal. Jensen continued his strong play after a John Gilmour shot came off the backboards in front of the net, Jensen was right there to stuff in his 15th of the season just 30-seconds into the game past Rochester goalie, John Muse.

The Pack doubled their lead on the powerplay. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS MAKE BIG TRADE

Swamp Rabbits Acquire King and Betz from Fuel

Greenville trades Paul Zanette for 2016 Kelly Cup Champion Tristan King and rookie Nick Betz

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today the addition of 2016 Kelly Cup Champion Tristan King and rookie forward Nick Betz from the Indy Fuel. In exchange, the Swamp Rabbits have traded forward Paul Zanette to the Fuel in the transaction.

King comes to the Swamp Rabbits following a 17 game stint in Indianapolis, IN. With the Fuel, the 7th year pro has earned nine points (2G, 7A). He began the season with the reigning Kelly Cup Champion Allen Americans, netting a goal and adding an assist in seven games. The 6-foot forward earned 33 points (14G, 19A) in 53 games with the Americans during their championship season and was tied for the team lead scoring seven goals on the power play. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS ROMP OVER GLADIATORS

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Swamp Rabbits Stomp Gladiators 6-3

Greenville gets big performance from Brown and Alderson in route to third win against divisional opponent

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-14-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, emerged victorious tonight earning a monstrous 6-3 win over the Atlanta Gladiators. Greenville rallied behind three-point performances by Brandon Alderson and Tyler Brown to defeat their South Division rivals for the third time this season.

The Swamp Rabbits netted four straight goals between the first and second periods, scoring the first at 8:49 to tie the game. Trevor Gerling has been red hot at home, scoring six of his eight goals at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Tonight his goal came after a Swamp Rabbits power play to match Trevor Mingoia’s game-opening tally. Continue reading