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RABBITS DETHRONE MONARCHS IN OT

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Angelo Miceli and Swamp Rabbits Come Back for Overtime Win Against Monarchs

Leading scorer becomes the late hero against Manchester as Greenville earns ECHL leading eighth win in overtime.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (27-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, downed the North Division leading Manchester Monarchs (29-12-5-4) tonight after trailing 3-2 with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Angelo Miceli tied the game and then won it in overtime, scoring his 12th goal of the season. It is also the first overtime goal scored by Miceli in his career. The Swamp Rabbits have won four games in a row and the last six played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Miceli and the Swamp Rabbits put on a show in front of a record-setting Thursday night crowd of 4,773. With less than four minutes to play in the game, the Swamp Rabbits went on the power play for the fifth time, scoring the first and only goal on the man advantage. Brandon Alderson and Ahti Oksanen connected on a pair of quick passes before it came to Miceli for a one-timer. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS PREVIEW

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (7-5-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finish a long seven-game road trip today in Duluth, GA. Greenville faces off with the Atlanta Gladiators (10-9-2-1) for the first time in the 2016-17 regular season. The South Division rivals will meet 13 times this year. Greenville is coming off a weekend sweep of a post-thanksgiving 3-in-3. In those games, the Swamp Rabbits scored 14 goals, averaging 4.5 goals per game. Angelo Miceli turned in the best performance of the week with 7 points (2G, 5A) in four games. The second-year forward was a finalist for ECHL Forward of the Week. All three Swamp Rabbits goaltenders saw time during the week, making 118 saves in three games. Jeff Malcolm and PJ Musico each earned their first wins of the season. The Gladiators have played nearly double the number of games as the Swamp Rabbits and sit in second place in the division with just over a .500 record. Justin Buzzeo leads the Gladiators with 28 points (8G, 20A) in 21 games this season. He is the top scorer in the ECHL this season along with fellow Gladiator Brock Higgs who has posted 26 points (4G, 22A) in 22 games. Atlanta’s first-year forward, Josh Atkinson leads all rookies in the ECHL with 19 points (3G, 16A) in 21 games. Continue reading

RANGERS REASSIGN NIEVES BACK TO HARTFORD

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NEW YORK, November 17, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned Cristoval Nieves to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Nieves skated in one game with the Rangers after being recalled on Nov. 14, making his NHL debut on Nov. 15 at Vancouver.

The 6-3, 219-pounder has skated in 13 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering one goal and five assists for six points. At the time of his recall, Nieves ranked second on the team in assists and ranked third on the team in points in 2016-17, and he led all rookies on Hartford in assists and points this season. Nieves registered four assists/points in his last seven AHL games prior to being recalled by the Rangers, and he is the only skater on the Wolf Pack who has not been called for a penalty thus far this season.

TOSTI: WEEKEND PREVIEW: RABBITS ON THE ROAD IN FLORIDA

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Swamp Rabbits’ Road Trip Begins In Florida

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
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RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (3-3-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, set out on the longest road trip of the season this week as they head to Florida for a pair of games. Six of the Swamp Rabbits eight games have been played against the Florida Everblades (10-0-1-0) and Solar Bears (5-5-1-0). The Swamp Rabbits are 2-2-0-0 on the road this season with both losses coming in a pair of games in Estero, FL against the Everblades to open the season. It is the first trip for the Swamp Rabbits to Orlando this season and the third game of 13 versus the Solar Bears on the 2016-17 schedule. Florida awaits the Swamp Rabbits on Friday night for the fifth of nine meetings this season. Greenville’s scoring has been balanced so far this season with four different players tied for the team lead in point-scoring with five points each. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 4

brian-tostiSwamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 4

Greenville ends home stand in weekend setback against Florida, prepare for season-long road trip to end November with stops in five states

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Tough To Stop The ‘Blades

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (3-3-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, met the Florida Everblades (10-0-1-0) in a weekend series, taking a point in a pair of games. The Everblades have not lost in regulation this season, the only ECHL team to accomplish that feat. Trevor Gerling scored Saturday night to tie the game in the second period and eventually send the game to overtime. For the first time in club history, Greenville played four consecutive that extended beyond regulation time. Jeff Malcolm made over 30 saves for the third time this season, ending the game with 33 total stops. Greenville finished on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision but picked up a point in the South Division standings for the fifth straight game. Sunday afternoon Andrew Dommett netted his first of the year to open the scoring. Brandon Alderson matched Dommett in the second period with his team-leading fourth goal to take a two-goal advantage. The Everblades tied the game at the end of the second period and took command of the game in the third. The Swamp Rabbits suffered their first regulation loss since October 15th. Mackenzie Skapski made his season debut with Greenville Sunday, making 29 saves.

Hot Hare – Joe Houk (2 GP –1A, +1, 2 Shots)

Defenseman Joe Houk is the top scoring defenseman for the Swamp Rabbits with five points (1G, 4A). The blueliner is tied for the team lead in scoring with three others. He also has the top plus/minus rating on the team (+4) along with forward Paul Zanette. The third-year pro from Richboro, PA has played 34 of his 89 career games with the Swamp Rabbits. Houk scored three goals for Greenville last season and added eight helpers. Houk has picked up points in four of the last five games including a game-winning overtime goal against South Carolina.

Rabbit Tails

See Y’all Soon: The Swamp Rabbits finished their first homestand with points in three of four games. Greenville now enters a season long seven-game road trip. The Swamp Rabbits finished their first road trip 2-2-0-0. Continue reading

TOSTI: SKAPSKI LOSES IN ECHL DEBUT

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Early Lead Not Enough Against Florida

Late surge from first placed Everblades takes early lead away from Greenville in final game of weekend series

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (3-3-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finished a weekend series with the Florida Everblades (10-0-1-0) in a 6-2 decision before the Swamp Rabbits head on a seven-game road trip. Greenville scored the two before the Everblades found the back of the net in the second period. With the win, Florida remains the only team unbeaten in regulation in the ECHL.

The teams combined for 29 shots in the first period in a back and forth effort. The Swamp Rabbits skated to the intermission with the one-goal lead. A dumped puck by Tommy Thompson redirected off of the Everblades during a Greenville change. It was picked up by Andrew Dommett for a shot over the shoulder of Anthony Peters seven minutes in to open the scoring. Dommett’s unassisted tally was his first of the season.

Florida turned 16 shots on net in the first and all were denied by Mackenzie Skapski, who made his ECHL season debut. He finished the game with 29 saves. After the break, Greenville outshot the Everblades 12-10 and took a 2-0 lead four minutes in. Brandon Alderson scored his team-leading fourth goal this year after stepping swiftly through a check. His shot beat Anthony Peters through the legs to give Greenville the advantage. Peters would finish the game with 27 saves and his sixth win. Continue reading

TOSTI: (SAT) RABBITS EARN POINT IN OT LOSS

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Swamp Rabbits Earn Point In Fourth Straight Overtime

Gerling scores, Malcolm stops 33 for Greenville in weekend opening game against South Division rival to force overtime for third consecutive home game

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (3-2-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, earned a point for the fifth consecutive game tonight in a 2-1 overtime loss against the Florida Everblades (9-0-1-0). Greenville has played its last four games into the extra period with a pair of wins during overtime. Florida remains the only team in the ECHL without a loss in regulation after winning their first overtime game.

Goaltender Jeff Malcolm looked sharp early after facing 16 shots in the first period. The goaltender earned his second consecutive start after making 36 saves against the Orlando Solar Bears and followed it up with another great performance. The Swamp Rabbits fourth year pro stopped 33 shots on one of the ECHL’s second highest shooting team. Malcolm has picked up points during his last two starts.

Florida opened the scoring when Brendan O’Donnell made his way into the zone late from the bench. With less than two minutes to play in the first period, he caught a pass from Michael Kirkpatrick and fired his fourth goal of the season. Continue reading

CANLTON’S CORNER: EVEN EARLY IN THE SEASON, IMPORTANT WEEKEND UPCOMING FOR PACK

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HARTFORD, CT Ten games into the 2016-2017 season it shouldn’t talk should not be a critical three-in-three weekend, but for this Hartford Wolf Pack roster, wins and points are a requirement.

The team bus departed the XL Center heading North up I-90 for a pair of weekend games in upstate New York. The first comes Friday night against the Rochester Americans followed on Saturday night with a contest against the Utica Comets before the team returns to Hartford for a 5pm Sunday tilt with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

With a 3-6-1-0 record (7 pts.), the Wolf Pack has the fourth worst record in the AHL.   The New York Rangers top AHL affiliates have lost five in a row with only Utica, the Cleveland Barons, and the San Diego Gulls below them in the AHL standings.

“We have been stressing that we don’t want things to take on a life of their own and put us in a position where our uphill climb is even greater,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “So certainly we have to have a good weekend.”

As one of the team’s veterans, Chris Summers, and a few others on the roster, are aware that lost points early in the season can come back to haunt them at the end of the season like last year in their late season playoff blitz that fell short.

“Points are always important,” Summers said. “We learned that last year because it would have been nice to have those points at the end of the season. Points matter and we can’t look too far ahead, just take care of this weekend. We just need to come together as a group and find our groove at this point.”

The team’s powerplay has been in a word, atrocious. The PP has floundered at the 20th spot in the league at a meager ten percent level.

“You have to outwork your opponents and create energy off (the power-play),” Gernander said. “You’re not always gonna score, but if you outwork your opponent maybe the shift or two after (a powerplay) you set up some chances,”.

The penalty kill, which has been making too many appearances, especially in key stretches of games, isn’t faring any better. They are ranked 26th of the 30 AHL teams with a success rate of 74.4%

One area that was supposed to be a bright spot, but has become of clear concern is the team’s goaltending. The Pack is 29th in goals against at 4.40, only San Diego is lower in 30th.  The Pack has dispatched Mackenzie Skapski to their ECHL affiliates, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, and recalled rookie, Brandon Halverson.

“We could use some saves early on,” Gernander said with a raised eyebrow. His expression indicated the extent of the team’s struggles that emanate from this portion of their game, “We let our opponents establish good play and leads, and it’s easier to play with a lead, right?”

Skapski, for the second year in a row, gets demoted to Greenville.  The difference this time is that it’s not because he was recovering from an injury, but a cumulative result in sub-par play. That poor play peaked in a rough game for Skapski in Providence against the Bruins. There, Skapski was beaten high three times with the last one coming off the stick of Jake DeBrusk, the son of ex-Wolf Pack, Louie DeBrusk. Skapski could have gone for a puck well ahead of DeBrusk, but instead sat back in his net and was beaten over his right shoulder.

“He has to go to Greenville and find his game,” Gernander said. “We recalled (rookie Brandon) Halverson. He went there and put up some good numbers (3-1-0 and 1.70 GAA) and did everything we asked of him.”

For Skapski, who was a bright star two years ago, the question now, is this a confidence or a decision-making issue at this point?

“As a coach, I can’t give you confidence,” Gernander said reflectively. “You can go in, work hard, play well, be prepared, and win all the little battles, and all those little successes, they lead to confidence. As far as somebody reaching down in your pocket for confidence, you gotta do the work.”

The starting goalie would likely be Magnus Hellberg, but Gernander was non-commital and sounded a warning shot across the cage.

“Don’t assume, that could be Halverson who plays (Friday).”

The team’s scoring has also been less than sterling. The team’s defensive play has been questionable at best. The Pack has, thus far, been outscored in the first period, 17-7 and in the third period 14-9. They have had the lead just three times.

“We had four good days here of (working on) backtracking, defensive zone coverage and trying to get us moving forward as five-man units,” Gernander remarked.

The question arises, are Gernander’s troops trying to do too much?

“No, there not trying to do too much, they’re doing too little. If you’re just getting to the blue line, you’re not getting back. You’re trying to get more benefit with less (effort). If there was a shorter, easier way to do things, a coach much smarter than I am would have figured it out by now and everybody would be doing it. You gotta get back, work a little harder, Wanna play offense gotta play defense first,” Gernander said with a heavy helping of sarcasm.

Gernander clearly knew that faceoffs and the team’s struggles all over the ice have hurt them. “Everyday we show the stats and show videos about it. Faceoffs lead to puck possession and it gives us a chance at offense. Everything has been on the board (for them to see).”

Perhaps the poor start can be attributed to an unusually high roster turnover. Summers knows it’s tough to lose players from the locker room, but he’s also aware of the business side of this game.

“It’s battle and competition here and in this league. Guys can be replaced. We have to expect it when you don’t get the results we’re looking for. It’s necessary…well more unfortunate that it happens. Dylan (McIlrath), Calle (Andersson) or Skapski are great guys. You miss them. We have to do better, that’s all.”

Summers and Chris Brown welcome another alumnist of their growing University of Michigan “mafia” as defenseman Steven Kampfer, acquired for the fan-favorite and former first-round pick, Dylan McIlrath, in a mid-week trade with the Florida Panthers.

“I played with (Kampfer) in my four years at Michigan and he clearly brings  some experience here. He has won at both levels playing significant games at the NHL and AHL level and brings some offensive talent here and he’s a very good team guy.”

Hopefully, the injection of some fresh blood revitalizes the Pack and they can get onto the path of more victories.

NOTES:

Gernander addressed Andersson’s departure. The defenseman headed back to Sweden after his contract as brought out after being put on unconditional waivers. “We wanted to send him to Greenville to get a lot of opportunity and ice time and help his overall game he didn’t see it that way.”

Andersson has not signed with a European team as of yet.

One player who the Pack won’t see in Rochester is UConn grad, Cole Schneider. Currently, Schneider is top scorer in the AHL  with 15 points in 10 games. Schneider was recalled by the Buffalo Sabres.

Utica lost its leading scorer Michael Chaput early in the week to recall by the Vancouver Canucks.

Jordan Samuels Thomas, a former Quinnipiac Bobcat and Hartford Jr. Wolf Pack player from West Hartford, who has already been with two ECHL teams, the Utah Grizzles (4-3-3-6) and the Florida Everblades (5-0-2-2), has signed a PTO deal with San Diego.

Ex-Pack Alex Krushnelyski was recalled by the Binghamton Senators from Utah (ECHL)

Ex-Sound Tiger Bryce Aneloski was recalled from the Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) by the Bakersfield Condors.

Former Sound Tiger Taylor Beck (Bakersfield) was named AHL Player of the Week.

TOSTI: HALVERSON RECALLED, SKAPSKI SENT DOWN

Greenville Swamp RabbitsSwamp Rabbits’ Halverson Called Up To Hartford

Rookie goaltender promoted to AHL affiliate, Mackenzie Skapski reassigned to Greenville

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced in conjunction with Hartford that rookie goaltender Brandon Halverson has been reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Swamp Rabbits to the Wolf Pack. In addition, goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has been reassigned by the Rangers from Hartford to Greenville to complete the dual transaction.

Halverson burst onto the ECHL scene with the Swamp Rabbits, playing four of Greenville’s first six games. The Traverse City, MI native has won his last three starts stopping a career-high 36 shots in a 2-1 overtime win over Orlando Thursday morning. The netminder has been the ECHL’s top rookie performer, boasting the league’s fifth best goals against average of 1.70 and sixth best save percentage with a mark of .943. Halverson has impressed in Greenville, recording 122 saves in four starts including a 27 save shutout for his first win in his second professional game.

The 6-foot-4, 203-pound goaltender was drafted in 2014 in the 2nd round, 59th overall, by the New York Rangers. After attending Rangers prospect camp in his hometown, Halverson attended Hartford’s AHL camp before being reassigned to Greenville at the start of the season. This marks the first professional call-up of his career.

Skapski began the season with the Wolf Pack, earning a spot out of training camp and playing five games with the Rangers AHL affiliate.  Last season, the Abbotsford, BC native began the season in Hartford before playing 27 games in net for the Swamp Rabbits. In his second pro season, Skapski recorded five wins, a 3.26 goals against average and a .901 save percentage.

The third-year pro made his debut with Greenville on October 19, 2014 against the Orlando Solar Bears before being called up to Hartford for the remainder of the season. Later that season, the New York Rangers’ 2013 6th round draft pick became the sixth Greenville player to make his NHL debut. In two starts against Buffalo, Skapski earned two wins and a shutout, allowing just one goal on 45 shots with the NHL club.

Skapski will join the Swamp Rabbits as they prepare to host the Florida Everblades on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The pair of games will wrap up a four-game home stand at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

STOMPERS BIRTHDAY | Saturday, November 12 | 7:00 p.m.: The biggest birthday bash in Greenville hits the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Saturday and the guest of honor is the Swamp Rabbits mascot, Stomper! Join the party with more than a dozen of Stomper’s closest friends including the Zooperstars and Chubby Checker from the Charlotte Checkers (AHL). The first 1,000 fans receive a Stomper bobble head as their party favor. Bring a group or your very own birthday party to the Well to celebrate with Stomper and the Swamp Rabbits. For more information call (867) 674-PUCK or visit SwampRabbits.com.

SWAMP RABBITS vs. FLORIDA | Sunday, November 13 | 3:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits face off with the Florida Everblades in a Sunday afternoon rematch. Immediately following the game, join the Swamp Rabbits at Dave and Busters on Woodruff Rd. for a player meet and greet! Hang out with your favorite Swamp Rabbits and play some games during this exciting night out.

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 App Store and Google Play 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!

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS’ THURSDAY/FRIDAY GAME PREVIEW

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Preview: Swamp Rabbits Open Play At Home

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are back in action on the Sandlapper Securities Rink for a pair of games against the Orlando Solar Bears. The Swamp Rabbits last took the ice on Oct. 22 in N. Charleston defeating the South Carolina Stingrays 4-3 in overtime. Brandon Alderson unloaded the first tally of the game in the Saturday night matchup, his second goal in as many games. Angelo Miceli pushed his point streak to four games with a goal in the second period. Swamp Rabbits leading scorer Allan McPherson led the night, tallying three points (1G, 2A) including the game-tying goal in the third period. Adam Chapie also earned his first professional points, assisting on two of Greenville’s goals. The hero in overtime was defenseman Joe Houk, scoring his second career game-winning goal on a breakaway.

Orlando (2-3-0-0) continues a busy week with four games in five days on the road. The Solar Bears finished game one of the trip, topping the Stingrays Tuesday night in N. Charleston 6-2. Five different skaters had multiple points in the win to put Orlando in a tie for third in the South Division with Greenville. Following the two games in the Upstate, Orlando will head to Duluth, GA to battle the Atlanta Gladiators.

PROMOTION HEADLINES

Thursday morning the Swamp Rabbits host the organization’s first Education Day game at 10:30 a.m. More than 4,000 students from over 30 different schools around the Greenville area are expected to attend. With the help of local organizations like Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville Zoo, Bricks 4 Kidz and the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, students in attendance will be able to take part in educational games and activities on the concourse in addition to watching the game. The Swamp Rabbits would also like to thank Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District, Imagine Upstate (3D Printer), Challenge Island, and Youth Aviators for being part of Education Day.

Friday night at 5:30 p.m. the Swamp Rabbits invite fans out to a pregame Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza to celebrate the start of the season. The party features the Swamp Rabbits street hockey rink presented by Mountain Dew, inflatable attractions for kids, live music from O’Neal Township Band, and concession specials. Special $10 tickets to the game are available at SwampRabbits.com/opening-night. Don’t miss out on the official Swamp Rabbits artist, Joe Everson, who will paint a live prize, given away to a lucky winner of the Chuck-a-Carrot intermission game! The first 1,000 fans to enter the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel.

QUICK BREAK

The Swamp Rabbits have been out of game action for the last 11 days. On the flip side, Orlando has been on a fast-paced start to the year. Since the Swamp Rabbits’ last game, the Solar Bears have played five times including last night. Greenville has played just one game less than the Solar Bears due to Orlando’s late start to the season.

LATE START

When Greenville takes the ice at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Thursday, it will be the final team to open play at home in the ECHL this year. It will also be the latest home start in team history, dating as far back as the 2006-07 Johnstown Chiefs. The past two years have seen ECHL teams start the home portion of their schedule even later in November than the Swamp Rabbits are. Last season, the Toledo Walleye did not begin play at home until November 7 and in 2014-15, the Missouri Mavericks did not play in Independence, MO until November 8.

ONE HECK OF A WEEK

Goaltender Brandon Halverson is coming off of an ECHL Goaltender of the Week performance against the Norfolk Admirals and South Carolina Stingrays. The 2nd round draft pick of the New York Rangers recorded a shutout, making 27 saves against the Admirals. Then he continued the win streak in an overtime win against the Stingrays. Over the week, Halverson had a goals against average of 1.46 and a .923 save percentage. He is seventh among ECHL goaltenders with a 1.97 GAA in three starts and one of only two rookies to record a shutout this year.

UP WITH THE STARS

The Swamp Rabbits leading scorer, Allan McPherson, earned the first call-up of the season. Monday he was loaned to the Utica Comets (AHL) after scoring five points (1G, 4A) in four games with Greenville. McPherson is on a three-game point streak and earned the top single-game performance of the season with three points (1G, 2A) against South Carolina. The point-per-game ECHL player has eight call-ups in his professional career. In the ECHL, he has 77 points (28G, 49A) in 75 games to go with 10 points (4G, 6A) in 65 career AHL games.

LOSE BIG, WIN BIG

The last two games were polar opposites for the Orlando Solar Bears. After an 8-2 defeat against the Atlanta Gladiators, they rebounded to beat South Carolina 6-2 on Tuesday night. In back to back losses against Atlanta they were outscored 13-5 while outshooting the Gladiators 103-63. Fast forward to N. Charleston where the Solar Bears scored six times on 26 shots. Orlando averages an ECHL best 37.2 shots on net but is the ECHL’s 17th ranked offense with an average of three goals per game. They also allow 3.08 goals against per game, ranked 25th in the league.

CARROT BITES

Adam Chapie notched the first assist of his pro career, part of a two-assist game against the Stingrays. Chapie is one of two Swamp Rabbits players with a multi-point game. Allan McPherson recorded the other in the same game.

– Greenville’s penalty kill ranks 3rd in the league, stopping 92.9% of power plays against.
Bretton Cameron is one assist away from 100 helpers in his pro hockey career.
– The Solar Bears have scored six power play goals and rank 4th in the ECHL, converting 24% of the time.
– Greenville averages the second lowest penalty minutes per game in the ECHL, sitting in the box for only 10 minutes a night.
– Orlando’s Brett Findlay leads the Solar Bears with seven points (2G, 5A) in five games after a three-point night in N. Charleston. He is on a four-game point streak.

AFFILIATE REPORT

New York Rangers (7-3-0-0): 1st – Metropolitan Division
Last Game: 11/1/16 vs. St. Louis – 5-0 W
Next Game: Thursday 11/3/16 vs. Edmonton – 7:00 p.m.

The New York Rangers have won five of their last six games including Henrik Lundqvist’s first shutout of the season on Tuesday night. The Swamp Rabbits NHL affiliate leads the league in goals per game, averaging 4.0 per contest. J.T. Miller leads the Rangers in scoring with 10 points (3G, 7A) in as many games. The former 2011 1st round draft pick has helped the Rangers to the top of the division.

Hartford Wolf Pack (3-5-0-0): 5th – Atlantic Division

Last Game: Today vs. Lehigh Valley – 0-4 L
Next Game: Friday 11/4/16 vs. Bridgeport – 7:15 p.m.

Hartford will face Bridgeport on Friday night. Marek Hrivik leads the Wolf Pack with seven points (3G, 4A) in eight games this season. Tuesday morning, the team fired 33 shots on net, but were stymied by Anthony Stolarz from Lehigh Valley. Hartford has lost it’s last three contests.

OPENING NIGHT 2.0 | Friday, November 4 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits will celebrate their return to the Sandlapper Securities Rink ice on Friday, November 4 against the Orlando Solar Bears. The first 1,000 fans to enter the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel! Special $10 tickets are available by visiting SwampRabbits.com/opening-night. Join us for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring the new Swamp Rabbits inflatable street hockey rink presented by Mountain Dew, inflatable attractions for kids, live music with O’Neal Township Band and concession specials!

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 App Store and Google Play 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