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TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Fall to Gladiators 5-0

Greenville drops Tuesday night game against Atlanta on home ice in the ninth game of I-85 season series.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-25-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, fell to the Atlanta Gladiators (26-24-1-2) tonight 5-0 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Both teams battled through bouncing pucks and odd-man opportunities to finish their ninth matchup of the season. The Swamp Rabbits are now 3-5-1-0 against the Gladiators this season with two more meetings left on the schedule.


Greenville positioned a close contest in the first period with the Gladiators capitalizing on one of few opportunities. Darby Llewellyn collided with Anthony Calabrese at center ice, causing the Swamp Rabbits defender to lose his stick while the Glads were in transition. Colin Jacobs took the puck down the left side of the ice and put a shot toward the crease. Llewellyn finished the chance for Atlanta, jamming in the rebound for his ninth goal of the season at 5:40 of the period.

Greenville matched the Gladiators with nine shots in the first period including a point-blank chance for Shane Walsh on a turnover in the offensive zone.  Walsh was denied the goal on the chance along with the team’s eight other shots. Goaltenders Sean Bonar and Ty Rimmer made good saves in the effort including a late effort stop by Rimmer at the end of the period.

The Gladiators opened the second period with a pair of goals in the first six minutes. Tanner Pond tallied his 10th goal of the season off a few crisp passes from Lindsay Sparks and Jacobs just over a minute into the middle period. Sparks followed up with a tally of his own four minutes later. Taylor Doherty sailed a pass from below his own goal line, connecting with Sparks at the offensive blue line for a breakaway. His 11th of the season was fired just inside the left post to give the Gladiators a 3-0 advantage. Sparks and Pond finished the night with a team-high three points (1G, 2A).

Daniel Gentzler tallied his first goal of the season on a rebound late in the period, pushing the lead to 4-0. The Gladiators fired a total of 14 shots on net in the middle frame while holding Greenville to just four shots on goal.

Capping the night was Phil Lane, netting his 26th goal of the season in transition with Pond and Sparks. The line moved up the ice with quick passes before Lane was tossed a pass on the right side of the net to make it 5-0 Atlanta.

Greenville finished the night without a goal on five power play chances but stopped Atlanta’s only chance of the evening. Bonar earned his third shutout of the season with 22 saves while Rimmer was beaten despite 25 saves. The Swamp Rabbits week continues Thursday night against the Manchester Monarchs, beginning a three-game weekend. Greenville hosts Manchester before traveling to Norfolk, Virginia to face the Admirals on Friday and Saturday night.

THIRSTY THURSDAY presented by Harbor Inn | Thursday, February 15 | 7 p.m.
Thirsty Thursday presented by Harbor Inn features great drink specials at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Enjoy $3 domestic beer and select $2 concessions from 6-8 p.m. at the arena concession stands. Grab two tickets for $20 through the Swamp Rabbits office or at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena box office.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING NIGHT presented by Michelin | Tuesday, February 20 | 7 p.m.
The Swamp Rabbits will face the Atlanta Gladiators for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Night presented by Michelin. The night will offer students the ability to learn more about Michelin’s school programs and see demonstrations on the concourse. It is also a 2-for-$20 Tuesday and enjoy our Hoppy Hour specials, including $3 domestic beer, and select $2 concessions from 5-8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased before the game through the Swamp Rabbits office or at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena box office.


Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 25-23-5 (55 pts)
Bruins: 31-11-8 (70 pts)*

* The Bruins play against the Detroit Red Wings tonight in Detroit prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE


The Rangers play their 54th game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Feb. 7, against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tomorrow’s contest is the first of two consecutive games the Blueshirts are playing at MSG. Continue reading


CANTLON: River Hawks Blank Huskies


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The UConn Huskies most effective offensive pressure of the game came during the final 2:07 of regulation but it couldn’t produce a game-tying goal and led to a tough 1-0 defeat to visiting UMASS-Lowell Saturday afternoon at the XL Center.

The Huskies pulled goalie Adam Huska upon taking their timeout. The team’s most golden opportunity of the several they had was off the stick of Ed Wisocky from the right point. He zipped a perfect pass to Maxim Letunov who made a gorgeous redirect at the open left side of the net just went wide of the post.

“If we had any puck luck, we would be a scary team. We will take one going off a shin pad at this point. We certainly had enough opportunities at the net, its gotta eventually turn,” UCONN head coach Mike Cavanaugh said with the hope the hockey gods would answer his petitions.

Max Kalter had two quality offensive zone draw wins during the frenetic final two minutes. The wins allowed UConn to keep the pressure on UML. Cory Ronan got stopped and Johnny Austin’s left point drive in the waning seconds got tipped aside by the stick of Hernberg. Continue reading


Greenville Sets Franchise Record with Eighth Consecutive Victory

Swamp Rabbits roll over the Solar Bears 4-1 tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to continue spectacular win-streak.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe force was truly strong with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-3-1-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville jumped out to a quick lead in the first period and never relinquished the advantage, topping the Orlando Solar Bears (2-8-2-0) 4-1 on Star Wars Night in front of over 4,700 fans. The Swamp Rabbits collected the team’s eighth straight victory, overtaking the franchise record from the inaugural season in 2010-11.


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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTLast Saturday night, the baseball’s local entrant in the Eastern League, the Hartford Yard Goats, paid tribute to the Hartford Whalers by giving them a tribute night on their home field, Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

The Yard Goats brought in not only former Whalers but professional hockey players from Connecticut. It was a major success all the way around. Players, fans, and media members all enjoyed a well-handled event that was promoted by the team the entire week.

The Yard Goats did everything first class. There was a charity luncheon at noon. A pre-game autograph signing session, and a first pitch toss, as well as numerous videos, played throughout the park on the concourse TV screens, by the clubhouse and on the giant left field scoreboard. Of course, “Brass Bonanza” was played every time the Yard Goats scored.

One of the engineers of the event who put it together just over the past few months was former Whaler, Bob Crawford. He stayed and raised his kids in Connecticut after his playing days ended and he’s kept his pulse on hockey here. He was proud to be involved in any Whaler alumni event.                  (Bob Crawford)

“The Yard Goats have been professional about this since Day One. Having been around sports, from the playing and business side of things, this was a first-class event. We started a bit late, and we had to scramble around to get phone numbers, but once we asked guys if their schedule allowed for it, they were ready and willing to come.”

For Crawford, this is just the beginning, not the end or a one-off event.

“We talked with guys just today at the luncheon, and we’re already ready for next year. Now we’ll have the time to incorporate more players, ideas, and events surrounding this. This was meant to start something and keep the Whaler name going in this community, which you can see from this turnout, but it’s to help charities we care about and promote hockey in Connecticut. This is a very good first step to use the good things to keep this in the community and expand it.”

When asked about his favorite memory of his time playing in Hartford, Crawford didn’t hesitate, “The games with the Bruins and Canadians were always big. Watching the team, the year I got here (1983) when they were coming off a season when they were the worst team in the NHL the year before. They would rebuild and progress to become one of the better teams in the conference, and I left just before they hit their peak. It was fun to see that transformation and the community support and pride then.”

His partner, the past twenty years in developing junior hockey in Connecticut, was also a big part of this day. Dan McCarthy, who, like Crawford, is a fellow Canadian, but who recently became a US citizen, was a former pro hockey player in New Haven and Springfield. He scored four goals in his five NHL games has been very active in hockey in the state was blown away by the event.

“I have been to a few events like this. The Yard Goats went above and beyond and ran this as it’s supposed to be first class. I am not a former Whaler player but did play some pro hockey and to be a part of this was a thrill to see some guys I grew up with and played against…It was an amazing day for me.”

McCarthy and his wife Lori, who worked in minor league baseball with the New Haven Ravens, are both enthusiastic supporters of minor league sports in Connecticut. McCarthy was particularly impressed with the work of the Yards Goats’ Dean Zappalorti, who serves as the Executive Director of Corporate Partnership.

“Dean and his entire staff are to be congratulated. They did well by us, the fans and the Hartford community. To keep the Whaler name and the community thriving, its great events like this, that will help things grow for everybody in this area.” Continue reading


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

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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. Continue reading


Swamp Rabbits Complete Huge Roster Move

Reinforcements join Swamp Rabbits from Hartford for post-season push in four-player transaction

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 today that forward Adam Chapie and goaltender Mackenzie Skapski have been reassigned by the New York Rangers from Hartford to Greenville. In addition, defenseman Garrett Noonan has been loaned by Hartford to Greenville. In another transaction, goaltender Brandon Halverson has been reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Swamp Rabbits to the Wolf Pack.

The trio of players from Hartford rejoins the Swamp Rabbits with five games remaining in the regular season. Greenville ranks second in the South Division, seeking to solidify a spot in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Continue reading



Buchnevich Leads Pack Past Thunderbirds in OT

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Pavel Buchnevitch scored two goals including the overtime game-winner for the Hartford Wolf Pack as they edged the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3 Wednesday night before an announced crowd of 1,788 at the XL Center.

Buchnevich’s game-winner was a pure sniper’s goal. The Wolf Pack were looking too often for the perfect shot while on the four-on-three power play advantage.

The Russian rookie took Adam Tambellini’s pass as the duo rotated positions on the right wing. Buchnevich wired the shot just over Thunderbirds’ goalie Reto Berra’s left shoulder and off the crossbar at 4:45. For Buchnevich, it was his third of the year. Continue reading


Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 40-20-2 (82 pts)
Capitals: 41-13-7 (89 pts)

 BY: New York Rangers


The Rangers play their 63rd game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 28, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won nine of their last 12 games (9-2-1), as well as 12 of their last 17 contests (12-4-1). The Rangers have posted a 40-20-2 record this season. Continue reading


gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT As the second year of the University of Connecticut playing in Hockey East comes to a close with a two-game sweep by the University of Vermont a lot was accomplished, and yet a lot more seems to be on the horizon.

Head coach Mike Cavanaugh was clear on his objectives when he joined UConn from Boston College, where he was an assistant to Jerry York for ten years.

“I told players we’re building something here, and I care about three things; Graduating players, Making them better men, and to compete for trophies. I expect that (seniors) Shaun (Paul), Patrick (Kirtland), Joey (Ferriss) and Kyle (Huson) will graduate with a 3.0 or higher and in my eyes will graduate as better men. We just didn’t get the trophy for them.”

Cavanaugh made a promise to those outgoing seniors and his other former players. Continue reading