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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (17-12-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, drop the puck tonight at the North Charleston Coliseum at 7:05 p.m. against the South Carolina Stingrays (17-11-1-1). The teams will meet for the ninth time this season and the fifth time in North Charleston, SC. Greenville is on a two-game win streak and is 10-7-0-0 on the road this year. The Stingrays hold the head-to-head advantage going 5-2-1-0. Angelo Miceli leads the Swamp Rabbits in scoring with 30 points (5G, 25A). Miceli’s 25 assists place him sixth in the ECHL in that category. Kelly Zajac leads the Stingrays with 37 points (10G, 27A) and is seventh in the ECHL scoring race.
HOUK ABOUT THAT
The Swamp Rabbits top scoring defenseman is Joe Houk after a big offensive weekend. Houk grabbed five points(3G, 2A) during the week and leads the Greenville defense with 21 points (6G, 15A). His pair of goals on Saturday helped the team to a 4-3 shootout win in Orlando, FL. Houk is second on the team in points and tied for seventh in the ECHL among defensemen. The Richboro, PA native is having a career season through 28 games, nearly doubling his career production. Houk had played 81 games and earned 25 points (5G, 20A) prior to the 2016-17 season. The third-year pro has suited up for Greenville, Elmira, Toledo, and Manchester since his collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell came to a conclusion.
Angelo Miceli is on a season long six-game assist streak, adding eight helpers to his season totals. The Swamp Rabbits leading scorer has 25 assists this year and is among the top-10 assist-men in the ECHL. He held a seven-game point streak from 11/23/16 to 12/2/16, scoring 10 points (2G, 8A) in the stretch. The Montreal, QC native also carry’s a five-game point streak on the road into tonight’s game.
ADD ALL-STAR TO THE RESUME
Defenseman Spiro Goulakos was named to the 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic on Wednesday. Goulakos will represent the Swamp Rabbits at the Glens Falls Civic Center on January 18th. In 25 games, the Montreal, QC native has netted an ECHL leading 10 goals from the blue line and added 10 assists for 20 points. The 6-foot-2 skater is a power play threat, leading the Swamp Rabbits with four power play goals this year. He also leads all ECHL blueliners in the category. Goulakos is recovering from an injury and has missed the last four games.
The Swamp Rabbits added Maxime St. Cyr from the Pensacola Ice Flyers. The Swamp Rabbits acquired the former Norfolk Admirals forward’s rights today and he will join the team for tonight’s game. St. Cyr is in his second pro season and spent all of last year with the Florida Everblades. The 5-foot-7 skater has scored 16 points (10G, 6A) in 55 ECHL games between the Everblades and Admirals and added 14 points (6G, 8A) in 14 SPHL contests with Pensacola and the Peoria Rivermen. In the QMJHL, St. Cyr totaled 203 points (118G, 85A) in 264 games and won the goal scoring title in 2014-15, netting 54 goals.
- Greenville has scored a power-play goal in each of the last six games, going 6-for-17 (35.3%).
- The Swamp Rabbits are unbeaten when they outshoot their opponents.
- Brandon Alderson was loaned to Hartford (AHL) on Monday after earning 19 points (10G, 9A) in 17 games.
- South Carolina allows the fewest goals against per game, averaging 2.67.
- Rob Flick is on a five-game goal streak (6G) on home ice.
New York Rangers (27-13-1): 3rd – Metropolitan Division
Last Game: Wednesday, 1/4/17 @ Philadelphia – 5-2 W
Next Game: Tomorrow, 1/7/17 @ Columbus – 7:00 p.m.
Hartford Wolf Pack (11-18-3-1): 7th – Atlantic Division
Last Game: Tuesday, 1/3/17 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – 2-3 L
Next Game: Tonight, 1/6/17 vs. Lehigh Valley – 7:15 p.m.
COUNTRY NIGHT | TOMORROW, Saturday, January 7 | 5:00 p.m.
Start the New Year with an amazing night of entertainment with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and PARMALEE. Enjoy a free post-game country music concert by platinum recording artist PARMALEE after the Swamp Rabbits face the South Carolina Stingrays. Purchase a VIP package for center ice tickets, meet-n-greet passes with Parmalee, a parking pass, and more. To get tickets or information, visit SwampRabbits.com/country/.
POST-GAME SKATE | Sunday, January 8 | 3:00 p.m.
The Swamp Rabbits face the Tulsa Oilers at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to end a three-game weekend. After the game, join the Swamp Rabbits out on the ice for a post-game skate with the entire team. Skate, get autographs and take pictures with your favorite players! Bon Secours Family Fun Packs are available for this game for only $60! The package includes four tickets, hot dogs, drinks, chips, and two Swamp Rabbits souvenirs. For more information call (864) 674-PUCK or visit SwampRabbits.com.
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