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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

MCGINNISS: THE FORCE PUTS TITANS BACK ON WINNING WAYS OVER WATERTOWN

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BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT Tyler Noseworthy had two goals and Nick Niedert stopped 24 of 26 shots as the Titans snapped a 3 game losing streak by defeating the Watertown Wolves by a score of 6-2 on Star Wars night at the Danbury Ice Arena on Sunday. The Danbury faithful came out for Star Wars night and posted the highest attended game of the season so far with over 1500 fans in attendance.

Tim Richter was signed yesterday by the Titans and made his season debut, taking the spot of Tyler Becker in the Danbury lineup. The Naugatuck native would not wait long to make his presence felt as his shot from the point was put home by Mike Dolman to give the Titans an early 1-0 lead. Dean Yakura would receive the second assist on Dolman’s 6th of the season and 2nd in as many games. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: (SAT) PACK DOUBLED UP BY SENATORS

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Binghamton Senators 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Binghamton, NY, November 19, 2016 – A four-goal second period carried the Binghamton Senators to a 6-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Marek Hrivik and Tanner Glass had a goal and an assist each for the Wolf Pack, but Francis Perron scored twice for Binghamton, Jack Rodewald had a goal and two assists, and Kyle Flanagan chipped in three assists.

“We’ve got to find a way to come out of our own zone cleaner,” said Glass of the Wolf Pack’s second-period difficulties.  “We had the puck in full possession a few times there and were not making the good first pass that it takes to come out cleanly, especially against a team that was forechecking the way they were.” 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

TOSTI: CHILLER MALFUNCTION MELTS SWAMP RABBITS OPENING WEEKEND

 Greenville Swamp RabbitsOpening Weekend To Be Rescheduled

Bon Secours Wellness Arena equipment malfunction prevents Swamp Rabbits from playing opening weekend games

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 this afternoon that tomorrow night’s Home Opener and Sunday afternoon’s Halloween-themed game against the Wichita Thunder will be rescheduled due to a mechanical malfunction at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

“Due to mechanical problems with the ice chiller, we are unable to maintain ice for the Swamp Rabbits’ games scheduled for this Friday and Sunday,” said Beth Paul, General Manager of Bon Secours Wellness Arena. “Repairs to the chiller have started, and we greatly appreciate the Swamp Rabbits’ organization and the ECHL’s understanding and patience during this unfortunate and unforeseen situation.”

Tickets purchased for the game may be redeemed for another game date between November 1st and December 28th. The Swamp Rabbits will host 14 games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in that time frame. For further information with regard to use or exchange of tickets for Friday or Sunday’s games, please contact Stacey Wise at (864) 250-4868 or via email at swise@swamprabbits.com.

“It is disappointing to have to postpone our Opening Weekend games and festivities, but these circumstances were unforeseeable and out of our control,” said Swamp Rabbits President, Chris Lewis. “We know how excited our players and fans were to begin the home ice portion of our schedule and we look forward to continuing to build that excitement as we head toward our first Friday night game on November 4th.”

On Friday, November 4th at 7 p.m. the Swamp Rabbits invite fans to take part in all the festivities slated for Opening Night. Special $10 tickets will be available and the first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel. Join us for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. with inflatables, concessions, and live music.

“We are excited to welcome our fans back to the Well with a fun and exciting experience next Friday,” Lewis said. “We truly appreciate the support the community gives the organization and we look forward to a great season.”

Rescheduled dates for Friday night and Sunday afternoon’s games are being determined and will be announced at a later date. Season ticketholders will be able to use their opening weekend tickets at the rescheduled games later this season.

“We apologize to the Swamp Rabbits’ fan base, staff, and players and we are as disappointed as you are about these circumstances,” Paul continued. “We are looking forward to the rescheduled opening night festivities on Friday, November 4.”

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.

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 WEEKLY: EDITION 2

brian-tostiSwamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 2

Greenville wins two straight divisional games ahead of Home Opener

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Bring Out The Broom!

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, picked up two wins this week over South Division opponents to wrap up their season-opening road trip. On Wednesday night, the Swamp Rabbits made the trek north to play the Norfolk Admirals. Greenville opened the week with a 2-0 shutout win as Brandon Halverson was stellar in the blue paint. The New York Rangers 2nd Round Draft Pick made 27 saves for Greenville and earned his first win and shutout of his professional career. Brandon Alderson opened his two-goal week with an eventual game-winning power-play tally in the second period. Trevor Gerling netted his first goal of the season just four minutes later. Alderson also opened the scoring on Saturday in North Charleston against the South Carolina Stingrays. Greenville needed to battle back from a 3-1 deficit in the second period as Angelo Miceli recorded his second of the year. Allan McPherson would later tie the game with less than seven minutes to play, forcing overtime. After a three-point night on Saturday, the second-year forward leads the Swamp Rabbits with five points (1G, 4A) in four games. Joe Houk ended the dramatic comeback for Greenville with his second career game-winning goal less than four minutes into overtime. Halverson stopped 21 shots and earned his second win.

Hot Hare – Brandon Halverson (2 GP – 2-0-0-0, 48 SVS, 1 SO)

Brandon Halverson shut down the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday night, earning his first career ECHL and professional hockey win. The same night, he recorded his first career shutout with 27 saves. The Traverse City, MI native has three appearances in net and has opened the season with top-10 ECHL numbers. The rookie netminder is sixth among ECHL goaltenders with a 1.97 goals against average and fifth with 183 minutes played. In the pair of wins for the Swamp Rabbits, Halverson produced a 1.46 GAA and a .923 save percentage. The New York Rangers 2nd Round pick ended a three-year junior career with Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) last year with a 72-27-7 record and eight shutouts.

Rabbit Tails

The Good Kind of Streaking: Angelo Miceli and Allan McPherson have each added to streaks. Miceli is the only player to have a point in four straight away games this season. The second-year forward has four points (2G, 2A) this season to average a point per game. McPherson put three points on the scoresheet on Saturday and has scored a point in the last three contests. He leads the Swamp Rabbits with five points (1G, 4A) and is tied for 18th in the ECHL’s scoring race.

The Killers: Greenville’s penalty kill ranks seventh in the ECHL, denying 92.9% of opposing power plays against in four games.

Blocking Chances: The Swamp Rabbits defense has limited the amount of shots on net to just 29 per game, good for sixth best in the league.

Away From Home: Greenville’s four-game road trip to begin the season finished 2-2-0-0. The Alaska Aces are the only other team in the league to not play at home yet this season. Greenville’s four road games are tied for the most in the ECHL with Atlanta and Toledo.

Fresh Legs: The Swamp Rabbits will host Wichita for two games on Friday night and Sunday afternoon. Wichita begins an Eastern trip tomorrow night in North Charleston, SC against the South Carolina Stingrays, followed by a Thursday night game in Duluth, GA against the Atlanta Gladiators. After the weekend, Wichita will have played four games in six days.

Upcoming Games:

October 28 | Home Opener | 7:00 p.m.

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2-2-0-0) vs. Wichita Thunder (1-1-0-0)

Special $10 tickets available on SwampRabbits.com. First 1,000 fans receive an orange Swamp Rabbits rally towel.

October 30 | Halloween Game | 3:00 p.m.

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2-2-0-0) vs. Wichita Thunder (1-1-0-0)

Treat yourself to an afternoon of fun with the Swamp Rabbits. Wear your costume and trick or treat on the concourse. Bon Secours Family Fun Packs are available and join your favorite players on the ice in a post-game skate.

Upcoming Events:

October 25 | Nose Dive Happy Hour | 5-7 p.m.

Mix and Mingle with Garrett Noonan, Tyler Brown, and Bretton Cameron at Nose Dive in downtown Greenville.

October 28 | Pregame Fan Fest | 5:30 p.m.

Get out early to the Swamp Rabbits Home Opener and enjoy our pregame fan fest. Live music, inflatables, and concessions are available as we ring in the 2016-17 season at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

South Division Standings:

  1. Florida Everblades (3-0-0-0) = 6 points
  2. Atlanta Gladiators (2-2-1-1) = 6 points
  3. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2-2-0-0) = 4 points
  4. Norfolk Admirals (1-4-0-0) = 2 points
  5. Cincinnati Cyclones (1-3-0-0) = 2 points
  6. South Carolina Stingrays (0-0-1-0) = 1 point
  7. Orlando Solar Bears (0-1-0-0) = 0 points

HOME OPENER | Friday, October 28 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits open play at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, October 28 against the Wichita Thunder. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel. Special $10 Opening Night 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. with inflatables, concessions, and live music.

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.

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: RABBITS LOOK TO SPOIL STINGRAYS OPENER (SATURDAY)

Greenville Swamp RabbitsSwamp Rabbits Look To Spoil Stingrays’ Opener

Following Wednesday night win, Greenville faces South Carolina in Stingrays’ season opener

 

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (1-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are coming off a Wednesday night shutout win over the Norfolk Admirals. Brandon Alderson and Trevor Gerling netted their first goals with the Swamp Rabbits four minutes apart in the second period. Alderson’s power play tally proved to be the game-winning goal. In just the second start of Brandon Halverson’s pro career, he produced a shutout for the Swamp Rabbits making 27 saves in net. Greenville’s opponent tonight, the South Carolina Stingrays (0-0-0-0) have not played a game in the 2016-17 regular season. Greenville will play South Carolina 14 times this year. In 11 meetings last season, the Swamp Rabbits were 5-4-1-1 against the South Division rival.

POWER PLAY LAMP-LIGHTER

Greenville’s offense was sparked Wednesday night by Brandon Alderson, scoring his first goal of the season on the power play. The power play goal was the first of the campaign for the Swamp Rabbits who are now 1-of-8 through three games, ranking 12th in the league. Alderson has 36 goals in his pro hockey career since 2013. In the ECHL, Alderson has played 79 games, but suited up 133 times for Adirondack and Lehigh Valley in the AHL. With Reading in 2015-16, the Oakville, ON native had 11 goals and 16 assists for 27 points in 41 games.

STREAKING START

Second-year pro Angelo Miceli is leading the Swamp Rabbits in scoring through three games and is on a point-per-game pace with three points (1G, 2A). He has recorded a point in all three games, something only four others have been able to do on the road in the ECHL. The Montreal, QC native has scored points in his last four ECHL games, dating back to March 27. The forward signed with Greenville during the offseason after playing 29 games with St. John’s in the AHL and scoring four points (3g, 1a) in his rookie season.

NOT A BAD OUTING

The first win of Brandon Halverson’s career came with dramatic flair as he shut out the Norfolk Admirals, stopping 27 shots. The rookie netminders has a 1.51 goals against average and a .951 save percentage in two appearances this season. In addition to his 61 saves this year, Halverson has played 117:27 of shutout hockey in the crease for Greenville. The Traverse City, MI native was a second-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in 2014. That same season, Halverson earned league-topping numbers by notching 60 wins and six shutouts with Sault St. Marie in the Ontario Hockey League.

WAIT, WHAT?

South Carolina has not played a game in the 2016-17 season heading into tonight. Only two other teams out of the 27 in the ECHL did not see game action during the league’s opening week. Last night, the Alaska Aces played their first game of the year against the Colorado Eagles, falling 2-0. The Orlando Solar Bears will drop the puck on their season tonight at home against the Florida Everblades at 7 p.m. Last season, every team had played at least one game through the opening week of the regular season.

TOP RETURNERS?

South Carolina’s top ten scorers from the 2015-16 season are missing from the opening day roster in North Charleston. The top returner for the Stingrays is forward Kelly Zajac, who ended the year with nine goals and thirteen assists for 22 points in 21 games. The Winnipeg, MB native spent 14 games in the AHL with the Manitoba Moose before joining South Carolina for their Kelly Cup Playoff run. He had 18 points (3G, 15A) in 19 post-season games.

CARROT BITES

– The Swamp Rabbits finish a four-game road trip tonight before returning to Greenville and taking to the Sandlapper Securities Rink for the home opener at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m. Greenville is 1-2-0-0 on this season-opening road trip.

– Greenville’s power play is ranked 12th in the ECHL to start the season.

– The Swamp Rabbits’ penalty kill is ranked ninth, stopping 12 of 13 power plays (92.3%) so far this season.

– Brandon Halverson leads ECHL rookie goaltenders with a 1.51 GAA and one shutout.

AFFILIATE REPORT

New York Rangers (2-2-0-0):

Last Game: 10/19/16 vs. Detroit – 1-2 L

Next Game: Tonight @ Washington – 7:00 p.m.

The Rangers scored early against Detroit on Wednesday night as Mika Zibanejad deflected Ryan McDonagh’s shot a minute into the game. Jimmy Howard was stellar the rest of the night, making 32 saves for Detroit. The Rangers return to action tonight versus the Washington Capitals.

Hartford Wolf Pack (1-1-0-0):

Last Game: 10/15/16 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – 2-6 L

Next Game: Tonight @ Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m.

Hartford had goals from Nicklas Jensen and Matt Carey on Saturday night. Mackenzie Skapski made his first start of the season, stopping 29 shots. The Wolf Pack begin the weekend on the road on Saturday versus the Lehigh Valley Phantoms before returning to Hartford to face the St. John’s IceCaps tomorrow.

HOME OPENER | Friday, October 28 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits open play at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, October 28 against the Wichita Thunder. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel. Special $10 Opening Night 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. with inflatables, concessions, and live music.

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.

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 WEEKLY: EDITION 1

brian-tostiSwamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 1

Swamp Rabbits wrap up the first weekend of games; look ahead to Norfolk & South Carolina

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Swamp Rabbits Turn Page On Opening Weekend

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (0-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, opened the season on the road in Florida over the weekend. Greenville scored five goals in the two games but ended up dropping both contests. Friday night’s 3-2 game was decided by a goal scored in the final 18 seconds as Florida completed its climb back from a 2-0 deficit. Paul Zanette scored the first goal of the season for the Swamp Rabbits on a deflection and Bretton Cameron tallied his first of the year, while rookie goaltender Brandon Halverson stopped 31 shots in his pro debut. Six different Swamp Rabbits recorded a point in the game and the penalty kill was a perfect 4-for-4. In the following night’s 5-3 finish, both Tommy Thompson and Angelo Miceli took home their first goals of the season less than two minutes apart in the second period. Jeff Malcolm made his first start of the year on Saturday and began his fourth professional season with Greenville. He stopped 26 shots in the game, while Cameron scored a goal for the second consecutive game.

Hot Hare – Bretton Cameron (2 GP – 2G)

The captain turned in a big weekend for the Swamp Rabbits, taking home two goals in as many games. Cameron, 27, led the Swamp Rabbits through opening weekend and fired seven shots on net. Cameron has 70 goals in his pro hockey career and 168 points. He is just two assists shy of 100 in his seven-year career. The Red Deer, AB native is the only ECHL player to score goals in consecutive road games this season.

Rabbit Tails

Inching Closer: Bretton Cameron competed in his 242nd game with the Swamp Rabbits on Saturday night. He is now 20 games away from tying the Greenville record set by Sean Berkstresser in 2014.

The Leaders: Cameron leads the Swamp Rabbits with two goals while Angelo Miceli picked up a goal and an assist in a pair of games. They lead the Swamp Rabbits with two points each. Eight others scored points for Greenville over the weekend.

First of Many: Forwards Adam Chapie and Ahti Oksanen, along with goaltender Brandon Halverson made their pro hockey debuts on Friday night in Florida. Chapie had 2 PIMS with three shots on net over two games. Oksanen took four shots in his first and only game of the weekend. Halverson stopped 31 shots in his debut.

Two-Hundred: Paul Zanette played in his 200th professional game on Friday night and scored a goal. The 28-year-old forward has 68 goals and 87 assists for 155 career points. His goal Friday night was his first point in the ECHL since 2012 when he played for the Toledo Walleye.

2 Down, 2 To Go: Two more games remain on the Swamp Rabbits four-game road trip to start the season. They face Norfolk tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. and South Carolina on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m.

Killer Rabbits: The Swamp Rabbits stopped seven of eight power plays this weekend in Florida. They are 87.5% on the penalty kill and rank 13th in the ECHL of teams who have played 2 games this season.

Upcoming Games:

October 19 | @ Norfolk (0-2-0-0) | 7:15 p.m.

Tune in on Mixlr.com/Swamp-Rabbits/ or on ECHL.tv. Pregame show at 7:00 p.m.

October 22 | @ South Carolina (0-0-0-0) | 7:05 p.m.

Tune in on Mixlr.com/Swamp-Rabbits/ or on ECHL.tv. Pregame show at 6:45 p.m.

October 28 | Home Opener | 7:00 p.m.

Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Greenville Swamp Rabbits (0-2-0-0) vs. Wichita Thunder (0-1-0-0)

Special $10 tickets available on SwampRabbits.com. First 1,000 fans receive an orange Swamp Rabbits rally towel.

Upcoming  Events:

October 20 | Player Signing At The Vault | 4-6 p.m.

Tommy Thompson and Justin DaSilva will be signing autographs at The Vault in downtown Greenville from 4-6 p.m. Opening night tickets and Swamp Rabbits merchandise will be available for purchase.

October 25 | Nose Dive Happy Hour | 5-7 p.m.

Mix and Mingle with Garrett Noonan, Tyler Brown, and Bretton Cameron at Nose Dive in downtown Greenville.

October 28 | Pregame Fan Fest | 5:30 p.m.

Get out early to the Swamp Rabbits Home Opener and enjoy our pregame fan fest. Live music, inflatables, and concessions are available as we ring in the 2016-17 season at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

South Division Standings:

  1. Florida Everblades (2-0-0-0) = 4 points
  2. Atlanta Gladiators (1-1-0-0) = 2 points
  3. South Carolina Stingrays (0-0-0-0) = 0 points
  4. Orlando Solar Bears (0-0-0-0) = 0 points
  5. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (0-2-0-0) = 0 points
  6. Cincinnati Cyclones (0-2-0-0) = 0 points
  7. Norfolk Admirals (0-2-0-0) = 0 points

HOME OPENER | Friday, October 28 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits open play at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, October 28 against the Wichita Thunder. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel. Special $10 Opening Night 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. with inflatables, concessions, and live music.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale 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 DROP OPENER

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Swamp Rabbits Falter Late In Season Opener

Greenville falls on late third-period charge Florida

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, led the Florida Everblades for a majority of Friday night’s season opener, but ultimately fell in a heartbreaking 3-2 finish. Greenville will battle with Florida on Saturday night to finish the ECHL’s opening weekend.

An even game took off for the Swamp Rabbits in the opening period. Fast paced action put pressure on the net of Everblades goaltender Anthony Peters in the early going. The second-year netminder saw nine shots on net, stopping all but one. In the final three seconds of the period, Justin DaSilva rifled a shot to the net where Paul Zanette tipped it over Peter’s blocker to take the 1-0 advantage into the locker room.

The momentum carried the Swamp Rabbits into the second period. There, Greenville capitalized on one of their multiple chances in front. The captain Bretton Cameron notched his first of the season and 68th of his career on a deflection from Joe Houk. Angelo Miceli earned his first helper with the Swamp Rabbits on the goal at 7:54 of the second period.

Brandon Halverson stopped some key plays in the period including a key breakaway from Brendan O’Donnell. In the second period alone, he stopped 11 shots in his ECHL debut.

Both teams could not convert on the power play in the game. Greenville had three chances on the man advantage, which helped them to a game total of 24 shots. Despite Florida being held 0-for-4 on the power play by a tough nosed Swamp Rabbit penalty kill, they tilted the ice in the second on some offensive flow.

In the third period, they outshot the Swamp Rabbits 16 to five for a game total of 34. Greenville led all the way inside three minutes remaining in the game, killing off some key penalties in the period to keep their advantage.

Florida’s offense found a way late to get three goals in less than two minutes to end the game. With the goaltender pulled, Zack Karamass ended a stellar shutout bid for Halverson who had made 30 saves to that point. Mike Aviani, who assisted on the first goal, cashed in for one of his own just over the 19-minute mark of the game, again with Peters on the bench.

Matt Mackenzie took home the winner with just under 18 seconds left as Aviani grabbed his third point of the night. Mackenzie earned the number one star of the game and Peters was named the number three star of the night with 22 saves and the win.

BOX SCORE

Despite the loss, Halverson made 31 stops and some key plays in his first professional hockey game. The Swamp Rabbits fall to 0-1-0-0 on the season and the Everblades take a 1-0-0-0 into tomorrow night’s rematch at 7 p.m. from Germain Arena.

HOME OPENER | Friday, October 28 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits open play at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, October 28 against the Wichita Thunder. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel. Special $10 Opening Night 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. with inflatables, concessions, and live music.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale 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 PREVIEW

Greenville Swamp RabbitsGAME PREVIEW

Swamp Rabbits Head South For Preseason Weekend

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (0-0-0-0) head south for a weekend clash with the Florida Everblades (0-0-0-0) to open the season. The puck drops on the 2016-17 ECHL regular season for the South Division opponents at 7:30 p.m. from Germain Arena in Estero, FL. Fans can see this match up nine different times this season with the Swamp Rabbits on the road for four games and host the other five at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville enters the game coming off a 1-1-0-0 preseason record and a recent 5-1 win over the Atlanta Gladiators in Duluth, GA. Florida played just one exhibition game and notched a 3-2 overtime win versus the Orlando Solar Bears. The Everblades and Swamp Rabbits will close out the ECHL’s opening weekend on Saturday night with a rematch at 7 p.m.

GATOR HUNTING

The Swamp Rabbits are 36-23-9 all-time versus Florida. Last season Greenville won the first game of the season series 3-2, scoring three unanswered goals in a come from behind fashion. Greenville’s head to head record versus Florida last season ended up at 4-6-1-0 overall and 3-3-1-0 at home. Five Swamp Rabbits’ returners tallied at least a point last season against Florida. Joe Houk was the top performer with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win at Germain Arena and another assist in March. Andrew Dommett scored a goal and added an assist during the season series along with defenseman Justin DaSilva. Bretton Cameron and Troy Donnay each earned helpers during the year as well.

HOT START

Trevor Gerling is the hot hand coming in for the Swamp Rabbits. The forward from Renton, WA scored a hat trick and added an assist in a 5-1 preseason win over Atlanta. The natural hat trick, in Gerling’s only exhibition game, propelled Greenville to its first win of the preseason. The University of Connecticut product enters his rookie season in the ECHL, but saw nine games with Elmira in 2014-15 and spent all of the last season in England with the Edinburgh Capitals. He led the team with 60 points (27g, 33a) in 59 games.

NEW RABBITS

Greenville’s offseason had a distinct offensive flavor to it with some key additions up front. Allan McPherson comes over from the Elmira Jackals where he scored 49 points (19g, 30a) in 47 games. Trevor Gerling and Paul Zanette were top players for Edinburgh in the Elite Ice Hockey League. In additionTyler Brown, Brandon Alderson, and Garrett Noonan bring both offensive prowess and AHL experience to the roster along. Returning veteran and Captain, Bretton Cameron tallied 30 points (12g, 18a) last season and will look to continue coupling great defensive play with some offensive output.

RETURNERS FOR EVERBLADES

Florida has lost some front end scoring prowess from one year ago. The top three scorers are no longer with the organization including the league’s top rookie scorer, leaving the workload to second-year pro Brendan O’Donnell, forward Brant Harris, and defenseman Corey Syvret. The three top scoring returners combined for 99 points last year.

INSIDE THE BLUE PAINT

Both teams should be wary of the opposing goaltenders. Anthony Peters enters his second season for Florida as one of the top goaltenders in the ECHL. In his rookie year, he led all netminders with 27 wins and over 2600 minutes logged. When Peters wasn’t patrolling the crease, Daniel Altshuller filled in with great numbers. The now third-year pro put up a 1.76 GAA and ten wins before being called up to the AHL.

Greenville’s Jeff Malcolm was similarly successful during his ECHL stint last season. Spending the majority of his time in the AHL with Hartford last season, Malcolm enters his fourth pro year after earning five wins in just nine appearances and posting a 5-2-2-0 record with Greenville in 2015-16. Rookie netminder Brandon Halverson joins the Swamp Rabbits following appearances for the USA in the World Junior Championship and a three-season career with Sault St. Marie in the OHL. P.J. Musico rounds out the group returning to Greenville in the offseason. He stopped 34 of 35 shots in the preseason, and a recorded a 2.35 GAA, and .925 save percentage in 13 games last season.

HARPER TO THE SHOW

Shane Harper, a former Greenville skater, became the 600th player in ECHL history to play in the NHL last night. The Florida Panthers picked up a 2-1 win with Harper in the lineup. A native of Valencia, CA, Harper played 48 games with Greenville in 2010-11 and put up 45 points (22g, 23a). After playing five seasons with the Everett Silvertips in the WHL, Harper turned pro in 2010 playing in 63 ECHL games and 340 AHL games before his NHL debut.

AFFILIATE REPORT

The Hartford Wolf Pack opens its season at home against the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:15 p.m. tonight. The Swamp Rabbits NHL affiliate, the New York Rangers, opened their season last night and topped the New York Islanders 5-3 on three 3rd period goals from Chris Kreider, Brandon Pirri, and J.T. Miller. Henrik Lundqvist made 25 saves as the Rangers improve to 1-0-0-0. They take on the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

HOME OPENER | Friday, October 28 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits open play at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, October 28 against the Wichita Thunder. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel. Special $10 Opening Night 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. with inflatables, concessions, and live music.

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