Zanette, Alderson Help Swamp Rabbits To Overtime Win
Greenville earns second overtime win in front of large Education Day game crowd
BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (3-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, entertained nearly 6,000 fans at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena at this morning’s Education Day game against the Orlando Solar Bears. Sixty minutes was not enough to decide the game and in overtime, Paul Zanette gave Greenville a 2-1 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears (2-3-1-0). Greenville pulls ahead in the standings, now tied with Cincinnati for 3rd place in the South Division.
Students from over 30 different schools came to watch the Swamp Rabbits on the Sandlapper Securities Rink. In addition to the entertainment on the ice, the Swamp Rabbits also worked with Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville Zoo, Bricks 4 Kidz, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District, Imagine Upstate, Challenge Island, and Youth Aviators to bring a great learning experience to the Well. These local organizations took part in concourse activities for the elementary school students in the morning before the puck dropped.
A five-minute overtime period followed a tie game between the Solar Bears and Swamp Rabbits. After waiting for his linemates to change, Zanette caught a pass from Joe Houk and broke to the net. It was Zanette’s second goal of the season and propelled the team to consecutive wins in overtime. Greenville has won it’s last three games.
After a scoreless first period, Brandon Alderson connected on a slap shot to give the Swamp Rabbits the 1-0 lead. His third goal in three games put Greenville up when it rang off the crossbar and in. Spiro Goulakos earned his first assist of the season and Garrett Noonan tallied his third helper on the go-ahead goal. Alderson’s leads the Swamp Rabbits with three goals.
Less than a minute later, Orlando answered to tie the game. Adam Brace recorded the Solar Bears only tally six seconds into an Orlando power play. Greenville killed off six other opportunities and are third best in the ECHL, killing off 90.5% of power plays this year. The Swamp Rabbits gained momentum on six power play chances, but scored both goals at even strength.
Brandon Halverson recorded his third straight win by making a career high 36 saves in over 64 minutes of work. The former ECHL Goaltender of the Week made some phenomenal saves and kept his team in the contest with 12 saves in the third. The Traverse City, MI native has a 1.70 goals against average, good for sixth in the ECHL this season.
At the opposite end of the ice, Orlando’s Ryan Massa made 44 saves during his first overtime loss of the season. The goaltender was frustrated by the Swamp Rabbits during the game and accrued four penalty minutes.
Greenville and Orlando meet again on Friday night at 7 p.m. the Well. Join the Swamp Rabbits 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. Come to the game for a special offer of $10 when you visit SwampRabbits.com/opening-night!
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!
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