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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: RABBITS HOPE THE FORCE IS WITH THEM TONIGHT

GAME PREVIEW: Swamp Rabbits Duel Admirals on Star Wars Night

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-14-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, drop the puck against the Norfolk Admirals (9-20-4-0) tonight at 7 p.m. to open a three-in-three weekend at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The contest will be the third between the South Division opponents this season and the second in Greenville, SC. The Swamp Rabbits won their first game in 2017 on Wednesday, dropping the Atlanta Gladiators 6-3. The Admirals have come out sailing, going 3-0-0-0 to start the New Year. Angelo Miceli leads the way for Greenville with 31 points (5G, 26A), while Brodie Dupont is the top Norfolk scorer with 21 points (7G, 14A). Dupont was named ECHL Player of the Week after scoring eight of his points during the last three games (3G, 5A). Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS HOPE TO TURN GLADIATORS INTO SADIATORS

Preview: Swamp Rabbits Hosts Gladiators for First Time

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (11-9-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, meet the Atlanta Gladiators (10-12-2-1) tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The South Division opponents have faced off just one time this season and will play 13 games this year. Greenville took the first game 4-1 as goaltender Jeff Malcolm made 40 saves versus the Gladiators powerful offense. Rookie forwards Adam Chapie, Michael Joly, and Matt Johnson each netted a goal in the victory with Chapie adding his second of the game on the empty net. Atlanta has lost two games since that meeting in Duluth, GA and is 2-5-1-0 in its last eight games. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 7

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 7

Greenville splits week with Atlanta and South Carolina completing five-game win streak and opening active month of December

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Win Some, Lose Some

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-7-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, recorded a pair of wins this week extending a season-high win streak to five games. Wednesday in Atlanta, the Swamp Rabbits took a 4-1 victory to finish a season-long seven-game road trip with a 5-2-0-0 record. Adam Chapie recorded two goals in the game for the Swamp Rabbits along with Michael Joly and Matt Johnson. The Swamp Rabbits turned around for a three-in-three against the South Carolina Stingrays, taking game one of the weekend with a 5-4 victory. Joly scored two goals including the game-winning goal. Defenseman Chad Duchesne opened a three-goal second period with his first career tally. Jeff Malcolm earned his second win of the week with 42 saves in net. On Saturday and Sunday, the Swamp Rabbits and Stingrays played tight games that were tied for the  majority of each contest. The ‘Rays captured a pair of wins with late third-period goals in each game. The split week places the Swamp Rabbits in a tie for fourth place in the South Division with Cincinnati. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS PREVIEW

greenville-swamp-rabbitsPreview: Streaking Swamp Rabbits Face Gladiators Tonight

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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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

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

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

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: 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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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

TOSTI: MCPHERSON CALLED UP FROM GREENVILLE TO AHL UTICA

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Swamp Rabbits leading scorer earns eighth career call-up

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 today that forward Allan McPherson has earned a call-up to the Utica Comets (AHL). The third-year pro has 65 games of AHL experience.

McPherson is currently the Swamp Rabbits leading scorer. Through four games, the Kinburn, ON native has tallied five points, netting a goal and four assists. In his ECHL career, McPherson has played 75 games and totaled 77 points (28G, 49A). For the past two seasons, he has split time in the ECHL and AHL with the Rochester Americans (AHL) and the Elmira Jackals.

In his most recent appearance, McPherson helped the Swamp Rabbits to a 4-3 overtime win against the South Carolina Stingrays. He assisted on Greenville’s first two goals before tying the game in the third period with less than seven minutes to play.

McPherson made his pro hockey debut with the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) after his senior season at Clarkson University in 2014. The former captain of the Golden Knights earned the school’s “Bill Harrison Most Valuable Player” award during both his junior and senior seasons. He also reached the 100-point club, amassing 103 points on 41 goals and 62 assists in 150 games in his college career.

The Swamp Rabbits’ off-season signing has been named ECHL Player of the Month as well as ECHL Player of the Week in his career. McPherson was also a nominee for ECHL Player of the Week for October 17-23.

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 in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel and 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. featuring the new Swamp Rabbits inflatable street hockey rink presented by Pepsi, inflatables for kids, live music 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.

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!

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TOSTI: HALVERSON EARNS GOALIE OF THE WEEK

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 Halverson Earns Goaltender of the Week Honors

Swamp Rabbits netminder records first pro win & shutout in week two

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, in conjunction with the ECHL, that rookie goaltender Brandon Halverson has been named the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Oct. 17-23.

This is the first weekly honor for the first year pro out of Traverse City, MI who backstopped the Swamp Rabbits to a 2-0-0-0 record this week. In the pair of games, Halverson picked up his first career shutout, win, and made 48 saves, earning a 1.46 goals against average, and a .923 save percentage.

“We’re very excited about what Brandon has been able to do for the Swamp Rabbits this early in his career,” said Greenville Head Coach Brian Gratz. “Getting your first win as a goalie is special, not to mention a shutout. We are excited for him, but also ready to move forward as a team and get ready for the home opener.”

On Wednesday night, the New York Rangers’ 2014 2nd Round NHL Draft pick made 27 saves versus the Norfolk Admirals for his first career shutout and win of the season. He then followed it up with a 21-save, overtime win against the South Carolina Stingrays in N. Charleston on Saturday night. The victories helped the Swamp Rabbits rise to third place in the South Division.

The 20-year-old rookie ranks sixth in the ECHL with a 1.97 goals against average and fifth with 183 minutes played through three starts. Among rookie goalies, Halverson ranks second with a .929 save percentage.

Before his time in Greenville, Halverson produced a three-year career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL), boasting a record of 72-27-7. He recorded eight shutouts and a career 2.83 goals against average and .909 save percentage. In 2014 he led all OHL goaltenders with 60 wins and six shutouts.

Greenville’s Home Opener is on Friday night at 7 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder. The Swamp Rabbits host the Thunder for two games over the weekend, beginning a six-game home stand at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Join the Swamp Rabbits for a 5:30 pre-game Fan Fest with some great entertainment including live music, inflatables, and the Pepsi street hockey rink! Get special $10 Opening Night tickets before the game by visiting SwampRabbits.com/opening-night.

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 WIN FIRST BEHIND HALVERSON SHUTOUT

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Swamp Rabbits Shutout Admirals

Halverson stops 27 in first career shutout, while Alderson and Gerling earn first goals with Greenville

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (1-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, shut-out the Norfolk Admirals (0-3-0-0) 2-0 behind 27 saves by Brandon Halverson and a pair of early second period goals.

A tough-nosed second period helped the Swamp Rabbits to break the scoring. Spiro Goulakos fought his way to the front of the net to cause a cross-checking penalty and only 14 seconds later, Brandon Alderson rifled home the first power play tally of the season. Leading scorer Angelo Miceli put a pass across the crease for Alderson to fire home his first of the season. Miceli has extended his point streak to three games, with a goal and two assists, the longest in the ECHL. The Swamp Rabbits were 1-for-3 on the power play in the game.

Four minutes later, a crisp passing play gave Trevor Gerling his first goal of the year. Miceli started the play over the blue line, giving the pass across to Troy Donnay. The defenseman quickly moved it to Matt Johnson who shot one to Gerling’s stick for the redirected goal. All three players picked up their first points of the season.

After a couple close plays in front of the net, Tommy Thompson met up with Gabriel Verpaelst with two minutes left in the period.  Verpaelst and Thompson crashed into the Swamp Rabbit net and caused an altercation. The two recorded the first fight of the season as Thompson stuck up for his goaltender.

Halverson denied 27 shots in the game including a game-high 13 during the third period. The Swamp Rabbit’s defense denied Norfolk on five power play chances in the game. Despite the loss, Connor Knapp made 28 saves in his first start of the season.

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Greenville heads to South Carolina for their final game of a season-opening road trip. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m. from Charleston, SC in the first meeting between the South Division rivals. South Carolina (0-0-0-0) will open the season when Greenville takes the ice at the North Charleston Coliseum.

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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