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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 EARN POINT, BUT LOSE TO STINGRAYS

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Swamp Rabbits Earn Point Against Stingrays in Shootout

Third-period goal ties game for Greenville sends contest into overtime and shootout against South Carolina

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (17-13-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, battled for two third-period goals against the South Carolina Stingrays (19-11-1-1) tonight, helping the team earn a point in the South Division standings in a 3-2 shootout. With the game tied at the end of regulation, the Swamp Rabbits went to overtime. The scoreless overtime forced the third shootout for the Swamp Rabbits this season.

South Carolina forward Olivier Archambault tallied the only goal in the shootout to earn the extra point for his team. The Swamp Rabbits dropped the first of three shootouts this season, while the Stingrays earned the first shootout win of the campaign. 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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RABBIT TALES

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: RABBITS DROP FINALE OF THREE-IN-THREE

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Swamp Rabbits Falter Late, Fall to Stingrays

Greenville scores power play goal to tie game in the second period, but fall in final game of three-in-three

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-7-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, wrapped up a three-in-three weekend against the South Carolina Stingrays (10-8-1-0) this afternoon from the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. South Carolina tallied late in the game to take a 2-1 win in the fourth meeting between the South Division opponents.

South Carolina broke the stalemate in the second period on a quick shot by Dylan Margonari. The Stingrays gained the Swamp Rabbits zone and Scott Tanski dished a rink wide pass to the rookie for a quick-released shot. Margonari’s second goal of the weekend at 6:26 of the second period was also the second of his career. Continue reading

TOSTI: (SAT) WIN STREAK SNAPPED BY STINGRAYS

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Swamp Rabbits Win Streak Snapped By Stingrays

Despite first-period goal, Greenville sees five-game win streak come to an end on Saturday night against South Division rival

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-6-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, led the South Carolina Stingrays (9-8-1-0) during the first period, but eventually suffered their first loss in six games 3-1. The Stingrays win is the first of a 14-game season series against the Swamp Rabbits who lead the head to head 2-1-0-0. The rubber match game of the weekend three-in-three series begins tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS PREVIEW

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

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 WIN IN OT IN THEIR EDU-SKATE GAME

Greenville Swamp RabbitsZanette, 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, SCThe 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.

BOX SCORE

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!

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: 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.

Box Score

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.

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 ROAD TRIP CONTINUES IN NORFOLK

brian-tostiPreview: Swamp Rabbits Continue Road Trip In Norfolk

Wednesday night marks first of seven between the South Division opponents

BY: Brian Tosti – Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (0-2-0-0) visit the Norfolk Admirals (0-2-0-0) in a midweek contest tonight at 7:15 p.m. The season series begins at the Norfolk Scope, continuing Greenville’s four-game road trip to open the season. Greenville arrives in Norfolk after scoring three goals on Saturday night against the Florida Everblades. Tommy Thompson and Angelo Miceli tallied their first goals of the season and Bretton Cameron tallied his second of the season when he notched Greenville’s final goal of the night. The Swamp Rabbits captain has two goals this season and a three-game point streak that dates back to March 18. Miceli also has points in back to back games and is tied with Cameron for the team lead in scoring with a goal and an assist.

SPREADING THE WEALTH

In two games, Greenville has scored five goals and has spread the scoring across the roster. Only two players have points in back to back games while eight others have a goal or an assist. Bretton Cameron has goals in the first two games and Angelo Miceli scored a goal Saturday night after earning an assist on Friday night. The two lead the team and are the only Swamp Rabbits with multiple points. Paul Zanette and Tommy Thompson have also scored goals for the Swamp Rabbits. Others tallying assists were Justin DaSilva, Joe Houk, Tyler Brown, Matt Prapavessis, Garrett Noonan, and Allan McPherson.

THE HOT HARE

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

ADMIRAL ARCHIVES

Last season, Greenville and Norfolk met five separate times. The Swamp Rabbits recorded a pair of wins including a 6-0 finish in Norfolk on November 25. It was P.J. Musico’s first and only shutout of his pro career. In the first game between the teams, former Swamp Rabbit Domenic Alberga recorded a goal against Norfolk. The forward now wears an Admirals jersey and will suit up for the first time against the Swamp Rabbits in his pro career.

FAMILIAR FACES

In addition to Domenic Alberga, two other former Swamp Rabbits will take the ice for the Admirals. Forward Paul Rodrigues and goaltender Connor Knapp each saw time with Greenville in their ECHL careers. Knapp played for Greenville from 2012-14 with 28 career games played in the Upstate. Knapp had a 12-14-2-0 record and made nearly 900 saves in a Greenville jersey. The five-year pro has two NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres under his belt and is expected to make his season debut tonight after the call up of Eetu Laurikainen to the Bakersfield Condors (AHL). Rodrigues was with Greenville during the 2014-15 season, scoring eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points. Now in his fourth pro season, he has logged over 130 games between Greenville, South Carolina, and Norfolk.

ADMIRAL ADVERSITY

The Admirals have just one goal in two games and will play their third home game of the season tonight. After falling 3-1 on Friday night against Kalamazoo, Norfolk dropped the rematch 3-0 on Saturday night. Josh Brittain has the sole tally for the Admirals who have allowed three of their six goals against in the first period. The silver lining for Norfolk; they are 11-of-11 on the penalty kill.

CARROT BITES

– Bretton Cameron is two assists shy of 100 in his pro career

– Greenville will play one more road game after tonight before returning home to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for its Home Opener. It is one of four road trips the team will take with over four consecutive games. Greenville plays a seven-game road trip twice during the season.

– 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 at least two games this season.

AFFILIATE REPORT

New York Rangers:

Last Game: 10/17/16 vs. San Jose – 7-4 W

Next Game: 10/19/16 vs. Detroit – 8:00 p.m.

The New York Rangers recorded a pair of empty net goals on Monday night as five different scorers found the back of the net. Rookie Jimmy Vesey scored his first NHL goal, which turned out to be the game-winner. They face the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night in their fourth game of the season.

Hartford Wolf Pack:

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

Next Game: 10/19/16 @ 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 continue on the road on Saturday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

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!