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TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS PUCKS AND PAWS RETURNS FOR ANOTHER SEASON

Swamp Rabbits’ Pucks and Paws Returns For Another Season

Special game benefiting Greenville County Animal Care featuring local artist, Joe Everson

BY: Briant Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are excited to host this season’s Pucks and Paws game on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

The fundraiser will benefit various animal rescue organizations including Greenville County Animal Care who offers animal adoptions and affordable spay and neutering operations. The County owned animal shelter is moving the Greenville community toward becoming a no-kill community. Members of the players’ families will be posted at each entrance to accept pet food donations on behalf of Greenville County Animal Care at the beginning of the game. Other rescue organizations featured for the game include Last Chance Animal Rescue and Lucky Pup Rescue.

“The Greenville community is so dog-friendly and this has become a fan favorite for our dog-loving fans and friends,” said Chris Lewis, President of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. “There are so many local organizations trying to give homeless dogs, and animals in general, another chance at life, and we are proud and passionate about helping those efforts in any way that we can.”

Fans are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to participate in game day activities. Dogs will be allowed into the game, free of charge, and there will also be bathroom stations at each entrance. Activities will include a Small Dog Race on the ice for dogs under 35 pounds and the Simba Cam, where fans lift their dogs in the stands during timeouts – like the movie, “Lion King.”

Throughout the game, dogs and their owners will have the chance to win dog-related prizes including a free four-week group obedience class from Astro Kennels, $100 gift certificate to Upstate Dog Academy, and a free portrait of your dog by the Swamp Rabbits’ Official Artist, Joe Everson. Dog-free areas are available for the game and information can be obtained by contacting the Swamp Rabbits at 864-674-7825.

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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: (SAT) RABBITS REFLECT THE SUN – WIN THIRD STRAIGHT

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Swamp Rabbits Knock Off Solar Bears with Third Straight Win

Greenville stops Solar Bears in tracks and overtakes South Division rival for second in the standings.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (26-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, were propelled to a 5-2 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears (24-17-5-2) tonight by their forward, Michael Joly, and goaltender, Mackenzie Skapski. The rookie forward scored two goals in the game while the third year netminder made 37 saves. Greenville leap-frogged Orlando in the South Division standings and are 6-4-1-0 against the Solar Bears this season.

Joly has been the most dynamic goal scorer for the Swamp Rabbits this season. The rookie from Gatineau, QC has scored 14 goals in 19 games for the Swamp Rabbits and is tied for second on the team. The QMJHL standout scored his first goal of the game battling for the puck in front of the net. A shot from Justin DaSilva rattled in front of the crease and Joly batted the puck into the net off a defenseman. At that point, Greenville was ahead 2-1 headed into the second period. Continue reading

TOSTI: ALDERSON RETURNS FROM AHL TO RABBITS

Brandon Alderson Returns from AHL

Swamp Rabbits scoring threat re-joins the team ahead of three-game week against South Division opponents

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forward Brandon Alderson has been returned to the Swamp Rabbits by the Syracuse Crunch. Alderson played eight games in the AHL for Syracuse while on loan. Additionally, the Swamp Rabbits have added Ryan de Melo from the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (SPHL) as an emergency backup goaltender.

Alderson earned his second call-up of the season and sixth of his pro career on January 16th. At the time of his call-up, Alderson was tied for the team lead with 11 goals and ranked third on the team in scoring with 22 points (11G, 11A). The Oakville, ON native recorded a point in 11 straight games (8G, 10A) from November 13th to January 11th, a career best and the longest streak of the season for Greenville. His seven multi-point games are the second most on the team.

The fourth-year pro began his career in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms and has compiled 144 AHL games since his rookie season. In those contests, Alderson earned 32 points (17G, 15A). He made his ECHL debut on November 28th, 2014 with Reading against Greenville. Alderson has compiled 64 points (29G, 35A) in 96 ECHL games after earning an assist in his debut. Continue reading

STEVE VALIQUETTE TO HOST “HOCKEY NEEDS DATA”

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Editor’s Note:

I am a HUGE supporter of Steve’s. I know him a long time and there are VERY few people who know more or who teach it better than Steve does. If you’re a goaltender or you’re a goaltending coach or a head coach of a youth hockey team or you’re just a stat addict fan, you absolutely could not possibly do better than to go to this event.

TOSTI: RABBITS RUN WILD OVER GLADIATORS

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Swamp Rabbits Shell Gladiators 8-3

Greenville rolls to daunting win over Atlanta to sweep the week and set multiple season highs

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Duluth, GA – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23-16-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, bested the Atlanta Gladiators (16-19-6-1) tonight at the Infinite Energy Center in a dominant 8-3 decision. Greenville has won 6-of-7 games against Atlanta this season after netting a season-high eight goals. With the win, the Swamp Rabbits achieve second place in the South Division, earning 50 points.

Angelo Miceli drew the attention of the Gladiators both in the game and on the first goal. Battling in the right corner, the center opening up room for Desmond Bergin to score the first goal of the night. The Swamp Rabbits leading scorer pulled the puck out of a battle in the corner and fired it to the blue liner, all alone in the high slot. Bergin didn’t miss on the shot and earned his seventh goal of the season at 8:36 of the first period. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS END WEEK VERSUS GLADIATORS

Preview: Swamp Rabbits End Week Versus Gladiators

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 Fri, Jan. 27 7:35 p.m. (EST) at Atlanta Gladiators Listen – Watch – 

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (21-16-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, look to continue their success against the Atlanta Gladiators (16-18-6-1) tonight at 7:35 p.m. The South Division opponents meet at the Infinite Energy Arena for the second straight night. Greenville skated away with a 3-2 overtime win last night, beating the Gladiators for the fifth time this season. The I-85 rivals have played three times in Duluth, GA and the Swamp Rabbits have won the last three games against Atlanta. Angelo Miceli leads the Swamp Rabbits with 34 points (5G, 29A). Brock Higgs is second in the ECHL with 33 assists, helping him lead the Gladiators with 45 points (12G, 33A). No Gladiators skater has totaled more than three points against Greenville this season. Continue reading

TOSTI: GLADIATORS NOT SO GLAD AFTER RABBITS WIN IN OT

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Swamp Rabbits Come Back to Earn Overtime Win Against Gladiators

Joe Houk factors in on tying and winning goals against Atlanta as Greenville wins seventh game in overtime this season

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Duluth, GAThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (22-16-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, earned a 3-2 victory tonight against the Atlanta Gladiators (16-18-6-1) to earn an ECHL leading seventh overtime win. Tommy Thompson put the game away in the extra period for his fourth consecutive game-winning goal. The Swamp Rabbits own a 5-1-0-0 record against the Gladiators with seven games left against each other this season.

Joe Houk was able to give the Swamp Rabbits the chance following a long scoring drought. After a scoreless second period and nearly 13 minutes without a goal in the third, the blueliner netted his ninth tally of the season. Tristan King put his first shot on net from the side of the net and the rebound sat on the goal line for Houk to bury the tying goal. Continue reading

TOSTI: (FRI) SWAMP RABBITS WIN IN OT THRILLER

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Thompson Lifts Swamp Rabbits Over Gladiators in Overtime Thriller

Three-point nights from King and Thompson help Greenville to back-to-back wins at home

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-16-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, topped the Atlanta Gladiators tonight as Tommy Thompson tallied a career-best three points (2G, 1A) in route to a 4-3 overtime win. Greenville’s leading rookie scorer recorded his second consecutive game-winning goal and his first multi-goal game, helping the Swamp Rabbits to their 20th win of the season.

The blue line would open the scoring less than six minutes into the game. Desmond Bergin slid the puck across to Matt Prapavessis on the left point for a booming one-timer. The goal was the second-year defenseman’s fourth of the season and gave Greenville the early nod. Continue reading

TOSTI: PACK RECALL SKAPSKI

Mackenzie Skapski Receives Call Up to Hartford

Swamp Rabbits goaltender headed to AHL to join Wolf Pack before three-game weekend series

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 that goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has been reassigned by the New York Rangers from Greenville to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The netminder has earned eight wins this season and is coming off a 27-save victory on Sunday over Cincinnati. Hartford begins a three-in-three on Friday night, opening the weekend against the Toronto Marlies.

The Abbotsford, BC native has played in 17 ECHL games with the Swamp Rabbits this season. Skapski owns an 8-7-0-0 record and made 28 saves against the South Carolina Stingrays for his second career shutout earlier in December. In 17 appearances, he has attained a 3.06 goals against average and .902 save percentage. The 6-foot-3 goaltender achieved the longest win streak of his career, winning five consecutive games in net from December 8th through December 16th. Continue reading

TOSTI: ADMIRALS SHUT OUT RABBITS

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Swamp Rabbits Shut Out by Streaking Admirals

Greenville halted at home by Admirals, hold a one-point lead over Cyclones for fourth in South Division.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-15-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, fell 5-0 to the Norfolk Admirals (10-20-4-0) tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville opened a three-game weekend continuing a seven-game home stand. Tonight was the first defeat at the hands of the Admirals since April 6, 2016. Norfolk extends their win streak to four games.

An early goal put the Swamp Rabbits behind to start the night. Zach Pochiro caught a pass from Joe Benick in the right circle before scoring his third tally of the season. The goal came only nine seconds into the game and was Benick’s first point in the ECHL after being loaned from Bakersfield (AHL). Continue reading