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WHILE RANGERS LOOK TO WIN 7TH STRAIGHT, ISLES LOOK SEE IT AS GAME 7

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Barclays Center – Brooklyn, NY
Rangers: 37-18-1 (75 pts)
Islanders: 25-20-10 (60 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 57th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 16, against the New York Islanders in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Barclays Center (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a six-game winning streak, which is their longest winning streak of the season. In addition, New York has won nine of its last 11 contests (9-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 37-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) PACK LOSE IN HERSHEY

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HERSHEY, PA – After stealing one in Springfield the night before, the Hartford Wolf Pack couldn’t duplicate the same success in Hershey dropping a 4-2 decision to the Bears on Saturday night before 10,561 at the Giant Center.

The Bears took a lead at 7:57 of the first period when Travis Boyd intercepted Pack starting goaltender, Brandon Halverson’s, clearing attempt from behind the net. Boyd came along the right wing boards and deposited the puck into the open net for his eleventh goal of the season and gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. It was the 33rd time out of 49 games played that the Pack’s opposition has scored the game’s first goal.

The Bears added to their lead on a gorgeous play at 18:11. Continue reading

IT’S THE BATTLE OF BLUE, SHIRTS VERSUS JACKETS IN COLUMBUS TONIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS at COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Rangers: 36-18-1 (73 pts)
Blue Jackets: 35-14-5 (75 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers play their 56th game of the 2016-17 season tonight, Feb. 13, against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Nationwide Arena (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a five-game winning streak, which is tied for their longest winning streak this season. In addition, New York has won eight of its last 10 contests (8-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 36-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

CAMERON’S HATTIE PROPELS RABBITS IN THE SUN

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Bretton Cameron Nets Hat Trick in Victory Over Solar Bears

Swamp Rabbits captain catapults Greenville to a 5-3 win over Orlando on Stick-It-To-Cancer night

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (25-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, were in store for an emotional contest when the puck dropped for the 4th annual Stick-It-To-Cancer game presented by Bon Secours St. Francis Health Systems. The night turned into an overjoyed outing as Bretton Cameron netted his first hat trick in three years to propel the Swamp Rabbits to a 5-3 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears. The teams are now tied for second in the South Division standings and will face-off again tomorrow at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

The Swamp Rabbits captain began his night to remember with a first-period goal, halfway into the opening frame. The puck came around the net on a shot from Nick Betz that sailed wide and Cameron put the puck off the goaltender Ryan Massa and in from below the goal line. Betz has earned the first three points (2G, 1A) of his career in the last two games. Massa would suffer the loss after making 29 saves. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS RUN WILD – SCORE FIVE IN THIRD TO BEAT ADMIRALS

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Swamp Rabbits Take Over, Score Five During Third Period

Biggest period of the season propels Greenville to 6-2 victory over Admirals, wrapping up six-game road trip

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Norfolk, VAThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (24-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, ambushed the Norfolk Admirals tonight 6-2 at the Norfolk Scope, scoring five unanswered goals in the third period. Nick Betz and Michael Joly each recorded multi-goal games in the victory. The win earns Greenville third place in the South Division with 53 points. The Swamp Rabbits are now 2-0 in Norfolk this season and are 3-2-0-0 in five contests against the Admirals.

Patience was the key to the first goal of the game. Joly stepped into the offensive zone on the left side of the ice and walked across the slot absolutely untouched. Admirals goaltender Brandon Anderson went down to his knees to save a potential shot, but the Swamp Rabbits rookie just walked around him. The tap-in gave Greenville the 1-0 advantage at 12:26 of the first period. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: Edition 15

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 15

Greenville to play three South Division contests highlighted by Stick-It-To-Cancer and Scout Night games

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Road Stretch Nearly Closed

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, played their fifth straight game on the road on Saturday night in Orlando, FL. The week began in the sunshine state against the Florida Everblades where Greenville earned an overtime point. Against the top-seeded Everblades, the Swamp Rabbits recorded four goals in the second period but eventually fell in overtime. Greenville’s four second period tallies took the team to a  +16 scoring differential during the middle frame. Only four other teams have a better differential in the second period. The team’s seven-game point streak was halted on Thursday when Orlando earned a 3-2 win in regulation. The Swamp Rabbits were 5-0-2-0 prior to that game. For the first time in 13 games this season, Greenville fell in regulation when outshooting its opponent. Saturday’s 6-3 loss featured 45 Swamp Rabbits shots on net versus 33 shots from Orlando. 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

TOMORROW AT MSG, DUCKS ARE ON THE MENU FOR RANGERS

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. ANAHEIM DUCKS
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 33-18-1 (67 pts)
Ducks: 28-16-10 (66 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 53rd game of the 2016-17 season and continue a season-long, four-game homestand tomorrow, Feb. 7, against the Anaheim Ducks at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won each of the last two games and five of the last seven contests (5-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 33-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

TOSTI: (SAT) SOLAR BEARS FLARE OUT RABBITS IN FLORIDA

 VERSUS  

Swamp Rabbits Dealt Loss In Solar Bears Rematch

Greenville falls in second straight game for the first time in a month as Orlando takes hold of second place in South Division

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Orlando, FLThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, put forth a 45 shot effort against the Orlando Solar Bears (23-15-5-2), falling 6-3 during a wild finish at the Amway Center. The Swamp Rabbits fall to a tie for third place in the South Division with South Carolina while the Solar Bears take sole ownership of second place behind the Florida Everblades.

The Solar Bears used caught some puck luck in the first period to earn a 2-0 advantage. Ben Danford took a shot from the right point three minutes into the game that hit the post. The puck lay in the crease where Chase Witala batted in his fourth goal of the season. A little over three minutes later, Darik Angeli had the puck pinball off of his body and in. Chris Crane was awarded an assist on the play after it hit his body on Danford’s initial shot. Danford earned the number one star of the game with four assists in the game. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS CROSS OVER TO ORLANDO

Preview: Swamp Rabbits Cross Over to Orlando

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23-16-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, return to action tonight against the Orlando Solar Bears (21-15-5-2) to open up a two-game set at the Amway Center. The Swamp Rabbits are 4-2-1-0 against Orlando this season and have won the last three games against the Solar Bears. After being on the wrong end of a 5-4 overtime finish last night, the Swamp Rabbits are 5-0-2-0 in the last seven games. Greenville’s stretch has propelled them to second place in the South Division with 51 points. The Solar Bears trail Greenville by two points and is tied with South Carolina for third in the division. Angelo Miceli has 38 points (7G, 31A) in 40 games to lead the Swamp Rabbits. On the opposite side of the ice, Denver Manderson has earned a team-leading 42 points (11G, 31A) in 39 games. Continue reading