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TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: PRESEASON EDITION

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Preseason Edition

Greenville opens the eighth season at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena with pair of games against Wheeling Nailers on Friday and Saturday

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, take the ice on Friday night against the Wheeling Nailers, opening the Swamp Rabbits eighth season in The Upstate. Greenville has won five of its seven home openers in franchise history.

Greenville owns a 15-7-2 overall record against the Nailers. Greenville tallied two wins in Wheeling last season. The Nailers have not returned to Greenville since May 9, 2014, when they fell 2-1 to Greenville during Game 5 of the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Semifinal Round.

Weekend Extravaganza

Tickets for Friday night’s 7 p.m. game are available for $10 online by clicking here or can be purchased at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Box Office. The Bon Secours Family Fun Pack is also available for just $60 and includes four tickets, food, beverages and a souvenir! Starting at 5:30 p.m. the Opening Weekend festivities begin with a Fan Fest on the Furman Plaza featuring the Dew Street Hockey Zone, inflatables, concession specials, music, and fun with Chuck 99.5 and HOT 98.1.

The teams return to the ice on Saturday for a rematch. Another pregame Fan Fest kicks off at 5:30 p.m. before entering Underwear Toss Night. Bring newly packaged undergarments to the arena and toss them over the glass when the Swamp Rabbits score their first goal of the game. All donations will be collected by The Salvation Army of Greenville and donated directly to homeless men, women, and children in our local community.

The first 750 fans into the game each night will receive a Swamp Rabbits handclapper. For more information, head to SwampRabbits.com.

Something’s Special!

In partnership with Centerplate Catering, the Swamp Rabbits and Bon Secours Wellness Arena will roll out new concession specials this season. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-8 pm, it is ‘Hoppy Hour’ on the patio at the arena. Grab $2 food specials including mac & cheese bombs, meatball sliders, tacos and more! Fans can also enjoy $5 orders of chicken wings, and $3 domestic beers! Specials are also available on the concourse from 6-8 pm every Tuesday and Thursday featuring $3 soda, popcorn, pretzels, hot dogs, and domestic beer.

Saturday home games after Nov. 1 will be highlighted by Hoppy Hour on the patio all season long! Centerplate will be rolling out the Hoppy Hour specials for the first time during the Opening Weekend pregame Fan Fests.

The full list of Hoppy Hour specials include:
$2.00: Hot dog, Pretzel, Meatball Sliders, Loaded potato skins, Macaroni cheese bombs, Hard shell taco, and assorted 12 oz. sorter water/pop
$5.00: Chicken Wings (6 per order)
$3.00: 12 oz domestic beer

Rabbit Tails

  • The Swamp Rabbits rolled through the preseason with a pair of 4-3 wins against the Atlanta Gladiators and South Carolina Stingrays.
  • Nick Betz led the way in preseason play, netting two goals and adding an assist in the two games.
  • Also tallying multiple-goal performances were Caleb Herbert and Dawson Leedahl who recorded the game-winning goals in both games.
  • Greenville acquired goaltender Ty Rimmer from the Kansas City Mavericks for future considerations in addition to trimming the roster on Sunday afternoon.
  • Defenseman Riley Sweeney was added to the Swamp Rabbits roster on Tuesday and veteran blueliner Joe Sova was released from his PTO.

OPENING WEEKEND: Greenville begins the season this Friday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena against the Wheeling Nailers. Tickets are specially priced at just $10 for this game and can be purchased by clicking here. The puck drops for the Swamp Rabbits’ Opening Weekend at 7 p.m. Join the pregame Fan Fest at 5:30 p.m. for the Dew Street Hockey Zone, inflatables, concessions specials, music, and more! The Bon Secours Family Fun Pack is also available for this game and includes tickets, food, beverages and a souvenir for just $60! For more information, head to SwampRabbits.com.

CLEAR BAG POLICY: Beginning with the Swamp Rabbits home opener on October 13th, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will be implementing a clear bag policy for all events. Each ticketed guest will be permitted to carry one large clear bag, either a Ziploc style bag or a 12”x6”x12” clear bag, plus a small clutch purse (4.5”x6.5”). For more information on the policy, click here.

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN NEAL PIONK

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN NEAL PIONK

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, May 1, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Neal Pionk.

Pionk, 21, skated in 42 games with the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs this season, registering seven goals and 27 assists for 34 points, along with a plus-24 rating and 25 penalty minutes. He established collegiate career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including games played, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Also, Pionk helped Minnesota-Duluth win the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Championship, and he also helped the team advance to the Frozen Four and the National Championship Game. Continue reading

TOSTI: GAME 4: SWAMP RABBITS LOOK TO RESPOND ON THE ROAD

GAME 4: SWAMP Rabbits Look to Respond on the Road

Greenville’s 2-1 series lead on the line in North Charleston tonight as the puck drops for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Tues, Apr. 18 7:05 p.m. (EDT) Game 4: at South Carolina Stingrays ListenWatchTwitter

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are back in action tonight for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal in North Charleston, SC. After Greenville took a 2-0 advantage in the series, South Carolina responded on home ice to earn a 6-0 win last night. Parker Milner earned a shutout in the game and Rob Flick led the scoring charge with two goals. After last night’s contest, the teams are even with 10 goals each in the series. Greenville and South Carolina will see each other for the 18th time this season and the tenth time in the Low Country. The Swamp Rabbits completed the regular season with a 3-4-1-0 record in North Charleston and 5-7-1-1 overall mark against their intra-state rival. Greenville has only lost back-to-back playoff games seven times in franchise history and is 9-6-1 following a postseason loss. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS MOVE TO NORTH CHARLESTON FOR GAME 3

GAME 3: Swamp Rabbits Move to North Charleston for Game 3

Greenville hits the road for the first time to continue South Division Semifinal matchup against South Carolina Stingrays

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Mon, Apr. 17 7:05 p.m. (EDT) at South Carolina Stingrays ListenWatchTwitter

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, take their 2-0 series lead against the South Carolina Stingrays to North Charleston, SC. The Swamp Rabbits hit the ice at the North Charleston Coliseum tonight at 7:05 p.m. after playing on the coast eight times during the regular season. Greenville powered out to the lead in the series with a 6-3 win on Thursday before adding a 4-1 victory on Friday. Three Swamp Rabbits forwards contributing to the offensive surge now rank among the ECHL’s top-five postseason scorers. Greenville has taken over both games early, never surrendering the lead. In addition to the group of scorers, goaltender Jeff Malcolm has also been a star, delivering 73 saves in two games.

BROWN IN

Forward Tyler Brown has tallied three goals in two games for Greenville and is among the ECHL’s top goal scorers in the playoffs. The winger scored twice on Friday night for the Swamp Rabbits after recording one multi-goal game during the regular season. The sixth-year pro is one goal shy of tying his regular season total. Brown missed the month of March recovering from injury before rejoining the lineup for the final two games of the regular season. The Hamilton, ON native is in his first Kelly Cup Playoffs appearance, but played 15 games in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs (AHL). In those games, the 6-foot-1 forward collected two points (1G, 1A). Continue reading

TOSTI: PREVIEW: RABBITS THANK FANS IN HOME FINALE

Preview: Rabbits Thank Fans in Home Finale

Hundreds of prizes set to be handed out at annual Fan Appreciation Night tonight as the Swamp Rabbits look to lock up 2d seed for Kelly Cup Playoffs.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Fri, Apr. 7 7:00 p.m. (EDT) vs. Cincinnati Cyclones ListenWatchTwitter

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (39-25-5-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, take to the Sandlapper Securities Rink for one more regular season game tonight at 7 p.m. The Swamp Rabbits require only one more point to clinch second place in the South Division and secure home-ice advantage for the first round of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Squaring up across the ice are the Cincinnati Cyclones (36-29-4-1), who are in a dogfight to qualify for the postseason. The Swamp Rabbits are 21-10-3-1 this season at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, while Cincinnati’s 14-19-0-1 road record shows their struggles away from home. Angelo Miceli continues to impress in the offensive zone as the Swamp Rabbits leading scorer. The second-year center is ninth in the ECHL with 76 points (22G, 54A). Nick Huard is the Cyclones top scorer, collecting 47 points (17G, 30A) in 70 games. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: APR. 3

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: APR. 3

  1. Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) – Shesterkin was named the Best Goaltender of the KHL Conference Finals, as he helped SKA complete a four-game sweep against Lokomotiv and advance to the Gagarin Cup Finals. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 0.55 GAA and a .985 SV% (65 saves on 66 shots) in three appearances in the series. Shesterkin led all goaltenders in the Conference Finals in GAA and SV%.
  2. Tim Gettinger, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – Gettinger registered three points (two goals, one assist), including the game-winning goal, and was selected as the game’s First Star, as he helped Sault Ste. Marie concludes its first round series in Game 5 against Flint on Mar. 31. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft recorded five points (three goals, two assists), 14 shots on goal, and a plus-five rating in the series. Gettinger tied for second on Sault Ste. Marie in goals and points, and ranked fourth in shots on goal in the series. Gettinger has already established OHL playoff career-highs in goals and points this year.
  3. Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) – Fontaine registered his second overtime goal of Rouyn-Noranda’s first round series against Halifax, as he recorded the game-winning goal 26 seconds into the third overtime period in Game 5 on Mar. 31 to give the Huskies a three-games-to-two lead in the series. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in five games thus far in the series, and he leads the QMJHL in overtime goals this year.

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TOSTI: PREVIEW: GREENVILLE THIRSTY FOR PLAYOFF POINTS IN RETURN HOME

Preview: Greenville Thirsty for Playoff Points in Return Home

Swamp Rabbits begin final leg of the regular season with first of four games against Gladiators

BY: Brian Tosti: Greenville Swamp Rabbits

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Thurs, Mar. 30 7:00 p.m. (EDT) vs. Atlanta Gladiators ListenWatchTwitter

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (37-25-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, return to action at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena tonight at 7 p.m., opening a three-game weekend against the Atlanta Gladiators (24-33-6-2). The Swamp Rabbits and Gladiators meet for the tenth time this season as Greenville looks for a playoff berth for the first time since 2014. Angelo Miceli earned another assist in the Swamp Rabbits last outing leading the team with 72 points (20G, 52A). The Montreal, QC native ranks seventh in points among ECHL skaters with the fourth most assists. The Gladiators are on a four-game slide and have lost six of the last seven games. Atlanta’s leading scorers are Derek Nesbitt and Alex Gacek with 50 points each. Nesbitt has captained the Glads for the last two seasons, leading the team in scoring both seasons without missing a single game. Gacek has earned nine points (3G, 6A) in nine contests since the rookie was acquired by Atlanta. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SUN) PACK DROP SUNDAY CONTEST TO PROVIDENCE

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Bruins Slip Past Wolf Pack 5-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The Providence Bruins scored three goals in the second period allowing them to pull away from the Hartford Wolf Pack for a 5-2 victory at the XL Center on Sunday.

The Bruins record improves to 39-19-5-4 (87 points). The team put all three of their games this weekend, all in regulation, into the win column as they fight for the Atlantic Division’s final playoff spot. The Bruins are ahead of the Hershey Bears. a 2-1 winner over the IceCaps in St. John’s, in winning percentage with a .649 to .640 advantage. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost in overtime in Allentown, PA to the Phantoms 4-3 and now have a winning percentage of .614.

The Wolf Pack, the AHL cellar dwellers, drop to 22-39-4-2 (50 points) and a gruesome .373 winning percentage.

Trouble in the second period, in what has been a “Good-Pack/Bad-Pack” kind of season, was nothing short of ugly as once again, the team went down two goals in a matter of just SIX seconds. Continue reading

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN VINCE PEDRIE

Photo by Mark Selders

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN VINCE PEDRIE

BY: The New York Times

NEW YORK, March 28, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Vince Pedrie.

Pedrie, 23, skated in 39 games with the Penn State University Nittany Lions this season, registering eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points, along with a plus-27 rating and 24 penalty minutes. He was selected to the Big Ten First All-Star Team and the Big Ten All-Tournament Team, as he helped Penn State win the Big Ten Championship. Pedrie’s 30 points in 2016-17 were the most a defenseman recorded in one season in Penn State’s history. Pedrie ranked third in the NCAA in shots on goal (167) and tied for fifth in the NCAA in plus/minus rating in 2016-17. In addition, he led NCAA defensemen in shots on goal, ranked third in plus/minus rating, tied for fourth in game-winning goals (three), tied for 12th in points, and tied for 13th in assists this season.

The 6-0, 195-pounder skated in 71 career games in two seasons with Penn State (2015-16 and 2016-17), registering 16 goals and 36 assists for 52 points, along with a plus-30 rating and 56 penalty minutes. Pedrie registered eight goals in each of his two seasons with Penn State, and he also recorded at least 20 points in each season. He was selected to the Big Ten All-Rookie Team and the Big Ten Second All-Star Team during his freshman year in 2015-16.

Prior to beginning his collegiate career, the Rochester, Minnesota, native played four seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Omaha Lancers, Indiana Ice, Bloomington Thunder, and Tri-City Storm. In 194 career USHL games, Pedrie registered 21 goals and 45 assists for 66 points, along with 197 penalty minutes.

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD VINNI LETTIERI

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD VINNI LETTIERI

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, March 27, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free-agent forward Vinni Lettieri.

Lettieri, 22, skated in 38 games with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers this season, registering 19 goals and 18 assists for 37 points, along with a plus-seven rating and 36 penalty minutes. He established collegiate career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including games played, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Lettieri was named as an honorable mention to the All-Big Ten Team, and he was also University of Minnesota’s selection for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. He led the Gophers in faceoff win percentage (55.1%; 268-for-486), ranked second on the team in goals, tied for second in shots on goal (132), ranked third in points, and tied for fifth in assists this season, and he helped the University of Minnesota win the Big Ten Regular Season Championship.

The 5-11, 195-pounder skated in 149 career collegiate games over four seasons with the University of Minnesota (2013-14 – 2016-17), registering 37 goals and 46 assists for 83 points, along with a plus-14 rating and 76 penalty minutes. Lettieri helped the Gophers win the Big Ten Regular Season Championship in each of his four seasons, and he played alongside current Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei for two seasons (2013-14 and 2014-15). In addition, the Excelsior, Minnesota, native helped the university of Minnesota win the Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2014-15. Over his final two seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17), Lettieri registered 63 points (26 goals, 37 assists) in 75 games, averaging 0.84 points per game over the span