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TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 9

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 9

Swamp Rabbits top Gladiators to finish the three-game week and extend into two-game homestand.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBITS TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (13-9-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finished a three-game set with the South Carolina Stingrays and ended the week in Duluth, Georgia against the Atlanta Gladiators. The Swamp Rabbits topped the Gladiators 4-3 in a come from behind fashion to finish the week on a positive note. Without defenseman Joe Houk and leading scorer Caleb Herbert in the Swamp Rabbits lineup on Tuesday, the Stingrays earned an 8-2 victory in North Charleston. Greenville bounced back early on in Thursday night’s rematch with the Stingrays. On home ice, the Swamp Rabbits earned goals from Branden Troock and Jack Nevins in the first period. However, the Stingrays battled back to score four goals and take the game 4-2. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: DEC. 11

BY: The New York Rangers

  1. Ty Ronning tallied five points (three goals, two assists), recorded 12 shots on goal, and posted a plus-three rating in three games this week. Ronning tied a single-game WHL career-high with four points (two goals, two assists), recorded six shots on goal, registered the game-tying goal in the third period, and recorded the game-winning goal in overtime to help Vancouver rally from a 3-0 deficit and earn a 4-3 win on Dec. 9 vs. Kootenay. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a goal in 17 of the last 22 contests (23 goals, 11 assists over the span). Ronning has registered 29 goals in 32 games with Vancouver in 2017-18, and he has recorded at least one goal in 21 of the 32 contests. He leads the Giants in goals (29), points (43), plus/minus rating (plus-15), and shots on goal (170) this season. In addition, Ronning leads the WHL in shots on goal and ranks third in the league in goals in 2017-18.
  2. Adam Huska posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 1.57 GAA and a .947 SV% (54 saves on 57 shots) in two appearances during the week. Huska stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced to earn a win on Dec. 5 vs. UMass, and he made 28 saves to earn a win on Dec. 8 vs. Colgate. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his last seven appearances, as well as in nine of his last 11 appearances. In addition, Huska has only allowed one goal in six of his last nine appearances. He has posted a 5-2-0 record, along with a 1.61 GAA and a .943 SV% in his last seven appearances, and he has posted a 1.89 GA and a .932 SV% over his last 11 appearances.
  3. Tim Gettinger tallied two goals, including a shorthanded goal, and posted a plus-two rating to help Sault Ste. Marie extends its winning streak to 15 games on Dec. 6 vs. Sarnia. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in eight of his last nine games (eight goals, four assists over the span), and he has tallied a goal in seven of the nine contests. Gettinger has recorded 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 29 games with Sault Ste. Marie this season. He is tied for 10th in the OHL in shots on goal this season (120). Gettinger also leads Sault Ste. Marie in shots on goal ranks third in goals, ranks fourth in points, and is tied for fifth in plus/minus rating in 2017-18.

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RANGERS GIVE PACK’S BOB CRAWFORD A GIFT WITH BIG PERFORMANCE FOR HIS NHL DEBUT

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS   GOALIES
Game Summary                              NJD: K. Kinkaid (L)    NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)
Event Summary

–       HOME COOKING – The Rangers have won 10 of their last 11 home games, dating back to Oct. 26 vs. Arizona (10-1-0 record over the span). The Blueshirts have earned 10 wins in a span of 11 home games (within one season) for the first time since the team posted a 12-1-0 record over a stretch of 13 home contests from Oct. 20, 1982, to Dec. 15, 1982. New York has also won 11 of its last 13 home contests (11-2-0; dating back to Oct. 21 vs. Nashville) and has earned at least one point in 13 of its last 15 home games (11-2-2 record; dating back to Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 14 of 19 games at MSG in 2017-18 (12-5-2 record). Continue reading

CANTLON: UCONN POWER PLAY OVERWHELMS COLGATE 4-2

CANTLON: UCONN Power play Overwhelms Colgate 4-2

 VERSUS      

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT –  Two late powerplay goals gave the UCONN Huskies (8-11-2 overall, 5-7-1 HEA)  the lead and allowed them to pull away from the from the Colgate Raiders  (8-6-4 overall, 4-1-1 ECACHL) and get a 4-2 win in a non-conference matchup in their last game before the Christmas break.

“That was a great way to finish our first half this year,” remarked head coach Mike Cavanaugh. “We had 21 games in the first half. That was the most I have ever been a part of with any team. The team has played extremely well in this stretch and tonight was indicative of how we have been playing,”

The Huskies used 1:21 of a five-on-three power play perfectly with Johnny Austin at the top of the umbrella formation. He took Evan Wiscoky’s well-threaded pass and drilled a 55-footer past Colgate goaltender, Colton Point who was screened out by Jesse Schwartz at 13:51. It was his third goal of the season and his second in as many games. It also proved to be the game-winning tally.

“I saw him there (Schwartz) and I went right up to him after the goal and said, ‘I know you didn’t get an assist, but that’s an assist in my book,’” Austin said speaking of his game-winning goal in the first game he has ever played against his brother Nick, a defenseman on Colgate. Continue reading

RANGERS TONIGHT VS. DEVILS – LISTEN TO PACK’S BOB CRAWFORD ON ESPN RADIO PBP

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 15-11-2 (32 pts)
Devils: 16-8-4 (36 pts)

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers play their 29th game of the 2017-18 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Dec. 9, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). Tonight’s game is the fourth of four consecutive contests the Rangers are playing against Metropolitan Division opponents. New York has earned a win in six of its last eight games (6-2-0 record), and the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 30-18, over the last eight games. The Blueshirts have won 12 of their last 16 games (12-4-0 record) and 14 of their last 20 contests (14-6-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 16 of their last 22 games (14-6-2 record). Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS TAKE FIRST TRIP TO GEORGIA

Tosti: Swamp Rabbits Take First Trip to Georgia

Greenville and Atlanta square off for the second of 11 games this season. Tonight is also the 100th game between the Swamp Rabbits and Gladiators in franchise history.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Fri, Dec. 8 7:35 p.m. (ET) at Atlanta Gladiators ListenWatchTwitter

RABBITS TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (12-9-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, travel to Duluth, Georgia tonight for the first time this season. The club takes the ice at the Infinite Energy Arena at 7:35 p.m. against the Atlanta Gladiators (12-8-1-1). Greenville topped its I-85 rival on Nov. 15 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, the only meeting between the clubs this season. The Swamp Rabbits are ready to turn the page after a three-game set with the South Carolina Stingrays while the Gladiators seek a third straight victory in divisional play.

HAPPY AT HOME
Just over a minute into the game last night, Branden Troock recorded his 11th goal of the season. The fourth-year pro has scored ten of his goals on home ice and has recorded seven goals in Greenville’s last six games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Troock is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 25 points (11G, 14A) and ranks third among Swamp Rabbits skaters. Last night was the Edmonton, Alberta native’s 50th career ECHL game as he notched his 41st point (21G, 20A) to open the scoring. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS HOT START NOT ENOUGH VERSUS STINGRAYS

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Hot Start Not Enough Versus Stingrays

Greenville scores two first period goals against South Carolina, but can’t hold onto the lead in a 4-2 decision.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (12-9-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, a pair of first period goals against the South Carolina Stingrays (12-4-3-1) were not enough to decide tonight’s 4-2 decision at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville dropped its second straight game to finish a set of three games in five days with South Carolina.

BOX SCORE

A quick start was necessary for Greenville and the team looked to one of the hottest scorers on home ice this season. Branden Troock opened the scoring a minute into the game with an unassisted tally. The winger picked off the puck at center ice and moved into the offensive zone to record his seventh goal in the last six home contests.

Greenville earned a second goal in the first period from another hot scorer. Jack Nevins got a quick pass from Joe Basaraba from behind the net and collected the puck on the left side of the net. The winger tucked a shot just underneath the crossbar to record his third goal in the last four games. Nevins has recorded at least a point in each of the last four games, the longest point streak of his career.

The Stingrays bounced right back, netting a goal a minute later. The Swamp Rabbits defense poked a rolling puck away from the Stingrays, but it slid to the awaiting stick of Patrick Megannety at the top of the slot. The winger delayed before shooting the puck into the net just past the blocker of Brandon Halverson in net.

The Swamp Rabbits took the lead into the intermission, but the Stingrays capitalized on their first power play of the night. The clean game resulted in only three total chances on the man advantage. Stingrays forward Taylor Cammarata let a shot go from the left circle and hit the right post before finding Kris Bindulis at the top of the right circle. The blue-liner walked in and jammed his second goal of the season into the gaping net three minutes into the advantage.

Cammarata followed up his post-shot less than three minutes later to score his sixth of the season and the eventual game-winning goal. The rookie collected himself from the ice and moved to the right circle after a collision and called for a rink-wide pass in the right circle. Frankie Simonelli found him all alone before tallying his sixth goal of the season and fifth against Greenville.

Greenville fell 0-for-1 in the game on the power play with one chance late in the third period, but the Stingrays tallied for the second time on the man advantage to take the 4-2 lead. Joe Devin came down the ice on a breakaway and after his first shot was saved, the rebound came right back to his stick to bat just inside the post. South Carolina was 2-for-2 on the power play in the game.

The Swamp Rabbits fought to tie the game, adding an extra skater for the final two minutes but could not rally for another goal. The game ended with a 29-26 shot differential in favor of the Stingrays. Parker Milner earned the win with 24 saves while Halverson takes the loss with 25 saves in net.

Greenville travels to Duluth, Georgia tomorrow to face off against the Atlanta Gladiators for the second time this season. Puck drop at the Infinite Energy Arena is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

THIRSTY THURSDAY | Thursday, December 14 | 7 p.m.
We are throwing ticket prices back for Thirsty Thursday presented by Harbor Inn. Grab two tickets for $20 and enjoy our Hoppy Hour specials including $3 domestic beer from 5-8 p.m.

WINTER WONDERLAND PACKAGE
The Swamp Rabbits are offering a Winter Wonderland experience! Get your four tickets for the team’s Dec. 23 game, four passes to Ice on Main, and a Dave and Buster’s gaming package, a $140 value for only $65! The package is ONLY available for purchase through the Swamp Rabbits office at (864) 674-PUCK or online at SwampRabbits.com.

TOSTI: FORWARD DEREK SUTLIFFE ADDED TO SWAMP RABBITS ROSTER

TOSTI: Forward Derek Sutliffe Added to Swamp Rabbits Roster

Greenville signs rookie forward who is averaging more than a point-per-game with Mississippi

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (12-7-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced that the team has signed forward Derek Sutliffe to a standard player contract ahead of tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game against the South Carolina Stingrays. Sutliffe attended training camp on a try-out contract with Greenville prior to the start of the 2017-18 season.

Sutliffe, 25, comes to Greenville from the Mississippi RiverKings of the SPHL. The rookie has notched a team-leading 14 points (7G, 7A) in 13 games with the RiverKings and has tallied nine points (4G, 5A) in the last six games. The 6-foot-1 winger also skated in both preseason games for the Swamp Rabbits against Atlanta and South Carolina. Sutliffe ended the 2016-17 campaign in Mississippi, scoring three goals and adding seven assists in his first 11 pro games. He then skated in three additional playoff games and recorded an assist. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS AND STINGRAYS REMATCH IN NORTH CHARLESTON 

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits and Stingrays Rematch in North Charleston 

Greenville travels to the coast for the second straight game to meet its intrastate rival

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Tues, Dec. 5 7:05 p.m. (ET) at South Carolina Stingrays ListenWatchTwitter

RABBITS TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (12-7-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, and the South Carolina Stingrays (10-4-3-1) hit the ice tonight at the North Charleston Coliseum tonight at 7:05 p.m. The game is the second of three contests between the intrastate rivals after the clubs met on Sunday afternoon. The Swamp Rabbits relied on a late comeback to capitalize on a 5-4 victory in overtime. With the win, Greenville has compiled a 2-1-1-0 record against the Stingrays and earned an 8-3-1-0 record in divisional play. The Stingrays slipped to a tie with Atlanta for third in the South Division while Greenville has a two-point cushion in second place.

SUNDAY RECAP
The Swamp Rabbits trailed the Stingrays by two goals twice on Sunday. Greenville rallied back to take it’s first win in North Charleston this season. Caleb Herbert netted a pair of goals in addition to tallies by Austin McKay and Joe Houk. The woes for the Swamp Rabbits power play continued as the unit went 1-for-9 on the man advantage. However, the tying goal came with 1:10 left in regulation with Greenville on the power play. For the second game of the week, Greenville needed overtime to decide a game, however, a shootout was avoided when Allan McPherson notched the game-winner just 14 seconds into the extra frame.

THE BEST AROUND
Forward Caleb Herbert is the top skater in the ECHL with 33 points (15G, 18A) and this morning was named the CCM / ECHL Player of the Month for November. The Swamp Rabbits winger led the league in the first full month of the season, netting 11 goals and adding 12 assists for 23 points in 13 games. Herbert’s plus-12 also led the league and earned him recognition as the AMI Graphics Plus Performer of the Month.

WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER
A fifth-year pro, Allan McPherson potted the game-winning goal on Sunday afternoon in overtime. The goal was McPherson’s ninth of the campaign and was his first game-winning tally since Feb. 27, 2016. Although McPherson has notched eight game-winning goals in his career, it was only his second overtime goal in 216 pro games. The Kinburn, Ontario native is tied atop the league with 19 assists this season and ranks second among all scorers behind Herbert with 28 points.

JACK OF ALL TRADES
Jack Nevins helped spark the Swamp Rabbits in the first period Sunday, dropping the gloves with Trevor Gillies after Greenville fell behind 2-0. The winger then added an assist during the second period to help tie the game. The Stittsville, Ontario native has recorded a point in each of the last two games and has tallied seven points (1G, 6A) this season. Nevins is second on the Swamp Rabbits with 79 PIMS and sixth in the league.

HOUK ABOUT THAT!
Defenseman Joe Houk has scored seven points (3G, 4A) in four games against the Stingrays this season and is tied with Herbert and South Carolina defenseman Frankie Simonelli for the most points in the head-to-head matchup. The blue-liner has been a thorn in the side of Greenville’s rival. Since joining the Swamp Rabbits, Houk has scored 14 points (5G, 9A) in 21 games against the Stingrays. The Richboro, PA native has also recorded a pair of game-winning goals in the intrastate rivalry.

CARROT BITES

  • Goaltender Ty Rimmer earned his eighth win of the season on Sunday while playing in his 150th career game.
  • Forward Austin McKay scored his third goal of the season on Sunday and has recorded six points (3G, 3A) this season.
  • The Stingrays are 3-3-3-1 in their last 10 games and are on a 0-2-1-1 slide in the last four contests.
  • The Swamp Rabbits win over the Stingrays was the 50th against South Carolina in franchise history (50-48-8).
  • Greenville has played over 20% of the franchise’s total games against its intrastate rival.

THIRSTY THURSDAY | Thursday, December 7 | 7 p.m.
We are throwing ticket prices back for Thirsty Thursday presented by Harbor Inn. Grab two tickets for $20 and enjoy our Hoppy Hour specials including $3 domestic beer from 5-8 p.m.

WINTER WONDERLAND PACKAGE
The Swamp Rabbits are offering a Winter Wonderland experience! Get your four tickets for the team’s Dec. 23 game, four passes to Ice on Main, and a Dave and Buster’s gaming package for only $65. The package cuts the cost in half and is available for purchase through the Swamp Rabbits office at (864) 674-PUCK or online at SwampRabbits.com.

TOSTI: ACCOLADES CONTINUE FOR CALEB HERBERT WITH CCM / ECHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH

TOSTI: Accolades Continue for Caleb Herbert with CCM / ECHL Player of the Month

Swamp Rabbits leading forward earns first career selection as Player of the Month with dominating success in November.

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 in conjunction with the ECHL that forward Caleb Herbert has been selected as the CCM / ECHL Player of the Month for November.

Herbert, 26, played in 13 games during the month, netting 11 goals and adding 12 assists for 23 points. The forward also led the ECHL with a plus-12 rating, earning recognition as the AMI Graphics Plus Performer of the month last Friday. Herbert was also announced as the Sher-Wood Hockey / ECHL Player of the Week for his nine-point (5G, 4A) performance in four games from Nov. 13-19.

The versatile skater recorded at least a point in all but one game during the month and recorded four different three-point games. Two of Herbert’s goals during the month were game-deciding goals, helping Greenville to a 7-5 victory over Kansas City on Nov. 1 and a 6-3 win against Atlanta on Nov. 15.

The Bloomington, Minnesota native has continued his production into December, leading the ECHL with 33 points (15G, 18A) and a plus-19 rating. His 15 goals are also tied for the league lead and his 18 assists are tied for third in the league.

The 6-foot skater has notched 83 points (48G, 35A) in 91 career ECHL games with Greenville, Idaho, and South Carolina, adding 20 points (10G, 10A) in 80 career American Hockey League games with Texas and Hershey.

Prior to turning pro in 2014, Herbert played three seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Herbert led his club in his junior season and posted 89 points (32G, 57A) in 112 career games with the Bulldogs.