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TOSTI: GAME 5: SWAMP RABBITS RETURN TO GREENVILLE WITH SERIES TIED

GAME 5: Swamp Rabbits Return to Greenville with Series Tied

South Division Semifinal comes back to the Upstate with Swamp Rabbits and Stingrays even in series at 2-2.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, return home tonight for Game 5 of the South Division Semifinal against the South Carolina Stingrays. Neither team has faltered on home ice through the first four games resulting in a 2-2 series tie between the rivals. The Swamp Rabbits tallied two wins on Sandlapper Securities Rink, outscoring the Stingrays 10-4. South Carolina responded with a pair of wins in North Charleston. Allan McPherson and Ahti Oksanen have each earned six points (2G, 4A) in the postseason to lead the Swamp Rabbits scoring charge. The Stingrays top scorer, Rob Flick, recorded five points (3G, 2A) in the last two games in addition to a goal in Game 1. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS SERIES LEAD DASHED BY STINGRAYS

Rabbits Series Lead Dashed by Stingrays

South Division Semifinal series tied at 2-2 as home teams continue to shine between Greenville and South Carolina.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

North Charleston, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, fell 6-1 tonight against the South Carolina Stingrays on the road in Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal. Following wins at home in Games 1 and 2, the Stingrays matched Greenville’s series lead. Each home team has owned the games. Through 240 minutes of gameplay through four games, the away team has not held the lead. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS DROP GAME 3, STILL LEAD 2-1

Swamp Rabbits Drop Game 3 in North Charleston

Swamp Rabbits series lead now at 2-1 after Stingrays turn the tables in North Charleston

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

North Charleston, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, were halted tonight at the North Charleston Coliseum by the South Carolina Stingrays in a 6-0 decision. The Stingrays turned a complete 180 from Games 1 and 2, to earn the first win of the best-of-7 South Division Semifinal series. Parker Milner collected his first career playoff shutout in the game to bounce the Stingrays back.

Greenville hit the road for the first time in the postseason after grabbing a 2-0 series lead at home. North Charleston was not friendly to the Swamp Rabbits who trailed for the first time all series in the first period. Olivier Archambault netted his first goal of the playoffs on a puck that ricochets to the right side of the net. Steve Weinstein let the shot go from the left point as it bounced to the side for Archambault. The goal at 11:05 proved to be the game-winner and was the first of multiple goals around the crease.

A minute later, the Stingrays took the 2-0 lead as Rob Flick had a puck slide in off his skate. The sixth-year pro raced to the front of the net and Wade Epp’s shot from the blue line bounced in off his boot. Flick would tally a hat trick in the contest, recording South Carolina’s final two goals in the third period. Continue reading

TOSTI: MALCOLM MAKES 39 SAVES AS SWAMP RABBITS EARN 4-1 WIN AGAINST STINGRAYS

Malcolm Makes 39 Saves as Swamp Rabbits Earn 4-1 Win against Stingrays

Greenville earns back-to-back wins over South Carolina on home ice to take 2-0 series lead in Kelly Cup Playoffs

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, took care of home ice earning a 4-1 victory in Game 2 of the South Division Semifinal against the South Carolina Stingrays. Jeff Malcolm was stellar in the game, making 39 saves in goal while Tyler Brown connected for two goals to propel the Swamp Rabbits offense. Greenville takes a 2-0 series lead against South Carolina headed into Games 3 and 4 in North Charleston, SC.

The Swamp Rabbits came out firing on all cylinders in the first period for the second straight night. Brandon Alderson and Brown collected the first goals of the game as the Swamp Rabbits took the advantage into the intermission. Greenville ended up in 4-on-4 in a period riddled by penalties and scrums. Andrew Dommett took the puck down the ice and Desmond Bergin tossed it across the crease to Brown on the left post. The forward tapped the puck into the net for his third goal of the postseason at 7:56. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS LAUNCH TO EARLY LEAD IN GAME 1 VICTORY

Swamp Rabbits Launch to Early Lead in Game 1 Victory

Greenville takes advantage of early offensive outpouring and begins series against South Carolina on the right foot.

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, toppled the South Carolina Stingrays 6-3 to take Game 1 of the South Division Semifinal round of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Greenville took a commanding lead in the first half of the contest, amassing a 5-1 lead over the Stingrays. Multi-goal efforts by Brandon Alderson and Allan McPherson fueled the win in addition to a 34 save performance by Jeff Malcolm.

The Swamp Rabbits wasted no time in the game, securing a 2-0 advantage less than six minutes into the night. Alderson and his linemates, Angelo Miceli and Bretton Cameron, connected on three quick passes in the offensive zone before the fourth-year pro netted Greenville’s first playoff goal. Cameron trucked down the ice and got the puck to the front of the net where Alderson eventually tallied his tenth career playoff goal less than four minutes into the game.

Tyler Brown joined the action less than two minutes later in transition. McPherson took the puck down the ice and found the winger in the high slot before lacing a shot off the post and into the net. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS REVEAL 2017 KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST ROUND SCHEDULE

Swamp Rabbits Reveal 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs
First Round Schedule

Greenville to battle South Carolina in best-of-seven series beginning Thursday night at Bon Secours Wellness Arena

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 the round one schedule for the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Greenville squares off against the South Carolina Stingrays in a best-of-seven series after playing 14 times during the regular season.

The Swamp Rabbits begin the series on Thursday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville will play the first two games on Sandlapper Securities Rink. Games three and four will be played in North Charleston, SC, before trading home contests for games five, six, and seven as needed. The first team to win four games in the series will advance to the Division Final round.

The first round of games between the Swamp Rabbits and Stingrays are listed below:

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Game 1: G.S.R. vs. S. Carolina    –   Thursday, April 13th – 7:00 p.m.
Game 2: G.S.R. vs. S. Carolina    –   Friday, April 14th – 7:00 p.m.

Game 3: G.S.R @ South Carolina          –    Monday, April 17th – 7:05 p.m.
Game 4: Greenville @ S. Carolina         –    Tuesday, April 18th – 7:05 p.m.
*Game 5: G.S.R. vs. S. Carolina  –   Friday, April 21st – 7:00 p.m.
*Game 6: Greenville @ S. Carolina       –   Monday, April 24th – 7:05 p.m.
*Game 7: G.S.R. vs. S. Carolina  –   Tuesday, April 25th – 7:00 p.m.

*If Necessary

Game one at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena is Thirsty Thursday. From 6-8 p.m. $2 drinks are available while select concessions are $2 for the whole night. Prior to game two on Friday night, join the Swamp Rabbits for a pregame fan fest on the Furman Plaza. Score big with a Bon Secours Family Fun Pack and get four tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips, four drinks and Swamp Rabbits souvenirs for only $60. Be one of the first 1,000 fans in the door and get a commemorative Kelly Cup Playoffs Thunderstick.

Tickets are being made available at regular season prices for the first round! Visit SwampRabbits.com, Ticketmaster.com or the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Box Office to purchase yours today! For group rates call 864-674-PUCK (7825) and speak to a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive to plan your playoff group outing!

The Swamp Rabbits berth in the postseason marks the team’s first trip back since 2014 when the team advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. South Carolina has made the playoffs all but one season in franchise history (2007). Last year, the Stingrays also qualified for the Eastern Conference Final after losing in the Kelly Cup Final in 2015.

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 Apple App Store and Google Play Store for up to date information right in the palm of your hand. Use the hashtag, #KeepStomping throughout the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoff run to follow along to all the news on the post season.

Bring your group out to a Kelly Cup Playoffs game! 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: ONE MORE IN-STATE BATTLE BETWEEN SWAMP RABBITS AND STINGRAYS

Preview: One More In-State Battle between Swamp Rabbits and Stingrays

Playoff implications are in plain sight as Greenville meets South Carolina for the final time in the regular season

BY: Briant Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

The Swamp Rabbits head to North Charleston, SC for the final time this season. The teams are separated by just two points in the South Division standings with six games remaining.

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Tues, Mar. 28 7:05 p.m. (EDT) at South Carolina Stingrays ListenWatchTwitter

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (36-25-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, hit the road to North Charleston, SC one more time to meet the South Carolina Stingrays (36-27-2-1). Both clubs are in the hunt for the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs, separated by just two points in the South Division standings. The second place Swamp Rabbits have played 13 games against the fourth place Stingrays this season, collecting a 4-7-1-1 record. Each team has six games remaining in the regular season and at least four games left on their home ice. On March 18th, the Swamp Rabbits overcame a three-goal deficit against the Stingrays in the third period but fell short of completing the comeback in a 7-5 decision. Continue reading

A TRAGIC DAY AS BRENDA J. CARON PASSES AWAY

BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings

When I first started to get involved with Hartford Wolf Pack 14 years ago, one of the very first people I met at the Hartford Civic Center, now the XL Center, was this bundle of joy, Brenda J. Caron.  She was so bright and friendly and warm. It took me back. I grew up in an environment that caused you to be skeptical of pretty much everything and everybody and here was this person giving me a hug, welcoming me to the arena and just so friendly and funny I didn’t know what to make of it.

Over the years as I first started writing and editing the Hartford Wolf Pack Fan Club newsletter, someone who I could ALWAYS count on to help me was Brenda. She was better than Google when it came to the Wolf Pack. If she didn’t know something I’d ask her, she’d almost always know where I could find out.

At almost every Fan Club event, I would sit with Brenda or at very least she would find me and have that BIG smile she had and have something nice to say about something I’d written or something going on that she was happy about. There are a lot of positive people out there

There are a lot of positive people out there. I just wasn’t used to being around them.

You couldn’t help but notice how thin she was. I just thought she might have had some sort of eating problem. It never occurred to me that she was actually sick until one day I worked up the nerve to ask her and she gave me all of the things she was dealing with. For her privacy’s sake, I’ll keep that out of the story.

When she would be in the hospital and could do so, she’d write to me on Facebook or send an email sometimes and it was NEVER ONCE about self-pity or her pain or anything like that. She was always concerned how my kids were doing or wanted to talk Wolf Pack hockey.

I would always kid her, “Where were you when I was single?” It was a joke between us for a long time. “She’d say funny things to me like, “I was right here,” or most times she would say, “Stop, you have a great family!”

I absolutely adored Brenda.

I haven’t seen her that much in the past couple of years because financial problems and my hockey coaching schedule have prohibited me from getting to as many games as I’d like. The last time I saw her, she said hello and high-fived me as I was going up to the press box. Her last words to me were, “Hey, how’s the kids? You look like you’re in a hurry…hey, we’ll catch up later.” I didn’t see her after that.

Well, I found out this morning that Brenda passed away.

Brenda NEVER was EVER anything but upbeat, friendly and funny. She had such a GREAT sense of humor, even when my endless jokes were bad, she’d always smile or chuckle…or laugh and say, “Stop.”

Brenda battled her health for as long as I’ve known her and having learned of her passing is one of the most INCREDIBLY sad moments of my life.

We didn’t get to spend as much time together as I would have liked because of the responsibilities that I had when I got to games, but this planet rarely sees people like Brenda and this is not just a loss for me, or her family or friends or for hockey or the Wolf Pack even. This is a loss for all of us because a special person has left us.

Going to see the Pack for me will NEVER be the same. I will miss her a great deal… RIP Brenda… You embodied everything that was good and I will miss you terribly…

TOSTI: OILERS SLIP UP RABBITS

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Swamp Rabbits Topped by Oilers

Greenville ends busy week but fall tonight as Tulsa halts 3-gm skid on the road

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (17-14-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, ended a busy three-game weekend tonight on the wrong side of a 6-2 finish against the Tulsa Oilers (21-15-3-0). The Swamp Rabbits battled to close the lead to 3-2 in the third period, but the Oilers sealed the game late.

Joe Houk tallied his seventh goal of the season during a four-minute power play in the third period. The leading scorer from the blue line rifled a shot to the net and cutting the Oilers lead to one goal. The tally at 7:26 was assisted by Tyler Brown, his 12th helper of the year. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS DROP FIRST OF WEEKEND ACTION IN SOUTH CAROLINA

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Swamp Rabbits Drop Weekend Opener to Stingrays

Greenville battles late on the road, but can not beat Milner and South Carolina in North Charleston

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

North Charleston, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (17-13-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, fell to the South Carolina Stingrays (18-11-1-1) tonight 3-0 ending Greenville’s two-game win streak. The Swamp Rabbits are 3-6-0-0 in nine games against the Stingrays this season.

The Swamp Rabbits third period effort attempted to spoil the shutout for Parker Milner with a game-high 11 shots on net. Milner saved all Greenville’s 20 shots in the game for his first shutout of the season. Three separate shots caught the South Carolina netminder looking behind him after hitting the post. Milner has won nine of his last ten starts in net.

The Stingrays opened the scoring in the first period in transition. Olivier Archambault netted his fifth goal of the season, collecting the puck at center ice and moving in on a breakaway. Continue reading