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TOSTI: RABBITS EARN POINT, BUT LOSE TO STINGRAYS

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Swamp Rabbits Earn Point Against Stingrays in Shootout

Third-period goal ties game for Greenville sends contest into overtime and shootout against South Carolina

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (17-13-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, battled for two third-period goals against the South Carolina Stingrays (19-11-1-1) tonight, helping the team earn a point in the South Division standings in a 3-2 shootout. With the game tied at the end of regulation, the Swamp Rabbits went to overtime. The scoreless overtime forced the third shootout for the Swamp Rabbits this season.

South Carolina forward Olivier Archambault tallied the only goal in the shootout to earn the extra point for his team. The Swamp Rabbits dropped the first of three shootouts this season, while the Stingrays earned the first shootout win of the campaign. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS KNOCKED OFF BY STINGRAYS

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Swamp Rabbits Fall to Stingrays in North Charleston

Greenville comeback comes up short in road matchup with South Carolina

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

North Charleston, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (14-10-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, could not battle out of a deficit against the South Carolina Stingrays (13-10-1-1), suffering a 6-3 loss tonight. Greenville fought to score two goals in the third period, but the comeback fell short at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Swamp Rabbits see their three-game win streak come to an end, but have won five of their last seven contests.

The Stingrays opened the scoring with John Parker’s first of a two-goal game coming a little over six minutes into the first period. Patrick Gaul would score his fifth of the season ten minutes later, netting a rebound atop the crease after a scrum in front. The Stingrays 2-0 advantage held to the first intermission. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS IN SOUTH CAROLINA TO BATTLE STINGRAYS

Preview: Swamp Rabbits to Face In-State Rival Tonight

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (14-9-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, drop the puck in North Charleston, SC tonight against the South Carolina Stingrays (12-10-1-1) for the seventh meeting between the clubs. Greenville is 3-3-0-0 in the head-to-head matchup, and they are 2-1-0-0 at the North Charleston Coliseum this season. The Swamp Rabbits and Stingrays are closely matched, holding the third and fourth place in the South Division respectively. After their last meeting, Greenville has won three in a row while the Stingrays finished 1-1-0-1 on the road against Norfolk. Angelo Miceli is the Swamp Rabbits leading scorer with 22 points (5G, 17A), five of which (1G, 4A) have come against South Carolina. The Stingrays are led by Kelly Zajac’s 27 points (5G, 20A). Zajac ranks eighth among ECHL skaters in assists. He also has scored seven points (2G, 5A) against the Swamp Rabbits to lead the Stingrays in six games. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS HOPE TO TURN GLADIATORS INTO SADIATORS

Preview: Swamp Rabbits Hosts Gladiators for First Time

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (11-9-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, meet the Atlanta Gladiators (10-12-2-1) tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The South Division opponents have faced off just one time this season and will play 13 games this year. Greenville took the first game 4-1 as goaltender Jeff Malcolm made 40 saves versus the Gladiators powerful offense. Rookie forwards Adam Chapie, Michael Joly, and Matt Johnson each netted a goal in the victory with Chapie adding his second of the game on the empty net. Atlanta has lost two games since that meeting in Duluth, GA and is 2-5-1-0 in its last eight games. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS DROP FINALE OF THREE-IN-THREE

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Swamp Rabbits Falter Late, Fall to Stingrays

Greenville scores power play goal to tie game in the second period, but fall in final game of three-in-three

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-7-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, wrapped up a three-in-three weekend against the South Carolina Stingrays (10-8-1-0) this afternoon from the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. South Carolina tallied late in the game to take a 2-1 win in the fourth meeting between the South Division opponents.

South Carolina broke the stalemate in the second period on a quick shot by Dylan Margonari. The Stingrays gained the Swamp Rabbits zone and Scott Tanski dished a rink wide pass to the rookie for a quick-released shot. Margonari’s second goal of the weekend at 6:26 of the second period was also the second of his career. Continue reading

TOSTI: (SAT) WIN STREAK SNAPPED BY STINGRAYS

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Swamp Rabbits Win Streak Snapped By Stingrays

Despite first-period goal, Greenville sees five-game win streak come to an end on Saturday night against South Division rival

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-6-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, led the South Carolina Stingrays (9-8-1-0) during the first period, but eventually suffered their first loss in six games 3-1. The Stingrays win is the first of a 14-game season series against the Swamp Rabbits who lead the head to head 2-1-0-0. The rubber match game of the weekend three-in-three series begins tomorrow at 3 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS PREVIEW

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (7-5-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finish a long seven-game road trip today in Duluth, GA. Greenville faces off with the Atlanta Gladiators (10-9-2-1) for the first time in the 2016-17 regular season. The South Division rivals will meet 13 times this year. Greenville is coming off a weekend sweep of a post-thanksgiving 3-in-3. In those games, the Swamp Rabbits scored 14 goals, averaging 4.5 goals per game. Angelo Miceli turned in the best performance of the week with 7 points (2G, 5A) in four games. The second-year forward was a finalist for ECHL Forward of the Week. All three Swamp Rabbits goaltenders saw time during the week, making 118 saves in three games. Jeff Malcolm and PJ Musico each earned their first wins of the season. The Gladiators have played nearly double the number of games as the Swamp Rabbits and sit in second place in the division with just over a .500 record. Justin Buzzeo leads the Gladiators with 28 points (8G, 20A) in 21 games this season. He is the top scorer in the ECHL this season along with fellow Gladiator Brock Higgs who has posted 26 points (4G, 22A) in 22 games. Atlanta’s first-year forward, Josh Atkinson leads all rookies in the ECHL with 19 points (3G, 16A) in 21 games. Continue reading

CANLTON’S CORNER: EVEN EARLY IN THE SEASON, IMPORTANT WEEKEND UPCOMING FOR PACK

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HARTFORD, CT Ten games into the 2016-2017 season it shouldn’t talk should not be a critical three-in-three weekend, but for this Hartford Wolf Pack roster, wins and points are a requirement.

The team bus departed the XL Center heading North up I-90 for a pair of weekend games in upstate New York. The first comes Friday night against the Rochester Americans followed on Saturday night with a contest against the Utica Comets before the team returns to Hartford for a 5pm Sunday tilt with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

With a 3-6-1-0 record (7 pts.), the Wolf Pack has the fourth worst record in the AHL.   The New York Rangers top AHL affiliates have lost five in a row with only Utica, the Cleveland Barons, and the San Diego Gulls below them in the AHL standings.

“We have been stressing that we don’t want things to take on a life of their own and put us in a position where our uphill climb is even greater,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “So certainly we have to have a good weekend.”

As one of the team’s veterans, Chris Summers, and a few others on the roster, are aware that lost points early in the season can come back to haunt them at the end of the season like last year in their late season playoff blitz that fell short.

“Points are always important,” Summers said. “We learned that last year because it would have been nice to have those points at the end of the season. Points matter and we can’t look too far ahead, just take care of this weekend. We just need to come together as a group and find our groove at this point.”

The team’s powerplay has been in a word, atrocious. The PP has floundered at the 20th spot in the league at a meager ten percent level.

“You have to outwork your opponents and create energy off (the power-play),” Gernander said. “You’re not always gonna score, but if you outwork your opponent maybe the shift or two after (a powerplay) you set up some chances,”.

The penalty kill, which has been making too many appearances, especially in key stretches of games, isn’t faring any better. They are ranked 26th of the 30 AHL teams with a success rate of 74.4%

One area that was supposed to be a bright spot, but has become of clear concern is the team’s goaltending. The Pack is 29th in goals against at 4.40, only San Diego is lower in 30th.  The Pack has dispatched Mackenzie Skapski to their ECHL affiliates, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, and recalled rookie, Brandon Halverson.

“We could use some saves early on,” Gernander said with a raised eyebrow. His expression indicated the extent of the team’s struggles that emanate from this portion of their game, “We let our opponents establish good play and leads, and it’s easier to play with a lead, right?”

Skapski, for the second year in a row, gets demoted to Greenville.  The difference this time is that it’s not because he was recovering from an injury, but a cumulative result in sub-par play. That poor play peaked in a rough game for Skapski in Providence against the Bruins. There, Skapski was beaten high three times with the last one coming off the stick of Jake DeBrusk, the son of ex-Wolf Pack, Louie DeBrusk. Skapski could have gone for a puck well ahead of DeBrusk, but instead sat back in his net and was beaten over his right shoulder.

“He has to go to Greenville and find his game,” Gernander said. “We recalled (rookie Brandon) Halverson. He went there and put up some good numbers (3-1-0 and 1.70 GAA) and did everything we asked of him.”

For Skapski, who was a bright star two years ago, the question now, is this a confidence or a decision-making issue at this point?

“As a coach, I can’t give you confidence,” Gernander said reflectively. “You can go in, work hard, play well, be prepared, and win all the little battles, and all those little successes, they lead to confidence. As far as somebody reaching down in your pocket for confidence, you gotta do the work.”

The starting goalie would likely be Magnus Hellberg, but Gernander was non-commital and sounded a warning shot across the cage.

“Don’t assume, that could be Halverson who plays (Friday).”

The team’s scoring has also been less than sterling. The team’s defensive play has been questionable at best. The Pack has, thus far, been outscored in the first period, 17-7 and in the third period 14-9. They have had the lead just three times.

“We had four good days here of (working on) backtracking, defensive zone coverage and trying to get us moving forward as five-man units,” Gernander remarked.

The question arises, are Gernander’s troops trying to do too much?

“No, there not trying to do too much, they’re doing too little. If you’re just getting to the blue line, you’re not getting back. You’re trying to get more benefit with less (effort). If there was a shorter, easier way to do things, a coach much smarter than I am would have figured it out by now and everybody would be doing it. You gotta get back, work a little harder, Wanna play offense gotta play defense first,” Gernander said with a heavy helping of sarcasm.

Gernander clearly knew that faceoffs and the team’s struggles all over the ice have hurt them. “Everyday we show the stats and show videos about it. Faceoffs lead to puck possession and it gives us a chance at offense. Everything has been on the board (for them to see).”

Perhaps the poor start can be attributed to an unusually high roster turnover. Summers knows it’s tough to lose players from the locker room, but he’s also aware of the business side of this game.

“It’s battle and competition here and in this league. Guys can be replaced. We have to expect it when you don’t get the results we’re looking for. It’s necessary…well more unfortunate that it happens. Dylan (McIlrath), Calle (Andersson) or Skapski are great guys. You miss them. We have to do better, that’s all.”

Summers and Chris Brown welcome another alumnist of their growing University of Michigan “mafia” as defenseman Steven Kampfer, acquired for the fan-favorite and former first-round pick, Dylan McIlrath, in a mid-week trade with the Florida Panthers.

“I played with (Kampfer) in my four years at Michigan and he clearly brings  some experience here. He has won at both levels playing significant games at the NHL and AHL level and brings some offensive talent here and he’s a very good team guy.”

Hopefully, the injection of some fresh blood revitalizes the Pack and they can get onto the path of more victories.

NOTES:

Gernander addressed Andersson’s departure. The defenseman headed back to Sweden after his contract as brought out after being put on unconditional waivers. “We wanted to send him to Greenville to get a lot of opportunity and ice time and help his overall game he didn’t see it that way.”

Andersson has not signed with a European team as of yet.

One player who the Pack won’t see in Rochester is UConn grad, Cole Schneider. Currently, Schneider is top scorer in the AHL  with 15 points in 10 games. Schneider was recalled by the Buffalo Sabres.

Utica lost its leading scorer Michael Chaput early in the week to recall by the Vancouver Canucks.

Jordan Samuels Thomas, a former Quinnipiac Bobcat and Hartford Jr. Wolf Pack player from West Hartford, who has already been with two ECHL teams, the Utah Grizzles (4-3-3-6) and the Florida Everblades (5-0-2-2), has signed a PTO deal with San Diego.

Ex-Pack Alex Krushnelyski was recalled by the Binghamton Senators from Utah (ECHL)

Ex-Sound Tiger Bryce Aneloski was recalled from the Missouri Mavericks (ECHL) by the Bakersfield Condors.

Former Sound Tiger Taylor Beck (Bakersfield) was named AHL Player of the Week.

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WIN IN OT IN THEIR EDU-SKATE GAME

Greenville Swamp RabbitsZanette, Alderson Help Swamp Rabbits To Overtime Win

Greenville earns second overtime win in front of large Education Day game crowd

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (3-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, entertained nearly 6,000 fans at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena at this morning’s Education Day game against the Orlando Solar Bears. Sixty minutes was not enough to decide the game and in overtime, Paul Zanette gave Greenville a 2-1 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears (2-3-1-0). Greenville pulls ahead in the standings, now tied with Cincinnati for 3rd place in the South Division.

Students from over 30 different schools came to watch the Swamp Rabbits on the Sandlapper Securities Rink. In addition to the entertainment on the ice, the Swamp Rabbits also worked with Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville Zoo, Bricks 4 Kidz, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville County Soil and Water Conservation District, Imagine Upstate, Challenge Island, and Youth Aviators to bring a great learning experience to the Well. These local organizations took part in concourse activities for the elementary school students in the morning before the puck dropped.

A five-minute overtime period followed a tie game between the Solar Bears and Swamp Rabbits. After waiting for his linemates to change, Zanette caught a pass from Joe Houk and broke to the net. It was Zanette’s second goal of the season and propelled the team to consecutive wins in overtime. Greenville has won it’s last three games.

After a scoreless first period, Brandon Alderson connected on a slap shot to give the Swamp Rabbits the 1-0 lead. His third goal in three games put Greenville up when it rang off the crossbar and in. Spiro Goulakos earned his first assist of the season and Garrett Noonan tallied his third helper on the go-ahead goal.  Alderson’s leads the Swamp Rabbits with three goals.

Less than a minute later, Orlando answered to tie the game. Adam Brace recorded the Solar Bears only tally six seconds into an Orlando power play. Greenville killed off six other opportunities and are third best in the ECHL, killing off 90.5% of power plays this year. The Swamp Rabbits gained momentum on six power play chances, but scored both goals at even strength.

Brandon Halverson recorded his third straight win by making a career high 36 saves in over 64 minutes of work. The former ECHL Goaltender of the Week made some phenomenal saves and kept his team in the contest with 12 saves in the third. The Traverse City, MI native has a 1.70 goals against average, good for sixth in the ECHL this season.

At the opposite end of the ice, Orlando’s Ryan Massa made 44 saves during his first overtime loss of the season. The goaltender was frustrated by the Swamp Rabbits during the game and accrued four penalty minutes.

BOX SCORE

Greenville and Orlando meet again on Friday night at 7 p.m. the Well. Join the Swamp Rabbits for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring the new Swamp Rabbits inflatable street hockey rink presented by Mountain Dew, inflatable attractions for kids, live music with O’Neal Township Band and concession specials. Come to the game for a special offer of $10 when you visit SwampRabbits.com/opening-night!

OPENING NIGHT 2.0 | Friday, November 4 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits will celebrate their return to the Sandlapper Securities Rink ice on Friday, November 4 against the Orlando Solar Bears. The first 1,000 fans to enter the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel! Special $10 tickets are available by visiting SwampRabbits.com/opening-night. Join us for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. featuring the new Swamp Rabbits inflatable street hockey rink presented by Mountain Dew, inflatable attractions for kids, live music with O’Neal Township Band and concession specials!

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 App Store and Google Play for up to date information right in the palm of your hand.

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: RABBITS ON THE RUN IN OT (SATURDAY)

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Swamp Rabbits Take Overtime Win in North Charleston

Greenville’s Houk picks up game-winning goal in overtime period over Stingrays

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

North Charleston, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, picked up a 4-3 win in overtime against the South Carolina Stingrays on their opening night at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Greenville took an early lead at 5:36 of the opening period when Brandon Alderson scored his second tally of the year for the Swamp Rabbits to make it 1-0 with assists from Allan McPherson and Adam Chapie.

Daniel New tied it up for South Carolina with his first of the season on a shot from the point that got through traffic in front of the net, evening the game at 1-1.

Parker rushed out to a loose puck in the neutral zone and sped in alone on a breakaway. The forward lifted the puck over Greenville goaltender Brandon Halverson for a short-handed goal and gave the Stingrays a 2-1 lead.

The Rays got their second short-handed goal of the night and increased the lead to 3-1 in the middle period when new team captain Joe Devin scored off a 2-on-1 with linemate Kelly Zajac.

But the Swamp Rabbits got back into the game and made it 3-2 later in the second on a goal by Angelo Miceli at 13:33. Miceli has scored a point a game and is on a four-game streak this year. Greenville tied the game at 3-3 at 13:24 of the third period when Allan McPherson scored his first goal of the season off a feed from Adam Chapie.

The teams only combined for 11 total shots in the final stanza in a tight third period before heading to overtime.

In the extra 3-on-3 frame there were early chances for both sides. Greenville then came back the other way and defenseman Joe Houk found the winner at 3:36 of the overtime period. The goal was Houk’s first of the season for the Swamp Rabbits.

Greenville outshot South Carolina 37-24 on the night, while both teams were scoreless on the man-advantage with the Swamp Rabbits going 0-for-4 and the Rays finishing 0-for-1.

Halverson got the win in net, making 21 saves for Greenville, while Parker Milner took the loss for South Carolina after stopping 33 shots.

BOX SCORE

Greenville is 2-2-0-0 after it’s four game season opening road trip before they return home for the home opener against the Wichita Thunder on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

HOME OPENER | Friday, October 28 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits open play at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, October 28 against the Wichita Thunder. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel. Special $10 Opening Night tickets are available by visiting SwampRabbits.com/opening-night. Join us for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. with inflatables, concessions, and live music.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale 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!