Swamp Rabbits Shutout Admirals
Halverson stops 27 in first career shutout, while Alderson and Gerling earn first goals with Greenville
BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (1-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, shut-out the Norfolk Admirals (0-3-0-0) 2-0 behind 27 saves by Brandon Halverson and a pair of early second period goals.
A tough-nosed second period helped the Swamp Rabbits to break the scoring. Spiro Goulakos fought his way to the front of the net to cause a cross-checking penalty and only 14 seconds later, Brandon Alderson rifled home the first power play tally of the season. Leading scorer Angelo Miceli put a pass across the crease for Alderson to fire home his first of the season. Miceli has extended his point streak to three games, with a goal and two assists, the longest in the ECHL. The Swamp Rabbits were 1-for-3 on the power play in the game.
Four minutes later, a crisp passing play gave Trevor Gerling his first goal of the year. Miceli started the play over the blue line, giving the pass across to Troy Donnay. The defenseman quickly moved it to Matt Johnson who shot one to Gerling’s stick for the redirected goal. All three players picked up their first points of the season.
After a couple close plays in front of the net, Tommy Thompson met up with Gabriel Verpaelst with two minutes left in the period. Verpaelst and Thompson crashed into the Swamp Rabbit net and caused an altercation. The two recorded the first fight of the season as Thompson stuck up for his goaltender.
Halverson denied 27 shots in the game including a game-high 13 during the third period. The Swamp Rabbit’s defense denied Norfolk on five power play chances in the game. Despite the loss, Connor Knapp made 28 saves in his first start of the season.
Greenville heads to South Carolina for their final game of a season-opening road trip. Puck drop is 7:05 p.m. from Charleston, SC in the first meeting between the South Division rivals. South Carolina (0-0-0-0) will open the season when Greenville takes the ice at the North Charleston Coliseum.
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.
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