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RABBITS DETHRONE MONARCHS IN OT

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Angelo Miceli and Swamp Rabbits Come Back for Overtime Win Against Monarchs

Leading scorer becomes the late hero against Manchester as Greenville earns ECHL leading eighth win in overtime.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (27-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, downed the North Division leading Manchester Monarchs (29-12-5-4) tonight after trailing 3-2 with less than five minutes remaining in regulation. Angelo Miceli tied the game and then won it in overtime, scoring his 12th goal of the season. It is also the first overtime goal scored by Miceli in his career. The Swamp Rabbits have won four games in a row and the last six played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Miceli and the Swamp Rabbits put on a show in front of a record-setting Thursday night crowd of 4,773. With less than four minutes to play in the game, the Swamp Rabbits went on the power play for the fifth time, scoring the first and only goal on the man advantage. Brandon Alderson and Ahti Oksanen connected on a pair of quick passes before it came to Miceli for a one-timer. Continue reading

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!

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SCHETROMA: TITANS BEHIND STRONG VAZZANO IN NET, WIN 5-2

Danbury Titans       VERSUS      Berlin

BY: Jeffrey Schetroma, Berlin RiverDrivers

(Berlin, New Hampshire)  The only game on the Federal Hockey League schedule matched the hometown River Drivers against the Danbury Titans in their first visit to the Notre Dame Arena and for the first game against these two franchises.

The first period was owned by the goaltenders and through 20 minutes of play neither team was able to find the back of the net.  Titans outshot the River Drivers 21 to 6 during the opening period, both the Titans’ Alex Vazzano and River Drivers’ Bradley Barone stood tall in their respective creases.

Both teams came out in the second period with a little pep in their skates and the Titans opened the scoring at the 3-minute mark when Phil Bronner scored off assists from Dean Yakura and Tyler Gjurich.  Bronner’s goal started a fury of scoring by the Titans.  Ryan Patsch scored 3 minutes later taking assists from Tyler Gjurich and Dean Yakura.  Matt Caranci scored off an assist from Al Graves just before the 16-minute point of the period to give the Titans a 3 to 0 lead.  The River Drivers’ Tyler Prendergast broke up Vazzano’s shutout scoring off an assist from Troy Polino at the 17-minute mark.  Just a few seconds later the Titans responded with their fourth goal of the period as Ryan Patch and John Scorcia assisted on Tyler Gjurich’s goal.

The final period saw shots exchanged and goals scored by both teams.  Titans’ Zach Tatrn scored at the 4-minute mark taking an assist from Frank Schumacher.  Tyler Prendergast scored his second goal of the afternoon with assists from Troy Polino and Cody Dion at the 5:34 point of the period.  When the final buzzer sounded the Titans had handed the River Drivers a 5 to 2 loss.

The River Drivers next home game will be against the Danbury Titans on Wednesday, November 25th, the game starts at 7 PM.  Tickets are now on sale by calling the River Drivers’ Front Office at 603-752-4100 or 603-915-3063.