Preview: Home Opener Tonight vs. South Carolina
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Fri, Oct.24 7:00 pm EST Vs. Stingrays (1-1-0) Free Audio / ECHL.TV
Sat, Oct. 25 7:05 pm EST @ Gwinnett (0-1-0) Free Audio / ECHL.TV
BIG-TIME DEALS AND GIVEAWAYS: The Road Warriors are offering a special $10 Opening Night red section ticket while supplies last. This special offer is available by visiting http://greenvilleroadwarriors.com/tickets-opening-night-2014.html until 4:00 p.m. today, visiting the Bon Secours Wellness Arena Box Office or by calling 864-674-PUCK. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a free 2014-15 Road Warriors magnetic schedule courtesy of Allstate agent, David Casey. Warrior Fun Packs are also available until 4:00 PM today and include four (4) red level tickets, four (4) hot dogs, four (4) bags of chips, four (4) small fountain drinks and two (2) Warriors drawstring bags.
THE STORY COMING IN: The Road Warriors did not get the start they were hoping for last weekend as they opened the 2014-15 season on the road in Orlando. Despite firing a combined 73 shots on net, the Warriors were held to just two goals and were defeated in back-to-back games against the Orlando Solar Bears. Forwards Chad Nehring and Kyle Jean notched the goals for Greenville, while goaltenders Jeff Malcolm and Mackenzie Skapski (in his pro debut) each suffered a loss.
A WINNING TRADITION: Fresh off a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals a year ago, Greenville continues its fifth season of professional hockey in the Upstate tonight against the South Carolina Stingrays. The Road Warriors finished last season with a record of 39-27-6 and earned the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs. That set up a memorable run through the post-season including series wins over Kalamazoo and Wheeling. The Road Warriors have made the playoffs in all four seasons since the team relocated to South Carolina in 2010.
WARRIORS VS. STINGRAYS: Tonight's contest marks the first of 14 meetings between the in-state rivals (eight in Greenville, six in Charleston). Last year, the Road Warriors went 7-8-1 against the Stingrays and 3-4-1 in those matchups at home. Overall, Greenville leads the all-time series with a record of 34-27-2.
HOME SWEET HOME: The Road Warriors kick off their first of 36 games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena tonight, where the team went 22-12-2 last season. In addition, the franchise is 2-2-0 in home openers since its move to Greenville in 2010. Looking ahead, just two of the club's next seven games will take place on home ice.
VIEW FROM CHARLESTON: The Stingrays enter tonight's contest with a record of 1-1-0 after splitting a pair of contests with the Florida Everblades in Fort Myers last weekend. Following a 4-3 loss on opening night, the "Rays prevailed in a nine-round shootout for a 2-1 win, in which defenseman Frankie Simonelli recorded the game winner. The defending South Division champs, South Carolina enters this season after going 43-23-2-4 last year and earning the third seed in the Eastern Conference. However, the "Rays were blanked in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and eliminated by Wheeling, 4-0.
ROWE'S RETURN: Former Warriors' center Andrew Rowe returns to Greenville for the first time tonight to battle the team for which he has suited up 76 times. Last year, Rowe led the Warriors in goals (31), assists (35) and points (66), and was named the 2013-14 Road Warriors Player of the Year. His 31 goals were also second most in the ECHL last season.
KILLING IT ON THE KILL: The Road Warriors' penalty kill is a perfect 9-for-9 to begin the season after a shutdown effort last weekend in Orlando. Consequently, Greenville is one of just four teams that have not allowed a power play goal through at least two games in 2014-15. Last season, the Road Warriors led the league on the PK with a success rate of 87.6%.
PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Winger Emerson Clark led the Road Warriors last season with 231 penalty minutes, which was 112 more than the next highest total. Now, just two games into this season, Clark again leads the team with 19 penalty minutes, including five from his first fight of the season last Saturday against Solar Bears' forward Alex Gallant.
Michael St. Croix is one point from 50 pro points Mike Banwell is on the 21-day IR as of 10/22
NY Rangers (4-3-0-0): Next at Montreal tomorrow
AHL Hartford (3-0-1-0): Next vs. Albany tonight
Following tonight's home opener, the Road Warriors return to SANDLAPPER SecuritiesRink on Thursday, Oct. 30th to battle South Carolina at 7:00 p.m. $5 tickets will be available at the box office while supplies last and it's also Thirsty Thursday, which includes $2 domestic beers, hot dogs, fountain drinks and pretzels. For tickets or more information, please call a Road Warriors Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK or visit GreenvilleRoadWarriors.com/tickets-overview.html !
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