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Preview: Warriors Visit Evansville Tonight

November 19, 2014 - ECHL (ECHL) - Greenville Swamp Rabbits News Release

TONIGHT'S GAME

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Wed, Nov. 19 8:15 pm EST @ Evansville Free Audio /ECHL.TV

RODRIGUES SIGNED: The Warriors continued to make roster moves on Wednesday when the club signed forward Paul Rodrigues. A second-year pro, Rodrigues attended Training Camp with Greenville this season, but played his first seven games of the year with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The 26-year old earned five points (4g, 1a), six penalty minutes and a +4 rating during that span. Last season, Rodrigues made 40 appearances with the South Carolina Stingrays and produced 15 points (7g, 8a) and 11 penalty minutes. He also played 20 games with Pensacola during the 2013-14 campaign and recorded 26 points (5g, 21a). He went on to make seven post-season appearances with the Ice Flyers and helped win the SPHL's President's Cup Championship.

THE STORY COMING IN: The Road Warriors (8-5-0-0) enter tonight's contest in a three-way tie for second place in the East Division with Elmira and Orlando and winners of four of their last six games. In addition, Greenville is currently tied for fourth in the Eastern Conference. Last time out, the Warriors suffered a 2-0 defeat to South Carolina on Sunday in North Charleston, which snapped the team's two-game winning streak on the road and overall.

WARRIORS VS. ICEMEN: Tonight's contest marks the first of five meetings this season between Greenville and Evansville (two in Indiana, three in South Carolina). Last season, the Road Warriors went 3-2-0 against the IceMen and 1-1-0 in those games on the road. Overall, the Warriors lead the all-time series 7-2-0. The two teams are separated by 496 miles.

VIEW FROM EVANSVILLE: The IceMen (4-5-0-1) enter tonight's contest on a four-game losing streak and tied for last place in the Eastern Conference with Indy. Last time out, the club suffered a 4-1 loss at Elmira on Saturday. In fact, Evansville is still winless on the road and has not won at home since Nov. 7th. Offensively, the IceMen are led by former Road Warriors forward Kale Kerbashian with 10 points (4g, 6a). Kerbashian scored 15 points (7g, 8a) in 32 games with Greenville during the 2011-12 campaign. Evansville is affiliated with the Ottawa Senators (NHL) and the AHL's Binghamton Senators.

BRICK WALL: Jeff Malcolm is 6-3-0 in his first nine starts this season and has climbed his way to fifth in the league with a 2.10 goals against average (GAA). In addition, Malcolm is currently undefeated at home (4-0-0) with a 1.47 GAA, .945 save percentage and one shutout. Malcolm is also 6-2-0 over his last eight games with a 1.74 GAA and .940 save percentage. He has only allowed more than two goals on two occasions this season.

TRUE "ROAD" WARRIORS: The Road Warriors continue a season-long, eight-game road trip tonight that runs through the month of November. In fact, Greenville will play 15 of its first 20 games away from home, where the team is 4-4-0-0 so far this season. Last year, the Road Warriors went 17-15-4 on the road.

LENDING A HELPING HAND: New York Rangers' prospect Michael St. Croix has earned points in seven of his last 10 games (2g, 9a) and currently leads the Warriors with 12 points and 10 assists. In addition, the 21-year old is just two helpers away from the league-lead. Last Friday, St. Croix notched his first-ever three-assist game in a 3-2 victory over Gwinnett.

KEEPING PERFECT: The Road Warriors are 5-0-0 when scoring first, 7-0-0 when scoring at least three goals and 6-0-0 when scoring at least once on the power play. The club is also 4-0-0 in one-goal games this season.

COMEBACK KIDS: Five of Greenville's eight wins this season have come when the team has trailed at some point in the game, including the last two in a row.

MILESTONES - INJURIES

- Trevor Parkes is four points away from 100 professional points

- Scott Arnold is one point away from 50 professional points

- Vinny Saponari is one point away from 50 professional points

- Tyler Brown is six games away from 200 professional games played

- Mike Banwell is on the 21-day IR as of 10/22

- Devon Krogh is on the 21-day IR as of 11/1

AFFILIATE REPORT

NHL: New York Rangers (7-7-4): Next vs. Philadelphia Flyers - Tonight

AHL: Hartford Wolf Pack (8-5-2): Next vs. Syracuse Crunch - Tonight


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