GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits dropped a 6-3 decision on Saturday night in their lone preseason meeting against the South Carolina Stingrays at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Mike McNamee, Kamerin Nault and Matthew Wedman scored for the Swamp Rabbits.
Dan DeSalvo scored the game’s first two goals at 35 seconds of the first period and 3:08 of the second frame for South Carolina. DeSalvo’s second tally came shorthanded on a curl and drag move from the right faceoff circle.
Only 51 seconds later, Mike McNamee scored on the power play for Greenville to pull within 2-1. Sam Jardine found McNamee with a crisp pass across to the right circle, and McNamee snapped a wrist shot past Stingrays netminder Alex Dubeau.
Cameron Askew regained South Carolina’s two-goal advantage at 9:43 of the second period, and Cole Ully tallied a 5-on-3 power play goal to open a 4-1 margin at 18:06. In the final frame, Kamerin Nault buried a backdoor feed from Jardine to pull the Rabbits within 4-2 at 12:08. Ully answered with his second goal of the night, and Mark Cooper registered from the low-slot on a centering feed from Mason Morelli at 19:07.
Matthew Wedman completed the scoring line at 19:23 to round out a 6-3 final. Shots on goal finished at 32-25 in favor of Greenville. Ryan Bednard started in goal for the Swamp Rabbits and split the net with Jacob Ingham.
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits open the 2020-21 regular season on Friday, December 11 against the South Carolina Stingrays. Greenville is slated to open the home portion of their regular season schedule on December 18 against the Florida Everblades. Tickets are available here.
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Acquired by Spire Sports + Entertainment (SS+E) in 2020, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits hockey team have been providing family friendly, live entertainment at Bon Secours Wellness Arena since 2010. Formerly the Greenville Road Warriors, the Swamp Rabbits are the highest level professional minor league franchise in South Carolina. The Swamp Rabbits are proud affiliates of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. Greenville is a member of the ECHL, Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League. Since the conclusion of the 2019-20 NHL Season, 678 former ECHL players have debuted in the NHL. Nine former Greenville Road Warriors/Swamp Rabbits have later made their NHL debut