GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits dropped a 5-0 decision to the Orlando Solar Bears on Saturday night at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Both teams will rematch tomorrow afternoon in the third and final game of a three-game set.
In the opening period, the Solar Bears notched the first goal of the contest at 16:22 courtesy of Nolan Valleau. Following an offensive zone draw, Valleau’s center point drive beat Greenville goaltender Ryan Bednard to provide Orlando a 1-0 lead. Shots after the first 20 minutes were 9-8 Solar Bears.
In the middle Frame, Orlando doubled their lead at the 5:46 mark. Solar Bears forward Johno May cashed in the rebound of a shot from Tristin Langan into an open net past Bednard.
Orlando added to their lead with a power play tally from Jake Coughler at 10:09. Coughler finished a cross-ice pass from Aaron Luchuk to put Orlando ahead 3-0. John Lethemon replaced Bednard in goal for the Rabbits after Coughler’s strike
At 15:56, Orlando’s lead grew to 4-0. Tyler Bird redirected a left-point shot from Alexander Kuqali past Lethemon. In the final period, Devante Stephens completed the scoring line after burying a cross-ice feed from Tristin Langan. Final shots on goal totaled 22-19 in favor of Orlando.
Both teams will rematch tomorrow, February 14, 2021 at 3:05 p.m. at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in the rubber match of a three-game set. Ticket information is available online at swamprabbits.com.
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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