GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Florida Everblades rallied from down 2-0 in the third period to top the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in overtime by a 3-2 margin. Joey Haddad scored twice for Greenville in the first and third period for his 10th and team-leading 11th goals of the season.
Haddad’s first goal came only 12:09 into the contest. Transitioning through neutral ice while shorthanded, Haddad blasted a bullet through Jake Hildebrand’s five-hole to provide his club a 1-0 advantage. Shots after the first period were 15-12 in favor of the Everblades
After a scoreless middle frame, Greenville added to their lead with Haddad’s second tally at 5:29. Immediately off an offensive zone faceoff, Jack Sadek from the left-wing fed Haddad across and fired the puck past Hildebrand from the right point.
Florida answered with a power play goal of their own from Joe Pendenza at 8:35 to cut their deficit to 2-1. Pendenza finished a perfect passing play on the backdoor from Colby Sissons.
In the final minute, Florida pulled Hildebrand for the extra-attacker and 6-on-5 advantage. At 19:44, Sissons tied the score on a drive from the right point through traffic past Jacob Ingham.
In 3-on-3 sudden-death overtime, Blake Winiecki found a soft spot in the high-slot and fired the game-winner top-self past the blocker of Ingham at 2:30.
Both teams will conclude a three-game set at Bon Secours Wellness Arena tomorrow, March 21 at 3:05 p.m. 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