GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits doubled-up the Florida Everblades, 4-2, on Friday night at Hertz Arena to even their three-game set. Frank Hora scored twice, and both Liam Pecararo and Garrett Thompson earned two-point nights.
Only 61 seconds into the game, Liam Pecararo opened the scoring with a bullet from the left wing past Everblades goaltender Devin Cooley. With Pecararo’s 11th goal of the season, the Canton, Massachusetts native has registered in three consecutive games and in four of his last five.
In the second period, Garrett Thompson extended his team’s lead at 3:25 on the power play. On a two-man advantage, Thompson buried a crisp feed from Pecararo at the low-slot to provide Greenville a 2-0 lead.
Thompson eventually set up Hora’s first goal of the season with a feed beneath the goal line at 14:30. Fresh off the bench, Hora fired a howitzer from the right circle to give extend Greenville’s cushion to 3-0 before second intermission.
Late in the third period, Everblades captain John McCarron struck twice only 37 seconds apart at 16:54 and 17:31 to cut Florida’s deficit to one.
Protecting a one goal lead and with Florida’s net empty, Hora notched his second goal of the night at 18:18. After a key defensive zone faceoff win, Hora sent the puck 200-feet down the ice and into an open cage to solidify Greenville’s 4-2 victory.
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits return to action on Saturday, April 17 to conclude a three-game set with the Everblades. Puck drop from Hertz Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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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