GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits finished the weekend on a high-note with a 5-0 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears. Rookie netminder Jacob Ingham recorded a 44-save clean sheet for his first professional shutout. Max Zimmer and Garrett Thompson both scored twice for the Bits.
After a scoreless first period, Thompson opened the scoring a power move to the net at 4:52. On the backhand, Thompson registered his 11th goal of the campaign past Solar Bears netminder Michael Lackey.
At 8:06, Zimmer converted on a shorthanded, 2-on-1 rush for his first of two goals. Zimmer buried a cross-ice feed from Nick Poehling for his club’s sixth shorthanded marker of the campaign. Liam Pecararo joined the scoring and pushed Greenville’s lead to 3-0 after also registering on a 2-on-1 rush at 10:43.
Next period, Thompson tallied his second of the night at 3:27 of the third frame. Zimmer’s second goal came on a 5-on-3 advantage at 13:18 after finished a pass across the low-slot from Patrick Bajkov. Final shots totaled 44-25 in favor of the Solar Bears.
Greenville finished the night 1-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits return to action on Wednesday, April 14 to open three games in four nights against the Florida Everblades. Puck drop on Wednesday night from Hertz Arena is slated for 7:30 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