GREENVILLE, S.C. – Shawn Cameron scored in the final seconds of sudden-death overtime to hand the Greenville Swamp Rabbits a dramatic 4-3 victory over the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday night. Greenville extended their winning streak to six consecutive games.
The Rabbits jumped out to an early 2-0 lead courtesy of first period markers from Max Zimmer and Graham Knott. First, Zimmer received a perfect cross-ice pass from Ben Finkelstein who extended his point streak to 10 games at 12:48. Knott added his eighth goal of the season at 15:30 to double his team’s advantage.
Wheeling responded with a pair to draw even before the midway mark of the second period. Nick Rivera scored a power play goal on a wraparound attempt at 3:05. Cody Sylvester tallied his first of eventual two goals at 9:13 for the equalizer.
At 12:40, Frank Hora put the Rabbits back in front with a go-ahead marker. Matt Strome fed Hora from beneath the goal line, and Hora unleashed a rocket from the right face-off circle for his sixth goal of the campaign.
Leading 3-2 after 40 minutes, Wheeling once again responded to draw even. Sylvester registered his 22nd goal of the season after squeezing a point-blank chance from the low-slot past John Lethemon.
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits required sudden-death overtime for the 23rd time this season, and Cameron scored the game-winner with 17.8 seconds left on the clock. On a 2-on-2 rush, Cameron burst to the net on a power move and beat Louis-Philip Guindon low to the ice.
Final shots on goal were deadlocked at 37-37. Greenville finished the night 0-for-1 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The Swamp Rabbits return to action on Sunday, May 23 to conclude a three-game set versus the Wheeling Nailers. Puck drop at Bon Secours Wellness Arena is scheduled for 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