GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits dropped a 2-1 overtime decision against the Florida Everblades on Wednesday night at Hertz Arena. Matt Bradley scored Greenville’s only goal at 8:27 of the second period.
With their win, the Everblades secured the Eastern Conference regular season title. The Swamp Rabbits will finish the 2020-21 regular season as the 2nd seed and play the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Marcus Vela opened the scoring at 7:49 of the first period. On his own rebound, Vela chipped a second effort over Ryan Bednard’s shoulder and into the cage. Shots after 20 minutes were 14-10 Swamp Rabbits with the Everblades leading 1-0.
Bradley tallied his 20th goal of the season in the middle stanza’s only marker. Gordi Myer sent a perfect pass across from the left-wing, and Bradley batted the puck out of mid-air for the equalizer. Shots after 40 minutes were 27-23 Greenville.
After a scoreless third period, sudden-death overtime decided the eventual winner. On a 4-on-3 power play chance, Myles Powell blasted home his 18th goal of the season at 3:17. Final shots totaled 39-38 Swamp Rabbits. Greenville finished the night 0-for-3 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits conclude the 2020-21 regular season on Friday, June 4, at Hertz Arena against the Everblades. Puck drop for game #72 is scheduled 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