Greenville Swamp Rabbits (29-27-5-4) vs. Rapid City Rush (34-22-5-5)
April 7, 2022 | 7:05 PM | Regular Season Game #66Bon Secours Wellness Arena | Greenville SC
Referees: Logan Gruhl (29)Linesmen: Brady Fagan (89), Antoine Bujold-Roux (72)
RUSH SEASON SERIES
Season Series Record:
Overall: (0-0-0-0) Home: (0-0-0-0) Away: (0-0-0-0)
March 7, 2021 Greenville 1 at Rapid City 2 OT
April 8, 2022 Greenville vs Rapid City
SUNDAY NOT SO FUNDAY:
The Swamp Rabbits fell to the Atlanta Gladiators in a 4-3 contest on Sunday afternoon at Gas South Arena. The Gladiators jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage as Peter Bates netted his second of the season at 2:06 into the first period, before Hugo Roy scored his 20th of the season in a four-on-four scenario. Later in the frame, Greenville would respond as Anthony Rinaldi netted his fourth goal in as many games at the 15:47 mark. Derek Topatigh netted a goal at 7:46 to regain momentum for the Gladiators. At 15:14, Eric Neiley put the Gladiators up 4-1 with his 16th of the season, forcing the Swamp Rabbits to swamp goaltenders and allow Linden Marshall to make his professional debut. In front of a new goaltender, the Rabbits would score twice before the end of the period, as Justin Nachbaur tucked in his first of the game at 18:13, before tipping in a power-play tally at 19:23. The Swamp Rabbits were unable to overcome the deficit and fell 4-3 in the final meeting between Atlanta and Greenville.
SCOUTING THE RUSH:
The Swamp Rabbits play host to the Rapid City Rush for three games on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The Rush hold second place in the Mountain Division with a 34-22-5-5 record. Rapid City’s points leader is Logan Nelson who has recorded 56 points in 50 games this season (21g, 35a). Brett Gravelle leads the goal scoring efforts, netting 23 goals this season. Dillon Kelley has seen the most action in goal among active goaltenders; he has appeared in 11 games and holds a 9-0-0-0 record, 2.52GAA and .922SV%.
MAKING A NAME:
Ethan Somoza wasted little time becoming a fan favorite, as he tallied two assists in his professional debut last Wednesday against South Carolina. The former Bemidji State Beaver has recored 7 points (1g 6a) in his first four pro games. The fans were not the only ones to notice, as Somoza was co-runner-up for ECHL Player of the Week last week.
Swamp Rabbits newcomers have been hot all season and it is no different for the most Dallas Gerads has been an unbreakable force on the Swamp Rabbits all season however it wasn’t until just recently that things started to click in the goal scoring department. Gerads has four goals in the last nine games; compare that to four goals in the first 49 games and you really start to see the whole picture. Despite minimal scoring, Gerads has been a physical force in every game he has played and the recent bout of scoring is a definite bonus. Gerads has netted 21 points in 58 games this season (8g, 13a), including seven points in the last nine games.
Anthony Rinaldi has been on a tear recently as he currently holds a five game point streak, including a goal in each of his last four games. Rinaldi wrapped up the gauntlet of away games in march with two assists in the final game in Orlando before netting four goals and tacking on an assist in the four subsequent games. With seven points in his last five games, Rinaldi brings his season total to 27 points in 33 games (10g, 17a).
WHAT’S ON TAP:
The Rabbits travel to Jacksonville on Wednesday to take on the third place Icemen. Jacksonville holds a 37-24-3-2 record and has gone 4-5-1-0 in their