The Greenville Road Warriors will travel away from the BI-LO Center for the first time tonight as they visit The Arena at Gwinnett Center to take on the Gladiators. Greenville closed out its season-opening six-game home stand with a 3-1 win over Gwinnett last night.
RECAPPING THE ACTION
11/5: GRW-3 vs. GWT-1
The Gladiators got the drop on the Road Warriors thanks to Michael Forney’s goal at 16:53 of the first period. Greenville kept Gwinnett from extending the advantage by killing off a 4-on-3 power play late in the first. The Road Warriors’ third line chipped in a goal at 2:38 of the second to put the home team on the board. Brendan Connolly cashed in on a 2-on-1 thanks to a nice feed from newly acquired Chris Morehouse. Sean Berkstresser picked up his first point of the season with the secondary assist. Justin Bowers gave Greenville its first lead at 4:02 of the third with his second goal in as many games and then Mark-Olivier Vallerand added an insurance tally with 1:58 left to play. Nic Riopel out-dueled Chris Carrozzi for the win as he turned in a 31-save performance.
WHAT’S ON TAP FOR TONIGHT
Greenville will get its first test on the road this evening. Gwinnett is 2-1-0 on home ice this season and has out-scored opponents 13-9. Prior to tonight the Gladiators had played for of their last five games on the road (2-1-1). Greenville was 4-1-1 over its season-opening six-game home stand.
Justin Bowers will try to build on his two-game goal scoring streak. Bowers’ goals on 10/30 vs. South Carolina and last night vs. Gwinnett were both game winning goals. The third-year forward is the only forward on the Road Warriors’ roster to score a game-winning goal at this point of the season.
The Road Warriors will be putting the ECHL’s longest current winning streak on the line tonight. Winners of three in a row, the Road Warriors sport a .750 winning percentage which is tied for second best in the league with Wheeling and Alaska. Only the Elmira Jackals, who are also working on a three-game win streak, have a better winning percentage at .778. The Road Warriros have out-scored opponents 12-4 over the winning streak and Nic Riopel has been in net for each of the wins.
Mark your calendars! The Road Warriors are back on home ice on Thursday, November 11 at 7:05 p.m. to take on the Florida Everblades. Greenville will be honoring military heroes on Veterans Day by giving free admission to active military personnel and military veterans. One free ticket can be claimed at the BI-LO Center Box Office by presenting identification. It will also be another Thirsty Thursday at the BI-LO Center with select fountain drinks and draft beers available for just $1. For more information call the Road Warriors at 864-674-PUCK or the BI-LO Center Box Office at 864-241-3800.