The Road Warriors started off the preseason home-and-home against South Carolina with a 3-2 shootout win at the BI-LO Center last night. Greenville built a 2-0 lead on goals by Justin Bowers and Brandon Wong in the first and second period, respectively. In the third South Carolina battled back with a pair of goals from Danick Paquette and Jerry Pollastrone to force overtime. After a scoreless five minutes the Road Warriors used goals from Bowers and Marc-Olivier Vallerand, and four saves from Jason Missiaen to win the shootout 2-1. The win moved Greenville to 2-0-0 all time in the preseason against South Carolina.
Tonight is the final preseason tuneup for each club as the Road Warriors and Stingrays prepare to open their seasons on October 14, 2011. Because the game is being played at the Carolina Ice Palace, it is only open to the Stingrays’ season ticket holders. Also there will not be an internet radio broadcast from the Road Warriors. Fans wishing to listen to the game can do so through the Stingrays internet broadcast at www.stingrayshockey.com.
Who: Greenville Road Warriors at South Carolina Stingrays.
What: Final preseason game.
When: 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Carolina Ice Palace, 7665 Northwoods Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29406.
Goalie Jerry Kuhn was 13-for-13 on save opportunities in 35 minutes of work in last night’s game.
The Road Warriors currently have six players on the club who were teammates in amateur hockey prior to this season. Francis Meilleur and Jeremy Gouchie with Montreal of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Jerry Kuhn and Max Campbell at Western Michigan, and Peter Boyd and Corey Toy at Ohio State.
The Road Warriors 4-5-0 against the Stingrays in North Charleston last season.
The Stingrays are Greenville’s most common opponent during the regular season with 16 meetings between the clubs.
Mark your calendars! The Road Warriors open the season at the BI-LO Center on October 14 at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers. Don’t miss a minute of action with the Road Warriors this season! 2011-12 season ticket packages and half-season ticket packages are on sale right now. Fans can call 864-674-PUCK (7825) to speak to a Road Warriors ticket representative. Season tickets start as low as $300 and can be reserved with a deposit of just $100.