BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors
The Road Warriors (15-9-2) host South Carolina (15-11-2) tonight for the seventh of 16 scheduled meetings between the clubs. Fans can follow the action by watching live on America One or listening at www.greenvilleroadwarriors.com. Greenville is looking to shake off back-to-back losses against the Reading Royals last week while the Stingrays are playing the second of three away games in three days following a 4-0 loss in Gwinnett last night. The Road Warriors have won five of six prior meetings this season including a 4-3 overtime triumph at the North Charleston Coliseum on Dec. 18.
Tonight the Road Warriors are offering the Two-for Tuesday presented by BI-LO. Fans can show their BI-LO Bonuscard at the Breakaway Honda Ticket Office at the BI-LO Center to receive one free ticket with the purchase of another ticket of equal value.
Who: Greenville Road Warriors vs. South Carolina Stingrays
What: Home Game #17, Season Game #27
When: 7:35 p.m.
Where: BI-LO Center, 650 N. Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601
Brendan Connolly scored the second hat trick in Road Warriors’ history on Dec. 23, 2011 against Reading. Both hat tricks have come in losses – Brandon Wong scored three in 8-6 loss to GWT on Jan. 14, 2011.
South Carolina has the league’s second-best defense at 2.45 goals against per game, but the Road Warriors have scored 18 in six prior meetings with South Carolina.
The Road Warriors are fifth in the ECHL with 32.7 shots per game. Marc-Olivier Vallerand leads the team with 92.
At .792 (9-2-1) the Road Warriors have the fifth-best win percentage in the league when scoring first. South Carolina is first at .958 (11-0-1).
Defenseman Jeff Caister has four assists in his last four game after posting two in his previous 14 games. He is second among team defenseman with six helpers.
Mark your calendars! The Road Warriors return home to face the Florida Everblades on Thursday, December 29 at 7:35 p.m. at the BI-LO Center. Come out for a Throwback Thursday which features $2 draft beers, fountain drinks, hot dogs, and pretzels. Throwback Thursdays are sponsored by WSSL 100.5, The Greenville News, and New Rock 93.3. You can also save on your tickets by bringing out a group of 10 or more! The Road Warriors offer discounts off the box office price and preferred seating based on availability to groups who book in advance. Call 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more info or to book your group.