By: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors
GREENVILLE, SC – After three straight road games the Road Warriors return to the comforts of home at the BI-LO Center tonight to take on the division-leading Gwinnett Gladiators. Greenville has won three of its last four at home.
The Road Warriors (21-16-2, 44 pts.) host Gwinnett (20-11-9, 49 pts.) today for the eighth of 17 scheduled meetings between the clubs. Fans can follow the action by watching live on America One or listening at greenvilleroadwarriors.com. The Road Warriors are 4-3-0 this season against the Gladiators and 14-10-0 overall in their history against Gwinnett. Today the Road Warriors take on the division-leading Gladiators for the fifth time in their last six games. The Road Warriors and Gladiators split the first four games of that span with each team winning a pair of home games. Greenville is 3-0-0 overall at home against Gwinnett this season and has not lost to the Gladiators at the BI-LO Center since January 14, 2011.
Who: Greenville Road Warriors vs. Gwinnett Gladiators
What: Home Game #21, Season Game #40
When: 7:05 p.m.
Where: BI-LO Center, 650 N. Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601
Marc-Olivier Vallerand has scored 14 goals in 20 games since Dec. 2, 2011. He is Greenville’s all-time leader with 48 goals scored and is second in games played with 107.
Greenville’s 240 minor penalties are the third most in the ECHL behind only Bakersfield (250) and Utah (242).
Greenville is 46-for-52 on the penalty kill (88%) in its last 11 games. The Road Warriors have held opponents without a PPG in six of those games.
Nic Riopel is 0-2-1 in his last three starts and has dropped three consecutive decisions for the first time in his career. He has never lost three in a row in regulation.
Mark your calendars! The Road Warriors face off against the Gwinnett Gladiators on Sunday, January 22 at 4:05 p.m. at the BI-LO Center. Come out for Family Fun Day with the Road Warriors. The Road Warriors will debut their green third jerseys, local country recording artist Kylie Hinze will be performing on the concourse, there will be a post-game skate with the Road Warriors, fans can get tickets in the BI-LO Family Fun Section, and all kids 12 and under can get tickets for just $5. Your group of 10 or more can also get a discount off the box office price and preferred seating based on availability by booking in advance. Call 864-674-PUCK to book your group outing with the Road Warriors.