BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors
The Road Warriors (25-16-2, 52 pts.) visit Florida (21-18-4, 46 pts.) today for the 11th and final meeting of the season between the clubs. Fans can follow the action by watching live on America One or listening at Greenvilleroadwarriors.com. The Road Warriors are 6-3-1 this season against the Everblades and 16-5-4 overall in their history against Florida. Thursday night’s win gave Greenville its third four-game winning streak of the season. A win tonight would give Greenville its longest win streak of the season and put the Road Warriors two back of the team-record seven-game win streak from November 24 to December 5, 2010. Florida, meanwhile, is trying to put the brakes on a five-game losing streak on which all five losses have come against South Division teams; two to Greenville, one to Gwinnett, and two to South Carolina.
Brandon Wong leads the Road Warriors with 13 points (6G, 7A) in nine games against Florida. That accounts for over half of his goals and 48 percent of his points this season.
Greenville’s 18 wins against the South are the most among division teams while Florida’s 10 are the fewest.
Greenville’s three-goal third period comeback on Thursday was the largest in the team’s history. It was the second time this season they have won (both in shootouts) when trailing after two.
Greenville is 60-for-67 on the penalty kill (89.5%) in its last 15 games. The Road Warriors are 35-for-45 against Florida on the penalty kill this season, but are 5-for-5 this series.
Road Warriors captain T.J. Reynolds is the team’s active +/- leader at +7. Even though he was a -1 Thursday night he has been even or better in 31 of the 42 games he has played this season.
Mark your calendars! The Road Warriors return home on Thursday, February 9, 2012 to take on the Kalamazoo Wings. Join us for a Throwback Thursday presented by WSSL 100.5, The Greenville News and New Rock 93.3. Throwback Thursday feature select draft beers, fountain drinks, hot dogs, and pretzels for just $2, and college students can get in for just $6 with a valid ID. 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.