BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors
The Road Warriors (31-18-3, 65 pts.) host Toledo (22-24-4, 48 pts.) today for the fifth, and final, meeting between the clubs this season. Fans can follow the action by watching live on America One or listening at Greenvilleroadwarriors.com. The Road Warriors are looking to finish off the season series against Toledo on a high note after winning the penultimate game between the teams 8-3 on Friday night. It’s Greenville’s final home game before embarking on an five-game, eight-day road trip through the Atlantic and North Divisions. Toledo, meanwhile, is playing its final road game against the South this afternoon.
Join the Road Warriors for Family Day today at the BI-LO Center. Any child 12 years old or younger gets a $5 ticket anywhere in the building! Also, stick around after the game for the post-game skate with the Road Warriors. It’s free to skate for any ticket holder, and skates can be rented for $3.
The Road Warriors are averaging 5.3 goals per game over their last six (5-1-0). Toledo has given up five or more goals 13 times this season. Greenville is 22-3-0 when scoring four or more goals.
Brendan Connolly has recorded 12 points (4G, 8A) in five games since returning to Greenville from AHL Texas.
Greenville is one of two teams with two players in the top seven in scoring in the league. Justin Bowers is tied for first with 63 points and Brendan Connolly is seventh with 55. Las Vegas is the other team.
Greenville is second in the league, first in the East, with 64 third period goals, and fifth in the league with 54 first period goals. Toledo tied with Florida for the most third period goals given up at 64.
Jeff Prough broke out of a three-game point drought with three assists on Friday night. Goals have been less frequent with five in his last 21 games. He had 12 in his first 21 games of the season.
Mark your calendars! The Road Warriors return home on Friday, March 2, 2012 to take on the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:35. Join the Road Warriors for their second-annual Pink in the Rink presented by Greenville Hospital System to benefit the Mary Kay Foundation. The Road Warriors will be wearing pink-themed jerseys, skating on pink ice, and doing much more to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Book your group of 10 or more in advance to get discounts off the box office price and preferred seating based on availability. Call 864-674-PUCK (7825) to book your group outing. Also, please note that the Road Warriors game scheduled for March 1 has been moved to Saturday, March 3 at 7:05 p.m. at the BI-LO Center. Visit Greenvilleroadwarriors.com for more information.
MISSIAEN TO AHL, ROAD WARRIORS SIGN O’BRIEN
The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that goaltender Jason Missiaen has been reassigned by the New York Rangers to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League. The Road Warriors also announced that they have signed goalie B.J. O’Brien to a standard contract.
O’Brien comes to the Road Warriors from the Louisiana IceGators of the Southern Professional Hockey League. O’Brien has split this season with Louisiana and the Augusta Riverhawks of the SPHL and the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the Central Hockey League. A rookie out of St. Norbert College, O’Brien is 12-9-3 on the season. The 6-0, 185-pound netminder is a two-time First-Team All-American at St. Norbert and was a part of two national championship teams. In 2008 he backed up for Kyle Jones, currently second in the ECHL in wins for Colorado, as the Green Knights won their first championship and then was the main man when St. Norbert won the title last spring. In his senior season, O’Brien was 22-2-1 and was 55-7-4 for his career.
Missiaen makes his second trip to Connecticut this season after backing up Cameron Talbot for three games from December 28, 2011 to January 1, 2012. Missiaen is 13-10-3 for the Road Warriors this season and has won each of his last four starts. The 6-8, 200-pound rookie from Chatham, Ontario is tied for second in the ECHL with three shutouts. A former fourth-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens, Missiaen was signed to an NHL contract by the Rangers last March.