BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors
Tonight the Road Warriors finish off a five-game road swing by taking a trip west on I-85 to pay the Gwinnett Gladiators a visit. It is Greenville’s last game at the Arena at Gwinnett Center this season.
The Road Warriors (39-21-5, 83 pts.) visit Gwinnett (37-18-11, 85 pts.) today for the 15th of 17 meetings between the clubs this season. Fans can follow the action by watching America One or listening at Greenvilleroadwarriors.com. Greenville has gone 5-0-1 in its last six road games and has the second most road wins in the ECHL with 19. Only Reading at 20 has more wins away from home than Greenville. Only one of those 19 wins, though, has come at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, and that was a 4-2 win on October 22, 2011. Since then the Road Warriors have gone 0-3-2 in Gwinnett with each of their prior two trips resulting in shootout losses.
The games between the teams in this building have been exceptionally close lately with four of the last five games decided by just one goal.
Who: Greenville Road Warriors at Gwinnett Gladiators
Greenville’s 735 shots in the first period are the second most in the ECHL (K-Zoo 738) while their 67 goals are second most. Justin Bowers leads current Road Warriors with 183 shots.
Greenville is averaging 3.03 goals per road game this season. The 103 goals scored away from home are the sixth most in the league. Road Warriors have given up 102 goals on the road.
The Road Warriors’ magic number to clinch a Kelly Cup Playoffs berth is 4. Any combination of the 9th place team losing standings points and the Road Warriors gaining points will shrink the number.
Greenville’s goalies’ .783 save percentage in shootouts is third best in the ECHL.
Greenville’s league-best road power play has produced at least one power play goal in five of the last seven games since Feb. 25. Road Warriors are 6-for-30 (20%) on PP in Gwinnett this season.
Mark your calendars! The Road Warriors return to the BI-LO Center for their next home game on Sunday, March 18 at 4:05 p.m. against the Cincinnati Cyclones. Join the Road Warriors for Family Fun Day. Any child 12 years old or younger can get a seat anywhere in the building for just $5! Following the game come down to the ice for a post-game skate with the Road Warriors players, it’s free to anyone who has a ticket to the game. Skates are also available to rent. There are discounted tickets and preferred seating based on availability for any group of 10 or more that books in advance. Call 864-674-PUCK (7825) to book your group outing. Visit Greenvilleroadwarriors.com for more information.