BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors
The Greenville Road Warriors wrap up their regular season schedule tonight by paying the South Carolina Stingrays a visit. A Road Warriors win could potentially eliminate South Carolina from playoff contention.
The Road Warriors (41-24-6, 88 pts.) visit South Carolina (36-28-7, 79 pts.) today for the 16th, and final, meeting between the clubs this season. Fans can follow the action on America One or listening at Greenvilleroadwarriors.com. Greenville is 12-3-0 this season against the Stingrays which includes a 5-2-0 mark at the North Charleston Coliseum. Tonight is the seventh of seven games between the Road Warriors and Stingrays in March. South Carolina’s 3-2 win last night snapped Greenville’s six-game win streak in the rivalry that dated back to February 7, 2012. Victories for either side have been hard to come by as five of the prior six meetings in March have been decided by only a goal, and three of those games have gone into overtime or a shootout. The last two games between the teams in North Charleston have been won in shootouts by Greenville.
Kelly Cup Playoffs Update
Elmira can clinch the Eastern Conference title on Saturday if:
OR Gwinnett loses
OR Elmira loses in overtime/shootout AND Gwinnett wins in shootout
Gwinnett can clinch the Eastern Conference title on Saturday if:
Gwinnett wins AND Elmira loses in regulation
OR Gwinnett wins in regulation or overtime AND Elmira loses in overtime/shootout
South Carolina can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:
South Carolina wins
OR South Carolina loses in overtime/shootout
OR Reading loses
Chicago can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:
OR Chicago loses in overtime/shootout AND Reading loses
Cincinnati can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:
Cincinnati wins in regulation AND Reading loses
Reading can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:
Reading wins AND Chicago loses
OR Reading wins AND South Carolina loses in regulation
Las Vegas can clinch the Pacific Division title on Saturday if:
Las Vegas wins AND Ontario loses
OR Las Vegas loses in overtime/shootout AND Ontario loses in regulation
Who: Greenville Road Warriors at South Carolina Stingrays
What: Away Game #36, Season Game #72
When: 7:05 p.m.
Where: North Charleston Coliseum, 5001 Coliseum Dr.., North Charleston, SC 29418
Greenville is one of three teams in the league (Alaska and Las Vegas are the other two) to have two skaters, Brandon Wong (31) and Marc-Olivier Vallerand (29) in the top ten in goals.
Sean Berkstresser has 14 points (9G, 5A) in his last 21 games and Greenville is 12-6-3 over that span. Berkstresser is the only Road Warrior to play in every game this season.
Greenville faces Florida in the first round if: Florida wins or Florida loses (OT or SO) and Wheeling loses (OT or SO). Greenville plays Wheeling if: Florida loses in regulation and Wheeling wins.
Greenville (along with Elmira) is one of two teams in the league with a chance to win 20 home and road games this season.
Bretton Cameron has seven assists in his last six games dating to March 16, 2012. His 17 assists in 29 games with Greenville are two more than his entire rookie season (53 games) with STK last season.
Get ready for the Road Warriors’ run to the Kelly Cup! Greenville’s first home game of the opening round is Friday, April 6 at 7:35 p.m. at the BI-LO Center. Discounted playoff packages are on sale right now. With the playoff packages you can pay as you go throughout the playoffs and tickets start as low as $8.50 per game. Discounted tickets and preferred seating based on availability are also available for groups of 10 or more. Call 864-674-PUCK (7825) to get your 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs tickets reserved today!