BY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors
Tag Archives: Andrew Rowe
The Greenville Road Warriors entered the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs as the top seed in the Eastern Conference and earned the right to play the eighth seeded Elmira Jackals. Elmira had a team that could score goals, as was evidenced by 249 goals which were the third most in the East, but had a hard time defending. The Jackals’ 264 goals given up were second most in the entire league. That seemed to bode well for the Road Warriors who scored the league’s second most goals at 255. The Road Warriors also had home ice advantage for the best-of-five series, but a quirk in the schedule saw the first two games played at First Arena, home of the Jackals.
It was the first game seven the Road Warriors had ever played in. The Road Warriors arrived there after twice staving off elimination against the Wheeling Nailers. It was a chance to move on to the Eastern Conference final. It was the only seventh game in the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs. It was a nail biting game in every sense of the word.
By winning Game Three and Game Four on home ice the Wheeling Nailers had built up a three-to-one series lead over the Road Warriors in their Eastern Conference Semifinal. Greenville was short on bodies for Game Five due to suspensions from a post-game melee after Game Four. They won big to send the series back to Greenville for Game Six. Another comfortable win followed and the Road Warriors had the chance they were looking for; home ice advantage in Game Seven and the Nailers with their collective backs against the wall after losing two straight. That was the theory, at least.
Wheeling grabbed an all-important 1-0 lead midway through the first, but rookie Marc-Olivier Vallerand found the equalizer about three minutes before the period expired. Two quick goals early in the second by Wheeling, however, had Greenville in an unenviable two-goal hole. The climb out began in earnest with Andrew Rowe deflecting home a Brendan Connolly centering pass. Rowe’s goal gave Greenville the entire third period to find the tying score. And the Road Warriors used just about all of the ticks of the clock they were afforded. Connolly’s herculean effort late in the third provided the third best moment of the Road Warriors’ season. Unfortunately it didn’t translate into a win as Wheeling won in overtime and eliminated Greenville from the playoffs.
GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors‘ inaugural season in the ECHL came to an end on Wednesday, April 27 in overtime of Game Seven against the Wheeling Nailers. The Eastern Conference semifinal series was the 22nd series in the history of the ECHL to go seven games.
Kelly Cup Playoffs Record: 6-5-0
GREENVILLE, SC – Tonight the Greenville Road Warriors host the Wheeling Nailers in Game Seven of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series. The winner will move on to the Eastern Conference final to face the Kalamazoo Wings.
GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors used a three-goal first period to propel themselves to a 6-3 victory over the Wheeling Nailers on Tuesday night at the BI-LO Center. The win forced a decisive Game Seven at the BI-LO Center on Wednesday night at 7:35.
GREENVILLE, SC – Tonight the Greenville Road Warriors host the Wheeling Nailers in Game Six of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Wheeling leads the series three games to two and the Road Warriors must win to force Game Seven. Faceoff tonight is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. at the BI-LO Center.
WHEELING, WV – The Greenville Road Warriors face the Wheeling Nailers in Game Five of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series tonight at 7:35 p.m. at WesBanco Arena. The Road Warriors trail the series three games to one and must win tonight to force Game Six in Greenville on Tuesday.
GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors closed out the 2010-11 regular season with three straight wins over the Gwinnett Gladiators and won the Eastern Conference regular season title. Now they face the eighth-seeded Elmira Jackals in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Greenville, SC – The Road Warriors used a four-goal burst in the second period to route the Gladiators in the final regular season game this season. The Road Warriors had 12 different players register points in the 7-2 victory that clinched the Eastern Conference title in their inaugural season. Greenville ended the regular season with a record of 46-22-4 and 96 points overall.