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.
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The Greenville Road Warriors and Cincinnati Cyclones had plenty of connections even though it was the Road Warriors‘ first season in the ECHL. Head coach Dean Stork left his position as an assistant coach of four years with the Cyclones to take charge of the Road Warriors while forwards Jimmy Kilpatrick, Mark Voakes, and Chris Clackson had all suited up for the Cyclones previously in their careers. Those connections injected instant animosity to the rivalry; animosity that grew after the Cyclones pulled off a dramatic overtime win at US Bank Arena in late February when the teams met for the first time.
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 – 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.
The entire New York Rangers organization now sits on the verge of elimination. The Rangers are down three games to one to the Washington Capitols. The two teams meet for an elimination game Saturday afternoon at 3pm. The AHL-affiliate, Connecticut Whale trail the Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres) three games to two and hope to stay alive in Game Six on Saturday night. Now, after Friday night’s 2-1 loss, the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, Neil Smith’s team that the Rangers share with the Philadelphia Flyers, find themselves down three games to one to the Wheeling Nailers (Pittsburgh Penguins / Montreal Canadiens). Game Five of that series is also on Saturday night. It is completely possible that the entire organization could be out of the playoffs by the end of the night on Saturday.
WHEELING, WV – The Greenville Road Warriors lost a one-goal decision to the Wheeling Nailers, 2-1, on Friday night and fell behind three games to one in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Game Five is Saturday, April 23 in Wheeling with a 7:35 p.m. start time.
WHEELING, WV – Tonight the Greenville Road Warriors look to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Wheeling Nailers. Wheeling is up two games to one after a 3-2 Game Three win on Wednesday night. Game time is set for 7:35 p.m.
WHEELING, WV – Tonight the Greenville Road Warriors continue their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Wheeling Nailers. Faceoff for Game Three is set for 7:05 p.m. at WesBanco Arena in downtown Wheeling. The series is tied at one game each after the first two in Greenville last weekend.
GREENVILLE, SC – Tonight the Greenville Road Warriors face the Wheeling Nailers in Game Two of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. Game time is set for 7:35 p.m. at the BI-LO Center with the pre-game block party beginning at 5:00. The Nailers took Game One, 4-3, last night in Greenville.
ROAD WARRIORS STUMBLE IN GAME ONE
GREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors struck first but ultimately fell to the Wheeling Nailers by a 4-3 count on Thursday night at the BI-LO Center. Wheeling took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals series with Game Two scheduled for Friday night in Greenville.