Final Regular Season Records:
Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 40-26-5-1 (86 pts — 2nd in South Division, 5th in Eastern Conf)
South Carolina Stingrays: 40-28-3-1 (84 pts — 3rd in South Division, 7th in Eastern Conf)
Series Schedule: (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and all times local):
Game 1 – Thursday, April 13 – South Carolina at GREENVILLE at 7:00 pm ET
Game 2 – Friday, April 14 – South Carolina at GREENVILLE at 7:00 pm ET
Game 3 – Monday, April 17 – Greenville at SOUTH CAROLINA at 7:05 pm ET
Game 4 – Tuesday, April 18 – Greenville at SOUTH CAROLINA at 7:05 pm ET
*Game 5 – Friday, April 21 – South Carolina at GREENVILLE at 7:00 pm ET
*Game 6 – Monday, April 24 – Greenville at SOUTH CAROLINA at 7:05 pm ET
*Game 7 – Tuesday, April 25 – South Carolina at GREENVILLE at 7:00 pm ET
*=> If Necessary
Season Series Recap:
The South Carolina Stingrays owned their Palmetto state rival this year, going 9-2-3 in 14 games between the two clubs. Angelo Miceli had a team-best 12 points (2G, 10A) in the season series while Tommy Thompson and Spiro Goulakos shared the Swamp Rabbits’ lead with four goals each. Kelly Zajac was the Stingrays’ top offensive performer in the head-to-head meetings with 16 points (4G, 12A) while Flick posted a team-leading seven goals.
How Greenville Wins:
The Swamp Rabbits were a solid offensive team during the regular season, but allow the second most goals per game among the south division playoff teams (3.5 goals per game). Goaltenders Jeff Malcolm and Mackenzie Skapski will have to make the big save and the defense will have to play tighter if they hope to advance to the division finals.
How South Carolina Wins:
It is clear that the Stingrays have an edge on defense and in net going into this series, but they are last among south division teams in the goals scored department, averaging 3.15 goals/game during the regular season. Captain Joe Devin finished the regular season on a five-game point scoring streak and has been on the scoresheet in nine of his last 11 games since returning to the team after a stint in the AHL with the Cleveland Monsters. They will be getting Olivier Archambault back at some point and they could be getting Steven McParland back during the series (AHL callup) and both will add an offensive punch to the ‘Rays lineup. If the Stingrays get depth scoring, then it could be a short series.
Who wins this series?