Gameday Magazine: Swamp Rabbits at Everblades Friday, March 2, 2018

March 2, 2018


Who: Florida Everblades (37-12-2-4, 80 pts) vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-31-4-1, 45 pts)
Where: Germain Arena
When: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Purchase Now Online CLICK HERE, or at the Florida Community Bank Box Office
Regular Season Series:  Greenville leads 2-1-0
All-Time Series: Greenville Leads 40-32-13
Radio Broadcast:  WJBX (101.5 FM, 104.3 FM, 770-AM)
Internet Radio:   CLICK HERE Courtesy of WJBX Radio
Internet TV Broadcast:  CLICK HERE 
Tonight’s Promotions: Kids eat free in the Breakaway Sports Pub with the purchase of an adult entree, and fans can enjoy bottomless all-you-can-eat-popcorn. Both of these specials are valid for every Friday night game during the regular season.

About Tonight’s Game:  On Wednesday the Everblades became the first team in the ECHL to clinch a playoff spot with a decisive 6-2 win over the Jacksonville Icemen.  Florida enters the weekend with a three-point edge over second place South Carolina for the South Division lead.  Meanwhile the seventh place Swamp Rabbits have been dealing with numerous injuries throughout the course of the past two months and are winless in their last ten games (0-9-1-0).

To watch a game preview CLICK HERE

About the Everblades:  Forward Spencer Smallman will make his professional debut this evening.  Smallman is a fifth-round draft selection of the Carolina Hurricanes, but suffered an injury in training camp.  Last season, Smallman wrapped up his five-year career with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with a healthy 223 points.  Smallman becomes the fourth Everblades player to have played for Saint John — Stephen MacAulay, Callum Booth and Michael Kirkpatrick also spent time during their junior career with the Sea Dogs…Florida will be without Kirkpatrick this evening as he was once again loaned to the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League (AHL)…Callum Booth is expected to start in net for Florida this evening.

Everblades Team Leaders
Points: Stephen MacAulay (49)
Goals:  Stephen MacAulay (22)
Assists: John McCarron,Stephen MacAulay (27)
Plus/Minus:  Logan Roe (+25)
Penalty Minutes: Brett Bulmer (119)
Power Play Goals:  Mitchell Heard (6)
Shorthanded Goals: John McCarron (4)
Shots: John McCarron (139)
Wins: Martin Ouellette (23)
Save %:  Martin Ouellette (.920)
GAA: Martin Ouellette (2.11)
Power Play: 11th, 37-for-209 (17.7%)
Penalty Kill:  5th, 213-for-247 (86.2%)

About the Swamp Rabbits: The Everblades have outshot the Swamp Rabbits 144-94 in three games this season, which includes two 50+ shot outputs.  However, Greenville has received some sound goaltending in those games from Ty Rimmer.  Rimmer has made 132 saves against Florida this season, which includes a 50-save performance on February 2…Greenville’s roster features defenseman Daniel Echeverri who played five seasons for FGCU’s hockey team.  In addition, Echeverri has appeared in preseason contests for the Everblades in each of the past two years, but recently earned a call-up to Greenville from Macon of the SPHL…Leading scorer Caleb Herbert is currently on loan to the San Jose Barracuda (AHL).

Swamp Rabbits Team Leaders
Points:  Evan Jasper, Joe Basaraba (38)
Goals: Evan Jasper, Joe Basaraba, Brendan Trook (16)
Assists:  Evan Jasper, Joe Basaraba (22)
Plus/Minus:  Several tied (-2)
Penalty Minutes:  Jack Nevins (137)
Power Play Goals:  Evan Jasper (4)
Shorthanded Goals:  Joe Houk, Evan Jasper (1)
Shots:  Joe Basaraba (176)
Wins:  Ty Rimmer (12)
Save %:  Greg Dodds (.924)
GAA:  Greg Dodds (3.27)
Power Play:  9th, 43-for-231 (18.6%)
Penalty Kill:  26th, 179-for-232 (77.2%)

Upcoming Home Games
Saturday,  March 3, vs. Greenville, 7:00 p.m. Lee County Schools Night  The Fur Circus mascots will be on hand to entertain the fans and kids throughout the night and in the concourse!  Tailgate party from 5-7 p.m. featuring live music and bounce houses for the kids.


Ticket Information

Purchase Single Game Tickets at the Florida Community Bank Box Office located at Germain Arena, or online via Ticketmaster by CLICKING HERE

2017-18 Ticket Packages are Currently on Sale!  Flexible partial plans are available. These packages will best fit your schedule and budget!  To view pricing and benefits of all available ticket packages CLICK HERE

SPECIAL OFFER! Purchase a new ticket package for the 2017-18 season and receive a $20 gift card to Ford’s Garage!

Discounted Group Tickets: Bring your group of 10 or more to a game at a discounted price!  Group tickets are available for all home games. Fundraising opportunities are also available. For more information on group tickets, call 239-948-7825, or stop by the Everblades offices at Germain Arena Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliate
of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes