Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Saracino’s Goal is Lone Tally in 4-1 Loss to Swamp Rabbits


GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits won two of three on the weekend with a Sunday afternoon ECHL victory over the Jacksonville Icemen, 4-1, to improve their point streak to nine before 1,950 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Ryan Bednard was sensational in goal for Greenville with 40 saves, and the Swamp Rabbits successfully claimed five of six standings points on the weekend.

Jacksonville broke Bednard’s shutout bid with a late power play marker from Nick Saracino with 2:24 left in the contest.

The Icemen were 1 for 6 with a man opportunity. The Swamp Rabbits finished the night 0-for-4 on the power play and 5-for-6 on the penalty kill.

Kyle Keyser made 26 saves for Jacksonville.

After a scoreless 20 minutes, Greenville broke the ice with a goal scored by Anthony Rinaldi. On a great move at the net front, Rinaldi potted his first professional goal at 4:14 of the second period to put Greenville ahead 1-0.

The Swamp Rabbits doubled their lead with Luc Brown scoring on a rebound at the 6:09 mark of the frame. Greenville added another with Greg Meireles firing a shot top shelf past Icemen netminder Keyser with 6:01 left in the period. Meireles’ tally continued his point streak to seven games.

In the final frame, Rabbits forward Max Zimmer matched Meireles and continued his seven game point streak with an empty net goal at 17:09.

The ECHL has announced that the game between the South Carolina Stingrays and Jacksonville Icemen scheduled for Monday, January 18 has been postponed, per league safety protocols.

“Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19 protocols, the South Carolina Stingrays game versus the Jacksonville Icemen on Monday will be postponed,” said Stingrays President Rob Concannon. “The Stingrays organization continues to adhere to all local and state mandates to ensure the health and safety of our players, staff, and working personnel.”

The ECHL is working with the Stingrays and Icemen to reschedule the game to a later date.

The Icemen will return home to get ready for a three-game home set against the Florida Everblades on Jan. 22, 23 and 24.

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