Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Greenville Earns First Playoff Berth Since 2017 with Win Over Icemen

GREENVILLEn– The Greenville Swamp Rabbits punched their ticket to the 2021 Kelly Cup Playoffs behind a 4-1 victory against the Jacksonville Icemen. Greenville’s playoff berth marks their first since 2017.

Matt Bradley opened the scoring at 8:57 after deflecting a shot from Patrick Bajkov inside the blue paint past Icemen goaltender Charles Williams. Greenville carried their 1-0 lead into the dressing room with an additional 9-4 shots advantage.

Next period, the Rabbits connected twice more to extend their lead to 3-0. Gordi Myer converted his fourth goal of the season on a delayed penalty at 11:59. Later in the stanza, Ben Finkelstein blasted home a bullet from the right circle with one minute remaining. On a 3-on-2 rush, Shawn Cameron dropped a perfect pass into Finkelstein’s wheelhouse for the slapper. Finkelstein extended his point streak to 12 consecutive games.

Derek Lodermeier broke John Lethemon’s bid for a shutout with his 15th goal of the campaign at 9:14 of the third period. Trevor Hamilton connected with Lodermeirer on a stretch pass along the left wing before Lodermeirer’s shot beat Lethemon along his glove side.

Down 6-on-4 in the final two minutes, Garrett Thompson hit pay-dirt on a shorthanded, empty net marker at 18:04. Ryker Killins fumbled the puck at the Greenville blue line, and Thompson dove forward to spear the loose puck on target. Final shots finished 26-25 Icemen.

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits return to action on Saturday, May 29 against the Jacksonville Icemen.

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