Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Bounces Aid Swamp Rabbits in 5-3 Win Over Icemen

GREENVILLE, SC – Matt Marcinew scored twice and added two assists to lead the Greenville Swamp Rabbits to a 5-3 victory over the Jacksonville Icemen at the Bons Secours Wellness Arena Saturday evening.

Jacksonville grabbed the game’s first tally following a faceoff in the offensive zone. James Phelan won the draw to the point to Charles-David Beaudoin. Beaudoin delivered a shot from the point that was initially sopped by Greenville goaltender Ryan Bednard.

Forward Chase Lang grabbed the rebound and steered the puck into the net for the goal.

The Swamp Rabbits spent the remainder of the opening period peppering shots on Icemen netminder Griffen Outhouse. Despite facing a barrage of shots, Outhouse turned aside all 19 shots hurled at him in the opening period to preserve Jacksonville’s 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Four minutes later, Greenville claimed the lead when leading scorer Liam Pecararo was left wide open on the back door and shoved the puck into the wide-open net. The goal gave the Swamp Rabbits a 2-1 lead at the second break.

The third period featured some fortuitous bounces and hops for the Rabbits. The first came on a routine dump-in into the Icemen end. The puck rolled around the boards and Outhouse abandoned his crease to play the puck behind the net.

The puck had other ideas and took a skip off the back dasher and deflected to Matt Marcinew at the top of the crease. Marcinew immediately batted the puck into the open net to extend the Greenville lead to 3-1.

Icemen newcomer Brendan Warren pulled Jacksonville back within one when he hurled a short form the left-wing boards that stunned Bednard and clipped into the top corner of the net.

The goal was the first for Warren who scores in his professional debut.

Moments later, the Rabbits were the recipients of another fortunate bounce when Marcinew snapped a shot from the slot that sailed high over the net. The puck ricocheted off the back glass and hit the numbers on the back of Outhouse’s jersey and banked into the net to put Greenville back out in front by two.

Greenville tacked on an empty-net goal later in the period that deflected off an Icemen skate to extend to a three-goal advantage, while Icemen defenseman Mitch Jones added another tally on a slap shot with one-minute to play.

Outhouse takes the setback despite making 40 saves, while Bednard earns the win allowing three goals on 25 shots.

The Icemen will now head to Orlando for a Tuesday (Nov. 5) morning affair with the Solar Bears. Game time is set for 10:30 a.m.

ROSTER MOVES: Jacksonville has agreed to terms with forward Mike Hedden. Earlier this week, the Icemen claimed Hedden off waivers from the Allen Americans. Hedden, 34, joins the Icemen after recording a goal in four appearances with Allen this season. Hedden has played the past five seasons in several of Europe’s top leagues such as the KHL, SM-Liiga, DEL, and the EIHL. Last season, the 5-10, 185-pound veteran forward posted 62 points (20g, 42a) in 59 games played with the Cardiff Devils (EIHL). Hedden brings a wealth of AHL experience to the Icemen totaling 127 points (56g, 71a) in 219 games, winning a Calder Cup title with the Texas Stars in 2014. The Dunnville, Ontario native has also accrued 51 goals and 34 assists in 127 career ECHL games in stints with Allen and the Toledo Walleye (2009-2011).

JET STREAMS: The Winnipeg Jets have recalled forward C.J. Suess from the Manitoba Moose. Suess, 25, played in the first eight Moose games this season and has a goal and four penalty minutes. The native of Forest Lake, Minn. played just 26 games in an injury-shortened season for the Moose in 2018-19 and had 12 points (8G, 4A) and six PIMs. Suess, Winnipeg’s fifth round pick (129th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft, has played 40 games for the Moose over the last three seasons and had 15 points (10G, 5A) after playing four seasons of NCAA hockey with Minnesota State – Mankato.

MOOSE TRACKS: The Manitoba Moose has signed forward Nathan Todd to a professional tryout. Todd, 23, has 10 points (4G, 6A) in seven games with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast this season. He is tied for eighth in ECHL scoring. The Kemptville, Ont. product enjoyed a breakout season in 2018-19, racking up 60 points (30G, 30A) in 71 games with Brampton. Todd has 89 points (42G, 47A) in 124 career ECHL games. He also appeared in seven AHL contests with Binghamton to close out the 2015-16 campaign.

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