JACKSONVILLE, FLA – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits saw the Jacksonville Icemen retreat in the third phase as Greenville fell 6-4 Friday night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.Max Zimmer opened the scoring, giving Greenville a 1-0 lead with a goal in his eighth game of the season, before the Dallas Gerads pounced on Ben Freeman’s pass into the back of Jacksonville just nine seconds later. to take a 2-0 lead. Jacksonville would take the lead with an Abbot Girduckis goal, before the Swamp Rabbits regained a two-goal lead with Nikita Pavlychev’s sixth goal. A late-game goal from Jake Elmer sent the Icemen to a goal late in the half.
After a second period of being unable to score, the Icemen ended the game in just 70 seconds with a goal from Derek Lodermeier. Two mid-half goals from Girduckis and Ara Nazarian gave the Icemen a 5-3 advantage, before Diego Cuglietta scored for the Swamp Rabbits at 17:25 with an empty net behind them. A Craig Martin goal into an empty net would seal the Icemen’s 6-4 win.
With the loss, the Swamp Rabbits fell to 8-8-1-1 while the Icemen improved to 11-8-1-1 during the season.
Greenville travels to Duluth, GA Saturday night to take on the Atlanta Gladiators at 7:30 p.m. before heading back to Bon Secours Health Arena Sunday afternoon to complete a two-game set with the Gladiators at 3:05 pm
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