In a thrilling Sunday evening showdown at the Enmarket Arena, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits locked horns with the Savannah Ghost Pirates in a high-stakes clash. This game, marked by its intense action, showcased the prowess of Jake Smith, who delivered two crucial third-period power-play goals that propelled the Swamp Rabbits to a 4-3 victory. With this win, Greenville remains unbeaten, standing at a perfect 3-0 on the young season.
Much like their previous game, the Ghost Pirates drew first blood as Brent Pederson wasted no time and netted his first goal of the season just 10 seconds into the match. However, the Rabbits displayed resilience, responding beyond the period's midway point. At 10:53, Brannon McManus notched his first goal of the season, leveling the score. Yet, Savannah had other plans, swiftly regaining the lead at 11:27 when Vince Marleau buried his third goal of the season.
A scoreless second period set the stage for an explosive third period as the Rabbits turned the tide. The power-play unit came to life as Jake Smith fired a one-timer past the Ghost Pirates' netminder at 8:25, equalizing the game. The momentum remained firmly in Greenville's grasp, and just 64 seconds later, Ben Freeman executed a silky backhand move to tally his second goal of the season, granting the Rabbits their first lead of the night.
However, the Ghost Pirates refused to be silenced. At 16:07, Alex Gilmour surprised everyone with a low-angled shot that found the back of the net, knotting the game at 3-3. In a dramatic turn of events, a late penalty on the Ghost Pirates opened the door for a second power-play goal by Jake Smith, who unleashed another one-timer with just 19.7 seconds left on the clock, securing the 4-3 lead and ultimately the win for the Swamp Rabbits.
Three Stars of the Game:
Jake Smith (GVL)
Vince Marleau (SAV)
Brett Kemp (GVL)
With this victory, the Swamp Rabbits extend their perfect season to 3-0-0-0, while the Ghost Pirates slip to a 1-3-0-0 record.
The Swamp Rabbits are not slowing down as they continue their road journey on Wednesday, November 1. Their next destination is the Gas South Arena in Duluth, Georgia, where they will face off against the Atlanta Gladiators at 7 p.m. in a highly anticipated showdown. The Rabbits will look to carry the momentum from their perfect start into this upcoming clash and aim to keep their winning streak alive.