Road Warriors close gap in division, conference
A four game-winning streak has moved the Greenville Road Warriors to within three points of first place in the South Division, and the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Greenville, which has outscored its opponents 17-6 during its winning streak, is 17-10-2 for 36 points.
The Road Warriors opened last week with a 6-0 win at South Carolina on Tuesday. Six different Greenville players tallied in the win and Nathan Lieuwen recorded his first professional shutout with 26 saves.
On Thursday, Greenville notched a 3-1 win against Gwinnett. Kyle Haines, Jordie Johnston and Brandon Wong provided the offense for the Road Warriors, and Lieuwen was sold again, coming within 36 seconds of another shutout, as he made 31 saves.
Greenville worked overtime on Friday, picking up a 5-4 shootout win against South Carolina. It was another balanced offensive effort for the Road Warriors, as four different players scored in regulation. Jason Missiaen recorded the win in his first appearance with Greenville this season, making 29 saves, and turning aside five of seven attempts in the shootout.
The Road Warriors ended their week with a 3-1 win on Sunday over Gwinnett. Greenville got goals from Lee Baldwin, Bretton Cameron and Marc-Olivier Vallerand while Missiaen earned his second straight win, turning aside 38 shots.
Wong leads Greenville, and is 11th in the league, with 29 points (11g-18a) in 29 games this season. A pair of Road Warriors share the league lead in plus-minus, as Mike Marcou and Steven Delisle are both at +19.
Lieuwen is tied for fifth in the league with 10 wins, is third with 506 saves and fourth with 1,116 minutes played.
Greenville plays four games in a five-day span this week, visiting Wheeling on Tuesday and Wednesday before hosting Toledo on Friday and Saturday.