Sweeping three games against South Division rival Florida, the Greenville Road Warriors moved into second place in the division with an overall record of 7-3-1 for 15 points.
Greenville got off to a quick start in the first game of the series on Thursday scoring four goals in the opening period before holding on for a 5-4 win. Rookie Marc-Olivier Vallerand paced the Road Warriors’ offense with a goal and two assists while Nic Riopel made 31 saves to record the win in net.
Ten Road Warriors tallied at least one point in Friday’s 6-3 win over the Everblades. Brendan Connolly scored two goals and Shane Harper picked up three assists in the win. Goaltender Dov Grumet-MorrisDov Grumet-Morris turned aside 29 Florida shots to pick up his first win of the season.
Connolly added two more goals in the series finale on Saturday and Riopel earned his first professional shutout making 32 saves in a 3-0 win.
Mark Voakes leads Greenville in scoring with 12 points (4g-8a) while Connolly leads the team with seven goals. Riopel is tied for the ECHL lead among goaltenders with six wins and is off to a strong start in his first professional season with a 6-2-1 record, a 2.65 goals-against average and a save percentage of .918.
Dean Stork is in his first season as Road Warriors’ head coach, but is no stranger to success coming to the team from Cincinnati where he was an assistant coach for the previous four seasons, and helping to lead the Cyclones to Kelly Cup championships in 2008 and 2010.
Greenville has played nine of its first 11 games at the BI-LO Center, which was home to the ECHL’s Greenville Grrrowl from 1998-2006. The Road Warriors play four games in six days this week traveling to South Carolina to battle the Stingrays on Tuesday before returning home for a pair of games against Wheeling on Thursday and Friday. Greenville closes the week on Sunday with a home match-up against the South Division leading Gwinnett Gladiators.