The race in the South Division of the American Conference has tightened up with one point separating the top four teams and four points between first-place Greenville (9-5-1) and sixth-place Charlotte (7-5-1). Florida (9-5-0), Gwinnett (8-3-2) and Columbia (8-6-2) are tied for second with 18 points and Augusta is fifth (7-5-2).
Florida has won its last two games and is 3-2-0 on its six-game road trip which concludes Tuesday at South Carolina (4-9-5). The Everblades will return home to host Gwinnett on Friday and Saturday. Daniel Sisca has a three-game scoring streak (1g-5a) and leads the team with 10 assists while his 14 points tie him with Steve Saviano (5g-9a) for the scoring lead.
Greenville, which is 5-1-1 in its last seven games, hosts Augusta on Tuesday and South Carolina on Friday before traveling to South Carolina on Saturday and to Augusta on Sunday. The Grrrowl won 3-2 in a shootout at South Carolina on Nov. 1 and 8-2 at Augusta on Friday. Colin Pepperall has a four-game assist streak (5a) and a four-game scoring streak (1g-5a) and leads the Grrrowl with 14 assists and 17 points in 14 games while Tyler Mosienko has a three-game assist streak (4a) and a four-game scoring streak (3g-4a) and ranks second on the team with 10 assists and 15 points in 15 games.
Gwinnett beat Florida 5-2 on Nov. 11 and 3-1 on Nov. 12 to improve to 10-2-2 all-time in the regular season against the Everblades. Chris Durno has nine points (5g-4a) in his last five games and is tied for second in the league in goals with 12 and is tied for third in scoring with 22 points in 13 games.
South Carolina ended its team record winless streak (0-7-3) with an 8-7 win against Gwinnett on Friday and won 5-0 at Columbia on Saturday for its first back-to-back wins of the season. The Stingrays will host Florida on Tuesday and then play at Greenville on Friday and home against the Grrrowl on Saturday. Maxime Daigneault is 2-0-0 with a shutout and goals-against of 1.16 in his last two games while Ryan Finnerty has a four-game scoring and assist streak (5a).
Looking to snap its five-game winless streak (0-4-1) and its three-game home winless streak (0-2-1), Columbia hosts Pensacola on Tuesday and Augusta on Friday while visiting Augusta on Saturday. The five-game streak ties the team record set Dec. 13-21, 2002. The Inferno is 2-1-1 against Pensacola and 1-1-1 against Augusta. Brandon Nolan, who is under contract to and was assigned to Columbia by Victoria of the NHL, has five points (2g-3a) in four games with the Inferno.