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OSC Original by Dan Krieger
January 18, 2021 - BASEBALL Atlantic League: The Atlantic League's expansion team in Gastonia (NC) announced the team will be called the Gastonia Honey Hunters when it starts play in the 2021 season. Other potential team names included the Fire Ants, Uppercuts, Hogzillas and Hotshots. The league last played in 2019 with eight teams, but has since lost the Somerset (NJ) Patriots to the affiliated Eastern League and the Sugar Land Skeeters to the affiliated Pacific Coast League. With the addition of Gastonia, and to keep the league at ... Full Story

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Garlent, Baylis, and Defiel Power Rush to Series Win

ECHL Rapid City Rush January 17, 2021 - (RAPID CITY, SD) - Hunter Garlent and Stephen Baylis connected on the first and last goals of the game, and with their 5 combined points paired with Gordy Defiel's 34 saves, lifted the Rapid City Rush to a 3-2 win over the Tulsa Oilers on Sunday afternoon. The win gives the Rush the weekend series with wins on Saturday and Sunday, and back-to-back victories for the first time this season. The Oilers outshot the Rush 12-4 in the first 12 minutes of the game, but the Rush turned the tide in the final eight minutes, outshoot... Full Story

Greenville Extends Point Streak to Nine Behind Bednard's Brilliance

ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits January 17, 2021 - GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Greenville Swamp Rabbits won two of three on the weekend with a Sunday afternoon victory over the Jacksonville Icemen, 4-1, to improve their point streak to nine. Ryan Bednard was sensational in goal for Greenville with 40 saves, and the Swamp Rabbits successfully claimed five of six standings points on the weekend. After a scoreless 20 minutes, Greenville broke the ice with a goal scored by Anthony Rinaldi. On a great move at the net front, Rinaldi potted his first professional goal at 4:14 of the ... Full Story

Florida Defeats Orlando in Overtime

ECHL Florida Everblades January 17, 2021 - ORLANDO, Fla. - Florida captain John McCarron scored 30 seconds into overtime to lift the Everblades (10-4-0-0) past the Orlando Solar Bears (6-6-0-0) 4-3 at the Amway Center. FIRST STAR: FLA - John McCarron (1g) OT-GWG SECOND STAR: FLA - Jeff Malott (1g-1a) THIRD STAR: ORL - Dylan Sadowy (1g-1a) Florida controlled the first period on both ends of the ice with 14 shots on goal and held Orlando to seven shots. The first goal finally broke through at the 11:54 mark in the second period. With Orlando's Rich Boyd ... Full Story


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South Carolina Stingrays goaltender Alex Dubeau vs. the Greenville Swamp Rabbits
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Florida Everblades - Fort Myers, Florida
Fort Wayne Komets - Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Idaho Steelheads - Boise, Idaho
Indy Fuel - Indianapolis, Indiana
Jacksonville IceMen - Jacksonville, Florida
Kalamazoo Wings - Kalamazoo, Michigan
Kansas City Mavericks - Independence, Missouri
Maine Mariners - Portland, Maine
Newfoundland Growlers - St. John's, Newfoundland
Norfolk Admirals - Norfolk, Virginia
Orlando Solar Bears - Orlando, Florida
Rapid City Rush - Rapid City, South Dakota
Reading Royals - Reading, Pennsylvania
South Carolina Stingrays - North Charleston, South Carolina
Toledo Walleye - Toledo, Ohio
Tulsa Oilers - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Utah Grizzlies - Salt Lake City, Utah
Wheeling Nailers - Wheeling, West Virginia
Wichita Thunder - Wichita, Kansas
Worcester Railers HC - Worcester, Massachusetts
Coralville * - Coralville, Iowa
Trois-Rivieres * - Trois-Rivieres, Quebec
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Sun., Jan 17 Florida 4 at Orlando 3 Final (OT)
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