Big game for the Rabbits on Friday night, after splitting the opening set of games in Jacksonville, they then were on the wrong end of a 7-4 scoreline in the first game in Greenville so, win tomorrow night and it's back to Jacksonville all square, lose and they have a mountain to climb
So the season ends for Greenville with defeat against Jacksonville. Disappointing but it was a tough match up in a tough division. Will be interesting to see turnover of staff this summer as it’s been an up and down year for the team
Quick update on the start of the season for the Rabbits and it's been a decent start for them with 3 wins in the first 4 games. They actually won their first three but then came a cropper against Atlanta in their last outing. Mark Louis has been doing Big Lou things, solid in defence and showing his toughness in a fight with Jacob Graves: https://x.com/atlgladiators/status/1719876095065878852?s=20
15 games deep into the season and the Rabbits have been on a tear. 9 wins in their last 10, tied with Idaho for the best overall record in the ECHL and only 2 defeats all season. Clearly early days but Lordo is getting a tune out of a rather disparate group of players and they are playing with great discipline, a focus on puck possession in the offensive zone and a clinical edge.... remind you of any team?
Quick update with 19 games down. No real change, the Rabbits have won 9 out of 10, 16 out of 19 and top the ECHL by a veritable country mile. I have caught a few games in the last few weeks and they are very much a Lordo team, unrelenting and when 'on it' very difficult indeed to get through. Mark Louis has not played in the last month but I am not sure why but elsewhere, as good a start as any coach could wish for.
The news of Lordo being an All Star coach was pretty much the only high spot in December for the Rabbits. They lost as many games in the week before Christmas as they had in the previous three months of the season and although they have begun to spark into life in the last few games, they need a good January to regain momentum. Offensively they still look potent but defensively they have had a few games when they have been horrible and in a very un-Lord like team way, the tendency has been to concede goals in bunches. Still they start 2024 at the top of the standings and despite the recent blip, still look a class act.
Well, it looks like Lordo's Christmas wishes came true with the Rabbits playing much better in January (although the caveat is that I haven't seen many of their last few games) They have only lost 2 out of the last 10 in regulation and are grinding out wins. Big Lou has been steady in the games I have seen and is contributing well, although there was not much Christmas cheer on show against the Ghost Pirates on the 23rd when he sat for 10 for incitement. Rabbits main problem now is that the Adirondack Thunder are on an absolute tear, 10 wins in a row and poised to overtake the Rabbits at the top.
Something strange appears to be happening in the ECHL. It's almost as though a few teams are beginning to wake up and smell the playoffs. Perennial winners Florida as well as Jacksonville have been the two best teams I have seen recently and the South Carolina Stingrays are also on a hot streak. Both the Rabbits and Adirondack have had 'meh' months but are still holding onto the two top spots but the gap is closing. Lordo's men have just returned from a three game trip to Newfoundland that yielded just one point and desperately need to re-find some form as they head into back to back games this Friday and Saturday. Saturday, against Atlanta is Star Wars day, no idea what they have planned for it but hopefully the force is with the Rabbits as they try to hold on to top spot.