I know the Stingrays have a game against Grenville tonight, but it’s the start of the three-game in three-day weekend and we’ve already seen the Road Warriors.
The one big piece of news coming out of Greenville is that they signed forward Marc-Olivier Vallerand. He was the Road Warriors top scorer a year ago with 67 points (22 goals, 45 assists). Vallerand is proven goal scorer in the ECHL, especially in the Road Warriors system with 28 goals (2010-11) and 30 goals (2011-12) before last season. Vallerand started the season in Europe, specifically in Denmark with Odense, where he had four goals and five assists in nine games.
Here’s a story on the Road Warriors that appeared Thursday in The Greenville News.
Remember that the Road Warriors are without Andrew Rowe and Michael St. Croix, who have been called up to Hartford. I doubt that Rowe will return, he has two goals and an assist in 5 games with Hartford since he was called up.
Here’s the Road Warriors intro from last season:
Scouting the IceMen
Head Coach: Jeff Pyle (1st season) 5-1-0; 451-324-91 in 13 seasons.
Record: 5-1-0, 10 points (2nd North Division)
NHL Affiliation: Columbus Blue Jackets.
AHL Affiliation: Springfield Falcons.
All-time series: 1-1-0
Season series: 1-1-0 (2012-13 season)
GF: 2.67, (12th)
GA: 2.33, (5th)
PP: 12.0% (15th)
PK: 81.8% (16th)
Notes: The IceMen have lost just one game this season and that was a 7-0 woodshed beat down by Cincinnati, which is unbeaten and untied on the season. … The IceMen feature one former Stingray in forward Dylan Clarke. .. Clarke played just 16 games for the Rays last season and only had three goals. The Rays released him and he got a second-life in Evansville, where he recorded 22 goals and 27 assists for 49 points in 50 games with the IceMen. … Clarke has one goal in six games this season with Evansville. … The IceMen also have a familiar face behind the bench in Jeff Pyle, the former Mobile and more recently Gwinnett head coach. Pyle replaced Rich Kromm, who went 25-40-7 last year. … Pyle was with the Gladiators for seven seasons. He was the head coach last year for the AHL’s Texas Stars, who went 31-40-5, with former Stingrays great Travis Morin.