Hart, Brian

ECHL Game Night: 12-04-15 - 12-06-15

With Lightning forward prospects Henri Ikonen and Brian Hart reassigned to Greenville last Wednesday, the Swamp Rabbits had a three-in-three Thursday through Saturday at home.

Dec 3: Cincinnati Cyclones 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 4
Dec 4: Cincinnati Cyclones 7 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 6 OT
Dec 5: Norfolk Admirals 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 0

F Brian Hart, GRN: 3gp, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 6-1-7, -3, 2 PIM, 34 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

F Henri Ikonen, GRN: 3gp, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 3 GP, 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 17 GP, 1-3-4, -3, 4 PIM, 14 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, injured reserve
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 3gp, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 7 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 16 GP, 0-3-3, -6, 22 PIM, 16 SOG

With top Lighting forward prospect Adam Erne returning from injury to the Syracuse Crunch lineup, Henri Ikonen was the low man on the pole and drew the reassignment to Greenville along with Brian Hart. Ikonen immediately made his presence felt in the Swamp Rabbits 4-3 win over the Cyclones Thursday night, scoring what would be the game winner with 5 minutes left in the 3rd on rebound put-in from the post. Neither Ikonen nor Hart would figure into the scoring for Friday night's wild 7-6 OT loss to the Cyclones or the 3-0 shutout loss to the Admirals on Saturday. Ikonen was recalled to Syracuse on Sunday, making his temporary assignment looking more like just an opportunity for him to get some quality ice time. Greenville has another 3-in-3 starting on Thursday with back-to-back games at home against Orlando and a Saturday night cross state trek to Charleston to play the Stingrays.

ECHL Game Night: 11-27-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 6 at Reading Royals 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 6-1-7, -3, 2 PIM, 31 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, injured reserve
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 11 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM, 11 SOG

Two nights after hanging six on the Admirals, the suddenly en fuego Swamp Rabbits hung a sixer on the Royals in front of 3,200 of their fans at Santander Arena in Reading, PA. Syracuse depth blueliner Charlie Dodero assisted on Greenville's second goal, and the Swamp Rabbit PK pasted an 0 for 5 on the Reading power play. Greenville draws the rematch against Reading Saturday night for the third tilt in a four game road trip.

ECHL Game Night: 11-25-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 6 at Norfolk Admirals 0

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 6-1-7, -2, 2 PIM, 29 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, injured reserve
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 10 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 12 PIM, 9 SOG

The Swamp Rabbits opened up *the* whole can of whoopass on the Norfolk Admirals tonight to open their four game road trip. Brian Hart got his first assist of the season on Greenville's 2nd goal from a centering pass to the slot from the corner. The Swamp Rabbits remain in the cellar in the South division, but a string of wins on the road could get them back in the thick of it. Greenville moves onto to Reading for a back-to-back on Friday and Saturday night.

ECHL Game Night: 11-23-15

Atlanta Gladiators 4 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 6-0-6, -3, 2 PIM, 29 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, injured reserve
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 9 GP, 0-2-2, -7, 12 PIM, 8 SOG

Brian Hart and Charlie Dodero arrived from Syracuse in time for this rare Monday night home tilt against I-85 rivals Atlanta Gladiators, but neither player could deliver a big play to secure a win. The Swamp Rabbits rallied from a 3-1 deficit, but fell one goal short as a mid-period power play marker in the final frame by the ATL being the difference maker. Greenville embarks upon four game road trip over the Thanksgiving holidays with stops in Norfolk, Reading, and Adirondack.

Bolt Prospect of the Week

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for his recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for the week ending November 17 is … Brian Hart, W, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL).

It's not often that the BP POTW award goes to a guy outside of our Top-25 rankings, which makes it extra special for Hart, who's finding his way in his first pro season in an organization with a deep pool of forward prospects.

The Lightning’s 2012 second round selection currently leads the Greenville Swamp Rabbits with 6 goals in 12 games, and all but one of those goals scored on the doorstep of the goal crease. This past weekend he scored twice in three games, including Saturday night's 3rd period game-winner against Adirondack that earned him First Star honors for the game.

Hart was drafted by the Lightning's Amateur Scouting group headed by Al Murray out of the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, then suited up for Harvard a year after Alex Killorn led the Crimson in scoring his senior year. Hart spent the last three years playing for Harvard, earning an ECAC championship with the Crimson last season and signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Lightning on June 28th. Hart's six goals in his first 12 pro games is one shy of his single season best of seven that he scored last year with Harvard.

ECHL Game Night: 11-15-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1 at Atlanta Gladiators 4

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 6-0-6, -3, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 3 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 10 PIM, 6 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

As the Greenville special teams go, so goes the Swamp Rabbits. Greenville allowed two power play goals and did not convert any of their extra man situations, dropping a 4-1 road decision to the Gladiators at the Infinite Energy Arena at the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA on Sunday afternoon. Allen York sat backup all three games, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday as head coach Brian Gratz decided to ride Jeff Malcolm all weekend. The Swamp Rabbits have just two games this coming week featuring home tilts against the Orlando Solar Bears on Tuesday night and Friday night against cross-state rival the South Carolina Stingrays.

ECHL Game Night: 11-14-15

Adirondack Thunder 2 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, *First Star*
Season totals: 11 GP, 6-0-6, -2, 2 PIM, 28 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, -1, 8 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 8 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

Lightning prospect Brian Hart earned first star honors Saturday night, scoring the game winner and his team leading sixth goal of the season. A point shot off the end board bounced into his office in the crease, and Hart pushed it past the netminder capping off a Swamp Rabbit two-goal third period rally. Greenville killed off all eight penalties and scored a power play goal of their own. The Swamp Rabbits wrap up their weekend slate with a trip down I-85 for a rematch with the Gladiators in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

ECHL Game Night: 11-12-15

Atlanta Gladiators 3 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits 6

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 5-0-5, -2, 2 PIM, 25 SOG

D Daniel Walcott, GRN: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (ECHL): 1 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals (AHL): 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

It felt like the Swamp Rabbits unleashed six games of winless frustration on an unsuspecting Atlanta squad Thursday night at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville. Lightning prospect Brian Hart scored his team leading fifth goal of the season, ripping a top shelf wrister from the hash marks. Fellow prospect Daniel Walcott, just reassigned from Syracuse earlier in the week, had a strong game in his debut with 3 shots and +2 rating. The Swamp Rabbits special teams shone bright with 1005 perfection on both the penalty kill and the power play. Greenville take Friday night off before hosting Adirondack Saturday night and a rematch with the Gladiators in Atlanta Sunday afternoon.

ECHL Game Night: 11-08-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 0 at Reading Royals 5

F Brian Hart, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-0-4, -3, 4 PIM, 21 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, did not play
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-2-2, -7, 12 PIM, 7 SOG

Greenville gave up 5 more goals Sunday afternoon to the Royals, shutout for their sixth consecutive loss, a night after losing to Reading 5-1. The Swamp Rabbits are in free fall at the moment losing the three-game weekend slate by a combined score of 14-3. Greenville returns home to take on Atlanta Thursday night and Adirondack Saturday night before driving down I-85 to Atlanta for rematch with the Gladiators next Sunday afternoon.

ECHL Game Night: 11-07-15

Greenville Swamp Rabbits 1 at Reading Royals 5

F Brian Hart, GRN: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-0-4, -1, 2 PIM, 19 SOG

Other Notables
G Allen York, GRN, Loss, stopped 24 of 29 shots
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-4-0-0, 4.98 GAA, 0.858 SV%, 0 SO

D Charlie Dodero, GRN: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 12 PIM, 7 SOG

Lightning prospect Brian Hart scored Greenville's lone goal in Saturday night's 5-1 road loss to the Reading Royals. It was Hart's team-leading 4th goal of the season, and he scored it from his office on the doorstep of the crease poking in a rebound. One encouraging development from Hart's assignment in Greenville is that he is emerging as that big body in front of the net that both the Crunch and the Lightning need.

Riding a four-game losing streak, the Swamp Rabbits needed Allen York to come out and pitch a sparkling performance in net, but once again he allowed 5 goals including 4 in a deflating 2nd period. Greenville's nothing special teams were once again on display, allowing 2 power play goals on four attempts, and going scoreless on the power play in three tries. The Swamp Rabbits conclude their three game weekend road swing in a Sunday afternoon rematch with the Royals.

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