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Greenville misses out on chance to sweep Indy

While the Florida Panthers are off until next season, their ECHL affiliate is still playing meaningful games.

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits missed out on a chance to sweep its first round, best-of-of-five series in the Kelly Cup playoffs, falling to the Indy Fuel by a 3-2 in Game 3 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Ryan Bednard took the loss, finishing with 30 saves on 33 shots as the Fuel forced Game 4 tonight in Greenville. The series will shift back to Indianapolis for a decisive Game 5 if necessary.

Joey Haddad scored a goal and added an assist, and Shawn Crawford notched the other Swamp Rabbits goal.

Benjamin Finkelstein and Liam Pecararo picked up the assists on Haddad’s goal, which completed the scoring 8:17 into the third period.

Panthers prospects Patrick Bajkov and Alec Rauhauser each registered a shot on goal during the tilt. Rauhauser’s first period tripping penalty opened the door for Indy to take an early lead, thanks to Spencer Watson’s power-play goal at the 5:21 mark. Rauhauser took a cross-checking call in the second, but that one was killed off.

Finkelstein, a seventh round Cats draft choice in 2016 who wasn’t signed to entry-level contract, led Greenville with five shots on goal.

Willie Raskob and Peter Krieger each collected a goal and an assist for the visiting Fuel.

Schedule for NHL Semifinals

Vegas Golden Knights (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (4)

Monday, June 14, 9 p.m.: Canadiens at Golden Knights | NBCSN
Wednesday, June 16, 9 p.m.: Canadiens at Golden Knights | NBCSN,
Friday, June 18, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights at Canadiens | USA
Sunday, June 20, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights at Canadiens | NBCSN
*Tuesday, June 22, 9 p.m.: Canadiens at Golden Knights | NBCSN
*Thursday, June 24, 8 p.m.: Golden Knights at Canadiens | USA
*Saturday, June 26, 8 p.m.: Canadiens at Golden Knights | NBCSN

Tampa Bay Lightning (2) vs. New York Islanders (3)

Sunday, June 13, 3 p.m.: Islanders at Lightning | NBC
Tuesday, June 15, 8 p.m.: Islanders at Lightning | NBCSN
Thursday, June 17, 8 p.m.: Lightning at Islanders | NBCSN
Saturday, June 19, 8 p.m.: Lightning at Islanders | USA
*Monday, June 21, 8 p.m.: Islanders at Lightning | USA
*Wednesday, June 23, 8 p.m.: Lightning at Islanders | NBCSN
*Friday, June 25, 8 p.m.: Islanders at Lightning | NBCSN