Three Game Set Closes on the Road Tomorrow Night

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Orlando, FL -  The Solar Bears trailed 3-0 early in the second period but came storming back to take down the Florida Everblades 4-3 in a shootout in front of 7,242 fans at the Amway Center on Friday night.

Both sides had their opportunities in the opening frame, and Florida converted late in the period. A quick 2-on-1 chance saw F Matthew Pistilli find LW Matchieu Roy open in a front of the net, and he redirected the puck past G Patrick Killeen to give Florida a 1-0 lead with 4:58 left in the frame.
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Pistilli increased Florida's lead to 2-0 less than five minutes into the second period. F Corey Trivino took the puck into the zone and dropped it off to Pistilli, who one-timed the shot into the top right corner. Under two minutes later, at 6:12 of the second stanza, D Olivier Dame-Malka fired a shot from the slot that beat Killeen into the bottom corner of the net and put Florida up 3-0. Orlando started their comeback when F Ryan Ginand wristed a shot past G Pat Nagle 2:02 later to put the Solar Bears on the board. Before the end of the period, D James Sanford took a pass from RW Chris Lawrence and one-timed it into the back of the net to make the score 3-2 at the end of the second frame.

Orlando knotted the game up at 3-3 when F Michael Neal redirected a pass from Ginand through Nagle's five hole for a 5-on-3 goal at 6:34 of the third period. 60 minutes was not enough to decide a winner, and after a scoreless overtime the game went into a shootout. Lawrence and F Dan Dries struck for the Solar Bears while Killeen stopped all four shots he faced to give Orlando the 4-3 win over Florida.

Three Stars: 1. R. Ginand (ORL); 2. P. Killeen (ORL); 3. D. Dries (ORL)
Power Plays: ORL: 1/4; FLA: 0/3
Shots: ORL: 40; FLA: 35

Orlando improved to 7-3-1-0 against Florida this season... The Solar Bears are now 7-0-0-0 when over 7,000 fans are in attendance at the Amway Center... Tomorrow's game in Estero, FL, is the only road game for the Solar Bears this month... G Patrick Killeen started his fifth straight game tonight. He is 3-1-0-1 over the past five games... D James Sanford's second period goal was his first as a Solar Bear... Orlando and Florida have gone into overtime four times this season, with Orlando winning three of those four contests... Orlando is 9-1-0-1 in their last 11 home games.

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The Solar Bears head to the road to cap off a three game set against the Florida Everblades tomorrow. Orlando returns home for three games against the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 17, at 3:00 p.m. Good seats are still available. Visit

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