SOLAR BEARS COMPLETE THREE GOAL COMEBACK WITH 4-3 SHOOTOUT
WIN OVER FLORIDA
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.
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
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
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.
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 www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's
Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, play all of their home
games at the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business
Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway
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