ORLANDO DROPS 4-3 DECISION TO GWINNETT
The Solar Bears Continue Home Stand on Saturday and Sunday
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Gwinnett got off to a strong start in the first period, scoring twice in a 35 second span. At 5:53, F Evan Bloodoff used a burst of speed through the neutral zone to get a clean chance against G John Curry, and buried the opportunity to lift Gwinnett to a 1-0 lead. Then, at 6:28, a shot by D Justin Weller found the back of the net while Curry was down. Orlando answered just 26 seconds afterwards, as F Scott Tanski found F Ryan Ginand on the left side of the net. Ginand slammed home the pass from Tanski to collect the shorthanded goal. Before the end of the period, however, Gwinnett took advantage of a four-minute power play chance, with F Casey Pierro-Zabotel deflecting a shot from F Doug Jones as the Gladiators led 3-1 after one.
Orlando cut the score to 3-2 early in the second period. RW
Kevin Baker powered the puck into the attacking end, drilled a
shot off the post, and F Olivier Fortier finished the play by
tapping the puck into the net 3:40 into the period. Gwinnett
answered at 8:14, when Pierro-Zabotel slid out of the left
corner and tucked home a backhand shot to restore Gwinnett's
two goal lead going into the third period.
Three Stars: 1. M. Lee (GWT); 2. C. Pierro-Zabotel (GWT); 3. R. Ginand (ORL)
Power Plays: ORL: 0/5; GWT: 1/7
Shots: ORL: 36; GWT: 33
Tonight's game marked the first regulation loss for the Solar Bears at home. They are now 2-1-1-1 on home ice... Orlando has outshot their opponents in eight straight games... The Solar Bears have killed off 31 of their last 34 penalties.
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, are in their Out of Hibernation and play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.
Individual tickets for all regular season home games are now
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