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Solar Bears eliminated from playoff contention in 5-1 loss to Icemen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —  The Orlando Solar Bears (36-28-6-1) saw their push for the 2021 Kelly Cup Playoffs come to an end in a 5-1 loss to the Jacksonville Icemen (34-29-3-4) on Friday night at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

Orlando needed to avoid a regulation loss in order to remain in the hunt, but the Icemen broke a 0-0 tie in the second period with two early goals to seize the lead and never looked back.

Orlando’s run of three straight playoff appearances (2017-19) comes to an end, with South Carolina (idle) clinching the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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First Period
Shots: ORL 12, JAX 14

Second Period
Jacksonville goal: Erik Bradford (11) [PP] at 0:14. Assisted by Jake Elmer.
Jacksonville goal: Mike Szmatula (22) at 2:03. Assisted by Abbot Girduckis and Nick Saracino.
Shots: ORL 13, JAX 6

Third Period 
Jacksonville goal: Abbot Girduckis (12) [PP] at 1:39. Assisted by Erik Bradford and Mike Szmatula.
Jacksonville goal: Ara Nazarian (25) at 2:44. Assisted by Erik Bradford and Jake Elmer.
Orlando goal: Joseph Garreffa (13) at 3:12. Assisted by J.J. Piccinich and Matthew Spencer.
Jacksonville goal: Brendan Warren (9) [SH] at 10:42.
Shots: ORL 14, JAX 10

Goaltending:
ORL: Clint Windsor [L], 19-for-23; Michael Lackey, 6-for-7
JAX: Kyle Keyser, 38-for-39

THREE STARS:
1) Kyle Keyser - JAX
2) Abbot Girduckis  - JAX
3) Erik Bradford - JAX

NOTABLES:

  • The Solar Bears finish their road schedule for the season with a 16-16-3-1 record
     

NEXT GAME:

The Solar Bears close out the 2020-21 season when they host Fan Appreciation Night against the Florida Everblades at the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center on Saturday, June 5 at 7 p.m.