Coliseum on Tuesday Night
Orlando struck for the lone first period goal halfway through the frame. F Olivier Fortier fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line and found D Kyle Medvec crashing the front of the net for the redirection. Orlando took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
After neither side scored in the second, the Stingrays were able to force overtime with a late third period goal. While on the power play, C Mike Hamilton snapped a shot that found its way through a maze of legs into the net with just 1:12 remaining in regulation. Neither side was able to score in overtime, sending the contest into a shootout.
Mathew Sisca had his third round goal matched by South Carolina F Andrew Cherniwchan in the fourth round, and F Olivier Fortier was able to extend the shootout after Stingrays F Tyler McNeely started the sixth round off with a goal. In the eighth round, Medvec lifted a backhand shot past Stingrays goaltender Adam Morrison to secure a 2-1 shootout win for Orlando. Solar Bears G John Curry stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced in regulation and six of the eight shootout opportunities.
Three Stars: 1. K. Medvec (ORL); 2. M. Hamilton (SC); 3. J. Curry (ORL)
Power Plays: ORL: 0/5; SC: 0/6
Shots: ORL: 33; SC: 31
C Ryan Cruthers, LW Nick Petersen, and C Mat Sisca all had their six-game point streaks snapped. It was the first game for all three players that they did not register a point this season… The Solar Bears are now 2-1 in shootouts this year… G John Curry has given up just three goals in 20 shootout attempts he has faced… Orlando has played back-to-back games that have gone to a shootout, and four of their seven games this season have needed extra time to decide a winner.
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 on sale beginning as low as $15. To purchase your tickets, please visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or the Amway Center Box Office.
Season ticket plans are available now. Full and half season ticket plans range in price from $225-$1480 per season ticket (includes facility fee), reflecting a savings of up to 42% off box office pricing. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 to speak to a Ticket Sales Account Manager.
Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call 407-951-8200 or click here.
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