TO 3-2 VICTORY OVER THE NAILERS
Orlando Hosts Final Game of Series at 3:00 on Monday Afternoon
Forward Scott Tanski notched his eighth goal of the season 3:33 into overtime to lift the Solar Bears to a 3-2 win over the Wheeling Nailers in front of 9,170 fans at the Amway Center on Saturday night.
Wheeling started off the scoring 11:35 into the first period with a power play marker. F Peter Lenes took the puck up the left side and snapped a shot past G John Curry to give the Nailers a 1-0 lead. Orlando answered at 12:08 when F Rob Mignardi picked up a rebound off a shot from D Ryan Blair and slid the puck into the back of the cage, tying the game at 1-1. Just nine seconds later, Wheeling regained the lead then F Paul Crowder won the faceoff to F Scott Zurevinski, and Zurevinski found Lenes on the back door for a tap-in goal, helping the Nailers to a 2-1 lead going into the second period.
Late into the second period, the Solar Bears locked the game up at a 2-2 score. C Ryan Cruthers snapped a shot from the left wing and after an initial save from G Scott Darling, Cruthers was able to force the puck over the line with 2:35 left in the period.
The final 20 minutes was not enough to decide a winner, as the two sides went tied 2-2 into the sudden death period. With 3:33 left in overtime, D Derick Martin found F Scott Tanski at the top of the left circle who shot the puck into the back of the net giving the Solar Bears a 3-2 win over the Nailers.
Three Stars: 1. S. Tanksi (ORL); 2. R. Cruthers (ORL); 3. R. Mignardi (ORL)
Power Plays: ORL: 0/4; WHL: 1/3
Shots: ORL: 29; WHL: 27
C Ryan Cruthers scored his 100th professional goal in the second period… F Ryan Reaves became the first ECHL Solar Bear to play in the NHL when he suited up for the St. Louis Blues tonight.. Orlando signed G Breton Lindoff before the game. Lindoff played his first professional season with the Danville Dashers last year… Orlando improved to 4-2-1-1 when heading tied into the third period… Orlando has won their last five games at home… The Solar Bears will play their next game on Monday with a special holiday start time of 3:00 p.m.
The Solar Bears continue their series against the Wheeling Nailers on Monday, January 21, for a special holiday start time of 3:00 p.m. Good seats are still available. Visitwww.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 Center.
Individual tickets for all regular season home games are 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. Pro-rated full-season and half season ticket plans range in price from $225-$800 per season ticket (includes facility fee), reflecting a savings of up to 42% off box office pricing. For more information call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 to speak to a Ticket Sales Account Manager.
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