THIRD PERIOD DOOMS SOLAR BEARS TO 4-2 LOSS TO FLORIDA Orlando Battles Gwinnett in Back-to-Back Home Games Next Weekend

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Orlando Battles Gwinnett in Back-to-Back Home Games Next Weekend

Orlando, FL –  The Solar Bears skated to a 2-0 lead after 40 minutes of action, but a third period comeback by the Florida Everblades sank the Solar Bears to a 4-2 loss in front of 8,849 fans at the Amway Center on Saturday night.

The Solar Bears took an early lead, when F Zach Harrison deflected a shot from DZachary Yuen at 8:19 of the frame. It was the only goal of a hotly contested first period, as the Solar Bears took the advantage into the second period.

A quick start to the second stanza helped Orlando increase their advantage. A tic-tac-toe breakout led F Mike Ullrich into the zone and he centered a pass to D Cody Wild for a backhand one-timer that slid under the pad of Kristers Gudlevskis just 1:49 into the period. Orlando rang a shot off the post a few minutes later, but the period would end with the Solar Bears continuing to lead 2-0.

The third period saw the Everblades mount a comeback. Just 2:32 into the third, F Mike Merrifield deflected a shot from the blue line to get the Everblades on the board, and then 27 seconds later F Matthew Pistilli stole a puck as he left the penalty box, cruised in on a breakaway, and notched the game-tying marker. The score stayed tied 2-2 until late in the frame, when Florida F Brandon MacLean stole a puck on a faceoff and picked the top right corner of the net to give Florida a lead they would not relinquish. Pistilli picked up his second goal of the period on an empty net for the game’s final 4-2 score.

Three Stars: 1. B. MacLean (FLA); 2. K. Gudlevskis (FLA); 3. C. Gibson (ORL)

Power Plays: ORL: 0/2; FLA: 0/2
Shots: ORL: 14; FLA: 29


D Myles Harvey served the second game of a four-game ECHL suspension… D Bryce Aneloski made his Solar Bears debut tonight… Orlando killed off all eleven penalties they took in the first two games of the season… F Ian Slater has received fighting majors in back-to-back games. He has 16 PIM in his first two games with Orlando… Both teams hit a goalpost in tonight’s contest… The Solar Bears wore their black third jerseys tonight.

Orlando Solar Bears individual game tickets for the 2013-14 season are on sale. Tickets can be purchased at the Amway Center Box Office or online or For the Promotional Calendar,click here.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Iowa Wild and Toronto Marlies, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.

Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.comFacebook, and Twitter(@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates. Stay in touch with Shades on Instagram by following ShadestheSolarBear.

Don’t get shut-out when we sell out! Take advantage of the Orlando Solar Bears season ticket pre-sale offer by placing a $50 deposit per ticket now to receive seat selection priority for the 2013-14 season. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or

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Since beginning operations in November of 2011, the Solar Bears have helped raise over $350,000 for the Central Florida community. To read the Solar Bears Report to the Community, click here.

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