ORLANDO EDGES OUT FLORIDA FOR 2-1 WIN
Estero, FL – G Garret Sparks stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced to help Orland take down the Everblades 2-1 at the Germain Arena on Friday night. For Sparks, it was his second straight game against Florida with over 30 saves.
The Solar Bears notched the first goal of the contest with just 9.8 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Following a Florida penalty, forward C.J. Severyn tapped the puck off the faceoff to F Wade MacLeod who one-timed it past G Kristers Gudlevskis to put Orlando ahead 1-0.
After a scoreless second period, Florida evened up the game at 5:48 of the final frame. F Mathew Pistilli moved a pass to forward A.J. Jenks, and F Mathieu Roy snapped home a one-timer to even the score at 1-1. Orlando regained the lead with less than four minutes to play when a centering feed from F Tyler Murovich deflected off the skates of an Everblades defender and into the net to restore the Solar Bears lead. G Garret Sparks made a number of saves down the stretch to maintain the advantage, as Orlando held off Florida to collect their second straight 2-1 win over the Everblades.
Three Stars: 1. G. Sparks (ORL); 2. M. Roy (FLA); 3. W. MacLeod (ORL)
Power Plays: ORL: 1/6; FLA: 0/3
Shots: ORL: 23; FLA: 33
The Solar Bears scored the first goal of the game on the road for the first time this season. They have scored first in all eight of their home games… G Garret Sparks has been named the game’s first star in both of his two games since joining Orlando… F Wade MacLeod scored his first goal as a Solar Bear in the first period… F Josh Caron played his first game with Orlando since Nov. 13 in Cincinnati. He recorded a fighting major in the second period… Orlando has now won four of their last five games on the road and eight of their last 10 games overall.
Solar Bears Thanksgiving Day Game:
The Orlando Solar Bears are continuing a tradition from their IHL days this season, hosting the Greenville Road Warriors for a special 6:00 p.m. contest on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28. Orlando will wear vintage jerseys during the game and there will be a Michael Jackson tribute performance. To get tickets, call 407-951-8200 or visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or www.Ticketmaster.com.
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.
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