Orlando, FL – The Solar Bears trailed 2-0 and 3-2 but battled back to take a 4-3 victory over the visiting Florida Everblades at the Amway Center on Monday night. F Zach Harrison recorded his second straight two point game with a pair of goals in the contest.
For the second time in a row, the Florida Everblades collected the game’s opening marker. A puck shot through the neutral zone to F Brandon MacLean who led a 2-on-0 into the Solar Bears zone and slipped a backhand shot around G John Curry at 12:02. It was the only goal scored in the first period as Orlando trailed 1-0 going into the intermission.
Early in the second, MacLean knocked in his second of the game. D Olivier Dame-Malka fired a slap shot from the top of the left circle and MacLean deflected the shot into the top right corner at 3:32 to give Florida a 2-0 lead. The score remained 2-0 until late in the frame when D Zach Yuen took a shot at the net and F Mike Ullrich deflected it inside the right post to cut the lead in half at16:16. Before the end of the period, Orlando completed a beautiful passing play and F Scott Tanski finished it off by slipping a backhand shot past G Trevor Cann to tie the game with 1:46 left in the period.
The Everblades used a power play at the start of the third period to regain the lead 1:04 into the third. MacLean took a pass from the left point at the bottom of the right circle and found F Mathieu Roy wide open in front of the net for a tap in goal as the Everblades grabbed the 3-2 advantage. But a power play for the Solar Bears a few minutes later was finished off when Harrison powered a rebound through the pads of Cann to tie the game at 3-3. Harrison struck again three minutes and 15 seconds later, at10:48, when he slammed another rebound from on top of the goal crease to put the Solar Bears on top. Orlando weathered a late surge from Florida at the end of the contest to hold on for the 4-3 final score. G John Curry stopped 29 shots to improve to 10-2-0-0 on the season.
Three Stars: 1. Z. Harrison (ORL); 2. M. Lang (ORL); 3. M. Catenacci (ORL)
Power Plays: ORL: 1/3; FLA: 1/1
Shots: ORL: 32; FLA: 32
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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