Third Period Diving Save Placed Second
The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Iowa Wild and Toronto Marlies, announced today that G Cody Reichard’s diving glove save in the third period of Saturday 5-4 overtime win over the Gwinnett Gladiators was featured as the number 2 play on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays.
Photo courtesy of F. Medina and G. Bassing
Reichard’s save came with a little over three minutes left in the third period to keep Orlando within one goal of the Gladiators. F Mickey Lang would then tie the game with 9.8 seconds left in the contest to force overtime, and then netted the game-winning goal 1:10 into overtime to secure the victory for the Solar Bears.
Orlando fell behind in the first period on an early Gladiators goal, but F Taylor Matson answered before the end of the frame as the teams went into the second tied at 1-1. The Gladiators jumped to a 3-1 lead with two goals in under three minutes in the second period before the Solar Bears battled back. First, D Cody Wild knocked a puck out of midair to bring Orlando back to within one and then Matson slammed home his second goal of the game with1:30 to go in the second stanza to tie the game at 3-3. Gwinnett grabbed a third period lead at 9:49 to go up 4-3 before the heroics from Reichard and Lang secured the win for Orlando.