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SOLAR BEARS OUTLASTED IN 6-5 SHOOTOUT LOSS

Orlando Hits the Road for Four Straight Next Week

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Orlando, FL - C Ryan Cruthers, LW Nick Petersen, and C Mathew Sisca all continued their point streaks, helping the Solar Bears earn a point in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Greenville Road Warriors at the Amway Center on Sunday Afternoon.

The Road Warriors got off to a strong start, scoring twice in the first 7:10 of the game. F Shayne Wiebe blasted a shot over the shoulder of G Mike Brodeur at 4:38, and F Sean Berkstresser made it 2-0 when he intercepted a clearing pass and buried a shot for his third goal of the season. A late-period power play allow Ryan Cruthersed Orlando cut the lead in half, as F Olivier Fortier put home a back-hand shot with 3:27 left in the period.

Less than five minutes into the second frame, Cruthers fired a pass to RW Kevin Baker, who redirected a shot into the back of net while on the power play to tie the game at 2-2. D Kyle Medvec broke the tie at 12:38 when he blasted a shot from the left point over the glove of G Nathan Lieuwen, and Cruthers capped off a three-goal second period with a power play goal from the left half-wall as the Solar Bears carried a 4-2 lead into the third.

F Marc-Olivier Vallerand cut the score to 4-3 at 2:54 of the third period, but F Rob Mignardi restored the two goal lead when he deflected in a shot from LW Nick Petersen. With 2:54 remaining in regulation, F Jordie Johnston deflected home a shot from D Rob Kwiet and Berkstresser added his second of the game with just 11 seconds left in regulation. Despite Orlando out-shooting Greenville 7-0 in extra time, the Road Warriors were able to force a shootout, where they prevailed to earn a 6-5 victory.

Three Stars:
1. B. Wong (GRN); 2. R. Cruthers (ORL); 3. K. Baker (ORL)

Power Plays: ORL: 3/4; GRN: 1/4    

Shots: ORL: 33; GRN: 31 

 

Notes:

C Ryan Cruthers, LW Nick Petersen, and C Mathew Sisca each had two points and all three have registered at least one point in all six Solar Bears Games... RW Kevin Baker scored his first goal as a member of the Orlando Solar Bears... G Mike Brodeur made his Orlando Solar Bears debut tonight... Orlando held a pet food donation as fans entered the building. 543 bags and cans of pet food, snacks, and toys

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, are in their Out of Hibernation and 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 now on sale beginning as low as $15. To purchase your tickets, please visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or the Amway Center Box Office.

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