CURRY, MEDVEC LIFT SOLAR BEARS TO 2-1 SHOOTOUT WIN
Solar Bears Defeat Stingrays 2-1 in Eight-Round Shootout
North Charleston, SC - Eight rounds of shootout action were needed to decide the winner, but the Solar Bears topped the Stingrays 2-1 in a shootout at the North Charleston Coliseum on Tuesday Night.
Orlando struck for the lone first period goal halfway through the frame. F Olivier Fortier fired a slap shot from just inside the blue line and found D Kyle Medvec crashing the front of the net for the redirection. Orlando took the 1-0 lead into the first intermission.
After neither side scored in the second, the Stingrays were able to force overtime with a late third period goal. While on the power play, C Mike Hamilton snapped a shot that found its way through a maze of legs into the net with just 1:12 remaining in regulation. Neither side was able to score in overtime, sending the contest into a shootout.
C Mathew Sisca had his third round goal matched by South Carolina F Andrew Cherniwchan in the fourth round, and F Olivier Fortier was able to extend the shootout after Stingrays F Tyler McNeely started the sixth round off with a goal. In the eighth round, Medvec lifted a backhand shot past Stingrays goaltender Adam Morrison to secure a 2-1 shootout win for Orlando. Solar Bears G John Curry stopped 30 of the 31 shots he faced in regulation and six of the eight shootout opportunities.
Three Stars: 1. K. Medvec (ORL); 2. M. Hamilton (SC); 3. J. Curry (ORL)
Power Plays: ORL: 0/5; SC: 0/6
Shots: ORL: 33; SC: 31
C Ryan Cruthers, LW Nick Petersen, and C Mat Sisca all had their six-game point streaks snapped. It was the first game for all three players that they did not register a point this season... The Solar Bears are now 2-1 in shootouts this year... G John Curry has given up just three goals in 20 shootout attempts he has faced... Orlando has played back-to-back games that have gone to a shootout, and four of their seven games this season have needed extra time to decide a winner.
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.