Solar Bears offense explodes in 7-6 comeback win

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Trailing 6-3 in the third period, the Orlando Solar Bears (3-8-2-0) reeled off four straight goals to pull off a remarkable 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-4-2-0) on Sunday afternoon at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Joshua Winquist, Nolan Valleau and Max Novak each enjoyed four-point games, and the Solar Bears set a new franchise record with four power-play goals.

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1 2 3 FINAL
ORLANDO 1 2 4 7
GREENVILLE 3 3 0 6

SCORING SUMMARY

Orlando: Max Novak [SH], Nolan Valleau [PP] (Joshua Winquist, Novak), Martins Dzierkals [PP] (Logan Nelson, J.C. Campagna), Valleau [PP] (Winquist, Novak), Jean Dupuy (Campagna), J.J. Piccinich (Winquist, Valleau), Winquist [PP] (Novak, Valleau)

Goaltender: Mackenzie Skapski (11/16), Cal Heeter (15/16)

Greenville: Brandon Troock (Sean Flanagan, Evan Jasper), Dawson Leedahl (Allan McPherson, Matt Prapavessis), Troock (Joe Basaraba, Jasper), Caleb Herbert [PP] (Joe Houck, Leedahl), Basaraba (Chad Duchesne), McPherson (Leedahl, Herbert)

Goaltender: Ty Rimmer (38/45)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Joshua Winquist scored the game-winning tally – his second game-winner of the season and fifth overall – at 18:40 of the third period. Winquist added three assists, with two helpers coming on goals scored during the rally in the final frame.
  • Nolan Valleau recorded two power-play goals and two assists and tied for the team lead with a +1. Valleau’s first goal came at 1:42 of the second period, and his second goal at 3:08 of the third period ignited the comeback.
  • Max Novak got Orlando on the board with an unassisted shorthanded breakaway goal at 8:58 of the first period to cut a 2-0 deficit in half. Novak also picked up three assists on the day.
  • Martin Dzierkals netted the second power-play goal of the game for Orlando at 13:18 for his first professional goal.
  • Jean Dupuy pulled the Solar Bears to within one goal of the Swamp Rabbits at 3:33 of the third period. He also tied Valleau for the team lead with a +1.
  • J. Piccinich recorded his third goal of the season to tie the score at 6-6 at 8:09 of the third period.
  • C. Campanga earned two assists in his Solar Bears debut, helping set up Dzierkals’ and Dupuy’s goals. He also drew the boarding penalty against Greenville’s Brenden Kotyk at 17:26 that led to Winquist’s game-winner.
  • Logan Nelson recorded the primary assist on Dzierkals’ goal.
  • Cal Heeter entered the game in the second period to relieve Mackenzie Skapski and surrendered one goal on 16 shots in 31:50 of action to secure the win for his first victory of the season.

NOTABLES

  • Valleau also led Orlando with 10 shots on goal.
  • The Solar Bears went 4-for-7 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. Orlando’s four goals with the man advantage were a season-high and a new franchise record; the previous mark of three had been achieved several times before – the last occurred on March 18, 2017 at Florida (5-3 win).
  • The win snapped a franchise-record nine-game streak (0-7-2-0) without a win, dating back to Orlando’s 4-3 overtime victory at Allen on Oct. 22 – Winquist scored the game-winner in that game for the Solar Bears.
  • The Solar Bears are back at home to host the Jacksonville Icemen for the first time at the com Rink at Amway Center on Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.

THREE STARS
1) Joshua Winquist – ORL
2) Dawson Leedahl – GRN
3) Nolan Valleau – ORL

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