Miller nets game-winning goal for Orlando
LOVELAND, Colo. – The Orlando Solar Bears (18-10-4-2) scored three third period goals to rally for a wild 4-3 victory over the Colorado Eagles (19-10-1-3) on Friday night at the Budweiser Events Center. Orlando sits five points behind the Florida Everblades for first place in the South Division.
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Nikolas Brouillard opened the scoring when he collected a broken clearing attempt at the top of the offensive zone and blasted a shot past Clarke Saunders at 3:53 to give the Solar Bears a 1-0 lead. The goal was Brouillard’s sixth of the season and tied him with Wheeling’s Kevin Schulze for the league lead among rookie defensemen in goals scored.
Matt Garbowsky netted the tying goal for the Eagles at 9:36 of the second as he redirected a shot floating shot from Josh Nicholls through the pads of Ryan Massa for a power-play goal.
After Colorado won a faceoff late in the frame, a Michael Sdao point shot was denied by Massa, but Casey Pierro-Zabotel pounced on the rebound and jammed it into the net at 19:12.
The Eagles extended their lead to two after Ryan Harrison used a screen to beat Massa with a one-timer from the point at 3:46.
The Solar Bears orchestrated their rally when Brouillard fed a pass ahead to Denver Manderson while the visitors faced a penalty kill. Manderson carried the puck up the right wing and fired a wrist shot that beat Saunders high at 7:53 to close the gap.
Alex Gacek evened it up at 3-3 off a dazzling play when he picked up the puck in the neutral zone, went down the right boards and curled behind the net before burying a low shot at 9:09.
Orlando completed the comeback when Brenden Miller buried a pass from Austin Block for a one-timer on the power play at 13:30.
Massa turned aside the Eagles’ remaining chances and earned the win with 18 saves on 21 shots against; Saunders took the loss with 32 saves on 36 shots against.
Three Stars:1) Nikolas Brouillard – ORL2) Ryan Harrison – COL3) Mason Geertsen – COL
NEXT HOME GAMES:
- Military Appreciation Night & Patriotic Jersey – Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades - Saturday, Jan. 21 - 7 p.m.
- Solar Bears vs. Allen Americans - Thursday, Jan. 26 - 7 p.m. – First-ever meeting between Orlando and the defending back-to-back Kelly Cup champions
- Solar Bears vs. Allen Americans - Sunday, Jan. 29 - 1:30 p.m. – UCF vs. UF game following Solar Bears game
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The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and play all of their home games at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.
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