ORLANDO, Fla. – Trevor Olson broke a 4-4 tie with 16.6 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Orlando Solar Bears (2-0-0-0) to a 5-4 victory over the Florida Everblades (0-1-0-0) on Friday night at Hertz Arena.
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Etienne Boutet opened the scoring for Orlando at 6:55 of the first period with a wrist shot that beat Jamie Phillips, with Olson and Ryan Siiro picking up assists on the goal.
Tommy Thompson found the equalizer on the power play for Florida at 13:23 by redirecting a point shot past Corbin Boes.
The Everblades took a two-goal lead in the second period with goals from Adam Gilmour (0:28) and a shorthanded marker from Joe Cox (4:03) that made it 3-1 in favor of the hosts.
Orlando responded with a three-goal run of its own, as Dylan Fitze (6:09) and Cody Donaghey (6:32) scored just 23 seconds apart to tie the score at 3-3, and Vincent Dunn snapped a shot over the shoulder of Phillips at 12:21 to restore a 4-3 advantage.
Mathieu Foget pulled the Everblades even with Orlando at 11:04 of the third period with Florida’s second shorthanded goal. The game appeared headed for overtime, but in the final seconds of regulation Ryan Siiro carried the puck into the offensive zone and fired a shot that rebounded to the side of the Florida net, allowing Olson to take several hacks at the puck before finally jamming it past Phillips at 19:43.
Boes picked up win with 22 saves; Phillips took the loss with 29 stops.
- Olson’s three points (1g-2a) and +4 led Orlando.
- Corey Kalk paced the Solar Bears with six shots on goal.
- Orlando concludes the preseason tomorrow with a rematch against the Everblades at 7 p.m. at Hertz Arena.
THREE STARS1) Trevor Olson – ORL2) Adam Gilmour – FLA3) Patrick McCarron – FLA
2018-19 Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the Orlando Solar Bears 2018-19 regular season home schedule are now on sale. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for as little as $15 at the Amway Center box office, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
2018-19 Season Ticket Memberships:
Season Ticket Membershipsfor the seventh season of ECHL Orlando Solar Bears hockey are now on sale. Full and Half-Season memberships are both available, starting as low as $270. For more information, call (407) 951-8200 or visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com.
About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The puck drops on Saturday, Oct. 13 against the Atlanta Gladiators as the Orlando Solar Bears open the 2018-19 season, presented by XYMOPrint. The Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In six seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs four times. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.
Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.