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McAuley lifts Solar Bears to 3-2 win over Icemen

Sunday, December 30th
McAuley lifts Solar Bears to 3-2 win over Icemen

ORLANDO, Fla. – Colby McAuley recorded three points – including the game-winning tally with less than a minute in regulation – to lift the Orlando Solar Bears (16-12-3-0) to a 3-2 win over the Jacksonville Icemen (18-13-1-0) on Saturday night at the ARS.comRink at Amway Center.

Click herefor the box score.

The Solar Bears took a 1-0 lead when McAuley set up Matthew Spencer with a drop-pass at the right circle and Spencer fired the puck past Tanner Jaillet at 8:25 for his second of the season.

Cody Donaghey netted a power-play goal to extend Orlando’s lead to two goals at 12:08 when he unloaded a shot from the high slot for his seventh of the season.

Maxime Fortier got the Icemen on the board at 14:04 when he sped through the right circle and snapped a shot over the glove of Corbin Boes.

Both teams failed to score in the second period, as Boes and Jaillet each came up with several impressive stops.

Jacksonville was awarded a penalty shot at 7:16 of the third period, and Kris Newbury converted on the opportunity to tie the score at 2-2.

The game appeared to be headed for overtime late in regulation when Trevor Olson dug the puck out of the wall and made his way toward the Icemen net. Although Jaillet made the initial stop, McAuley pounced on a rebound at the edge of the crease and buried the game-winner at 19:09.

Boes picked up the win with 22 saves on 24 shots against; Jaillet took the loss with 41 stops on 44 shots against.

THREE STARS1) Colby McAuley – ORL2) Cody Donaghey – ORL3) Corbin Boes – ORL


  • McAuley led Orlando with six shots on goal.
  • Orlando went 1-for-6 with the power-play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
  • The Solar Bears now lead the regular season series with Jacksonville at 4-2-0-0. The series resumes on Feb. 6 vs. the Icemen.
  • Orlando finished December with a 7-5-1-0 record for the month
  • The Solar Bears improve to 12-0-0-0 when leading after two periods, and 6-0-0-0 in the same scenario on home ice.

NEXT GAME: The Solar Bears are back in action when they host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. The game is a Wine Down Wednesday – fans can take advantage of $5 wine specials during the game. CLICK HEREto purchase tickets to the game.

2018-19 Season Presented by XYMOPrint:

The Orlando Solar Bears are proud to have local digital printing experts XYMOPrintas the presenting sponsor of the 2018-19 season. As a special offer, fans who call XYMOPrint at (888) 223-9390 from now until June 15, 2019 and reference the Solar Bears will receive 30% off their first order of 500 business cards.

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 Orlando 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.

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