ORLANDO, Fla. – Defenseman Rich Boyd enjoyed a career-high four-point (2g-2a) performance and broke a 5-5 tie in the third period to lift the Orlando Solar Bears (11-11-4-1) to an eventual 7-5 win over the Kansas City Mavericks (11-13-3-0) on Wednesday night at the Jewett Orthopaedic Rink at Amway Center.
The Solar Bears took a 1-0 lead at 4:53 of the first period when Mikhail Shalagin teamed up with Jimmy Lodge on a 2-on-1 and took pass from Lodge before beating Tyler Parsons for his fifth of the season.
Tad Kozun tied the score for the Mavericks at 8:16 as he hammered a back-door pass from Ryan Galt past Clint Windsor for a shorthanded goal.
Johno May pulled Orlando ahead 2-1 at 11:40 when Trevor Olson sent a pass across the neutral zone to May, who sped into the offensive zone and beat Parsons with a wrist shot from the left circle for his seventh goal of the season and his third goal since joining the Solar Bears.
The Mavericks opted to replace Parsons with Nick Schneider in net to begin the second period.
May netted his second of the game on the power play in the middle frame when Alexey Lipanov fed May for a one-timer in the slot at 4:46.
Rocco Carzo answered for Kansas City at 6:44 with a power-play goal off the rush that struck the post and clanked into the net to pull the visitors back to within one.
Orlando restored the two-goal lead at 14:27 when Lipanov received a pass from Langan along the half-boards before he cut to the front of the Mavericks net and slid the puck underneath Schneider for his fifth of the season.
Ivan Kosorenkov extended the lead to three goals at 2:37 of the third period when he retrieved a loose puck at the side of the Kansas City net and stuffed his fourth of the season past Schneider.
The Mavericks were not finished, however, as Terrance Amorosa (5:46), Darian Dziurzynski (8:49) and Zach Osburn (11:24) scored to even the score at 5-5.
Boyd broke the tie score at 15:20 when his shot from the point struck the skates of a Kansas City defenseman and pinballed into the net for his second goal of the season.
Boyd sealed the game with an empty-net goal at 18:40 to cap the career night for the rookie defenseman.
Windsor picked up his fourth win of the season with 29 saves on 34 shots against; Schneider took the loss with 22 stops on 26 shots against after relieving Parsons.
- Rich Boyd – ORL
- Johno May – ORL
- Kevin Lohan – ORL
- Orlando’s seven goals marked a new season-high – the previous was a six on Oct. 29 vs. Jacksonville
- May now has six points (4g-2a) in four games for Orlando since his acquisition from Greenville last Friday
- Boyd’s four points also marked a new single-game season-high by a Solar Bears player, was the first four-point game by a Solar Bears defenseman since Nolan Valleau on Nov. 19, 2017 vs. Greenville (2g-2a) and matched Nikolas Brouillard (1g-3a; Nov. 1, 2016 at South Carolina) for the most points in a single game by a Solar Bears rookie blueliner
- Boyd and defensive partner Kevin Lohan led Orlando with a +4
- Alexey Lipanov (1g-1a) and Tristin Langan (2a) finished the night with two points; it was both rookie forwards’ second multi-point game of the season
- The Solar Bears are now 9-0-0-0 this season when scoring three or more goals
- Orlando has improved to 2-0-2-0 against non-divisional opponents this season; the Solar Bears’ next non-divisional opponent is Jan. 5 vs. Brampton
The Solar Bears head out on the road to face the South Carolina Stingrays at the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:05 p.m. The Solar Bears return home to face the Jacksonville Icemen on Thursday, Dec. 26 at 7 p.m. for a Thirsty Thursday, presented by Coors Light; fans can take advantage of $5 domestic drafts during the game. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this game.
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