NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Despite scoring three goals in the first period and Chris LeBlanc registering his first multi-goal game of the season, the Orlando Solar Bears (11-12-4-1) suffered a 6-4 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays (20-2-3-0) as Dan DeSalvo recorded three goals to lead the home team to victory on Friday night at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Tristin Langan gave Orlando a 1-0 lead at 4:38 of the first period when he beat Parker Milner for his seventh of the season during a four-on-four sequence.
DeSalvo scored twice in a 32-second span, beating Zachary Fucale at 8:20 and 8:52 to give South Carolina a 2-1 lead.
LeBlanc buried his seventh of the season at 13:08 to tie the score at 2-2 when he slipped behind a pair of defenders and tucked the puck past Milner.
Mikhail Shalagin put Orlando ahead once again when he snapped a shot from the high slot into the net at 14:05 for his sixth of the season.
DeSalvo tied the score for South Carolina with his third of the evening at 6:34 to complete the hat trick.
Matthew Weis then drilled a shot into the net from the top of the circle to give the Stingrays a 4-3 lead at 15:50.
LeBlanc got his second of the night when he intercepted a DeSalvo pass at the Orlando blue line and raced up the ice and deked out Milner for a shorthanded breakaway goal at 1:59 of the third period, tying the score at 4-4.
Jordan Klimek scored the eventual game-winner at 3:33, and Andrew Cherniwchan tallied a shorthanded insurance goal for the Stingrays at 11:20.
Fucale took the loss with 28 saves on 34 shots against; Milner picked up the win with 25 stops on 29 shots against.
- Dan DeSalvo – SC
- Max Novak – SC
- Mark Cooper – SC
- LeBlanc takes sole possession of the team’s goal-scoring lead, and has six points (3g-3a) over his last five outings
- Johno May assisted on both of Orlando’s first two goals, and now has eight points (4g-4a) in five games for Orlando since his acquisition from Greenville on Dec. 13
- Langan recorded his second consecutive multi-point game, and has four points (1g-3a) over his last two games
- Shalagin scored for the second consecutive game, and has three goals over his last five games
- Orlando’s three goals in the first period were the most scored by the team in the opening frame this season
The Solar Bears finish their pre-holiday break schedule when they visit the Atlanta Gladiators on Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7:05 p.m. at Infinite Energy Arena. 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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