DULUTH, Ga. – Blake Kessel’s third period power-play goal helped the Orlando Solar Bears (15-15-5-1) secure a point, but Samuel Asselin’s scored the game-winner in overtime to complete a hat trick performance and give the Atlanta Gladiators (17-20-0-0) a 5-4 victory over Orlando on Friday night at Infinite Energy Arena.
The game featured multiple lead changes, as Orlando rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the second period with goals from Johno May (7:51), Taylor Cammarata (15:12) and Jake Coughler (19:39) to take a 3-2 lead into the dressing room at the intermission. Two early third-period goals from the Gladiators restored the edge in favor of the home team.
A delay of game penalty to Atlanta’s Joel Messner put the Solar Bears on the man advantage, and Kessel’s wrist shot beat Chris Nell at 13:52 for his third of the season to bring the score even at 4-4.
Asselin ultimately won it for Atlanta when he cut through the slot and beat Zachary Fucale at 1:08 of the extra period.
Fucale took the overtime loss for Orlando with 31 saves on 36 shots against; Nell picked up the win for Atlanta by going 33-for-37.
- Samuel Asselin – ATL
- Blake Kessel – ORL
- Derek Nesbitt – ATL
- Orlando remains unbeaten in regulation against the Gladiators this season with a 3-0-2-0 record against Atlanta
- Cammarata’s goal at 15:12 of the second period during a four-on-four sequence tied the score at 2-2 and gave the forward his first goal with his new club after his acquisition earlier in the week from Idaho; Cammarata has two points (2g-2a) in his first two games with Orlando
- Peter Abbandonato picked up two assists and now has a five-game point streak (2g-6a)
- May’s goal extended his point streak to four games (2g-2a)
The Solar Bears continue their six-game road trip when they face the Jacksonville Icemen at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The Solar Bears return home to face the Jacksonville Icemen on Thursday, Jan. 23 for a Thirsty Thursday, presented by Coors Light – fans can take advantage of $5 domestic draft beers during the game. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this game.
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