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Piccinich power-play goal lifts Solar Bears to 5-3 win over Fuel

Saturday, April 24th
Piccinich power-play goal lifts Solar Bears to 5-3 win over Fuel

INDIANAPOLIS —  Michael Joly scored in his debut with his new club and J.J. Piccinich broke a 3-3 tie late in regulation with a power-play goal as the Orlando Solar Bears (27-18-4-1) opened their three-game set with the Indy Fuel (27-18-4-0) with a 5-3 victory on Friday night at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

VIEW BOX SCORE

First PeriodOrlando goal: Michael Joly (9) at 6:40. Assisted by Kyle Topping.Orlando goal: Tristin Langan (18) at 12:17.Indy goal: Michael Pelech (8) [PP] at 16:25. Assisted by Matt Marcinew.Shots: ORL 17, IND 15

Second PeriodIndy goal: Terry Broadhurst (2) [PP] at 3:13. Assisted by Michael Pelech and Nic Pierog.Orlando goal: Aaron Luchuk (20) at 13:24. Assisted by Mark Auk and Kārlis Čukste.Indy goal: Nick Hutchison (4) at 19:00. Assisted by Ryan Zuhlsdorf and Diego Cuglietta.Shots: ORL 7, IND 12

Third Period Orlando goal: J.J. Piccinich (10) [PP] at 17:41. Assisted by Mark Auk and Joe Garreffa.Orlando goal: Kyle Topping (8) [EN] at 19:59. Assisted by J.J. Piccinich.Shots: ORL 6, IND 5

Goaltending:ORL: Michael Lackey, 29-for-32IND: Dan Bakala, 25-for-29

THREE STARS:1) J.J. Piccinich - ORL2) Mark Auk - ORL3) Michael Pelech - IND

NOTABLES:

  • Tonight’s game was Orlando’s first visit to Indianapolis since January  16, 2016 (2-0 W)
  • Orlando is now 15-3-2-1 when scoring first; the club is 20-0-0-0 when scoring four or more goals
  • Piccinich’s output extended his point streak to four games (3g-3a); his goal was his third game-winner of the season and sixth game-winning tally in his Solar Bears career, moving him into a tie for fifth on the franchise list with Denver Manderson and T.J. Foster
  • Aaron Luchuk became the first Solar Bears player this season to reach the 20-goal plateau with his second period tally; his point streak now sits and four games (5g-4a)
  • Mark Auk (6a) and Joe Garreffa (5a) each extended their assist streaks to four games  

NEXT GAME:

The Solar Bears resume their series with the Indy Fuel at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday, April 24 at 7:05 p.m. The Solar Bears return home to host Orlando Magic Night, presented by Amway, against the South Carolina Stingrays at the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center on Friday, April 30 at 7 p.m. 

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