KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Orlando Solar Bears (16-7-2-0) raced out of the gate with four first period goals on their way to doubling up the Kalamazoo Wings (9-15-0-2) in a 6-3 win on Friday night at Wings Event Center.
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Tony Cameranesi opened the scoring in the first period when he raced down the left wing and drove wide of the net before cutting towards the crease, where he slipped the puck past Nic Riopel at 1:52.
Denver Manderson made it 2-0 at 6:27 when he received a pass in the slot from Brett Findlay and wristed it past Riopel.
Eric Faille then chased down a loose puck in the right corner during a penalty kill and marched towards the net before roofing it at the edge of the crease over a sprawled Riopel at 14:09.
Cameranesi netted a late power-play goal for Orlando in the dying moments of the frame when Taylor Doherty fed the forward at the left half-wall, and Cameranesi made his way from the goal line to the net before elevating the puck over Riopel at 19:54.
The Wings came out flying in the second period, as Peter Schneider, Scott Henegar and Lane Scheidl scored at 2:16, 2:52 and 5:19 respectively to pull the hosts back to within one.
Within seconds after Scheidl’s marker, Joe Perry gave the Solar Bears some breathing room when Findlay connected on a pass with Orlando’s leading goal scorer, and Perry snapped it past Riopel for his 15th goal of the season.
Faille capped the scoring with his second of the game in the third period when Findlay lobbed a pass into the neutral zone and Faille broke in on Riopel before tucking the puck through the legs of the goaltender at 9:42.
Kasimir Kaskisuo earned his fifth consecutive win for Orlando with a season-high 41 saves on 44 shots against; Riopel took the loss with 18 stops on 24 shots against.
1) Tony Cameranesi – ORL
2) Lane Scheidl – KAL
3) Eric Faille – ORL
NEXT HOME GAMES:
- Ugly Sweater jersey – Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades – Thursday, Dec. 22 – 7 p.m.
- Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades – Tuesday, Dec. 27 – 7 p.m.
- Solar Bears vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits – Friday, Dec. 30 – 7 p.m.
The Solar Bears have released a brand-new mobile app, presented by BB&T, giving Solar Bears fans everything they need right in their pocket. The app is also home to the brand-new Loyalty & Rewards Program, which provides Solar Bears fans with opportunities to accumulate points and redeem them for exclusive prizes. The new app is FREE and available for both iOS and Android devices.
The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and play all of their home games at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.
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