Solar Bears double up Everblades 4-2 to open series

Doherty, Crane each record three points

The Orlando Solar Bears 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs are presented by Coors

ESTERO, Fla. – Taylor Doherty and Chris Crane each recorded three points as the Orlando Solar Bears skated to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Everblades in Game 1 of the South Division Semifinals to take a 1-0 series lead on Wednesday night at Germain Arena.

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1 2 3 FINAL 
ORLANDO 1 2 1 4
FLORIDA 1 0 1 2


Orlando: Taylor Doherty (Chris Crane, Eric Faille), T. Doherty [PP] (Mason Marchment, C. Crane), C. Crane (T. Doherty, Darik Angeli), Denver Manderson [EN]

Goaltender: Ryan Massa: 30/32

Florida: Matt Berry (Bryce Aneloski), M. Berry (John McCarron, Brendan O’Donnell)

Goaltender: Alex Nedeljkovic: 26/29


  • Taylor Doherty opened the scoring for Orlando at 11:28 of the first period shortly after exiting the penalty box after serving a two-minute minor for high-sticking assessed at 9:21. Doherty joined a rush with Eric Faille and Chris Crane and tapped in his first playoff goal in his very first playoff game after skating in 342 regular season games with the Worcester Sharks, Rapid City Rush, Toronto Marlies, Providence Bruins and Orlando. The defenseman added a power-play score at 4:58 of the second period.
  • Chris Crane assisted on both of Doherty’s goals and tallied the eventual game-winner at 10:51 of the second period when he scooped up a shot from Doherty and snapped the puck past Alex Nedeljkovic.
  • Doherty and Crane tied current Everblades defenseman – and former Solar Bears blueliner – Bryce Aneloski for the Solar Bears franchise record for points in a playoff game.
  • Ryan Massa made 30 stops in his professional playoff debut, including point-blank saves on Florida’s Brant Harris and Mitchell Heard in the third period.
  • Denver Manderson’s empty-net goal at 19:21 sealed the game for Orlando after the Everblades applied tremendous pressure in the third frame, outshooting the Solar Bears by a 16-9 margin in the final stanza. Orlando also had to contend with two separate penalty kill scenarios in the third period – the Solar Bears finished the night a perfect 4-for-4 on the PK.


  • This is the first time in Solar Bears franchise history that Orlando has scored the first goal in a playoff series, and has opened a series with a victory.
  • Orlando resumes its best-of-seven South Division Semifinals with Florida on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Germain Arena before the series shifts back to Orlando for Game 3 on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Rink at Amway Center.

1) Taylor Doherty – ORL
2) Ryan Massa – ORL
3) Matt Berry – FLA

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