Bourke leads Solar Bears to 7-4 win

ORLANDO, Fla. – Troy Bourke enjoyed a four-point outing, and the Orlando Solar Bears (6-3-1-0) rolled to a 7-4 win over the Jacksonville Icemen (6-2-0-0) on Tuesday morning at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, as the team celebrated its third annual School Day Game in front of a crowd of 8,153.

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Mathieu Foget found the back of the net to give Orlando an early first period lead when he knocked in his own rebound past Mikhail Berdin at 1:48.

The Icemen tied the score at 1-1 when Wacey Rabbit drove towards the Orlando net and stuffed a shot past the glove of Martin Ouellette for a shorthanded goal at 13:50.

The Solar Bears regained the lead when Brady Shaw forced a turnover by Berdin at the side of the Jacksonville net, allowing Shaw to feed Troy Bourke for an easy tap-in goal at 17:40 to make it 2-1 and give Bourke his first of the season since his reassignment to Orlando.

Corey Kalk added his first pro goal to make it 3-1 in the second period when Vincent Dunn sent a cross-ice pass to Kalk at the left circle, and the rookie forward buried his shot at the 5:12 mark.

Bourke added his second goal of the day at 12:08 of the second period with a power-play tally after Hunter Fejes flipped a pass into the slot for Bourke to hammer past Berdin, giving Orlando a three-goal edge.

Jacksonville defenseman Justin Woods kicked off a six-goal third period when he launched a pass from the left corner that deflected past Ouellette at 3:42 to bring Jacksonville back to within two of Orlando.

Fejes netted his team-leading eighth goal of the season at the 8:12 mark after Bourke fed Fejes from behind the net, allowing Fejes to quickly stuff the puck in at the right post.

Everett Clark scored for the Icemen at 12:29 when his pass banked past Ouellette off the skates of a Solar Bears defenseman.

Vincent Dunn collected his third goal of the season at 16:42 to make it 6-3 for the Solar Bears.

After Jacksonville pulled Berdin for an extra attacker, the Icemen converted when Dajon Mingo buried a rebound from Cameron Critchlow at 17:30.

The Solar Bears capped the scoring after Mike Monfredo fired the puck from the defensive zone into an empty net at 19:40 for his first of the season.

Ouellette made 27 saves on 31 shots against to earn the win; Berdin took the loss with 36 stops on 42 shots against.

NOTABLES

  • Brent Pedersen’s assist on Foget’s goal extends the rookie forward’s point streak to six games (3g-5a).
  • Donaghey’s assist on Bourke’s second goal gives the defenseman a four-game point streak (1g-4a).
  • Bourke now has a three-game point streak (2g-6a).
  • Shaw’s assist on Bourke’s first goal gives the forward a two-game point streak (1g-3a).
  • Fejes led Orlando with seven shots on goal and now has a two-game point streak (1g-2a).
  • Orlando is now 5-0-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • The win extends Orlando’s point streak to six games (5-0-1-0).

THREE STARS
1) Troy Bourke – ORL
2) Vincent Dunn – ORL
3) Mike Monfredo – ORL

NEXT GAME: The Solar Bears head north to begin a five-game road trip, starting with their first meeting of the season with the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. The Solar Bears return home to host South Carolina for a Wine Down Wednesday on Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m.CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

2018-19 Season Presented by XYMOPrint:

The Orlando Solar Bears are proud to have local digital printing experts XYMOPrint as the presenting sponsor of the 2018-19 season. As a special offer, fans who call XYMOPrint at (888) 223-9390 from now until June 15, 2019 and reference the Solar Bears will receive 30% off their first order of 500 business cards.

2018-19 Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale: 

Single-game tickets for the Orlando Solar Bears 2018-19 regular season home schedule are now on sale. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for as little as $15 at the Amway Center box office, or online at Ticketmaster.com.

2018-19 Season Ticket Memberships:

Season Ticket Memberships for the seventh season of ECHL Orlando Solar Bears hockey are now on sale. Full and Half-Season memberships are both available, starting as low as $270. For more information, call (407) 951-8200 or visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com.

About the Orlando Solar Bears:

The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In six seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs four times. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.

Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.