ORLANDO, Fla. – Although the Orlando Solar Bears (10-8-2-0) managed a season-high 50 shots on goal and broke a four-game power-play goal drought, the home team fell by a 4-3 score to the Norfolk Admirals (12-7-1-1) on Sunday afternoon at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center.
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Mike Monfredo gave Orlando the initial lead at the 3:07 mark of the first period when he followed up his own rebound and beat Ty Reichenbach for his second of the season.
Luke Nogard scored at 6:56 with the man advantage to tie the score for Norfolk, and the Admirals pulled ahead when Taylor Cammarata scored at 9:52.
The Solar Bears got the equalizer late in the frame from Cody Donaghey, as the team’s power-play unit cycled the puck in the offensive zone for an extended period of time before Donaghey blasted a shot over the glove-side shoulder of Reichenbach at 19:02.
The Admirals pulled ahead by two goals in the second period as Jalen Smereck (9:32) and Ben Duffy (10:25) scored 53 seconds apart to give the visitors a 4-2 edge and force the Solar Bears to swap Hayden Stewart out for Corbin Boes in goal.
Brady Shaw scored his team-leading 12th of the season at 17:47 of the middle frame to bring Orlando back to within one goal, but the Admirals held on to come away with the win.
Stewart took the loss with 15 saves on 19 shots against in 30:25 of action, while Boes stopped all 17 shots that he faced in 28:10 of relief; Reichenbach earned the victory with a 47-save effort against 50 shots.
- Shaw led the Solar Bears with nine shots on goal. The forward has scored a goal in three consecutive games and has also added an assist in that span.
- Jonne Tammela led Orlando with two assists in the game, and now has a three-game point streak (2g-3a).
- Michael Brodzinski assisted on Shaw’s goal and now has a three-game assist streak (4a).
1) Ben Duffy – NOR
2) Darik Angeli – NOR
3) Patrick D’Amico – NOR
NEXT GAMES: The Solar Bears visit the Atlanta Gladiators on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:35 p.m. at Infinite Energy Arena. Orlando then hosts the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for the first time this season on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center for a FAIRWINDS Solar Bears Sunday. The first 100 FAIRWINDS members who show their FAIRWINDS debit or credit card and photo ID at the box office will receive a free pair of tickets to that day’s game. Once the first 100 pairs are claimed, FAIRWINDS members can still take advantage of a buy-one-get-one offer for the game. For more information, visit fairwinds.org/solarbears. 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.