Game Preview: Orlando at South Carolina, 7:05 p.m.

Nov 14, 2015

11/14/2015 10:10 AM -
 

TODAY'S GAME
Orlando Solar Bears (5-4-1) at South Carolina Stingrays (7-5-1), 7:05 p.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum

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TODAY'S CONTEST
The South Carolina Stingrays host the Orlando Solar Bears this evening. The Stingrays and Orlando met last night at the North Charleston Coliseum with South Carolina earning the victory, 2-1, in a shootout. Joe Devin scored the lone shootout goal, and South Carolina goaltender Vitek Vanecek stopped all three Orlando attempts to earn the Stingrays the extra point in the standings. South Carolina has won three straight games. 
 
GAUL SCORES BEFORE INJURY: 
Forward Patrick Gaul scored his first goal of the season last night in the 2-1 win before departing due to injury. Gaul's goal came midway through the first period on a rebound off a Brett Cameron shot. Gaul is resting comfortably today after surgery last night to repair a broken jaw. Gaul sustained the injury in the third period of last night's game after being struck in the face while blocking a shot. 
 
VANECEK STAYS HOT: 
Vitek Vanecek continued with his strong play during his rookie season last night. The goaltender allowed two or less goals for his seventh straight apperance. Vanecek now boasts a 4-4-1 record with a 2.13 goals against average and a .911 save percentage. He has one shutout. The 19-year-old rookie was a second round selection of the Capitals in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

KEEPING THE BEARS AT BAY: 
In last night's 2-1 win, the Stingrays held Orlando to just 22 shots. The Solar Bears are averaging 30 shots per game this season and are scoring just shy of four goals per game so far this year. South Carolina has been one of the league's toughest defensive teams of late, allowing just 2.4 goals per game and 24 shots per game. 

HOMESTAND ENDS: 
Tonight is the final game of the Stingrays seven game homestand. The club does not return to the North Charleston Coliseum until December 12. The team Stingrays visit Greenville, Atlanta, Orlando, Norfolk, Wheeling and Indy on the roadtrip. 

MEMORIES OF MADORE:
After spending some time with Toronto of the AHL, goaltender Rob Madore has returned to the Solar Bears in time for this weekend's games. The former Kelly Cup Playoff MVP made quite the impression on South Carolina fans during his brief five-game stint with the team in the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs. After the Chicago Express franchise disbanded, Madore became a free agent. Due to injuries and call-ups, the Stingrays were left in need of a goalie during their playoff series with the Gwinnett Gladiators. Madore was added to the Stingrays roster and stopped 54 shots in a 4OT victory at Gwinnett in his first game. Since then, Madore has played for Evansville, Florida, and Cincinnati in the ECHL, while making appearances with Charlotte and San Antonio in the AHL. 

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