Solar Bears Hold Off Stingrays In ThirdOct 27, 2016
The Orlando Solar Bears (1-1-0-0) came from behind in the third period with two goals to defeat the South Carolina Stingrays (0-2-1-0) by a score of 2-1 Thursday night at the Amway Center.
Forward Olivier Archambault scored the first power play goal of the season for South Carolina in the loss, which was also his first goal with the Stingrays. Goaltender Parker Milner took the loss for the Rays, despite making 27 saves.
South Carolina controlled much of the play in the opening period, but couldn’t get on the board. The Stingrays held the Solar Bears to just four shots on net in the first 20 minutes, including two penalty kills.
After a scoreless first frame, the Rays took a 1-0 lead on Archambault’s goal, which came on the team’s third power play opportunity of the night. The forward wound up for a slap shot and blasted the puck off the crossbar and down into the net for his first tally of the season.
Assists on the goal went to defensemen Danny Federico and Daniel New. For Federico, it was his first point as a member of South Carolina, while New picked up his second helper of the season and now leads the team with three points.
The Stingrays took the 1-0 lead into the third period, but Orlando got the equalizer at 4:11 of the final period when Brett Findlay scored on the power play.
With the Rays killing a holding infraction on Scott Tanksi, Findlay beat Milner with a wrist shot to even the score at 1-1.
Then at 13:28 the Solar Bears struck again and took their first lead of the contest when Patrick Watling picked up a rebound and backhanded it under Milner’s left pad.
Despite some late chances, South Carolina failed to find a second goal and the 2-1 score remained until the clock hit zero.
Archambault finished with a team-high six shots on net for the Stingrays. South Carolina finished 1-for-3 with the man-advantage and held Orlando to 1-of-6 on the power play.
Goaltender Ryan Massa earned his first win of the year for the Solar Bears, stopping 23 of South Carolina’s shots. Milner’s record is now 0-1-1-0 on the season for the Stingrays.
With a 15-5 edge in shots during the third period, Orlando outshot South Carolina 29-24 overall on the night.
The Stingrays now continue their trip through the Sunshine State, taking on the Florida Everblades Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. South Carolina is back at the North Charleston Coliseum Tuesday night to attempt some revenge on the Solar Bears at 7:05 p.m.
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