Fitze, Tammela Score in 2-1 Win over IceMen
ORLANDO, Fla. - Dylan Fitze and Jonne Tammela scored in the first period and Martin Ouellette came up with 27 saves as the Orlando Solar Bears (24-18-3-0) picked up a 2-1 win over the Jacksonville Icemen (24-21-1-2) on Friday night at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center.
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Fitze opened the scoring late in the first period when he backhanded an Alexander Kuqali rebound through the crease and past Jacksonville netminder Tanner Jaillet at 17:47 for his eighth of the season.
Tammela then made it 2-0 with his 13th of the season when he snapped a shot past Jaillet from the left wing at 18:58.
Christophe Lalancette got the Icemen on the board exactly at the 10:00 mark of the third period when he snapped a shot over the glove-side shoulder of Ouellette.
With Jaillet pulled for an extra skater in Jacksonville's bid to tie the score, the Solar Bears hung on until the final seconds of regulation. Orlando secured the two points as Chris LeBlanc won a critical defensive zone faceoff and the defense pinned the puck into the corner as time expired.
Ouellette earned the win with 27 saves on 28 shots against; Jaillet took the loss with 34 saves on 36 shots against.
1) Martin Ouellette - ORL
2) Dylan Fitze - ORL
3) Alexander Kuqali - ORL
Orlando improved to 6-2-0-0 on the season against the Icemen with the victory - the two teams are now tied in points (51), although Jacksonville maintains its third-place seed due to the tiebreaker of more regulation and overtime wins. The Solar Bears are also a lifetime 8-0-0-0 against the Icemen at home.
Both Fitze and Tammela now have two-game goal streaks (2g).
Mike Monfredo's assist on Tammela's goal gives the defenseman a four-game point streak (1g-3a).
NEXT GAMES: The Solar Bears hit the road to battle the Icemen tomorrow, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Arena. Orlando's next home game is Single & Mingle Night against the Icemen on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for the game.
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