MacAulay's Overtime GoalNets Florida a 3-2 Win over Orlando
ORLANDO, FL - Stephen MacAulay scored the game-winning goal midway through overtime to lead the Florida Everblades (29-6-1-2, 61 pts) to a 3-2 overtime victory over the rival Orlando Solar Bears (17-17-5-1, 40 pts) Saturday night at the Amway Center. The Everblades now have a 12 points to four lead in the battle for the Wawa Sunshine Cup.
Stephen MacAulay sent the puck up to Clark Seymour at the center point. Seymour ripped his shot past the blocker of Orlando goaltender Cal Heeter and into the net.
John McCarron gave the 'Blades a 2-0 lead off of a great individual effort. Picking up the loose puck in the neutral zone, McCarron moved quickly to get into the attacking zone. From the right wing circle McCarron flicked his wrist shot top shelf past the glove of Cal Heeter.
Orlando would eventually get themselves on the board, taking advantage of a power play opportunity to make the score 2-1. Orlando saw its first few chances stopped by Everblades goaltender Martin Ouellette. However, Chris Crane managed to flip his rebound chance past a diving Ouellette and into the net.
Following a scoreless second period, both teams entered the third period looking to put their mark on the contest as the next goal would be huge in determining the outcome of this game, both teams attempted to find that game-changing goal.
Chris Crane netted his second goal of the night for Orlando, tying the game at 2-2. Once again capitalizing on a second chance opportunity, Crane managed to somehow corral a rebound along the left side of the crease. Left alone, Crane easily buried his shot past a sprawling Martin Ouellette.
With neither team able to find a go-ahead goal in the final minutes of the period, the game proceeded to overtime.
Following some back and forth action to begin overtime, Stephen MacAulay would take over, scoring the game-winning goal to earn the 'Blades a 3-2 win. Transitioning from defense to offense, Nelson Armstrong brought the puck into the attacking zone before finding MacAulay on the front door. MacAulay performed a deke move and slid his shot through the five-hole and into the back of the net.
Martin Ouellette was outstanding in goal for the Everblades, earning the win after stopping 35 of the 37 shots he faced. Cal Heeter also played extremely well in goal for Orlando but does suffer the loss after allowing three goals on 31 shots.
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