Novak Scores for Solar Bears in 3-1 Loss to Everblades
ESTERO, Fla. - The Orlando Solar Bears (30-27-6-1) showed some resolve in the third period but couldn't complete a comeback attempt against the Florida Everblades (47-12-2-4), falling by a 3-1 score on Friday night at Germain Arena in the 13th Wawa Sunshine Cup Series meeting of the season.
The Solar Bears (64 GP, 67 points) still maintain a six-point lead on the Atlanta Gladiators (64 GP, 61 points) for third place in the South Division. Orlando's magic number to clinch a berth in the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs remains at seven points.
Orlando: Max Novak [PP] (Sam Jardine, Robbie Baillargeon)
Goaltender: Mackenzie Skapski (29/32)
Florida: John McCarron [PP] (Stephen MacAulay, Mitchell Heard), Jimmy DeVito (Logan Roe), Matt Berry (Spencer Smallman, Brett Bulmer)
Goaltender: Martin Ouellette (18/19)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Max Novak got Orlando on the board with a power-play goal at the 8:00 mark of the third period.
Sam Jardine assisted on Novak's goal.
Robbie Baillargeon added the secondary assist on Novak's tally.
Mackenzie Skapski took the loss with 29 saves on 32 shots against.
The Solar Bears were limited to four shots on goal in the second period by a Florida - their fewest in the second period this season.
Orlando is 3-7-3-0 against the Everblades this season.
Hunter Fejes led Orlando with four shots on goal.
The Solar Bears conclude the Wawa Sunshine Cup Series against the Everblades tomorrow, March 17 at 7 p.m. at Germain Arena. Orlando returns home to face the South Carolina Stingrays on Wednesday, March 21. Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com.
1) Jimmy DeVito - FLA
2) Martin Ouellette - FLA
3) Matt Berry - FLA
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