Orlando Outguns Admirals to Hand Norfolk Second Road Loss
ORLANDO, Fl. - The Orlando Solar Bears scored three straight goals on two separate occasions to earn a 6-3 victory over the Norfolk Admirals on Thursday night at the Amway Center.
The Admirals scored first for the second consecutive night when Josh Currie swatted a loose puck from along the goal line towards the net. Orlando netminder Rob Madore squeezed his pads around it, but the puck leaked out from between his legs. An awaiting Greg Chase quickly swept the free rebound into the cage at 2:02 for a 1-0 lead.
That lead lasted a mere 1:08 before Eric Baier's shot from the left point was knocked down by Norfolk goalie Philippe Cadorette. The Solar Bears' Chris Clapperton finished the rebound from between the circles at 3:10 of the first, knotting the score at 1-1. Two and a half minutes later, Orlando's Erik Faille came through the right circle and threw a puck into the middle. The pass bounced back to him off Admirals defenseman Ben Betker, and Faille gathered before stuffing the wraparound attempt between Cadorette and the post at 5:37 for the Solar Bears' second goal of the night and a 2-1 lead.
Orlando's forecheck caused some problems for the Admirals in the first period, and T.J. Foster reaped the benefits. Teammate Lindsay Sparks pinned a turnover into the corner, then shoveled the puck to the slot where Foster one-timed the dish past Cadorette at 10:22. Three unanswered goals vaulted the home side into a 3-1 lead over Norfolk, and it marked the end of Philippe Cadorette's first professional start. Ty Rimmer took over with 9:38 left in the opening period.
Fifty-eight seconds after the Foster marker, the Admirals got one back on the power play. Tommy Mele stood near the corner along the right wall and sent the puck to the right point for Charles-Olivier Roussel. Roussel unleashed a slap shot that was knocked down by Michael Pelech who was screening Madore. The rebound off Madore dropped to the feet of Pelech for an easy putback to pull the Admirals within one, 3-2, with just over five minutes to go in the first.
Late in the second period, a sensational effort pulled Norfolk even. Admirals defenseman Gabriel Verpaelst lugged the puck from his own blue line, across the neutral zone, weaved through three defenders, and went forehand to backhand to slide a shot through Madore's legs for an unassisted goal at 14:51. Verpaelst's first goal of the season was of the highlight-reel variety, and it tied the score at 3-3.
Early on in the third period while on the power play, a bouncing puck went through the legs of Alexis Loiseau of Norfolk. Patrick Watling scooped it up for the Solar Bears, springing a breakaway on Rimmer. Watling dangled then flipped a shot through Rimmer's legs, and Orlando regained the lead at 4:49 on a shorthanded opportunity.
The Solar Bears added two empty-net goals in the final minute to secure the 6-3 win. Madore turned in a 40-save performance on 43 shots faced, while Cadorette allowed three goals on nine shots. Rimmer suffered the loss, as he only allowed the game-winning goal on 19 save attempts. Norfolk scored once on four power plays, and the Solar Bears failed to convert on their only man advantage of the night.
The Admirals stay in Orlando for one more tilt on Saturday at 7 p.m. versus the Solar Bears.
1. ORL - F Patrick Watling
2. ORL - F Eric Faille
3. ORL - F T.J. Foster
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