ESTERO, FL- Brenden Miller’s overtime goal at 4:28 into overtime sealed a 3-2 victory for the Orlando Solar Bears over the Florida Everblades in the final preseason game at Germain Arena Saturday night.
The Everblades scored the first goal of the game at 9:08 in the first period when Brant Harrissniped one in over the left shoulder of Orlando goalie Ryan Massa on the breakaway. Harris, who was assisted by Brendan O’Donnell and Matt Stanisz, broke away from the Orlando defense to score his first goal of the preseason.
The Solar Bears came right back and tied up the score 1-1 with a power play goal by Scott Tanski with 6:43 on the clock in the second period. Tanksi’s goal on Everblades goaltender Anthony Peters was the first power play goal given up by the Everblades this preseason.Orlando followed that score up with a shot by Ludwig Karlsson with 29.7 seconds left in the second period to put the Solar Bears up 2-1 over the Everblades.
The Everblades were able to tie the game up 2-2 with 18:36 in the third period when O’Donnell knocked in a rebound off a Stanisz shot. O’Donnell hammered the puck in the slot of that ripped past Massa for the goal.
Both teams could not get the go-ahead goal at the end of regulation as the Everblades and Solar Bears forced another 3-on-3 overtime in the preseason.
Both teams played well creating multiple scoring opportunities throughout the game. Brenden Miller got the best of Peters as he jabbed at the puck at the top of the crease that skipped over the shoulder of Peters for the game winner.
Ryan Massa earned the win in net stopping 28 of 30 shots, while Peters took the loss allowing three goals on 36 shots. Harris finished the game with a goal and an assist.
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The Everblades open up the 2015-2016 season on Friday, Oct. 16 against the Atlanta Gladiators. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. Promo details of the game listed below---Opening Weekend Presented by The Passion Foundation Set for Oct. 16 & 17!The Everblades open the 2015-16 season at Germain Arena on Friday, October 16 against the Atlanta Gladiators! The two teams will also meet on Saturday, October 17.
The opening weekend games will be part of a “Black Out” promotion and the Everblades will be wearing special black jerseys which will be auctioned off following the October 17 game. The proceeds of the auction will benefit The Passion Foundation.
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The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliateof the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.Release Written by Bryce Wright, Everblades Media Relations Assistant ###