ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Everblades (40-18-3-2) topped the Orlando Solar Bears (33-26-6-1) 3-2 in overtime on Friday night at Amway Center. Florida secured their 40th win of the season.
FIRST STAR: John McCarron (FLA) - two goals, game-winning goal, +2, eight shots
SECOND STAR: Devin Cooley (FLA) - 41 saves on 43 shots
THIRD STAR: Tristin Langan (ORL) - one goal, eight shots
Florida started off the scoring nearly five minutes into the first period from an Alex Kile wrister that couldn’t be tracked by Orlando’s goaltender Clint Windsor (4:27).
The Blades were on the penalty kill in the middle of the second when forwards Levko Koper and John McCarron found themselves on a two-on-one. Koper slid the puck across to McCarron who buried the frozen saucer in the back of the net to bring the score to 2-0 (7:08).
Orlando found twine midway through the third period on a power-play tally from Nikita Pavlychev. Florida’s netminder Devin Cooley had stopped all 37 shots he faced prior to allowing the power-play score. The Solar Bears didn’t go down without a fight, and they tied the game off of a Tristin Langan score (19:09).
Overtime didn’t last long as Captain Everblade, John McCarron, potted the game-winning goal just under two minutes into the frame. This marked his 30th goal of the season and a new career high for McCarron.
The two teams meet again tomorrow night on Saturday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Amway Center. The weekend wraps up on Sunday, May 30 with a tilt between the Blades and Bears starting at 3:00 p.m.
The Everblades return home on Wednesday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m. against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Enjoy Hump Day Deals on the final Wednesday home in the regular season! $3 Bud Light Drafts, $3 Barefoot Wine, $3 John Morrell Hot Dogs, plus $4 New Amsterdam Vodka and Pink Whitney Vodka! There is also a Hump Day Deal for College Students! Show your College ID at the Hertz Arena Box Office and receive a $5 ticket to the game! Find tickets for the game on June 2 HERE.
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