ESTERO, Fla. - The final home game of the 2021 calendar year did not go the way of the Everblades (14-8-2-3) as the club dropped a 4-3 final score to the Orlando Solar Bears (14-12-1-0) on Wednesday night at Hertz Arena.
Orlando’s Luke Boka was called with a high stick to start the game, and the Everblades made them pay with a Joe Pendenza strike along the goal line. Assists went to Nathan Perkovich and Ben Masella at 1:21 of the first period. Hunter Fejes woke up the Solar Bears bench by breaking loose from the Orlando blue line and cashing in on a shorthanded breakaway, which tied the game at one apiece with 16:03 left in the frame.
Florida took a 2-1 lead 6:55 into the second period on a breakaway of their own. Ben Masella scored his third goal of the season unassisted, rising a shot over the right shoulder of Solar Bears goaltender Brad Barone. Orlando replied with a pair of goals from Braydon Barker (15:37) and Owen Robinson (18:40) to take a 3-2 edge into the second intermission.
Five minutes into the third period, Orlando’s Hunter Fejes showcased his speed by racing past a pair of defenders and knifing a shot past goaltender Cam Johnson, expanding the Solar Bears advantage to 4-2. Pendenza took advantage of the Blades’ extra attacker for his second goal of the game to cut the deficit in half with 2:01 to spare in regulation. However, Florida’s rally could not be completed as the Solar Bears escaped Estero with a 4-3 win.
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