ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Everblades (34-17-6-4) settled for five of six possible points in their series spanning the previous three games against the Orlando Solar Bears (30-27-4-0) on Thursday night when they dropped a 4-3 overtime decision at Amway Center.
The Blades controlled the majority of the opening period, stringing together goals from Jordan Sambrook (6:51) and Joe Pendenza (14:59) for a 2-0 lead. Dylan Vander Esch and Avery Peterson recorded the assists on both plays. Orlando’s Luke Boka (18:01) found a lucky hop in front of the net to cut their deficit to one leading into the first intermission.
Orlando turned the tide in the second period with a pair of unanswered goals. Brian Bowen struck on a centering feed from Tristan Langan at 12:43 to tie the game at 2-2. Just 1:53 later, Cole Moberg buried a point shot for Orlando’s first lead of the night. That 3-2 advantage was defended through the period’s final moments.
The third period’s only mark came from John McCarron, who ultimately forced overtime for the Blades with a shorthanded goal at 6:23. The captain now leads the ECHL with six goals while playing down a man. In OT, the Everblades could not contain the Solar Bears any longer as Maxim Cajkovic tipped in a shot along the net for the 4-3 Orlando win.
The Everblades now head north to square off with the Jacksonville Icemen for the middle game of their 3-in-3 road series. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00pm and the action will be covered on FloHockey.TV and http://www.mixlr.com/florida-everblades.
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