Brendan O'Donnell scored the second of his two goals at 12:52 of overtime to seal a 5-4 victory for the Everblades over the Orlando Solar Bears in Game 3 of the South Division Semifinals Thursday night at the Amway Center.
The win was the first in the series for the Everblades, who trail 2-1.
For the first time in the series, the Everblades grabbed the game's first tally. Picking up a loose puck from behind the net, Matt Berry circled to the front and steered a pass to the top of the crease to Brendan O'Donnell, who slid the puck around Orlando netminder Ryan Massa for the tally.
Just under two minutes later, Florida extended its lead to 2-0 when Mitchell Heard hurled a shot from just below the blue line that beat a screened Massa cleanly.
The Solar Bears quickly quelled the Everblades' momentum, netting its first goal of the game at 7:39 of the opening frame. Manderson delivered a shot from the right side of the crease that hit off the body of Anthony Peters and clipped into the net for the tally.
It took just 39 seconds into the second period for Orlando to even up the game. Mason Marchment took off on a breakaway chance and wristed a shot into the Florida net to put the game at 2-2.
The Everblades reclaimed the lead just four minutes later while killing off a penalty. Mike Aviani led a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush into the Orlando zone and delivered a perfectly placed saucer pass across the ice to Michael Ferrantino, who angled a shot past a diving Massa for the go-ahead marker. Florida took the 3-2 lead into the second intermission.
The Solar Bears grabbed their first lead of the game scoring two goals in a 28-second span early in the third. The first of those goals came at 2:27 of the period when Manderson carried the puck to the front of the net and carved a backhander past Peters to even up the score at three. Just seconds later, Eric Faille got behind the defense and floated a soft shot behind a sliding Peters to give Orlando the 4-3 lead.
The Everblades tied it back up on the power play at 7:01 of the third. Matt Berry centered a feed in front that was blocked by Orlando forward Joe Perry. The puck bounced right to Ferrantino who stuffed the puck into the net for his second goal of the night.
After the 'Blades killed off a Solar Bears power play early into overtime to keep the game tied at 4-4, Florida received a power play opportunity of its own and made it count. Brendan O'Donnell tipped and redirected a shot from the point into the net past Massa to secure the 5-4 win. The goal was the second of the game for O'Donnell, and the second power play goal of the night for the Everblades.
Anthony Peters earns the win making 32 saves, while Massa takes the loss allowing five goals on 41 shots. The Everblades were also a perfect 8-for-8 on the penalty kill.
Game four in the best-of-seven series is Saturday at the Amway Center in Orlando. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Game 5 is also in Orlando, with a 4 p.m. start.