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‘Blades earn 8th win, trip Solar Bears

November 7, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ORLANDO Martin Ouellette was outstanding in goal while Gus Young scored the eventual game-winning goal to help lead the Florida Everblades (8-1-0-0, 16 pts) to a 4-2 victory over the rival Orlando Solar Bears (2-4-1-0, 5 pts) Saturday night at the Amway Center. The result gives 'Blades a four points to one lead in the battle for the Wawa Sunshine Cup.

Much like Wednesday night's affair between the two teams, the Everblades would open the games scoring, taking a 1-0 lead just 4:21 into the first period with Brett Bulmer firing the puck past Orlando goaltender Cal Heeter.

Less than a minute-and-a-half later, the 'Blades extended their lead to 2-0 as Logan Roe got his first goal of the season.

The game went back-and-forth for the majority of the middle frame, and continue until the 16:17 mark of the period when Orlando finally get on the board, cutting the 'Blades lead to 2-1. Max Novak scored on a backhand shot over the glove of Martin Ouellette.

Orlando tied the game at 2-2 just over two-and-a-half minutes later. On the power play, Orlando's Jean Dupuy scored on a second chance opportunity.

In the third, the 'Blades got the go-ahead goal when Gus Young found the top corner of the net to give the 'Blades a 3-2 lead.

Florida ended all hope of an Orlando comeback with just over three minutes remaining. Taking advantage of a power play opportunity, Mitchell Heard tipped home a rocket of a shot from Steven Lorentz at the right wing circle to give the 'Blades the 4-2 lead and the eventual victory.

Ouellette was stellar in goal for the Everblades as he made big save after big save to help preserve the victory and earn himself the win after stopping 30 of the 32 shots he faced. Cal Heeter played well in goal for Orlando but does suffer the loss after allowing four goals on 22 shots.

The Everblades will kickoff a three-game home stand against the Cincinnati Cyclones tonight at Ger-main Arena. Puck drop 7:30 p.m.

 
 
 

 

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