ORLANDO, Fla. – Although the Orlando Solar Bears (10-8-2-0) managed a season-high 50 shots on goal and broke a four-game power-play goal drought, the home team fell by a 4-3 score to the Norfolk Admirals (12-7-1-1) on Sunday afternoon at the ARS.comRink at Amway Center.
Mike Monfredo gave Orlando the initial lead at the 3:07 mark of the first period when he followed up his own rebound and beat Ty Reichenbach for his second of the season.
Luke Nogard scored at 6:56 with the man advantage to tie the score for Norfolk, and the Admirals pulled ahead when Taylor Cammarata scored at 9:52.
The Solar Bears got the equalizer late in the frame from Cody Donaghey, as the team’s power-play unit cycled the puck in the offensive zone for an extended period of time before Donaghey blasted a shot over the glove-side shoulder of Reichenbach at 19:02.
The Admirals pulled ahead by two goals in the second period as Jalen Smereck (9:32) and Ben Duffy (10:25) scored 53 seconds apart to give the visitors a 4-2 edge and force the Solar Bears to swap Hayden Stewart out for Corbin Boes in goal.
Brady Shaw scored his team-leading 12th of the season at 17:47 of the middle frame to bring Orlando back to within one goal, but the Admirals held on to come away with the win.
Stewart took the loss with 15 saves on 19 shots against in 30:25 of action, while Boes stopped all 17 shots that he faced in 28:10 of relief; Reichenbach earned the victory with a 47-save effort against 50 shots.
• Shaw led the Solar Bears with nine shots on goal. The forward has scored a goal in three consecutive games and has also added an assist in that span.
• Jonne Tammela led Orlando with two assists in the game, and now has a three-game point streak (2g-3a).
• Michael Brodzinski assisted on Shaw’s goal and now has a three-game assist streak (4a).
1) Ben Duffy – NOR
2) Darik Angeli – NOR
3) Patrick D’Amico – NOR