Saturday night’s tilt between the Orlando Solar Bears and the South Carolina Stingrays proved to be a virtual replay of Game 3 of the South Division Semifinals.
The Solar Bears were looking to put the Stingrays in a world of hurt with a victory on Thursday night.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Orlando Solar Bears defeated the South Carolina Stingrays 2-1 in game 2 of the South Division Semifinals.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Playoff hockey came to the North Charleston Coliseum for the 24th time in the Stingrays’ 25-year history.
The series between the Orlando Solar Bears and South Carolina Stingrays promises to be one of the most exciting and closely contested match-ups of the opening round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
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The past week saw a determined Orlando team looking to build some momentum before the start of the playoffs. Having lost their series against South Carolina, the Solar Bears were eager to bounce back in their final home games of the season.
The weekend’s series against the Stingrays proved to be a disappointment for the Solar Bears, as South Carolina swept the three-game set, winning two of the three games in a shootout and the third in regulation. Given that the Stingrays are the most likely opponent that the Solar Bears will face in the opening round of the playoffs, the games present some cause for concern for the team.
The Solar Bears and Everblades contest gave the fans a game that is the stuff of legend. It demonstrated of what makes minor league hockey great, with all its warts, raggedness, and guts.
Though Orlando has a six-point lead over the Atlanta Gladiators for third place in the South Division, their playoff seat is not yet secure. The tests of the Everblades and the Stingrays will provide the team with a crucial test of its playoff mettle.