ORLANDO, FL – Following a loss to the Atlanta Gladiators on Sunday, the Solar Bears looked to gain back the momentum and pull on a winning streak against the Cincinnati Cyclones on Tuesday. Orlando did just that, winning both Tuesday and Thursday to pull off a sweep of the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Tuesday night’s matchup saw a blistering start for the Bears. Scoring first, Orlando would gain three more goals to take a 4-0 lead heading into the third. Chris LeBlanc, Max Novak, Kristian Pospisil, Tayler Thompson and Jean Dupuy all gained tallies for Orlando. Martin Dzierkals gained the first star of the game with assists on three of the five goals. Dupuy and Cal Heeter were the other two stars of the game.
Thursday night’s game against the Cyclones was a thriller, as Darryl Bootland played his 900th game. Bootland and Zimmerman both gained points as Kristian Pospisil collected two goals and an assist, while Dupuy tallied the game-winner to pull off a 5-3 win over the Cyclones.
The Solar Bears earned a point in their game against Kalamazoo on Saturday. With Heeter recalled to the Marlies, the Solar Bears had to rely solely on their second goalie Mackenzie Skapski. J.J. Piccinich tallied the lone goal for Orlando as the Wings took the game in overtime.
The Solar Bears desire to start a new streak will have to wait until Friday night when they take on the Norfolk Admirals. The Bears lost in Fort Wayne Sunday evening by a 5-2 score. Nolan Valleau picked up his eighth goal of the season to tie Max Novak for the team goal-scoring lead at 5:34 during a 5-on-3 power play sequence. Jean Dupuy pushed his point streak to four games (2g-5a) with the primary assist on Valleau’s goal. In his first game of the season, Kyle Rankin earned his first assist of the season with the primary helper on Winquist’s goal.
Overall, the team is definitely showing signs of life. With Bootland and Zimmerman back, the team is starting to play consistent hockey. The returns of Joe Perry and the other players on the injured reserve will give the team more energy. The Solar Bears will return to action at Amway Center on December 20, when they take on the Norfolk Admirals.