ORLANDO, Fla. – Following netminder Cam Johnson recording a 31-save shutout the previous evening at Hertz Arena, the Everblades continued their winning ways, destroying the Orlando Solar Bears Sunday afternoon by a final score of 7-1.
Continuing their season-opening streak, the Everblades scored first for the ninth straight game Sunday. With the help of Levko Koper, who was parked in front of Clint Windsor, notable tough-guy Cody Sol notched his first tally of the season, giving the Everblades a 1-0 advantage mid-way through the opening frame. Minutes later, Devin Cooley took Jake Coughler‘s stick to the mask and Coughler received a double-minor infraction. 51 seconds later, Jerry D’Amigo served a too many men penalty, which set up a long 5-on-3 for the Everblades. The ‘Blades power play expanded their lead when Michael Huntebrinker recorded his fourth powerplay goal of the season. 66 seconds later, Myles Powell, during the same circumstances, made the score 3-0 off a one-timer. Orlando’s woes worsened, as a tip from Blake Winiecki gave Florida a four-goal lead. This went down 39 seconds after the Powell goal.
It’s expected that with a rivalry this big, tensions are bound to flare. Late in the second, Florida’s Cole MacDonald was boarded by veteran Ben Thomson, with Cody Sol standing up for his teammate, pummeling Thomson. Both Sol and Thomson received game misconducts for their actions.
Seconds after a John McCarron penalty expired, Winiecki scored his second lamplighter of the match. After a hit on McCarron, chaos ensued, resulting in Solar Bears goaltender Clint Windsor fighting Florida’s Kyle Neuber. Both players received game misconducts.
After the Neuber tilt, McCarron managed to get it past Michael Lackey after a failed 2-on-0 attempt, making it 6-0. However, Jake Coughler was able to break Cam Johnson, after a shot off the draw, to “narrow” the lead to 6-1. Tommy Marchin added his first of the season, finishing the scoring at 7-1.
Six Everblades had multi-point efforts, led by Alex Kile, who had four assists. Cam Johnson picked up the win in relief, allowing one goal on 27 shots faced.
What’s next for Orlando? Well, they will play the Everblades for the fifth time this season, on Friday night in Amway Center. Following Friday’s contest, the Solar Bears will head to Jacksonville for the first time this season for a Saturday night battle. Both games will start at 7 pm Eastern.
Aiden Foley covers the Orlando Solar Bears for The Sin Bin. Follow and interact with him on Twitter @SinBinSolarBear.