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For 72 minutes and 39 seconds, it was a spectacular goalie show. Something had to break at some point, and unfortunately for the Orlando Solar Bears, when that something broke, the end of their 2014-15 season came with it. For the fourth time in their East Divisional Semifinal series, a game in this series was decided by one goal, as these in-state rivals went toe to toe for six thrilling games that make playoff hockey the most exciting spectacle in all of sports.
Garret Sparks and Allen York had been spectacular for their respective teams between the pipes throughout this entire series, but when York was injured at the end of Game 5, concern had to ring throughout the Florida fan base. Backup goalie Daniel Altshuller logged some minutes during the regular season, but his numbers (3.21 GAA, .881 Save %) left much to be desired. Orlando would have an opportunity to capitalize on York’s unfortunate injury in Game 6, but Altshuller had other plans. The Florida tendy stopped all 30 Solar Bear shots, recording the first and only shutout in this series. Sparks would make 33 saves of his own, but a costly turnover behind his cage in the overtime period would result in the lone goal of the game. Nicolas Deschamps fed Alex Aleardi in the slot, and he beat Sparks to send the Solar Bears packing.
Florida will now face the winner of the South Carolina/Reading series, in which the Stingrays are up three games to two against the Royals, and will look to close out that series on home ice Tuesday night.