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Left Wing Ryan Ginand has been a key part of the Solar Bears late game come backs this season. Ginand has 19 points in total this season.

ORLANDO — Forward Dan Dries and left wing Ryan Ginand helped spur the Orlando Solar Bears’ comeback victory over the Florida Everblades in a shootout win 4-3. Dries’ shootout goal eventually won the game because of saves by goalie Patrick Killeen. Killeen saved all four shots attempted against him in the shootout.

“I wouldn’t say he is an older guy, but he’s got a lot of experience, he is strong on the puck he knows when to put pucks in when he wants to go and get it and knows when to hold on to it,” said Bears head coach Drake Berehowsky on Ginand. “There are certain areas of the game that need a little tweaking and that should be able to get him to the next level if he recognizes it.”

The Solar Bears’ comeback performance was just one night after they lost to the Florida Everblades 3-1.

Dries propelled Orlando to the board in the second period, when he assisted left wing Ryan Ginand who eventually scored to make the game 3-1, as Florida was still winning with 11:46 left in the second period. Ginand scored his sixth goal of the season to start the comeback.

The Solar Bears scored on two of their four shots in the shootout. The two shootout scorers were center Chris Lawrence, who scored the first shootout goal and Dries, who scored the second shootout goal, which was the eventual game winning goal because of the saves by Patrick Killeen.

Ginand had a goal, which was assisted by Dries and helped lead the comeback. Also, Ginand had eight shots and an assist that led to the game tying goal by forward Michael Neal in the third period with 13:22 left in the game.

“I think he has come a long way from the start of the season, he’s come a long way, he’s playing the game the right way right now he should be proud of himself. I know he gets frustrated sometimes when he doesn’t score. He played a hell of a game,” said Berehowsky.

Ginand, through 24 games for the Orlando Solar Bears, has racked up six goals, 13 assists and 19 points total.

He has had many playing stints all over the place. Ginand has played for the Boston Jr. Bruins, Northeastern University, the Trenton Devils, the Albany Devils, Vipiteno, the Houston Aeros and now the Orlando Solar Bears. The different leagues he has played in are the Eastern Junior Hockey League, the Hockey East Conference Division, the East Coast Hockey League, the American Hockey League and Italy.

Ginand’s goal started the rally, then goals by James Sanford and Michael Neal tied the game in third period. Also, Sanford scored his first goal for the Solar Bears this season and Neal scored his eighth goal of the season as well.

Ginand’s power play assist led to Neal’s tying goal to make the score three all with 13:22 left and gave the Solar Bears a chance to win after being down 3-0 in the second period.

Even though Ginand had a goal and an assist he was even on the night with a zero point performance.