Solar Bears rout Jackals with third period goals


Danny Morales / Valencia Voice

John Curry improved to 3-1 after the Solar Bears 4-1 victory over the Jackals.

John Curry saved 35-36 shots while helping the Orlando Solar Bears defeat the Elmira Jackals 4-1 on Thursday in front of an announced attendance of 4,737 at the Amway Center.

John Curry continues to look impressive between the pipes for the Solar Bears, recording three out of the four wins in goal for Orlando.

“He’s a good sounding board for some of the younger guys on the blue line too,” said Solar Bears head coach Vince Williams about his winning goalie. “He’s very composed, patient, very methodical and that’s what you get out of a veteran goalie.”

The opening period didn’t see much action until Tyler Murovich gave the Solar Bears an early 1-0 lead by scoring his first goal of the season 6:54 into the first stanza on an Orlando power play.

Orlando’s lead wouldn’t last long though, as Elmira tied the game at 1-1 early in the second period when forward Artem Demkov scored his sixth goal of the season.

The Solar Bears regained the lead early in the third stanza Mike Ullrich put the puck into the back of the net 52 seconds into the third period, giving Orlando a 2-1 lead.

Ullrich would later leave the game with 1:50 remaining due to an apparent injury.

C.J. Severyn later extended Orlando’s lead to 3-1 when he scored with 11:27 remaining in the third period.

The scoring didn’t stop there though as the Solar Bears would add another goal 1:08 later when Scott Tanski scored his second goal of the season, putting the game out of reach for the Jackals.

“I just thought it was another game,” said Curry after the game. “It was tough at times, I thought we played well at times and they obviously got some momentum and got some shots on the board, but for the most part I thought we played well.”

Orlando finished the game outshooting Elmira 45-36, but that isn’t enough to keep coach Williams happy.

“We need to generate more shots, we need to be harder to play against and we need more energy,” said Williams after the game. “We’ve got to start scoring a little bit more.”

With the win the Solar Bears improve their record to 4-4-0-1, 9 pts with back-to-back games against the Toledo Walleye’s at home starting on Sunday.

Orlando two-game series against Toledo will serve as Military Appreciation Weekend, with the Solar Bears wearing special camouflage jerseys on both nights.