All eyes on the goalie

The home stand for the Orlando Solar Bears ended up with a shootout loss to the Greenville Road Warriors as Mike Brodeur allowed five goals during regulation, and three shootout goals as Orlando received their first loss at home and second shootout loss of the season.

Coming off a three game winning streak, Orlando started goalie Mike Brodeur instead of John Curry as he received his first start of the season.

“I thought he made some big saves when he had to, but its tough when you sit out for a long period of time, its always tough to come back, but he’ll get better and better every game,” said Solar Bears head coach Drake Berehowsky.

So far this season Coach Berehowsky has his two goalies in alternating roles mentioning he doesn’t have a starter because he doesn’t want one man exhausted more than the other when playoffs come.

John Curry has received every start since the season began, and seems to have more of the dominant role compared to Brodeurs upper level play from the triple A team the Houston Arrows.

“I think curry has played well, I think Mike’s played well,” said Coach Berehowsky.

“He works hard in practice and they’re both great goalies, so they’re both going to get great opportunities in the net, they enjoy playing, and they support each other. Were looking for both of them to play well.”

In team and league standings Curry has the advantage over Brodeur. Curry ranks fifth in the league with 305 minutes played and he’s also fourth in shootout percentage containing 11 saves in 12 attempts.

Despite allowing plenty of goals in the shootout loss to Greenville, Brodeur will still have many chances to make up for his sluggish first start. Orlando stresses on playing “Solar Bears hockey,” which is hard work, dedication, and teamwork, and many of the players agree falling 2-0 in the first seven minutes of the game wasn’t there style of play.

“Big team effort tonight, we let in a couple of weak goals defensively,” said Solar Bears center Matthew Sisca.

“Had a couple of struggles, didn’t come out with the will power we wanted to with Solar Bears hockey, other than that we should have won tonight.”

Although there might seem confusion on how the teams system will come through at the goalie position, Orlando has to look forward to whats ahead and a road trip of four games is whats coming.

“I don’t think it changes anything, they have always maintained, were going to be slow and steady,” said coach Berehowsky.

“Were just going to keep working and hopefully things will start going our way again.”