Solar Bears fall to Gladiators

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ORLANDO — Doug Jones scored the game-winning goal in sudden death as the Gwinnett Gladiators beat the Orlando Solar Bears 2-1, Wednesday night at the Amway Center in Downtown Orlando.

After an entire third period with no goals and a tied game, Jones gained control of the puck for Gwinnett on an Orlando turnover and turned their mistake into a victory for the Gladiators.

“We were just trying to create, and we got caught out there,” said Solar Bears head coach Drake Berehowsky.

“It’s an unfortunate thing, bad bounce for us but were going to carry our heads held high. Usually teams coming off a road trip usually have a little bit of a stall, but I think we had a pretty good game tonight.”

The Solar Bears (5-3-2) managed to hold off Gwinnett (8-3-1) after the early first period goal, preventing any other goals until the game winner.

Orlando’s only goal of the night came from Matthew Sisca, scoring his third goal of the season assisted by Nick Petersen in the second period, which tied the game 1-1.

In total there were 15 penalties shared between the teams as both units defended well, allowing fewer shots and physically battering each other, moves that proved the division rivalry.

With another defeat to Gwinnett, the Solar Bears find themselves win-less against the Gladiators.

“They are a great team and they play well within their structure but the great thing about hockey is that there are a lot of games and we can come back and redeem ourselves right away,” said Berehowsky..

“We have to play a full 60 minutes, we have to continue to improve every shift and build off each other.”

The Solar Bears will face Gwinnett again tomorrow night Nov. 8 at home and will look forward to redemption.