ECHL Game Night: 10-19-12

Orlando Solar Bears 8 @ Florida Everblades 2

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 3 GA (5.42 GAA), 21 S / 24 SA (.875 SV%)
Season totals: 2 GP, 1-0-0, 0 SO, 3.22 GAA, 49 S / 54 SA (.907 SV%)

The final score about says it all as the Orlando Solar Bears took the Florida Everblades to the proverbial woodshed this evening in Estero. The game quickly got ugly midway through the first period as Orlando scored four times in a six-minute span, putting Florida in a hole that would be four goals deeper by the end of the second. Ryan Cruthers (2 G) and Matt Sisca (3 A) led the onslaught for the Solar Bears, which outshot the Everblades in each period and 49 to 22 for the game en route to the new franchise's first win this season and in its extremely brief history. Carolina Hurricanes prospect G John Muse, who stopped 20 of 25 shots on the night, started the game for Florida but was finally pulled after Kyle Medvec made it 5-0 Solar Bears roughly seven minutes into the second. Pat Nagle would fare only slightly better in relief. Alex Hutchings (who tallied his first point of the season, an assist on Florida's first goal which came in the final frame) and Charles Landry were in lineup tonight and, on a night where the opponent scored seven even-strength goals, both managed to avoid minus ratings. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent sat due to injuries. It will be interesting to see if and how Florida Head Coach Greg Poss will tinker with the lineup for tomorrow night, when Florida (2-1-0) travels to Orlando (1-1-1) in what will be the Solar Bears inaugural home opener at the Amway Center.

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Alaska Aces 2 @ Utah Grizzlies 5

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 2 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -3, 4 PIM

Alaska (1-2-0) lost it's home opener and second consecutive game, despite putting up 35 shots and only allowing Utah (3-0-0) to get 22 of their own on net. Nate Thompson remains scoreless on the season while Washington Capitals forward Joey Crabb was back in the lineup and registered an assist, his fourth point in two games (2G, 2A so far). Brandon Dubinsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets finally scored his first goal with the Aces. Both teams square off again Saturday night in Anchorage.

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