KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Scott Tanski scored his third goal in two games but it was not enough as the Solar Bears fell 4-1 to the Kalamazoo Wings on St. Patrick's Day at Wings Stadium.
The Solar Bears got on the board first, capitalizing on a power play with just over five minutes left in the frame. D Bryce Aneloski took the puck up the right wing and slid a pass to F Scott Tanski, who redirected the pass over the line. Kalamazoo answered back with just 12.9 second to go in the first period when a shot from D Joe Sova found the stick of D Dustin Cloutier, and he deposited a backhand shot past G Cody Reichard to tie the game at 1-1 heading to the second stanza.
Kalamazoo grabbed the lead 5:27 into the middle frame. C Matt Caria fed a saucer pass across the slot to F Nick Sirota, and he snapped a shot into the top left corner of the net. It was the lone goal of the second period, as Kalamazoo held the 2-1 lead going into the third.
RW Chris Lawrence opened up a two goal lead for the Wings when he wound up for a slapper at the left point and ripped the shot into the top corner of the net during 4-on-4 action as the Wings took the 3-1 advantage at 3:29 of the frame. C Justin Taylor would add the final goal of the net on an empty net with 46 seconds left to play to bring the contest to the final 4-1 score.
Three Stars: 1. C. Lawrence (KAL); 2. J. Binnington (KAL); 3. N. Sirota (KAL)
Power Plays: ORL: 1/6; KAL: 0/4
Shots: ORL: 25; KAL: 28
F Scott Tanski has scored three goals in his last two games. Two have come on the power play and the other was scored shorthanded... Tonight's game was the first contest between the Solar Bears and Wings this season decided by more than one goal... The Solar Bears did not allow a power play goal for the first time in four games... Orlando lost in regulation on a Monday night for the first time this season (2-1-1).