ORLANDO, Fla. - Forward Francis Verreault-Paul tallied his first two goals as a Solar Bear to lead Orlando to a 4-2 victory over the Toledo Walleye at the Amway Center on Monday night. Forward C.J. Severyn notched the game-winning goal for the second straight game when he deflected a shot from D Blake Kessel early in the third to snap a 2-2 tie.
For the seventh-straight home game, the Solar Bears scored the first goal of the game. F Mike Ullrich forced a turnover to Verreault-Paul and he slipped a shot under the glove of goaltender Mac Carruth 1:19 into the game. Toledo answered on the power play at 9:03 when a shot from F Marek Tvrdon tipped off a stickblade and into the top corner to tie the game 1-1. A little under five minutes later, during four-on-four action, D Bryce Aneloski slid a pass to Kessel who fired a shot off the crossbar and into the net. Once again, Toledo found the equalizer shortly afterward. F Kyle Rogers led a three-on-one rush up the ice and dished up a one-timer goal for F Alden Hirschfeld. The two sides went into the first intermission locked in a 2-2 score.
The Solar Bears held a 14-3 shots on goal advantage in the middle frame, but could not solve Carruth as the game went into the third frame still knotted up a 2-2.
Orlando snapped the 2-2 tie 3:51 into the third period. While on the power play, Kessel blasted a slap shot from the blue line and Severyn redirected the puck past Carruth to grant Orlando a 3-2 lead. Verreault-Paul polished off the contest with 1:47 left to go in the game when he picked up his own rebound and lifted a shot underneath the crossbar for the final 4-2 score. G Christopher Gibson stopped 23 of the 25 shots he faced to earn the victory.
Three Stars: 1. F. Verreault-Paul (ORL); 2. B. Kessel (ORL); 3. M. Ullrich (ORL)
Power Plays: ORL: 1/6; TOL: 1/3
Shots: ORL: 36; TOL: 25
Orlando has scored the first goal of the game in each of their seven home games this season... F Francis Verreault-Paul scored his first two goals as a Solar Bear tonight. He also set a new Solar Bears season high with nine shots in the game... D Blake Kessel notched his first goal as a Solar Bear tonight... Forward C.J. Severyn extended his goal scoring streak to three games. He has back-to-back game winning goals... The Solar Bears ended their three game homestand today, winning all three games on home ice. They next return home on Thursday, November 21 to face the Florida Everblades.