ORLANDO, FL – Goaltender Connor Ingram stropped all 30 shots faced to lead the Orlando Solar Bears to 2-0 victory over the Jacksonville Icemen at the Amway Center Tuesday night. With the win, Orlando locks up second place in the South Division. As a result, the Icemen will now host first-round playoff home games on April 18 & 19 and if necessary on Saturday April 20. Opponent will be announced at a later date. All games will start at 7:00 p.m.
Orlando got on the board first at 5:30 of the first period. when Colby McAuley centered a feed to a wide-open Troy Bourke in the slot. Bourke instantly flexed a shot that clipped past the glove of Angus Redmond for the tally
The Solar Bears extended their lead to 2-0 just seconds after a 5-on-3 power play came to an end. Orlando’s Chris Leblanc gathered the puck low and delivered a cross crease pass to Alexi Lipanov who stood alone on the backside of the net. Lipanov one-timed a shot that skipped off the pad of Redmond and banked into the net for the goal.
The Icemen continued to press in the second period and received a great opportunity to get o the board on a breakaway chance from Mamime Fortier. However, goaltender Connor Ingram was bale to get a piece of the puck to keep his team out in front by two.
Neither team could find the back of the net in the second, and Orlando took the 2-0 lead into the second break.
In the third, Ingram and the Solar Bears combined to keep the Icemen off the board and preserve a 2-0 victory. Ingram stopped all 30 shots faced, while Angus Redmond takes the loss despite a sound effort allowing two goal on 39 shots faced.
The Icemen will now travel to Estero to battle the Florida Everblades on Saturday. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. Fans can tune into the game on Mixlr, and on ECHL.TV.
Playoff Hockey is Coming to Jacksonville!
The Icemen have clinched a spot in the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs! The Icemen will host first round playoff games on April 18 & 19, and if necessary on Saturday, April 20. Single game tickets for the first two home games of the first round of the playoffs will go on sale on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Opponent will be announced at a later date. Single game tickets may be purchased online on Ticketmaster
All Icemen Elite members will soon receive information for reserving their seats for the playoffs prior to tickets going on sale to the general public. For more information contact the Icemen office at 904-602-7825.
The 2018-19 Jacksonville Icemen Season is Presented by Community First Credit Union