Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Solar Bears Top Icemen 3-2; Johnson Nets Weekly Honor

Photo credit, Fernando Medina

ORLANDO, Fla. — Tristin Langan scored at the 5:49 mark of overtime to lift the Orlando Solar Bears (3-1-0-0) to a 3-2 win over the Jacksonville Icemen (2-4-1-0) in Orlando’s first home game of the season on Tuesday night at the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center.

With the win, the Solar Bears match their best four-game start to the season in franchise history, previously set during the 2015-16 and 2014-15 campaigns.

J.J. Piccinich and Tyler Bird scored in regulation for Orlando, as the team earned its first win in a home opener since the 2015-16 season. The Solar Bears also improved to a lifetime record of 18-0-0-0 on home ice against the Icemen.

Clint Windsor earned the win for Orlando, making 33 saves on 35 shots against, while Eamon McAdam took the OT loss for Jacksonville with 31-of-34 stops.

The Icemen are home Saturday night against South Carolina. Faceoff is 7 p.m.

Florida’s Johnson Named ECHL Goaltender of the Week

Cam Johnson of the Florida Everblades is the Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Dec. 21-27.

Johnson stopped all 27 shots he faced, including two penalty shot attempts, in a 4-0 win against Jacksonville on Saturday.

The 26-year-old is tied for second in the ECHL with three wins and a 1.33 goals-against average while ranking fourth with a .955 save percentage.

A native of Troy, Michigan, Johnson has seen action in 34 career ECHL games with Florida and Adirondack with an overall record of 20-10-2 with four shutouts, a 2.30 goals-against average and a save percentage of .925. He has also appeared in 32 career American Hockey League games with Binghamton.

Prior to turning pro, Johnson appeared in 102 career games at the University of North Dakota posting an overall record of 56-26-12 with 12 shutouts, a 2.10 goals-against average and a save percentage of .914.

Runner Up: Zach Sawchenko, Allen (2-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .976 save pct).

Also Nominated: John Lethemon (Greenville), Hunter Shepard (South Carolina), Shane Starrett (Wheeling) and Mitch Gillam (Wichita).

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