Orlando Predators fans went home hungry.
However, they did leave the Amway Center satisfied.
The Preds guaranteed free Hungry Howie's pizza to everyone in attendance and everyone watching on CBS affiliate Local 6 if Orlando lost. Instead of pizza, the crowd of 11,356 was treated to the team's third straight win, as Orlando (5-8) delivered a 50-35 victory against the Pittsburgh Power (3-10) Saturday night.
"I'm pretty sure they're happy to go home with an empty stomach," Preds defensive back Dominic Jones said with a smile.
Orlando's season has largely been defined by losing streaks up to this point. The Preds started the year 0-5 and then dropped three straight prior to the current winning streak.
"Things are starting to click," Preds coach Doug Plank said. "It's fun to be around. This is getting back to where the Predators used to be.
"That 0-5 start really hurt, but everybody is happy now and pulling for each other. That's what matters."
Wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez, who scored a last-minute touchdown in last week's 62-55 win against Cleveland, picked up where he left off. Rodriguez recorded a 16-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Aaron Garcia to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter and then another from 13 yards out as the team went ahead 21-13 in the second quarter.
In between those scores were interceptions returned for touchdowns by both teams.
Rodriguez ended the half with one more touchdown catch as Orlando took a 31-13 lead into the break. He finished with eight receptions, 106 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
The Preds, who lost sizable leads late in games the past two weeks, allowed two consecutive touchdowns and Pittsburgh cut the lead to 43-35 with 5:02 left in the contest. A two-yard touchdown pass by Garcia to Maurice Williams with a minute remaining sealed the game for the Preds.
Garcia was 21 of 37 for 231 yards, five touchdowns and an interception. Williams had two scores and 68 receiving yards while filling in for veteran receiver T.T. Toliver, who missed the game with a concussion he sustained against last week against Cleveland.
Orlando plays on the road against the American Conference-leading Jacksonville Sharks next Saturday at 7 p.m.