The Brampton Beast, an also-ran, presented the Orlando Solar Bears with an excellent opportunity Saturday night to move closer in the playoff chase.
The Solar Bears (31-25-4-5, 71 points) squandered it, allowing two third-period goals to the Norfolk Admirals (29-32-4-1, 63 points) in a 3-1 ECHL loss before an announced crowd of 4,009 at the Norfolk Scope arena.
Orlando is three points behind the Elmira Jackals for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. The Jackals lost 3-1 to Brampton. The Solar Bears are tied for the ninth spot with the Kalamazoo Wings.
Johnny McInnis scored Orlando's only goal 5 minutes, 34 seconds into the second period, tying...