SeaWolves Can’t Catch Tropics On Second Night of Back to Back

by Austin David

ORLANDO, FL – After starting off slow, the Orlando SeaWolves were unable to complete the comeback against their in-state rivals, the Florida Tropics, as they fell 7-5 on Saturday night.

“The first quarter was awful for us,” Head Coach Tom Traxler said after the game, “We started the game poorly. You go down 4-0, you chase the game and you leave yourself a massive hole to climb out of. You can’t do that.”

It was two quick goals in the first two minutes that had the Tropics out in front early. Florida looked to pressure the tired legs of the SeaWolves early and often as they added two in the first quarter to make it 4-0 after the first 15 minutes. 

Orlando was able to pull two back, thanks to Derek Huffman and Richard Schmermund, but Florida responded with two of their own to make it a 6-2 score at the half. 

The third quarter had Orlando pushing for a comeback right out of the locker room. Gordy Gurson, Jonathan Mendoza and Elmo Neto all scored within a three-minute span to pull the game within one, but the offense stagnated after that and the Tropics put another goal in off a power play, making it a two-goal win for the visiting Tropics.

The SeaWolves will play on the road next week, with games in Kansas City and Milwaukee on back-to-back nights. The first game against the Comets is set for Friday, March 8th at 8:35 pm EST, then the Wave on Saturday, March 9th at 2:05 pm EST.