Game Preview: Solar Bears at Stingrays – Feb. 12, 2017

Solar Bears Game 49 • Away Game 25 • ECHL Game 654

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears (24-17-5-2) at South Carolina Stingrays (25-20-2-1)
VENUE: North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, S.C.
DATE: Sunday, Feb. 12, 3:05 p.m.
WATCH: ECHL.TV
LISTEN: Listen on Mixlr

TONIGHT:
The Solar Bears cap a set of three games in three days in the Palmetto State as they take the ice against the South Carolina Stingrays. Orlando’s last outing at the North Charleston Coliseum was the first road game of the 2016-17 season, a 6-2 win back on Nov. 1. Orlando currently sits two points ahead of the Stingrays for third place in the South Division; with second place Greenville idle today, this game represents a chance to jump back into second place for the Solar Bears.

PERRY CLOSING IN ON HISTORY:
Joe Perry’s goal on Saturday gave him 25 on the season – currently he stands in seventh place among ECHL goal scorers. More importantly, Perry is only two goals away from tying the franchise mark set by Mickey Lang in the 2013-14 season. Lang had 27 goals and added 23 assists in only 37 games with Orlando after being acquired in a midseason deal with the Fort Wayne Komets before going on to win ECHL MVP honors.

BUBELA BREAKS THROUGH:
Milos Bubela’s first goal in a Solar Bears uniform came midway through the first period in last night’s contest in Greenville. The forward has maintained an over a point-per-game pace since being acquired from the Wheeling Nailers, as he has logged 10 points (1g-9a) in nine games for Orlando.

FOUR IS THE MAGIC NUMBER:
Orlando’s high-octane offense is 20-1-0-0 when recording four or more goals. Right now the Solar Bears are averaging 3.73 goals for per game, fifth in the league. The Stingrays, meanwhile, are surrendering a league-low 2.83 goals against per game.

HEAD TO HEAD
Overall: 3-2-0-0
Home: 2-2-0-0
Away: 1-0-0-0
2015-16 Overall: 2-5-0-1
2015-16 Home: 0-4-0-0
2015-16 Away: 2-1-0-1
Last 5 Years: 16-21-3-2
Last 5 Years Home: 7-13-2-1
Last 5 Years Away: 9-8-1-1

ACTIVE LEADERS
Points:
Manderson – 42
Goals: Perry – 25
Assists: Manderson – 31
+/-: Block – +12
PIM: Miller – 64
SOG: Perry – 134

BEAR TRACKER

  • Baier: Two points from 100 career Solar Bears points (32g-66a)

STREAKS

  • Bubela: 3-game point streak (1g-6a)
  • Perry: 5-game point streak (4g-2a)
  • Watling: 2-game assist streak (2a)

AFFILIATE NOTES:
Eric Faille scored his first AHL goal of the season last night, but the Toronto Marlies fell 5-4 in overtime to the Albany Devils. The two teams rematch today at 3 p.m. The Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Buffalo Sabres by a 3-1 score last night and return to action on Tuesday against the Islanders.

APP:
The Solar Bears mobile app, presented by BB&T, gives Solar Bears fans everything they need right in their pocket. The app is also home to the brand-new Loyalty & Rewards Program, which provides Solar Bears fans with opportunities to accumulate points and redeem them for exclusive prizes. The app is FREE and available for both iOS and Android devices.

NEXT HOME GAMES:

  • Solar Bears vs. Norfolk Admirals – Thursday, Feb. 16 – 7 p.m. – Faith & Family Weekend presented by Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson, P.A.

Thirsty Thursday – Fans can enjoy $5 domestic draft beers throughout the Amway Center. Fans can also take advantage of $2 Coors Light drafts before and after Thursday’s game, along with food specials at Ferg’s Depot on Church Street. Fans can purchase discounted game tickets for as low as $14 at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/fergs.

  • Solar Bears vs. Norfolk Admirals – Friday, Feb. 17 – 7 p.m. – Faith & Family Weekend presented by Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson, P.A.
  • Solar Bears vs. Norfolk Admirals – Sunday, Feb. 19 – 1:30 p.m. – Faith & Family Weekend presented by Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson, P.A.

Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com. Full and half-season ticket plans are now available by visiting OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.