Game Preview: Solar Bears at Everblades – April 26, 2017

The Orlando Solar Bears 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs are presented by Coors Light.

South Division Semifinals • Game 7 • Series tied 3-3

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears at Florida Everblades
VENUE: Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.
DATE: Wednesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
WATCH: ECHL.TV
LISTEN: Listen on Mixlr

TONIGHT:
The Orlando Solar Bears will play the first-ever Game 7 in franchise history in the Kelly Cup Playoffs against the Florida Everblades – this will be the 40th Game 7 in the history of the ECHL postseason. So far in this series, the team that has scored first in each game has gone on to victory. The Solar Bears possess an all-time 2-2 record when facing elimination in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The winner of tonight’s game will go on to face the South Carolina Stingrays in the South Division Finals.

MANDERSON CONTINUES TO LEAD THE WAY:
Denver Manderson’s two-point outing on Tuesday night moved him ahead in the team scoring race to eight points (4g-4a) in the postseason, only three points back of Toledo’s Kyle Bonis (6g-5a), who leads all skaters in playoff scoring.

CRANE TIED FOR LEAGUE LEAD IN ASSISTS:
Chris Crane tacked on another two assists for Orlando in Game 6, moving him into a nine-way tie for first place in the league. The playmaker also leads all forwards in the playoffs with a +6.

PERRY ON THE BOARD:
After leading the Solar Bears and tying for fourth in the league in goals scored during the regular season with 35 goals, Joe Perry was able to redirect a shot from Chris Bradley past Anthony Peters for his first of the postseason late in Game 6.

2017 PLAYOFF LEADERS
Points:
Crane & Manderson – 8
Goals: Manderson – 4
Assists: Crane – 7
+/-: Crane – +6
PIM: Baier & Buzzeo – 19
SOG: Marchment – 20

STREAKS

  • Crane: 3-game assist streak (5a)

AFFILIATE NOTES:
The Toronto Marlies resume their best-of-five North Division Semifinals series with the Albany Devils tonight at Ricoh Coliseum at 7 p.m. – each club has one win in the first round matchup.

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.