Game Preview: Solar Bears vs. Swamp Rabbits – Nov. 7, 2017

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits
VENUE: ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.
DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
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PROMOTIONS:

  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • School Supply Drive: Fans are encouraged to bring school supplies to be donated to Central Florida schools. Fans who donate school supplies will be entered into a drawing for four Gold Seats to a future 2017-18 Solar Bears regular season home game.

TONIGHT: The Solar Bears (2-4-1-0) face the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (5-3-1-0) for the first time this season. During the 2016-17 campaign, the Solar Bears and Swamp Rabbits tied in head-to-head points with 15. Orlando plays Greenville a total of nine times this season, with three games played at home.

SKAPSKI PROJECTED TO GET FIRST START: Goaltender Mackenzie Skapski is expected to make his debut between the pipes for Orlando tonight against his former club; over the course of three seasons while assigned to Greenville, Skapski appeared in 61 contests for the Swamp Rabbits, going 23-26-6 with a 3.32 goals-against average, a .903 save percentage and two shutouts. In a twist of irony, Skapski’s first-ever professional game came in a Greenville uniform against Orlando on Oct. 19, 2014 – a 3-0 win for the Solar Bears at the Amway Center.

SHOTS MATCHUP SUITS SOLAR BEARS: Already one of the top-shooting teams in the league with an average of 35.43 shots on goal per game, the Solar Bears take on an opponent which has allowed  a conference-high 40.89 shots against per game.

SHUTTING DOWN GREENVILLE IN SECOND PERIOD CRITICAL: In addition to seeking an early lead against the Swamp Rabbits, the Solar Bears will also want to be mindful of Greenville’s ability to manufacture offense in the second period – Greenville has scored a league-leading 18 goals during the second period this season.

NOVAK FINDING STRIDE: With his goal on Saturday, Max Novak has produced four points (2g-2a) over his last five games, and is currently tied with Mike Vaskivuo for the team lead in shots on goal with 25. The third-year forward has largely been skating alongside fellow Toronto Marlies-contracted forward Jean Dupuy, who also notched his first of the season on Saturday.

STREAKS:

  • Mike Vaskivuo – 3-game assist streak (3a)

MILESTONE TRACKER:

  • Joe Perry – needs 1 goal for sole possession of third place in franchise history (tied with Jacob Cepis and Brady Vail with 35)
  • Mike Monfredo – needs 4 points for 150 career pro points
  • Josh Winquist – needs 2 goals for 50 career professional goals

AFFILIATE NOTES: The Toronto Marlies (9-3-0-0) continue their swing through Pennsylvania when they battle the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday night. The Toronto Maple Leafs (9-7-0-0) earned a 4-3 shootout win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday night, and take on the Minnesota Wild tomorrow at Air Canada Centre.

NEXT GAME: The Solar Bears host Greenville in their second annual School Day Game on Thursday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. as the Solar Bears continue Teacher Appreciation Week; the team will be collecting school supplies during the game. Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com.

The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, and play all of their home games at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.

Full Season Ticket Memberships for the 2017-18 season are on sale now. Purchase an Orlando Solar Bears Full Season Ticket Membership for as little as $440 today! Click here or call (407) 951-8200 for more information.

Officially licensed Orlando Solar Bears replica team jerseys, apparel, and headwear can be purchased online at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.