Game Preview: Solar Bears at Icemen – Nov. 28, 2017

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears at Jacksonville Icemen
VENUE: Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Fla.
DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m.
WATCH: ECHL.TV
LISTEN: OSB Radio on Mixlr

TONIGHT: The Solar Bears (6-8-3-0) begin their season-high 10-game road trip with their third meeting in seven days against the Jacksonville Icemen (3-11-1-0). Orlando currently owns a 2-0-1-0 record against Jacksonville on the season.

PICCINICH BREAKING THE ICE: Rookie forward J.J. Piccinich has consistently found the back of the net in meetings against the Icemen this season. The 2014 Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick has scored a goal in each of Orlando’s three games against Jacksonville, including the overtime-winner on Oct. 14.

VALLEAU CREDITED WITH ADDITIONAL ASSIST: A score correction following Sunday’s game has subsequently awarded Nolan Valleau with the secondary assist on Jean Dupuy’s third period goal, giving the defenseman a three-game assist streak heading into tonight’s match. Valleau is second among ECHL blueliners with 17 points (6g-11a) in 17 games, behind only Colorado’s Matt Register.

EXTRA TIME: As the Solar Bears approach the quarter pole in the 2017-18 season, the team has seen almost a third of its games go to overtime. Orlando is tied with South Carolina for the Eastern Conference lead with six overtime games this season. The Solar Bears have won three of their games that have gone beyond regulation – two of Orlando’s six overtime games came against Jacksonville.

STREAKS:

  • Cal Heeter – 4-game win streak (4-0-0)
  • Nolan Valleau – 3-game assist streak (3a)
  • Jean Dupuy – 2-game point streak (3g-1a)
  • Kristian Pospisil – 2-game assist streak (2a) 

AFFILIATE NOTES: The Toronto Marlies (16-4-0-0) extended their winning streak to seven games with a 5-1 win over the Belleville Senators on Sunday, and are back at Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday to battle the Syracuse Crunch. The Toronto Maple Leafs (15-9-1-0) are coming off a 4-2 loss to Washington over the weekend and return to action tonight at Calgary at 9 p.m. ET.

NEXT GAME: Orlando continues its road trip on Friday, Dec. 1, when they face the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at Bon Secours Wellness Arena at 7:30 p.m. The Solar Bears return to the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Wednesday, Dec. 20 as they take on the Norfolk Admirals at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com.

About the Orlando Solar Bears:
The Orlando Solar Bears are in their sixth season of operation in the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America, and are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play 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.

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