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Game Preview: Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades Tonight

Solar Bears Get Caron, Petersen Back from Houston

 

Who: Orlando (12-15-2-2, 28pts) vs.
Florida Everblades (Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning) (14-10-2-4, 34pts)
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, FLiHeartSolarBears
When: 7:00 p.m.
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Watch Live: America One
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Rosters:
For tonight's rosters and media notes, click here 

Caron and Petersen Returned from Aeros:Josh Caron
Caron returns from Houston after being recalled to the Aeros right before Orlando's 2-1 overtime win over Florida on December 22. He has played 16 games with Orlando this season, scoring one goal and adding one assist along with 32 PIM. In 10 games with the Aeros, he has picked up seven PIM.

Petersen scored two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in the 5-1 Orlando win on December 19 before being recalled by Houston on December 22. He currently leads the Solar Bears in goals (12) and points (26) in 22 games. He has appeared in three games with Houston this season.  

Matchup:

The fourth straight meeting between Orlando and Florida also marks the return of the Solar Bears to the Amway Center for the first time since December 9, a  Solar Bears vs. Everbladessix-game stretch of road games for Orlando that included taking two out of three games against the Everblades last week. The Solar Bears captured two points in the last meeting between the two teams, an overtime victory for Orlando. After Florida opened the scoring in the first period, C Mathew Sisca knotted up the contest at 1-1 with a goal midway through the second frame. The two teams went tied by that 1-1 score into the extra frame, where C Ryan Cruthers fired a slap shot past G Rob Madore to boost Orlando to a 2-1 win.

Solar Bears Notes:
Tonight's game is only the second time in eight meetings that Orlando and Florida have met in Orlando, the other six games have been played in Estero, FL... C Ryan Cruthers is two goals away from his 100th professional goal... The Solar Bears have a 4-2-1-0 record against Florida this season... Orlando is just five points out of sixth place and two points shy of seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The top eight teams in each conference will qualify for the post-season... D Sean Lorenz remains on reserve... F Ryan Ginand and LW Chris Lawrence are currently on the 21-day IR, but both have resumed skating... D Corbin Baldwin is currently on the 21-day IR... G Mike Brodeur remains on the 21-day IR but has resumed skating drills... D Kyle Medvec, and F Rob Mignardi are currently recalled to the Houston Aeros. Medvec scored his first AHL goal of the season for Houston in OT goal last night to help Houston defeat the Texas Stars 4-3, Mignardi has recorded one goal and one assist in six games... F Olivier Fortier is currently recalled to the Hamilton Bulldogs. He has played six games with Hamilton, tallying one assist... D Gentry Zollars was released today.

Florida Notes:
D Bobby Raymond is third among all ECHL defensemen with eight goals... The Everblades are fifth in the league with 3.60 goals per game... C David Rutherford leads Florida against Orlando with 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in seven games... Florida is eighth on the power play at 20.6 percent (29-for-141) and 18th on the penalty kill at 79.2 percent (99-for-125).

Get Tickets:
Orlando faces the Everblades at the Amway Center tonight and tomorrow, December 28, with both games starting at 7:00 p.m. Good seats are still available. Visit OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, play all of their home games at the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.

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