Weekly Report: December 5, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears continue their 10-game road trip this week when they swing through a pair of South Division opponents. Orlando takes on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Thursday, Dec. 8, before facing the Atlanta Gladiators on Friday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 11.

THIS WEEK:

Tuesday, Dec. 6 – 7 p.m.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, S.C.
Orlando Solar Bears at Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Thursday, Dec. 8 – 7 p.m.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, S.C.
Orlando Solar Bears at Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Friday, Dec. 9 – 7:35 p.m.
Infinite Energy Arena – Duluth, Ga.
Orlando Solar Bears at Atlanta Gladiators

Sunday, Dec. 11 – 2:05 p.m.
Infinite Energy Arena – Duluth, Ga.
Orlando Solar Bears at Atlanta Gladiators

Orlando
11-6-2-0, 24 points
2nd place, South Division 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits
9-7-2-0, 20 points
5th place, South Division 

Atlanta Gladiators
10-10-2-1, 23 points
3rd place, South Division 

LAST WEEK: 2-1-0-0

Monday, Nov. 28 – Orlando 5, Brampton 4
The Solar Bears completed a three-game sweep of the Brampton Beast despite repeated comeback attempts from the visitors. Tony Cameranesi tallied his second consecutive game-winning goal and third of the season, while Kasimir Kaskisuo made 27 saves for the win.

Friday, Dec. 2 – Orlando 5, Florida 2
Brock Montgomery scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal just 3:48 into the first period, and Denver Manderson scored twice as the Solar Bears won their fifth consecutive game to cap a 10-game homestand.

Saturday, Dec. 2 – Florida 8, Orlando 6
Chris Crane and Joe Perry each scored twice for Orlando, but Florida’s John McCarron scored four goals and a late rally was foiled by an empty-net goal as the Solar Bears suffered their first regulation road loss of the season.

BEAR TRACKS:

Bears Off to Best Season at the Quarter Pole
Following Friday night’s 5-2 victory over Florida, the Solar Bears found themselves off to the best start through the first 18 games of the season, boasting a record of 11-5-2-0, good for 24 points in the standings, and surpassing the previous quarter pole mark set in the 2013-14 campaign (11-6-0-1).

Liambas Makes NHL Debut
One week after being recalled from the American Hockey League, former Solar Bears forward Mike Liambas made his NHL debut on Saturday afternoon in the Predators’ 5-4 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils. Liambas became the first Solar Bears player to be developed on an ECHL contract and subsequently play in the NHL. Liambas played 32 games with Orlando in the 2012-13 Out of Hibernation season, in which he posted nine points and 151 penalty minutes. 

Perry Tallies First Road Goals
Prior to Saturday night’s road game in Estero, all of Joe Perry’s goal scoring output had come on home ice. The forward found the back of the net twice to bring his season goal total to 12 in 19 games, and is currently on pace for a 45-goal season, which would surpass the franchise mark for goals in a single season, set by Mickey Lang (27 in 37 games) during the 2013-14 season.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Monday, Dec. 5 – 10-11:15 a.m. – RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Practice locations and times are subject to change

Fans and media are invited to attend all on-ice practice sessions held at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den, the official training facility of the Solar Bears. Flash photography and unauthorized video recording of Orlando Solar Bears practice sessions is not permitted. The RDV Sportsplex Ice Den is located at 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando, FL 32810.

NEXT HOME GAMES:

  • Ugly Sweater jerseys – Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades – Thursday, Dec. 22 – 7 p.m.
  • Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades – Tuesday, Dec. 27 – 7 p.m.
  • Solar Bears vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits – Friday, Dec. 30 – 7 p.m.

NEW APP:
The Solar Bears have released a brand-new mobile app, presented by BB&T, giving 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 new app is FREE and available for both iOS and Android devices.

ON THE AIR:
Orlandosolarbearshockey.com is now the broadcast home of the Solar Bears via the Mixlr streaming service. Radio broadcasts of Solar Bears games can be streamed online for free on any PC or mobile device. Pay-per-view video webcasts of all Solar Bears games are also available at ECHL.TV.

Single-game tickets for the 2016-17 season 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.

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.

Follow the Solar Bears at OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com, Facebook, and Twitter (@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates. Stay in touch with Shades on Instagram by following SolarBearsHockey.

Season tickets, Corporate Flex vouchers, and Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on all of the Solar Bears ticket packages, call (407) 951-8200 or visit orlandosolarbearshockey.com/groups.

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