ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears continue their 10-game homestand this week when they host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits as part of their first-ever School Day Game, presented by Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.
ARS.com Rink at Amway Center – Orlando, Fla.
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Promotion: All Central Florida K-12 schools are invited to spend the morning with Orlando’s professional hockey team in a field trip atmosphere, where students will enjoy a unique educational experience while enjoying the fast-paced action of live ice hockey. Students will receive hockey-related educational materials that are curriculum-approved and cover math, science, geography and more.
A complimentary lunch will be provided for students in attendance by Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.
Although this game is geared towards school groups, Solar Bears Season Ticket Members and the general public are welcome and encouraged to attend and enjoy the events of the day. Season Ticket Members who are unable to attend the morning game will be able to exchange their ticket for a future 2016-17 Solar Bears regular season home game.
5-5-1-0, 11 points
4th place, South Division
3-3-2-0, 8 points
6th place, South Division
LAST WEEK: 1-2-0-0
Thursday, Nov. 10 – South Carolina 5, Orlando 1
Orlando held a 1-0 lead in the first period after Brett Findlay redirected a Denver Manderson pass for a power-play goal, but the Stingrays tied the game near the end of the first, and then pulled ahead on a shorthanded goal by Steven McParland. South Carolina added a goal in the second period and two in the third.
Friday, Nov. 12 – Orlando 3, South Carolina 0
Jon Jutzi broke a scoreless tie in the second period with his first professional goal and added an assist in the third period on Joe Perry’s power-play goal, while Kasimir Kaskisuo made 24 saves for his first professional shutout as the Solar Bears got their second home win of the season against the Stingrays.
Saturday, Nov. 13 – South Carolina 3, Orlando 2
Orlando opened the scoring just 1:21 into the game when Denver Manderson scored on a wrist shot from the right circle, but the Stingrays scored on a 5-on-3 power play in the second period and eventually took a two-goal lead in the third period. Eric Baier scored a goal with 31 seconds remaining to bring Orlando back to within one, but the Solar Bears could not close the gap.
School Day Déjà vu
When the Solar Bears take the ice against Greenville on Thursday morning, it will carry a familiar feeling; Orlando visited the Swamp Rabbits for an Education Day morning game only two weeks prior on Nov. 3 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The Solar Bears earned a point in a 2-1 overtime loss, but made up for it the next night with a 3-2 overtime victory.
Manderson Showcasing Flashes of 2014-15 Form
Following Sunday’s game, Denver Manderson is riding a five-game point streak (2g-4a). Manderson, the team’s MVP in 2014-15, still has some ways to go to match his career-best point streak of 13 games, in which he put up 21 points (7g-14a) from Nov. 11-Dec. 5, 2014.
Perry Continues to Perform on Power Play:
Joe Perry’s power-play goal in the third period on Saturday was his third on the man advantage this season, tying him for first place in the entire ECHL. The third-year pro has also added a power-play assist, meaning he has been offensively involved in nearly a third of Orlando’s conversions on the power play this season.
Watling Continuing Strong Production
Patrick Watling’s two assists over the weekend gave him eight points in eight total games. The native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario has been a consistent point producer for the Solar Bears since arriving in the 2014-15 campaign; despite missing time due to injury in 2015-16, Watling is one of only three Solar Bears – the others being Jacob Cepis and Mickey Lang – to maintain over a point-per-game level of production (61 points in 56 games) while appearing in multiple seasons for Orlando.
Monday, Nov. 14 – NO PRACTICE – Day off
Tuesday, Nov. 15 – 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Wednesday, Nov. 16 – 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Thursday, Nov. 10 – NO PRACTICE – School Day Game at 10:30 a.m. at ARS.com Rink at Amway Center
Friday, Nov. 18 – 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.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.
ON THE AIR:
Orlandosolarbearshockey.com is now the broadcast home of the Solar Bears via the Mixlr streaming service. Radio broadcasts 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.
The Solar Bears continue their fifth season of ECHL hockey when they host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in the team’s first-ever School Day Game, presented by Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center. Single-game tickets 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.
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