Weekly Report: October 24, 2016

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears prepare for a three-game set this week as they host the South Carolina Stingrays on Thursday, Oct. 27 and the Atlanta Gladiators on Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29 at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center.

THIS WEEK:
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
ARS.com Rink at Amway Center
Orlando Solar Bears vs. South Carolina Stingrays – CLICK HERE for tickets

Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m.
ARS.com Rink at Amway Center
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Atlanta Gladiators – CLICK HERE for tickets
Promotion: Shades’ Birthday

Saturday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m.
ARS.com Rink at Amway Center
Orlando Solar Bears vs. Atlanta Gladiators – CLICK HERE for tickets
Promotion: Zombies on Ice – team will wear specialty zombie jerseys and the first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a Zombie drink coozie, presented by NYZ Orlando.

Orlando
0-1-0-0, 0 points
7th place, South Division 

South Carolina
0-0-1-0, 1 point
6th place, South Division 

Atlanta
2-2-1-1, 6 points
2nd place, South Division 

LAST WEEK:
Saturday, Oct. 22 – Florida 3, Orlando 2
Orlando celebrated its first game of the season with Orlando United Night, presented by Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson, P.A. The emotional pre-game ceremonies included a video tribute to those lost in the June 12 Pulse Nightclub shooting and a salute to the first responders involved in the tragedy, along with a message from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Theresa Jacobs. Solar Bears Chairman/CEO Joseph W. Haleski also presented a check to the One Orlando Fund for $70,000, representing the funds raised by the sale of Orlando United t-shirts over the summer by the Solar Bears.

The Solar Bears took an early lead on the strength of a goal by Nikolas Brouillard, but the Everblades scored three straight before T.J. Foster notched a goal in the second period. Orlando could not close the gap as they fell to the Everblades in their first game of the season.

BEAR TRACKS:
Opening Night Through the Years
Following Saturday’s game, Orlando is 2-2-1-0 in season-opening contests, and 3-2-0-0 in home openers at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center. 

Nik’d ‘Em
Nikolas Brouillard’s two-point (1g-1a) effort in Saturday’s loss to the Everblades was the first multi-point game by a Solar Bears defenseman since Brenden Miller’s performance (2g-1a) on Apr. 2 at South Carolina of last season. Brouillard’s goal at 3:35 of the first period also marked the third-fastest season-opening goal in team history, after Bryce Aneloski’s opening salvo at the 3:27 mark on Oct. 18, 2014 against Greenville, and Brady Vail’s marker at just 2:56 on Oct. 17, 2015.

Two in a Row for Foster
T.J. Foster’s goal on Saturday marked the forward’s second consecutive season with an Opening Night tally; the forward scored an empty-net goal as a rookie in last season’s 6-3 win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Oct. 17.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Monday, Oct. 24 – 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Tuesday, Oct. 25 – 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Wednesday, Oct. 26 – 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – RDV Sportsplex Ice Den
Thursday, Oct. 27 – Gameday skate held at ARS.com Rink at Amway Center
Friday, Oct. 28 – Gameday skate held at ARS.com Rink at Amway Center
*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 are back in action at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Thursday, Oct. 27 as they host the South Carolina Stingrays at 7 p.m. 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 store.orlandosolarbearshockey.com.