Weekly Report: October 31, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears hit the road for the first time during the 2016-17 season, as they swing through three South Division cities over the course of playing four games in five nights. Orlando first takes on the South Carolina Stingrays on Tuesday, Nov. 1, before visiting the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Thursday, Nov. 3 and Friday, Nov. 4, and complete their road schedule for the month on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Atlanta Gladiators.

THIS WEEK:
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 7:05 p.m.
North Charleston Coliseum – North Charleston, S.C.
Orlando Solar Bears at South Carolina Stingrays

Thursday, Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, S.C.
Orlando Solar Bears at Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Friday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m.
Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, S.C.
Orlando Solar Bears at Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:05 p.m.
Infinite Energy Arena – Duluth, Ga.
Orlando Solar Bears at Atlanta Gladiators

Orlando
1-3-0-0, 2 points
7th place, South Division 

South Carolina
1-3-1-0, 3 points
5th place, South Division

Greenville
2-2-0-0, 4 points
3rd place, South Division 

Atlanta
4-3-1-1, 10 points
1st place, South Division 

LAST WEEK: 1-2-0-0 

Thursday, Oct. 27 – Orlando 2, South Carolina 1
Orlando entered the third period down 1-0, but Brett Findlay tallied a power-play goal at 4:11 to tie the game, and Patrick Watling knocked home the eventual game-winner at 13:28 to secure the first win of the 2016-17 season for the Solar Bears.

Friday, Oct. 28 – Atlanta 5, Orlando 3
The Solar Bears got two power-play goals from forward Joe Perry, and Ethan Werek added his first goal of the season, but Gladiators goalie Jay Williams made 49 saves in his pro debut and Tyler Murovich broke a 3-3 tie in the third period to help Atlanta secure the win.

Saturday, Oct. 29 – Atlanta 8, Orlando 2
Orlando surrendered six straight goals over the first two periods before Perry scored at 19:25 of the second. Eric Baier added a third period goal as the Solar Bears completed the three games in three nights set.

BEAR TRACKS:

Road Cooking
Orlando had one of the better road records among ECHL teams last season, as the Solar Bears won half of their road games and earned overtime/shootout points in six other contests for an 18-12-3-3 record, good for a .583 win percentage. 

Plenty of Shots
Thanks in part to two 50-plus shots on goal performances this week, Orlando now is averaging 40 shots on goal per game, the highest total in the league. 

Score Change
Upon further review, Adam Brace has been retroactively credited with an assist on Joe Perry’s first goal from Friday’s 5-3 loss to Atlanta. The assist had originally been awarded to forward Tony Cameranesi, but Brace deflected Ben Danford’s initial shot that ended with Perry burying his first of the season. Cameranesi, a 2011 Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, will continue to hunt for his first point with the Solar Bears; he scored two goals for the Toronto Marlies for his first pro points last spring.

Morning Games Abound in November
The Solar Bears will play three morning games in the month of November, with the first coming this Thursday at Greenville as part of the Swamp Rabbits’ School Day game. Orlando returns the favor exactly two weeks later when they host Greenville on Nov. 17 at 10:30 a.m. for their first-ever School Day Game, presented by Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. Orlando also hosts the Brampton Beast on Thanksgiving Day, with a special 11 a.m. start. The Solar Bears did not play a single morning game during the 2015-16 season.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
Monday, Oct. 31 – 10-11 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. 

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 return to the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Thursday, Nov. 10 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.