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8,558 fans turned out for the final home game of the 2012-13 season

Wednesday, March 27th
8,558 fans turned out for the final home game of the 2012-13 season

Orlando plays final two games of 2012-13 season on the road

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ORLANDO, Fla. -  The Solar Bears fell to Florida Everblades by a 3-1 score in front of 8,558 fans at the Amway Center for their final home game of the 2012-13 season on Wednesday night.

Florida started the scoring with a power play goal at 5:39 in the first period. F Adam Brace took control of the puck at the blue line and fired a pass to F Matthew Pistilli who redirected the puck in front of the net, giving Florida a 1-0 lead that continued into the second period.

With the Solar Bears on the power play early in the second period, F Will MacDonald forced a turnover in the attacking zone, swung in front of the net, and fired a shot past G Bryce Merriam and into the back of the cage for a shorthanded goal. The marker put Florida ahead by a 2-0 score, which they carried into the final frame.

The Everblades widened their lead to 3-0 in the third period. LW Mathieu Roy gathered the rebound off a shot from C David Rutherford and fired a it home 5:11 into the frame. C Ryan Cruthers struck back to put the Solar Bears on the board at 8:49 of the period when he picked the top corner of the net on a feed from C Dale Mahovksy. Orlando pulled the goalie for an extra attacker with just over 2:30 to play, but the Everblades held the Solar Bears off the board to take the 3-1 victory.

Three Stars: 1. J. Deckert (FLA); 2. M. Roy (FLA); 3. W. MacDonald (FLA)Power Plays: ORL: 0/3; FLA: 1/4Shots: ORL: 28; FLA: 36

Notes:The Solar Bears had four players make their Solar Bear debuts tonight, as G Bryce Merriam, LW Joel Broda, D Colton Jobke, and D Joe Marciano all appeared in their first games with Orlando. It was the professional debuts for both Merriam and Marciano... The Solar Bears played their final home game of the 2012-13 season tonight... Orlando has two more games on the road, both in Florida, to end the 2012-13 Out of Hibernation Season.

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 JournalSports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.

Individual tickets for all regular season home games are on sale beginning as low as $15. To purchase your tickets, please visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or the Amway Center Box Office.

Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.comFacebook, and Twitter(@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates.

Don't get shut-out when we sell out! Take advantage of the Orlando Solar Bears season ticket pre-sale offer by placing a $50 deposit per ticket now to receive seat selection priority for the 2013-14 season. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

Group tickets are a great way to entertain employees, co-workers, clients, friends and family. For more information on discounted group tickets and a list of group benefits, call 407-951-8200 or click here.

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

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