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Game Preview: Solar Bears at Everblades - Dec. 21, 2016

Wednesday, December 21st
Game Preview: Solar Bears at Everblades - Dec. 21, 2016

Solar Bears Game 28 • Away Game 14 • ECHL Game 362

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears (16-8-3-0) at Florida Everblades (16-5-1-2)VENUE: Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.DATE: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 7:30 p.m.WATCH: ECHL.TVLISTEN: Visit our website or download the new Solar Bears mobile app to listen to the game via MixlrTONIGHT:The Orlando Solar Bears complete their season-high 10-game road trip tonight when they face the Florida Everblades in a Wawa Sunshine Cup Series game. The winner of this game will also maintain first place in the South Division. Presently both teams have 35 standings points, but Orlando holds first place in the division by virtue of more regulation and overtime wins than Florida.

BAIER ON CUSP OF 200 GAMES PLAYED:Should Eric Baier suit up against the Everblades, the game will be his 200th regular season game in a Solar Bears jersey. At 199 career games with Orlando, the veteran defenseman is the longest-tenured player in team history and would be the first player to hit 200 career games with the team, and he is also only six points away from reaching 100 in his career with the team.

MANDERSON HAS CHANCE TO SET NEW TEAM ASSIST STREAK:Should Denver Manderson record an assist in his next game, he will set a new team record for the longest assist streak. He is currently tied with several players in the team record book with an assist streak of six consecutive games, although Patrick Watling would be considered the record holder, as he logged nine assists over a six-game span from Dec. 28, 2014 – Feb. 21, 2015 that was interrupted by a recall to the Toronto Marlies. Manderson is also tied for the team lead in points against Florida through three games this season, recording four points (2g-2a).

FAILLE COULD MATCH LONGEST GOAL STREAK AS WELL:With the return of Eric Faille to the lineup following his reassignment from the Toronto Marlies earlier today, he has the chance to match Ryan Cruthers’ team record of five consecutive games with a goal. Faille has five goals in his last four games with Orlando dating back to Dec. 11, missing Orlando’s Dec. 18 battle at Fort Wayne while he was recalled. Cruthers scored five goals in five games from Jan. 9-30, 2013.

HEAD TO HEADOverall: 1-2-0-0Home: 1-1-0-0Road: 0-1-0-02015-16 Overall: 4-10-0-02015-16 Home: 2-6-0-02015-16 Away: 2-4-0-0Last 5 Years: 25-34-2-1Last 5 Years Home: 12-17-1-0Last 5 Years Away: 13-17-1-1

LEADERSPoints: Manderson  – 32Goals: Perry – 15Assists: Findlay – 22+/-: Manderson – +18PIM: Miller – 39SOG: Faille – 108

BEAR TRACKER

  • Eric Baier: 1 game for 200 career games with Orlando
  • Denver Manderson: 2 points for 200 career points with Orlando

STREAKS

  • Crane: 4-game point streak: (5g-1a)
  • Faille: 6-game point streak (5g-4a)
  • Findlay: 4-game point streak (3g-4a)
  • Manderson: 6-game point streak (1g-7a)­­

AFFILIATE NOTES:The Toronto Marlies earned a 4-1 win over Albany on Sunday, and resume play after the holiday break on Monday, when they host the St. John’s IceCaps. The Toronto Maple Leafs head to Denver on Thursday to face the Colorado Avalanche.

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.

NEXT HOME GAMES:

  • Ugly Sweater jersey - 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.

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.

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