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Game Preview: Solar Bears at Aces - Jan. 14, 2017

Saturday, January 14th
Game Preview: Solar Bears at Aces - Jan. 14, 2017

Solar Bears Game 39 • Away Game 20 • ECHL Game 480

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears (19-13-4-2) at Alaska Aces (20-10-1-4)VENUE: Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, AlaskaDATE: Saturday, Jan. 14, 11:15 p.m. ETWATCH: ECHL.TVLISTEN: Listen on KFQD 750 AM / 103.7 FMTONIGHT:The Orlando Solar Bears play the final match of their three-game series with the Alaska Aces. Each team has won a game so far.

BRADLEY NETS FIRST OF THE SEASON:Chris Bradley’s goal in Friday night’s game marked his first of the season – the rookie defenseman has started to round into form offensively over the last few weeks, logging five points (1g-4a) and recording a +3 while providing solid, two-way defense for Orlando.

CARRIER FINDING OFFENSIVE ABILITY:With assists in two straight contests, Alexandre Carrier has already doubled his career offensive output from his first stint with the Solar Bears in 2014-15. The forward also led Orlando with a +3 rating on Friday night.

GACEK LEADS THE WAY AGAINST ACES:Alex Gacek has been Orlando’s best weapon against Alaska through the first two games of the series. With four points (2g-2a) through two games, more than half of Gacek’s offensive output since joining the Solar Bears has come at the expense of the Aces.

BAIER THREE POINTS AWAY FROM CENTURY MARK:With an assist on Friday, Eric Baier brought his career totals in a Solar Bears uniform to 97 points (31g-66a). The defenseman is only three points away from hitting 100 career points with Orlando, which would allow him to join Jacob Cepis, Denver Manderson and Eric Faille as the only Solar Bears players to achieve the feat. Should Baier hit the mark, he will be the first blueliner in franchise history to do so.

HEAD TO HEADOverall: 1-1-0-0Home: 0-0-0-0Road: 1-1-0-02015-16 Overall: 0-0-0-02015-16 Home: 0-0-0-02015-16 Away: 0-0-0-0Last 5 Years: 1-1-0-0Last 5 Years Home: 0-0-0-0Last 5 Years Away: 1-1-0-0

ACTIVE LEADERSPoints: Faille – 40Goals: Perry – 19Assists: Manderson – 28+/-: Block – +13PIM: Brouillard – 51SOG: Faille – 135

BEAR TRACKER

  • Baier: Three points from 100 career Solar Bears points (31g-66a)
  • Crane: One point from 100 career ECHL points (54g-45a)

STREAKS

  • Bradley: 2-game point streak (1g-1a)
  • Carrier: 2-game assist streak (2a)
  • Danford: 2-game point streak (1g-1a)
  • Gacek: 2-game point streak (2g-2a)

AFFILIATE NOTES:Tony Cameranesi scored for the Toronto Marlies on Friday night, but the Marlies fell in a 5-4 loss to the Syracuse Crunch; they will look to get back in the win column tonight as they host the Rochester Americans at 5 p.m. The Toronto Maple Leafs got a 4-2 win against the Rangers last night, and head to Ottawa to face the Senators tonight at 7 p.m.

APP:The Solar Bears mobile app, presented by BB&T, gives 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 app is FREE and available for both iOS and Android devices.

NEXT HOME GAMES:

  • Military Appreciation Night & Patriotic Jersey – Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades - Saturday, Jan. 21 - 7 p.m.
  • Solar Bears vs. Allen Americans - Thursday, Jan. 26 - 7 p.m. – First-ever meeting between Orlando and the defending back-to-back Kelly Cup champions
  • Solar Bears vs. Allen Americans - Sunday, Jan. 29 - 1:30 p.m. – UCF vs. UF game following Solar Bears game

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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