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Game Preview: Solar Bears vs. Admirals - Feb. 17, 2017

Friday, February 17th
Game Preview: Solar Bears vs. Admirals - Feb. 17, 2017

Solar Bears Game 52 • Home Game 26 • ECHL Game 675

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears (25-18-6-2) vs. Norfolk Admirals (18-27-4-0)VENUE: ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.DATE: Friday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.WATCH: ECHL.TVLISTEN: Listen on MixlrTICKETS: Click herePROMOTION: Faith & Family Weekend presented by Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson, P.A. featuring The Master’s Academy + food drive to support The Forgotten Ones - a ministry to kids aging out of foster care.TONIGHT:The Orlando Solar Bears go for their second consecutive victory in as many nights against the Norfolk Admirals. Orlando has scored twice as many goals as Norfolk in all three of the team’s lifetime wins at home against the Admirals, after coming away with identical 6-3 wins in a pair of games in October early last season.

LANG’S RECORD IN SIGHT FOR PERRY:With five goals over his last eight games, Joe Perry is now within striking distance of tying the ECHL Solar Bears single-season record of 27 goals set by Mickey Lang in 2013-14. The third-year pro matched his own personal-best of 26 goals last night after previously reaching the mark in his rookie season of 2014-15 with the Quad City Mallards.

MAGGIO’S GOAL WORTH THE WAIT:Daniel Maggio’s first with the Solar Bears was his first ECHL goal in four years and 29 days, since last finding the back of the net with the Fort Wayne Komets in the 2012-13 season on Jan. 18 in a game against Toledo. Since then, Maggio had spent the majority of his career with several teams in the American Hockey League, including a four-game stint with the Toronto Marlies earlier this season that saw him record a goal in his Marlies debut on Dec. 10.

SOLAR BEARS CONTAIN DUPONT:Admirals forward Brodie Dupont had been one of the major keys to Norfolk’s turnaround after a sluggish start this season, but the former New York Rangers prospect was held without a point in last night’s contest, as the Solar Bears limited Dupont to just three shots on goal – it is only the fourth time in the Admirals captain’s last 13 games that he failed to make a dent on the scoresheet.

HEAD TO HEADOverall: 1-0-0-0Home: 1-0-0-0Away: 0-0-0-02015-16 Overall: 3-1-1-02015-16 Home: 2-0-0-02015-16 Away: 1-1-1-0Last 5 Years: 4-1-1-0Last 5 Years Home: 3-0-0-0Last 5 Years Away: 1-1-1-0

ACTIVE LEADERSPoints: Manderson – 42Goals: Perry – 26Assists: Manderson – 31+/-: Danford – +12PIM: Miller – 64SOG: Perry – 144

BEAR TRACKER

  • Baier: Two points from 100 career Solar Bears points (32g-66a)
  • Perry: One goal from tying Mickey Lang for single-season record for goals scored (27)

STREAKS

  • Conacher: 2-game assist streak (2a)
  • Danford: 2-game point streak (2a)
  • Gacek: 2-game assist streak (2a)

AFFILIATE NOTES:The Toronto Marlies return to Ricoh Coliseum tonight when they host the Manitoba Moose at 7 p.m. The Toronto Maple Leafs are off until Saturday when they host the Ottawa Senators.

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:

  • Solar Bears vs. Norfolk Admirals - Sunday, Feb. 19 - 1:30 p.m. – Faith & Family Weekend presented by Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson, P.A. featuring The Master’s Academy + food drive to support The Forgotten Ones - a ministry to kids aging out of foster care & FAIRWINDS Solar Bears Sunday
  • Solar Bears vs. Atlanta Gladiators - Wednesday, Feb. 22 - 7 p.m.
  • Solar Bears vs. Atlanta Gladiators - Friday, Feb. 24 - 7 p.m. – Country Music Night

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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