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Game Preview: Solar Bears at Thunder - March 21, 2017

Tuesday, March 21st
Game Preview: Solar Bears at Thunder - March 21, 2017

Solar Bears Game 63 • Away Game 29 • ECHL Game 854

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears (31-22-6-3) at Adirondack Thunder (33-20-6-4)VENUE: Glens Falls Civic Center, Glens Falls, N.Y.DATE: Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m.WATCH: ECHL.TVLISTEN: Listen on Mixlr

TONIGHT:The Orlando Solar Bears take on the Adirondack Thunder for the first of two meetings this season – Orlando will also face Adirondack next Tuesday after returning from a three-game set in Brampton. The Solar Bears and Thunder split the 2015-16 regular season series with two wins apiece.

SOLAR BEARS LOOK TO NEUTRALIZE FAST-PACED THUNDER ATTACK:The Solar Bears and Thunder are nearly identical in their goals-per game average, separated by just one-hundredth of a goal. Adirondack is sixth with 3.67 goals per game, and the Solar Bears are seventh with 3.66. Orlando and Adirondack both also lead the Eastern Conference with 22 wins when leading after the first period. Orlando is the top-ranked team in generating shots on goal (37.60 per game), while Adirondack surrenders the fewest shots on goal (27.56 per game)

FAILLE ON PACE TO SMASH ANOTHER TEAM AND PERSONAL RECORD:With 59 points (21g-38a) in 47 games, Eric Faille is only two points away from smashing the club single-season record for most points in a season that he established in the previous campaign. More impressively, Faille has racked up his totals while playing nine fewer games than he did with Orlando in the entirety of last season.

MILLER INCREASING GOAL PRODUCTION:With five goals in his last seven games for Orlando, Brenden Miller is continuing to add to his offensive totals in a breakout sophomore season. The defenseman will be leaned heavily to provide offense from the blueline against Adirondack, as the Thunder boast three defensemen who are in the top 30 for points among defensemen.

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

ACTIVE LEADERSPoints: Faille – 59Goals: Perry – 31Assists: Buzzeo – 41+/-: Danford – +20PIM: Miller – 76SOG: Perry – 181

BEAR TRACKER

  • Baier: Three assists for 100 career pro assists
  • Crane: One game for 200 ECHL games
  • Faille: Two points to set new franchise single-season record for points
  • Manderson: One assist from tying Jacob Cepis (77) for franchise mark
  • Miller: One point from 50 in career with Orlando
  • Perry: Three assists from 50 in pro career

STREAKS

  • Baier: 2-game assist streak (2a)
  • Crane: 2-game point streak (1g-2a)
  • Watling: 2-game point streak (1g-1a)

AFFILIATE NOTES:The Toronto Marlies face the Rochester Americans tonight at 7 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum, while the Maple Leafs are coming off a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins last night and are back in action tomorrow at Columbus.

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. Florida Everblades – Wednesday, April 5 – 7 p.m – Wawa Sunshine Cup Series game
  • Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades – Friday, April 7 – 7 p.m. – Fan Appreciation Night / Team Picture Giveaway Sponsored by Coors Light / Shirts Off Players Back Ceremony / Wawa Sunshine Cup Series game / Shot for $100,000

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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