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Game Preview: Solar Bears at Wings - Dec. 9, 2017

Saturday, December 9th
Game Preview: Solar Bears at Wings - Dec. 9, 2017

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears at Kalamazoo WingsVENUE: Wings Event Center, Kalamazoo, Mich.DATE: Saturday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m.WATCH: ECHL.TVLISTEN: OSB Radio on Mixlr

TODAY: The Solar Bears (10-10-3-0) play their lone match of the season against the Kalamazoo Wings (8-8-1-1), who are coming off a 5-2 win last night against Quad City. Orlando sports an 8-5-3-0 record against Kalamazoo in the ECHL, with a 4-4-1-0 record at Wings Event Center.

SIBLING RIVALRY RENEWED: After playing in his 900th career pro game on Thursday against Cincinnati, Solar Bears veteran forward Darryl Bootland now prepares to play against his older brother, Wings head coach Nick Bootland. Darryl played under Nick during the 2009-10 and 2011-12 campaigns.

POSPISIL CONTINUES SHARPSHOOTING: With a two-goal performance on Thursday, Kristian Pospisil increased his shooting percentage this season to 31.8% (7-for-22). He leads all rookies and is third overall in league shooting percentage.

DUPUY LEADING ROAD TRIP: Since Nov. 28, Jean Dupuy has led Orlando on the current road trip with nine points (2g-7a) over the last six games. The third-year pro also reached 50 career points (18g-32a) with his three-point effort for the Solar Bears against Cincinnati on Thursday.

STREAKS:

  • Martins Dzierkals – 5-game point streak (2g-6a)
  • Jean Dupuy – 2-game point streak (2g-3a)
  • Kristian Pospisil – 2-game point streak (3g-1a)
  • Chris LeBlanc – 2-game goal streak (2g)
  • J.C. Campagna – 2-game assist streak (5a)

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

  • Max Novak – 2 points from 50 career pro points (18g-30a)

AFFILIATE NOTES: The Toronto Marlies (19-5-0-0) picked up a 3-1 win over the Laval Rocket yesterday and do battle once again at 3 p.m. this afternoon. The Toronto Maple Leafs (18-10-1-0) are coming off a 2-1 shootout win over Calgary on Wednesday and are back in action tonight at 7 p.m. on the road in Pittsburgh.

NEXT GAME: Orlando continues its season-high 10-game road trip when they face the Fort Wayne Komets on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Solar Bears return to the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Wednesday, Dec. 20 as they take on the Norfolk Admirals at 7 p.m. Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com.

About the Orlando Solar Bears:

The Orlando Solar Bears are in their sixth season of operation in the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America, and are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.

Festive Four Packs, presented by CenturyLink, are now available for purchase! Pick four games and get gift certificates to Sonny’s BBQ, Dick’s Sporting Goods, QDOBA Mexican Eats and a FREE center ice ticket to the Orlando Solar Bears Teddy Bear Toss game on Saturday, December 23! Packs start as low as $64! Click here or call (407) 951-8200 for more information.

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

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