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Game Preview: Solar Bears at Stingrays - April 14, 2018

Saturday, April 14th
Game Preview: Solar Bears at Stingrays - April 14, 2018

South Division Semifinals • Game 2 • Orlando leads series 1-0

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears at South Carolina StingraysVENUE: North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, S.C.DATE: Saturday, April 14 at 7:05 p.m.WATCH: ECHL.TVLISTEN: OSB Radio via MixlrWATCH PARTY: Fans can watch the game together tonight at Cecil’s Texas-Style Bar-B-Q! Bring out your friends and family for a night of fun! Make sure to get there early to secure your seats! Take advantage of $2 beer specials and get free ice cream with your purchase! Located at 2800 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32806.

TONIGHT: The Orlando Solar Bears (1-0) look to take a 2-0 series lead in the South Division Semifinals against the South Carolina Stingrays (0-1). Orlando defeated South Carolina by a 2-0 score on Thursday in Game 1.

FEJES PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Second-year forward Hunter Fejes provided the game-winner for the Solar Bears in Thursday’s victory with a shorthanded goal in the second period. From the time Orlando acquired Fejes on Jan. 2 from the Wheeling Nailers, the Anchorage, Alaska native has either led or tied for the team lead on the Solar Bears with 18 goals, 14 assists, 32 points and a plus-minus of +12.

PK DISPLAYS STRONG EFFORT: The Solar Bears matched a team postseason record for the most power-play chances allowed in a road playoff match on Thursday, but Orlando’s special teams withstood a barrage of Stingrays shots and went a perfect 6-for-6 on the penalty kill. This is no small feat, as the Stingrays ranked third in the Eastern Conference with a power play that operated at 17.8% during the regular season.

NEXT VICTORY MOVES BEREHOWSKY PAST WILLIAMS: With Thursday’s win, Solar Bears Drake Berehowsky earned his fourth postseason victory with Orlando, tying him with Vince Williams for the most in franchise history. Berehowsky previously set the club mark for career regular season wins earlier this season with 92 victories.

CRANE LOOKS TO RESUME STRONG POSTSEASON PLAY: After setting the franchise record for most playoff assists during last year’s postseason run with seven helpers, forward Chris Crane played through a campaign that was partially interrupted due to injury. Crane made his return to the lineup in the penultimate game of the regular season and contributed two goals and an assist for Orlando, illustrating his offensive contributions. Crane’s next career playoff point (2g-7a) will tie the franchise mark of 10, currently held by Denver Manderson (5g-5a).

SOLAR BEARS 2018 PLAYOFF LEADERSPOINTS: Fejes, Jardine, Piccinich – 1GOALS: Fejes, Piccinich – 1ASSISTS: Jardine – 1+/-: Jardine – +2PIM: Dupuy – 4SHOTS: Perry – 3SHOOTING %: Fejes, Piccinich – 50%GAME-WINNING GOALS: Fejes – 1

AFFILIATE NOTES: The Toronto Marlies (52-18-2-2) defeated the Laval Rocket on Friday by a 4-1 score and close out their 12-game regular season series this afternoon at 4 p.m. The Toronto Maple Leafs opened their first-round series with the Boston Bruins with a 5-1 loss on Thursday, and resume their series tonight at TD Garden.

NEXT GAME: The Solar Bears return to the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center next week to begin the home stretch of the South Division Semifinals, with Game 3 set for Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.

PLAYOFF TICKETS: The Solar Bears are battling the South Carolina Stingrays in the South Division Semifinals of the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs, presented by Coors Light, and will host the following games at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center:

  • Game 3 – Thursday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
  • Game 4 – Saturday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
  • Game 5 – Sunday, April 22 at 6 p.m. (if necessary)

Tickets for the first round of the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs are on sale now – fans can purchase tickets starting at $18 through the Amway Center box office or by visiting 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.

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

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