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Game Preview: Solar Bears vs. Everblades - May 4, 2018

Friday, May 4th
Game Preview: Solar Bears vs. Everblades - May 4, 2018

South Division Finals • Game 4 • Florida leads series 3-0

WHO: Orlando Solar Bears vs. Florida EverbladesVENUE: ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.DATE: Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m.WATCH: ECHL.TVLISTEN: OSB Radio via MixlrTICKETS: CLICK HERE

TONIGHT: The Orlando Solar Bears (4-3) face an uphill battle as they look to avoid elimination at the hands of the Florida Everblades (7-0).

DO OR DIE: Orlando will look to do what only two other ECHL postseason clubs have done before – the 2010 Cincinnati Cyclones rallied to defeat the Reading Royals in the American Conference Finals, and the 2018 Idaho Steelheads overcame a 3-0 deficit in the opening round against the Allen Americans. The Solar Bears sport a lifetime 2-3 record when facing elimination in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

SCORE FIRST: A key to victory for the Solar Bears will be getting the first goal of the game. Orlando has posted a 3-0 record in the postseason when scoring first. The Solar Bears were 21-4-2-1 when scoring first during the regular season.

CONTAIN MCCARRON: Another key to victory tonight will be shutting down Everblades forward John McCarron. The third-year pro leads Florida with seven points in three games during the series.

SOLAR BEARS 2018 PLAYOFF LEADERSPOINTS: Dupuy & Fejes – 4GOALS: Fejes – 3ASSISTS: Valleau – 3+/-: Zimmerman – +4PIM: Monfredo – 34SHOTS: Perry – 20SHOOTING %: Piccinich – 40%GAME-WINNING GOALS: Fejes – 2

STREAKS:

  • J.J. Piccinich – 3-game point streak (2g-1a)

AFFILIATE NOTES: The Toronto Marlies opened the North Division Finals with a 6-4 win over the Syracuse Crunch last night to take a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 is set for Saturday at 4 p.m.

NEXT GAME: If necessary, Game 5 of the South Division Finals will be held at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center on Sunday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m.

PLAYOFF TICKETS: The Solar Bears are battling the Florida Everblades in the South Division Finals 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 4 – Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m.
  • Game 5 – Sunday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. (if necessary)

Tickets for the second 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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