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Lightning reassign Spencer Martin from Solar Bears to Crunch

Saturday, November 2nd
Lightning reassign Spencer Martin from Solar Bears to Crunch

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears have announced that the Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned goaltender Spencer Martin from Orlando to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. Additionally, Syracuse has loaned rookie forwards Peter Abbandonato and Mikhail Shalagin to the Solar Bears.

Martin, 24, was assigned to the Solar Bears on Sept. 27 and had gone 2-2-0 with a goals-against average of 3.12 and a save percentage of .915 in four appearances with Orlando.

Abbandonato, 21, has recorded two goals and two penalty minutes in five games with the Crunch in his first season of professional hockey after signing a two-year AHL contract with Syracuse earlier this summer.

Last season, the 5-foot-11, 193-pound forward appeared in 68 games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and led the league in scoring with 111 points (29g-82a) and 14 penalty minutes. His 82 assists, 28 power-play assists and +71 rating also paced the QMJHL. Abbandonato then put up 27 points (6g, 21a) in 15 games as the Huskies claimed the 2019 Memorial Cup. The Laval, Quebec native skated in 264 career games for Rouyn-Noranda, totaling 267 points (82g-185a) and 73 penalty minutes.

Shalagin, 20, has yet to make his North American debut professional debut this season, after signing an AHL contract with the Crunch earlier this summer.

Last season, the 6-foot-4, 185-pound forward skated in 43 games with the MHK Spartak Moskva of Russia’s Minor Hockey League, tallying 75 points (48g-27a) and 77 penalty minutes with a plus-31 rating, earning MHL MVP honors. His 48 goals set a new league record for the most in one season. Shalagin also appeared in four games with Moscow Spartak of the Kontinental Hockey League and seven contests with Khimik Voskresensk of the Supreme Hockey League (VHL) tallying two goals.

Shalagin was a seventh-round selection (#198 overall) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.


The Solar Bears host the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. Sunday’s game is a Fairwinds Solar Bears Sunday – The first 100 Fairwinds Credit Union Members can claim a free pair of tickets to the game when they present their Fairwinds debit/credit card and a photo ID at the Amway Center box office. CLICK HERE for more information. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this game.

Purchase Single-Game Tickets:

Single-game tickets for all Solar Bears home games are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and TicketmasterCLICK HERE to download the calendar for the 2019-20 season.

Order New Jerseys:

The Orlando Solar Bears will wear new jerseys for the 2019-20 season. Replica jerseys are available for purchase online, with adult sizes available for $149.95 and youth sizes available for $109.95. Fans can visit bit.ly/OSBJerseys to place their order today.

2019-20 Season Ticket Memberships on Sale Now:

Upgrade to Solar Status and become a Season Ticket Member today. Season ticket memberships for the 2019-20 season are now on sale and start as little as $270 – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

2019-20 Season Presented by XYMOPrint:

The 2019-20 Orlando Solar Bears season is presented by XYMOPrint, Orlando’s digital printing experts. As a special offer, fans who call XYMOPrint at (888) 223-9390 from now until June 15, 2021 and reference the Solar Bears will receive 15% off their first order and a free Orlando Solar Bears poster!

About the Orlando Solar Bears:

The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In seven seasons of operation, the team has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs five times. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play 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 at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.

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