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By the Numbers: Reviewing the 2019-20 Season

Tuesday, April 14th
By the Numbers: Reviewing the 2019-20 Season

The Orlando Solar Bears were preparing for a furious playoff chase with 10 games remaining in the 2019-20 season before the campaign came to an end on March 14. Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the eighth season of ECHL hockey in Orlando. 

1 – The Solar Bears finished the season with the No. 1-ranked road penalty kill in the ECHL, posting an 87.5% rating away from home; the Solar Bears also set a new club record for the most efficient overall penalty kill, with an 85.71% rating for the season. 

2 – Alexander Kuqali scored two shorthanded goals on Feb. 23 in Orlando’s 5-1 win over the Norfolk Admirals, tying the single-game record for shorthanded goals in a game originally set by Ryan Reaves during the 2012-13 season. 

2.90 – The Solar Bears set a new club record with a 2.90 team goals-against average this season, allowing only 180 goals for the whole season.  

3 – The Solar Bears matched a club record with three shorthanded goals when Hunter Fejes, Alexey Lipanov and Trevor Olson scored in Orlando’s 3-0 win at Jacksonville on Nov. 16. It was the first time in team history that the Solar Bears scored three shorthanded goals on the road. 

4 – From the time Taylor Cammarata was acquired by the Solar Bears in a mid-January trade, the third-year pro proved to be one of Orlando’s most effective offensive weapons. Despite joining Orlando halfway through the season, Cammarata provided clutch scoring, leading the team with four game-winning goals, including overtime scores on Feb. 5 at Florida in a 1-0 victory and Feb. 15 vs. Norfolk to complete a dramatic 5-4 comeback over the Admirals. 

5 – The Solar Bears set a new single-game record with five power-play goals on Dec. 21 in an 8-2 road win over the Atlanta Gladiators. Defenseman Michael Brodzinski had a hand in each of Orlando’s goal scored with the man advantage, and assisted on a goal scored at even-strength to also set a new total points record with six. 

6 – Rookie forward Alexey Lipanov scored six power-play goals this season, establishing a new club single-season record for power-play goals by a first-year player. The 2016 Tampa Bay Lightning draft choice led the team with his six goals on the man advantage. 

7 – If Michael Brodzinski or Trevor Olson had a multi-point night during the 2019-20 season, it was typically a good night for the Solar Bears. Orlando was 7-0-0-0 when Brodzinski got on the scoresheet at least twice, and 7-1-0-0 when Olson enjoyed a multi-point outing. 

8 – Despite the revolving door for the goaltending corps, the Solar Bears held their opponents off the scoreboard eight times this season, tying a team record for shutouts that was first set in 2014-15. Zachary Fucale and Clint Windsor each posted four shutouts apiece, with Windsor setting a team single-season record for shutouts by a rookie goaltender.  

9 – Tristin Langan led the Solar Bears with nine multi-point games this season, becoming the first rookie to lead the team in multi-point outings since T.J. Foster in 2015-16. At the time of his second recall of the season to the San Jose Barracuda, Langan led Orlando with 37 points (13g-24a) and 24 penalty minutes in 45 games. 

11 – From Oct. 25-Nov. 20, the Solar Bears went 11 straight games without surrendering a power-play goal, a new team record. Orlando killed off all 43 instances in which the team was forced to play shorthanded. 

12 – Forward Hunter Fejes set a new single-game record with 12 shots on goal on Oct. 18 vs. Norfolk. 

15 – Clint Windsor finished his rookie season with 15 wins in 30 appearances. 

17 – The number of lifetime wins at home against the Jacksonville Icemen. In the three seasons of the Orlando-Jacksonville rivalry, the Solar Bears have dominated the Icemen at Amway Center with a perfect 17-0-0-0 record. Orlando went 6-0-0-0 against Jacksonville at home this season. 

17.8 – Jake Coughler led the Solar Bears with a shooting percentage of 17.8, with 13 goals on 73 shots on goal.

20 – Trevor Olson led the Solar Bears with 20 goals in his second full season of pro hockey. The forward continued to build on a solid rookie campaign, setting new career benchmarks of 20 goals, 22 assists and 42 points. 

24 – All Michael Brodzinski needed was 24 seconds to set a new team record for the fastest two goals scored by an individual player, as Orlando’s All-Star defenseman scored at 19:12 and 19:36 of the third period to rally the Solar Bears from a 4-2 deficit. Brodzinski also became the first defenseman in team history to record two power-play goals in a single period. 

25 – Tristin Langan set a single-season record for plus-minus with a +25 rating, also cementing the rookie as the franchise leader in career plus-minus. 

44 – Zachary Fucale turned aside all 44 shots he faced in Orlando’s 3-0 win at Idaho on Nov. 20, setting a new club record for saves by a goaltender in a shutout. 

52 – On Feb. 15, the Solar Bears recorded a season-high 52 shots on goal against the Norfolk Admirals in a thrilling 5-4 overtime win. 

60 – Cody Donaghey led the Solar Bears in games played with 60 on the season. Only three players in team history have played every single game of a 72-match regular season: Johnny McInnis (2015-16), Zach Harrison (2013-14) and Derick Martin (2012-13). 

95 – Chris LeBlanc finished the season with a career-high 14 goals and chipped in 21 assists for 36 points, good enough to push his career point totals to 95, tying him with Brett Findlay for fifth in team points. Nobody has scored more points for the Solar Bears than LeBlanc over the past three seasons. 

130:09 – The duo of Zachary Fucale and Clint Windsor excelled during a stretch of road games in mid-November, as the goaltenders combined to set a new club record for the longest stretch without allowing a goal on the road from the third period of a game at Florida on Nov. 13 before surrendering a goal midway through the first period on Nov. 22 at Utah. 

160 – Orlando’s win over South Carolina on March 11 was the 160th head coaching win of Drake Berehowsky’s career – all have come at the helm of the Solar Bears. Since returning to the club early in the 2016-17 season, Berehowsky has amassed 132 ECHL coaching victories, the sixth-most among all current ECHL head coaches over that span. 

173 – LeBlanc also passed Mike Monfredo and Scott Tanski earlier this season on the team’s all-time games played list, and now sits in second place with 173 career games (the most of any forward in team history) behind only Eric Baier’s 236. 

5,632 – The average attendance at Amway Center through 31 home games during the 2019-20 season, the fourth-highest average in the ECHL. 

8,454 – A new team record of teddy bears and other stuffed animals collected following Tayler Thompson’s Teddy Bear Toss goal on Dec. 7 vs. Atlanta. 

11,318 – A record-breaking single-game attendance for the Solar Bears, set during the team’s annual School Day Game on Nov. 5 in a 2-1 win over Jacksonville. 

1,687,575 – Through eight seasons of play the Solar Bears have welcomed over 1.6 million fans through the Amway Center doors over 283 regular season home games. 

Thank you to all our fans for making this a memorable season – we can’t wait to be back on thie ice in October! 

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