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Solar Bears edged by Everblades 5-4 in preseason opener

Saturday, December 5th
Solar Bears edged by Everblades 5-4 in preseason opener

ESTERO, Fla. — Peter Abbandonato scored to bring the Orlando Solar Bears to within a goal of the Florida Everblades, but the road team came up short by a final of 5-4 on Friday night at Hertz Arena in the first of its two preseason matches against its in-state rival.

Box Score


  • SOLAR BEARS GOAL: Adam Rockwood (1st); Assist: Boyd; Time of goal: 1:13; ORL leads, 1-0
  • EVERBLADES GOAL: Stephen Anderson (1st); Assist: Sills; Time of goal: 2:17; game tied, 1-1
  • EVERBLADES GOAL: Blake Winiecki (1st); Assists: McCarron, Hebig; Time of goal: 3:20; FLA leads, 2-1
  • EVERBLADES GOAL: Joe Pendenza (1st); Assists: Smith, Marchin; Time of goal: 4:40; FLA leads, 3-1
  • SOLAR BEARS GOAL: Jake Coughler (1st); Assists: Langan, Meyer; Time of goal: 18:53; FLA leads, 3-2
  • SHOTS: ORL — 9; FLA — 11  


  • EVERBLADES GOAL: Alex Kile (1st); Assist: Powell; Time of goal: 8:53; FLA leads, 4-2
  • SOLAR BEARS GOAL: Nikita Pavlychev (1st); Assist: Hope; Time of goal: 17:29; FLA leads 4-3
  • EVERBLADES GOAL: Cameron Hebig (1st); Assist: Winiecki, Gluchowski; Time of goal: 19:59; FLA leads 5-3
  • SHOTS: ORL — 7; FLA — 14  


  • SOLAR BEARS GOAL: Peter Abbandonato (1st); Assists: Rockwood, Johnson; Time of goal: 13:13; FLA leads 5-4
  • SHOTS: ORL — 7; FLA — 10  


  1. Blake Winiecki — FLA
  2. Cameron Hebig — FLA
  3. Michael Lackey — ORL  


  • Clint Windsor took the loss with 20 saves on 25 shots against through two periods, while Michael Lackey stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period; Cam Johnson went 10-of-12 while Adrian Clark earned the win for Florida going 9-for-11 after entering the game in the second period
  • Adam Rockwood led Orlando with two points (1g-1a)
  • Stephen Johnson paced the Solar Bears with a +3
  • Tristin Langan led Orlando with three shots on goal  


The Solar Bears conclude the preseason with their second road game against the Everblades tomorrow, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. Orlando opens the 2020-21 regular season against the Everblades next Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. The Solar Bears play their first home game of the 2020-21 regular season on Tuesday, Dec. 29 vs. the Jacksonville Icemen.

Merchandise Offer — Holiday Bundle:

Take advantage of our Holiday Bundle offer, which includes a holiday hat, thematic jersey and puck, all for $89, while supplies last. All online merchandise purchases also include a free Solar Bears face covering, while supplies last. Shop now at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.

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Upgrade to Solar Status and become a Season Ticket Member today. Season ticket memberships for the 2020-21 season are now on sale and start as little as $279 – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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About the Orlando Solar Bears:

The Orlando Solar Bears are the proud affiliate of the NHL’s Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and members of the ECHL, the premier “AA” hockey league in North America. In eight 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 the AdventHealth 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 at orlandosolarbearshockey.com/shop.

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