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Bear Bites: Week of March 1, 2021

Monday, March 1st
Bear Bites: Week of March 1, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears are back on home ice at the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center this weekend for a three-in-three set against the Florida Everblades. 

THIS WEEK’S GAMES: 

  • Friday, March 5 vs. Florida Everblades at 7 p.m. - Country Night 
  • Saturday, March 6 vs. Florida Everblades at 7 p.m. - Kids Weekend presented by First Watch / Marvel Superhero jersey 
  • Sunday, March 7 vs. Florida Everblades at 3 p.m. - Kids Weekend presented by First Watch 

SEASON RECORD: 13-10-3-0 (.558) LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 2-0-1-0 RECORD IN LAST 10 GAMES: 4-4-2-0 EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS: 3rd of 7 

ACTIVE LEADERS: TOP SCORER: Aaron Luchuk – 22 points MOST GOALS: Jake Coughler – 13 goals MOST ASSISTS: Aaron Luchuk – 16 assists PIM LEADER: Tristin Langan – 28 PIM PLUS-MINUS LEADER: Michael Prapavessis – +7 

LAST WEEK’S GAMES: 

Friday, Feb. 26 vs. Jacksonville: 3-2 W The Solar Bears raced out to a three-goal lead in the first period, as Jerry D’Amigo, Jake Coughler and J.J. Piccinich scored, and Clint Windsor made 25 saves, as Orlando maintained its all-time record of 19-0-0-0 at home against the Icemen 

Saturday, Feb. 27 at Jacksonville: 3-2 OTL Aaron Luchuk scored on the power play in the first period and Tristin Langan added a goal in the second to tie the score, but Orlando earned only a point in its 3-2 overtime loss. 

Sunday, Feb. 28 at Jacksonville: 4-1 W Jerry D’Amigo scored in the first period and then Jake Coughler recorded his first career hat trick, while Clint Windsor made 28 saves for the win. 

The Orlando Solar Bears along with VyStar Credit Union, have announced the launch of a co-branded debit card, available now for all VyStar Credit Union members. 

Fans can get a Solar Bears debit card when they open a VyStar account with a minimum balance of $5 at any branch location. They can also apply for membership online at apply.vystarcu.org but will need to visit a branch to get a Solar Bears card. Current members can request a co-branded card by visiting a branch, calling 800-445-6289 or speaking to a VyChat representative at www.vystarcu.org

BEARS IN THE NHL: 

Several former Solar Bears occupy spots on NHL rosters or taxi squads during the 2020-21 season – here we will track their progress: 

Player 

Position 

Team 

Stats 

Christopher Gibson* 

Goaltender 

Tampa Bay Lightning 

Kasimir Kaskisuo* 

Goaltender 

Nashville Predators 

Darcy Kuemper 

Goaltender 

Arizona Coyotes 

16 GP, 6-7-2, .913 Sv% 

Mason Marchment 

Forward 

Florida Panthers 

3 GP, 0g-2a 

Ryan Reaves 

Forward 

Vegas Golden Knights 

17 GP, 0g-1a 

*Indicates currently on taxi squad 

BITES: 

  • Tristin Langan (2g-10a) and Aaron Luchuk (3g-46) enter the week with eight-game point streaks 
  • Jake Coughler tied for the league lead in goals in February with nine; since his season debut on Jan. 3, his 13 goals are tied for the most scored in the league with Kansas City’s Brodie Reid 
  • Luchuk is tied for 10th in league scoring with 22 points (6g-16a); his 16 assists are tied for fifth among all forwards 
  • Orlando is 5-0-0-0 when Jerry D’Amigo records at least a point 
  • The Solar Bears are 13-1-1-0 when scoring three or more goals in games this season 
  • Clint Windsor is tied for ninth with five wins 
  • Orlando’s power play at home is ranked fifth, at 18.4% 
  • Alexander Kuqali, Tristin Langan, and Aaron Luchuk are the only players to have played in every single game for Orlando this season 

BEAR TRACKS: 

Before his recall to the American Hockey League last week, defenseman Devante Stephens joined Solar Bears broadcaster Jesse Liebman for an episode of Bear Tracks. The pair discussed Stephens’ love of fashion, growing up in Western Cananda, and the experience of being a person of color in a predominantly white sport. 

Become a VyStar Credit Union member! 

VyStar Credit Union is the official credit union of the Orlando Solar Bears – take advantage of member benefits including discounted tickets and more! 

CLICK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING A VYSTAR CREDIT UNION MEMBER

Upcoming Home Games

Full Schedule
Live
Atlanta Gladiators
Orlando Solar Bears
Sunday, February 25th
Hockey Fights Cancer / Sk8 to Elimin8 Ice Show / VyStar Credit Union Sundays
Puck Drops:
3:00 PM EST
Kia Center
Atlanta Gladiators
ATL Atlanta Gladiators
1
06:18 3rd
3
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center
Craft Beer Fest / Pickleball Night
Friday, March 1st
Craft Beer Fest / Pickleball Night
Puck Drops:
8:00 PM EST
Kia Center
Jacksonville Icemen
JAX Jacksonville Icemen
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Orlando Solar Bears
Wednesday, March 6th
Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EST
Kia Center
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
GVL Greenville Swamp Rabbits
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center

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