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Bear Bites: Week of March 15, 2021

Monday, March 15th
Bear Bites: Week of March 15, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears head into this week riding an eight-game unbeaten in regulation streak (6-0-1-1) and a five-game winning streak on home ice as they prepare to face the Florida Everblades and Jacksonville Icemen in a total of five games this week. 

THIS WEEK’S GAMES: 

  • Tuesday, March 16 vs. Florida Everblades at 7 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, March 17 at Jacksonville Icemen at 7 p.m. 
  • Friday, March 19 at Jacksonville Icemen at 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 20 vs. Jacksonville Icemen at 7 p.m. - First Responders Appreciation Night presented by VyStar Credit Union 
  • Sunday, March 21 at Jacksonville Icemen at 3 p.m. 

SEASON RECORD: 17-10-3-1 (.613) LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 1-0-0-1 RECORD IN LAST 10 GAMES: 6-1-2-1 EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS: 3rd of 7 

ACTIVE LEADERS: TOP SCORER: Aaron Luchuk – 30 points MOST GOALS: Jake Coughler – 14 goals MOST ASSISTS: Aaron Luchuk – 20 assists PIM LEADER: Tristin Langan – 32 PIM PLUS-MINUS LEADER: Tristin Langan – +10 

LAST WEEK’S GAMES: 

Tuesday, March 9 vs. South Carolina: 4-1 W Tristin Langan and J.J. Piccinich scored in the first period to stake the Solar Bears to a two-goal edge, and Tyler Bird and Tad Kozun scored in the third period to give Orlando the breathing room necessary to push its win streak to five games. 

Saturday, March 13 at Florida: 3-2 SOL Aaron Luchuk recorded two goals, while Tristin Langan assisted on both tallies for the Solar Bears to take a 2-1 lead into the third period, but the Everblades tied the game to force overtime and eventual shootout, in which Florida scored twice to secure the win and deal Orlando its first lost in the penalty shot contest this season. 

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.

And for our First Responders Appreciation Night game against Jacksonville on Saturday, March 20, anyone with a VyStar Credit Union debit or credit card can take advantage of 30% off their in-arena purchase at the team shop.

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 

Kasimir Kaskisuo* 

Goaltender 

Nashville Predators 

Darcy Kuemper 

Goaltender 

Arizona Coyotes 

18 GP, 7-7-2, .914 Sv% 

Mason Marchment 

Forward 

Florida Panthers 

10 GP, 2g-4a 

Spencer Martin* 

Goaltender 

Tampa Bay Lightning 

Ryan Reaves 

Forward 

Vegas Golden Knights 

25 GP, 0g-2a 

*Indicates currently on taxi squad 

BITES: 

  • Tristin Langan enters the week with a four-game point streak (4g-4a) 
  • Aaron Luchuk is tied for fourth in league scoring with 30 points (10g-20a); his 20 assists are tied for second among forwards 
  • The Solar Bears are 9-0-0-0 at home when leading after two periods 
  • Orlando is 9-0-0-0 when Tyler Bird records at least a point, and 8-0-0-0 when Jerry D’Amigo gets on the scoresheet 
  • The Solar Bears are 17-1-1-0 when scoring three or more goals in games this season 
  • Clint Windsor carries a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) into this week 
  • Orlando’s power play at home is ranked third, at 20.4% 
  • Alexander KuqaliTristin Langan, and Aaron Luchuk are the only players to have played in every single game for Orlando this season 

BEAR TRACKS:

Florida Panthers forward Mason Marchment played part of his rookie season in the ECHL with the Solar Bears, and joined team broadcaster Jesse Liebman for last week’s episode of Bear Tracks, presented by Pink Whitney by New Amsterdam Vodka, to recount his time in Orlando. 

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
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
Jacksonville Icemen
Orlando Solar Bears
Thursday, March 7th
Women in Hockey Night
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EST
Kia Center
Jacksonville Icemen
JAX Jacksonville Icemen
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center

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