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Bear Bites: Week of March 22, 2021

Monday, March 22nd
Bear Bites: Week of March 22, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears remain on the road as they enter the second half of the 2020-21 season and head up to North Charleston for a three-game set with the South Carolina Stingrays. The Solar Bears defeated South Carolina by identical 4-1 scores in the two prior meetings this season on Jan. 31 and March 9 at home. Orlando will face South Carolina 12 total times in the second half, the most of any opponent on the schedule. 

THIS WEEK’S GAMES: 

  • Friday, March 26 at South Carolina Stingrays at 7:05 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 27 at South Carolina Stingrays at 6:05 p.m. 
  • Sunday, March 28 at South Carolina Stingrays at 3:05 p.m. 

SEASON RECORD: 19-13-3-1 (.583) LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 2-3-0-0 RECORD IN LAST 10 GAMES: 6-3-0-1 EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS: 3rd of 7 

ACTIVE LEADERS: TOP SCORER: Aaron Luchuk – 36 points MOST GOALS: Jake Coughler – 14 goals MOST ASSISTS: Aaron Luchuk – 24 assists PIM LEADER: Tristin Langan – 36 PIM PLUS-MINUS LEADER: Tristin Langan – +7 

LAST WEEK’S GAMES: 

Tuesday, March 16 vs. Florida: 3-0 L The Solar Bears saw their five-game home win streak come to an end as Jake Hildebrand made 25 saves for Florida to deal Orlando its fourth regulation loss of the season on home ice. 

Wednesday, March 17 at Jacksonville: 5-2 L Tyler Bird tied the score at 1-1 early in the first period after Jacksonville had taken the initial lead, but the Icemen proceeded to reel off three straight goals to seize control of the game. Aaron Luchuk scored a late power-play goal for Orlando, but Orlando dropped its second game of the week. 

Friday, March 19 at Jacksonville: 5-1 L Krystof Hrabik scored the lone goal for the Solar Bears as Orlando was held to just one shot on goal in the first period, and a club-record 10 shots on goal for the contest. 

Saturday, March 20 vs. Jacksonville: 5-1 W The Solar Bears returned home and snapped a four-game winless skid with a blowout performance against the Icemen. 2015 Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick Kris Oldham made his first pro start after relieving Clint Windsor the previous night, and the former sixth-round pick made 33 saves, while Aaron Luchuk tallied a goal and two assists to lead the way for the Solar Bears to re-take the lead in the regular season series. Orlando improved to 20-0-0-0 all-time on home ice against Jacksonville with the victory. 

Sunday, March 21 at Jacksonville: 3-2 OTW The Solar Bears responded to a 1-0 deficit at the start of the second period with goals from Kyle Topping and Anthony Repaci 19 seconds apart, and Clint Windsor made 35 saves to bring the team to overtime, when Mark Auk scored for Orlando to end the week with two consecutive wins. 

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 

Kasimir Kaskisuo* 

Goaltender 

Nashville Predators 

1 GP, 0-0-0, 1.000 Sv% 

Darcy Kuemper 

Goaltender 

Arizona Coyotes 

18 GP, 7-7-2, .914 Sv% 

Mason Marchment 

Forward 

Florida Panthers 

14 GP, 2g-4a 

Spencer Martin* 

Goaltender 

Tampa Bay Lightning 

Ryan Reaves 

Forward 

Vegas Golden Knights 

29 GP, 1g-2a 

*Indicates currently on taxi squad 

BITES: 

  • Kyle Topping enters the week with a three-game point streak (2g-1a) 
  • During the second quarter of the season, the Solar Bears penalty killing unit went 61-for-63 (96.8%) preventing a power-play goal from opposing teams; the team notably played 12 consecutive games from Feb. 13-March 9 without surrendering a power-play goal (42-for-42), and Orlando went 8-2-2-0 in that stretch 
  • The Solar Bears also went 8-for-49 (16.3%) with the man advantage during the second quarter; Orlando is 7-2-2-0 this season when recording a power-play goal 
  • Aaron Luchuk is tied for third in league scoring with 36 points (12g-24a) entering the week; he leads all Eastern Conference players in the month of March with 14 points (6g-8a); his six goals in March are tied for the league lead; Luchuk has a two-game point streak (1g-4a) 
  • Orlando is tied for fourth in home win percentage with .700 (10-4-1-0=21 points) 
  • Tad Kozun enters the week with a two-game point streak (1g-2a) 
  • The Solar Bears are 14-0-0-0 when surrendering two or fewer goals 
  • Mark Auk leads all skaters with 12 power-play assists (nine have been earned with Orlando) 
  • Clint Windsor is tied for fifth with a .919 save percentage 
  • Alexander KuqaliTristin Langan, and Aaron Luchuk are the only players to have played in every single game for Orlando this season 

BEAR TRACKS, PRESENTED BY PINK WHITNEY: 

Solar Bears rookie defenseman Luke McInnis joined team broadcaster Jesse Liebman for last week’s episode of Bear Tracks, presented by Pink Whitney by New Amsterdam Vodka, and the two discuss how he has experienced growth and development in his game this season after graduating from Boston College the previous spring. 

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

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