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Bear Bites: Week of March 8, 2021

Monday, March 8th
Bear Bites: Week of March 8, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears head into this week riding a six-game unbeaten in regulation streak (5-0-1-0) as they prepare to take on the South Carolina Stingrays on home ice on Tuesday and visit the Florida Everblades on Saturday. 

THIS WEEK’S GAMES: 

  • Tuesday, March 9 vs. South Carolina Stingrays at 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 13 at Florida Everblades at 7 p.m. 

SEASON RECORD: 16-10-3-0 (.603) LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 3-0-0-0 RECORD IN LAST 10 GAMES: 6-2-2-0 EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS: 3rd of 7 

ACTIVE LEADERS: TOP SCORER: Aaron Luchuk – 28 points MOST GOALS: Jake Coughler – 14 goals MOST ASSISTS: Aaron Luchuk – 20 assists PIM LEADER: Tristin Langan – 30 PIM PLUS-MINUS LEADER: Tristin Langan – +7 

LAST WEEK’S GAMES: 

Friday, March 5 vs. Florida: 3-0 W Luke McInnis scored his first professional goal, and Clint Windsor made 29 saves for his first shutout of the season as Orlando blanked the Everblades in the first meeting of the week with its in-state rival. 

Saturday, March 6 vs. Florida: 5-2 W Aaron Luchuk recorded two goals and an assist as the Solar Bears rallied from a 1-0 deficit. Anthony Repaci and Chris LeBlanc scored empty-net goals as the Solar Bears picked up their second consecutive win over the Everblades. 

Sunday, March 7 vs. Florida: 5-2 W The Solar Bears scored twice on the power play in the first period to take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room, as Tad Kozun, Tristin Langan and Jake Coughler scored in the third period to help secure the weekend sweep of the Everblades. 

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 

Darcy Kuemper 

Goaltender 

Arizona Coyotes 

17 GP, 7-7-2, .915 Sv% 

Mason Marchment 

Forward 

Florida Panthers 

7 GP, 2g-3a 

Spencer Martin* 

Goaltender 

Tampa Bay Lightning 

Ryan Reaves 

Forward 

Vegas Golden Knights 

21 GP, 0g-2a 

*Indicates currently on taxi squad 

BITES: 

  • Aaron Luchuk enters the week with an 11-game point streak (5g-10a); Luchuk is fourth in league scoring with 28 points (8g-20a); his 20 assists are second among all forwards 
  • Mark Auk enters the week with a six-game point streak (1g-7a) 
  • Orlando is 7-0-0-0 when Jerry D’Amigo records at least a point 
  • Chris LeBlanc appeared in his 200th career game with Orlando on Saturday, becoming the first forward in team history to play in 200 games; he trails defenseman Eric Baier (236) for the club’s all-time games played record 
  • The Solar Bears are 16-1-1-0 when scoring three or more goals in games this season 
  • Clint Windsor is tied for sixth in the league with five wins 
  • Orlando’s power play at home is ranked fourth, at 21.7% 
  • Michael Lackey is in the midst of a five-game unbeaten in regulation streak (3-0-2) 
  • Alexander KuqaliTristin Langan, and Aaron Luchuk are the only players to have played in every single game for Orlando this season 

BEAR TRACKS: 

Solar Bears forward Aaron Luchuk joined team broadcaster Jesse Liebman for last week’s episode of Bear Tracks, presented by Pink Whitney by New Amsterdam Vodka, to discuss the season thus far, how his father has always inspired him in his hockey career, his time in the Ontario Hockey League with the Windsor Spitfires, and he also dished on some of the bigger personalities in the Solar Bears locker room. 

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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