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Bear Bites: Week of May 1, 2021

Tuesday, June 1st
Bear Bites: Week of May 1, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears enter the final week of the regular season with four games remaining, and an opportunity to clinch a sixth appearance in the Kelly Cup Playoffs in hand. The Solar Bears visit the Jacksonville Icemen twice, and close out their home schedule at the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center with games against the South Carolina Stingrays and Florida Everblades. 


  • Tuesday, June 1 at Jacksonville Icemen at 7 p.m. 
  • Thursday, June 3 vs. South Carolina Stingrays at 7 p.m. - Hockey is For Everyone 
  • Friday, June 4 at Jacksonville Icemen at 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday, June 5 vs. Florida Everblades at 7 p.m. - Fan Appreciation Night 


The top four teams in each conference will qualify for the 2021 Kelly Cup Playoffs, with standings determined by points percentage, due to some teams not playing the same number of total games. The Solar Bears currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 77 points through 68 games for a .566 points percentage (77/(68*2) = .566). 

Orlando currently has four games remaining in its schedule for the 2020-21 regular season, meaning if the team were to earn all eight points available, the Solar Bears would finish with a points percentage of .590 (77+8=85; 85/144=.590). Alternatively, the Solar Bears can finish no lower than sixth place with a points percentage of .534. In order to clinch a playoff berth, Orlando must finish the regular season with a higher points percentage than at least three Eastern Conference teams. 

Below are the maximum points percentages for the teams currently beneath Orlando in the Eastern Conference playoff race: 

5th place – South Carolina Stingrays: .579 6th place – Jacksonville Icemen: .556 7th place – Wheeling Nailers: ELIMINATED FROM PLAYOFF CONTENTION 

The Solar Bears’ “Magic Number” currently sits at 7 points ([7+77=84], 84/144=.583). Orlando’s remaining schedule includes two road games against Jacksonville and one home game apiece against South Carolina and the first-place Florida Everblades. Any points earned against South Carolina or Jacksonville will be especially helpful in reducing the “Magic Number” needed to secure a playoff spot. 

A regulation win for Orlando over Jacksonville tonight, combined with a regulation loss for South Carolina against Wheeling, would eliminate Jacksonville from playoff contention and reduce the Solar Bears’ “Magic Number” to three points. South Carolina also hosts Jacksonville in its final home game of the season, which will reduce one of the team’s maximum points percentage. 



ACTIVE LEADERS: TOP SCORER: Aaron Luchuk – 72 points MOST GOALS: Tristin Langan – 27 goals MOST ASSISTS: Aaron Luchuk – 46 assists PIM LEADER: Tristin Langan – 56 PIM PLUS-MINUS LEADER: Nolan Valleau – +17 


Wednesday, May 26 at Jacksonville Icemen: 6-3 L Mark Auk, Michael Joly and Chris LeBlanc scored for the Solar Bears, but the Icemen broke a 3-3 tie in the third period and added two empty-net goals to deal Orlando a loss. 

Friday, May 28 vs. Florida Everblades: 3-2 OTL Trailing 2-0, Nikita Pavlychev scored a power-play goal midway through the third, and Tristin Langan scored with less than a minute remaining in regulation to force overtime, but John McCarron scored in the extra frame to give Floriad the win. 

Saturday, May 29 vs. Florida Everblades: 6-4 W After surrendering the first goal of the game, the Solar Bears seized a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from Michael Joly, Nikita Pavlychev and Joe Garreffa. Matthew Spencer contributed the eventual game-winning goal and dished out two assists for his first career three-point game, and Michael Lackey made 37 saves for the win. 

Sunday, May 30 vs. Florida Everblades: 3-2 OTW Trailing 2-1 with just over a minute remaining in the third period, Tristin Langan scored to tie the game, and Matthew Spencer finished the weekend with the game-winner and another three-point outing for the Solar Bears as Orlando defeated the Everblades in overtime. 

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


Several former Solar Bears occupy spots on NHL rosters for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs – here we will track their progress: 




Playoff Stats 

*Zachary Fucale 


Washington Capitals 

0 GP 

Christopher Gibson 


Tampa Bay Lightning 

0 GP 

*Kasimir Kaskisuo 


Nashville Predators 

0 GP 

*Mason Marchment 


Florida Panthers 

6 GP, 2g-0a 

Ryan Reaves 


Vegas Golden Knights 

7 GP, 0g-0a 

* Team eliminated from playoff 


  • Aaron Luchuk enters the week one point ahead of Wichita’s Anthony Beauregard for the lead in the ECHL scoring race with 72 points (26g-44a); he has already shattered Eric Faille’s record for points by a Solar Bears player (70, 2016-17) in a single season 
  • Orlando is 23-2-0-0 when allowing two or fewer goals 
  • Tristin Langan is tied for third in the ECHL with 27 goals and enters the week with a three-game goal-scoring streak (3g) 
  • The Solar Bears average the fewest penalty minutes in the ECHL at 10.44 per minutes per game 
  • Anthony Repaci led Orlando’s rookie corps in scoring in May with 11 points in 15 games 
  • The Solar Bears are 22-0-0-1 when leading after two periods 
  • Matthew Spencer led the ECHL in scoring last week with seven points (2g-5a) in four games; he recorded his first-ever three-point games in back-to-back contests on Saturday and Sunday 
  • The Solar Bears rank fourth in the ECHL in overall penalty killing at 85.4% 
  • Nikita Pavlychev enters the week with a three-game goal-scoring streak, and a four-game point streak (3g-2a); he is tied for second in power-play goals among league rookies with four 
  • Clint Windsor is tied with Florida’s Jake Hildebrand for the most wins by a goaltender this season with 22; his next win will surpass Ryan Massa for the most wins in a single season by a Solar Bears goaltender, and will give Windsor his 42nd career victory, the most by a goaltender in club history 

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! 


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