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Bear Bites: Week of Dec. 6, 2021

Monday, December 6th
Bear Bites: Week of Dec. 6, 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears open up a six-game road trip – their longest of the 2021-22 season – this week with games in three different cities. Orlando visits Greenville, Atlanta and Jacksonville, as it looks to maintain its seeding atop the ECHL’s South Division.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Greenville Swamp Rabbits at 7:05 p.m. – Watch Party at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
  • Friday, Dec. 10 at Atlanta Gladiators at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 11 at Jacksonville Icemen at 7 p.m.

Don't forget to join your fellow Solar Bears fans this Wednesday at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company for our second official watch party of the season, as the Solar Bears open up their six-game road trip against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

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.

AT A GLANCESEASON RECORD: 11-7-1-0LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 2-1-0-0RECORD IN LAST 10 GAMES: 7-3-0-0SOUTH DIVISION STANDINGS: 1st of 7

ACTIVE LEADERSTOP SCORER: Michael Brodzinski – 15 pointsMOST GOALS: Ian Parker – 5 goalsMOST ASSISTS: Michael Brodzinski – 11 assistsPIM LEADER: Chad Duchesne – 27 PIMPLUS-MINUS LEADER: Tristin Langan – +4

LAST WEEK’S GAMES:

Monday, Nov. 29 vs. Norfolk Admirals: 4-1 WIan Parker scored twice, notching a shorthanded goal and broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal in the third for the eventual game-winner, as Orlando won its third of four home games against the Admirals.

Wednesday, Dec. 1 at Jacksonville Icemen: 5-0 LThe Solar Bears suffered their first shutout against of the season, as Orlando was unable to solve Icemen goaltender Tyler Wall, who turned aside 23 shots.

Thursday, Dec. 2 vs. Jacksonville Icemen: 4-1 WThe Solar Bears got revenge the following night as they picked up their 23rd consecutive home win over the Icemen, as Luke McInnis opened the scoring with a late first-period goal, and Braydon Barker scored his first two career pro goals, and Dmitry Semykin netted the game-winner.

BITES:

  • The Solar Bears are 10-0-0-0 when scoring first, and are the only Eastern Conference team with a 1.000 win percentage when scoring first.
  • Brad Barone has won his last four outings dating back to Nov. 23 at Atlanta.
  • The Solar Bears are second with a power play operating at 30.0% (12-for-40).
  • Michael Brodzinski leads all Eastern Conference defensemen in scoring with 15 points (4g-11a) in 19 games.
  • Orlando is one of only two ECHL teams with at least four wins when tied after two periods (4-0-0-0).
  • Steenn Pasichnuk enters the week with a four-game point streak (2g-2a) dating back to Nov. 14.

BEARS IN THE NHL:

Several former Solar Bears have appeared on NHL rosters during the 2021-22 season – here we will track their performance:

Player

Position

Team

Stats

Zach Fucale*

Goaltender

Washington Capitals

1 GP, 1-0-0, 1.000%

Christopher Gibson*

Goaltender

Florida Panthers

0 GP

Connor Ingram*

Goaltender

Nashville Predators

2 GP, 1-1-0, .906%

Darcy Kuemper

Goaltender

Colorado Avalanche

15 GP, 9-5-0, .907%

Mason Marchment

Forward

Florida Panthers

10 GP, 1g-6a

Ryan Reaves

Forward

New York Rangers

19 GP, 0g-3a

* Currently assigned to AHL

Now Solar Bears fans can win a trip to Jacksonville for 2022 ECHL All-Star Weekend! The format for the 2022 Warrior / ECHL All-Star Classic will feature the entire Jacksonville Icemen hockey team going head-to-head with the ECHL All-Stars. One lucky fan will win a trip to All-Star Weekend, including travel and accommodations, along with two tickets to Fan Fest on Sunday, January 16 and the 2022 ECHL All-Star Classic on Monday, January 17!

BEAR TRACKS PRESENTED BY PINK WHITNEY:

Former Solar Bears forward Tyler Murovich joined team broadcaster Jesse Liebman for last week’s episode of Bear Tracks, presented by Pink Whitney by New Amsterdam Vodka. Murovich suited up for the Solar Bears primarily in the 2013-14 season and a brief stint during the 2014-15 campaign. Now retired, hockey still remains a large part of Murovich’s life, as he continues to coach at the youth levels in his hometown of Pittsburgh, while helping run his family’s ice rink.

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
Savannah Ghost Pirates
Orlando Solar Bears
Saturday, October 26th
Savannah Ghost Pirates @ Orlando Solar Bears
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EDT
Kia Center
Savannah Ghost Pirates
SAV Savannah Ghost Pirates
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center
Jacksonville Icemen
Orlando Solar Bears
Saturday, November 2nd
Jacksonville Icemen @ Orlando Solar Bears
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EDT
Kia Center
Jacksonville Icemen
JAX Jacksonville Icemen
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Orlando Solar Bears
Sunday, November 3rd
Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears
Puck Drops:
3:00 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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