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Bear Bites: Week of Feb. 14, 2022

Monday, February 14th
Bear Bites: Week of Feb. 14, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears conclude a five-game homestand when they host the Jacksonville Icemen on Thursday, before welcoming the Indy Fuel to town for the first time since the 2015-16 season on Friday and Saturday.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES:

  • Thursday, Feb. 17 vs. Jacksonville Icemen – 7 p.m. – Thirsty Thursday featuring $5 domestic draft beers and Noche Latina, presented by Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson
  • Friday, Feb. 18 vs. Indy Fuel – 7 p.m. – Feels Like Home Night, presented by Lennar Homes
  • Saturday, Feb. 19 vs. Indy Fuel – 7 p.m. – Food Festival and Military Appreciation Night, presented by VyStar Credit Union

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 GLANCE

SEASON RECORD: 24-17-3-0 (.580)LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 2-1-0-0RECORD IN LAST 10 GAMES: 5-4-1-0SOUTH DIVISION STANDINGS: 4th of 7

ACTIVE LEADERSTOP SCORER: Tristin Langan – 28 pointsMOST GOALS: Tyler Bird & Luke Boka – 12MOST ASSISTS: Michael Brodzinski & Tristin Langan – 20 assistsPIM LEADER: Luke McInnis – 39 PIMPLUS-MINUS LEADER: Tyler Bird – +11

LAST WEEK’S GAMES:

Wednesday, Feb. 9 at Jacksonville Icemen: 5-2 W

Tye Felhaber recorded two goals and an assist to match his career-high with three points, and the Solar Bears scored twice with the man advantage to earn their first road win against Jacksonville this season.

Saturday, Feb. 12 vs. Florida Everblades: 2-1 L

Tyler Bird scored the lone goal for Orlando as their three-game win streak was snapped, and Florida leveled the regular season series at 4-4-0-0.

Sunday, Feb. 13 vs. Florida Everblades: 5-4 OTW

Trailing 3-1 in the second period, the Solar Bears reeled off three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead by the early stages of the third period, with Odeen Tufto and Hunter Fejes each collected a pair of goals on the afternoon. After the Everblades scored with the goaltender pulled late in regulation, Tyler Bird scored for the second straight game to lift Orlando to victory in overtime.

BITES:

  • Orlando leads Jacksonville 4-3-0-0 in the regular season series.
  • The Solar Bears went 2-1-0-0 last season in three games at Indy.
  • Odeen Tufto led the Solar Bears in scoring last week with five points (3g-2a) in three games.
  • The Solar Bears are 20-5-1-0 when allowing three or fewer goals.
  • Orlando is 11-1-2-0 when Luke McInnis records at least a point.
  • Orlando is tied for fourth with nine shorthanded goals; the club’s single-season record for shorthanded goals is 17 (2019-20).
  • The Solar Bears are 4-0-0-0 when Hunter Fejes records a multi-point game.
  • Brad Barone has started the last nine consecutive games for Orlando, and is tied for first in the ECHL in wins (17) and ranks second in the league in minutes played (1,644) and saves (853) and save percentage (.927)
  • Michael Brodzinski became the second defenseman in team history to record 100 career points for the Solar Bears when he assisted on Hunter Fejes’ power-play goal in the second period of Sunday’s win over Florida.
  • The Solar Bears are 8-0-1-0 when Tristin Langan records a multi-point game; with 128 career points for Orlando, Langan needs three more points to pass Chris LeBlanc (129 and Eric Faille (130) to become the Solar Bears’ all-time ECHL scorer.
  • The Solar Bears are 15-1-1-0 when leading after two periods.

Fans, students, parents and teachers can visit OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com/teacher to nominate a Teacher of the Month. One teacher will be selected each month from November through February during the 2021-22 season and will receive a $100 Pizza Hut gift card, along with in-game recognition and a suite at a Solar Bears home game. 

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

Hugo Alnefelt*

Goaltender

Tampa Bay Lightning

1 GP, 0-0-0, .700

Zach Fucale*

Goaltender

Washington Capitals

4 GP, 1-1-1, .924%

Christopher Gibson*

Goaltender

Florida Panthers

0 GP

Connor Ingram*

Goaltender

Nashville Predators

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

Darcy Kuemper

Goaltender

Colorado Avalanche

33 GP, 23-5-2, .918%

Mason Marchment

Forward

Florida Panthers

22 GP, 8g-15a

Spencer Martin*

Goaltender

Vancouver Canucks

3 GP, 1-0-2, .958%

Ryan Reaves

Forward

New York Rangers

40 GP, 2g-7a

Garret Sparks*

Goaltender

L.A. Kings

2 GP, 1-0-0, .936%

* Currently assigned to AHL

BEAR TRACKS PRESENTED BY PINK WHITNEY BY NEW AMSTERDAM VODKA:

On this week's episode of Bear Tracks, presented by Pink Whitney by New Amsterdam Vodka, we're joined by defenseman Cody Donaghey, who suited up for the Solar Bears between the 2018-20 seasons. After making his way overseas following the pandemic, Donaghey is playing this season in the Czech Republic for Kladno, where he is teammates with his team’s owner, former NHL superstar Jaromir Jagr. Donaghey talks about his journey through Denmark and the Czech Republic, including helping Kladno attempt to remain in the top league after earning a promotion from the prior season.

BECOME A VYSTAR CREDIT UNION MEMBER! 

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