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Bear Bites: Week of March 7, 2022

Monday, March 7th
Bear Bites: Week of March 7, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears are back in the Sunshine State this week, finishing up a home-and-home set with the Jacksonville Icemen, before traveling down to Estero on Saturday to face the Florida Everblades.

THIS WEEK’S GAMES:

  • Wednesday, March 9 at Jacksonville Icemen – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 10 vs. Jacksonville Icemen – 7 p.m. – Thirsty Thursday ($5 domestic draft beers)
  • Saturday, March 12 at Florida Everblades – 7 p.m.

PRACTICE SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesday, March 8 at RDV Sportsplex Ice Den – 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 9 at RDV Sportsplex Ice Den – Morning skate/Gameday
  • Thursday, March 10 at AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center – Morning skate/Gameday
  • Friday, March 11 at RDV Sportsplex Ice Den – 10 a.m.

All Solar Bears practices at the RDV Sportsplex Ice Den are open to the public.

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: 28-22-4-0 (.556)LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 3-1-1-0RECORD IN LAST 10 GAMES: 4-5-1-0SOUTH DIVISION STANDINGS: 4th of 7

ACTIVE LEADERS

TOP SCORER: Tristin Langan – 35 pointsMOST GOALS: Tyler Bird – 14MOST ASSISTS: Michael Brodzinski – 27 assistsPIM LEADER: Luke McInnis – 45 PIMPLUS-MINUS LEADER: Tyler Bird – +11

LAST WEEK’S GAMES:

Tuesday, March 1 vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 3-2 OTL

Tristin Langan scored in the third period to become Orlando’s all-time points leader and tie the game at 2-2, but Greenville’s Brett Kemp scored in overtime to lift the Swamp Rabbits past Orlando in the return of the Solar Bears’ annual School Day Game.

Wednesday, March 2 at Jacksonville Icemen: 1-0 W

Shawn Element deflected a shot from Luke McInnis midway through the third period, and Brad Barone made 28 saves for his third shutout of the season as Orlando opened its road trip with a win.

Friday, March 4 at South Carolina Stingrays: 4-3 W

Michael Brodzinski dished out assists on every Orlando goal and Maxim Cajkovic’s second tally of the week stood up as the game-winner as the Solar Bears extended their point streak to three games.

Saturday, March 5 at South Carolina Stingrays: 5-2 L

Dylan Fitze recorded a goal and an assist, but Ryan Bednard turned in a 34-save performance for the Stingrays.

Sunday, March 6 at Jacksonville Icemen: 4-2 W

Odeen Tufto scored a power-play goal and Tristin Langan scored the eventual game-winner less than a minute into the third period as the Solar Bears picked up their second consecutive road win against Jacksonville.

BITES:

  • Orlando is 6-4-0-0 against Jacksonville, with four games remaining in the regular season series.
  • The Solar Bears are 5-5-0-0 against Florida, with five games remaining in the regular season series.
  • Odeen Tufto (1g-5a) and Michael Brodzinski (0g-6a) led the Solar Bears in scoring last week with six points.
  • Orlando ranks seventh in the ECHL with a penalty kill of 82.6%.
  • Tristin Langan needs one more goal to pass Joe Perry (2016-18; 53) for sole possession of the most goals in club history; his next game will also tie him with Mike Monfredo (2017-20) and Scott Tanski (2012-16) for fifth on the team’s all-time games played list with 152.
  • The Solar Bears are 9-2-1-0 when Luke Boka scores a goal.
  • Orlando has a record of 19-2-2-0 when scoring first; Orlando’s point percentage of .870 when scoring first is the best in the ECHL.
  • Brad Barone leads the ECHL with 21 wins.
  • The Solar Bears lead the ECHL with 17 wins when tied after the first period.

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

39 GP, 27-6-2, .918%

Mason Marchment

Forward

Florida Panthers

30 GP, 13g-18a

Spencer Martin*

Goaltender

Vancouver Canucks

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

Ryan Reaves

Forward

New York Rangers

49 GP, 2g-8a

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 Joe Babik, director of communications for the ECHL. The 2007-08 broadcaster of the year was behind the microphone for two former ECHL clubs, the Pee Dee Pride and Fresno Falcons, and talks about how the league has evolved, how he helps maintain the league's brand as the premier Double-A hockey league in North America and crisis management.

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
Atlanta Gladiators
Orlando Solar Bears
Sunday, February 25th
Hockey Fights Cancer / Sk8 to Elimin8 Ice Show / VyStar Credit Union Sundays
Puck Drops:
3:00 PM EST
Kia Center
Atlanta Gladiators
ATL Atlanta Gladiators
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center
Craft Beer Fest / Pickleball Night
Friday, March 1st
Craft Beer Fest / Pickleball Night
Puck Drops:
8:00 PM EST
Kia Center
Jacksonville Icemen
JAX Jacksonville Icemen
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center
Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Orlando Solar Bears
Wednesday, March 6th
Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears
Puck Drops:
7:00 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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