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Bear Bites | Week of Jan. 1

Monday, January 1st
Bear Bites | Week of Jan. 1

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Solar Bears are enjoying a six-game winning streak after a sweep of a home-and-home series with the South Carolina Stingrays last week. The Bears return to Kia Center for four straight games starting Wednesday against Jacksonville.

 

THIS WEEK’S GAMES:

  • Wednesday, January 3, 7:00 p.m., vs. Jacksonville Icemen
  • Friday, January 5, 7:00 p.m., vs. Wheeling Nailers - Noche Latina
  • Saturday, January 6, 7:00 p.m., vs. Wheeling Nailers

     
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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.

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VyStar player appearances are back! 

Come meet some Solar Bears on Thursday, February 8 at VyStar Credit Union's Altamonte Springs Branch! VyStar will be raffling off two (2) signed Solar Bears jerseys. To enter, you must scan a QR Code that will be on site. You must be present to win.

Where: 151 N. SR 434, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
When: 1:45-2:45 pm


AT A GLANCE:
SEASON RECORD: 16-9-1-1 (.630)
LAST WEEK’S RECORD: 2-0-0-0
RECORD IN LAST 10 GAMES: 8-2-0-0
EASTERN CONFERENCE PLACE: 5th of 14

ACTIVE LEADERS:
TOP SCORER: Mitchell Hoelscher – 24 points
MOST GOALS: Mitchell Hoelscher, Brayden Low – 11 goals
MOST ASSISTS: Ben Carroll – 15 assists
PIM LEADER: Jimmy Mazza – 34 PIM
PLUS-MINUS LEADER: Jimmy Mazza - +13

LAST WEEK’S GAMES:
Thursday, December 28 vs South Carolina: 5-4 W
The Solar Bears outlasted a persistent Stingrays group Thursday at Kia Center. Orlando gained the lead four different times on their rival before sweating out a last ditch effort from South Carolina with their net empty in the final seconds. Alex Fortin tallied the game-winning goal against his former team. Ben Carroll and Alex Frye also recorded multi-point efforts for the Bears.

Saturday, December 30 at South Carolina: 9-1 W
The much anticipated rematch Saturday night in Lowcountry did not disappoint as the Bears trounced the Stingrays, 9-1. Veteran forward Brayden Low took over the game with his first period hat trick and added another in the second period. The Solar Bears had eight players who recorded multi-point efforts, including rookie defenseman Jeremie Biakabutuka, who recorded a career-high, three points. Colten Ellis stopped 39 shots in the game for his 10th victory of the season. Orlando's nine goals was the most scored in a single-game this season.


 

Upcoming Games

Full Schedule
Orlando Solar Bears
Jacksonville Icemen
Saturday, March 2nd
Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EST
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
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Final
3
Jacksonville Icemen
JAX Jacksonville Icemen
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Orlando Solar Bears
Jacksonville Icemen
Sunday, March 3rd
Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen
Puck Drops:
3:00 PM EST
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
at
Jacksonville Icemen
JAX Jacksonville Icemen
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena
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
Women in Hockey Night
Thursday, March 7th
Women in Hockey Night
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EST
Kia Center
Jacksonville Icemen
JAX Jacksonville Icemen
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center
Orlando Solar Bears
Florida Everblades
Friday, March 8th
Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades
Puck Drops:
7:30 PM EST
Hertz Arena
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
at
Florida Everblades
FLA Florida Everblades
Hertz Arena
Florida Everblades
Orlando Solar Bears
Tuesday, March 12th
Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EDT
Kia Center
Florida Everblades
FLA Florida Everblades
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center

BITES: 

  • Brayden Low scored four goals in Saturday night's 9-1 victory over South Carolina. Low became the first Solar Bear player to score four goals in a single game since Mickey Lang against the Stingrays on February 11, 2014. Low becomes the fourth Solar Bear to score four points in a single game this season. (Mazza - 11/10 at SAV, Hoelscher - 12/16 at FLA, Schachle - 12/22 at GRN)
  • Colten Ellis has won nine of his last 10 starts dating back to Nov. 18. Ellis has not allowed more than one goal in a start that he has won since Nov. 27 (3GA - 37 saves)
  • Mitchell Hoelscher has extended his points streak to six straight games (5g-4a).
  • The Solar Bears winning streak sits at a season-long, six games. Orlando also has a current five-game road winning streak, which is also a season-long.

BEARS IN THE NHL:
Several former Solar Bears currently occupy spots on NHL rosters for the 2023-24 season – here we will track their progress:

  • Connor Ingram - Goaltender - Arizona Coyotes - 22 GP, 13-7-0, .919%
  • Darcy Kuemper - Goaltender - Washington Capitals - 18 GP, 8-8-2, .892%
  • Mason Marchment - Forward - Dallas Stars - 35 GP, 13g-12a
  • Ryan Reaves - Forward - Toronto Maple Leafs - 21 GP, 1g-0a
  • Spencer Martin - Goaltender - Columbus Blue Jackets - 12 GP, 3-7-1, .885%

     

Upcoming Home Games

Full Schedule
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
Women in Hockey Night
Thursday, March 7th
Women in Hockey Night
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EST
Kia Center
Jacksonville Icemen
JAX Jacksonville Icemen
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center
Florida Everblades
Orlando Solar Bears
Tuesday, March 12th
Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears
Puck Drops:
7:00 PM EDT
Kia Center
Florida Everblades
FLA Florida Everblades
at
Orlando Solar Bears
ORL Orlando Solar Bears
Kia Center

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