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Game Preview: Solar Bears at Florida Everblades Tonight - December 22

December 22, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears

Who: Orlando (11-15-2-2, 26pts) vs.

Florida Everblades

(Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning) (14-10-1-4, 33pts)

Where: Germain Arena, Estero, FL

When: 7:00 p.m.

Listen Live: iHeartSolarBears.com, 740thegame.com, iheart.com/live/601/ - Pregame starts at 6:45 p.m.

Watch Live: America One

Follow: Game Updates on Twitter at @OSBHockeyGU

Social Media: Follow on Facebook and Twitter

Matchup:

The Solar Bears and Everblades play game three of a five game set tonight at the Germain Arena in Estero, FL, with the next two contests taking place at Amway Center in Orlando. After Orlando recorded a 5-1 win over Florida on Wednesday, the Everblades earned redemption by taking a 6-2 victory against the Solar Bears last night. The two teams traded goals for the first two periods, with the Everblades snapping a 2-2 tie with 36 seconds left in the middle frame to go up 3-2 heading into the third. The final stanza belonged to the Everblades, who struck for three goals in the third to earn the victory.

Solar Bears Notes:

D Derek Martin earned his first point as a Solar Bear with an assist in the second period last night... Last night's loss to Florida ended a three-game winning streak over the Everblades dating back to October 19... Last night's game marked the first time on the six-game trip that Orlando has outshot their opponent... D Sean Lorenz was placed on reserve on Wednesday... F Ryan Ginand is currently on the 21-day IR... D Corbin Baldwin was placed on the 21-day IR on Thursday... RW Chris Lawrence remains on the 21-day IR....G Mike Brodeur remains on the 21-day IR but has resumed skating drills... D Josh Caron, D Kyle Medvec, F Rob Mignardi, and LW Nick Petersen are currently recalled to the Houston Aeros... F Olivier Fortier is currently recalled to the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Florida Notes:

C David Rutherford leads Florida with nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in six games against Orlando... The Everblades are 10-0-1 when leading after two periods... D Bobby Raymond is tied for seventh among defensemen with 18 points. He is third among defensemen in goals with eight... Florida is fifth on the power play at 21.5 percent (29-for-135) and 18th on the penalty kill at 78.9 percent (97-for-123).

Get Tickets:

Orlando returns to the Amway Center for back-to-back contests against the Florida Everblades on Thursday, December 27, and Friday, December 28. Both games begin at 7:00 p.m. Good seats are still available. Visit OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, are in their Out of Hibernation season and play all of their regular season home games at the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year, the Amway Center.

Individual tickets for all regular season home games are on sale beginning as low as $15. To purchase your tickets, please visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or the Amway Center Box Office.

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