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Game Preview: Solar Bears at Florida Everblades - February 9

February 9, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) Orlando Solar Bears

Who: Orlando (22-23-2-3, 49pts) vs.

Florida Everblades (Tampa Bay and Carolina) (23-16-4-5, 55pts)

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

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Matchup:

After playing the first two games of the three game set at the Amway Center in Orlando, the Solar Bears and Everblades head down to Estero to close out the series. Florida collected a 3-1 victory over Orlando on Thursday, but the Solar Bears regrouped for a comeback win last night. Florida put together a 3-0 lead in the early stages of the second period, but before the end of the frame F Ryan Ginand and D James Sanford had struck for the Solar Bears to bring the score to 3-2 heading into the third period. A 5-on-3 goal by F Michael Neal 6:34 into the final frame forced overtime and an eventual shootout, where the Solar Bears scored twice and held Florida off the board for a 4-3 shootout victory.

Solar Bears Notes:

The Solar Bears fired 40 shots on goal yesterday, their highest total since taking 44 shots on goal against Fort Wayne on December 7... Yesterday's crowd of 7,242 fans was the seventh time this season the Solar Bears have welcomed over 7,000 fans to the Amway Center. Orlando is 7-0-0-0 when over 7,000 fans are in attendance... The Solar Bears play their lone road game of the month tonight... Yesterday's win improved the Solar Bears record to 3-0-0-1 at home on Friday nights... Orlando is 3-2-1-0 on the road against the Everblades this season... G Mike Brodeur, D Sean Lorenz, D Jesse Dudas and D Josh Caron remain on the 21-day IR... G John Curry remains on reserve and is not expected to dress tonight... F Scott Tanski has not dressed since January 30 and is not expected to be in the lineup tonight.

Everblades Notes:

LW Mathieu Roy has recorded back-to-back two point games, and is now tied for fifth in the ECHL with 50 points... The Everblades have converted on 25.3 percent of their power plays on home ice (23-for-91), good enough for second in the league... D Olivier Dame-Malka is tied for third among defensemen with 32 minor penalties. He is tied for second with five power play goals and is second with 120 shots on goal... Florida is 4th on the power play at 22.4 percent (47-for-210) and 16th on the penalty kill at 80.5 percent (149-for-185)... LW Mathieu Roy leads the Everblades in assists (33), and points (50), and is tied with F Andrew Pistilli with 17 goals.

Upcoming Promotions:

Feb. 15-17:

Feb. 16:

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Feb: 20-22:

Feb. 21:

Feb. 22:

Feb. 28:

March 2:

March 20:

March 24:

Faith and Family Weekend/Three Live Bands/Food Drives for

Christian Service Center

Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game to Benefit JDRF

Post-Game Skate and Autograph Session for Season Ticket Holders

First Responders Week

Lawyers Night

Turn Back the Clock/American Heart Association Night

Star Wars Night

BE GREAT! Classic for Kids to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs

of Central Florida/ Scout Night

St. Patrick's Day Special Jersey

Fan Appreciation Game

For more information call the Solar Bears Executive Offices at 407-951-8200.

Get Tickets:

The Solar Bears head to the road to cap off a three game set against the Florida Everblades tomorrow. Orlando returns home for three games against the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, February 16, at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 17, at 3:00 p.m. Good seats still available, visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, play all of their 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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