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Game Preview: Orlando Solar Bears at Florida Everblades

March 16, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) - Orlando Solar Bears News Release

.WHO: Orlando Solar Bears at Florida Everblades

VENUE: Germain Arena, Estero, Fla.

DATE: Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.

WATCH: ECHL.TV

LISTEN: OSB Radio via Mixlr

TONIGHT: The Solar Bears (30-26-6-1) battle the Florida Everblades (42-12-2-4) tonight as their three-game weekend set shifts to southwest Florida. The Everblades have already clinched a playoff spot, while Orlando owns a 3-6-3-0 record against the Everblades this season and is still in the postseason hunt after earning a point in last night's 2-1 overtime loss.

PLAYOFF PICTURE: Orlando sits in third place in the South Division, with a six-point cushion on fourth-place Atlanta (idle tonight) with one game in hand. The magic number for the Solar Bears to earn a spot in the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs currently sits at seven points, and could drop with any points earned by Orlando tonight.

NEARING THE FINAL STRETCH: With a final nine-game segment remaining in the 2017-18 campaign, the Solar Bears will look to surpass the 5-3-1-0 record the team posted at the end of the previous season - Orlando managed to clinch a spot in the 2017 playoffs in the second-to-last game of the season.

EXTRA TIME SUITING BEARS FINE: Thursday's game gave Orlando its 15th match of the season that went beyond regulation time - the team is three games away from matching the club mark of 18 set during the 2015-16 campaign. The Solar Bears have already won six games in the overtime period this season, which ties the franchise mark from two seasons ago.

FEJES CONTINUES HOT PLAY: With four points in his last three games, Hunter Fejes has been able to eclipse the 50-point mark for the season, which he has split between Orlando and Wheeling. The second-year forward has generated seven points (3g-4a) in his last nine games, helping the Solar Bears to a 7-1-1 record in that span.

STREAKS:

Hunter Fejes - 3-game point streak (1g-3a)

MILESTONES:

Max Novak - 1 assist from 50 career pro assists

Eric Baier - 1 assist to tie Eric Faille and Denver Manderson for franchise record for assists (79)

Joe Perry - 3 goals from 50 with Solar Bears

AFFILIATE NOTES: The Toronto Marlies (43-16-1-1) seek a fifth consecutive win tonight when they take on the Belleville Senators on the road. The Toronto Maple Leafs (42-22-6-1) picked up a 5-2 win in Buffalo on Thursday, and square off against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

NEXT GAME: The Solar Bears complete their regular season Wawa Sunshine Cup Series with the Florida Everblades on Saturday, March 17 at 7 p.m. from Germain Arena. Orlando returns home to face the South Carolina Stingrays on Wednesday, March 21. Single-game tickets for the 2017-18 season are now on sale at the Amway Center box office and ticketmaster.com.

About the Orlando Solar Bears:

The Orlando Solar Bears are in their sixth season of operation in the ECHL, the premier "AA" hockey league in North America, and are the proud affiliate of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL's Toronto Marlies. The Solar Bears are owned and operated by the Orlando Magic and the DeVos Family, and play at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith's Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.

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