Game Preview: Solar Bears at Gladiators
WHO: Orlando Solar Bears at Atlanta Gladiators
VENUE: Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth, Ga.
DATE: Wednesday, March 27 at 7:35 p.m.
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TONIGHT: The Orlando Solar Bears (36-23-4-1) face the Atlanta Gladiators (29-26-7-3) for the eighth of nine total meetings between the two clubs this season. The Solar Bears improved to 5-2-0-0 against the Gladiators this season following a 5-1 win last Thursday in Orlando.
PLAYOFF PICTURE: Orlando's magic number to clinch a berth in the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs is down to two points. A win tonight will secure a third consecutive postseason berth for the Solar Bears, and the fifth overall for the team. Should Orlando clinch tonight, it will be the earliest that the team has locked up a playoff spot. The Solar Bears previously clinched with five games remaining during the 2013-14 and 2017-18 seasons.
SECOND PERIOD SURGE: Orlando has scored three goals in the second period on 10 separate occasions this season. Three of those three-goal outbursts have taken place against Atlanta, including last Thursday's 5-1 win.
WINDSOR TO START AGAIN: After turning in a 36-save performance against Atlanta on Thursday, and a 33-save effort on Saturday at Florida in a 4-3 shootout victory, the Solar Bears will once again turn to Clint Windsor between the pipes. The goalie has won all four of his starts since joining the team in mid-January.
MCAULEY LIGHTING LAMP IN MARCH: Forward Colby McAuley leads the way in the month of March with six goals for Orlando. McAuley has tallied two goals against Atlanta this season, including last Thursday's win.
NEXT GAMES: The Solar Bears continue their five-game road trip when the team visits the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. The Solar Bears return to the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center to host the Jacksonville Icemen on Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets for this game.
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2018-19 Single-Game Tickets Now on Sale:
Single-game tickets for the Orlando Solar Bears 2018-19 regular season home schedule are now on sale. Fans can purchase single-game tickets for as little as $15 at the Amway Center box office, or online at Ticketmaster.com.
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