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January 18, 2021 - ECHL (ECHL) - Orlando Solar Bears News Release

Mason Marchment with the Orlando Solar Bears during the 2016-17 season
Mason Marchment with the Orlando Solar Bears during the 2016-17 season
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ORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Solar Bears gear up for a busy week of action on home ice as they welcome the Greenville Swamp Rabbits to the AdventHealth Rink at Amway Center for the first time in the 2020-21 season.


Wednesday, Jan. 20 vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits at 7 p.m. - Wine Down Wednesday ($5 wine specials)

Friday, Jan. 22 vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits at 7 p.m. - Dance Night

Saturday, Jan. 17 vs. Florida Everblades at 3 p.m. - First Responders Appreciation Night

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TOP SCORER: Aaron Luchuk - 10 points

MOST GOALS: Chris LeBlanc - 3 goals

MOST ASSISTS: Aaron Luchuk - 8 assists

PIM LEADER: Ben Thomson - 23 PIM

PLUS-MINUS LEADER: Tyler Bird - +4


Friday, Jan. 15 at Jacksonville: 4-3 SOW

The Solar Bears trailed after two periods but goals from Tyler Bird and Jerry D'Amigo put Orlando ahead briefly before the Icemen tied the score. Dylan Sadowy scored the shootout-winner in his Solar Bears debut and Garret Sparks made 32 saves in regulation and overtime and made all three stops in the shootout to get the win.

Saturday, Jan. 16 vs. Florida: 6-3 L

The Solar Bears scored a season-high two power-play goals but also yielded two on the penalty kill. Florida's John McCarron tallied four points (2g-2a), as Orlando also faced a season-high 47 shots on goal and Michael Lackey made 41 saves in the loss.

Sunday, Jan. 17 vs. Florida: 4-3 OTL

Orlando increased its power-play goal output with a new season-high of three, as the team responded each time Florida took a lead in regulation. Orlando outshot Florida 21-9 in the second period. Alan Lyszcarczyk scored his second of the weekend with under two minutes left in the contest to tie the game and force overtime, but McCarron netted the game-winner for the Everblades in the extra frame. Sparks made 31 saves in the loss.

Mason Marchment (shown here in 2016-17) is one of several former Solar Bears players on NHL rosters or taxi squads to start the 2020-21 season


The 2020-21 NHL season opened up last week, with several former Solar Bears on NHL rosters or taxi squads - here we will track their progress this season:

Christopher Gibson* - Goaltender - Tampa Bay Lightning

Connor Ingram* - Goaltender - Nashville Predators

Darcy Kuemper - Goaltender - Arizona Coyotes - 1 GP, 0-0-1, .914 Sv%

Mason Marchment - Forward - Florida Panthers

Ryan Reaves - Forward - Vegas Golden Knights - 2 GP, 0g-2a

Zachary Fucale* - Goaltender - Washington Capitals

*Indicates on taxi squad


Drake Berehowsky coached his 350th career game with Orlando this past Saturday; Berehowsky enters this week with a lifetime record of 166-147-38 (.527) for Orlando, and has also guided the team to its only two postseason series victories

Chris LeBlanc needs only one more point for 100 in his career with the Solar Bears (37g-62a) - he has played 184 career games with Orlando, the most among any forward in team history; his next two goals will give him 39 in his Solar Bears career to move past Brett Findlay for third on the team's career goals list

Garret Sparks played made his 50th career appearance with Orlando on Sunday, becoming just the second goaltender in team history to reach 50 games behind only Ryan Massa (78); his win on Friday also gives him sole possession of second on the team's career wins list, trailing only Massa (41)

Orlando went 5-of-12 (41.67%) on the power play in the two games against Florida, who entered last week as the top-ranked penalty-killing team in the ECHL

Mark Auk has continued to produce since he was claimed off waivers from Rapid City two weeks ago; the defenseman has six assists in his first five games with Orlando, and his 11 total assists is second among all ECHL players

Dylan Sadowy has four points (2g-2a) in his first three games with Orlando

Orlando is 3-0-0-0 when scoring first, and 4-0-0-0 when leading after two periods

Alexander Kuqali, Tristin Langan, Aaron Luchuk and Patrick McNally are the only players to have played in every single game for Orlando this season

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Orlando Solar Bears vs. the Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Orlando Solar Bears vs. the Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Mason Marchment with the Orlando Solar Bears during the 2016-17 season
Mason Marchment with the Orlando Solar Bears during the 2016-17 season


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