Game Preview: Solar Bears vs. South Carolina Stingrays Tonight

Solar Bears Begin Faith and Family Weekend Tonight

Who: Orlando (22-24-2-3, 49pts) vs.
South Carolina Stingrays (Boston Bruins) (26-23-1-3, 56pts)iHeartSolarBears
Where: Amway Center - Orlando, FL
When: 7:00 p.m.
Listen Live:,, - Pregame starts at 6:45 p.m.
Watch Live: America One
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Game Notes:  Click here to download tonight's game notes and rosters

The Solar Bears host the South Carolina Stingrays for three straight games, marking the first time that the Stingrays have visited the Amway Center since a 5-3 Orlando vs South Carolina
win for the Solar Bears on October 25. Orlando faced off against the Everblades for three games in a row last week, coming back from a three goal deficit in the middle contest to defeat Florida 4-3 in a shootout. South Carolina was last in action on  Wednesday night when they defeated the Florida Everblades 3-2 in Estero, FL, for their third straight victory. The Stingrays have won six of their last seven games and seven of their last nine contests. Orlando is 1-0-0-0 against the Stingrays at home and 2-3-0-0 against them overall this season.

Solar Bears Notes:
The last time that Orlando faced South Carolina at home LW Nick Petersen scored the first hat trick in the Solar Bears ECHL history... Tonight's game kicks off an eight game homestand for Orlando... The Solar Bears are 3-0-0-1 on Friday nights... Orlando is expecting to see the return of F Scott Tanski to the lineup tonight. Tanski missed five straight games, last appearing on January 30 against the Greenville Road Warriors... D Jesse Dudas is expected to return from the IR tonight... D Michael Wilson, who was loaned to the Worcester Sharks (AHL) in early January, was returned to the Solar Bears earlier this week and is expected to play tonight... G Mike Brodeur, D Josh Caron, F Dan Dries, D Sean Lorenz, and F Dale Mahovsky remain on the 21-day IR.

Orlando Adds Burnett, Levac:
The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they have agreed to terms with RW Justin Levac and have re-signed F Derrick Burnett. Levac has played 46 games with the Danville Dashers in the Federal Hockey League (FHL) this season, registering 18 goals and 34 assists for 52 points. The Garson, Ontario, native has played in 113 games in the FHL, compiling 62 goals and 80 assists for 142 points. Levac played 15 games for the Augusta RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) in 2011-11, earning five points on two goals and three assists.

Burnett has played 11 games with Orlando this season, earning his first professional point with an assist against the Everblades on December 28. Both players are expected to dress tonight against the Stingrays.  

Stingrays Notes:
G Ryan Zapolski leads the ECHL with a 1.93 GAA and .930 save percentage. He also leads the league with four shutouts... The Stingrays are 21-4-0 when scoring first... South Carolina is tied for second for the fewest games (7) played past regulation... D Tommy Cross is fourth among defensemen with a 14.0 percent shooting percentage... F Hunter Bishop is tied for fifth with five game-winning goals... South Carolina is 10th on the power play at 19.4 percent (42-for-217) and 10th on the penalty kill at 83.2 percent (168-for-202)... F Hunter Bishop leads the Stingrays in goals (23), assists (22), and points (45).

Game Date Change:
The Orlando Solar Bears want to remind their fans that the game originally scheduled for Sunday, February 24, was rescheduled over the summer for this coming Wednesday, February 20. Please use tickets for game CC for admittance to that game.

Upcoming Promotions:

Feb. 15-17:

Feb. 16:

Feb. 17:
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
PNC Puck Night - Free Solar Bears puck for first 3,000 fans
Guns and Hoses Charity Hockey Game to Benefit JDRF at 4:00 p.m.
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 featuring NHL Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier
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:
Orlando returns home for three games against the South Carolina Stingrays tonight 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
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.

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