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Game Preview: Solar Bears vs. Gwinnett Gladiators Tonight

Orlando Looks for Second Straight Win on Home Ice


Who: Orlando (24-26-2-3, 53pts) vs.
Gwinnett Gladiators (Phoenix Coyotes) (32-22-2-1, 67pts)iHeartSolarBears
Where: Amway Center - Orlando, FL
When: 7:00 p.m.
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Watch Live: America One
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Game Notes:  Click here to download tonight's game notes and rosters

Matchup:
Orlando welcomes the Gwinnett Gladiators to the Amway Center  tonight for the first time since November 11. The Solar Bears are coming off a 6-1 victory over the Evansville IceMen last night, in a contest that saw the Solar Bears get out to an Solar Bears vs. Gwinnett early lead and never look back. C Ryan Cruthers and D Michael Wilson each scored in the first period, and F Derrick Burnett increased the lead to 3-0 a little over seven minutes into the second. The IceMen answered in the middle frame, but Cruthers notched his second goal of the game late in the second stanza to put Orlando up 4-1 heading into the third. Orlando added two markers in the final period for the 6-1 win. The Gladiators were off last night, but fell 5-4 to the Florida Everblades on Tuesday night. Gwinnett heavily outshot Florida in the contest, but an opportunistic Everblades team made the most of their chances to earn the win. The Solar Bears are 1-5-1-0 against Gwinnett this season, earning their lone win over the Gladiators in their last meeting with a 4-3 victory on January 25.
 
Solar Bears Notes:
G Zoltan Hetenyi made his first start as a Solar Bear last night, stopping 35 of 36 shots to earn the win... F Derrick Burnett scored in the second period to pick up his first professional goal... RW Justin Levac scored his first ECHL goal early in the third period last night... Forward C.J. Severyn had his second four-point game and eighth multiple point game with a goal and three assists last night. It was also his 100th professional game... C Ryan Cruthers picked up three points (2 goals, 1 assist) for his sixth multiple point game this season... Former Solar Bear Mike Liambas was named the first star of the game for the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL) on Sunday when he scored the game winning goal in a 3-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. Since being loaned to Milwaukee, Liambas has played six games scoring one goal and earning 26 penalty minutes (PIM)... G Mike Brodeur, D Josh Caron, F Dan Dries, D Sean Lorenz, and F Dale Mahovsky remain on the 21-day IR.

Gladiators Notes:
F Casey Pierro-Zabotel leads the ECHL with 64 points. He is second in the league with 47 assists... F Doug Jones is fourth among ECHL rookies with 18 goals and 43 points. He leads all rookies with 189 shots on goal... D Sacha Guimond is first among defensemen with 35 points. He is tied for second among defensemen with 35 assists and is tied for first among defensemen with six power play goals... F Evan Bloodoff is tied for first among rookies with three shorthanded goals... D Corey Fienhage is fifth among defensemen with a +19 plus/minus rating... Gwinnett is 19th on the power play at 15.1 percent (37-for-245) and 12th on the penalty kill at 82.6 percent (195-for-236)... F Casey Pierro-Zabotel leads the Gladiators in assists (47) and points (64). Rookie F Doug Jones leads the team in goals (18).

Upcoming Promotions:

Feb: 21-22:
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Feb. 28:
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March 20:
March 24:
First Responders Week
Lawyers Night - Celebrity Magician Intermission
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:
The Solar Bears host the Gwinnett Gladiators at 7:00 p.m. tonight and tomorrow,  Friday, February 22. 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.

Follow the Solar Bears at www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com, Facebook, and Twitter (@OrlandoHockey) for all the latest news and updates.

Don't get shut-out when we sell out! Take advantage of the Orlando Solar Bears season ticket pre-sale offer by placing a $50 deposit per ticket now to receive seat selection priority for the 2013-14 season. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 or visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com.

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