Game Preview: Solar Bears at Reading Royals Tonight
Orlando Adds Michael Neal
Orlando Adds Michael Neal:
The Orlando Solar Bears announced today that they have
agreed to terms with LW Michael Neal.
Neal (6'2", 187 lbs.) spent last season with the Idaho
Steelheads (ECHL), appearing in 63 games, scoring seven
goals and adding 18 assists for 25 points along with 36
penalty minutes (PIM). The Whitby, Ontario, native has
played in 166 ECHL games since turning pro in the
2009-10 season, all with Idaho. In those 166 games, he
has 18 goals and 37 assists for 55 points. Neal has
also appeared in 22 games in the AHL (American Hockey
League) with the Texas Stars, scoring three goals. He
was drafted in the fifth round, #149 overall, by the
Dallas Stars in the 2007 NHL Draft.
The Solar Bears play their second of six-straight road
contests tonight as they battle the Reading Royals. Tonight's
game is the first time the Solar Bears and Royals have come together, with Orlando
looking to bounce back from a 4-1 defeat against the Elmira
Jackals last night. Orlando faced a 3-0 deficit late in the
second period, but RW Ryan Reaves redirected a shot from D
Bryce Lampman to bring the score to 3-1 before the end of the
frame. It was as close as the Solar Bears would get, as Reading
added the only third period goal to take the 4-1 win. Reading
completed a big comeback win over the Fort Wayne Komets last
night to earn their fourth straight victory. Trailing 4-2
heading into the third, Reading struck for four goals in the
final frame to earn a 6-4 win.
Solar Bears Notes:
G Hannu Toivonen set new season highs for the Solar Bears in
saves in a single period with 19 in the first frame and saves
in a game, stopping 42 of the 46 shots he faced last night...
RW Ryan Reaves has scored in two straight games... C Ryan
Cruthers is three goals away from 100 in his ECHL
career... D Michael Wilson played in his 200th
professional game last night... LW Nick Petersen has been
placed on reserve and did not make the trip... F Ryan Ginand
was placed on the 21-day IR retroactive to Sunday, December
9... D Corbin Baldwin was placed on the 21-day IR on
Thursday... RW Chris Lawrence remains on the 21-day
IR....G Mike Brodeur remains on the 21-day IR but has resumed
skating drills... D Josh Caron, D Kyle Medvec, and F Rob
Mignardi are currently recalled to the Houston Aeros... F
Olivier Fortier is currently recalled to the Hamilton
The Royals are leading the Atlantic Division with a 17-7-0-1
record... Reading won 11 straight games from November 2 through
November 23... G Philipp Grubauer is third in the ECHL with a
2.27 GAA... D Denny Urban leads all ECHL defensemen with 12
goals and 23 points. He is tied for first with five power play
goals... Reading is 11-0-1 when scoring the game's first
goal... The Royals are 20th on the power play at 14.5 percent
(17-for-117) and third on the penalty kill at 85.8 percent
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's
Minnesota Wild and AHL's Houston Aeros, are in their Out of
Hibernation season and play all of their regular season 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 now on
sale beginning as low as $15. To purchase your tickets, please
visit www.OrlandoSolarBearsHockey.com or the Amway
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(includes facility fee), reflecting a savings of up to 42% off
box office pricing. Call the Solar Bears at 407-951-8200 to
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