Gameday Magazine: Solar Bears at Everblades Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17, 2017


Who: Florida Everblades (40-15-2-3) vs. Orlando Solar Bears  (30-21-6-3)
Where: Germain Arena
When: 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: Purchase Now Online CLICK HERE, or at the Florida Community Bank Box Office
Season Series:  Florida leads 7-2-0-0
All-Time Series:  Florida leads 42-17-3
Radio Broadcast:  WJBX (101.5-FM, 104.3-FM, 770-AM)
Internet Radio:  Free online stream courtesy of WJBX  CLICK HERE 
Internet TV Broadcast:  ECHL.TV,  CLICK HERE
Special Promotions: 90’s Night!  We are throwing it back to the 1990’s, and fans are welcome to dress up in their 90’s attire or their favorite 90’s character.   The first 500 fans will receive thunder sticks courtesy of Chuck-E-Cheese!  Kids also eat FREE in the Breakaway Sports Pub with the purchase of an adult entree.About Tonight’s Game: The Wawa Sunshine Cup Series resumes tonight as the Florida Everblades and the Orlando Solar Bears.  The ‘Blades lead the Wawa Sunshine Cup series 14 points to 5 points, and can clinch the Sunshine Cup for the second consecutive season with a win this weekend.   Florida returns home following a four-game road trip in which the team posted a 2-2-0 record.   The Everblades (85 pts) currently hold a ten-point lead over second place Greenville (75 pts) for the top spot in the South Division. Meanwhile Orlando (69 pts) sits in fourth, just one point behind third place Cincinnati (70 pts).

Last Time Out:   Brendan O’Donnell and Mitchell Heard each scored twice to help pace the Everblades to a 7-4 victory at Atlanta on Tuesday night to close out the road trip…On Sunday, Orlando dropped a 2-0 decision at home to the Utah Grizzlies.   The Solar Bears posted 39 shots in the game, but were stymied by Utah’s Ryan Faragher who earned the 39-save shutout.

About the Everblades:  Brendan O’Donnell is currently tied with Brampton’s David Pacan for the league lead in goals with 35…Stephen MacAulay enters tonight’s play riding a four-game goal scoring streak…Following Tuesday’s 7-4 win at Atlanta, forward Mitchell Heard was recalled by the Charlotte Checkers (AHL).  Florida will also be without forward Curt Gogol this weekend as part of a two-game suspension due to an altercation that took place in the previous meeting with Orlando back on February 15…Alex Nedeljkovic is expected to start in goal this evening for the Everblades.
Everblades Team Leaders
Points: Brendan O’Donnell (65)
Goals:  Brendan O’Donnell (35)
Assists: Matt Berry (38)
Plus/Minus:  Michael Kirkpatrick (+34)
Penalty Minutes: Curt Gogol (141)
Power Play Goals:  John McCarron (6)
Shorthanded Goals: John McCarron (2)
Shots: Matt Berry (209)
Wins: Anthony Peters (28)
Save %:  Anthony Peters(.901)
GAA: Anthony Peters (2.97)
Power Play: 21st 31-for-210, (15.3%)
Penalty Kill:  10th, 35-of-229 (83.6%)


About the Solar Bears:  Joe Perry leads the Solar Bears in scoring against the Everblades this season with seven points.  Perry also boasts a team best 30 goals this season…Just before last week’s trade deadline, the Solar Bears acquired high-scoring forward Justin Buzzeo from the Atlanta Gladiators.  Buzzeo has recorded 56 points (17g, 39a) on the year… Ryan Massa is expected to start in net for Orlando on Friday.

Solar Bears Team Leaders
Points:  Justin Buzzeo (56)
Goals:  Joe Perry (30)
Assists:  Just Buzzeo (39)
Plus/Minus:  Denver Manderson (+20)
Penalty Minutes:  Brendan Miller (74)
Power Play Goals:  Joe Perry (8)
Shorthanded Goals:  Eric Faille (3)
Shots:  Joe Perry (178)
Wins:  Ryan Massa (16)
Save %:  Ryan Massa (0.914)
GAA:  Ryan Massa (3.02)
Power Play:  13th, 47-for-270 (14.4%)
Penalty Kill:  26th, 55-of-246 (77.6%)
Upcoming Home Games & Promotions 

Saturday, March 18 vs. Orlando, 7:00 p.m. – Guns N Hoses night! Join us at 4:30 p.m. as our local fire fighters and police will battle it out on the ice! The Everblades will wear special police and fire fighter themed jerseys (pictured below) which will be auctioned off following the game to benefit the 4 The Kids Foundation.  A ticket to the Everblades game will get you in to the police and fire fighters game for free!  Fans can also bring any paper products they needed shredded as Safeguard Shredding will be on hand prior to the game to offer FREE shredding for fans.  So bring your boxes for shredding!

Ticket Information

Game Tickets: Everblades tickets may be purchased at the Florida Community Bank Box Office located at Germain Arena, or at any Ticketmaster outlet, or online at

Special Offer!  Purchase any new ticket package for the 2016-17 season, and receive an Everblades jersey t-shirt and a $20 gift card from Ford’s Garage!  Locations include Cape Coral, Downtown Fort Myers and Miromar Outlets in Estero.  We offer several tickets packages designed to help fit your budget and schedule


Discounted Group Tickets: Bring your group of 10 or more to a game at a discounted price, and you may also receive an Everblades souvenir! Group tickets are available for all home games. For more information on group tickets, call 239-948-7825.

This release courtesy of Fort Myers Technical College & Cape Coral Technical College
The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliate
of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes