Greenville Swamp Rabbits (27-26-4-3) vs. Orlando Solar Bears (31-27-4-0)
March 27, 2022 | 2:00 PM | Regular Season Game #61Amway Center | Orlando, FL
Referees: Sam Heidemann (6)Linesmen: Charlie O’Connor (43), Tannum Wyonzek (74)
SOLAR BEARS SEASON SERIES
Season Series Record:
Overall: (3-2-0-0) Home: (1-1-0-0) Away: (2-1-0-0)
March 25, 2022 Greenville 1 at Orlando 4
April 15, 2022 Greenville vs Orlando
The Swamp Rabbits fell to the Orlando Solar Bears in a 4-1 contest on Friday night at the Amway Center in Orlando. The Solar Bears struck first as Tristan Langan struck a one-time shot past John Lethemon to take the lead. Quin Foreman brought things back to even at the 11:11 mark of the first period, scoring from the high slot after stealing the puck from an Orlando skater. Orlando started to pull away in the second scoring two goals thanks to Maxim Cajkovic and Tyler Bird. Aaron Luchuk sealed the victory for the Solar Bears with a goal 5:28 into the final frame.
SCOUTING THE SOLAR BEARS:
The Swamp Rabbits faceoff against the 4th place Orlando Solar Bears for two games this weekend. The Solar Bears hold a 31-27-4-0 record and are 4-6-0-0 over their last 10. The leading scorer this season in Orlando is Tristain Langan who has recorded 42 points in 42 games (14g, 28a). Orlando recently acquired Brian Bowen from the Utah Grizzlies he netted 40 points in 57 games with Utah and one goal in two games with Orlando Brad Barone takes the lead in goal with a 22-17-3-0 record, 2.65GAA and .921SV%. Barone Ranks 12th among ECHL goaltenders for GAA and ranks in the top five in six of the other eight goaltending categories (Wins, Losses, Minutes, Shutouts, Saves, SV%).
After a 9-21 start to season, the Swamp Rabbits chances at the playoffs looked slim but the squad turned things around and have found themselves on the edge of a playoff spot with a 27-26-4-3 record. The Rabbits have 12 games remaining on the schedule while the Solar Bears have 10 left to play. The Rabbits and Solar Bears have two games remaining against one another in a battle for the playoffs that will come down to the wire. The final game between the two sides will come on April 15th, the last Swamp Rabbits home game of the season, one that could decide which team advances to the playoffs.
FEELIN’ LIKE FOREMAN:
Quin Foreman has been on a tear scoring three goals and an assist in his last three games. Foreman’s goal Friday night was the only one scored by the Swamp Rabbits but it extends his point streak to three games, the longest he has had this season. This is the third time this season that Foreman has strung together three games with a point, however both other times were one goal and two assists. Foreman’s two goal performance on Wednesday night was his first multipoint game of the season, he has 15 points in 35 games with the Swamp Rabbits this season (6g, 9a).
Swamp Rabbits rookie Ayden MacDonald has been one of the hottest players in hockey recently, recording seven goals and one assist in the last five games. MacDonald is tied for the most game winning goals among rookies with six and is one of four skaters in the ECHL, and two on the Swamp Rabbits who have scored 3 PPG in one game, Brett Kemp also accomplished this feat. MacDonald has totaled 23 points in his 32 games this season (14g, 9a) after joining the team in the beginning of January.
WHAT’S ON TAP:
The Swamp Rabbits return to Greenville for a midweek matchup with the rival Stingrays. The Stingrays hold seventh place in the South Division with a 21-35-6-0 record. Andrew Cherniwchan is the leading scorer, recording 40 points in 51 games (18g, 22a). Ryan Bednard has seen the majority of action in goal, posting a 13-16-3-0 record, 3.01GAA and .902SV%.