Solar Bears Earn Point in 4-3 Shootout Loss to Gladiators


The Orlando Solar Bears (8-4-1-3), proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, fell to the Atlanta Gladiators (10-7-1-0) in the shootout by a 4-3 score in front of a crowd of 4,137 on Friday night at Infinite Energy Arena.

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The Orlando Solar Bears, proud affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, have announced that forward Brett Findlay has been recalled to the Marlies and goaltender Ryan Massa has signed a Professional Try-Out Agreement with the Marlies.
Findlay, 23, has 15 points (8g-7a) and 36 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Solar Bears this season.
Massa, 25, has dressed in six games with Orlando this season, going 3-2-0-0 with a 3.45 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

In addition, forward Denver Manderson has been placed on the 21-Day Injured Reserve, while forward Scott Wamsganz has been activated from the 21-Day IR. The Solar Bears have also added goaltender Bobby Fowler as an emergency backup goaltender.

The Solar Bears continue their fourth season in the ECHL, presented by Auto Justice Attorney Michael T. Gibson, P.A. at home on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Amway Center against the South Carolina Stingrays, when the Solar Bears will host Star Wars Night. Click here for the Solar Bears 2015-16 promotional and events calendar.
Single-game tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale now and can be purchased for as little as $15 at the Amway Center Box Office or online or
The Orlando Solar Bears, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and AHL’s Toronto Marlies, play all of their home games at the Amway Center, the 2012 Street and Smith’s Sports Business Journal Sports Facility of the Year.
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Solar Bears Remember Linesman Camden Nuckols

The Orlando Solar Bears are saddened to announce the passing of ECHL linesman, Camden Nuckols.

Nuckols, 25, was a linesman during many Orlando Solar Bears home games at the Amway Center since the team’s return in 2012, totaling 61 regular season games and 2 playoff games. He was a consummate professional and was well regarded among his peers for his contributions to the ECHL

Nuckols was also an alumni of the local Orlando Youth Hockey Association, where he won a state championship as a teenager. He officiated countless collegiate, adult league, and youth hockey games on top of his work as an ECHL official.

On Friday, Solar Bears ownership made the following statement:

“It was a difficult day when we learned of Camden’s passing. He was a terrific young man – always smiling, always positive. He took a tremendous amount of pride in his job on the ice. He will be sorely missed, as we have lost a member of our hockey family.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his mother and father.”

The Solar Bears will remember Camden with a moment of silence prior to puck drop before their game on November 24, 2015, and Solar Bears players will wear Camden’s jersey number, 32, on their helmets for the remainder of the season.


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Orlando Monster Jam® Tickets Now On Sale Tickets for Monster Jam at the Orlando Citrus Bowl start at only $15


Feld Motor Sports® announced today that tickets for Monster Jam®, the world’s premier Monster Jam truck series, are now on sale. Monster Jam events are affordably priced for the whole family with seats starting at just $15. Monster Jam will be performing at the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Saturday, January 23, 2016. Gates open at 5 PM, opening ceremonies are at 6:30 PM, and racing starts at 7 PM. Continue reading

Orange County Convention Center Finishes Year StrongThe OCCC hosts new and repeat business in Orlando, Florida

The Orange County Convention Center finished the year strong with some major repeat clients such as the PGA Merchandise Show, National Plastics Exposition, Premiere Beauty and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, along with a few brand new events, including The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, CAMX, Oncology Nurses and Windpower. 

Orlando tourism is booming with a record breaking 62 million visitors to the area. Cvent, the leader in cloud-based enterprise event management solutions, announced Orlando as the number one destination for meeting and events in the U.S. for the year of 2015. “No other city is being talked about in the industry quite like Orlando,” stated Kathie Canning, Orange County Convention Center executive director. “We’re introducing an incredible amount of new business and tourism to Orange County and it speaks volumes about the consolidated efforts from our sales team, Visit Orlando, service partners, attractions, hotels and our stakeholders that continue to make an impact in many positive ways.”


To remain competitive in the convention market, the OCCC is experiencing one of the most significant renovation projects in its history, including a facelift throughout the West Concourse that will be complete in 2017. Upgrades include a renovated ballroom, outdoor terrace, updated meeting rooms, technology enhancements and other much-needed transformations to keep the OCCC on the forefront of national meeting planners’ minds.  


If that was not enough, a variety of additional attractions and enhancements to the local retail, dining and entertainment districts have opened and many more are underway. In just a few years, Orlando will also be among the first destinations with an on-airport intermodal facility in the country and the first airport in Florida to conveniently support air travel, ground transportation and rail.

U.S. Women’s National Team 3, Brazil 1 – U.S. WNT Victory Tour

Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn Score First Half Goals and Stephanie McCaffrey Tallies in First Cap
ORLANDO (Oct. 25, 2015) – The World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team continued its Victory Tour with a 3-1 victory against Brazil at the Orlando Citrus Bowl in front of 32, 869 fans, the largest stand-alone crowd to watch the USA friendly in the state of Florida.
Defender Lori Chalupny and midfielder Lauren Holiday played in their final match for the USWNT and were honored before the game. Both are World Cup and Olympic champions and retire as two of the most successful players to put on the USA jersey, earning 106 and 133 caps, respectively.
It was a fast-paced, end-to-end match that saw Brazil control the play for significant parts of the game, but the Americans finished their chances to defeat Brazil for the first time in the last four meetings (one loss, two ties and a win). Both teams created early chances, but unlike their last meeting four days ago – a 1-1 tie in Seattle – it was the United States that got on the scoreboard first. In the ninth minute, Alex Morgan received a perfect through pass from Tobin Heath on the left side, ran past the defense, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted it home.
Nearing the end of the first half regulation time, Brazil got its equalizer when Cristiane received a nice slip pass from Marta in the right side of the penalty box. She cut back inside to beat a defender and hit a powerful left-footed shot from just inside the penalty box that flew straight to the left corner.
The USA mounted an immediate response and went ahead three minutes later when a point-blank header from Lindsey Horan was blocked by Brazil goalkeeper Luciana but rebounded to Crystal Dunn, finished through traffic with her right foot to regain the lead just before halftime.
Stephanie McCaffrey, who was making her USWNT debut, added another score in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage, volleying home a perfect Megan Rapinoe cross from the left side for the final score line. Hope Solo was once again solid in goal for the USA, making two saves while dominating the penalty box against a talented Brazilian attack.
With the win, the WNT extended its unbeaten home streak to 102 games (89-0-13). The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov. 6, 2004, in Philadelphia.
The USWNT will resume its Victory Tour in December when it takes on Trinidad & Tobago on Dec. 6 in Hawaii and on Dec. 10 in San Antonio, Texas. The team will then face China PR in Glendale, Arizona on Dec. 13 and again in New Orleans on Dec. 16.  
Goal Scoring Rundown: 

USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath), 9th minute. Tobin Heath found some space down the left sideline and timed her pass perfectly to Alex Morgan, who made a precisely timed run to beat the Brazil back line. Morgan outran her defenders and then beat Brazil goalkeeper Luciana to the left before rolling the ball into and open net for her 55th career goal. USA 1, BRA 0. (SEE GOAL)
BRA – Cristiane (Marta), 45th minute: Marta found Cristiane with a nice slip pass into the box on the left side and Cristiane did the rest, cutting back to lose a U.S. defender before ripping a left-footed shot into the left corner. USA 1, BRA 1.
USA – Crystal Dunn (Lindsey Horan), 45+3: After Brazil had found the equalizer right before the 45-minute mark the USA answered back three minutes into stoppage as Meghan Klingenberg crossed a ball to the far post where Lindsey Horan headed it on goal. Luciana was able to block the point-blank attempt, but it rebounded back Crystal Dunn who finished with a right-footed strike from close range. USA 2, BRA 1. (SEE GOAL)
USA – Stephanie McCaffrey (Megan Rapinoe), 90+4: Just before the final whistle blew as the USA was killing off the game, Megan Rapinoe worked her way free on the left flank and crossed it to Stephanie McCaffrey who was able to re-direct the ball into the net at the back post to make it 3-1. It was McCaffrey’s first career goal on her debut with the USWNT. USA 3, BRA 1, FINAL. (SEE GOAL)
Key Saves and Defensive Stops:

USA – Becky Sauerbrunn, 24th minute: Brazil’s counterattacked down the left side and crossed to the far post where Cristiane had an open shot from close range, but somehow Becky Sauerbrunn recovered to clear the ball away just inches from it crossing the line.
Next on the Schedule: The WNT will continue its Victory Tour with the final four games in December, making stops in Hawaii on Dec. 6, and San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 10. The team will then face Trinidad & Tobago in Glendale, Arizona on Dec. 13, and New Orleans on Dec. 16 to face China PR. 

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Milestone Watch:
Lauren Holiday, who left the game in the 56th minute to a rousing ovation and was replaced by Carli Lloyd, ends her career with 133 caps and 24 goals.

Lori Chalupny, who left the game in the 21st minute to a rousing ovation and was replaced by Meghan Klingenberg, ends her career with 106 caps and 10 goals.

Holiday started the game wearing the captain’s armband.

Forward Stephanie McCaffrey and defender Gina Lewandowski earned their first caps as substitutes. McCaffrey came on at halftime for Tobin Heath. The 30-year-old Lewandowski came on in the 74th minute for Ali Krieger, a teammate on FFC Frankfurt when they won the UEFA Champions League in 2008.

With her goal against Brazil, McCaffrey became the 18th USWNT player to score in her first cap. The last player to do it was Christen Press on Feb. 9, 2013, against Scotland.

University of Virginia senior Emily Sonnett started in her first cap and played the entire 90 minutes next to Becky Sauerbrunn.

Lindsey Horan got her first start for the USA and earned her fourth cap.

With the win the USA’s all-time record against Brazil improved to 26-3-5.

  • U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report –
    Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Brazil

Date: Oct. 25, 2015

Competition: International Friendly; Victory Tour

Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl; Orlando, Florida

Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET

Attendance: 32,869

Weather: 80 degrees; sunny
Scoring Summary: 1 2 F

USA 2 1 3

BRA 1 0 1
USA – Alex Morgan (Tobin Heath) 9th minute

BRA – Cristiane (Marta) 45

USA – Crystal Dunn (Lindsey Horan) 45+3

USA – Stephanie McCaffrey (Megan Rapinoe) 94

USA: 1-Hope Solo; 11-Ali Krieger (30-Gina Lewandowski, 74), 27-Emily Sonnett, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 16-Lori Chalupny (22-Meghan Klingenberg, 21); 25-Crystal Dunn (15-Megan Rapinoe, 60), 12-Lauren Holiday (capt.) (10-Carli Lloyd, 56), 14-Morgan Brian, 17-Tobin Heath (28-Stephanie McCaffrey, 46); 31-Lindsey Horan (8-Amy Rodriguez, 80), 13-Alex Morgan

Subs Not Used: 2-Sydney Leroux, 3-Christie Rampone, 5-Kelley O’Hara, 6-Whitney Engen, 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 18-Ashlyn Harris, 19-Julie Johnston, 20-Abby Wambach, 21-Alyssa Naeher, 23-Christen Press, 29-Samantha Mewis

Head coach: Jill Ellis
BRA: 1-Luciana; 2-Fabiana, 4-Rafaelle, 5-Andressinha, 6-Tamires (7-Beatriz, 71), 8-Thaisa, 9-Andressa Alves, 10-Marta (capt.), 11-Cristiane, 14-Erika, 20-Formiga (17-Gabi Zanotti, 63)

Subs Not Used: 3-Monica, 12-Andreia, 13-Poliana, 15-Rilany, 16-Rafaela, 18-Bia Vaz, 19-Raquel

Head coach: Oswaldo Alvarez
Stats Summary: USA / BRA

Shots: 8 / 13

Shots on Goal: 5 / 4

Saves: 2 / 2

Corner Kicks: 2 / 6

Fouls: 11 / 5

Offside: 4 / 1
Misconduct Summary:

USA – Crystal Dunn (caution) 14th minute

BRA – Cristiane (caution) 37

USA – Lindsey Horan (caution) 66

Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)

Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)

Assistant Referee 2: Marie-Josée Charbonneau (CAN)

4th Official: Katja Koroleva (USA)
Budweiser Woman of the Match: Lauren Holiday