NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Playoff hockey came to the North Charleston Coliseum for the 24th time in the Stingrays’ 25-year history.
The series between the Orlando Solar Bears and South Carolina Stingrays promises to be one of the most exciting and closely contested match-ups of the opening round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
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The past week saw a determined Orlando team looking to build some momentum before the start of the playoffs. Having lost their series against South Carolina, the Solar Bears were eager to bounce back in their final home games of the season.
The weekend’s series against the Stingrays proved to be a disappointment for the Solar Bears, as South Carolina swept the three-game set, winning two of the three games in a shootout and the third in regulation. Given that the Stingrays are the most likely opponent that the Solar Bears will face in the opening round of the playoffs, the games present some cause for concern for the team.
The Solar Bears and Everblades contest gave the fans a game that is the stuff of legend. It demonstrated of what makes minor league hockey great, with all its warts, raggedness, and guts.
Though Orlando has a six-point lead over the Atlanta Gladiators for third place in the South Division, their playoff seat is not yet secure. The tests of the Everblades and the Stingrays will provide the team with a crucial test of its playoff mettle.
ORLANDO, FL - With the announcement made this morning; the ECHL will be adding their 28th franchise in?St. John?s, Newfoundland, Canada, the organizational framework of this new team is being driven in part by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that will have implications for the Orlando Solar Bears
Entering this trade deadline, the class of the division has been the Florida Everblades and South Carolina Stingrays. Florida punched their ticket to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in resounding fashion on February 28, while the Stingrays are very close to joining their Estero-based counterparts.
On Sunday afternoon, the Solar Bears are back at the Amway Center where they will seek a two-game sweep of the Royals to extend its win streak to five.