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10-27-2012, 05:17 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Central Florida
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Hockey-related stuff but not worth another thread. Desperate for hockey, my wife and I went to an Orlando Solar Bears game for the ECHL. Gotta say, while it wasn't nearly the same, it was still a fun time and nice to see live hockey again. Plus they won 5-3 with leading scorer (and leading the ECHL right now) Nick Petersen getting a hat trick.
The crowd was about 5,339 people in the Amway Arena (which is a really nice arena and could totally house an NHL team) and they were having a great time and were pretty knowledgeable. Fans sing-song chanted the opposing goalie, knew when to boo a bad call, etc. Also saw just about every team's jersey you could imagine heh.
I think we'll be going to a few more games especially if the lockout persists. The Solar Bears used to dominate the IHL and were their last champions so they'll be raising a banner for that this year, maybe sooner than we see a Division Champ banner raised for the Panthers
They're the affiliate for the Minnesota Wild and we might take in a game against our ECHL team, Cincinnati.
We bought season tix for the Everblades (needing a hockey fix!), and watched them play against the Solar Bears. I can't remember the guy's name, but the redheaded guy for the SB was a beast.
Gotta cheer on the Everblades though, since they're in our backyard.
We had a lot of fun too...much more than I remember the last time we went to a Blades' game.
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