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Solar Bears vs. the ECHL All Stars

In a city where winter means wearing sneakers instead of flip-flops and snow is never seen outside a water globe, hockey is well-received. And, hopefully, another championship will soon be received, as well. But in the meantime, we're having fun. (Source)

Much in the same way that everyone cares about the NHL All-Stars game, I'm sure that everyone is vitally interested in the ECHL one. This event was hosted by the Solar Bears this past week at Orlando's Amway Arena. The full week included an ECHL fan festival (yes damnit people went), a youth tournament, a skills competition, and a match between the home team and the 21 men selected as ECHL All Stars.

I guess you guys want to know how the Solar Bears did, right? Erm, well. Given that they were playing against the very best that the league has to offer, it's pretty cool that they scored four goals. In a different league perhaps this would've made them the winners, but in this case the All-Stars team won with a final score of 8-4. The Solar Bears outshot the All-Stars at least through the second, and played their hearts out. The Solar Bears' leaky goaltenders were Sean Bonar (who stopped 22 of 28 shots and was pulled after the 6th) and Garret Sparks (who stopped 19 of 21).

This dude named James Martin of the Fort Wayne Komets was captain of the All-Stars team, and this other dude Myles Bell (of the Evansville Icemen) was MVP. Solar Bears' Yann Sauve won the hardest shot competition, clocking in at between 92 and 94 miles per hour, so there's that.

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