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Solar Bears come to grips with end of season

The Orlando Solar Bears’ offseason officially began the moment that Alex Aleardi’s shot struck the net about 12 1/2 minutes into overtime Monday night at Germain Arena in Estero. The Florida Everblades were advancing to the second round of the ECHL playoffs after their 1-0 victory in Game 6 of a best-of-seven matchup. The Solar Bears were realizing that the next meaningful game the franchise will play will come two weeks before Halloween. “It sunk in when we got into the room after overtime,’’ Solar Bears goalie Garret Sparks said. “We were all sitting there. Not a whole lot was said. You could tell that people were not ready for their seasons to be...