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December 5, 2015 SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- The Knoxville Ice Bears (11-4-0) scored three unanswered goals, one in each period, to beat the Mississippi RiverKings (4-7-2), 3-1, at the Landers Center Friday night. It's the fourth win in four matches against the RiverKings for Knoxville.

The RiverKings opened the scoring just 1:21 into the first period. Devin Mantha won an offensive zone faceoff to Matt Whitehead. He nudged it to the point where Mike Hayward shot one past Ice Bears goalie Braely Torris for his second goal of the season to give the RiverKings a 1-0 lead. Knoxville responded late in the first as Eric Satim found a loose puck at the left circle and lifted one over the shoulder of Adam Courchaine to tie the game at one with 1:46 to play in the first.

The only goal in the second came late in the period after both sides came up empty on second-period power plays. After a RiverKings icing the Ice Bears won the ensuing faceoff in the offensive zone. Travis Janke was left all alone in front and Berkley Scott centered to him. Courchaine stopped the first shot attempt, but Janke buried the rebound for his second goal of the season to give the Ice Bears a 2-1 lead with 1:32 left in the second.

Knoxville opened the third with an insurance goal just 3:12 into the period. Ryan Salvis collected the puck at the blue line and dropped a pass for David Segal. He cut at the left circle and put a wrist shot past Courchaine for a 3-1 Ice Bears lead. The RiverKings would outshoot Knoxville 14-4 in the third, but Torris held the fort for the Ice Bears

December 5, 2014 - Coach Craigen - Good morning STH's, We are currently heading W on I40 with Green Hills Village in Nashville as our lunch destination prior to our 7:05 cst match up with the Mississippi Riverkings.

We are without a doubt a banged up and run down group of players right now with injuries, call-ups, etc factoring in heavily, but we fully intend on pulling 2 points out of the Landers Center tonight and resting/regrouping next week with a few days off. (D) Bo Driscoll is out of the lineup tonight after being shaken up by the hit/trip? from Dan Bremner last night. Bo was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons as he was experiencing some neck pain, but Xrays were negative and aside from some soreness our medical staff believes he will be fine and perhaps available to us in a few weeks or less. (F) David Segal dressed last night but was limited in his play due to a foot injury and will be the same tonight. (D) Ryan Hill will join the team in Mississippi tonight and we will be placing (D) Brad Pawlowski on the 30-day IR retroactive to 11-29-14.

Our line-up will be the same as last night, with 2 changes: add (D) Ryan Hill / delete (D) Bo Driscoll and Braely Torris will get the start in goal. I submitted some tape from the game last night to the league and US Hockey with my thoughts and concerns about the officiating last night and their impact on the result. I have attached the clips I sent to this post for your viewing pleasure (you will have to view the video on Facebook). We certainly took some penalties on our own last night, but 11 powerplays to 3 seemed a little lopsided, especially after watching the video. However, it is the nature of the beast at this level and as a developmental league we will experience some developmental moments and that was clearly the case last night.

Stephen Thomson will be wearing the orange arm bands in Mississippi tonight and he is a veteran referee who I expect a solid game from. I am on the bus right now and will be free to answer any questions for an hour or so if you have anything on your mind. Have a great weekend guys.

Knoxville, TN – (December 4, 2014) - Dave Feather, Knoxville Ice Bears - The Knoxville Ice Bears fell short to the Peoria Rivermen by a score of 4-2. The first period was a heavy defensive battle between the two teams that combined for thirteen shots fired on net. The Ice Bears were playing without their leading scorer, Francis Drolet, who was called up by the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL. The teams spent the first twenty minutes playing ultra-conservative. Most of the offensive opportunity was provided by three power plays, two for the Rivermen and one for the Ice Bears. Read More

December 4, 2014 - Coach Craigen: Hello guys, I have a few late day transactions to pass along prior to puck drop tonight. (F) Francis Drolet has accepted a call-up to the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL as of this afternoon. Obviously this a big loss for us as Franky has been a centerpiece of our success to date, but I am extremely excited for him and proud to see him finally get a much deserved opportunity. I don't know if there was a more deserving player at this level in the past 2 seasons and I certainly hope Franky makes the best of it. (F) David Segal is doubtful and will be a gametime decision tonight as well after taking morning skate and having quite a bit of continued pain in his foot from a shot block in the dying minutes of our win in Fayetteville last week.

To help absorb these 2 deletions, I have signed (F) Mike Henderson to a contract and he will be in our line-up tonight and wearing jersey #6. Mike should bring some great energy to our line-up after scoring 4 goals in 8 games for Huntsville earlier this year, I know he is hungry for another chance. Further to these, (D) Ryan Hill will be joining us in Memphis tomorrow after being released by Missouri earlier today. This will be a great addition to our d-core who have been grinding very hard for us since Plow's injury last week.

Lots of things happening, but something we should be used to at this level and we'll do our best to continue moving forward. This is a great opportunity for some players who will have to absorb some more minutes in important situations this weekend.

December 4, 2014 - Coach Craigen The guys skated for 30 minutes this morning in preparation for our 7:35 game vs Peoria. As you may recall, the Rivermen hung a 9-spot on us last time they were in town and myself and the guys haven't forgotten that beating yet. You should see a very focused and determined group right from the opening faceoff tonight...

Bryan Hince will get the start in goal and the rest of our line-up is posted below. New (F) Lucas Van Natter will be wearing jersey #20. See you tonight.The official tonight will be a brand new referee to this level in Anthony Falette and I'm sure you'll all join together in welcoming him warmly to Knoxville.

December 2, 2014 - Coach Craigen - As usually is the case at this level - especially when you're having some success - opportunities become available for our players. (F) Justin Kirsch has signed a contract to play professionally in Frankfurt, Germany and has left the team. Kirschy has his German passport and this was a great opportunity for him to not only travel but also play professional hockey for a very good organization.

I will be replacing Justin's spot on our active roster with a (F) I recruited heavily this summer but ended up losing to Columbus named Lucas Van Natter. Lucas spent time with South Carolina of the ECHL and 3 games with Columbus before being let go.  I believe he can be a productive offensive player at this level and he will join Berkley Scott & Travis Janke in hopes he can jump right in and continue the strong play that line gave us last weekend.

November 29, 2014 - Fayetteville -  A stellar performance between the pipes by Braely Torris helped the Knoxville Ice Bears defeat the Fayetteville FireAntz, 2-1. Knoxville was sparked by Ryan Salvis, who grabbed one goal. Salvis scored 3:02 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Knoxville. The Ice Bears' offense was clicking better than usual and put 39 shots on goal during the game, better than the 25.7 shots per game they average.

Justin Kirsch also scored for Knoxville. Fayetteville's offense was helped by the efforts of its defensemen, who managed to put 17 shots on net during the game. The FireAntz put 35 shots on net during the contest, more than the 25.9 they average per game. Fayetteville was led by Trever Hertz, who scored the team's only goal. Hertz scored 8:02 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Fayetteville. Derek Elliott picked up the assist.

Braely Torris made 34 saves for Knoxville on 35 shots. The Ice Bears totaled seven minutes in penalty time with one minor and one major and went 0-for-2 on the power play. The FireAntz's Kevin Murdock stopped 37 shots out of the 39 that he faced. Fayetteville totaled 21 minutes in penalty time with three minors and one major and had no power play opportunities

Ryan Salvis - 1st Star and Game Winner

Nov 28, 2014 –Knoxville Ice Bears defeated the Fayetteville FireAntz 5-4 in a shootout in front of a crowd of 4,361 - with the win, have taken sole possession of first place.  <yetteville jumped out to the lead at 14:35 when Zach Carriveau fired a sharp angle shot off the side of Bryan Hince’s helmet and into the goal.  The Ice Bears were not down long – 80 seconds later, Berkley Scott was seen blazing down the side walls and received a three zone pass from Jason Price where Scott broke in all alone and beat Fayetteville netminder Kevin Murdock.Fayetteville as not finished, with time winding down Trever Hertz buried a shot past Hince to put the visitors up 2-1 after 20 minutes of play. Knoxville ambushed the FireAntz in the second period by rattling off three unanswered goals in the first 8 minutes of play.  Ryan Salvis scored just 49 seconds into the middle frame. David Segal scored on a break-a-way at 6:57 and Francis Drolet poked the puck past Murdock after Salvis flipped the puck behind the netminder on a dump in play.

Fayetteville cut the lead in half at 15:02 of the second when Derek Elliott fired a shot past Hince.

The third period was a tight checking affair – it wasn’t until the FireAntz were awarded their only power play of the game when Eric Satim was sent off for a cross-check.  It took less than 20 seconds with the man advantage for Fayetteville to tie the game.  Randy Cameron drew the game even at 12:35 of the third period. Read More

November 27, 2014 - Huntsville - Eric Satim scored the clinching goal in a shootout, and the Knoxville Ice Bears picked up the extra point in a 3-2 (3-2 SO) win over the Huntsville Havoc. The shootout featured 10 attempts between both teams. Huntsville's shootout goals were scored by Colin Hekle and Stuart Stefan .

Knoxville also got shootout goals from Berkley Scott Travis Janke. The Ice Bears came back from a one-goal deficit to capture the victory. Knoxville was down 2-1 after a goal by the Havoc's Eric Alexander at 14:50 in the first period. The Ice Bears knotted things up at 2-2 on a goal by Satim at 13:14 in the second period. Knoxville was led by Satim, who registered one goal. The Ice Bears' offense was clicking better than usual and put 29 shots on goal during the game, better than the 25.1 shots per game they average.  

Knoxville was led by Satim, who grabbed one goal. Knoxville also got a goal from Ryan Salvis as well. More assists for Knoxville came via Francis Drolet, who had one. The Ice Bears' Bryan Hince stopped 24 shots out of the 26 that he faced. Knoxville totaled 19 minutes in penalty time with two minors and one major and went 0-for-2 on the power play. Kevin Genoe rejected 26 shots on goal for Huntsville.

November 22, 2014 - Fayetteville - It's the kind of irrefutable statement that, in a nutshell, described why the Fayetteville FireAntz lost Saturday night: "You're never going to win a game if you don't score a goal."

That's how coach Emery Olauson summarized his team's 1-0 setback against the Knoxville IceBears at Crown Coliseum. Robbie Donahoe's second-period power-play goal was all Knoxville needed to improve to 7-3-0 on the season. Fayetteville dropped to 2-5-2 in Southern Professional Hockey League action.

;I thought, all in all, it was our best effort of the season, said the FireAntz's Randy Cameron. ;We stuck to the game plan, had 34 to 35 shots, and I thought we were able to hem them in at times. Hopefully, we can get some offense going and that'll open the floodgates. Read More

November 21, 2014 - Knoxville  (Dave Feather) - The Knoxville Ice Bears fell to the Peoria Rivermen 9-3 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.  Knoxville Ice Bears surrendered five goals in the first period to set the tone for the evening.  Ben Oskroba started the scoring with a 4-3 power play goal at 7:06 of the period.  Josh Harris, Dennis Sicard, Alex Hudson and Dan Bremner rounded out the scoring for the first 20 minutes of play.  

The Ice Bears looked to rattle off another repeat performance from last Thursday when they rallied from two three goal deficits to defeat the Huntsville Havoc 9-7.   After Peoria scored their sixth goal of the game, Knoxville rattled off three unanswered markers by Francis Drolet, Ben Power and Drolet again to cut the lead in half the end of the second period – the first of which had donated teddy bears rain down on the ice surface for the Ice Bears annual Teddy Bear Toss. Peoria made sure there wasn’t any hope of a comeback when Alex Hagaman scored at 4:39 of the final frame.  Jake Task and Michael McCann notched the eighth and ninth goals of the game

      Get well soon CHILLY!

November 20, 2014 - Knoxville vs Peoria - KNOXVILLE, TENN. -- The Peoria Rivermen maintained one first and picked up another on Thursday against Knoxville. Peoria absorbed its first-ever regulation loss in seven meetings against the Ice Bears, a 4-1 decision, but remained in first place overall in the SPHL before 2,207 at Knoxville Coliseum. The Rivermen out-played Knoxville in the first 40 minutes but made some costly mistakes from which there was no recovery.

Peoria produced 33 shots, but there were few follow-up shots and not enough presence on the doorstep against Knoxville goaltender Braely Torris, who now is 4-0-0. The Rivermen had a five-game win streak snapped, but remained atop the SPHL. "We dominated the first and second periods but we didn't get enough from it," Rivermen head coach Jean-Guy Trudel said. "We had some bad moments -- we gave up a terrible (soft) goal, our defense unit was poor, our best players were our worst players and our grinders were our best players, and it's been that way too often.

November 15, 2014 - SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- Josh Cousineau scored with 51.3 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Knoxville Ice Bears (5-2-0) a 3-2 win over the Mississippi RiverKings (2-4-1) Saturday night at the Landers Center. The RiverKings failed to hold a pair of one-goal leads in the defeat.

Andrew Randazzo put the RiverKings on the board first in the opening period. With the RiverKings on the power play, he and Leo Thomas played catch with the puck near the blue line. Thomas worked to the right circle then set up Randazzo for a one-timer from the center point, which he blasted past goalie Braely Torris for a 1-0 lead. 

The Ice Bears matched with a power-play goal of their own late in the first. Eric Satim stashed home a rebound with 5.1 seconds left in the frame, evening the game at one. Robbie Donahoe and Jason Price were credited with assists.

The RiverKings flipped momentum briefly back in their favor to start the second period. The Ice Bears turned the puck over in their defensive zone with Reid Campbell, making his professional debut, intercepting a pass at the blue line. He fired one from the point and Burke Gallimore redirected it past Torris to give the RiverKings a 2-1 lead 2:40 into the second.

The RiverKings held the lead past the halfway mark of the third period. However, the Ice Bears won a lengthy battle for the puck in the offensive zone and Peter Neal collected the puck along the boards and skated uncontested to the front of the net. He slipped the puck past goalie Adam Courchaine to tie the game at two and force overtime.

In the three-on-three extra period Cousineau found a rebound in front of the net and beat Courchaine with 51.3 seconds remaining to give the Ice Bears their third win over the RiverKings this season.

Sundays Thanksgiving dinner was a fantastic evening. Members attending had a great time meeting with the players and enjoying an evening of friendship with the guys. The meal was great and all of the players had a great time and really enjoyed a special meal. We had enough food that many of the players were able to take some of the food home with them to enjoy later. If you didn't know about the Booster Club, these meals are held several times a year during the season for our members and players. They are for Booster Club members only. If you want to become a part of the Booster Club, download the Membership Application listed above and bring to the next home game. We would love to have you become a part of our club. One of our main projects this past year, we provided new beds for all of the players, which they are enjoying.

November 13, 2014 - Knoxville vs Huntsville.  The Knoxville Ice Bears survived a determined comeback attempt by the Huntsville Havoc on the way to a 9-7 win.

A goal by Berkley Scott put Knoxville up 9-6 in the third period, but Huntsville pulled to within two on Colin Hekle's tally 17:40 into the third period.

The Ice Bears got the win behind a great game by Ben Power, who had two goals and one assist. Power scored the first of his two goals at 3:57 into the third period to make the score 6-5 Huntsville. Brad Pawlowski assisted on the tally. Power's next tally made the score 8-6 Knoxville with 8:43 left in the third period. Read More

November 13, 2014 - Coach Craigen - Good morning STH's,

I have a couple of roster moves to pass your way leading up to our game with Huntsville this evening. (D) Ryan Hill has been called up to Missouri of the ECHL. We are being told it is for 2 weeks, but these timelines are never very accurate and it could be much longer or much shorter depending on the circumstances up there.

In a reciprocating move, (D) Lucas Chavira-Schramm has signed a contract and will be inserted into Ryan's spot in the line-up, paired with Robbie Donahoe. Lucas will be wearing jersey #6. Our line-up will be the same as Sunday in Peoria last weekend. Charles Baldwin and Tyler Klein will remain out as healthy scratches and Bryan Hince will get the start in goal. We will also have some roster moves in the next 48 hours with regard to Tyler and Charles future with the Ice Bears.

Good luck to everyone tonight - I think it's time for a season ticket holder to win the $1000.

Peoria, il (Nov 9, 2014) – The Knoxville Ice Bears fell to the Peoria Rivermen 4-1 off of Josh Harris’ hat trick. Ice Bears dominated the first 10 minutes of the first period by out shooting their opponent 10-3.  The tides shifted when the Ice Bears got into penalty trouble and the Riverman capitalized on back to back power players on goals from Garrett Vermeersch and Harris.

“Our special teams let us down again this afternoon.  They have a great team in Peoria and were clearly better than us on the power play and penalty kill in both games this weekend,” said Head Coach Craigen.

The second period was much more tightly contested as each goaltender was able to hold serve off of eight shots from both teams.  Knoxville did have the opportunity to claw back into the game when they failed to capitalize on two power play chances.  After two periods of play, the Rivermen still lead 2-0. Read More

November 7, 2014 - Peoria - The Knoxville Ice Bears had trouble finding ways to stop the Peoria Rivermen, which beat Ice Bears, 5-1.  Peoria's penalty kill excelled, as the Rivermen gave up zero goals despite allowing six power plays. Peoria was led by Alex Hudson, Michael Slowikowski.

The Rivermen stifled Knoxville's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. Peoria outdid its season average for goals scored. The Rivermen average 2.8 goals per game. Peoria put 34 shots on net during the contest, more than the 22.4 it averages per game. Peoria also had goals scored by Nick Wheeler Josh Harris Jordan Sims Ben Warda , who scored one goal each. Other players who recorded assists for Peoria were Cole Ruwe Dan Bremner Garrett Vermeersch Jake Trask, and Matt Summers, who contributed one each.

The Ice Bears did not reach the goal total they have come to expect this season. Knoxville puts an average of 3.8 pucks into the net per game. The Ice Bears were led by Eric Satim, who scored the team's only goal. Satim scored 13:18 into the first period to make the score 1-1. Ryan Salvis picked up the assist.The Rivermen's Eric Levine 23 shots out of the 24 that he faced. Peoria totaled 17 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major and went 1-for-5 on the power play.Bryan Hince rejected 29 shots on goal for Knoxville. The Ice Bears incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.

Knoxville, TN – (November 1, 2014) The Knoxville Ice Bears defeated the Mississippi RiverKings 4-1 on their home opener at the Civic Coliseum. The Knoxville Ice Bears jumped on to the score sheet early when Tyler Kline ripped one past RiverKing net minder Adam Courchaine at 5:47 of the first period. The Ice Bears extended their lead at 10:37 of the first period when Joe Tolles scored on the power play off a tic-tac-toe play from Ryan Salvis, Francis Drolet. The RiverKings climbed on the board when Matt Harrington scored at 17:50 when the puck trickled past the pad of Bryan Hince and the goal post. Read More

October 29, 2014 - COLUMBUS, GA – As season openers go, the game between the Knoxville Ice Bears and the Columbus Cottonmouths had story lines galore. In the end it was an unlikely turn of events that became the headline.Read more about this awsome game HERE

October 28, 2014 - HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced Ryan Salvis of the Knoxville Ice Bears is the Easton Player of the Week for October 24-26.
Salvis scored two goals, including one game-winner, added four assists and was +6 in helping Knoxville kick off the 2014-15 season with a pair of wins. On Friday, the Toronto, Ontario native set up two goals in the Ice Bears’ 5-4 win at Columbus.
Salvis came back on Saturday with two goals and two assists in leading Knoxville to a 5-1 win over Mississippi.
Salvis kicked off the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the first period and scored the eventual game-winner early in the second. Signed by Knoxville in the offseason, Salvis helped lead Pensacola to the last two President’s Cup championships and finished second in the 2012-13 scoring race with 25-39-64 totals in 56 games.
Also Nominated: Nielsson Arcibal, Columbus (2 gp, 0-2-2), Austin Daae, Fayetteville (2 gp, 2-0-2, 1 ppg), Jeremy Boyer, Louisiana (2 gp, 2-1-3, +4, 1 gwg), Max Strang, Pensacola (2-0-0, 1.00 gaa, .949 save%, one shutout) and Eric Levine, Peoria (1-0-0, 1.00 gaa, .972 save%)

October 25, 2014  - SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- The Knoxville Ice Bears (2-0-0-0) scored four unanswered goals in the final two periods to defeat the Mississippi RiverKings (0-2-0-0), 5-1, Saturday night at the Landers Center.

The Ice Bears took a first-period lead with a shorthanded goal 10:48 into the first period. Ryan Salvis picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and raced in on a breakaway, beating goaltender Peter Di Salvo five hole for a 1-0 lead. The RiverKings responded with 3:52 to play in the period as Leo Thomas scored on a breakaway of his own. He received a pass from Andrew Randazzo and went down the right side before flipping a backhand shot past Braely Torris to knot the score at one on his first of the season.

The Ice Bears took command in the second period. Salvis scored his second of the game on a quick shot from the slot just 3:55 into the period. David Segal doubled the Ice Bears lead with a goal from a similar position in the slot at 5:28 of the second, making it 3-1.

In the third period the Ice Bears salted the game away with two late goals. Eric Satim finished off a feed from Salvis on the doorstep to make it 4-1 with 5:32 to play in the third. Just over two minutes later those two started a pass play that resulted in Francis Drolet jamming in the puck from the right post with 3:30 left in the game, making it 5-1.

Di Salvo got the start for the RiverKings and he made 28 saves on 33 shots and took the loss.

October 24, 2014 - Mark Atnip - The goal awarded to Eric Satim at the :23 second mark of the first period was scored by FRANCIS DROLET! Eric, we still think you are awesome. Francis, congratulations!!! To continue with the original message: That was the fastest opening night goal in SPHL history, breaking the old mark that was previously held by Kyle Kudroch (who scored at :35 last season) and previously by Troy Linna, who scored :47 into his opening night game in 2005

Berkley Scott buries a shorthanded game winner with 2 minutes left. Drolet set a record for the fastest goal in a season opener, Satim has a goal and two assists, while skating at a +2. Ben Power adds two goals, and newcomer Ryan Salvis adds two assists. Knoxville wins their season opener 5-4.

October 24, 2014 - Columbus, GA - The Columbus Cottonmouths tried to dig themselves out of a two-goal hole, but the Knoxville Ice Bears held on for a 5-4 victory. Knoxville made the score 4-2 on a goal by Eric Satim at 19:44 in the second period, and Columbus got as close as 4-3 when Nick Curry scored 47 seconds into the third period. Ben Power was all over the ice for the Ice Bears, as he racked up two goals in the win. Power's tallies came on the power play at 8:17 into the second period to make the score 2-2 and on the power play 13:04 into the second to make the score 3-2 Knoxville.. Knoxville struggled to stay out of the sin bin throughout the game as it finished the game with 26 penalty minutes for seven opposing power plays. Knoxville additionally got points from Berkley Scott, who also had one goal and two assists and Satim, who also tallied one goal and two assists to lead the team in points. Francis Drolet also scored for Knoxville. More assists for Knoxville came via Tyler Klein, who had one and Ryan Salvis, who had two.

The Cottonmouths forced the Ice Bears goalie Bryan Hince to work between the pipes, taking 33 shots. Columbus also had goals scored by Craig Simchuk, Patrick McCadden, and Andy Willigar, who each put in one. In addition, Columbus received assists from Neilsson Arcibal, who had two and Louis Belisle, Will Aide, Levi Lind, Andreas Persson, and Lucas Van Natter, who contributed one each. Knoxville's Hince stopped 29 shots out of the 33 that he faced. The Ice Bears registered two goals on four power play opportunities. Shannon Szabados rejected 22 shots on goal for Columbus. The Cottonmouths ended with 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors and two majors.

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