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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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