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January 23, 2015 - Knoxville: The Knoxville Ice Bears had a two-goal lead after two periods and cruised the rest of the way en route to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Cottonmouths.  Knoxville got the win on the strength of a great game by Francis Drolet, who had two goals and one assist. Drolet scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 15:45 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Knoxville. The Ice Bears had taken the advantage when Columbus' Louis Belisle got sent off for slashing. Eric Satim assisted on the tally. Drolet's next tally on the power play made the score 3-0 Knoxville with 1:51 left in the first period. Satim picked up the assist.

Knoxville was led by goalie Bryan Hince, who finished with 32 saves while allowing one goal. Hince certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.8 entering the contest. The Ice Bears put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Cottonmouths to score on any of their three power plays. Knoxville relied on a core group of players for most of its offense, as Drolet, Satim and Ryan Salvis took 11 of the team's 21 shots.

Knoxville also got points from Satim, who also had two goals and two assists. Other players who recorded assists for Knoxville were Peter Neal, who had two.  Columbus' offense rang up 33 shots on the Ice Bears' net. In addition, Columbus received assists from Andy Willigar and Nick Curry, who contributed one each.

Knoxville incurred 22 minutes in penalty time with six minors. Andrew Loewen rejected 17 shots on goal for the Cottonmouths. Columbus incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors.


January 22, 2015 - Knoxville: The Peoria Rivermen, who led by three goals at one point, survived a comeback attempt by the Knoxville Ice Bears and clinched a 6-4 victory. Peoria led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Rivermen's Jake Trask scored on the power play at 17:55 in the second period to put Peoria up 5-2. The Rivermen got the win behind a great game by Jordan Sims, who had one goal and two assists. Sims scored 3:12 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Peoria. Matt Summers picked up the assist.

Peoria surpassed its usual scoring output this season. The Rivermen average 3.0 goals per game. By firing 42 shots on goal, Peoria exceeded the 28.8 shots it averages per game this year. Peoria also got points from Josh Harris, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Alex Hudson, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. Peoria also got a goal from Jason Cohen as well. More assists for Peoria came via Steve Morra, Mike Gurtler, and Paul Arnott, who contributed one each and Nick Schneider and Garrett Vermeersch, who each chipped in two. Knoxville's offense rang up 38 shots on the Rivermen's net.

The Ice Bears were led by Berkley Scott, who had two goals and two assists. Scott scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 7:37 into the first period to make the score 1-1. A hooking penalty on Schneider had put Knoxville on the power play. Ryan Salvis provided the assist. Scott's next tally on the power play made the score 5-3 Peoria with 1:43 left in the third period. The Ice Bears had gained a power play chance when Gurtler was whistled for roughing. Jarrett Rush picked up the assist. Knoxville additionally got points from Salvis, who also registered one goal and one assist. Peter Neal also scored for Knoxville. In addition, Knoxville received assists from Jake Johnson, who had two and Eric Satim and Josh Cousineau, who contributed one each. Kyle Rank rejected 34 shots on goal for Peoria. The Rivermen incurred 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Braely Torris made 36 saves for Knoxville on 41 shots. The Ice Bears totaled 19 minutes in penalty time with two minors and one major and went 2-for-4 on the power play. For Knoxville, Brett Valliquette was ejected from the game.


January 22, 2015 - Coach Craigen - Good morning STH's,

We will have two new bodies on our roster and in uniform this evening with veteran (F) Dennis Sicard signing a contract and a familiar returning player in (D) Ben Schoeneberger. Ben played 16 games with us last year as a utility forward before being moved to Huntsville for the 2nd half.... He has been playing (D) full time with Watertown of the Federal Hockey League this season and will bring us a solid, simple, strong style on the backend.

(G) Braely Torris will get the nod in net again as he looks to build on his SPHL rookie-leading 11 wins. Our officials this evening will be referee Andre Barone and linesmen Colin Gates & our old friend Brent Hooks.

With 12 games in our next 25 days including 4 weeks in a row of 3 in 3's, these first two home games without any travel are imperative to hold top spot in the standings.

With the departure of David Segal, I have named (D) Jason Price the 10th captain in Knoxville Ice Bears franchise history and I think he will wear the "C" proudly and embody everything we look for in a hockey player, just as David did.

See you all tonight, let's keep the energy high in this building. It's one accomplishment to get to the top spot but another to stay there and we will need your help to do that.The boys skated this morning for about 35-40 minutes (longer than usual to address a few specific areas for tonight) in preparation for hosting the Peoria Rivermen tonight.


January 19, 2015 - Coach Craigen - Good morning STH's and Happy Martin Luther King Day. I have a few roster moves to make you aware of today;

To finalize the Dennis Sicard transaction, we have sent rookie (D) Christian Weidauer to Peoria as the "future considerations" player required to complete the trade. This move is happening today because it was in the agreement to allow Christian to play the weekend before he was traded so we weren't short two defensemen.

I should also clarify some things with regard to the David Segal situation for you guys so that we're all on the same page for better or for worse. David did not retire, he is being released. This was not David's decision, it was a hockey decision that I made with the belief that it will make our team better. I don't expect all to agree with it and have 100% respect for all differing opinions. I spoke at length with David on Saturday morning to make him aware of the direction we were going and again Saturday evening before our game and while Seags' was disappointed with the decision, he understood better than anyone that it was part of the business that we have all chosen to be in.

Undoubtedly the toughest decision of my career and one that I gave many days of deliberation to, but also one that I firmly believe is the right one for this team. I was also disappointed that it had to be done as David is a close friend and former teammate of mine who I have worked with for the better part of his career and will miss greatly, but my job and obligation is to this team and not to any individual player.

The Ice Bears organization will absolutely plan something in the future to honor David's time with our team and all the things he has done and will continue to do for hockey in this city..... but that will not happen right now, nor could it have happened on Saturday as this situation needs time to progress. As I told the reporters in my office after the game Saturday; hockey is an amazing game and we all love being in this business, but it can also break your heart. I have and always will have the utmost respect for David Segal and things will never be the same without him.


January 17, 2015 - Knoxville vs Pensacola - Ice Bears Take Series to Lead SPHL - Dave Feather: The Knoxville Ice Bears have defeated the Pensacola Flyers by a score of 4-2, taking the weekend series and the lead in the SPHL standings in front of a gregarious crowd of 4,787 fans.

The first period of play started off physical and looked very similar to the conclusion of the Pensacola game the night prior when there was over 38 regulated minutes without a goal. Despite two power play opportunities for Knoxville and one for Pensacola, neither team was able to capitalize and turn the man advantage into points leading to a scoreless first period.

At the 4:48 mark into the second period, Pensacola found the net first with a shot by Nick McParland, but the Ice Flyers did not maintain the lead for long. Knoxville answered and scored a 28 seconds later, to tie the game up when Eric Satim placed the puck in the net for the 13th time this season with assists from Francis Drolet and Peter Neal. Robbie Donahoe put the Ice Bears back on top with a simple shot at net with an assist by Francis Drolet, giving the Ice Bears a one goal lead going into the third period.  Pensacola tied the game 1:09 into the final period of play, when Brett Lutes deflected the puck past Knoxville goalie, Braely Torris. Knoxville answered with a power play goal by Robbie Donahoe and soon after, a breakaway goal by Frankie Drolet making the Ice Bears lead 4-2.

With less than five minutes remaining, Pensacola sent a message that they had not given up when they scored a power play goal, off of a Robbie Donahoe interference call. However it wasn’t enough for the Ice Flyers as they were held the final four minutes of the game.


January 17, 2015 0 Coach Craigen: Good morning STH's, Hope you're all well and got a bit of sleep last night after an exciting win and great atmosphere. Most of the guys skated lightly for 20-25 minutes this morning and have already showered up and headed home for meals, rest, etc.

Our line-up will remain the same this evening for the 2nd half of this home set with Pensacola. (G) Braely Torris will start in net again and Stephen Thomson will lead the same officiating crew.

Obviously social media worked it's magic yesterday and news of us acquiring veteran (F) Dennis Sicard broke well before I had actually turned in the paperwork on the deal as Peoria's beat reporter leaked the information on Twitter. That led to tons of speculation and rumors before the deal was actually done and just an overall unprofessional situation. The veteran questions and roster moves will be made within the 72 hour deadline we have to add Dennis to our roster and out of respect for the players involved I am not going to answer any questions or discuss this situation further on this page. Thanks for your understanding in this area.

Moving forward, we are expecting a huge crowd tonight with tons of energy and a win will give us sole possession of first place in the SPHL, so I know the guys will be fired up and looking to follow up a great 60 minutes of work last night.


January 16, 2015 - Pensacla at Knoxville- The Knoxville Ice Bears took the lead against the Pensacola Ice Flyers in the first period and  maintained it until the end of the game to secure a tight 3-1 victory.

Berkley Scott provided Knoxville with the game-winning tally when he scored 2:24 into the first period. Jake Johnson assisted on the tally.  The Ice Bears were led by goalie Braely Torris, who finished with 39 saves while allowing one goal. Torris managed to improve on his goals against average, which stood at 2.66 prior to the game.

Knoxville was paced by Christian Weidauer, who racked up one goal. Weidauer scored on the power play 8:17 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Knoxville. The Ice Bears had gained a power play chance when Brett Beebe was whistled for tripping. Peter Neal provided the assist. Knoxville's penalty box was a popular destination as the team totaled six minors and one major for 37 minutes in penalty time. The total exceeded the 17.0 minutes per game the Ice Bears had been spending in the box.

Brett Valliquette also scored for Knoxville. Other players who recorded assists for Knoxville were Ryan Salvis and Francis Drolet, who contributed one each. Pensacola did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. The Ice Flyers average 3.5 goals per game. Knoxville was unable to stop Pensacola from sending pucks towards the net, and the Ice Flyers eventually piled up 40 shots on goal.

Pensacola was led by Nick McParland, who scored the team's only goal. McParland scored on the power play 19:30 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Knoxville. A verbal abuse of officials penalty on David Segal had put the Ice Flyers on the power play. Corey Banfield picked up the assist.  The Ice Bears registered one goal on four power play opportunities. For Knoxville, Segal was ejected from the game. Max Strang recorded 23 saves for Pensacola. The Ice Flyers totaled 15 minutes in penalty time with five minors and one major and went 1-for-5 on the power play.


January 16, 2015 - Coach Craigen: Good morning STH's, The boys skated for 35 minutes this morning and worked up a light sweat prior to our battle for first place with Pensacola this evening.

I have some wonderful news to pass along before we get to the hockey side of things; we have a brand new member of Ice Bear Nation! Our assistant coach and former Ice Bear Jamie Ronayne and his wife Nikki welcomed their 2nd child to the world last night. A beautiful, healthy baby boy. Both mommy and baby are doing great.

I also have some good news from the hockey front as (F) Francis Drolet has been returned to us by Wheeling/ECHL and will be in the lineup tonight. (F) David Segal has also been cleared from his IR stay and will be in the lineup as well. As usually is the case, when players are incoming.... it means players are outgoing. (F) Lucas Van Natter has been placed on waivers and (D) Bo Driscoll has been called up by Evansville/ECHL.

Stephen Thomson will be reffing both games for us this weekend with Nicholas Winkler and Joel Webster on the lines and rookie (G) Braely Torris will be our bodyguard of the braided barn tonight. I hope you're all as fired up as myself and boys are for this weekend and I can think of no better way to overtake first place then in front of two great weekend crowds.

Enjoy your day and see you guys tonight.


January 10, 2015 Knoxville @ Huntsville: Josh Cousineau gave the Knoxville Ice Bears a 2-1 (OT) victory over the Huntsville Havoc when he scored 1:14 into the extra period. Knoxville was led by goalie Braely Torris, who finished with 42 saves while allowing one goal. The solid play of Torris will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 2.79.

The Ice Bears were led by Cousineau, who registered one goal. Knoxville stifled Huntsville's power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Ice Bears put 24 shots on net during the contest, more than the 19.6 they average per game. Knoxville additionally got points from Eric Satim, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. More assists for Knoxville came via Robbie Donahoe, Jake Johnson, and Berkley Scott, who each chipped in one. The Havoc's offense rang up 43 shots on Knoxville's net. Huntsville was led by Matt Viola, who scored the team's only goal. Viola scored 13:22 into the second period to make the score 1-0 Huntsville. Corey Bellamy provided the assist.

The Ice Bears incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors. The Havoc's Jesse Kallechy stopped 22 shots out of the 24 that he faced. Huntsville incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors.


January 10, 2015 - Coach Craigen in Huntsville: Good afternoon STH's, (F) Ryan Salvis will not be dressed again this evening with a lower body injury suffered during the 2nd period on Thursday and will be questionable for next weekend as well, though I'm confident a week with Andy will have him close to ready. (F) Francis Drolet played his 3rd game for Wheeling of the ECHL last night and finished up with 1 shot on goal and a minus 1 rating. (F) Ben Power was a healthy scratch for the 5th game in a row on the Greenville/ECHL roster and he currently has 13 games played with 1 goal, 2 assists and a minus 1 rating since he left.

We will have the same officiating crew this evening, minus Andrew Howard who will move on to referee the Columbus game down the road tonight. Traditionally, the 3rd game of a 3 in 3 brings some heavy legs with it and penalties often have an impact on the game. Especially after only 3 powerplays were given out all night last night. Braely Torris will get the start in goal for us while Huntsville counters with former Ice Bear Jesse Kallechy. I thought our net drive and presence was excellent last night and led to all 3 goals and we will be reinforcing that as the foundation of our gameplan again tonight.

We had a fantastic turnout last night of loyal KIB fans in the building and I'm told it will be even stronger tonight. Our Ice Bear squirt travel team will be joining us on the bench for warmup and during the anthem tonight so there will be a strong showing of support for the guys yet again. Travel safe for any and all who are on the road today and we'll see you all at the Von Braun Center where they are expecting a crowd of over 6000 for their annual Melissa George fundraiser night.We held an optional skate this morning after spending the night in Huntsville after our game yesterday. About 9 players opted to take the ice with the rest doing some light stretching and some video work.


January 9, 2015 - Knoxville @ Huntsville - The game between the Knoxville Ice Bears and the Huntsville Havoc was tight through all 60 minutes, but in the end Knoxville emerged with a 3-2 win. Neither team gained more than a one-goal lead, and Lucas Van Natter's goal in the third period proved to be the difference maker.

The Ice Bears were led by Van Natter, who racked up one goal. Van Natter scored 5:26 into the third period to make the score 3-2 Knoxville. Robbie Donahoe picked up the assist. Knoxville's offense was clicking better than usual and put 36 shots on goal during the game, better than the 19.4 shots per game it averages. Others who scored for Knoxville included Berkley Scott and Peter Neal, who each put in one. Other players who recorded assists for Knoxville were Jake Johnson, Jason Price, Corey Fulton, and Eric Satim, who each chipped in one.

By firing 29 shots on goal, Huntsville exceeded the 25.1 shots it averages per game this year. The Havoc were led by Frank Schumacher, who tallied one goal and one assist. Schumacher scored 19:22 into the first period to make the score 2-1 Huntsville. Mark Anthoine assisted on the tally. Huntsville also got a goal from Stuart Stefan as well. In addition, Huntsville received assists from Matt Viola and Nick Wheeler, who contributed one each. Bryan Hince made 27 saves for the Ice Bears on 29 shots. Knoxville incurred six minutes in penalty time with three minors. Kevin Genoe rejected 33 shots on goal for Huntsville. The Havoc incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors.


January 8, 2015 - Dave Feather - The Knoxville Ice Bears fell victim to the Huntsville Havoc 4-2 in front of a chilly crowd of 2,472. Huntsville jumped out to an early lead just 4:07 of the first period when Luke Greiner was awarded a goal after it appeared to have rang off the spot where the post and crossbar.  The Ice Bears bounced back less than 80 seconds later when newly acquired Jake Johnson scored off a nice wrist shot – Robbie Donahoe and Christian Weidauer assisted on Johnson’s first professional goal.

Mark Anthoine put the Havoc back up just one minute later when he scored off the Havoc’s third shot of the game. The Ice Bears headed into the locker room down by one after 20 minutes of play. The second period Knoxville looked to rebound but it was the Havoc who rattled off two more goals to increase their lead to 4-1. 

The Ice Bears managed to score the only goal in the final frame but it wasn’t until there were 22 seconds remaining the game and Knoxville’s fate was all but sealed at 4-2.


January 8,, 2015 - Coach Craigen - Good morning STH's,

We will have a very brief skate this morning leading up to our 3 game week vs Huntsville. Along with execution and hard work, this 3 game set will also be a battle of health and getting rest for both teams. Our line-up will be a little different than last weekend with the addition of two new F's in Brett Valliquette who will wear #16 and Jake Johnson who will wear #8.

We're going to try Jason Price at center tonight after the departure of Vince Perreault and judging by what he's shown in practice this week, I think the move (along with the additions) will bring a refreshing level of intensity and physicality to our forward group. (G) Braely Torris will get the start in goal, as we'll need to utilize both our goalies with 3 games in 3 nights and we plan to use Braely as our primary goaltender moving forward if his strong, consistent play continues.

Andrew Howard will handle the officiating for this evenings game and the heat at the Coliseum is working, so we'll see you guys tonight.


January 6, 2015 - Coach Craigen - Good morning STH's,

I also have a couple of additions to our roster to make you aware of as we all ...know that our roster has been depleted lately. I have signed (F) free agent Jake Johnson and (F) Brett Valliquette (151 games as an Ice Bear previously) and they will both be joining the team immediately. Jake was a 4-year collegiate athlete at Northern Michigan/NCAA and was in camp with Pensacola this season. He's a hard-working, speedy forward who should help with our puck pressure and forecheck.

Brett should be no stranger to anyone as he spent his entire career here before being traded to Mississippi last season in an attempt to shake up our roster mid-season. He has been playing professionally in Sweden this year and is ecstatic to rejoin the club. Brett plays an extremely physical style and will make the Coliseum a lot less friendly for opposing teams. Love him or hate him, he will bring some passion and enthusiasm that if managed properly, can be very effective.

Enjoy the rest of your week guys.Wanted to stop by and invite everyone to Planet Beach in Turkey Creek tonight for another of our Skates & Skirts mixer events. Some of the boys were there yesterday learning the ropes on the massage tables and some of Planet Beach's other toys to get ready for this evening. Should be a pretty fun time and Planet Beach is a new sponsor of ours, so we're expecting a good turnout.


January 5, 2015 - Coach Craigen - Good afternoon all,  (F) Vince Perreault has decided to leave the team and retire from professional hockey. This brings our roster down to 16 as (D) Jon Marshall was only a temporary fill-in for home games when we needed an extra body.

We currently have 2 goalies, 8 forwards and 6 defensemen. I will continue to keep you posted on any transactions that
develop as I attempt to keep our cupboard stocked and our roster (F) Francis Drolet will remain in Wheeling for this week as they have 4 games in 5 nights coming up. (F) Ben Power - who has been a healthy scratch for the past 3 games in Greenville - is still on their active roster despite not being used. (F) Mitchell Good is at home in Ontario and though the door is open for him to join us, he may also be retiring from professional hockey.

(D) Brad Pawlowski will return to contact this week in practice and possibly be available to us this weekend.
(D) Lucas Schramm will be visting our DR this week to potentially be cleared from his injury. (F) David Segal will be eligible to return from the IR on Tuesday, January 13th.


January 3, 2015 - Knoxville vs Peoria - Dave Feather The Knoxville Ice Bears defeated the Peoria Rivermen 4-3 in front of an vivacious crowd of 3,980.

Ice Bears forward Peter Neal made a statement to the fans when he scored twice in the first period to put the Rivermen down 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. Between the two markers were two fights – both at the 6:26 mark of the period.  Alex Hudson of Peoria squared off with Ryan Hill to initiate the stoppage.  Peoria’s Denis Sicard tussled with former Riverman and newly acquired Jarret Rush at the drop of the puck to resume play at the same time on the clock.

Ice Bears looked to take a commanding lead when Berkley Scott dazzled the crowd with a break away off a Ryan Salvis pass at 8:34 of the middle frame.  Five minutes later the Rivermen showed signs of life when Michael Slowikowski delivered and unassisted goal at 13:42 of the period.

Knoxville Ice Bears entered the final period of play with a two goal lead, Lucas Van Natter scored his first professional goal and the eventual game winner at 4:39.  The Rivermen were going to go out swinging as they were able to beat Ice Bears netminder Braley Torris twice within 70 seconds to put the pressure on the home team.

Determined to end the weekend on a high note, the Ice Bears tightened up significantly in the final 8:45 of the game for the 4-3 win and a split the two game series with the Rivermen.


January 2, 2015 - Knoxville Peoria- In a game where neither team could get a cushion, the Peoria Rivermen escaped with a 4-2 victory over the Knoxville Ice Bears.

Peoria gained the winning advantage on a goal by Steve Morra 6:13 into the second period and hung on until final buzzer. The Rivermen were led by Alec Hagaman, who finished with one goal and one assist. Hagaman scored 15:01 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Peoria. Paul Arnott assisted on the tally.

Peoria additionally got points from Morra, who also had one goal and one assist. Others who scored for Peoria included Josh Harris and Jordan Sims, who scored one goal each. In addition, Peoria received assists from Dennis Sicard and Matt Summers, who each chipped in one. With 27 shots on target during the contest, Knoxville exceeded the 22.0 shots it averages per game this year.

The Ice Bears were helped by
Eric Satim, who registered one goal. Satim scored on the power play 2:15 into the second period to make the score 1-1. Knoxville had gotten the advantage when Peoria's Ben Oskroba was sent off for boarding. Peter Neal picked up the assist. Knoxville also got points from Neal, who also racked up one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. More assists for Knoxville came via Bo Driscoll, Vince Perreault, and Ryan Salvis, who contributed one each.

Kyle Rank recorded 25 saves for the Rivermen. Peoria incurred 12 minutes in penalty time with six minors. The Ice Bears' starting goalie, Bryan Hince, made 16 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Braely Torris, who stopped six shots. Knoxville incurred eight minutes in penalty time with four minors.


January 2, 2015 - Coach Craigen  - Good morning STH's and Happy New Year from myself and the gang.

The boys skated for 30 minutes lightly this morning in preparation for our game tonight vs the Peoria Rivermen. It is no secret that PEO had our number in 2014..... thankfully, it is no longer 2014 and the guys have worked extremely hard this week to get our game to where it needs to be.

Unfortunately our win tonight will not be without challenges; (F) Francis Drolet has been recalled again by Wheeling/ECHL and will be gone for the foreseeable future. (F) Peter Neal will be slotted into his spot on the top line with Eric Satim & Ryan Salvis.

With our roster down to 17, I have added another large-bodied defenseman to help us take care of business in our end and during shortman situations. (D) Jon Marshall will join us and be wearing #8 this evening.

Enjoy the game this evening guys.


December 30, 2014 - Fayetteville Observer -  In November, the Fayetteville FireAntz took part in the first game in which female referees called the shots in an SPHL game. With Erin Blair and Katie Guay in charge, the Antz lost in overtime, 5-4, at Columbus, and the Cottonmouths' Shannon Szabados, the league's only female goalie, got the victory. The homestanding Cottonmouths were awarded nine power-play opportunities in that game while the FireAntz had five.

When the Cottonmouths visit the Crown Coliseum on Jan. 9 to take on the Antz, Blair will again be on the ice and will be paired with another female referee, Jamie Huntley. FireAntz GM Kevin MacNaught said he had spoken with Columbus coach/GM Jerome Bechard about the contest, and said the Bechard indicated that he will start Szabados.
 

Blair, who played NCAA Div. I women's hockey at the University of Findlay in Ohio, has extensive experience officiating the game. She worked the gold medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, where Canada - with Szabados in net - beat the United States. She's a full-time physical education teacher at an elementary school in her home state of Illinois.
 

Huntley is a native of southern California who played collegiately for New York's Elmira College. (She scored 40 points in 30 games as a senior for the Soaring Eagles in the 2008-09 season - the same season that FireAntz center John Clewlow was a freshman for Elmira's men's team.) Huntley also has extensive international experience, including this year's women's world championships in Malmo, Sweden - the hometown of last year's FireAntz goalie Peter Skoggard. Huntley is a police officer in San Diego.


December 27, 2014 - Dave Feather - The Knoxville Ice Bears fall to the Fayetteville FireAntz 2-1 in a shootout in front of a raucous crowd of 4,057 but end the week by securing 5 of a possible 6 points in the standings.

Knoxville’s Berkley Scott continued his torrid scoring pace when he notched his fifth goal in three games when he beat Fayetteville’s netminder Kevin Murdock off a precision play from defenseman Ryan Hill at 14:37 of the first period.  Knoxville looked to increase their lead to 2-0 when Scott was awarded a penalty shot with 45 seconds remaining in the period but Murdock was equal to the task to keep the Antz in the game.

Fayetteville looked to take charge in the second period as they outshot the Ice Bears 13-5 and scored the only goal of the period when Randy Cameron beat Ice Bears goaltender Bryan Hince at 11:51 of the second period. 

The teams entered the third tied at 1 and despite numerous opportunities from both teams, it looked as if it would take an extra period to decide the winner.  The three-on-three overtime format provided a bevy of chances for each team in the bonus period, but both netminders held steadfast forcing the game to be decided in a shootout.

Murdock shut the door by stopping all four shooters for the Ice Bears and Fayetteville’s Trever Hertz and Jan Safar each scored to secure the extra point in the standings for the FireAntz.


December 27, 2014 - Coach Craigen - Good afternoon STH's and happy Saturday.

I hope this post finds everyone relaxing and winding down from the holidays - or stressed out recovering from them - whatever mode you're in. We arrived home from Fayetteville this morning around 6:00 and skipped our morning skate so the guys could get home and grab some more sleep. We'll be playing our 6th game in 10 days tonight and have been short-staffed for many of them, so the guys are definitely on the grind right now and we're trying to manage games and minutes the best we can to get wins.

(F) Vince Perreault will be a gametime decision after missing yesterday due to illness. (G) Bryan Hince will get the start in net after a great road performance from Braely last night. Andrew Howard and the same officiating crew will be in charge of regulating the rules to the best of their ability tonight and there will be some honorable KIB alumni in the building to take in the action including Mark Van Vliet, Jeremy Klaver and Sir Mark Atnip. The boys will be digging deep tonight after a crazy stretch of travel and games, but they love playing at home in front of their fans and I know they've got enough left in the tank for the Christmas sweep.

Enjoy the game guys.


December 26, 2014 - Fayetteville - Knoxville got only one shot on goal in overtime against Fayetteville on Friday night, but that was all the Ice Bears needed. Berkley Scott earned a hat trick with his extra-session goal, and Knoxville (14-7-1) remained unbeaten against the Antz in five Southern Professional Hockey League meetings with a 3-2 victory. The teams will play for the third time this week tonight in Knoxville. Scott provided the game-tying goal with 7:21 remaining in the third period and then netted the game winner at 2:15 of overtime after taking a pass from Ryan Salvis on a 2-on-1 breakaway. "I was fortunate enough to go to my backhand and raise the puck a little bit and get it past" Antz goalie Kevin Murdock, Scott said. "They came down with an odd-man rush, and I was actually tired, slouching back, getting lazy, and fortunately the puck came up the boards, and Ryan made a good 2-on-1 pass. . He knows how to find guys - he's a great playmaker."

There wasn't much Murdock could do to stop Scott, though he waited until the last possible second to dive to the ice to try to deny him. "When you're coming into the scoring area with that much speed, the goalie's got to make the first move," Antz coach Emery Olauson said after his team dropped to 7-8-5.

An even sharper pass in the third allowed Scott to race in uncontested for the game-tying score. Just as he emerged from the penalty box after a two-minute stay for holding, Scott took a pass near center ice, sped into the offensive zone and ripped a 25-foot shot over Murdock's right shoulder. Bo Driscoll was credited with the assist, but Scott said the laser-like pass came from Christian Weidauer. "You always hope for that pass but it usually doesn't end up working out like that," Scott said. "I don't know if he was looking for me or knew I was coming out of the box, but he made a great pass right on my tape. I just put my head down and tried to shoot it as hard as I could. Read More


December 26, 2014 - Coach Craigen - Good morning STH's. I hope you've all had a very Merry Christmas and got to spend it with those you had hoped to.  We are back on the road to Fayetteville again this morning - departing Knoxville around 8:30 this morning - in search of another "W" at the Crown Coliseum.

Due to our 6 games in 10 days through the Holidays, the guys weren't able to get home for Christmas this year and we celebrated it together yesterday with dinner and a gift exchange at my place. Aside from a small grease fire in the oven and some mediocre gravy, it was a good time had by all and we're trying to squeeze whatever holiday spirit we can out of this ridiculous week of scheduling.  We will be skating 2 men short tonight in Fayetteville with (F) Vince Perreault out due to illness and our overall roster still short a player after the Tolles trade. (It's extremely challenging to bring players in on short notice this time of year as I'm sure you can imagine)...... we also have several players battling a virus of some sort that seems to be slowly working it's way around.

Braely Torris will get the start in goal tonight with Bryan Hince going tomorrow at home. Andrew Howard will be working both tonight and tomorrow as well with Nick Winkler and Colin Gates on the lines. Enjoy the game online if you're watching and we'll see everyone tomorrow back home.


December 23, 2015 - Fayetteville - Eric Satim was all over the ice for the Knoxville Ice Bears, as he tallied two goals in Knoxville's 4-1 win over the Fayetteville FireAntz. Satim's tallies came on the power play at 11:54 into the second period to make the score 1-1 and on the power play 12:45 into the second to make the score 2-1 Knoxville.
Fayetteville was stymied by the Ice Bears' netminder Bryan Hince, who stopped 33 shots during the victory. The solid play of Hince will be reflected in his goals against average, which pre-game was 3.16. Knoxville's offense was clicking better than usual and put 37 shots on goal during the game, better than the 24.0 shots per game it averages.

Knoxville additionally got points from Berkley Scott, who also racked up one goal and one assist and Josh Cousineau, who also tallied one goal and one assist. More assists for Knoxville came via Peter Neal, who had two and Jason Price, Ryan Salvis, and Francis Drolet, who each chipped in one. By firing 34 shots on goal, the FireAntz exceeded the 26.6 shots they average per game this year.

Fayetteville was led by Trever Hertz, who scored the team's only goal. Hertz scored on the power play 15:35 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Fayetteville. A hooking penalty on Neal had put the FireAntz on the power play. Kyle McNeil provided the assist. The Ice Bears incurred four minutes in penalty time with two minors. Sean Bonar rejected 33 shots on goal for Fayetteville. The FireAntz incurred 40 minutes in penalty time with five minors. Fayetteville ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Tyler Sheldrake was ejected from the game.


 December 23, 2015 - Coach Craigen in Fayetteville - Good afternoon from scenic Fayetteville, North Carolina.It's currently a dreary 45 degrees with an all day drizzle set in, making this Christmas Holiday in the SPHL yet another to remember fondly!

We traveled through the night and arrived this morning around 8:30 prior to jumping onto the ice for a quick 30 minute morning skate. As usually is the case in Fayetteville, it was not without hiccup. The ice at the Crown Coliseum has not been rebuilt sufficiently since Disney on Ice rolled through town and there are several spots where the surface is melted down to the concrete. We're being told it will be ready for gametime but our morning skate included some pylons and buckets placed over the concrete spots. I also have a couple of roster moves to fill you in on before we play the Fire Antz 3 times in 5 days;

(F) David Segal has been placed on the 30-day IR due to the injury he suffered in Peoria on December 13th. To fill his roster spot (F) Josh Cousineau has been activated and will play on a line with Berkley Scott and Peter Neal tonight. Bryan Hince will get the start in net tonight, we will roll 5 D on the backside and Stephen Thomson will be our head official for the 7:35 puck drop.

MERRY CHRISTMAS GUYS! We are grumpy and ready to grind out another road win


December 20, 2014 - Knoxville (Dave Feather) - The road wary Ice Bears were playing their third game in three nights and could not wait to match the fresher Cottonmouths this evening.  Knoxville ended up falling 6-2.

Knoxville hosted 3,809 holiday ready fans for Pucks and Princesses night, where little girls from all around the region dressed in their favorite princess dresses.  The Ice Bears donned special Knight themed jerseys and were not able to fend off the Snakes attack.  Columbus’ Shawn Bates notched the first two goals of the game to put Knoxville in a 2-0 hole.  Knoxville was able to bounce back when Francis Drolet scored at 11:58 to cut the lead in half.  Just 90 seconds later, Columbus’ Mike Switzer put another marker on the board to maintain the two goal lead.

Eric Satim was able to draw the Ice Bears within striking distance when he scored an unassisted goal just 45 seconds after Switzer’s strike.  Cottonmouths’ forward Matt Gingera finished the scoring for the second period.  Knoxville trailed 4-2 after 40 minutes of play. Read More


December 19, 2014 - Columbus, Georgia -   After 10 games and over a month of hockey, the Columbus Cottonmouths' winning streak is history. A Mike Henderson slap shot at the 6:25 mark of the third period proved to be the game-winner as the Knoxville Ice Bears blew a two-goal lead before holding on for a 3-2 win over the Snakes Friday night at the Columbus Civic Center.

"We were sloppy in the neutral zone tonight," said Snakes coach Jerome Bechard, whose 10-game win streak was third-longest in Southern Professional Hockey League history. "All of their goals came off of rushes and turnovers in the neutral zone. That said, we still had missed opportunities and scoring chances we could have converted and possibly won this game."

The Snakes' 10-game run came up one game short of tying the franchise record of 11 straight victories set during the 2005-06 season. The Snakes can still tie a franchise record for consecutive road wins (five) with a victory tonight in Knoxville. The Ice Bears (12-6-1) came into Friday's game on the heels of a 5-3 loss to Mississippi in Knoxville Thursday night, but they got on the board first at 5:31 when Berkley Scott put a shot past Shannon Szabados to give Knoxville a 1-0 lead.


Knoxville’s David Segal  Knoxville’s David Segal has been suspended two games for a hit on Peoria goaltender Kyle Rank in Game 70, Knoxville at Peoria, played on Saturday, December 13. Segal will miss Knoxville’s games against Mississippi on December 18 and Columbus on December 19.

Knoxville’s Mike Craigen Knoxville Head Coach Mike Craigen has been suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions in Game 70, Knoxville at Peoria, played on Saturday, December 13, in which he threw a water bottle onto the ice during play. Craigen will miss Knoxville’s game against Mississippi on December 18.


December 13, 2014 - Peoria - The Peoria Rivermen pulled out a 3-2 (OT) overtime victory over the Knoxville Ice Bears on a clutch goal by Alex Hudson. Hudson had two goals to lead Peoria to victory. Hudson's tallies came at 19:40 into the third period to make the score 2-2 and 4:14 into the fourth to make the score 3-2 Peoria. The Rivermen were often in penalty trouble, totaling 10 minors and two majors for 60 minutes in penalty time. Peoria had been averaging 25.0 minutes in penalties per game. With 37 shots on target during the contest, the Rivermen exceeded the 25.1 shots they average per game this year.

Peoria also got a goal from Jake Trask as well. In addition, Peoria received assists from Nick Schneider, who had two and Michael Slowikowski, Dan Bremner, and Josh Harris, who each chipped in one. Knoxville racked up the penalties in the contest, and ended with six minors and one major for 27 minutes in penalty time. The Ice Bears surpassed its season average of 19.0 penalty minutes per game. Knoxville's penalty kill was spotless, allowing no goals on three Peoria power plays. The Ice Bears relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as Francis Drolet, Mike Henderson and Eric Satim took 21 of the team's 39 shots.

Knoxville was helped by Peter Neal, who tallied one goal. Neal scored on the power play 12:04 into the third period to make the score 2-1 Knoxville. An interference penalty on Harris had put the Ice Bears on the power play. Berkley Scott picked up the assist. More assists for Knoxville came via Jason Price and Ryan Salvis, who contributed one each. Kyle Rank made 37 saves for Peoria on 39 shots. The Rivermen ran into serious disciplinary problems during the contest, and Tyler Amburgey was ejected from the game. Knoxville's Braely Torris stopped 34 shots out of the 37 that he faced. The Ice Bears registered two goals on 10 power play opportunities.


December 12, 2014 - Peoria - The Peoria Rivermen survived a determined comeback attempt by the Knoxville Ice Bears on the way to a 3-2 win. A goal by Tyler Amburgey put Peoria up 3-0 in the second period, but Knoxville pulled to within one on Peter Neal's tally 1:00 into the third period. Amburgey was all over the ice for the Rivermen, as he finished with two goals in the win.

Peoria put up an impenetrable defensive front on the penalty kill, and did not allow the Ice Bears to score on any of their three power plays. The Rivermen got an offensive boost from their blueliners, who contributed two goals during the game. By firing 35 shots on goal, Peoria exceeded the 24.4 shots it averages per game this year. Peoria additionally got points from Dan Bremner, who also grabbed one goal and one assist. More assists for Peoria came via Alec Hagaman, who had two and Alex Hudson and Ben Warda, who contributed one each.

Knoxville was helped by David Segal, who tallied one goal. Segal scored 19:29 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Peoria. Jason Price assisted on the tally. In addition, Knoxville received assists from Berkley Scott, Ryan Salvis, and Eric Satim, who each chipped in one. The Rivermen's Kyle Rank stopped 24 shots out of the 26 that he faced. Peoria totaled 20 minutes in penalty time with five minors and two majors and went 1-for-2 on the power play. The Ice Bears' starting goalie, Bryan Hince, made 13 saves and finished with the loss before he was taken out in favor of Braely Torris, who stopped 19 shots. Knoxville ended with 18 minutes in penalty time with four minors and two majors.


December 12, 2014 - Coach Craigen - Good afternoon STH's,

We traveled through the night and arrived in Peoria, IL today to a dreary and cold morning up North. The boys skated for about 30 minutes this morning and we did some video to conclude our final preparations for our game vs Peoria tonight. We are confident we've made the necessary adjustments to our game and along with staying disciplined and at even strength or better for the majority of the game I think we will like the results when all is said and done.

Bo Driscoll is unable to make his return to the line-up after the neck injury last weekend and we will skate with 5 D yet again. I don't mind 5 D for a 2 game weekend and actually think our 5 sometimes manages the minutes well and barring injury we should be fine with extra workload.  Bryan Hince will start in goal and Michael Sheehan will handle the officiating for both games this weekend.

Fun and telling stat for the weekend: In 5 games thus far vs Peoria, the Ice Bears have taken 31 minor penalties. In 10 games thus far vs everyone else, the Ice Bears have taken just 30 minor penalties.

If this changes, the results will too. Enjoy the game everyone and Happy Holidays!


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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