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Justin MacDonald Scores on the Power Play to Stake Knoxville to a 2-1 Lead over Pensacola on Friday.
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Knoxville’s Road Woes Continue in Fayetteville.
December 4, 2022
Knoxville’s road woes continued in Fayetteville Sunday as they suffered their first shut out loss of the season, 0-3 to the Marksmen. Fayetteville tallied on 2-3 power plays, as the Ice Bears tried to cope without several of their top line players. Kristian Stead had 25 saves on 28 Fayetteville shots.
Knoxville Loses First Game of Six Game Road Stint.
December 1, 2022
The Ice Bears dropped the first of their six game road stint 2-3 in Roanoke. The game featured three game misconducts and a rare goalie fight, as Knoxville accumulated 50 penalty minutes. Dean Balsamo and Justin MacDonald each had a goal for the Ice Bears. Newcomer Trevor Babin saved 38/41 shots before getting tossed in the third period following a run-in with Roanoke Goalie Austyn Roudebush. Kristian Stead finished the game with 4/4 saves. Game Summary.
Booster Club Holding Jersey Raffle From Now 'til Christmas.
November 26, 2022
The Booster Club is conducting a raffle of a team-signed warm up jersey from last season. These jerseys were highly regarded as the most attractive of the year. It is number 47, with no name plate.
Tickets are $5.00 each or three for $10.00. They may be purchased at the Booster Club Table next to Section T. The drawing will be held during the second intermission on December 26. Enter early and often and make someone’s Christmas truly special.
Ice Bears Drop Another Shootout at Home.
November 26, 2022
After leading most of the game, Knoxville gave up two goals in quick succession to fall behind Pensacola 2-3 in the third period. Brady Fleurent tied it with 15 seconds left to force the overtime and eventual shootout. Knoxville could not complete the parlay, however, as only Cameron Hough could manage a shootout goal to match his two in regulation. Newcomer Alec Calvaruso stopped 38/41 Ice Flyers shots on goal. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Ground Ice Flyers
4-2 at Home.
November 25, 2022
After falling behind early, Knoxville dominated the remainder of the game with a solid 4-2 win over Pensacola at home. Dean Balsamo scored a rebound wraparound to knot the score at one in the first period. Justin MacDonald added a power play goal. Jagger Williamson added his first goal as an Ice Bear in the second. Brady Fleurent iced it with an empty netter in the third. Jimmy Poreda got the win in goal with 30 saves. Game Summary.
Knoxville Upends Roanoke 2-1 in Overtime for Second Straight Road Win.
November 23, 2022
Knoxville claimed its second straight road win Wednesday in Roanoke, with a come from behind 2-1 effort in overtime. Justin MacDonald tied it at one apiece at 1:56 of the final stanza. Kyler Mathews got his second goal of the year for the game winner in overtime. Jimmy Poreda stopped 34 of 35 shots for the win. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Win 5-3 in Macon.
November 19, 2022
Despite yielding two shorthanded goals, Knoxville prevailed 5-3 over the Mayhem Sunday in Macon. Goals by Cameron Hough, Rex Moe, Brett Beauvais, and Justin MacDonald paced Knoxville’s scoring. Cole McKechney added a shorthanded insurance goal late in the third period to seal the win. Kristian Stead had 36 saves in the winning effort. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Drop Heartbreaker in Shootout.
November 18, 2022
Nick Pryce scored two goals for the Ice Bears, including the game-tying goal in the third period. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Peoria Rivermen claimed their second straight win in Knoxville. Alec Hagaman and Ben Assad had shootout goals for the win, as only Razmuz Waxin-Engback managed a shootout tally for Knoxville. Justin MacDonald had the other goal in regulation for the Ice Bears. Jimmy Poreda had 12 of 15 saves in the first two periods. Kristian Stead saved all 9 shots he faced in the third period and overtime. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Can’t Hold Early Lead; Fall to Peoria at Home.
November 17, 2022
Knoxville jumped out to an early lead against Peoria Thursday in Knoxville, but could not hold on as the Rivermen scored twice in the third period to win 3-2. Brett Beauvais and Dean Balsamo had staked the Ice Bears to a two goal lead within the first seven minutes. Knoxville could do no further damage, while Peoria scored three straight goals for the win. Kristian Stead had 24 saves in goal for Knoxville. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Outlast Bulls in Birmingham
November 11, 2022
Knoxville held on for a 5-4 win in Birmingham on Friday night. The teams traded goals until the Ice Bears took a 5-3 lead heading in to the third period. Birmingham added one late but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Bears. Brady Fleurent added two more goals to his league lead. Andrew Bellant, Razmuz Waxin-Engback, and Kyler Matthews also scored. Kristian Stead saved 36 of 40 shots for the win. Game Summary.
Knoxville Suffers First Home Loss of the Season 1-3.
November 5, 2022
The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs defeated Knoxville for the third straight time over two seasons, 3-1 in Knoxville on Saturday. The loss was Knoxville’s first at home this season. Andrew Bellant had the lone goal for the Ice Bears. Jimmy Poreda saved 27 of 30 Roanoke shots in the losing effort. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Defeat Mayhem 3-2 at Home.
November 4, 2022
Brady Fleurent continued his torrid pace to start the season with two goals to lead Knoxville to a 3-2 win over Macon at home. Justin MacDonald assisted on both Fleurent goals and scored the game winner on a beautiful feed from Dean Balsamo. Kristian Stead stopped 19 of 21 Macon shots. Macon remained winless on the season. Game Summary.
Stead Saves 60 in Birmingham; Bellant Scores Hat Trick.
October 29, 2022
Kristian Stead saved 60 of 61 Birmingham shots to lead Knoxville to a 4-1 win in Birmingham. Andrew Bellant scored the hat trick in his second game back this season, the third goal coming on an empty netter. Justin MacDonald had the other Ice Bears’ tally. Knoxville claimed a share of first place in the SPHL standings with the win. Game Summary.
Ouderkirk Nets Two to Pace Ice Bears.
October 28, 2022
Brett Ouderkirk netted two early goals to pace Knoxville to a 5-2 win over visiting Fayetteville on Friday. The Ice Bears built a 5-0 lead with additional goals from Brady Fleurent, Justin MacDonald, and Razmuz Waxin-Engback before the Marksmen added two late goals. Jimmy Poreda had 25 saves in his season debut. Game Summary.
Booster Club Membership Special Offer.
October 25, 2022
The Booster Club is running a special for new memberships from now until November 5. Family memberships will be $40 (normally $50) and single memberships will be $25 (normally $30). The Membership application can be found at the link below. Just mail it in or bring it to a game. Come join the Team Behind the Team!!
Knoxville Suffers First Loss of the Season 3-4 in Evansville.
October 22, 2022
The Ice Bears suffered their first loss of the season, dropping the back end of the home & home weekend series with Evansville. After Knoxville lead early, the Bolts built a two goal lead in the third. Brett Ouderkirk had two goals for the Ice bears, but they could not overcome the deficit. Brady Fleurent had his third goal of the weekend for the other tally. Tom Aubrun had 37 saves in 41 shots in goal for Knoxville. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Net Three Third Period Goals to Claim the Season Opener over Evansville.
October 21, 2022
Knoxville netted three third period goals for the come from behind win in the season opener. After spotting Evansville two early goals, Captain Justin MacDonald scored the first goal of the season late in the second period. Cole McKechney tied it at 7:42 of the third before veteran Brady Fleurent got the game winner a minute later. Fleurent added an insurance goal to ice the win. Kristian Stead stopped 23 of 25 shots in goal. Game Summary.
Captains Named for 2022-2023 Season.
October 18, 2022
Ice Bears Head Coach Brent Clarke named his team captain and two alternate captains for the 2022-23 season on Monday. Forward Justin MacDonald will serve as captain while winger Dino Balsamo and defenseman Brett Beauvais will be the alternate captains for Clarke’s first season as Knoxville’s bench boss. . . . Read More.
Timothy Abbott Is Knoxville's New Equipment Manager.
August 31, 2022
The Knoxville Ice Bears have hired Timothy Abbott as the team’s new equipment manager. Abbott has over 30 years of experience as an equipment manager for professional sports teams, primarily ice hockey and football. . . . Read More.
Knoxville Hires Former Assistant Brent Clarke as New Head Coach.
August 24, 2022
The Knoxville Ice Bears have agreed to terms with Brent Clarke to be the organization’s seventh head coach in franchise history. Clarke comes to Knoxville from Watertown in the FPHL where he led the Wolves to the Commissioner’s Cup as the league’s 2022 playoff champion. He also won a title as the team’s head coach in 2015. He was named the league’s Coach of the Year in each of those seasons. . . . Read More.
Ice Bears Head Coach Jeff Carr Resigns to become Norfolk Assistant.
August 11, 2022
Knoxville Ice Bears head coach Jeff Carr has been hired by the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL as the team’s new assistant coach. Carr concludes his tenure in Knoxville with a 151-83-24 (.631%) record, the 2021-22 Coach of the Year Award and the 2021-22 William B. Coffey Trophy as the Southern Professional Hockey League’s regular season champions. . . Read more.
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The Knoxville Ice Bears Booster Club (“KIBBC”) is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to assisting with the needs of players and the families of the Knoxville Ice Bears Hockey Team. We are a caring and enthusiastic group who hold fundraisers throughout the year to support our mission of making Knoxville a great place for the players to call home. We strive to make the members of the Knoxville Ice Bears as comfortable as possible during their time in Knoxville, to make them feel welcome in our community, and to introduce and promote hockey and the Ice Bears to the City of Knoxville and its surrounding areas.
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