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JB Baker Takes a Pass From Joey Strada and Puts it Home for Knoxville's First Goal Sunday Against Evansville.
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Ice Bears Dominate Bobcats Again 5-1.
January 22, 2022
Knoxville continued its dominance over Vermilion County with a 5-1 win Saturday at home. Dean Balsamo, Joey Strada,
Anthony McVeigh, Sam Turner, and
Jared Nash had goals for Knoxville. Evan Moyse was 1:35 short of a shutout, stopping 29 Vermilion shots. Game Summary.
Knoxville Comes from Behind to Beat Fayetteville 5-3.
January 21, 2022
In his first game back in Knoxville this season, Brady Fleurent scored two goals, including the game winner, to lead Knoxville’s comeback win over Fayetteville. Stepan Timofeyev came off IR to add two goals as well. JB Baker added an EN goal to round out the scoring for Knoxville. Evan Moyse had 26 saves in the win. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Skate Past Thunderbolts 3-1.
January 16, 2022
JB Baker scored this game-tying goal in the second period Sunday against Evansville. Jared Nash netted the game-winner in the third, followed by Kasey Kulczycki’s insurance goal 51 seconds later. Evan Moyse stopped 17 of 18 Thunderbolts shots for the win in net. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Suffer First Overtime Loss in Macon, 4-3.
January 15, 2022
Knoxville lost its first overtime game of the season 4-3 in Macon. They gave up a two-goal lead as the second period expired, and a one-goal lead in the third period to forge the overtime. Razmuz Waxin-Engback had two goals to pace the Bears, to go with one by JB Baker. Evan Moyse took his first loss as an Ice Bear, stopping 30 of 34 Macon shots. Game Summary.
Knoxville Wins Overtime Thriller in Macon 6-5.
January 14, 2022
Kasey Kulczycki got his first goal as an Ice Bear 1:01 into the ovetime to give Knoxville the win. Sam Turner, JB Baker, Dean Moore, Razmuz Waxin-Engback, and Dean Balsamo had goals in regulation. Kristian Stead got the win with 30 of 35 saves. Game Summary.
Stead Stuns Havoc with Shootout Shut Down.
January 11, 2022
Kristian Stead shut down Huntsville's shootout efforts to lead the Ice Bears to a 2-1 victory over the Havoc. It was Knoxville's second straight win in Hunstville. Stead stopped 30/31 shots in regulation and overtime to go with the 5 in the shootout. Jared Nash took a rink wide stretch pass from JB Baker for Knoxville's lone goal in regulation. Stefan Brucato got Knoxville's only shootout goal for the game winner. Game Summary.
Ice Bears use Workmanlike Effort to Defeat Vermilion County.
January 8, 2022
The Ice Bears went to work early Saturday night, scoring twice in the first 3 minutes to coast to a 4-1 win over Vermilion County. Anthony McVeigh had two goals to go with one each from Dean Balsamo and JB Baker. Kristian Stead stopped 18 of 19 Vermilion shots, including the breakaway shown above. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Beat Pensacola on a Foggy Night in Knoxville.
January 1, 2022
The Ice Bears cut through the fog on the rink to beat Pensacola 3-0 at home on New Year's night. Jared Nash and Joey Strada netted their first goals as Ice Bears. JB Baker scored his customary empty netter. Evan Moyse got the shutout win with 21 saves. Game Summary.
Knoxville Shoots Down Ice Flyers 4-3 in New Year's Eve Win.
December 31, 2021
Knoxville rang in the new year with its second straight home shootout, a 4-3 win over Pensacola. JB Baker had two goals in regulation, along with Sam Turner. Joey Strada, Anthony McVeigh, and Jason Price scored in the shootout. Kristian Stead stopped 21/24 in regulation and OT, and 3/4 in the shootout for the win. With Quad City's loss, Knoxville claimed sole possession of second in the standings. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Topple Havoc in Huntsville 4-2.
December 30, 2021
The Ice Bears handed Huntsville its first home loss of the season 4-2 Thursday. Kyler Matthews and Stefan Brucato staked the Bears to a 2-1 lead until the Havoc tied it in the third. Anthony McVeigh got the game winner at 8:58 of the third. JB Baker added added another EN goal for the final margin. Evan Moyse stopped 41 of 43 shots for the win in his debut for Knoxville. Game Summary.
Roster Shake Up--Ice Bears to Have a New Look Heading into the New Year.
December 28, 2021
After adding Jeff Eppright and Luke Erickson to the roster over Christmas, the Ice Bears will have a new look for the New Year. Forwards Dean Balsamo, Andrew Bellant, and Steven Leonard have been called up to the ECHL. No word yet on their replacements. In addition, Coltan Fletcher has been traded to Birmingham for Kasey Kulczycki, and Connor Graham has been traded to Vermilion for Joey Strada.
Knoxville’s Dean Balsamo named Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week.
December 28, 2021
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (December 28, 2021) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that Dean Balsamo of the Knoxville Ice Bears has been named the Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week for December 20-26.... Full Story.
Ice Bears Outlast Railyard Dawgs in Sunday Shootout.
December 26, 2021
Dean Balsamo had two straight shootout goals and one in regualtion to pace Knoxville over Roanoke 3-2. Colton Fletcher had the other goal in the shootout, while Andrew Bellant scored the other goal in regulation. Kristian Stead had 26 saves in regulation and the overtime, and stopped 6 of 8 shootout attempts by Roanoke. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Overtake Macon with Four Second Period Goals.
December 18, 2021
The Booster Club set a record in ornament sales, while the Ice Bears came from two goals down to beat Macon 6-3. Four second period goals in rapid succession by Alex Pommerville, Sam Turner, JB Baker, and Razmuz Waxin-Engback put Knoxville ahead for good. Andrew Bellant added insurance in the third, follwed by an EN by Waxin-Engback. Krsitian Stead had 20 saves in goal for the Ice Bears. Game Summary.
Don't Forget the Ornament Auction!
December 14, 2021
There is a lot going on this weekend with Macon in town for a two game set Friday and Saturday. Be sure to pick up a calendar at the Booster Club desk. And don't forget the ornament silent auction during Saturday's game! The auction ends when the zamboni leaves the ice at the end of the second intermission. Bid high and often to get a classy Christmas ornament autographed by your favorite player(s)!
Ice Bears Calendars to be Available this Weekend!
December 13, 2021
After a year's hiatus the ever popular Booster Club Ice Bears Calendars are back this weekend. Only $15, they make great stocking stuffers. These will go fast so don't wait. Get them at the Booster Club table while supplies last. And while you're there fill out a Booster Club application.
Holiday Party Big Success!
December 12, 2021
For the first time since the pandemic started, the Booster Club was able to host the team for its annual holiday dinner. A great time was had by all in attendance. The primary perk of joining the Booster Club is the opprtunity to get together with the players at these events. Join today so you don't miss out on the next one!
Bears Take Second Straight Loss to Peoria 5-4.
December 11, 2021
For the second night in a row, the Ice Bears gave up a 4-3 lead in the third period. This time the game winner for Peoria came with 4:01 left. Goals by Jason Price, Anthony McVeigh, Stepan Timofeyev, and Dean Balsamo weren't enough. Kristian Stead and newcomer Breandon Colgan combined for 26 saves on 31 Peoria Shots. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Drop Shoot Out in Peoria 5-4.
December 10, 2021
The Ice Bears gave up a 4-3 lead in the third period, then lost the eventual shoot out 4-2 in Peoria Friday Night. Goals by Dean Balsamo, Steven Leonard, Andrew Bellant, and Colton Fletcher staked Knoxville to a 4-2 lead that they could not hold. Kristian Stead took the loss, stopping 28/32 shots in regulation and the OT period. Game Summary.
Booster Club to Resume Holiday Ornament Silent Auction.
December 6, 2021
The Booster Club is bringing back a holiday tradition for the home game against Macon on December 18. We will conduct a silent auction of holiday ornaments autographed by the Ice Bears players. The ornaments will be available for viewing before and during the game in the East concourse. Be sure to bid early and often to get your favorite ornament! And while you're at it, ask about becoming a member of the Booster Club.
Ice Bears Shut Out Marksmen 3-0 in Fayetteville.
December 5, 2021
Kristian Stead stopped all 29 shots from the Marksmen en route to the win. Goals by Dean Balsamo, Stepan Timofeyev, and JB Baker paced the Bears. Next up is a two game set in Peoria next weekend. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Take Another Slugfest in Birmingham 6-4.
December 3, 2021
Razmuz Waxin-Engback had the third hat trick for the Ice Bears this season as they won another hard fought game in Birmingham. Andrew Bellant had two goals before being tossed on a game misconduct. Stefan Brucato started the scoring with his team leading 10th goal of the year. Jimmy Poreda got the win in goal. Game Summary.
Knoxville’s Jimmy Poreda named Warrior Hockey Player of the Week.
November 30, 2021
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (November 30, 2021) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that Jimmy Poreda of the Knoxville Ice Bears has been named the Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week for November 22-28.... Full Story.
Bears Beat Bulls in Brawl.
November 26, 2021
The Ice Bears went to a brawl Friday in Knoxville and a hockey game broke out. Knoxville beat the boisterous Brimingham Bulls in a rough contest 2-0. Anthony McVeigh had the game-winning goal in the third period. JB Baker added an empty netter for the final margin. Jimmy Poreda continued his success against the Bulls with 25 saves. Game Summary.
Bears Blank Bulls on Teddy Toss Night.
November 24, 2021
The Ice Bears shutout the visiting Birmingham Bulls 5-0 on Teddy Bear Toss Night. Captain Stefan Brucato set the pace with 2 goals. JB Baker, Razmuz Waxin-Engback, and Andrew Bellant had a goal apiece. Jimmy Poreda stopped 36 shots for his first shutout, including the masterpiece pictured above. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Win Overtime Thriller 3-2 over Vermilion County.
November 20, 2021
In sharp contrast to Friday's game, Knoxville eked out an overime win over the Bobcats Saturday night in Danville. Colton Fletcher's third period goal forced the extra stanza. Stefan Brucato's backhander with 1:45 left sealed the deal. Andrew Bellant had the other Knoxville goal. Jimmy Poreda stopped 32 shots in the victory. The OT loss gave the Bobcats their first SPHL point. Game Summary.
Welcome to the SPHL!
November 19, 2021
The Ice Bears welcomed the Vermilion County Bobcats to the SPHL with a 9-3 mauling on Friday Night. Knoxville lead 4-0 less than 10 minutes in. Seven Ice bears had goals, including a hat trick by Dean Balsamo. Kristian Stead had 23 saves for the win. Game Summary.
McVeigh Named SPHL Player of the Week.
November 16, 2021
HUNTERSVILLE, NC (November 16, 2021) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that Anthony McVeigh of the Knoxville Ice Bears has been named the Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Week for November 8-14.... Full Story.
Ice Bears Smoke Mayhem in Macon.
November 13, 2021
Kristian Stead stopped all 26 shots he faced and a host of Ice Bears had goals en route to a 9-0 win. Anthony McVeigh had his first pro hat trick, and Zak Lambrecht got his first two goals as an Ice Bear. Knoxville ended its 5 game road trip 3-1-1. Macon remained winless on the year. Game Summary.
Knoxville flies past the Thunderbolts in Evansville.
November 12, 2021
Knoxville got its second win of an extended road trip with a hard fought 4-1 decision in Evansville over the Thunderbolts. Andrew Bellant got the game winner, with Dino Balsamo and JB Baker adding EN insurance goals. Jimmy Poreda stopped 29 shots for the win. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Drop Shootout Heartbreaker in Huntsville.
November 10, 2021
Despite leading for most of the night and outplaying the Havoc, Knoxville lost a shootout 6-5 in Huntsville. The Havoc tied it with under 5 minutes left. After a scoreless overtime, Huntsville's Jacob Barber put two shootout goals past Knoxville's Jimmy Poreda. Andrew Bellant scored Knoxville's only shootout goal. Game Summary.
Fayetteville Takes Game Three.
November 7, 2021
The Fayetteville Marksmen took the third game of the weekend set with the Ice Bears 3-1 in Fayetteville. Jimmy Poreda gave up 3 first period goals before giving way to Kristian Stead. Stead stopped all 17 shots he faced. Stepan Timofeyev tallied Knoxville's lone goal. The Ice Bears next play the Havoc in Huntsville on Wednesday. Game Summary.
Knoxville Takes Second Straight From Fayetteville 3-1.
November 6, 2021
Stepan Timofeyev had two assists, and newcomer Razmus Waxin-Engbach and Anthony McVeigh each tallied thier first goal of the year to pace the Ice Bears. J.B. Baker added an EN goal for the final 3-1 score. Jimmy Poreda was stellar in net with 30 stops. Game Summary.
Knoxville uses Late Major Penalty to Beat Fayetteville.
November 5, 2021
A match penalty to Fayettevile's Donald Olivieri for slew footing Stefan Brucato opened the door to Knoxville's come from behind win. Power play goals by Jason Price and Andrew Bellant overcame a 2-1 deficit. Dino Balsamo scored the other goal. Kristian Stead stopped 36 of 38 shots for his first pro win. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Take Their First Loss in a Defensive Struggle.
October 31, 2021
The Huntsville Havoc snapped Knoxville’s 3 game win streak with a 2-0 win in Knoxville. Jacob Barber scored at 14:31 of the first period to give the Havoc a lead they would never relinquish. The Ice Bears had only 18 shots on goal. Barber added another goal in the third to seal the deal. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Come Alive Late to Steal Another Win in OT.
October 30, 2021
Alex Pommerville beat former Ice Bear Austyn Roudebush for the game winner to give the Ice Bears a second straight come from behind win in OT. Stefan Brucato had tied it with two third period goals. Jimmy Poreda held the Railyard Dawgs scoreless after giving up two goals in the first three minutes. Game Summary.
Ice Bears Win Overtime Thriller in Birmingham.
October 22, 2021
Andrew McLean got the game tying goal with 6 sconds left to send it to overtime Friday in Birmingham. Newcomer Andrew Bellant then scored with 2:16 left in the extra stanza to give Knoxville the 3-2 win. Both goals came on the powerplay following a major penalty to Birmingham's David Nippard. The Bears are off to a strong 2-0 start on the young season. Game Summary.
Booster Club Extends Special Offer.
October 17, 2021
Booster Club Secretary Stephanie Denton announced today that the Booster membership special will be offered for the rest of October. The special is $5 off of a single membership (normally $30) and $10 off of a family membership (normally $50). Apply at the next home game or download and mail the application available at the link below. Go Ice Bears!
Ice Bears Celebrate 20th Birthday with 3-1 win over Macon.
October 15, 2021
Many new faces dotted the lineup as the Ice Bears celebrated their 20th Birthday. Goals by Stefan Brucato, Michael Mercurio, and Carter Cowlthorp paced the Bears to a 3-1 win over Macon. Jimmy Poreda stopped 22 of 23 Macon shots. Game Summary.
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