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Pensacola Ends Knoxville’s Season 4-2.
May 7, 2021
Knoxville’s remarkable season came to an abrupt end, as Pensacola closed out the first round playoff series 4-2. Scott Cuthrell and Anthony McVeigh had given the Bears a 2-1 lead going into the third period. But Pensacola scored two goals in a minute and a half in the third to cruise to the win.
Knoxville drops First Game of Playoffs 5-2.
May 5, 2021
Pensacola dominated the second period with 3 unanswered goals to breeze to a 5-2 win in the first game of the playoffs. Austyn Plevy and Johnny Curran had briefly given the Bears the lead with back to back goals in the first. Peter Di Salvo stopped 20 of 21 in relief of Austyn Roudebush. Game Summary.
Loss Streak Reaches 3 as Mayhem Beat Ice Bears 4-1.
April 30, 2021
Stepan Timofeyev had the lone goal for the Ice Bears in a lackluster road performance. Macon won the regular season finale going away 4-1.
Transaction Report- Master/Timofeyev.
April 27, 2021
(F) Nick Master had been placed on season ending injured reserve following a viscous hit against Birmingham on April 17. In a corresponding move, (F) Stepan Timofeyev has been signed to a Standard Player Contract.
Ice Flyers Claim Second Straight over Knoxville.
April 25, 2021
Stefan Brucato staked Knoxville to a 1-0 lead in the first only to see it evaporate. The Ice Flyers scored four unanswered goals in the second, the last coming with one second left in the period, to breeze to the 4-1 win.
Ice Bears Suffer Tough 4-2 Loss in Pensacola.
April 24, 2021
Pensacola scored two late goals to win this one and snap Knoxville’s 3-game win streak. Anthony McVeigh and Stefan Brucato scored for the Bears while Peter Di Salvo saved 34 of 37 shots on goal.
Knoxville Wins Third Straight in Birmingham 5-1.
April 23, 2021
Five different goal scorers lead Knoxville to a dominant 5-1 win in Birmingham. Austyn Roudebush stopped 29/30 shots. The Ice Bears finished the season series against the Bulls at 10-1-0.
Knoxville Beats Macon 3-0 in Home Finale.
April 20, 2021
In a tune-up for the playoffs, the Ice Bears Dominated Macon 3-0 in the season home finale. Kenton Helgesen had an assist and a rink-long EN. Brady Fleurent Jacob Benson had a goal apiece. Austyn Roudebush stopped all 28 shots he faced. Game Summary.
Transaction Report- Colton Heffley.
April 15, 2021
(F) Colton Heffley has been called up to the Indy Fuel, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. Congrats and good luck, to Heff. We hope to see him back in Knoxville soon.
Transaction Report- Porter/Timofeyev.
April 12, 2021
Knoxville has added (G) Cody Porter on a Standard Player Contract. Cody rejoins the Ice Bears after spending parts of the last two seasons in Knoxville. He most recently played this season with Zaglebie Sosnowiec in Poland. (F) Stepan Timofeyev has been placed on waivers.
Birmingham Gets Its First Win Over the Ice Bears.
April 10, 2021
Birmingham scored two goals late in the third period to give the Bulls the win 4-2 in Birmingham. It was the first win of the season by the Bulls over the Bears. Knoxville had the lead on goals by Benson and Master but couldn’t hold it.
Ice Bears Drop Third Straight to Huntsville.
April 9, 2021
The Ice Bears lost their third straight to the Havoc on a 6-5 shoot out in Huntsville. Knoxville had the lead late only to surrender the tying goal at 14:34 of the third. Huntsville won the shootout 3-0.
Transaction Report- Isaac Johnson.
April 8, 2021
Knoxville has added (F) Isaac Johnson on a Professional Tryout (PTO) contract. Johnson spent the first half of this season with Huntsville, tallying 14 points (7 goals and 7 assists) in 19 games. Welcome to Knoxville, Isaac!
April 7, 2021
(G) Austyn Roudebush as been returned from his call up to ECHL Tulsa. In addition, the Bears have added (D) Kyle Pouncy on a PTO from FPHL Carolina Thunderbirds. Welcome back Roudy and welcome to Knoxville Kyle!
Trevor Martin Waived.
April 6, 2021
The Ice Bears announced today that back up (G) Trevor Martin has been released on Waivers.
Roy Named Player of the Week.
April 6, 2021
The SPHL announced that Mathieu Roy has been named the SPHL Player of the Week for March 29-April 4. Roy scored two goals, including one game-winner, and added three assists. It is the sixth player of the week for Knoxville this year.
Huntsville Still Dangerous.
April 5, 2021
Two-time defending SPHL champion Huntsville proved it is still dangerous with a 5-3 win over the Ice Bears in Huntsville. The second straight win over Knoxville may indicate the Havoc are rounding into play off form.
Huntsville Snaps Knoxville’s Home Win Streak at 12.
April 3, 2021
Huntsville snapped Knoxville’s home win streak at 12 on Wizard Night. Mathew Barnaby scored at 1:12 of overtime to give Huntsville the 4-3 win. Knoxville had fought back from a 3-1 deficit on goals by Mathieu Roy and Jacob Benson to knot the game. Game Summary.
Knoxville’s Austyn Roudebush Named Warrior Hockey/Sphl Player of the Month.
April 1, 2021
The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced that goaltender Austyn Roudebush of the Knoxville Ice Bears has been named the Warrior Hockey/SPHL Player of the Month for March. Roudebush went 8-1-0 for the month, posting a 1.20 goals-against average, a 0.959 save percentage.
Bears End March Like a Lion.
March 27, 2021
The Ice Bears roared out of March with a 3-0 win in Huntsville. Johnny Curran scored twice to front Peter DiSalvo’s 33 saves. The win makes Di Salvo the career leader in SPHL history. A look back at a magical month of March for the Ice Bears: 12 games; 11-1-0 record; 6-0-0 at home; 4-1-0 on the road; 40 goals for; 17 goals against;
March 27, 2021
The Bears have added (G) Trevor Martin on a standard player contract. Steven Barnard has been released as an Emergency Back-Up Goaltender.
Barnard Signed as EBUG.
March 25, 2021
Ahead of tonight’s game (G) Steven Barnard has been added as an Emergency Back-Up Goaltender.
March 23, 2021
(F) Scott Cuthrell has been activated from team suspension and added to the active roster. Welcome back, Scotty!
Transaction Report-Roudebush Called Up.
March 22, 2021
Bound to happen if you win ten in a row. Austyn Roudebush has been called up to the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL. Fans are grateful for an unforgettable run and we hope to see you back in Knoxville soon! Go get ‘em in Tulsa!.
Macon Ends Knoxville’s Streak.
March 21, 2021
Knoxville came up short 4-1 in Macon in a battle for first place in the SPHL. The loss ended Knoxville’s 10-game winning streak, while extending Macon’s lead to 3 points. The lone tally for the Bears came on Jacob Benson’s 12th goal of the season.
March 20, 2021
Brett Beauvais took a pass from Mathieu Roy and buried the game winner with 18 seconds left in OT to lift the Bears to a 3-2 win over Birmingham. Roy and Jacob Benson had tied it with 3rd period goals a minute apart. The tenth consecutive win is a franchise record for Knoxville. Game Summary.
Roudy Ropes Bulls.
March 18, 2021
Austyn Roudebush and the Ice Bears extended their win streaks to 9 with a 3-0 win in Birmingham. Roudebush stopped 27 shots, while Jacob Benson had the game winning goal. Johnny Curran scored twice, including an empty netter for the final.
Transaction Report-Brendan van Riemsdyk.
March 18, 2021
In an unannounced roster move, the Ice Bears have placed LW #26 Brendan van Riemsdyk on team suspension.
March 16, 2021
Knoxville’s Austyn Roudebush has made history as the only SPHL player to be named Player of the Week for 3 consecutive weeks. Roudebush has led the Ice Bears to 8 consecutive wins, while posting an 0.87 goals against average and a 0.970 save percentage. Congrats Austyn!
Bears Ride Roudebush to Eight Game Streak.
March 14, 2021
Austyn Roudebush stopped 48 of 49 shots, plus all five in the shootout, to pace the Ice Bears to a 2-1 win in Pensacola. Andrew McLean got the only shootout goal for his second game winner in as many nights. The Ice Bears have now won eight straight.
Bears Win 2-1 in Pensacola on Late McLean Goal.
March 13, 2021
Andrew McLean threw in his first goal of the year from an extreme angle for the late game winner. Austyn Roudebush was again stellar to move to 7-0 as an Ice Bear. Johnny Curran had the other goal for Knoxville.
March 13, 2021
After Friday’s collision with the referee, Brady Fleurent has gone back on the 21-Day IR. Knoxville has signed former Mayhem Defensemen Joe Colatarci.
Transaction Report-Ice Bears Waive Veteran David Brancik.
March 12, 2021
The Ice Bears have waived veteran defenseman David Brancik. First arriving in Knoxville in 2017, Brancik was one of the longest tenured players on the team. Pictured above is his OT game winner vs. Huntsville in 2018. “Branch” will be missed by Knoxville fans.
March 11, 2021
In a move to fit within SPHL roster limits ahead of this weekend’s games, (G) Garrett Metcalf and (D) Dalton Skelly have been placed on waivers.
March 9, 2021
Austyn Roudebush has repeated as Warrior Hockey Player of the Week for March 1-7. Roudebush becomes only the third player in SPHL history (joining two other former Ice Bears) to win the award in back-to-back weeks.
Bears Beat Bulls in Birmingham.
March 4, 2021
First period goals by Nick Master and Anthony McVeigh paced Knoxville to a 4-1 win in Birmingham. Jacob Benson and Brady Fleurent added empty netters. Austyn Roudebush stopped all but one of the 18 shots he faced.
Roudebush named Player of the Week.
March 2, 2021
Following his outstanding weekend debut, Austyn Roudebush has been named Warrior Hockey Player of the Week for February 22-28. This marks the third Knoxville player this year to accomplish this feat after just two games.
March 2, 2021
(G) Brandon Kasel has been released fom his PTO. (G) Garrett Metcalf has been signed to a Standard Player Contract. Garrett joins the Bears following a 4-year college career and was a 2015 6th round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks!
Bears Beat Pensacola 2-0.
February 26, 2021
Austyn Roudebush stopped 23 of 23 shots in his Ice Bears debut on Military Appreciation night. Jacob Benson scored all that was needed to beat the visiting Pensacola Ice Flyers. Brady Fleurent added an empty netter for the final score.
Transaction Report-Beauvais Signed.
February 21, 2021
The Bears have added defenseman Brett Beauvais on a Standard Player Contract. Brett joins the team after spending the last two seasons in the ECHL, where he played 66 games between 4 teams. Welcome to Knoxville, Brett!
Macon Claims Another 2-1 Win.
February 21, 2021
Ray Brice scored a shorthanded goal at 12:54 of the third to give the Mayhem the weekend sweep. Jacob Benson scored for the Ice Bears. Peter Di Salvo’s 31 saves weren’t enough for the win
Bears Drop 2-1 Heartbreaker in Macon.
February 20, 2021
Mason Baptista scored at 2:31 of the overtime to hand the Macon Mayhem a 2-1 overtime thriller. Johnny Curran had the lone goal for the Ice Bears.
Knoxville Wins 5-1 in Birmingham.
February 19, 2021
Captain Stefan Brucato had his first two goals of the season to lead the Bears. Callum Fryer and Anthony McVeigh each added 2 assists in the win. Peter Di Salvo had 27 saves.
February 16, 2021
Today the Ice Bears proudly announced the 2021 Knoxville Ice Bears Captains:
C - #11 Stefan Brucato; A - #3 Kenton Helgesen; A - #2 Mathieu Roy; A - #14 Austin Plevy. Congrats boys!
Curran named SPHL Warrior Player of the Week.
February 16, 2021
After just two games in Knoxville, Johnny Curran of the Ice Bears has been named Warrior Hockey Player of the Week for February 8-14. A great start for Curran!
Huntsville Game Postponed.
February 13, 2021
Tonight’s away game in Huntsville has been postponed due to hazardous weather and road conditions. A makeup date will be announced as soon as it is decided.
February 13, 2021
(F) #9 Brady Fleurent has been activated from Injured Reserve and will be active tonight. In a corresponding move to fit within SPHL roster limits, (F) #17 Connor Fries has been released from his PTO and (F) #13 Mike Gornall has been placed on waivers.
Transaction Report-Joe Young EBUG.
February 9, 2021
The Bears have added (G) Joe Young as an EBUG. A native of Hanson, Massachusetts, Young spent the 2019/20 season with the Elmira Enforcers, amassing a 11-1-0 record, 2.29 GAA, and 0.935 save %.