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Knoxville Ice Bears 2020-2021

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News Archive 2020-2021

News Items for the 2020-2021 Season are Archived Here.

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Defenseman of the Year.

May 21, 2021

Knoxville’s Kenton Helgesen is your 2021 SPHL Defenseman of the Year!

All-SPHL First Team.

May 19, 2021

Kenton (D) Helgesen and Jacob Benson (F) have been named to the All-SPHL First Team!

All-SPHL Second Team.

May 19, 2021

(G) Austyn Roudebush has been named to All-SPHL Second Team!
Congrats, Roudy!

SPHL All-Rookie Team.

May 18, 2021

Congratulations to Nick Master (F) and Andrew McLean (D), who have been named to the SPHL All-Rookie Team!
Great Job boys!

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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.

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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.

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Bears win 8-5 Shootout with Bulls.

April 17, 2021

It was like an old west shootout on Wiener Dog Night, as the Ice Bears bested Birmingham 8-5. Josh Thrower threw down and 8 different Ice Bears had goals. Peter Di Salvo and Austyn Roudebush combined for 18 saves.  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.

Macon Beats Knoxville 2-1 In Overtime Heartbreaker

April 13, 2021

Macon scored 35 seconds into the overtime to win 2-1 on $2 Tuesday, sending Knoxville to its 5th straight loss. Jacob Benson had the lone Knoxville goal.  Peter Di Salvo stopped 25/27 shots in the loss.  Game Summary.

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.

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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!

Transaction Report-Roudebush/Pouncy.

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!

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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.

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Ice Bears Beat Macon 4-2 in a Playoff Atmosphere.

April 2, 2021

Peter Di Salvo stopped 25/27 shots behind goals from Callum Fryer, Scott Cuthrell, Mathieu Roy, and Colton Heffley to lead Knoxville to a 4-2 win over Macon.  Looks like the playoffs are just around the corner.  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;
3 shutouts.

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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.

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Bears Run Past Bulls 4-2.

March 26, 2021

The Bears claimed another 4-2 win over Birmingham on Dino Races Night.  Scott Cuthrell scored for the second straight night to go along with Jacob Benson’s pair of tallies.  Peter Di Salvo tied for the all time lead in career SPHL wins. Game Summary.

Throwback Throw Down.

March 25, 2021

Mathieu Roy scored 44 seconds in and Scott Cuthrell added a goal in his first game back to pace Knoxville to a 4-2 win over Birmingham.  Peter Di Salvo Stopped 15/17 shots. Game Summary.

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Barnard Signed as EBUG.

March 25, 2021

Ahead of tonight’s game (G) Steven Barnard has been added as an Emergency Back-Up Goaltender.

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Colatarci Waived.

March 24, 2021

The Ice Bears announced today that (D) Joey Colatarci has been placed on waivers.

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Cuthrell Activated.

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.

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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.

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