10/13/2017 7:41 PM
Overtime Goal Lifts Knoxville to Victory
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Knoxville, TN – (October 13, 2017) Dean Yakura delivered a perfect shot to the back of the net to power the Knoxville Ice Bears to a thrilling 6-5 overtime win over the Macon Mayhem in an exhibition game Friday night at the Knoxville Civil Coliseum.
A back-and-forth battle than saw neither team hold more than a one-goal advantage set the tine for the 2017-18 season in the home ice debut of head coach Jeff Carr.
After assisting on the opening goal, Chris Izmirlian was issued a double minor for high sticking at the 8:48 mark of the first. Ryan Salkeld fired a shot from the right side as the first two minutes of the pently wound down, tying the game at 1-1 with 9:50 to play. Knoxville killed the remaining 2:00 to keep the game tied headed to the first intermission.
The second frame was a back-and-forth battle that saw the two teams combine for six goals. Macon started the run with a power play goal from Vincent Muto 57 seconds into the period. Chris Santello tied the game back up at 2-2 with a power play goal of his own at the 11:10 mark, kicking off a run of three goals in just over two minutes as the Mayhem’s John Gustafsson and Knoxville’s Gehrett Sargis traded goals to again tie the game 3-3.
Chris Izmirlian put the Ice Bears back up, 4-3 with 3:36 to play in the second, but Macon’s John Siemer scored 36 second later to again knot the game at 4-4, where the score would remain headed to the third period.
Ryan McDonald put the Mayhem back up by a goal 2:00 into the final frame of regulation and managed to kill off back-to-back penalties to maintain the advantage down the stretch.
But with 1:33 left, Anthony Flaherty fired a shot off the pads of Macon goalie Aaron Taylor and Myles McCauley cleaned up the rebound to tie the game up and send things to a decisive final 5:00.
Knoxville began the extra frame on the power play, but could not convert with the 4-on-3 advantage. Just before the halfway mark of the bonus frame, Michael Chen fired a long pass up the left side of the ice, finding the stick of Yakura, who wristed a shot into the top right corner of the net to give the Ice Bears a 6-5 exhibition victory.
Mercedes Benz of Knoxville 3 Stars of the Game:
1st Star – Chris Santello, Knoxville
2nd Star – Myles McCauley, Knoxville
3rd Star – Chris Izmirlian, Knoxville
Season, Partial Season and Flex Tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit www.knoxvilleicebears.com or call (865) 525-7825. After opening the season on the road next Friday night, the Knoxville Ice Bears will play host to the Evansville Thunderbolts for Hockey Night in Tennessee featuring the Zooperstars - Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available by calling (800) 745-3000 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com.