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Ice Bears Fall to Fayetteville

02/01/2019 8:01 PM -

Knoxville, TN (February 1, 2019) The Knoxville Ice Bears fell behind in the second period and couldn’t recover as the Ice Bears lost to the Fayetteville Marksmen 5-3 on Friday at the Civic Coliseum.

Knoxville has dropped four of its last six. Fayetteville has eleven wins in its last thirteen games. The Marksmen managed to score twice on the power play while Knoxville went 0-4 on the man advantage.

Knoxville opened up the scoring in the first period when Scott Cuthrell stole the puck on the right wall in the Fayetteville zone and slid the puck across to Lucas Bombardier, who buried the one-timer past Dillon Kelley at 5:38.

The Marksmen tied the game at 17:12 on the power play when Cody Brown fought for the puck behind the Knoxville net and flipped it to Brian Bowen in the slot. Bowen controlled the puck off his skate and pounded a shot over Jason Pawloski.

Fayetteville jumped ahead in the second period with goals by Paul Fregeau and Travis Jeke. Fregeau beat Pawloski through traffic from the high slot while Jeke tallied another power play goal for the Marksmen with a wrist shot from the right circle to give Fayetteville a 3-1 lead at the second intermission.

Knoxville cut the deficit in half early in the third with a wraparound goal from Stanislav Dzakhov at 2:34, but gave up the eventual game winner when Pawloski dove out of his crease in an attempt to disrupt a breakaway by Fayetteville’s Taylor McCloy. McCloy maneuvered around Pawloski and buried the puck on the open net to make it 4-2 at 14:54.

Before McCloy’s goal Knoxville nearly tied it, but a backdoor shot behind Kelley hit the post and stayed out of the net.

Marcus Ortiz got one back for Knoxville less than three minutes later, but an empty net goal by Tim Kielich for Fayetteville ended Knoxville’s comeback hopes. Pawloski finished with 27 saves. Kelley stopped 30 shots for the Marksmen.

The Ice Bears and Marksmen will head back to Fayetteville Saturday to wrap up the home-and-home weekend. Catch all of the action of tomorrow’s rematch at Stefano’s in Turkey Creek http://www.stefanospizzaknoxville.com/.  If you can’t make it you can see the Ice Bears on www.sphllive.com.

ABOUT The Knoxville Ice Bears: The Knoxville Ice Bears organization began in 2002 and was an inaugural charter member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) in 2004. As four-time SPHL Champions, the Ice Bears are an experienced and established organization, offering the city and its’ visitors a balanced product of highlight-reel hockey, unique and exciting intermission activity and endless fan interaction, presenting the most affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy sports and entertainment. Season, Partial Season and Flex Tickets are now on sale.  For more information, visit www.knoxvilleicebears.com or call (865) 525-7825.

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About Icebears

The Knoxville Ice Bears organization began in 2002 and was an inaugural charter member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) in 2004. As four-time SPHL Champions, the Ice Bears are an experienced and established organization, offering the city and its visitors a balanced product of highlight-reel hockey, unique and exciting intermission activity and endless fan interaction, presenting the most affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy sports and entertainment.

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