Ice Bears Fight Back for a 4-2 Win
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Knoxville, TN (December 16, 2017) Austin Hervey scored the game-winner with 2:27 remaining, Elliot Grauer scored twice in the second period and the Knoxville Ice Bears erased a two-goal deficit to defeat the Peoria Rivermen 4-2 on Saturday night in front of a doggone good crowd of 4,521.
Knoxville halts a four-game slide with the win. Peoria had its six-game win streak snapped. The Ice Bears went 1-4 on the power play while Knoxville’s penalty kill finished 6-6.
Hervey gave Knoxville its first lead of the game when a shot from the point by Tyler Palmer was stopped by Storm Phaneuf. The puck slid into the slot and Hervey collected it and deked past Phaneuf before finishing the play with a backhand to send the crowd at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum into a frenzy.
The Rivermen opened up the scoring when Jordan Carvalho carried the puck through the neutral zone to the right circle. His screened wrist shot zipped over the right shoulder of Zoltan Hetenyi at 13:10 of the first.
Alec Hagaman capitalized on a 2-on-1 with a wrister from the right hash that got under Hetenyi’s glove with just ten seconds remaining in the period to send Peoria into the dressing room with a 2-0 lead after the first.
Grauer cut Peoria’s lead in half right out of the gate with a wrist shot to beat Phaneuf just five seconds into the second period. His one-timer on the power play at 18:20 tied the game going into the intermission.
Gauer’s second goal was set up with a crisp backdoor pass by Anthony Flaherty from the right point to the left circle. Gauer’s shot found the net behind a sprawling Phaneuf.
Anthony Flaherty added an empty net goal with 46 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Knoxville will travel to Evansville next Saturday, December 23, catch all of the action live with at the official away game viewing party, Crown and Goose in the Old City.
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.