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Jared Nash scored Knoxville’s lone goal in Saturday’s loss to Roanoke. PHOTO: Daniel Moore.

Gehrett Sargis scored two goals and the Knoxville Ice Bears fell to the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs 5-1 at the Berglund Center in Virginia Saturday night. The loss ties the first round series at one game apiece. Game three will be played Sunday at 5 o’clock p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. The winner will advance to the President’s Cup semifinals.

Roanoke opened the scoring early when Nick DeVito slid the puck in on a wraparound. He carried the puck behind the net and Jimmy Poreda got caught on the left post long enough for DeVito to slip it behind him at 3:44. Travis Armstrong redirected a Bryce Martin shot five minutes later to give the Rail Yard Dawgs a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.

Sargis extended Roanoke’s lead by intercepting a breakout pass in the Knoxville zone and lifting it by Poreda for the only goal of the second period.

Brant Sherwood scored a shorthanded goal after bouncing the puck off Poreda from behind the goal line. Poreda was pulled in favor of Kristian Stead. Poreda made 21 saves for Knoxville. Stead stopped 10-of-11 shots.

Sargis notched his second of the night when he stole the puck behind the net and created space in front of the crease before lifting a backhand over Stead.

Jared Nash scored at 15:40 of the third to cap off the scoring and spoil the shutout. Bernard finished with 23 saves for Roanoke.

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