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Knoxville goalie Jimmy Poreda stopped all 61 shots he faced last week in picking up the first two shutouts of his career. PHOTO: Daniel Moore.

Ice Bears goalie Jimmy Poreda has been named the Warrior Hockey / SPHL Player of the Week for November 22-28, the Southern Professional Hockey League announced on Tuesday. Poreda posted back-to-back shutouts last week to help Knoxville to two wins over Birmingham.

The Buffalo native opened the week with a 36-save clean sheet against the Bulls on Wednesday in Knoxville’s 5-0 win. It was Poreda’s first career shutout. He followed up the performance with a 25-save effort on Friday, highlighted by three consecutive saves with the Ice Bears leading 1-0 in the third period. Knoxville held on for a 2-0 victory to claim its sixth consecutive win.

The 25-year-old leads the league with a 1.52 goals against average and is second with a .946 save percentage. He’s tied for third in the SPHL with eight wins and is 8-2-1 on the season.

Prior to Knoxville, Poreda played collegiately at SUNY-Plattsburgh, where he finished in the top ten in school history in saves, save percentage, goals against average and shutouts. After his senior season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he played for Laser HT in Finland during the 2020-21 season.

The Ice Bears are on the road this weekend as they face the Bulls at the Pelham Civic Complex Friday night. Knoxville will then head to North Carolina to take on the Fayetteville Marksmen at Crown Coliseum Sunday afternoon.

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