Craigen disappointed with Ice Bears' loss, but upbeat about season

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Knoxville Ice Bears first-year head coach Mike Craigen says he's disappointed the team wasn't able to advance to the SPHL championship series, but pleased with what the Bears accomplished.

"I think whenever you come up short of the goal you set for yourself you tend to forget about what you did to get there and the lessons learned along the way," Craigen told the Sports Overtime team.

The Ice Bears earned the sixth seed in the SPHL playoffs and pushed top-seeded Mississippi to the limit, losing 3-1 in the decisive game of a six-game series Sunday.

"You're so worried about putting the roof on the house you forget what it took to build it," Craigen said. "We did a lot of good stuff down the stretch, we rebounded from adversity. For a number six seed not very many people gave a chance to, it was an exciting push."

Craigen says he enjoyed his first year coaching and plans to return next season.

"I haven't had any meetings with ownership," Craigen said. "I signed a one-year contract to see how it went. I can't help but think about the future. I liked my time here. I think we learned a lot of lessons that will help us moving forward."

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