KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Knoxville Ice Bears) -- A crowd of 4,917 packed the Civic Coliseum to watch the rival Knoxville Ice Bears and Huntsville Havoc battle for a win. Knoxville’s David Segal had a goal and an assist and goalie Bryan Hince stopped 30 shots to boost the Ice Bears to a 3-2 win.
After being shut out by last-place Louisiana last night, Huntsville was looking for a win. They were first to light the lamp with a goal by Kamil Vavra 5:33 minutes in. Just 11 minutes later, the Ice Bears tied the game when Huntsville’s goalie Dan McWhinney kicked a rebound out to Segal and he slid it in the net to tie at 1.
Two minutes later Frank Furdero moved the puck through a crowded net to give Knoxville its first lead of the game at 2-1.
Tension grew going into the second period and teams squared off 5 minutes in, when Havoc pest Bill McCreary took after whistle liberties at Ice Bears Captain Mike Bulwaka. It took all three officials to pry Bulawka off a cowering McCreary sending both to the penalty box for four minutes each. After Segal took a delay of game penalty, Huntsville was able to capitalize on the power play and tied the game at 2 with a goal by Ryan Kretzer.
With excellent play, the Ice Bears scored their third goal of the game to end the period with the lead. Furdero moved the puck to Olauson, who found Mark Van Vliet streaking through the middle of the ice. Van Vliet fired a shot over the shoulder of McWhinney for his 13th goal of the season.
Knoxville goalie Bryan Hince held Huntsville off in the third period even through 5-on-3 play. Huntsville pulled their goalie for 6-man play but all of their efforts were rejected. Both teams skated a scoreless third period and the Ice Bears earned their second win of the weekend defeating Huntsville 3-2.
The Ice Bears next home game will be Thursday Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Fans can enjoy “Two”riffic Thursday promotions featuring $2 beverages (alcoholic and nonalcoholic), $2 popcorn and $2 hot dogs.
Mercedes-Benz 3 Stars of the Game:
1st Star: David Segal
2nd Star: Mark Van Vliet
3rd Star: Frank Furdero