Mississippi shoots past Ice Bears 8-1, series tied

BILOXI, Miss. (knoxvilleicebears.com) -- The Knoxville Ice Bears were not able to match the intensity of last night's third period, and played a lackluster game against a solid and desperate Mississippi team. The Mississippi Surge defeat the Knoxville Ice Bears 8-1 in game 2 of SPHL playoff action.

The Surge had 8 goals on 53 shots as the Ice Bears couldn't stay out of the penalty box. Knoxville goalie Bryan Hince, who stopped a whopping 59 shots on goal in last night's win, was pulled in the second period after letting 4 goals slip past him. Newly acquired rookie goalie Thomas Lee didn't have much better luck against the hungry Surge team, allowing 4 goals on 31 shots. Knoxville's Jason Weeks had the only Ice Bears goal of the night at 14 seconds left in the third.

Penalties hurt the Ice Bears chances to repeat the third-period comeback the team is known for. In the end, Mississippi goalie Bill Zaniboni was unshakable and the Surge overpowered Knoxville to tie the series at 1.

Playoff action returns to Knoxville on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9. The fifth game will be played in Mississippi on Sunday, April 10, if necessary.

Any fan that wears a beard (real or fake) to the game on Friday or Saturday can enter to win an autographed Knoxville Ice Bears jersey.