December 1, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Knoxville Ice Bears
Knoxville, TN - Josh Erickson had two goals on his way to a Gordie Howe Hat-Trick. Austin Hervey had four assists. Zoltan Hetenyi made 50 saves and the Knoxville Ice Bears defeated the Fayetteville Marksmen 8-1 on Thursday night in front of a retro crowd of 2,248.
The Ice Bears have points in four of their last five. The loss snaps a three-game point streak for Fayetteville. Knoxville is now 4-0 against the Marksmen this year.
Evan Neugold and Lawrence Cornellier scored 15 seconds apart in the first period to give the Ice Bears a 2-0 lead at the end of one. Neugold beat Matt Zenzola with a shot from the left point. Cornellier's goal was originally credited to Erickson but was corrected following the period. Erickson was instead given an assist on the goal along with Hervey.
Erickson did score his first of the night at 4:52 of the second period to make it 3-0 and chase Zenzola. Zenzola was replaced by Michael Santaguida. Zenzola finished with 16 saves.
Mike Chen scored on the power play at 9:38 before Erickson notched his second of the night with a wrap-around at 11:21. Elliot Grauer and Danny Cesarz both had goals to close out Knoxville's five-goal second period. Chen finished the night with a goal and two assists.
Travis Jeke spoiled the shutout 28 seconds into the third period with a shot from the high slot on the power play. Gehrett Sargis beat Santaguida top shelf at 12:21 to cap off the scoring. Santaguida finished with 36 saves and the final five Knoxville goals against him.
Knoxville hits the road to Evansville to take on the Thunderbolts for the final game of the weekend on Friday for an 8:15 pm puck drop. The game can be seen on live on www.sphllive.com or by joining fellow Ice Bears fans at the official away game viewing location, Crown & Goose located in the heart Knoxville's Old City.