Ice Bears Defeat Macon 5-4
Knoxville, TN Lucas Bombardier scored a shorthanded goal with 6:14 remaining and it proved to be the difference as Knoxville withstood a four-point night from Dylan Denomme and hung on to defeat Macon 5-4 on Saturday at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.
Berkley Scott had two goals and an assist for Knoxville. Alex Adams had a goal and two assists. Elliot Grauer had a goal and an assist to help the Ice Bears snap a three-game skid. Zoltan Hetenyi also made 37 saves for Knoxville.
With the score tied at four and Macon on the power play, Brandon Pfeil broke his stick on a slap shot and the loose puck slid right to Bombardier. The rookie carried the puck up the ice on a breakaway and waited for Charlie Finn to bite on a deke before sliding the puck past him for his first professional goal.
Grauer struck first for Knoxville by redirecting Alex Adams' shot from the blue line by Charlie Finn's right leg at 8:08 of the opening frame. Scott fed the puck to Adams up top and Grauer got a piece of his shot while standing at the right hash to place it behind Finn.
Macon answered with two goals less than three minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead. Caleb Cameron scored from the slot to tie the game and Denomme put Macon ahead with his first of the night.
Berkley Scott leveled the score with a wrister from the bottom of the left circle at 15:15 and Alex Adams gave the Ice Bears a 3-2 lead going into the break with his first career goal with 1:10 remaining in the first. Adams exited the penalty box and collected the puck along the wing with Knoxville breaking for a three-on-one. He carried it through the left circle and beat Finn for his first professional score.
Denomme scored twice in the second to complete the hat-trick and give Macon the lead again. Scott scored his second of the night on the power play with a one-timer from the left circle thanks to a sharp pass by Adams from the right side to tie the game at four at the end of the second.
Knoxville heads to Macon on Thursday for the final regular-season meeting between these two teams. Before then Macon heads to Mississippi on Tuesday.
The Ice Bears hit the road for three games in three nights as they start the road trip on Thursday where they visit Macon and travel to Birmingham for a two game series against the Bulls. Be sure to join all your Ice Bears fans at Crow and Goose to catch all of the action on 4 large screen TVS.
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