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Ice Bears Feast on Channel Cats

February 16, 2004 - South East Hockey League (SEHL) - Knoxville Ice Bears News Release

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Huntsville Channel Cats have been at the top of the South East Hockey League standings for quite some time. However, no team, not even the Cats, is perfect. This past weekend the Ice Bears proved that the Cats are a beatable team. The Bears, whose previous record against Huntsville was a disappointing 3-13, beat the Cats once in Huntsville and once at home.


Last week: 2-1

Record: 17-24 (3rd place SEHL)

129 GF, 136 GA

17.52% PP (3rd SEHL); 77.22% PK (4th SEHL)


2.13: LEE JENKE (F) assigned to team


Friday, February 20 - Cape Fear at Knoxville, 7:30 PM EST

The Ice Bears take on the second place team in the SEHL for the eleventh time this season. In 10 meetings, the Ice Bears have won six of the games. Friday night is the first night of the US Cellular customer appreciation weekend.

Saturday, February 21 - Winston-Salem at Knoxville, 7:30 PM EST

The Ice Bears take on the fourth place Winston-Salem T-Birds for the 14th time this season. Before Thursday's game against the T-Birds, the series between the two teams was split with 6 wins and 6 losses for both teams. Saturday night is the last night of the US Cellular customer appreciation weekend.


Thursday, February 12 - Huntsville 5 at Knoxville 3

It started out as a close game, but as the end drew near, the Ice Bears struggled. The Ice Bears had only beaten the Channel Cats three times this season and were desperately seeking a win at home. Unfortunately, the Cats handed the Ice Bears their 24th loss of the season after beating them 5-3. The Ice Bears out shot the Cats 51-33, but only two Bears were able to score: Craig Desjarlais tallied two goals and Tom McMonagle added one. Blaine Russell, who made 28 saves, took the loss for the Ice Bears.

Friday, February 13 - Knoxville 3 at Huntsville 2 (OT)

Friday the 13th is typically thought of as an unlucky day. However, it proved to be an incredibly lucky one for the Ice Bears. The Bears have made the trip to Huntsville many times this season and come back empty handed. That was not the case on Friday night, though. New Knoxville goalie Adam Barbour led the Ice Bears to the win over the first place Cats. Todd MacIsaac and Tom McMonagle both scored power play goals for the Ice Bears during regulation. With 8 seconds gone in the 3-minute overtime, Alex Alepin fired one past Huntsville goalie Matt Carmichael to give Knoxville the win.

Saturday, February 14 - Huntsville 4 at Knoxville 5 (SO)

Was Friday night's win in Huntsville a fluke? No way. The Ice Bears proved to all the critics that they could beat Huntsville more than once and they did it minus defensemen Ali MacEachern (concussion) and Alex Alepin (game misconduct, first period). Led by goalie Blaine Russell, the Ice Bears rallied back from several deficits to beat the Cats in a shoot out. Craig Desjarlais tallied two goals and K.J. Voorhees had another hat trick. Chris Bodnar and Desjarlais were the only two Bears to score during the shoot out, but that was just enough. Huntsville was only able to get one goal on Russell during the shoot out.


Wednesday, February 18, 2:00 PM Children's Hospital

Wednesday, February 18, 5:00 PM Jim Bermingham's Coach's Show (ESPN 1180AM)


1. Craig Desjarlais, F - Daisy, as he is affectionately called by his teammates, had an amazing weekend. He was credited with four goals and three assists in addition to having the all-important game-winning goal on Saturday night.

2. K.J. Voorhees, F - K.J. tallied his fourth hat trick of the season on Saturday night. He also tallied three assists on the weekend.

3. Blaine Russell and Adam Barbour, G - What a duo! Although Blaine took the loss on Thursday, both goalies played amazing the rest of the weekend. Blaine stopped a total of 76 shots on the weekend (28 in the loss and 48 in the win on Saturday) and rookie goalie Adam Barbour stopped 35 in his debut as a Knoxville Ice Bear in Huntsville on Friday.

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