Ice Bears Score 4 in Third to Defeat Roanoke 6-4
Knoxville, TN Berkley Scott scored the go-ahead goal with 1:21 remaining and the Knoxville Ice Bears rallied to beat the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs 6-4 on Tuesday night.
It's the second straight win for the Ice Bears. Roanoke has lost five of its last six.
Scott scored the game-winner when Evan Neugold kept the puck alive at the right point. Neugold found Andrew Bonazza in the right circle, who fed it to Scott in the slot. Scott quickly turned and shot the puck past de Melo's blocker to put Knoxville ahead for good.
Knoxville began its third-period comeback when Danny Cesarz skated through the zone on the power play, split two defensemen and beat Ryan de Melo to cut Roanoke's lead to 4-3 at 2:23 of the period.
With Knoxville still trailing a goal, Brian Billet made a kick save in the crease through traffic. The rebound was sent back to his left and the Ice Bears goaltender snagged the puck off the goal line to keep the score at 4-3.
Moments later John Rey forced a takeaway in his own end, skated behind his net, through the neutral zone and beat de Melo five-hole from the right circle to tie the game at 8:41.
Roanoke struck first when Mike Driscoll's shot was blocked by Billet. The rebound fell to Justin Stevens in the left circle and his rebound put the Rail Yard Dawgs ahead at 13:41 of the first.
Knoxville answered nine seconds later when Trever Hertz and Jake Rivera forced the puck forward on the ensuing face-off resulting in a scrum in the crease with Rivera eventually knocking the puck into the net.
Peter Gintoli scored at 17:42 from the high slot to give Roanoke a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
Jeremy Beirnes' backhand from the slot hit the crossbar and landed in the crease and Daniel Vernace tapped the puck in before Billett could cover it to give Roanoke a 3-1 lead at 2:02 of the second. Bonazza brought Knoxville back within one with a rebound goal from the left hash at 6:47. Nick Schneider's slap shot from the top of the right circle beat Billet to make it 4-2 at the second intermission.
Cesar tapped in an empty-netter with 24 seconds left to give Knoxville an insurance marker.
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