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October 18, 2010 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Knoxville Ice Bears News Release

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Knoxville Ice Bears continue to make cuts to the roster in order to meet the 18-player limit before their season opener this Friday, Oct. 22, at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum against arch-rivals Fayetteville FireAntz.

Goalie Ryan Donovan and forwards Nathan Lacasse and Jason Harding were released on Sunday. Goalie Andrew Luckow and defenseman David Kvapil were released last week during training camp. The Ice Bears roster currently sits at 22 players.

Free Agent Camp stand out Aaron Blades is still on the roster as of Monday. Blades impressed the Ice Bears coaching staff enough to receive an invitation to training camp.

The Ice Bears split a pair exhibition games over the weekend against reigning SPHL champions Huntsville Havoc. Knoxville lost 2-3 on the road on Friday. Chris Pontes had one goal and Chris Bratina had a goal and an assist. Knoxville answered back on Saturday with a 6-4 win at home. Bratina had an impressive showing with two goals and an assist, while Eric Slais and Frank Furdero both registered two assists. New Ice Bears veteran defensemen Martin Kubaliak railed against his former team with hard hits and big plays, instantly earning fan favorite status among the Knoxville crowd.

The Ice Bears kickoff the 2010-11 season at home on Friday, Oct, 22, at 7:30 p.m. The first 2,500 fans through the doors will receive a magnetic 2010-11 schedule in the shape of a goalie mask courtesy of the Knoxville News Sentinel and Mortgage Investors Group.

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