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February 9, 2004 - South East Hockey League (SEHL) - Knoxville Ice Bears News Release


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Ice Bears needed a win. After losing three in a row, the Ice Bears saw their standing at third place in the South East Hockey League slipping away. They had to beat last place Cape Fear to stay in the hunt for that third playoff spot, and they did. With an amazing win on Thursday night, the Ice Bears made the trip they've made so many times this season to Huntsville to take on the first place Cats. Again, the Bears came up short.

CURRENT RECORDS AND STATS

Last week: 1-1

Record: 15-23 (4th place SEHL)

118 GF, 125 GA

16.75% PP (4th SEHL); 77.71% PK (4th SEHL)

LAST WEEK'S TRANSACTIONS

2.5: KEVIN BLOCK (G) placed on waivers

2.5: ADAM BARBOUR (G) claimed from waivers

UPCOMING GAMES AND PROMOTIONS

Thursday, February 12 - Huntsville at Knoxville, 7:30 PM EST

The Ice Bears nemesis, the Huntsville Channel Cats, returns to the Civic Coliseum on Thursday night. In 15 meetings, the Ice Bears have won only three and are looking to win at home against the first place Cats. Thursday night is Knox County Schools Night. All Knox County schools that participate in this night will be eligible to win an ice skating party with the Ice Bears.

Saturday, February 14 - Huntsville at Knoxville, 7:30 PM EST

This will be the fourth of five games in a row against the Cats. The Ice Bears will also be wearing special Valentine's Day jerseys that will be auctioned off at the end of the game. All ladies will be offered a $5 ticket.

WEEK IN REVIEW

Thursday, February 5 - Cape Fear 1 at Knoxville 6

The Ice Bears wasted no time on Thursday night showing the FireAntz how to play hockey. The Bears had jumped out to 3-0 lead by the end of the first period. K.J. Voorhees, Tom McMonagle and Ali MacEachern scored in the first to push the Ice Bears towards victory. Craig Desjarlais, McMonagle and Jay Niemiec each added one goal in the third to seal the Ice Bears fate, for then, at third place in the SEHL.

Friday, February 6 - Knoxville 2 at Cape Fear 3

In a game that saw most of the goals in the third period, the Ice Bears just couldn't muster up enough power to push past the dominance of the Huntsville Channel Cats. Knoxville's K.J. Voorhees and Tom McMonagle each added a goal for the Ice Bears, while Craig Desjarlais, Brad McDonald and newcomer Rob Miller picked up the assists.

ICE BEARS AROUND TOWN

Monday, February 9, 1:30 PM Gap Creek Elementary

Tuesday, February 10, 7:00 PM Ice Chalet

Wednesday, February 11, 4:30-6:30 PM Jim Bermingham's Coach's Show (ESPN 1180AM) at O'Charleys Restaurant in Farragut

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

1. K.J. Voorhees, F - One of the two permanent fixtures in the top three, K.J. brings his 'A' game every night. Voorhees tallied two goals and one assist in two games.

2. Tom McMonagle, F - The other permanent fixture in the top three, Tommy has been instrumental in every game. This weekend McMonagle tallied three goals.

3. Blaine Russell, G - After a rough weekend last weekend, one could only wonder what would happen this weekend. Rusty pulled himself and the team together to win on Thursday night. He made 44 saves in the win and 38 in the loss against Huntsville the next night.

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