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Knoxville, TN – The Knoxville Ice Bears met the Augusta RiverHawks tonight in the Civic Coliseum. At their last meeting on Jan. 21, Knoxville pummeled Augusta with a 7-3 win, but Augusta had won seven straight games since their Knoxville loss. The Ice Bears couldn’t end the streak and Augusta leaves Knoxville tonight with their eighth win in a row, with a 4-2 over Knoxville.
Augusta notched the first goal 5:33 minutes into the first period. RiverHawk Matt Auffrey caught the puck from Brandon Kosolofsky and broke away and fired the puck past Knoxville goalie Bryan Hince.
Knoxville’s Marco Trevino reminded Augusta that the Ice Bears were ready to fight for the win and threw off his gloves with Augusta’s Jason Dolgy. The RiverHawks increased their lead to 2-0 with a power play goal through a crowded net by Luke Lucyk. The Ice Bears were held scoreless in the first period and trailed by 2.
The Ice Bears lit the lamp 7:14 minutes into the second period. Martin Kubaliak passed to David Segal who fired a shot on goal. When Augusta goalie Jon Olthuis blocked the puck, Segal picked it back up and took it around the back of the net to feed Tyler Fletcher who jammed the puck in, glove side to cut the lead in half.
The teams traded chances and tension stayed high, but the Ice Bears goal was the only score of the period.
The teams played an aggressive third period, but the RiverHawks were able to hold the Ice Bears off through 5-on-3 play. Then 8:03 minutes in, Augusta’s Travis Dunstall scored a controversial goal. Hince was knocked down with a RiverHawk high stick before Dunstall’s shot, but the goal was counted and the RiverHawks took a 3-1 lead.
Knoxville scored their second goal of the game when Mark Van Vliet took the puck from Dan Buccella and Emery Olauson to bring Knoxville within one. But when Knoxville pulled Hince to skate a sixth player, Kosolofsky moved the puck down the ice. Mark Van Vliet dived to deflect the puck, but Augusta was given the goal and the game ended with the RiverHawks winning 4-2.
Join the Knoxville Ice Bears on Saturday Feb.12, at 7:30 p.m. for a rematch against the Augusta RiverHawks. Fans will enjoy the fan favorite Wiener Dog Races. Tickets are limited for Saturday’s game – call 865-656-4444 or visit http://www.knoxvilletickets.com before they are sold out.### Back