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Peter Di Salvo made 24 saves to pick up his 100th professional win and the Knoxville Ice Bears rode a four-goal first period en route to a 6-2 win over the Huntsville Havoc Saturday night at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

Di Salvo’s win was his 96th in the SPHL. He has four career wins in the ECHL. His 96 wins in the SPHL are the second-most in league history behind Chad Collins’ 103.

Connor Sanvido and Anthony McVeigh each scored twice for Knoxville. Brendan Van Riemsdyk and Colton Heffley also scored goals while Nick Master had two assists.

Sanvido scored at 4:04 of the first to give Knoxville the early lead. Less than three minutes later Austin Plevy fed the puck from the blue line to Master at the hash, who tapped it across the slot to Van Riemsdyk for a quick shot that beat Jason Pawloski.

Heffley scored on a power play at 14:23 and McVeigh tapped in a rebound to beat Pawloski five-hole to close out the first period.

McVeigh was left alone in front of the net when Brady Fleurent found him after winning a puck battle off the right corner wall. McVeigh’s one-timer made it 5-0 Knoxville at 7:51 of the second.

John Schiavo and Mathieu Newcomb scored before the end of the second to get Huntsville on the board. Sanvido tallied his second of the night with 1:45 remaining off a pass from Sean Giles from behind the net. Pawloski finished with 24 saves.

The Ice Bears will host the Pensacola Ice Flyers on Friday and Saturday for a doubleheader weekend at the Coliseum.

ABOUT The Knoxville Ice Bears: The Knoxville Ice Bears organization began in 2002 and was an inaugural charter member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) in 2004. As four-time SPHL Champions, the Ice Bears are an experienced and established organization, offering the city and its’ visitors a balanced product of highlight-reel hockey, unique and exciting intermission activity and endless fan interaction, presenting the most affordable, family-friendly way to enjoy sports and entertainment. Season, Partial Season and Flex Tickets are now on sale.  For more information, visit or call (865) 525-7825.