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Kristian Stead became the third Ice Bear to be named the SPHL Player of the Week. PHOTO: Daniel Moore.

The Southern Professional Hockey League has named Knoxville goalie Kristian Stead as the Warrior Hockey / SPHL Co-Player of the Week for February 7-12 following a pair of road wins on Friday and Saturday. Stead shares the honor with Birmingham goaltender Hayden Stewart.

On Friday against Pensacola, Stead stopped 33 shots as the Ice Bears came away with a 4-1 win. Stead’s performance on Friday was highlighted with a diving glove save in the first period to help Knoxville kill off an early penalty.

The Merritt, BC native closed out the weekend with a 36-save showing to preserve a 2-1 win at the Pensacola Bay Center over the Ice Flyers. Stead made a series of key saves over the final ten minutes of the third period, including a one-timer from the slot with seven seconds remaining to pick up his 12th win of the season.

A rookie out of Alaska-Anchorage, Stead is 12-1-1 this season for Knoxville with a 2.34 goals against average, a .919 save percentage and two shutouts. He is the third Ice Bear to win Player of the Week honors this season, joining fellow netminder Jimmy Poreda and center Anthony McVeigh.

The Ice Bears visit Macon on Thursday night before returning home for two games against Fayetteville on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available by calling 525-7825 or visiting

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