Ice Bears season over after loss at Pensacola

Ice Bears season over after loss at Pensacola


PENSACOLA, Fla. (WATE) - Knoxville goalie Bryan Hince faced forty-seven shots in Saturday night's crucial SPHL playoff game against Pensacola.

He stopped forty-six of them.

The Ice Flyers scored the lone goal of the game at the 9:07 mark of the third period as Pensacola took a two-game sweep of the series, winning 1-0 and ending Knoxville's season.

Pensacola's high shot total was aided by two first period power-play opportunities. 

In the 2nd period, Pensacola was awarded three additional power-plays, including a 4-on-3 opportunity after Knoxville's Jon Higgins was called from tripping at 13:48. Knoxville continued their postseason penalty killing brilliance by holding off all five of Pensacola's extra-man advantages.

Pensacola out shot Knoxville 18-12 in the second period, totaling 37 shots through two periods, all of which were turned aside by Hince.

The game remained scoreless until the 9:07 mark of the third period. Pensacola fired the puck to the goal mouth forcing Bryan Hince to make a spectacular stick save; but the puck flipped up into the air and was cleanly batted into the net by Pensacola's Patrick Knowlton.

Knoxville battled for the tying goal, but Ice Flyers goaltender Ross McKinnon was equal to every shot, down to his final stop with 2 seconds remaining in the game.

(The Knoxville Ice Bears provided information for this story) 

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