Pensacola, Fla. (WATE) - The Knoxville Ice Bears picked up an impressive 2-0 win over defending league champion Pensacola in the opening game of the SPHL semifinals on Thursday night.
The Bears lead the best-of-three series 1-0.
Knoxville goalie Bryan Hince stopped 51 Pensacola shots on the way to the win.
After a scoreless first period, the Ice Bears struck first when Ben Souders scored at 11:33 of the second. Corey Fulton and Brad Pawlowski assisted.
David Segal made it 2-0 Knoxville at 5:09 of the third period. Francis Drolet assisted.
The Bears are unbeaten in SPHL postseason play after sweeping a first round playoff series with Louisiana.
Knoxville returns home for game two on Saturday night at the Civic Coliseum.
A win will put the Bears in the SPHL finals against either Columbus or Huntsville.
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