Hockey time in Tennessee: Ice Bears fall in home opener after game delay

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — After more than two-hour delay, the Knoxville Ice Bears were back on the ice Friday night at home.

The Ice Bears (1-1) were unable to get the series sweep against the Macon Mayhem, falling 5-3 at the Knoxville Coliseum.

The Ice Bears were able to get the best of Macon during their season opener earlier this year.

Friday’s game also had some intrigue with the game not starting until after 9:30 p.m. due to travel difficulties from Macon. The game was originally set to start at 7 p.m.

Fans eagerly await the start of the game.

You can watch WATE 6 On Your Side reporter Jordan Brown’s live report from the game in the video above on how fans reacted to the delay, and the start of the hockey season in Knoxville.

It’ll be a waiting game until the Ice Bears play again. Saturday’s game against the Birmingham Bulls was postponed due to league safety protocols.

Concessions have moved outside this season due to COVID-19 concerns.

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